Five seasons is a relatively long time for any television series to last. That is how long PBS/PBS Kids’ series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood has lasted since its premiere in 2012. It just ran its fifth season in August 2019. The program has continue Fred Rogers’ legacy, teaching young viewers lessons about topics, such as how to express their feelings, how to play well with others and appreciating the small things in the world. Those lessons have also made their way to an expansive series of DVDs (23 single disc collections), the latest of is scheduled for release Tuesday in the form of Explore The Outdoors. This latest offering is another enjoyable presentation for its target audiences. That is proven in part through the set’s featured episodes. The use of the episode separators while minor, is actually key in its own way to the viewing experience, too. It will be discussed a little later. The lessons that are incorporated into the episodes are another important part of the presentation’s whole. They will also be discussed later. Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the DVD. All things considered, they make Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Explore The Outdoors another positive addition to PBS Distribution’s ongoing series of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVDs.
Explore The Outdoors, the latest addition to PBS Distribution’s ongoing series of DVDs from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, is another enjoyable offering for the show’s target audiences. That is proven in part through the collection’s featured episodes. Six episodes are featured in this latest collection. The majority of the episodes do well in sticking to the DVD’s central theme of exploring the outdoors. The only exceptions to that rule come in the form of ‘Daniel Plays in A Gentle Way’ and ‘Daniel’s Toy.’ The episodes feature stories that do find Daniel and his friends outside, but are more about playing together outdoors than actually exploring the outdoors. So they are a bit of a stretch, but do at least feature stories that take Daniel and company outdoors. The other four featured episodes are more in line with the DVD’s theme. From exploring the outdoors and appreciating all that nature has to offer in the title episode and in its companion, “Daniel’s Nature Walk,” to learning about lizards in another, to being active outdoors, playing with a kite in “Daniel Feels Two Feelings,” the DVD’s episodes largely stay true to its theme.
While not presented chronologically, the episodes present a snapshot of the series, as they are lifted from the program’s second, third and fourth seasons. That in itself proves to be a positive for audiences. That is because again, the episodes serve that latent function of showing various examples of the show’s writing over the course of its run. To that extent, whether intended or not, the episodes play an even larger part in the DVD’s presentation. When considered with the fact that the episodes do largely follow the DVD’s central title theme, they show even more why they are critical in their own right to the DVD’s presentation. They are just one of the DVD’s key elements, to note. The mid-show spacers that are featured with the episodes play their own important part to its whole.
The mid-show separators that are featured with Explore The Outdoors might not seem all that important to the DVD’s presentation on the surface. However, their addition actually adds to the viewing experience. Their inclusion with the episodes actually make it feel that much more like audiences are watching the episodes on TV rather than on DVD. Keeping in mind that counterparts to the series, such as Let’s Go Luna, Curious George, and Arthur all have mid-show separators, but do not include them in the shows’ DVD releases makes for a clearer picture. It’s an aesthetic element, but an element nonetheless that plays into the set’s presentation, and its inclusion here adds its own share of value to the DVD’s presentation, too. It is not the last of the DVD’s most important elements, either. The lessons that are tied into the featured episodes are key, too.
The lessons that are incorporated into the DVD’s featured episodes are important to note in that they will prove familiar to any of the series’ longtime viewers. “Daniel Feels Two Feelings” presents audiences with yet another lesson about handling our feelings. That is nothing new to the series, but still as welcome as ever. “Daniel’s Toy” teaches young viewers that not everybody likes the same things, and that we should not degrade others just because they like different things. That is a lesson that sadly adults need to learn over again. The lesson about appreciating the importance of playing quietly and safely that is incorporated into “Daniel Plays In A Gentle Way” is reminiscent of the lesson in another story in while Daniel wanted to play loud, but his friend O The Owl wanted to play quietly. Again, it is a lesson that deserves reminding. The other three episodes featured in this DVD all present lessons about the wonder of nature, which will resonate with any child, and hopefully get said children outside and active. All things considered, each lesson presents its own value and will certainly serve as a solid starting point for discussion between parents and their children about the noted topics. When this is considered along with the importance of the DVD’s aesthetics and its episodes, the whole of the DVD becomes a presentation that is just as welcome in any family’s home DVD library as its predecessors.
PBS Distribution’s latest addition to its ongoing series of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVDs, Explore The Outdoors is another successful entry in that series. It is a presentation that ensures viewers’ engagement and entertainment just as much as those DVDs. That is due in part to its featured episodes, which largely follow the DVD’s title theme. The mid-show separators that come with the episodes add their own depth to the set’s presentation. The same can be said of the lessons that are incorporated into the episodes. Each noted item is important in its own way to the whole of the DVD’s presentation. All things considered, they make the DVD another successful offering that will be welcome in any family’s home library.
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