‘Sesame Street: 50th Anniversary Celebration’ Is Fun But Falls Short Of Expectations

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One week ago today, the beloved children’s television series Sesame Street marked a very important moment in its history.  The educational series celebrated 50 years on television.  That is a long time for any series to be on television.  Few series have lasted such a long time.  The only series that has lasted longer is Jeopardy.  For those wondering, The Price is Right did not premiere until Sept. 4, 1972.  In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the show’s heads created a special episode to mark the occasion.  It has already run on HBO, and will air tonight on PBS Kids stations nationwide.  Following its airings, it will be available on DVD on Dec. 3 through an ongoing partnership between Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop.  The celebration is enjoyable in its own right and worth an occasional watch.  That is due to the collective whole of its overall content.  While the program’s overall content ensures audiences’ engagement and entertainment, the way in which said content was presented sadly detracts from that enjoyment and engagement.  Luckily, the negative impact of the program’s editing and ordering is not enough to make it unwatchable.  The program’s bonus content couples with its primary content to add to its appeal.  When that collective content is considered alongside the issues raised by the program’s editing and ordering, the presentation in whole proves to be maybe not a perfect celebration of Sesame Street, but one that is worth at least an occasional watch.

Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop’s new 50th Anniversary celebration of Sesame Street is an interesting program that is worth at least an occasional watch.  That is due in part to its overall content.  The main presentation finds Elmo and his friends looking for Sesame Street’s street sign because it has gone missing on the very day that the neighborhood’s gang is to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary.  As the group searches for the sign, they also have to keep host Joseph Gordon-Levitt from knowing the sign has gone missing.  Along the way, some random segments featuring some of the shows’ most well-known and beloved musical numbers are performed by the likes of Meghan Trainor, Norah Jones, Elvis Costello and Nile Rogers.  Of course it is obvious that some of the performances in question are lip synched; specifically speaking those of Trainor and Rogers.  They come across more like music videos than actual performances, which sadly do detract somewhat from the program’s enjoyment, but not so much so that the program is unwatchable.  Elmo and company’s search eventually reaches a happy ending with a surprise.  The whole thing lasts roughly one hour.

Following the finale of the program’s main presentation, audiences are treated to a series of guest appearances from other celebrities as they introduce their favorite moments from Sesame Street’s history.  In all, there are four segments.  Each segment is accompanied by the full-length segments which each guest star discusses with members of the Sesame Street gang.  These segments, honestly, offer more in the way of engagement and entertainment than the main program in this presentation.  This is where the program takes a bit of a turn.

The overall primary content featured in the Sesame Street: 50th Anniversary Celebration offers a certain amount of entertainment for audiences.  However, the editing and arrangement of said content detracts considerably from the presentation.  It would have made more sense (at least in this critic’s own view) for the extra guest appearances and segments to have been made part of the overall celebration than their own standalone presentation.  Instead of just having random musical numbers as part of the main presentation to break up the search for the sign segments, it would have made more sense to have Elmo and company go around Sesame Street, meeting those guests, who were hanging out with the other members of the Sesame Street “gang,” during the search for the sign, have the noted guests talk about their favorite memories and transition to those segments and then go back to the search for the sign than to have the whole assembled how it was put together.  By just incorporating the random celebrities the way in which they were used in the main presentation, the main program just feels disjointed, and the celebs just seem like little more than window dressing.  All in all, the editing drastically detracts from the general effect of the program’s presentation.  While it does not make the program unwatchable, it does detract from the presentation enough, that it makes one wonder how much thought and time was put into planning and scripting this celebration.  The effect is that while it does pay tribute to Sesame Street, its history and impact, the main presentation here is worth maybe an occasional watch, but is not the truly memorable tribute that it could have been.

While the editing and scripting of Sesame Street: 50th Anniversary Celebration clearly hurts the celebration’s presentation, it does not make it completely unwatchable.  The program’s bonus content, which is brief in itself, does a little more to add to the program’s appeal.  There is a brief “Elmo’s World” segment in which Elmo talks about the different kinds of celebrations with his smart phone friend “Smartie” and an even more brief look back at Sesame Street’s half-century history.  It is essentially just a video compilation of the series’ opening segments that eventually end up making a video mosaic of the show.  Again, this is where the scripting and editing come back into play.  That video mosaic of sorts could and should have been used to open the program instead of having Cookie Monster taking a cab ride to Sesame Street as he tries to find out where Sesame Street is.  How would Cookie Monster not know how to get to Sesame Street?  That is just not believable.  Getting back on topic, the bonus content overall adds a little bit of entertainment for audiences.  When it is considered along with the program’s primary content, the end result is an overall presentation that is worth an occasional watch, but certainly is sadly not the celebration that it surely could and should have been for such an iconic series.

Sesame Street: 50th Anniversary Celebration is an intriguing offering for audiences.  Considering the rich history of Sesame Street and the impact that it has had for half a century, the “celebration” is worth an occasional watch, but sadly falls short of being the tribute that it could and should have been.  The content that makes up the body of the program’s main presentation will entertain and engage audiences, but the editing and scripting of that main presentation greatly detracts from the program’s impact.  The bonus content that comes with the program’s DVD presentation works with the program’s content in its main presentation to make the whole enjoyable, but sadly not memorable.  Sesame Street: 50th Anniversary Celebration will be available on DVD Dec. 3.  More information on this and other titles from Sesame Workshop is available online now at:

 

 

 

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PBS Distribution Adding More ‘Ready Jet Go!’ Episodes To Its PBS Kids Prime Video Channel

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More episodes of PBS Kids’ hit series Ready Jet Go! are coming to the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel.

Ready Jet Go! Volume 10 will start streaming the six-episode collection Oct. 11.  The latest volume features episodes, such as “My Three Suns/Magnet PI,” “Moon Face/Lone Star 2,” and “Water, Water Everywhere/Commander Cressida Story Contest.”

“Moon Face” finds Jet and his young friends exploring what makes it look like the moon has a face while “Lone Star 2” building their own rocket while Sydney explains how Lone Star created the first rockets.

“My Three Suns” features a lesson about the planet Proxima B, which has three suns after clouds keep jet and his friends from playing a game of Shadow Tag.  Meanwhile Face 9000 tries its hand at comedy.  The short’s companion, “Magnet PI” finds Sean trying his hand at magic as “The Great Seanzo.”

“Water, Water Everywhere” features a story that follows Jet and company around the Earth, discovering all the ways and places where and how water is found.  the kids help Sydney write a Commander Cressida story in it’s companion episode, “Commander Cressida Story Contest.”

The other episodes featured in this volume are “Freebird”/”Sean’s Robotic Arm,” “Ain’t No Mars Mountain High Enough/”Treasure Hunt” and “Earth, Wind And Flyer”/”Mini-Golf.”

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PBS Distribution To Release New ‘Splash And Bubbles’ Movie On DVD

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PBS Distribution will release the Splash and Bubbles movie Pole To Pole on DVD Tuesday.

The movie follows Splash and his friends as they travel from the Antarctic to the Arctic, learning about the different ways in which life thrives below the waves.  The group learns about topics, such as migratory patterns, food chains within given habitats and the various types of life that make up each food chain through its global journey.

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’50 Years And Counting’ Is An Enjoyable Celebration Of One Of TV’s Greatest, Most Important Series

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Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop are celebrating Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary with a new collection of content from the long-running series.  Sesame Street: 50 Years and Counting is scheduled for release Oct. 1 on DVD.  The two-disc set is a presentation that will entertain audiences of all ages as they celebrate the landmark show reaching its half-century mark.  That is due in part to the content that makes up the body of the collection.  It will be discussed shortly.  The actual presentation of said content plays into the set in its own right and will be discussed a little later.  The set’s average price point is important to note, too considering the set’s content.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Sesame Street: 50 Years and Counting.  All things considered, they make the collection an enjoyable new celebration of one of television’s greatest and most important series.

Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop’s forthcoming Sesame Street presentation 50 Years and Counting is a celebration of the long-running series that audiences of all ages will enjoy.  That is due in part to the content that makes up the body of the two-disc set.  Audiences get in this collection half a century of fan favorite skits and live action story lines that were interwoven into the series’ episodes.  The content pulls from many of the series’ eras, giving audiences of all ages something to appreciate, in turn ensuring viewers’ engagement and entertainment from beginning to end of each disc.  From the timeless animated pinball segment that teaches children to count to 12, to the silly classic spoof of Indiana Jones (which features a guest appearance by a then young Jeff Goldblum), to the spoof of Singin’ In The Rain to the rockabilly lesson about cooperation to the introduction of Sesame Street’s first-ever autistic Muppet, this collection offers audiences more than enough to appreciate.  The segments run the gamut from teaching important life lessons, such as the importance of teamwork and embracing everyone’s differences to simply entertaining audiences, such as in the Indiana Jones spoof and the Downton Abbey spoof along the way.  In other words, the content presented throughout the set is just as diverse in itself as the eras from which it was pulled.  This is, in itself, more than enough reason for audiences to add the set to their home libraries.  It is just one part of what makes the collection noteworthy.  The fact that the collection’s content is distinctly separated into two discs is just as important to discuss as the set’s content.

The content that fills each of the set’s discs is distinct within itself because of its focus.  Disc one is an extensive look back through the show’s annals in terms of the general segments.  Disc two focuses more distinctly on the series’ live action segments.  What’s more, it takes viewers – while not in precise chronological order – through the history of Sesame Street, starting way back in the series’ infancy and all the way to its most recent era.  The early segments featured in the second disc are moments, such as Luis and Maria’s wedding, Mr. Hooper’s passing and Snuffy’s introduction to Sesame Street’s residents.  As the disc’s content progresses, audiences are eventually treated to the noted appearance of Goldblum as Bob’s brother, and the eventual introductions of Abby Cadabby and Julia.  The change is subtle in the cast and backdrop, but a close watch shows that a certain amount of time and thought was put into the sequencing of this disc’s content.  The set’s first disc, by comparison, presents a more random selection of content, such as the beloved waiter segments with Grover, the aforementioned animated pinball short, Kermit performing with a Muppet version of Ladysmith Black Mambazo and even a classic bit featuring the one and only Mumford the Magacian, just to note a handful of the set’s segments.  Each disc features a lot of content, meaning trying to binge on it all is difficult.  Audiences are encouraged to take everything in at their own pace as they make their way through each disc.  Doing so will add to enjoyment, again, for audiences young and old alike. It will also help increase appreciation for the work done by those behind the scenes to assemble everything presented.  That appreciation will leave viewers agreeing that the separation of the set’s content is just as important as its content.  While the content featured in this collection and the fashion in which it is presented is important to the set’s presentation they are not the set’s only important elements.  They make the set’s average price point important in its own right.

The average price point of Sesame Street: 50 Years and Counting is $13.46.  That price is reached by obtaining price listings at Shout! Factory’ store, Amazon, Walmart, Target, Books-A-Million and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.  At the time of this review’s posting, the collection was not posted at Best Buy’s website.  The least expensive of the noted listings is at Barnes & Noble Booksellers — $12.07 – while the set’s most expensive listing is at Books-A-Million — $16.97.  Shout! Factory’s listing is $13.97, just above the average, while Target and Amazon’s listing of $12.39 is relatively inexpensive, too.  Walmart lists the set at $12.96, again, below that average, and a relatively affordable price in its own right.  Regardless of whether audiences purchase the set through Walmart, Shout! Factory, Target, Amazon or Barnes & Noble Booksellers, the fact of the matter is that an average price listing of less than $20 for this expansive collection, and separate listings of below $20, too is affordable, period.  It is money that audiences will agree is well-spent.  It is especially well-spent because it is a collection that will bring the whole family together time and again, regardless of which retailer one chooses.  When this is considered along with the content featured in this set and its presentation, the whole of the set proves to be a wonderful presentation that stands out as one of this year’s top new family DVD and BD box sets.

Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop’s new Sesame Street collection 50 Years and Counting is an outstanding new presentation from the companies.  That is due in part to the content that makes up the body of the collection.  It reaches back into the show’s early days, its middle age and its most recent era, giving audiences of all ages more than enough to enjoy.  The way in which the content is presented in this set adds to the enjoyment of the collection because it allows viewers to choose for themselves whether they want to watch the live action segments or the Muppet and animated segments.  The wide breadth of content featured in the set makes its average price point (and separate listings) of less than $20 money well spent, considering that it is content that will educate, inform and entertain audiences for another 50 years.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Sesame Street: 50 Years and Counting.  All things considered, they make this two-disc set one of the best of the year’s best new family DVD and BD box sets.  It will be available Oct. 1.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online at:

 

 

 

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PBS Distribution Releases New ‘Dinosaur Train’ DVD

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PBS Distribution released another new collection of episodes from PBS Kids’ hit series Dinosaur Train this week.

Dinosaur TrainDinosaurs Big & Small was released Tuesday on DVD.  The collection features 10 more episodes from the family favorite animated series.  One of the multitude of episodes — titled “How Many Horns” — features Buddy Pteranodon and his friend Tank Triceratops learning why different dinosaurs have a different number of horns.

“The Tiny-Saur Train” sends the Pteranodon kids off to prehistoric China in a search for the smallest dinosaur of all.

“We’re Not All Dinosaurs,” another of the DVD’s featured episodes, finds the Pteranodon kids meeting a new mammal friend named Adele Alphadon and her friend Cindy Cimolestes.  The discussions in this episode point out that not all Mesozoic creatures were dinosaurs.

Dinosaur TrainDinosaurs Big and Small is available now.  More information on Dinosaur Train is available online now along with lots of activities, printables, videos and more at:

 

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Viewers Of All Ages Will “Celebrate” PBS Distribution’s New ‘Arthur’ DVD

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United we stand and divided we fall.  Sadly, it is seeming more and more like America (and the world) is on the brink of falling because we have become so divided by religions, political views and rhetoric.  To that end, PBS Distribution and PBS Kids’ latest Arthur DVD Arthur Celebrates Community – released just last month – could not have come at a better time.  The DVD features eight episodes from the series that promote community unity in eight very different ways.  That variety of topics is one of the most important and notable aspects of the DVD and will be addressed shortly. While the episodes each promote community through their own unique fashion, they also serve as starting points for discussions on the various topics, another key aspect of the DVD that will be addressed a little later.  Keeping all of this in mind, the DVD’s average price range makes it a DVD that proves to be yet another welcome addition to the library of any family and educator.  Keeping all of this in mind, Arthur Celebrates Community proves to be a presentation that many audiences will themselves celebrate.

PBS Distribution/PBS Kids’ latest Arthur DVD Arthur Celebrates Community is a presentation that many viewers will celebrate.  That is due in pat to the many ways in which its episodes promote that community unity.  The whole thing opens with the much-talked about episode “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” which is a story that addresses the issue of gay marriage.  The very topic is something that has been extremely divisive in America today, yet is becoming more accepted.  This episode serves to continue the fight to make it even more accepted as well as those who are within that community.  “The Feud,” which immediately follows that episode, encourages people to not let disputes between two people to infect their own views and spread like some disease.  Considering what is going on in America today because of Donald Trump, this message of maintaining community and unity is completely relevant and important.  Much the same applies to “When Rivals Came To Roost,” as it reminds us that we cannot let stereotypes and things of the past keep us divided.  Again, here is a key message celebrating community and unity.  “The Longest eleven Minutes” presents a unique message of community as it reminds audiences of the dangers of becoming so reliant on the internet because of how it has truly separated and dehumanized us.  “Muffy’s House Guests” turns things even more as it presents more of a message of biological and ecological unity.  Muffy wants to evict the peregrine falcons who have made a home outside her home, but she learns in the long run, the importance that they play in the Earth’s bigger community.  The tone changes slightly in “Binky Can’t Always Get What He Wants” as Binky learns a key lesson that sometimes the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.  That theme continues in “Muffy’s Car Campaign” as she and her friends learn about the impact of locally sourced resources versus those sourced from far away.  “Truth Or Poll” goes back to the issue of politics as it points out the negative impact that polls and statistics can have on community.  It approaches the topic in a way that is accessible for viewers of all ages, too.  All of these episodes considered, it is clear how they all follow the same theme of promoting community and unity by relation.  The fact that they follow that one central theme, but in so many ways, makes for plenty of reason for viewers to watch this DVD from start to finish.  The commonality of the episodes’ stories, in terms of their theme, is just one key aspect of the DVD.  The fact that the varied stories serve as their own starting points for so many topics makes the DVD even more appealing for viewers.

“The Longest Eleven Minutes” is a key example of how the episodes serve as that starting point. In an age when everything is digital and people have come to expect instant gratification and have seemingly forgotten about the beauty of the world, etc. this story is a good stepping stone to remind people of how humans survived prior to the digital age.  It reminds viewers that it is possible to survive without so much technology, too.  That Arthur’s father was listening to music on a radio instead of an ipad, a cell phone, etc. is proof positive of that.  “Muffy’s Car Campaign” and “Binky Can’t Always Get What He Wants” serve collectively as a good starting point for a discussion about putting others’ needs before their own.  Such discussions can lead to discussions about the importance of sharing and considering others’ thoughts and feelings.  “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone” serves as that starting point for discussions on the fact that not everyone is the same and that accepting one another’s differences will help make our global community so much better.  “The Feud” and “When Rivals Came To Roost” serves to remind viewers that words can be very powerful, especially when they are words of hurt and stereotyping.  This is something with which we as a people deal with even today in the real world.  It’s just one more way in which the stories featured on this disc show their importance not just for their stories but for what the stories can do in terms of creating whole new discussions among viewers.  Keeping all of this in mind, this DVD proves to have some very engaging and enjoyable content.  That content makes the DVD’s average price point money well-spent

The average price point for Arthur Celebrates Community is $5.99.  That price is determined by averaging prices from Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Books-A-Million and PBS’ store.  At the time of this review’s posting, it was not listed through Walmart.  The most expensive of the listings is at PBS’ store and at Books-A-Million, at $6.99 while the least expensive listing is at Amazon and Target at $4.69.  Best Buy ($5.99) is the midpoint of the price range while Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ listing of $6.58 is just under the most expensive listing.  Regardless of which retailer one uses, the fact of the matter is that a portion of the sales will still go to benefit PBS in its efforts to continue to entertain and educate audiences of all ages.  It does that and more with this DVD, whose average price point doesn’t even reach $10.  Considering that the breadth and depth of the DVD’s content, that is a rather admirable aspect.  Keeping this in mind, it joins with that noted content to show even more why Arthur Celebrates Community is such a positive new release from PBS Distribution and PBS Kids.  It shows even more why viewers of all ages will celebrate the DVD, which is available now.

Arthur Celebrates Community is another positive new addition to PBS Distribution’s ongoing series of Arthur DVDs.  That is proven in part through the eight episodes that make up the body of the DVD.  The stories each follow the DVD’s central theme of community unity, all in different ways.  The discussions that the stories can start among viewers of all ages add to the DVD’s appeal, as noted here.  The combination of the stories and those discussions that they can create makes the DVD’s average price point of less than $10 well worth spending as it is certain viewers will find themselves watching all eight of the DVD’s episodes time and again and discussing their content plenty, too.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of Arthur Celebrates Community.  All things considered, they make the DVD a presentation that audiences of all ages will celebrate.  More information on the DVD is available along with lots of printables, activities, games and more at:

 

 

 

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PBS Distribution’s New ‘Ready Jet Go!’ DVD Is One Big Joy For Audiences Of All Ages

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Fifty years ago last month, one of the most historic events in the history of mankind took place – the first moon landing.  Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first – and only – humans to step foot on the surface of the moon.  This past month, the world stopped and watched once again, just as it did all those years ago, to commemorate the momentous event.  As part of the commemoration of the lunar landing, PBS Distribution released a brand new DVD from its hit science-based PBS Kids series Ready Jet Go! fittingly titled One Small Step.  The DVD features three episodes that coincide with the moon landing that will entertain and engage audiences of all ages.  They form the foundation of the DVD, and will be discussed shortly.  The lessons that are connected with the DVD make for their own share of interest to the DVD’s presentation and will be addressed a little bit later on.  The primary and secondary content featured within the confines of One Small Step makes this DVD a presentation that will hopefully have younger viewers once again wanting to be astronauts instead of YouTube stars, and will have grown-ups remembering their own joy of wanting to go to the stars.  In all this DVD will certainly entertain and engage viewers of all ages, but will hopefully re-ignite (yes, that pun was intended) the awe and wonder which we as a people once held of America’s space program, as we examine the possibility of one day returning to the moon or even traveling farther into the galaxy.

PBS Distribution’s recently released Ready Jet Go! DVD One Small Step is a wonderful new addition to the shows’ ongoing series of DVD releases.  It is a presentation that will most certainly entertain viewers of all ages while also engaging and educating said audiences.  That is due in no small part to the stories featured in each of the DVD’s three featured episodes.  The DVD’s title episode features the disc’s longest story.  It follows Jet and his human friends as they celebrate the anniversary of the moon landing.  The recollections lead Jet to reveal to his friends, his own “super saucer,” which the kids use to take a trip to the moon together.  There’s just one problem, Jet doesn’t fully know how to operate the vehicle, leading him to accidentally crash land on the moon.  The crash landing might not be such a bad thing in the long run, though.  As Sydney and Jet 2 work to repair the saucer – this is subtle, but an important element.  It will be addressed in the discussion on the DVD’s lessons – Sean and Mindy explore the moon’s surface, ultimately finding the footprints left by Aldrin and Armstrong, as well as the platform on which the lunar lander sat before lifting off to return to the command module.  In the end, the kids return safely to Earth, happily recalling their own momentous moon landing.

The DVD’s second episode, “Earth Mission To Moon” is a standard length story.  This story is another that finds Jet and company taking a trip to the moon.  Chronologically, it was not the first time the kids went to the moon.  Neither was “One Small Step,” either.  The first time the kids went to the moon was in the episode “How Come The Moon Has Craters?” – Season 1 Episode 5.  The kids go to the moon to find out why it is full of craters.  Getting back on track, “Earth Mission To Moon” finds the kids headed to the moon as they re-enact the Apollo 11 moon landing, and return to Earth. This time, they make the trip with the companionship of Jet’s mom.  Along the way, viewers get to see a side-by-side comparison of the kids’ trip to the original Apollo 11 mission from beginning to end.  The footage does not run through the entire episode, but just at specific points.  That aside, it is another great way to celebrate the moon landing.

The third and final episode featured in One Small Step is “Mindy’s Moon Mission.”  It’s Mindy’s birthday in this episode.  Mindy gets a special gift that lets her feel like she’s on the moon.  As a result of that gift, Jet and the gang head to the moon for a game of lunar soccer.  It’s one more celebration of all things lunar.  This is just one more example of the entertainment that audiences will get through the stories featured in One Small Step.  While the DVD’s entertainment factor goes a long way toward making the DVD’s presentation positive, it is just one of the elements that serves that purpose.  The lessons that compliment the stories add even more appeal for audiences.

Each of the stories featured within this DVD presents plenty of entertainment for audiences of all ages.  Of course, the stories alone are just one part of what makes One Small Step another appealing Ready Jet Go! offering from PBS Distribution.  The lessons that accompany the stories add even more appeal to the DVD’s presentation.  One important lesson incorporated into the DVD’s content presents a message of female empowerment.  It comes in the DVD’s title story.  As Mindy and Shawn are out exploring the moon, Sydney works with Jet 2 to fix Jet’s “super saucer.”  Whether the incorporation of this message into the story was intentional is left up to the show’s writers to tell, but it is there.  Showing a female (of any age) doing any kind of mechanical work, such as working on a vehicle, is extremely rare, even in the 21st Century, let alone an African-American female.  To that end, the portrayal of Sydney taking on the task of fixing a machine created by a male is something that will certainly appeal to so many female viewers.  What’s more, it is also a message that promotes women getting involved in science, technology, engineering and math in general.  That will create even more appeal.

As the first story ends, it transitions to one of the show’s live action segments.  This time, Amy Meisner shows a young girl and guy how astronauts eat in space.  This is a basic lesson, but it still offers its own educational content.  The lesson in the second story is a full-on lesson about space travel that promotes space science.  The very promotion of space science (and science in general) is crucial in an age in which young people care more about being social media stars than stars of the scientific realm.  Again, here is even more appeal.

The lesson at the center of the DVD’s final story is another basic presentation, but still enjoyable for young viewers to learn.  It presents once again, the lesson about weight variances on the galaxy’s various celestial bodies.  This time the lesson is presented as Mindy enjoys bouncing on her inflatable attraction.  It is a basic lesson, but still an important lesson nonetheless, and presented in an accessible fashion for young viewers.  Keeping that in mind, it adds its own share of that engagement and entertainment for said viewers.  When the engagement from this lesson is considered with the engagement (and discussion) that the other noted lessons will generate, the whole of that content undeniably shows why it is important in its own right to the whole of One Small Step.  When it is considered along with the value of the DVD’s primary content – the stories – the whole of that primary and secondary content makes the DVD’s average price point more money well-spent.

The combined primary and secondary content featured within One Small Step does a lot to make the DVD another positive entry in the ongoing series of DVDs released from Ready Jet Go!.  Keeping that in mind, it makes the DVD’s average price point money well-spent.  The average price point for this DVD is $7.58.  That price is obtained using prices listed at PBS’ store, at Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Books-A-Million, Amazon and Barnes& Noble Booksellers.  The most expensive price listing is at PBS’ store at $9.99 while the least expensive listing is at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at $4.99.  While PBS’ price may be the most expensive at the time of this review’s posting, the fact of the matter is that even at $10, that is still money well spent, considering families will have the entertainment and education to enjoy any time they want.  Going back to the noted content, that is a lot of entertainment and education, even in just three episodes.  Keeping all of this in mind, the average price point for Ready Jet Go!: One Small Step is a price that is affordable and will hardly break any viewer’s bank.  When this is considered along with the overall content, the DVD in whole proves to be one big joy for audiences of all ages.

PBS Distribution’s recently released Ready Jet Go! DVD One Small Step is one big success for the show and for PBS and PBS Distribution.  That is due in part to the stories at the center of each of the disc’s three episodes.  Two of the three stories pay direct tribute to the Apollo 11 anniversary while the other simply presents a fun lesson about the differences in gravities on different celestial bodies.  Speaking of lessons, the lessons tied into the episodes add even more appeal to the DVD’s presentation.  They combine with the stories to make the DVD’s average price point of less than $10 anything but a budget breaker.  Keeping that in mind, the DVD has a lot for audiences to appreciate.  To that end, the DVD in whole proves itself to be one big joy for audiences of all ages.  It is available now.  More information on Ready Jet Go!: One Small Step is available online now along with lots of Ready Jet Go! games, activities, printables and more at:

 

 

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