PBS Distribution, Nelvana’s Full Series Release Of ‘The Berenstain Bears’ Is Largely A Success

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Fans of PBS Kids’ reboot of The Berenstain Bears will finally get to own the series in whole on DVD starting next week.  PBS Distribution is scheduled to release the series’ entire three-season run March 23 on a five-disc set.  The collection is largely a positive presentation thanks to its packaging, which will be discussed shortly.  While the packaging plays well into the set’s appeal, the collection is not perfect.  Its lack of any episode listing detracts from its appeal.  This will be discussed a little later.  The set’s pricing pairs with the content and packaging to make for its own appeal.  When all three items are considered together, the set in whole becomes a work that is still among the best of this year’s new family DVD/BD box sets.

PBS Distribution and Nelvana’s forthcoming release of The Berenstain Bears is a presentation that families will largely welcome.  That is due in large part to the set’s packaging.  The packaging is important to note because of the space that it saves on consumers’ DVD and BD racks.  The case is the size of that which contains a single disc presentation, yet it contains five discs safely and ergonomically inside.  What’s interesting is that while the new set spreads the episodes across five discs, the series’ three standalone season sets collectively spread the series across six discs, so one can only assume that some compression or something else took place in order to eliminate one disc. Either that or it simply turned out in the end that six discs were not needed in order to contain all 40 episodes.  Each episode had two episodes, leading to the 80 stories noted on the box’s cover.  A check of the episodes against a full listing through Wikipedia reveals that all 40 episodes are in fact presented across the set’s discs.  So all in all, audiences get in this packaging, the full three season run of The Berenstain Bears in one box that is equal to that of one of the series’ three standalone sets.  In other words, audiences get the whole series in a space-saving setting.  It makes for a strong start for the presentation.

The packaging used for The Berenstain Bears: The Complete Collection is unquestionably a positive for the set’s presentation.  While the packaging is such a strong positive for the set’s presentation, the collection is not perfect.  The problem arises in the realization that there is no listing anywhere in- or outside of the box to note which episodes are on which discs.  It is a minor aesthetic issue on the surface, but on a deeper level, it means audiences will have to either take time memorizing the points at which the seasons split across the discs or they will just have to take time going through the episode listings on the discs.  The displeasure that audiences will feel at having to go through the discs is certain to detract from the enjoyment.  To the good, at least the series ran only three seasons, so audiences will not have to go through but so much content to find the episodes that they want to watch.  To that end, while the lack of an episode listing does detract from the collection’s presentation, it does not make the set a failure.  The set’s pricing works with its content and packaging to make it an overall success.

The average price point for The Berenstain Bears: The Complete Collection is $18.52 That price was obtained by averaging prices listed through Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, and PBS.  Interestingly enough, Target has the set listed twice at two completely different prices.  The listings are for the same set, not divided between the 1985 series set and 2003 series set.  Why Target would post the 2003 series set is anyone’s guess.  Regardless, both listings are well below the average price point, at $16.59 and $14.199.  Amazon and Best Buy each list the collection below the average price point, too, at $16.59 and 17.99.  Barnes & Noble Booksellers and PBS each list the set above the average at $19.99 and $24.99 respectively.  Looking at all of these prices, it goes without saying that the collection is relatively affordable for the most part.  By and large, audiences will find themselves paying less than $20 for three seasons of content presented chronologically and ergonomically in their new package.  All in all, The Berenstain Bears: The Complete Collection proves to be among the best of this year’s new family DVD/BD box sets.

PBS Distribution and Nelvana’s forthcoming release of The Berenstain Bears: The Complete Series is a presentation that any family will welcome by and large.  That is due in large part to the set’s packaging.  Audiences get all three seasons (40 episodes) of the 2003 series in one normal size DVD case.  It is not some bulky box that takes up so much space.  Rather, it will replace all but one of the standalone sets that families might own.  That is because the case is, again, that normal, even containing five discs.  While the packaging does a lot to make this collection so appealing, the lack of an episode listing to help audiences save time does detract from the set’s presentation to a point.  Luckily it is not enough to make the set a failure.  Keeping that in mind, there is one more positive to note, the set’s pricing.  By and large, the collection’s pricing is relatively affordable, coming in at less than $20.  Yes, there are a couple of listings that exceed that point, but for the most part, the collection’s pricing proves positive in its own right.  When it is considered along with the set’s packaging and full series content presentation, the collection proves itself a welcome presentation in any family’s home DVD/BD library.  The Berenstain Bears: The Complete Collection is scheduled for release Tuesday.

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PBS Distribution Scores One Of 2021’s Top New Family DVD/BD Box Sets With New ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ Collection

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Fred Rogers may have been an ordained Presbyterian minister, but considering the very real miracles that he performed for peoples’ lives during his own life, it goes without saying that he deserves some kind of special sainthood.  Most of those miracles were performed daily on his beloved television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  The series’ miracles came thanks to the invaluable life lessons that the show taught.  From dealing with the wide range of emotions that we all go through, to handling interactions with family and friends in various situations, to even more simple topics such as how things are made and work, the series connected with – and continues to connect with – generations of audiences.  That is especially thanks to the efforts of the people at PBS Distribution.  The company has already released two multi-disc collections of episodes from the series and one single-disc collection since 2018.  The company added to that already expansive collection of episodes Feb. 9 with the release of another impressive collection dubbed Mister Rogers Meets New Friends Collection.  The collection impresses so much in part due to its featured episodes.  They will be addressed shortly.  The set’s packaging adds an aesthetic touch that audiences will appreciate, too.  The set’s average price point rounds out its most important elements.  It will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the collection.  All things considered, they make the collection one of this year’s top new family DVD/BD box sets.

PBS Distribution’s latest collection of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood episodes is another presentation that any family will welcome into its home.  Just as with the previous two box sets and single-disc collection already released, this collection stands out in part because of its featured episodes.  The episodes in question pull from a span of more than 20 years (1979-2000) just as is the case with the series’ two other DVD sets.  In the case of this collection, the episodes largely follow the overlying theme of meeting new friends, just in various ways.  Those friends are both two-legged and four.  The two-legged friends range from supermarket workers to musicians, to librarians.  None of the episodes featured in this collection are repeats from its predecessor sets.  However, there are some continuations for some.  Case in point is episode #1498, “Mister Rogers Talks About Pets.”  It compliments episode #1499, which is a continuation of the pet talk.  Episode  #1499 is featured in the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood collection, Would You Be  Mine Collection.  Episodes #1526, 1527, and 1529, all of which run under the title, “Mister Rogers Talks About Work” are all featured in the new set.  They accompany episode #1530, also “Mister Rogers Talks About Work,” which is also in the aforementioned collection.  These are just some of the episodes that continue in this new collection.  There are many others that connect back to the set’s predecessors, so families who own those other sets now have even more reason to own this set.  Between that and the fact that the collection’s episodes do, again, largely follow the central theme in the set’s title, there is all the more appeal.  It forms a solid foundation for the new set, and is just one of the set’s most important elements.  The set’s packaging adds to its appeal.

The packaging used for the Mister Rogers Meets New Friends Collection is important primarily for the episode listing therein.  Every episode featured in this collection is outlined inside the case.  It is printed on the inside of the box’s art in the form of a brief, but concise summary of each episode.  What’s more, the episodes are listed within their respective discs.  This inclusion means that families will have to spend less time trying to decide which episode(s) to watch and trying to find them.  It may just be an aesthetic element, but in the bigger picture, the fact that it will help audiences navigate the set more easily means it will increase enjoyment of the set that much more, just in a different fashion than that which the content ensures.  Adding to the discussion here is the fact that this is not the first time that PBS Distribution has gone this route.  The company took the same route with the series’ first two DVD sets, so this is just a continuation of a positive track that PBS Distribution has already been riding so to speak.  It still is not the last of the set’s most notable elements.  The collection’s average price point rounds out its most important elements.

The average price point of PBS Distribution’s new Mister Rogers’ Neighorhood DVD collection is $15.88.  That price is obtained by averaging listings at Walmart, Best Buy,  Barnes & Noble Booksellers, and PBS.  The set was not listed through Amazon, Target, and Books-A-Million at the time of this review’s posting.  PBS’ listing of $19.99 is the most expensive of the available listings, while Walmart’s price point of $13.55 is the least expensive.  Barnes & Noble Booksellers lists the set at $15.99 while Best Buy lists it at $13.99.  Looking at these prices, two exceed the average, but not by much, while the other two listings are well below that number.  The prices basically range between $14 and $20.  So regardless of which retailer audiences choose, they will not break their budgets.  What’s more paying any of the noted prices also means viewers will once again get their money’s worth, considering the amount of content spread across the collection.  Adding even more, no matter which retailer consumers choose, PBS will once again benefit financially so that it can continue to provide such great content to audiences.  When this is taken into account with the set’s content and packaging, all three elements combine to make the Mister Rogers Meets New Friends Collection one of the early candidates for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new family DVD/BD box sets.

PBS Distribution’s new Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood episode collection, Mister Rogers Meets New Friends Collection is another presentation that audiences of all ages will appreciate and enjoy.  That is due in part to its episodes, which connect to the series’ previous collections.  They also are not just repeats of the episodes in those sets.  What’s even more, they largely follow the central theme of the set’s title.  The packaging adds to the set’s appeal for aesthetic reasons, while the average and separate prices will hardly break any viewer’s budget.  Considering the amount of content in this collection, the set’s price becomes even more appealing.  Each item noted is clearly important in its own way to the collection.  All things considered, these elements make the Mister Rogers Meets New Friends Collection a must for any family that is also one of this year’s best new family DVD/BD box sets.  The Mister Rogers Meets New Friends Collection is available now.

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PBS Distribution’s Debut ‘Hero Elementary’ DVD Is A Super Start For The Series’ Home Releases

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Fans of PBS Kids’ animated series Hero Elementary received some welcome news this week.  Officials with the broadcasting company announced Wednesday, that the series will air new episodes during the week of March 29.  If information researched is to be believed, the upcoming episodes are a continuation of the series’ debut season, which launched almost a year ago.  While audiences wait for the premiere of the new episodes, they can enjoy a handful of already premiered episodes in the series’ first-ever DVD, Sparks’ Crew Pet Rescue!  The DVD is a positive home entertainment debut for the series, thanks in part to its featured episodes.  This item will be discussed shortly.  The lessons that are featured in each episode are important in their own right to the whole of the DVD’s presentation, too.  They will be discussed a little later.  Keeping all of the noted content in mind, it makes the DVD’s average price point money well-spent.  This 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 Sparks’ Crew Pet Rescue! a successful first home release from Hero Elementary.

Hero Elementary’s debut DVD, Sparks’ Crew Pet Rescue! is a positive first offering from what is one of PBS Kids’ newest programs.  It is a presentation that will appeal to audiences of all ages.  That is due in no small part to the single-disc presentation’s featured episodes.  The collection is composed of approximately 10 episodes, all of which are featured in Hero Elementary’s debut season.  The episodes are definitely not featured in chronological order, but that is okay.  That is because all 10 episodes actually do follow the central theme of the DVD’s title.  Given, not every episode necessarily deals with pets per se, but they do all focus on the central theme of animals.  To that end, maybe the DVD’s title should have replaced the word “pet” with the more generic term “animal.”  Regardless, that the episodes all follow one overarching theme in their stories is itself laudable. 

Staying on the topic of the episodes’ stories, each story gives audiences something different.  “Turtle Beach” for instance finds the kids cleaning up a local waterfront where a turtle has laid her eggs.  This episode presents a pair of lessons that will be addressed a little later.  On another hand, “The Feed for Speed” finds Sparks’ Crew’s “mascot” Fur Blur competing an animal competition with other “mascots” at the young superheroes’ school.  It presents its own important lesson that will also be discussed later.  “Bugging Out” takes on the familiar science fiction/superhero trope of the protagonist getting shrunken.  In this case, it happens accidentally.  Audiences will be left to find out for themselves how it happens and how the kids get out of their predicament.  Between this episode, the others noted here and the others featured in the DVD, it should be clear by now why the episodes featured in this DVD are so important to its presentation.  They form a solid foundation for the DVD in dual fashion.  Enhancing that foundation are the lessons that each episode teaches.

The lessons that are taught in the featured episodes are not relegated to just the topic of animal care.  “Turtle Beach” for instance presents an ecological lesson when Mr. Sparks’ students clean up the beach.  It is not just to look out for the baby turtles who hatch at the story’s end, but to care for the planet.  This is done in a non-preachy fashion, too, making it well-placed into the story.  The lesson in “Feed For Speed” is one of the  importance of proper pet care.  Young viewers learn how important it is to make sure our furry, four-legged friends are properly fed and cared for.  They learn through this episode, the importance of taking that responsibility seriously when Fur Blur struggles through the school’s animal superhero contest.  It is yet another important lesson that bears repeating for any child wanting a pet.  Children need to understand that it’s not all just fun and games.  “What You Don’t See,” which comes late in the DVD’s presentation, teaches the all-too-familiar lesson about how animals use camouflage for survival.   The lesson is learned as the kids have to save a wild horse.   It is just one more way in which the various lessons featured in the DVD prove their importance to the collection’s presentation.  When they and the rest of the featured lessons are considered along with the episodes and their stories, that depth and breadth of content leaves no doubt that audiences of all ages will remain engaged and entertained throughout this collection’s two-hour-plus run time.  Now, keeping all of this in mind, that certainty means the DVD’s average price point is money well-spent.

The average price point of Sparks’ Crew Pet Rescue! is $8.39.  That number was obtained by averaging listings at Walmart, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, and PBS’ online store.  The DVD was not listed through Target and Books-A-Million at the time of this review’s posting.  What is interesting here is that save for PBS’ listing of $9.99, $7.99 was the most commonly occurring listing.  It showed up at each of the other noted retailers.  While PBS’ listing exceeds the average price point, it is still less than $20.  The other listings are less than $10.  Of course after shipping and handling numbers do go up slightly, but only slightly at best.  To that end, whether viewers choose the less expensive listings or that of PBS’ the reality is that this DVD is not going to break anyone’s budget.   What’s more, audiences will get more than two hours of engaging and entertaining when they purchase the relatively affordable DVD.  Keeping all of this in mind, the whole of Sparks’ Crew Pet Rescue! proves itself to be a truly successful presentation and deserving of a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new family DVDs.

Hero Elementary: Sparks’ Crew Pet Rescue is available now. More information on PBS Distribution’s new Hero Elementary DVD is available along with activities, printables, and more at:

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PBS Distribution To Release New ‘Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood’ DVD Set Next Month

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PBS Distribution will release another collection of classic Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood episodes on DVD next month.

Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood: Mister Rogers Meets New Friends is scheduled for release Feb. 9. Few details are available about the four disc collection as to the featured episodes and the set’s box art. It is known that the collection will span a total run time of 847 minutes. That is more than 14 hours of content for families to take in together.

The forthcoming collection is the third box set of episodes from the timeless series and fourth overall collection of the series’ episodes. It’s a Beautiful Day Collection was released in 2018 and followed up by the Would You Be Mine? Collection in 2019. The single-disc collection Mister Rogers & Making Mistakes followed that release in December 2019.

Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood: Mister Rogers Meets New Friends will retail for MSRP of $19.99.

More information about the DVD set and all of the latest Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood news is available at:

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PBS Distribution To Release First-Ever ‘Hero Elementary’ DVD Next Month

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PBS Kids’ new animated science-based series Hero Elementary is getting its first DVD release.

Hero Elementary: Sparks’ Crew Pet Rescue! is scheduled for release Feb. 9. The single-disc collection offers audiences more than two hours of entertainment.

One of the collection’s stories finds Sparks’ Crew working to reunite a newborn bird with its parents. Another of the stories featured in the collection finds the crew learning how animals use their tails to communicate with each other. Yet another episode features Sparks’ crew helping animals who are out of place around the city due to fog.

Hero Elementary: Sparks’ Crew Pet Rescue! will retail for MSRP of $9.99. Pre-orders are open.

More information on PBS Distribution’s new Hero Elementary DVD is available along with activities, printables, and more at:

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PBS Distribution Announces Release Date, Specs For New ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’ DVD Set

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PBS Distribution will bring a new collection of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood episodes to DVD next month.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tigertastic 50 Pack is scheduled for release Feb. 9. The collection’s 50 total episodes are spread across three discs. One of the set’s featured stories features Daniel going to Baker Aker’s bakery to pick out a birthday cake. When the cake is damaged, Daniel learns the lesson that just because the cake is messed up, it is still edible and tasty.

In a throwback to one of the most beloved episodes of the original Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, Daniel and his friends visit the crayon factory in yet another of the set’s featured episodes. Daniel learns that going to the doctor for a checkup is not as scary as he thinks in yet another of the collection’s stories.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tigertastic 50 Pack will retail for MSRP of $19.99. Pre-orders are open.

More information on this and other Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVDs is available online now along with activities, games, printouts and more at:

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Lessons, Price Save PBS’ Latest ‘Pinkalicious & Peterrific’ DVD

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The 2020 holiday season has officially come and gone once again, and with the season in the rear window once again, the focus for lots of retailers and others is already turning to Valentine’s Day.  A glance around any store reveals that.  It is only fitting that with the attention already turning to Valentine’s Day that PBS Distribution released a Valentine’s Day-themed collection of Pinkalicious & Peterrific episodes this year on DVD.  Titled A Pinktastic Valentine’s Day, the single disc collection  features five episodes whose stories present lessons that will resonate with audiences of all ages.  While the lessons featured in the stories are of positive note, the stories themselves detract slightly from the DVD’s presentation.  This will be discussed a little later.  When the episodes and their connected lessons are considered together, they make the collection’s average price point its own important element.  It will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the DVD’s presentation.  All things considered, they make the DVD a positive presentation, even with the negative of its episodes in mind.

PBS Distribution’s Pinkalicious & Peterrific DVD A Pinktastic Valentine’s Day is a gift that the whole family will appreciate.  That is proven in part through the lessons presented in its featured stories.  The DVD opens with the familiar lesson that the best gifts are the ones that are made versus those that are bought in the episode “Pink Love.”  The episode, which is the disc’s only Valentine’s Day-themed episode, also teaches an important lesson about problem solving when the Valentine’s Day cards that Pinkalicious made are ruined.  She stresses at first about how to make new cards for her classmates, but eventually comes up with an answer to the problem.  Whether on Valentine’s Day or any other holiday (such as Mother’s Day, which is also addressed in one of the collection’s episodes) making a gift from the heart will always be better than just buying something.  What’s more, the matter of problem solving is important to every young person’s development, so having that lesson incorporated into the episode in such subtle fashion helps the DVD’s presentation in its own way.

Speaking of personal development, that matter is addressed again in the central lesson featured in “That Unicorn Feeling.”  The specific lesson tied to the matter is in this case, that of the importance of using one’s imagination.  When Pinkalicious, Peterrific and one of their friends are paying a game together involving their imaginations, another friend comes along who can’t see the unicorn that the others see.  Over time, that friend learns how to use her imagination and eventually sees the unicorn, too.  Learning how to use one’s imagination is important not only in a child’s formative years, but throughout life.  After all, imagination is what leads to the creation of some of the greatest stage plays, movies, and television shows of all time.  To that end, learning early on, that importance of developing imagination is a welcome lesson for every young viewer.

Another important lesson that is presented in A Pinktastic Valentine’s Day is that of pet adoption.  Peterrific points out at one point, that he and his sister’s mom told the pair at one point, people are not supposed to keep wild things.  In this case, the reference being made is to the fact that it is not wise for people to adopt any wild animal.  That includes even stray animals.  That is because there is no telling what medical or other conditions stray animals might have and the liability connected with owning them.  Again, the subtle way in which this lesson is delivered is deserving of applause.  It is completely unrelated to the other lessons featured in the DVD, showing even more, the diversity in the DVD’s featured lessons.  Together with the emotional lesson about children being a mother’s greatest gift in “Mother’s Day Surprise” and whatever lesson is delivered in “Whale of a Song” (that episode’s lesson is not made so clear, unless it is just about appreciating nature), the whole of the DVD’s featured lessons forms a solid foundation for the DVD’s presentation.  If for no reason other than the lessons, the DVD proves worth watching at least occasionally.

While the lessons featured in A Pinktastic Valentine’s Day do much for the DVD’s presentation, the stories to which the lessons are connected detract from that presentation to some point.  As has already been noted, the only Valentine’s Day-themed episode featured in this DVD is it lead episode, “Pink Love.”  The other featured stories are anything but Valentine’s Day-themed.  To that end, the stories that are featured in this collection leave the DVD’s title to be somewhat incorrect.  It’s basically false advertising to a point.  Now even with that in mind, it is not enough to completely disqualify the DVD.  The lessons tied to the stories make up for that negative at least to a point.  Hopefully this is something that those behind the DVD will take into account when and if another Pinkalicious & Peterrific DVD is released.

Keeping in mind the value of the lessons featured in A Pinktastic Valentine’s Day, they in themselves make the collection’s average price point its own positive.  The average price point for A Pinkalicious Valentine’s Day is $5.96.  That point is obtained by averaging listings at Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, and PBS’ online store.  It was not listed at Target and Books-A-Million at the time of this review’s posting.  The least expensive of the noted listings is $3.99.  It shows up twice, at Amazon and Best Buy.  The most expensive listing — $7.84 – is at Walmart while PBS’ online store and Barnes & Noble Booksellers each list the DVD at $6.99.  Considering again, that the majority of the DVD’s value rests in its lessons, that aspect makes the less than $10 average price point acceptable.  That is not to say that the stories in which the lessons are presented are bad by any means.  They are okay and are themselves worth watching occasionally.  But that only one of the stories follows the theme of the DVD’s title, it does detract the overall appeal.  To that end, the listings, which will not break any family’s bank, is worth paying even with the one noted negative.  It works with the content to make the DVD at least somewhat more appealing presentation for the whole family.

PBS Distribution’s Pinkalicious & Peterrific DVD A Pinktastic Valentine’s Day is a presentation that is at least somewhat appealing.  The lessons that are tied into the disc’s five featured stories play largely into that appeal.  They are life lessons that are accessible for boys and girls alike and viewers of all ages.  The stories themselves are slightly problematic in that only one of the stories follows the theme presented in the DVD’s title.  That creates a sense of false advertising for audiences.  Keeping all of this in mind, the average price point of less than $10 is a point that audiences will agree is worth paying for the content even with its one negative.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the DVD.  All things considered, the DVD proves itself worth watching at least occasionally.  It is available now.  More information on the DVD is available along with games, activities, printables and more at:

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PBS, Nickelodeon Offer Kids, Families Lots Of Worthwhile DVDs, Blu-rays In 2020

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PBS, PBS Kids and Nickelodeon are some of the most important television networks for children today.  In an age when it seems like families are becoming increasingly segregated within their own homes thanks to technology and general television programming that is anything but family friendly, these networks continued to provide so much content to bring families together in 2020.  That content was presented not just on the small screen, but also on DVD and Blu-ray.  To that extent, even new children’s DVDs and Blu-rays deserve their own year-end best of list.  That list is what is presented here from Phil’s Picks.  This  year’s list of top new children’s DVDs and Blu-rays pulls mainly from the noted networks, and even from Warner Brothers.  Topping the list this  year is S.T.E.M. programming from Nickelodeon in the form of a new DVD from Blaze and the Monster Machines.  Also featured in this list is new content from series, such as Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Sesame Street, and even a certain Cartoon Network movie.

As with every other year-ender list from Phil’s Picks, this list features the year’s Top 10 New titles and five additional honorable mention titles for a total of 15 titles.  Without any further ado here is Phil’s Picks 2020 Top 10 New Children’s DVDs & Blu-rays.

PHIL’S PICKS 2020 TOP 10 NEW CHILDREN’S DVDS & BLU-RAYS

  1. Blaze and the Monster Machines – Knight Riders
  2. The Berenstain Bears – Bear Family Vacation
  3. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood – Explore The Outdoors
  4. Tex Avery – Screwball Classics Vol. 1
  5. Tex Avery – Screwball Classics Vol. 2
  6. Space Ghost & Dino Boy: The Complete Series
  7. Are You Afraid of the Dark?
  8. Ben 10 vs. The Universe
  9. Blaze and the Monster Machines – Race for the Golden Treasure
  10. Elmo’s World – Things Elmo Loves
  11. Monster Hits – Rock & Rhyme With Elmo
  12. Paw Patrol – Dino Rescue
  13. Paw Patrol – Mighty PupsSuper Paws
  14. Paw Patrol – Jet to the Rescue
  15. Garfield World Two Movie Collection

Up next from Phil’s Picks is the year’s Top 10 new Family DVD & Blu-ray Box sets.  Stay tuned for that. 

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PBS Distribution’s Debut ‘Molly Of Denali’ DVD Set Is Awesome

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The wait is officially over for the first ever collection of episodes from PBS Kids’ animated series Molly of Denali.  The two-disc collection features 32 episodes from the series’ debut season released Tuesday, and it largely lives up to its title.  That is proven in part through its episodes, which will be discussed shortly.  The stories that are featured in the episodes build on the appeal formed through the compilation’s featured episodes.  They will be discussed a little later.  The set’s average price point rounds out its most important elements, considering the extensive content featured in this set.  Each item noted is key in its own way to the presentation of Molly of Denali: Molly’s Awesome Alaskan Adventures.  All things considered, they make this double-disc set a great first collection from the Peabody Award®-winning series.

PBS Kids’ first-ever collection of Molly of Denali episodes, Molly’s Awesome Alaskan Adventures is an impressive DVD debut from the series.  That is due in no small part to its featured episodes.  The collection features 32 episodes from the series’ debut season.  That equals to 16 full-length half hour episodes, which is almost half of the body of the series’ only season so far.  Season one consists of 40 full half-hour episodes.  For the most part, the featured episodes are presented in chronological order, though there is some jumping around at points.  Ironically, being that each episode is presented in full, one can’t help but wonder why they were split up in the presentation here rather than being presented exactly as they were on television.  That aside, it is still good to see so much of the first season presented together rather than just have a jumble of shorts from the bigger overall episodes.  Hopefully audiences will not have to wait too long to complete their Season One collections, keeping all of this in mind.

While the episodes that are featured in Molly’s Awesome Alaskan Adventures (that’s a lot of alliteration, isn’t it?) do a lot collectively to make this collection appealing, they are just a part of what makes it so appealing.  The stories that are featured within the episodes play into the collection’s appeal in their own right.  That is because they are so diverse.  Case in point is the story featured in “Book of Mammoths.”  As Molly and her dad go on a camping trip, they meet a tourist named Travis who is a conspiracy theorist of sorts.  He has read a book that has led him to believe that mammoths are still alive in Qyah.  This is a sort of spoof of all the people who think aliens have been to Earth since prehistoric times.  On a completely different note, “Name Game” and “Grandpa’s Drum” focus on the importance of accepting, appreciating, and recording cultural diversity and history.  “Qyah Spy,” yet another featured entry in this set, offers audiences yet another enjoyable story.  Molly and Tooey play spies as a mysterious stranger comes to Qyah and she thinks some of the town’s residents are being very secretive.  She thinks someone in town is up to no good, but the reality is the exact opposite.  Between these stories and so many others featured in the collection’s episodes, audiences get so much wonderful variety throughout the course of the collection’s approximately six-and-a-half hour run time.  Keeping this and the sheer volume of content in the set in mind, the set’s average price point proves to be its own positive.

The average price point of Molly of Denali: Molly’s Awesome Alaskan Adventures is $12.49.  That price was reached by averaging listings at Amazon, Best Buy, Books-A-Million, and PBS’ online store.  It was not listed through Walmart, Target, and Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ stores at the time of this review’s posting.  PBS’ listing and that of Books-A-Million are the most expensive, at $14.99 each.  Amazon and Best Buy each  list the set at $9.99, which is well below that average.  Considering again, the extensive amount of content featured in this collection, and the variety therein, a listing of roughly $10 is not bad at all.  Even $15 is not too bad though obviously lower prices are available.  Regardless of which retailer one chooses, PBS will still benefit in the end, so either way along with audiences.  To that end the set’s average and separate price listings prove their own value to this presentation just as much as the set’s content.  All things considered , PBS Distribution’s new Molly of Denali proves to in fact be awesome.

PBS Distribution’s debut Molly of Denali DVD set, Molly’s Awesome Alaskan Adventures is an impressive first home release from the award-winning animated series.  That is proven in part through its extensive episode listing, which covers almost half of the series’ first (and only so far) season.  The variety presented within the episodes is certain to keep audiences engaged and entertained throughout.  The set’s average price point puts the finishing touch to its appeal, coming in at less than $15.  The separate listings each are less than $20, adding even more appeal to that note.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the double-disc set.  All things considered, the collection truly lives up to its name, leaving no doubt that it is in fact awesome.

More information on Molly of Denali is available along with games, activities, printables and more at:

Websitehttp://pbskids.org/molly

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PBS Kids’ New ‘Arthur’ Special Is An Enjoyable Way To Get Into The Holiday Spirit

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PBS Kids is doing its part to get families ready for Thanksgiving with a new Arthur special.  The network is scheduled to air An Arthur Thanksgiving Nov. 16 on PBS Kids.  That is a little more than two weeks from the day of this posting.  The almost hour-long holiday special is a mostly enjoyable new offering from the long-running animated series, though is not without at least one concern, which will be addressed a little later.  The concern in question is tied in to the special’s writing and the series’ as it relates to the series’ overall history.  Taking a step back, the story that is featured in the story makes for its own interest.  It will be discussed short.  The story’s pacing couples with the story to make for even more appeal.  Each item noted here is important in its own right to the whole of the special.  All things considered, they make An Arthur Thanksgiving a special for while audiences will be thankful.

PBS Kids’ forthcoming Thanksgiving special An Arthur Thanksgiving is a mostly enjoyable new way for families to get into the holiday spirit.  That is due in part to its story.  The story in question is a two-pronged presentation that one side, follows Arthur’s search for his dog Pal.  Pal goes missing after Arthur puts him outside on a chain.  Pal is put out after Arthur’s dad accuses Pal of eating a plate of food that he (Arthur’s dad) prepared.  Not to give away too much here ahead of the special’s airing, the accusation stems from something that Arthur does, which results in a communication breakdown and Pal being put outside.  When Francine’s cat Nemo comes along to tease Pal, Pal gets off his leash and chases after the Nemo, leading Pal to get lost.  He tries to find his way back home and meets some new four-legged friends along the way, and shares a Thanksgiving meal with them so to speak.  In the midst of all of this, Arthur is searching for Pal while also preparing for the annual Elwood City Thanksgiving Parade.  When things go awry with the parade, the group ends up joining the search for Pal.  The search and the problems with the parade lead to a unique Thanksgiving dinner at the Read family home.  The story involving Pal and that involving Arthur’s preparation for the parade (and the problems that stem there from) are well-balanced throughout the approximately 56-minute special and is sure to entertain and engage audiences of all ages. 

For all that the story does to make the special so special, it is not without at least one fault.  That one fault comes from one specific element within the special’s story.  It involves the introduction (or rather re-introduction) of Arthur and D.W.’s aunt, Minnie.  Minnie reveals in a letter that she is coming to Elwood City for the family’s Thanksgiving.  When she does show up, she and Arthur apparently do not know one another.  This is shown as Arthur asks her who she is.  This is problematic because Minnie was involved in this special’s most recent predecessor, The Rhythm and Roots of Arthur, which aired in January of this year.  Arthur and D.W. travel to the Read family farm in Ohio in the noted special to celebrate a family member’s birthday, and Minnie shows up for that celebration, too.  Arthur and D.W. each met Minnie in that special, so to that end, having her a stranger to Arthur and D.W. in An Arthur Thanksgiving shows that someone either forgot about that special or they knew about it and it was just allowed to pass.  It is a minor issue with this element of the special’s overall story, but is still problematic in its own right.  Of course it is not such a detractor that it makes the special a failure.  On another note, Minnnie makes a revelation that means audiences may well see more from her in the series in the not too distant future.  That revelation will be left for audiences to learn for themselves.

The one plot hole that is evidenced in An Arthur Thanksgiving’s story cannot be ignored, but is not enough of an issue to make the special a failure.  The story’s pacing couples with the story itself to make it more appealing to audiences.  Considering the number of plot elements that are at work in the story and that it is a multi-faceted story, it would have been so easy for the special to get bogged down in itself.  The writers did not let that happen, luckily.  Audiences are able to follow everything happening without ever feeling left behind or even getting lost in everything.  To that end, the story will ensure even more that audiences remain engaged and entertained.  That is even with the one negative taken into account.  All things considered, An Arthur Thanksgiving proves itself another enjoyable way to get into the holiday spirit as Thanksgiving nears.

PBS Kids’ new Arthur special, An Arthur Thanksgiving is, overall, an enjoyable way for families to get into the holiday spirit as they count down the days to Thanksgiving.  That is proven in part through its multi-pronged story, which finds Arthur’s family and friends coming together to celebrate Thanksgiving in quite the unexpected way.  The story does feature one plot hole that audiences cannot ignore.  Even as noticeable as it is, it is not enough to make the special a failure.  The pacing of the special’s story couples with the story itself to make the special that much more of a success.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the special.  All things considered, An Arthur Thanksgiving proves itself a presentation for which audiences will be thankful.

More information on An Arthur Thanksgiving is available along with lots of Arthur printables, activities, games and more at:

Websitehttp://www.pbskids.org/arthur

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