PBS Kids Celebrates WordWorld Next Month With New DVD

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Courtesy: PBS Distribution/PBS/PBS Kids

PBS Distribution announced this week that fans of the PBS Kids’ series WordWorld will see a brand new collection of episodes on DVD next month.

WordWorld: Birthday Party! will be released on DVD Tuesday, March 7th. The DVD will feature five episodes from the family favorite PBS Kids series, all of which focus in one way or another on birthdays. It all starts with a surprise birthday party for Dog in “Happy Birthday, Dog.” The WordWorld gang is planning a surprise party for Dog in this episode. But there is just one problem: There is no cake. It’s up to Frog to get the cake to the party in one piece without Dog finding out about the cake or the party.

“Pig’s Present” comes second on the disc. This is an especially important episode because not only does it teach the word “Jet,” but it also teaches an important lesson about patience. It teaches that lesson about patience as Pig can’t fight his curiosity after his nephews, The Three Little Pigs, make a secret present for him.

“The Rainbow Birthday Cake” is another important addition to the new PBS Kids DVD WordWorld: Birthday Party! This episode teaches an important lesson about recycling and conservation. This lesson is taught as Duck decides he wants to make a really big birthday cake for Frog. He wants to frost the cake in the colors of the rainbow. Duck learns that once he uses the cans of frosting, he can’t just toss them anywhere. He has to recycle them. And the result of that recycling ends up becoming part of Frog’s very special cake, proving the good that can come from recycling.

In the disc’s penultimate episode “Bit By Bit,” WordWorld’s writers teach young viewers a valuable lesson about handling big words when Duck and Bug have to take Frog’s present for Monkey–a banana–to Monkey’s birthday party. The duo is so excited about taking the banana to Monkey that they accidentally drop it and break it into lots of letters. So it’s up to Elephant to help Duck and Bug put the banana back together and get it to Monkey.

Ant has to enlist the aid of his buggy buddies in “Bugs to the Rescue,” the final episode featured in WordWorld: Birthday Party! He has to get the help of his friends after the balloon that he built for his friend Bear accidentally floats away with Bear in it.

WordWorld: Birthday Party! will be available on DVD Tuesday, March 7th. It can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=57493336&cp=&kw=wordworld&origkw=wordworld&sr=1. More information on this and other WordWorld DVDs is available online now along with all of the latest WordWorld news at:

Website: https://www.wordworld.com

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Peg + Cat’s New DVD Is An Aptly-Titled Release

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Courtesy: PBS Distribution/PBS/PBS Kids

PBS Kids is set to release another new collection of episodes from its series Peg + Cat next month.  Whether familiar with the series or not, audiences of all ages will enjoy the aptly-titled Peg + Cat: Peg Rocks.  There is just as much to enjoy about this DVD, the series’ third compilation, as its predecessors.  And it all starts with the writing behind the DVD’s episodes.  The show’s writers put stars Peg and Cat into even more original situations that lead to easily accessible lessons on counting and problem solving.  Along the way, there are subtle lessons on various musical styles, too.  There are even playful tributes to the likes of The Spice Girls and The Beatles as well as opera and classical music.  Credit where credit’s cue.  The fact that the writers would go so far as to incorporate those subtle “lessons” in these episodes shows a branching out of sorts. When considered with the rudimentary lessons on counting and problem solving, it serves to show even more solidly why the writing in these episodes is so important to the DVD’s enjoyment.  While the writing behind the episodes is key to their enjoyment, just as important to the whole is the run time of each episode.  Each episode runs just over ten minutes.  This is much the same as Peg + Cat’s previous pair of DVDs.  Much the same can be said of the DVD’s bonus material.  The DVD’s bonus material is the same as on the series’ previous compilations.  That means that no parent or child will feel like they are missing out on anything.  Together with the look of the episodes and the writing that serves as the DVD’s cornerstone, all three elements together make Peg + Cat: Peg Rocks just as enjoyable as its predecessors and one more welcome addition to the library of any family and/or educator.

Peg + Cat’s latest full-length collection of episodes is yet another wonderful addition to the library of any family and/or educator.  The central reason for this is the work of the series’ writers.  As with the show’s previous compilations, the episodes culled for this collection put Peg and her feline friend Cat into even more original situations that are by themselves entertaining.  As entertaining as they are, that entertainment aspect also makes for original ways to teach the show’s continued rudimentary math and problem solving lessons. Throughout each of the episodes, Peg and Cat deal with a variety of musical mishaps.  From having to keep her band together in the disc’s opening episode “The Big Gig Problem” to helping Cat impress Peg’s girl group The Pentagirls in “The Girl Group Problem” to helping her grandmother make a memorable birthday present for his birthday in “The Groovy Sixties Problem,” the episodes culled for this collection offer more than their share of entertainment and educational value for young viewers.  Audiences will enjoy watching Peg and Cat take their band from an eleven member outfit in the beginning of “The Big Gig Problem” to a much bigger group even after members of the band leave for various reasons throughout the episode.  Parents and educators alike will enjoy the playful jab at the music industry’s use of lip syncing (especially in pop music) as Cat has to sing over Peg in his attempts to impress Peg’s group The Pentagirls.  They will enjoy just as much the tribute to the golden era of American music in “The Groovy Sixties Problem” as Peg has to work with Cat and her grandmother to come up with a memorable birthday present for his birthday.  The rudimentary math lessons and lessons centered on problem solving skills add even more to the episodes’ enjoyment.  These episodes show in their own way just why the writing behind the episodes collected for Peg + Cat: Peg Rocks is so important to its enjoyment.  The other episodes featured on the DVD show this just as much, not to devalue them by any means.  What’s more, the writing in question that combines so much entertainment and educational content is just part of what makes the writing so important.  The emphasis on music appreciation and education in these episodes is just as important.

The general writing used in the episodes featured on Peg + Cat: Peg Rocks by itself presents plenty of reason for audiences to enjoy each episode.  On another level, the episodes’ emphasis on music appreciation and education makes them just as enjoyable if not more so.  Parents and educators especially will appreciate and enjoy the spoof of The Spice Girls in “The Girl Group Problem” and the episode’s associated playful jab at the pop world’s use of lip syncing. “The Groovy Sixties Problem” pays tribute to American music’s golden age, going so far as to pay tribute to both The Beatles and Bob Dylan along the way.  Other episodes such as “The Magic Uke” and the two-part “I Do What I Can: The Musical” pay tribute to the world of classical music and opera.  The fact that the series’ writers touched on so many different musical genres throughout these episodes means that parents and educators alike have been given a wonderful starting point on discussions about said genres.  With any luck, it could even lead to the beginning of an appreciation for any or all of the genres in question in the process.  So for that reason, the writers behind Peg + Cat are even more deserving of their credit, showing yet again just how important the writing behind these episodes proves to be to the overall enjoyment of the DVD.

The writing that went into the episodes featured on PBS Kids’ new Peg + Cat DVD is clearly the cornerstone of its enjoyment. Whether in terms of the situations into which Peg and Cat are placed in each episode, or in terms of episodes’ emphasis on music appreciation and education, the writing behind these episodes is clearly the cornerstone of the DVD’s enjoyment. As enjoyable as the writing makes each episode, the episodes’ run times are just as important to the presentation’s overall enjoyment. The DVD’s total run time is eighty-five minutes. With seven episodes—one of which is a two-part episode—this puts the run time of each episode at just over ten minutes. Taking into consideration the series’ target audience, that is just enough time to keep said viewers’ attention. Coupled with the work of the show’s writers, that run time feels like it passes without incident. This makes the presentation in whole all the more enjoyable. It still is not all that audiences will appreciate about this DVD, either. Last but not least worth noting of Peg + Cat: Peg Rocks’ enjoyment is its collection of bonus material.

PBS Kids has included with its new Peg + Cat compilation the same bonus material that was included with both of the series’ previous releases. To some, this might not seem to be a positive. But for those parents and educators that might not already have the previously released DVDs in question, it is very much a positive. Rather than switching up the bonus material from disc to disc, PBS Kids has opted to keep the bonus material the same, much as with its compilations from Arthur and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood just to name a couple. It means that no child or grown-up will feel like they have been ripped off and essentially keeps all viewers on the same level for lack of better wording. The bonus material in question includes: instructions on how to make a Cat sock beanie, four flip books, a “Pirates + Peaches” board game, and instructions on how to create homemade Peg + Cat stick puppets. These are all activities that children can do with their parents and/or teachers. In other words, they are activities that can be done in the classroom or the living room. It is the final element of Peg + Cat: Peg Rocks that makes the DVD another welcome addition to the personal DVD library of any educator and/or family. Together with the writing that went into each episode and the episodes’ run time, all three elements combine to show once and for all why any family and/or educator will enjoy this third addition to Peg + Cat’s DVD collection.

Peg + Cat: Peg Rocks boasts plenty of positives for viewers of all ages. The episodes’ writing presents even more new situations that lend themselves to even more basic math lessons. The writing also promotes music appreciation and education. The episodes’ run times make them just as enjoyable and accessible to viewers of any age. The addition of bonus material featured on previous Peg + Cat DVDs keeps audiences on the same level at least to that extent. So no one will feel left out when taking part in the presented activities. By themselves, all three elements do their own part in making this DVD enjoyable. Together, they make Peg + Cat: Peg Rocks yet another wonderful addition to the show’s series of home releases that is just as enjoyable and valuable in the living room as in the classroom. The DVD will be available on DVD Tuesday, March 3rd. It will retail for MSRP of $12.99. It can be ordered online via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=56262336&cp=&sr=1&kw=peg++cat&origkw=Peg+%2B+Cat&parentPage=search. More information on this DVD and other Peg + Cat DVDs is available online along with more Peg + Cat episodes and games at:

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Get Ready To Rock With Peg + Cat This March

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Courtesy: PBS Distribution/PBS/PBS Kids

PBS Distribution will release another brand new collection of episodes from PBS Kids’ hit series Peg + Cat next month.

PBS Distribution will release Peg + Cat: Peg Rocks on DVD Tuesday, March 3rd. The upcoming DVD comes fresh off the heels of this past December’s release of Peg + Cat: Pirates Ahoy. It is the series’ third overall DVD release so far. As with Peg + Cat’s previously released collections, the episodes (seven in all) culled for this collection teach rudimentary math and other skills throughout its episodes. Those episodes are: The Big Gig Problem, The Mega Mall Problem, I Do What I Can: The Musical!, The Girl Group Problem, The Groovy Sixties Problem, The Magic Uke, and The Rocking Out Problem. From getting a band together to Peg forming a girl group, to Peg and Cat putting on a Broadway and more, every one of the episodes on this new disc teaches important skills while taking its stars on fun-filled adventures.

Peg + Cat: Peg Rocks will retail for MSRP of $12.99. It can be ordered online via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=56262336&cp=&sr=1&kw=peg++cat&origkw=Peg+%2B+Cat&parentPage=search. More information on this DVD and other Peg + Cat DVDs is available online along with more Peg + Cat episodes and games at:

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PBS Kids’ New Dinosaur Train DVD Re-Issue Will Have The Whole Family “Roaring” With Joy

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Courtesy: PBS Kids

PBS Kids’ re-issued Dinosaur Train DVD Eggstravaganza is yet another welcome addition to any family’s home library. The DVD’s re-issue early last month marks the first time that it has been re-issued since its original release three years ago in 2012 and second time overall that it has seen the light of day. Despite being re-issued so close to its original release, one might question a re-issue so soon. But taking into consideration that it’s not as easy as some might think to find these DVDs, it still proves to be just as welcome an addition to any family’s home library. That’s especially the case with the addition of the DVD’s bonus jigsaw puzzle this time around. It’s just one of the reasons that audiences will enjoy this DVD. It will be discussed at a later point. The central point of success in Dinosaur Train: Eggstravaganza is the writing in each of the disc’s episodes. Audiences of all ages learn about even more dinosaurs throughout the course of each episode. And of course there is also the inclusion of the DVD’s original bonus features, including Dr. Scott’s companion segments. Whether for the inclusion of those bonuses, the newly included companion jigsaw puzzle, or for the episodes themselves, Dinosaur Train: Eggstravaganza proves to be a fully welcome addition to any family’s home library. All together they make it a DVD that is just as valuable in the classroom as in the living room.

Only three years have passed since the last time that Dinosaur Train: Eggstravaganza was originally released on DVD. While the span of time between its original release and its new re-issue is relatively short, the seeming difficulty of finding the DVD in stores makes it a welcome re-issue for any family that does not already have this DVD as part of their home library. That is proven centrally through the writing in each of the compilation’s episodes. From one episode to the next, the Pteranodon family continues to learn about different kinds of dinosaurs. That’s not all that they learn about in these episodes, though. Tiny, Shiny, Don, and Buddy learn about dinosaur eggs and the different kinds of dino babies that existed during the different prehistoric eras, too. They learn about both in the DVD’s feature episode when a group of unhatched eggs is discovered on the beach near the kids’ nest. They even learn about the prehistoric sea turtle archelon late in the DVD’s episode list in the episode “A Sea Turtle Tale.” With both spring and Easter right around the corner, the varied lessons about dinos and their different kinds of young are both a perfect fit and the DVD in whole that much more of a welcome addition to any family’s collection even as a rei-issue. And as important as the lessons tied into each episode make the DVD in whole, they are only part of what makes the DVD well worth the watch whether in the living room or the classroom. The inclusion of a bonus jigsaw puzzle with this re-issue adds to its overall value.

The bonus jigsaw puzzle that has been included in PBS Kids’ re-issue of Dinosaur Train: Eggstravaganza was not included with the DVD’s original release in 2012. So it goes without saying that its inclusion with this edition of the DVD is itself a positive worth noting. It isn’t the only of PBS’ recent re-issues to boast a companion jigsaw puzzle. The network’s recent re-issues from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Caillou, and Super Why! each included their own companion jigsaw puzzle, too. And as with those DVDs, the jigsaw puzzle included with this DVD is the same size as the DVD’s case. Making it even better is that the puzzle’s artwork matches that of the case’s cover. So not only can young viewers assemble the puzzle right on top of the DVD’s case, they can use the case’s artwork as a direct guide in assembling the puzzle. Even before assembling the puzzle, viewers need only remove the puzzle, which comes fully assembled, from the case and then from its own sticky backing. Removing the puzzle both from its back and from the case is relatively simple since the assembled puzzle is connected to the DVD case by little more than rubber cement. Once removing the puzzle from both its sticky backing and the case, young viewers can re-assemble it either on their own or with a parent. That makes the puzzle even more of a positive addition to this re-issue. And together with the writing that went into each of the disc’s episodes, it helps to make the DVD even more of a joy for any family or educator.

The writing that went into each of the episodes on the new Dinosaur Train re-issue Eggstravaganza and the companion jigsaw puzzle that came with the DVD’s re-issue both make it well worth the addition to any family’s library or to any classroom setting. Just as worth noting as the writing and the re-issue’s companion jigsaw puzzle is the inclusion of the original DVD’s bonus material. The bonus material in question includes a handful of printable coloring pages and a DVD-rom game as well as printable materials for parents. The printable material for parents includes a character guide among other material. This is also the same material that is included on other Dinosaur Train DVDs that have come both before and after. So regardless of whether this DVD would be the first or fifth from the series, no parent will be left feeling left out in terms of the extras. It’s one more way that this re-issue proves its worth to any family or educator that has yet to add it to their collection. Together with the episodes themselves and the companion jigsaw puzzle, the inclusion of these printable materials carried over from the DVD’s original release rounds out the presentation showing once and for all why the new Dinosaur Train DVD Eggstravaganza is well worth the watch whether in the classroom or the living room.

From the writing that went into each episode included on this disc to the companion jigsaw puzzle to the inclusion of its original bonus material, the re-issues of Dinosaur Train: Eggstravaganza shows more than its share of reasons for it to be added to any educator or family’s library. It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct from PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=49575186&cp=&sr=1&kw=dinosaur+train+eggstravaganza&origkw=dinosaur+train+eggstravaganza&parentPage=search. More information on Dinosaur Train is available online along with more episodes and games at:

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Audiences Of All Ages Will “Love” Shout! Factory Kids’ New Pound Puppies DVD

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Courtesy: Shout! Kids/Shout! Factory

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner yet again.  For many that means the annual barrage of candy, flowers, and cards.  For children, it means the annual “holiday” parties if they still have them.  Regardless of whether or not schools still hold the parties in question, Shout! Factory Kids has a new DVD on the way next Tuesday that the whole family will *ahem* love to watch together to celebrate the big day.  Pound Puppies: Puppy Love will be released next Tuesday, February 3rd on DVD.  The compilation, the sixth from the hit Discovery Family series, offers plenty for audiences to enjoy beginning with the writing behind the episodes.  The Pound Puppies face some of their biggest challenges in this compilation.  From having to get the most puppies adopted ever in one episode to facing off against a megalomaniacal dog catcher voiced by Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) and having to navigate a nasty dispute between two neighbors in order to unite a puppy with its perfect child, the writing in each episode is more than enough reason for audiences to pick up this collection.  As if those challenges aren’t enough, love is also in the air for Niblet and Lucky.  Twice over, Lucky and Cookie have to admit their feelings for one another.  And in another episode, Niblet has to face a big decision when he meets a female sheep dog.  Collectively, the writing in the episodes culled for this DVD more than makes it worth adding to any family’s home library.  As impressive as the writing is, the work of the voice actors adds even more enjoyment to the presentation.  This includes the extensive list of guest stars that make appearances.  Last worth noting of this new compilation that makes it so enjoyable is its bonus printable valentine.  The DVD’s box art is used for the dual-sided card.  And audiences need only have Adobe Reader to open the card and print it out.  After printing it out, young audiences can give the card to their favorite pet or to their own parents or even a friend.  Regardless of who receives the bonus printable card, it proves to be one more reason for any family to add Pound Puppies: Puppy Love to their own home library.  Together with the work of the voice actors and of the show’s writers, it proves to be another great new release from Shout! Factory Kids.

Shout! Factory Kids’ latest collection of episodes from the hit Discovery Family series Pound Puppies is a welcome addition to any family’s home library.  This is the case whether on Valentine’s Day or any time of the year.  The central reason for its enjoyment is the writing behind its episodes.  The episodes culled for this compilation see the Pound Puppies face some of their biggest challenges yet.  The simply titled episode “The General” presents just one of those challenges.  This episode sees the Pound Puppies facing the massive challenge of getting some sixty-seven puppies adopted.  Of course it just so happens that McLeish is forced to hold an adoption fair by the mayor.  Even with the perfect opportunity there, things don’t exactly go fully as planned when Cookie decides to start acting like The General.  The central story is enjoyable within itself because of the challenge facing the Pound Puppies.  The underlying message sent to young viewers about being proud of who they are makes the episode even more enjoyable.  It is a message that viewers of all ages will appreciate.

In another episode, “McLeish Unleashed,” the Pound Puppies have and equally big challenge as they have to face off against the megalomaniacal Milton Feltwaddle (Jim Parsons—The Big Bang Theory) and get McLeish back as the head of Shelter 17.  Milton takes over Shelter 17 when McLeish is promoted to a management position in the city’s wastewater management department.  Any viewer familiar with the classic sitcom Hogan’s Heroes will love the direct tribute to that series as Feltwaddle turns Shelter 17 into a virtual concentration camp.  It the most direct throwback to Hogan’s Heroes yet with Feltwaddle even donning a military uniform, looking almost like Colonel Klink.  Of course the Pound Puppies end up defeating Feltwaddle.  The catch is that they have to rely on some unlikely help.  Fellow veteran voice actor Frank Welker makes an appearance, too albeit in a bit role.  Even in a bit role, Welker shows such expertise and respect for his cast mates.  Of course that will be discussed at more length later.  Whether for the direct throwback to Hogan’s Heroes or for the story itself, it proves to be one more great addition to the compilation, showing even more its value in any family’s home library.

One more major challenge that the Pound Puppies face comes in the form of “Rebound’s First Symphony.”  Veteran Actress Betty White joins comedienne Margaret Cho and veteran voice actresses Cree Summer (Clifford The Big Red Dog, Codename: Kids Next Door, Tiny Toon Adventures) and Grey DeLisle (Clifford The Big Red Dog, Curious George, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy) in this episode that sees the Pound Puppies trying to unite a musically gifted puppy named Yo Yo with a girl named Sumalee.  Sumalee is a gifted violinist.  But pressure from her mom is making her not enjoy playing her violin.  What’s worse, Agatha’s (Betty White—Hot in Cleveland, The Golden Girls) dog Rebound (Brooke Goldner—Pound Puppies, Littlest Pet Shop) enjoys Sumalee’s playing, too.  Her love for Sumalee’s talents is so much that it leads to a growing fight between Agatha and Sumalee’s mother Mrs. Wattana (Margaret Cho).  The fight in question doesn’t make the Pound Puppies mission to unite Sumalee and Yo Yo any easier.  But they do bring them together.  The fight between Agatha and Mrs. Wattana is pretty funny in itself.  It will have audiences of all ages laughing.  And the story that sees the Pound Puppies’ mounting challenge makes this episode even more enjoyable.  The secondary message about the pressure placed on young people is something to which so many viewers will be able to relate.  It makes the episode even more welcome an addition to this compilation, thus making even more reason for any family to add the DVD to their home library.

The challenges faced by the Pound Puppies in their latest group of adventures make for more than their share of reason for audiences to check out Pound Puppies: Puppy Love.  Being a Valentine’s Day-themed compilation, there are a couple episodes that see love in the air.  Cookie and Lucky finally have to admit to their feelings for each other not once but twice in this collection in “The General” and “When Niblet Met Giblet.”  The latter of the two episodes also sees Niblet falling for a female sheep dog named Giblet (Ashley Johnson—Ben 10: Omniverse, Teen Titans Go!, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien).  This episode presents something of a bittersweet story Niblet ends up having to make a very difficult decision. As bittersweet as the story proves to be in the end, it still reminds viewers that love is possible.  Cookie has to admit her feelings for Lucky in the prior of the pair when the General, who turns out to be a female dog, calls on the Pound Puppies.  These two episodes in conjunction with the others already noted show once and for all just why the writing in the episodes more than makes Pound Puppies: Puppy Love worth adding to any family’s home library.

The work that went into the writing in each of this disc’s episodes is more than enough reason for audiences to make it the latest addition to their home libraries. As impressive as the writing proves to be, the work of the show’s voice cast is also worth noting. Whether it be the series’ main cast or the extensive list of guest actors enlisted for these episodes everyone involved in bring the episodes to life is well deserving of their applause. Jim Parsons’ portrayal of the megalomaniacal Milton Feltwaddle is hilarious. Any viewer that is familiar with Parsons’ portrayal of Sheldon Cooper on the Big Bang Theory will love seeing that same character style expressed in this setting. Parsons shows not once but twice in this set why he is one of the most respected comedic actors out there today in his role as Feltwaddle. Betty White’s Agatha is a recurring character in Pound Puppies. White’s work with famed comedienne Margaret Cho in “Rebound’s First Symphony” is just as entertaining. It’s obvious that White and Cho had fun working together on this episode as their characters’ conflict increases. There is something about the pair’s back and forth as the conflict escalates that shows how much fun the women had making the episode. It is just as obvious when Mrs. Wattana is forced to rely on Agatha in order to get her daughter. On another note, veteran voice actor Frank Welker appears in a bit role as a young girl’s father in “McLeish Unleashed.” Even in a bit role, he is still entertaining. He doesn’t try to ham up his few lines, instead letting his cast mates hold the spotlight. Considering that Welker (Curious George, Scooby-Doo Where Are You, The Real Ghostbusters) has spent most of his career voicing central roles, his control in this episode shows his professionalism. In turn, it makes it even greater to see and hear him at work in this setting. Lauren Tom (Futurama, Friends, The Joy Luck Club) makes an appearance in one episode, too. And it goes without saying that she is just as entertaining in her role. Her acting and that of the rest of the voice cast in these episodes adds to the episodes’ overall enjoyment. Together with the work of the show’s writers, both the writing and acting make for plenty of enjoyment in these episodes and even more proof of why this new DVD is a welcome addition to any family’s home library.

The work put in by the voice cast and the writers in the episodes culled for Pound Puppies: Puppy Love collectively makes for plenty of reason for any family to add this DVD to their home library. For all of the enjoyment that they garner, they still are not all that make it worth the purchase. The DVD’s bonus printable valentine rounds out the entire package. The double-sided card uses the DVD’s box art for its artwork. And the message that “you’re top dog, Valentine” will put a smile on anybody’s face whether it be another child or a parent. All a person needs to print out the valentine is Adobe Reader. It’s that easy. All a person has to do to get there is open the disc from “My Computer” and open it manually to get to the valentine. The valentine comes complete with specific folding instructions to make things even easier. Parents can help children fold the card once it’s printed out. Or if parents think their children are old enough, kids can print out the card and fold it themselves before giving it to a friend or to their parents. It’s the finishing touch on a DVD that even without it would still have been a great valentine from any parent to any child. The addition of the valentine just makes it that much more enjoyable. Together with the work of the show’s writers and the voice actors, it is the last part of the whole proving why any family will want to add the DVD to their home library this Valentine’s Day.

Whether for the work of the show’s writers or that of the voice cast, the work of both shine in their own way in every episode culled for Pound Puppies: Puppy Love. The addition of a bonus printable valentine adds an extra touch to the presentation in whole. It is an extra touch that will allow parents and their children to spent even more time together and could even bring them together emotionally too after the valentine is printed out and assembled. The combination of all of these elements makes Pound Puppies: Puppy Love yet another solid release from Shout! Factory Kids. They show without a bit of doubt why Pound Puppies: Puppy Love is one more welcome addition to any family’s home library. It will be available on DVD next Tuesday, February 3rd. It can be pre-ordered now direct from Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-animation/pound-puppies-puppy-love. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory Kids is available online at:

 

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Your Family Can Win A PBS Kids DVD Prize Pack From Phil’s Picks!

Courtesy:  PBS Kids

Courtesy: PBS Kids

Courtesy:  PBS Kids

Courtesy: PBS Kids

Courtesy:  PBS Kids

Courtesy: PBS Kids

 

PBS Distribution recently re-issued a trio of DVDs from three of PBS Kids’ family favorite series. The DVDs—Dinosaur Train: Eggstravaganza, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Welcome To The Neighborhood, and Caillou: Caillou’s Garden Adventures—were all released Tuesday, January 13th. Now thanks to Phil’s Picks, five lucky families out there will each receive not one, not two, but all three of the DVDs in question. All five winners of these prize packs will be announced Friday, January 30th and will be mailed out to the winning families soon after. Winners will be announced that afternoon at 5pm ET.

Each of the DVDs are presented as in their original releases complete with episode listing and printable coloring pages and activities. What’s different with them this time around is that each DVD comes with its own detachable jigsaw puzzle for young viewers to take apart and re-assemble. It’s a great way to pass some time and build problem solving skills. Children can assemble it themselves or with their parents. The puzzles are covered with a sticker-type backing that is easily removed. And that backing

has a couple touches of rubber cement to attach the assembled puzzle to the case itself. This makes it simple to remove the puzzle both from its backing and from the case. It should be noted that parents should keep the puzzle pieces in bags or other containers so as to not lose them. That’s because it is very easy to lose them being that there are so few pieces.

Any interested families and entrants can get their name into the drawing for these prize packs simply by going to the Phil’s Picks Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and hitting the “Like” button. Once that’s done, all that’s left is to write on the timeline there, letting me know that they want to be entered for a shot at the PBS Kids’ DVD prize pack. It’s that simple. Again, the winning names will be drawn January 30th at 5pm ET. It’s that easy. So spread the word and good luck. And to keep up with all of the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

PBS Distribution Releasing Special New Daniel Tiger DVD Next Month

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Courtesy: PBS Distribution/PBS/PBS Kids

Daniel Tiger is officially a big brother.

Late last year, PBS Kids debuted a pair of new episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood that saw Daniel Tiger and his parents welcome a new addition to the family.  And now parents and their children will get to welcome the newest addition to that family into their homes next month.  That is because PBS Distribution will release Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Big Brother Daniel on DVD.  It will be released Tuesday, February 3rd and will feature eight more episodes from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.  One of those episodes, “The Baby Is Here,” is a double episode, leading the total episode count to eight.  All of the episodes included on this special DVD focus on Daniel Tiger’s new sister and how Daniel handles becoming a big brother.  It all begins with “The Tiger Family Grows.”  This episode handles the earliest stages of a family’s announcement that it is growing including the youngest of the family that he/she is not going to be the youngest anymore and will be needed to help.  From there the DVD moves on to “Daniel Learns About Being A Big Brother” in which Daniel has to come to terms with the fact that he isn’t going to be the baby of the family anymore.

“The Baby Is Here” makes up the third and fourth episodes included on PBS Kids’ new Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVD.  The special two-part episode follows the Tiger family as Daniel’s parents head to the hospital as they get ready to welcome the family’s new addition.  It also follows Daniel as he and Granpere go through Daniel’s old things that he could pass on to his new sibling.

Having gotten used to the thought of having a new sibling, Daniel learns another important lesson about not being the youngest in “Time For Daniel.”  When Daniel’s dad has to split his time between playing with Daniel and taking care of Baby Margaret, it makes Daniel jealous.  But Daniel learns that there is time for both of them in the long run.

Daniel’s dad and mom aren’t the only ones spending time with Baby Margaret, as families will see in “There’s Time For Daniel and Baby, Too.”  When Prince Wednesday comes over and is more interested in playing with Baby Margaret than playing with Daniel, Prince Wednesday learns that there is time for both Daniel and his new sister.  He in turn learns that playing with both of them is even more fun.

Prince Wednesday learns that playing with both Daniel and his new sister together can be really fun in “There’s Time For Daniel and Baby, Too.”  In the DVD’s next episode “Playtime is Different” Daniel learns that playing with his little sister can be fun, too.  He learns this for himself while he is pretending to be at a restaurant with Katerina and O The Owl.  They are playing, but Baby Margaret keeps interrupting them.  To make matters worse, she very interested in Daniel’s stuffed friend Tige-y.  This eventually leads Daniel to learn his lesson about the joys of playing with his sister.

Daniel learns even more about the fun of playing with his sister in the DVD’s closing episode “The Playground Is Different With Baby.”  While Daniel and his friends are playing circus, it’s not the same with Baby Margaret.  Daniel’s parents encourage him to include her in the fun after which he learns that including her and playing with her can be just as fun on the playground as in the house.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Big Brother Daniel will be available Tuesday, January 3rd in stores and online.  It will retail for $12.99.  It is not currently listed on PBS’ online store.  However, parents can check on its availability online at http://www.shoppbs.org.  More information on this and other Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVDs is available online along with games and all of the latest information on the show at:

Website: http://pbskids.org/daniel

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/danieltigertv

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