Peg + Cat’s New Movie Is An Out Of This World Hit For The Whole Family

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Late this past May, PBS Kids and Public Media Distribution released Peg + Cat’s new movie Peg and Cat Save The World on DVD.  The approximately hour-long movie is a fun and educational presentation that the whole family will enjoy time and again.  That is due in part to the story at the center of the movie.  It will be discussed shortly.  The musical numbers are just as important to note as the story, even as surprising as that might seem.  The lessons that are tied into the movie round out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right, as will be displayed here.  Altogether, the elements noted here make Peg and Cat Save The World one of this year’s top new children’s DVDs.

Peg + Cat: Peg and Cat Save The World is one of this year’s top new children’s DVDs.  That is due in no small part to the story at the center of this hour-long movie.  The story is a spoof of every big budget interstellar disaster flick that has hit theaters in the past five to ten years.  Whereas those movies were all centered on the threat of killer asteroids hitting Earth, this movie sees Peg and her furry blue friend Cat having to save Earth from being flattened by their giant porcine friend Pig.  Pig threatens Earth after eating some chips (that happen to be triangle – Pig’s favorite shape) that make him planet size.  He ends up floating into space and eventually makes his way back to Earth, inadvertently threatening its very existence.  What’s even funnier is that the series’ writers spoof not only so many interstellar disaster flicks here, but they even take a moment to pay homage to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey as Pig floats back toward Earth.  Obviously the story has a happy ending, which won’t be revealed here for those who haven’t yet seen the movie.  The manner in which the ending happens is funny in itself.  Keeping all of this in mind, it becomes clear why this family friendly movie’s story is so important to its overall presentation.  It is only one part of what makes the movie so fun for the whole family.  The songs that are incorporated into the movie are just as important to discuss as its story.

The songs incorporated into Peg and Cat Save The World are so important because they are in themselves spoofs of so many well-known compositions.  Early on in the movie, Peg and Cat spoof Meghan Trainor’s ‘All About That Bass’ with a song called ‘All About The Shapes.’  At another point in the movie, the two friends are joined by Sandra Oh, who voices the President of the United States for their own take on ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic.’  The fun doesn’t stop there, either.  As Peg, Cat and their friends work to keep Pig from flattening Earth, they all join in for the movie’s own spoof of the timeless classic ‘We Are The World’ that sees Cat get his own solo; a moment that will have audiences of all ages laughing.  These three moments in themselves do plenty to make Peg and Cat Save The World entertaining.  When they are joined with the movie’s family-friendly story, which again is also a spoof in itself, the pair together makes the movie even more entertaining.  They are not the movie’s only important elements to discuss.  The lessons tied into the movie are just as important to note as the movie’s story and songs.

The lessons tied into Peg and Cat Save The World are so important to note in this discussion because they continue the tradition established by the series so long ago.  A lesson about patterns is taught as Peg and Cat try to link a pattern sung by Pig to a similar audio pattern picked up on radar in the President’s triangle office (yes, triangle office, which is apparently just below the oval office.  That joke in itself makes for plenty of laughs).  It also clearly teaches a lesson about shapes as Peg and Cat work to figure out how to keep Pig from flattening Earth.  From rectangles to spheres and other shapes, the story in this movie presents every possible basic shape for its young audiences.  So not only is the movie entertaining for the whole family, it is also educational for its younger audiences.  That solid balance of entertainment and education makes it a movie that ensures engagement by audiences of all ages, and in turn no less entertaining with each watch.  Keeping that in mind, the movie proves to be, once more, one of this year’s top new children’s DVDs.

Peg + Cat: Peg and Cat Save The World is one of this year’s top new children’s DVDs.  Not only that, but it is also a wonderfully entertaining watch for grown-up audiences.  That is thanks to a story that spoofs every interstellar disaster flick to ever fill the nation’s theaters in the past 10 years or so and songs that spoof a group of songs that only older audiences will know.  The lessons tied into the story are certain to educate children just as much as the story is certain to entertain them. Keeping all of this in mind, the whole of those elements proves once more why Peg and Cat Save The World is such an enjoyable offering from PBS Kids and Public Media Distribution. They combine to make it one of this year’s top new children’s DVDs.  More information on the DVD is available online along with lots of Peg + Cat activities, games, printables and more at:

 

 

 

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‘Peg + Cat’s’ First Movie Is Coming To DVD

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Public Media Distribution will release  PBS Kids’ very first Peg + Cat movie this May.

Peg + Cat: Peg and Cat Save The World will be released exclusively on DVD on Tuesday, May 23.  In the pair’s debut movie, Peg and her fury blue friend are asked to help save the world from an opera-singing pig that is on a collision course with Earth.  The task is put on the pair by the President, voiced here by Grey’s Anatomy star Sandra Oh.

The two-part movie’s run time is 60-minutes.  It will retail for MSRP of $6.99.  It will be listed soon at PBS’ online store.  More information on the new DVD is available online now along with all of the series’ latest news, activities and more at:

 

 

 

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PBS Kids’ New ‘Peg + Cat’ DVD Is In Fact Another “Out Of This World” Collection

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School is currently out for most students across the country.  But even with children being out on vacation, it is never too soon to instill a little education with their summer fun.  That’s where PBS Kids comes into play.  PBS Kids has already released a handful of family friendly DVDs that will both entertain and educate audiences of all ages this summer.  Earlier this month it released yet another new family friendly offering in the form of Peg + Cat’s new DVD Out Of This World.  This latest offering from the award-winning series is much smaller than its predecessors.  But it still offers plenty to be appreciated beginning with its featured stories.  That will be discussed shortly.  The lessons that are contained therein are just as important to note in the collection’s bigger picture as the stories in which the lessons are presented.  The bonus material that is included in the set rounds out the collection’s most important elements.  It brings everything full circle here and shows together with the featured stories and lessons why the DVD is, in whole yet a rather aptly titled collection.

Peg + Cat: Out Of This World is an aptly titled new collection from the award-winning PBS Kids series.  That is because it proves in whole that it is in fact an out of this world set, even as small as it may be.  This is proven in part through the stories that make up the main body of the disc.  Unlike previous Peg + Cat DVD collections, this one is much smaller than its predecessors in regards to its stories.  It features only for stories, whereas the majority of its predecessors feature twice that number.  Not every collection does.  But the majority of those collections do double up on that story count.  Even featuring only four episodes it still doesn’t detract from the collection.  That is because the stories are original and also interconnected.  Each story sees Peg and her furry, blue friend visiting their alien pal Richard, who lives on the purple planet for different reasons.  “The Doohickey Problem” sees Peg and Cat having to fix their rocket ship because it has broken.  And it is up to Richard to help them.  The duo visits him yet again in “The Long Line Problem” as he waits to get the latest new yellow gadget.  This is an especially funny episode for parents because it is obvious that the writers were poking fun at Apple and the people who wait so rabidly for the latest new Apple gadget even if they don’t know entirely what it does.  In “Richard The Third” Peg and Cat have to help motivate Richard as he competes with his siblings (who just happen to also be named Richard).  The story plays on the practice of people being called “the first,” the second,” and so on.  The set’s final episode “The T-Ball Problem” joins Richard with Peg and Cats T-Ball team in order to take on another team for the purple planet’s “world series.”  It’s a fitting way to not only entertain and educate young audiences (and even some older audiences thanks to its lesson) but also build hype over MLB’s road to the “second season” now that said annual road is being paved once again.  All four stories have their own identity separate from the others.  But they are all connected by one underlying thread—that of Peg and Cat’s visits with Richard.  The fact that the people at PBS Kids and PBS Distribution were able to connect all four episodes together all while maintaining the episodes’ identities is impressive in its own right.  It shows again that while the set boasts only four stories, they are still four stories that will keep audiences of all ages entertained and educated from beginning to end.  The stories are collectively just part of what makes this latest collection of Peg + Cat episodes so enjoyable.  The lessons that are tied into the stories are just as important to note as the stories that are featured within each episode.

The stories that make up the main body of Peg + Cat: Out Of This World are in their own right hugely important to the DVD’s overall presentation.  That is because each story has its own identity yet is connected to the others by the central thread of Peg and Cat visiting Richard in each story.  The balance presented therein makes the stories their own clearly important part to the disc’s presentation.  The lessons that are tied into each story are just as important to the collection’s presentation as the stories themselves.  The lessons presented here are not just the standard math lessons either.  The value of teamwork is taught alongside elementary level counting skills in “The Doohickkey Problem.”  “Richard The Third” presents an equally lesson about self-confidence and sense of self alongside its own elementary counting lesson.  “The Long Line Problem” and “The T-Ball Problem” are the only stories presented here that focus primarily on math.  The prior teaches a basic lesson about ordinal numbers while the latter presets a basic lesson about statistics.  Whether for the math lessons, the more personal lessons, or for both, it can be said that the lessons in whole add their own element to the collection.  It clearly shows that continued effort by The Fred Rogers Company to instill that sense of self among audiences (and do so in a way that doesn’t exactly mirror the lessons from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood) all while also teaching valuable lessons, proving the importance of math in everyday life on a level that makes that importance accessible by younger audiences.  There is no denying the impact that this balance of education (both socially and in terms of math) plays in the bigger picture of this collection.  Together with the set’s featured episodes the two elements strengthen the DVD’s presentation even more.  They still are not its only important elements.  The bonus material that is included in the set is just as important to note as the set’s featured stories and their related lessons.

The stories that make up the main body of PBS Kids’ new Peg + Cat collection are undeniably important to the collection’s presentation.  The social and mathematical lessons that are tied into the episodes are just as important to its collection as the stories themselves.  They are not the collection’s only important elements, though.  The bonus material that is included in the set is just as important to the collection’s presentation as its stories and lessons.  That is because the bonus material is made up of lessons that drive home the concepts presented within each of the stories and lessons.  They encourage parents and teachers to work with children in order to drive home those lessons, too.  “Monster Math” is one of those bonuses.  It drives home the basic counting lesson presented in “The Doohickey Problem” and “Richard The Third” by having an adult work with a child to build a “monster”–much like the one on the purple planet, who loves all things yellow—out of an empty tissue box and construction paper.  The adult then cuts up the construction paper even more, putting numbers on each piece before giving those pieces to the child.  From there, the adult calls out the numbers for the child to find and then feed to the monster.

“Triple Addition” is another of the set’s bonus features.  It, too echoes the basic counting lesson presented in “The Doohickey Problem.”  It does so by having children and parents find household items in order to make their own patterns.  The suggested items include candy (to make the lesson educational and tasty), pasta (in its various forms), and different colored and shaped blocks just to name a few.  Parents and children can use those suggestions or find their own items.  Over time parents and children can build pattern recognition skills using any number and type of items.

“Marble Mayhem” is the last of the bonuses included in the set.  This bonus lesson uses dice, marbles, (or whatever item parents and children choose) and a cup.  It is a multi-player game that teaches counting skills by having children roll the dice and put the matching number of marbles into their respective cups.  The first child to fill his or her cup wins the game.  As is noted in the activity, younger children can use just one die while older children can use a pair of dice.  It is a simple game that is sure to entertain and educate any child.  That is not to discount “Triple Addition” or “Monster Math” either.  All three bonus activities offers its own education and entertainment for the whole family.   Those bonus activities couple with the set’s stories and their associated lessons to make this collection in whole yet another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.  They come together to make it a collection that truly is “out of this world” whether used in the classroom or the living room.

Peg + Cat: Out Of This World is yet another impressive collection from the award-winning PBS Kids series.  It is another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library that is in fact rather aptly titled.  That is due in part to the interconnected stories which make up the body of the DVD’s presentation.  The lessons that are tied into each story are just as important to note as the stories themselves in noting what makes the DVD so impressive.  The bonus activities that are included with the collection round out its most important elements and bring everything full circle.  They join with the set’s stories and their associated lessons to ensure children’s (and even adults’) entertainment and education from beginning to end, proving again why this set is so “out of this world.”  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this DVD is available online now along with lots more Peg + Cat activities, games, printables and more at:

 

 

 

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PBS Distribution To Release Brand New ‘Peg + Cat’ DVD This Summer

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Courtesy: Public Media Distribution/PBS Kids/PBS

Peg + Cat is headed to DVD yet again this summer.

Public Media Distribution announced this week that it will release the brand new Peg + Cat DVD Peg + Cat: Out Of This World on Tuesday, July 12th alongside the new Dinosaur Train DVD Dinosaur Train: Under The VolcanoPeg + Cat: Out Of This World offers young audiences four more episodes from the family favorite math-based series.  In the collection’s lead episode “The Doohickey Problem,” Peg and her blue feline friend Cat have to recover sixteen stolen Doohickeys and re-assemble their smashed space ship.   In a related episode, “The T-Ball Problem,” peg’s t-ball team The Mighty Nine has a big problem on its hands as it has to face off against a team of alien all-stars.  So it’s up to Peg to figure out where each batter will hit and save the game.  These are just two of the stories presented in this collection of episodes.  The collection also features two more episodes that put Peg and Cat in two totally different situations.  They are “The Long Line Problem” and “Richard The Third.”

Peg + Cat: Out Of This World will be available Tuesday, July 12th in stores and online.  It will be available exclusively on DVD and will retail for MSRP of $6.99.  It can be pre-ordered online now direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this DVD is available online now along with lots more episodes, games, activities, and more at:

 

 

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PBS Distribution Releasing New Peg + Cat DVD

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PBS and PBS Distribution will release the latest collection of Peg + Cat episodes this week.

Peg + Cat: Super Peg and Cat Guy will be released Tuesday, April 5th in stores and online.  The collection which features four more episodes from the hit elementary math-based series, will be available exclusively on DVD.  The episodes featured in this eighth collection include: “The Arch Villain Problem,” “The Straight and Narrow Problem,” “The Flat Woman Problem,” and “The Race Car Problem.”

The Arch Villain Problem”:  In this episode, Peg and Cat have to face off against The Arch Villain.  The Arch Villain has come to Mathropolis.  He is wreaking havoc on the city by turning everything into arches.  So it’s up to Super Peg and Cat Guy to stop him.

The Straight and Narrow Problem”: Super Peg and Cat Guy are still hot on the trail of The Arch Villain in this episode.  This time the Arch Villain has gone from turning everything into arches to using straight and narrow shapes instead.  Only Super Peg and Cat Guy can stop his evil deeds once again.

The Flat Woman Problem”: Super Peg and Cat Guy have two new villains on their hands in this episode.  This time instead of The Arch Villain, they have to deal with Triangulo and Flat Woman.  The diabolical duo has teamed up to triangulate and flatten the city and only Super Peg and Cat Guy can stop them.

The Race Car Problem”: Peg and Cat’s race car is pitiful compared to the cars that they have to pass in order to win the big race.

Peg + Cat: Super Peg and Cat Guy will be available April 5th in stores and online.  It will be available exclusively on DVD and will retail for MSRP Of $6.99.  It can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=91837426&cp=&sr=1&kw=peg++cat&origkw=Peg+%2B+Cat&parentPage=search.  More information on this and other Peg + Cat DVDs is available online now along with more activities, games, and more at:

 

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Peg + Cat’s New DVD Is Yet Another Great Treat For The Whole Family This Halloween

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Courtesy: PBS Kids/PBS Distribution

The countdown is officially on, everyone. September is finally in its final days. This Thursday, October will finally be here. And that means that it won’t be long before Halloween is finally here, too. And with it will be plenty of offerings for audiences of all ages to get into the festive mood. The problem is that it seems that most of those offerings are the same ones that are released every year. So what is a person to do in the search for something new? Well for those festive families out there, PBS Kids has an answer in the form of its latest collection of episodes from its math-based series Peg + Cat. Peg + Cat: A Totally Awesome Halloween is another fun new offering for any family this Halloween. That’s especially the case for those families looking for options for their kids’ Halloween parties. It only boasts four episodes. But even with those four episodes, there is plenty to like about it starting with the writing behind each episode. Obviously basic math skills lie at the heart of each episode. But there is far more to each episode’s script than just that such as the writers’ direct tribute to The Twilight Zone in “The Highlight Zone Problem” all the way down to the episode’s twist ending and the not so subtle pro-ecology lesson tied in to “The Parade Problem.” Those are just a couple of examples of how the writing behind each episode makes this collection a joy for every family. The work of the series’ cast is another positive to the set. Voice actors Hayley Faith Negrin and Dwayne Hill (Mean Girls, Jimmy 2 Shoes, Arthur) are just as enjoyable together in these episodes as ever. Last but hardly least worth noting of this set’s positives is its pairing of activities included inside the DVD’s case. While there are only two activities, both are great ways to keep kids and their parents busy together for quite a while. And to quote the one and only Martha Stewart, that’s a good thing. Yes, that bad joke was fully intended. Whether for those activities, for the work of the show’s voice cast, the work of the show’s writers or for all three elements together, viewers of all ages will agree in watching this collection, which is available now on DVD, that it is indeed another great fit for any family’s Halloween party this year and any year. It is also more proof as to why PBS Kids is the last bastion of truly worthwhile children’s programming on television today.

PBS Kids’s new collection of episodes from its math-centered series Peg + Cat is not the first of its kind to be released this year. Even with that being the case it is still its own great addition to any family’s Halloween party this year and any year. The central reason for its enjoyment is the work of the series’ writers. The basic math skills and their ability to reach the show’s target audience are all there as with every other one of the series’ episodes. That goes without saying. What really makes the writing in these episodes so enjoyable is that the writers have incorporated elements that will entertain viewers of all ages. That is made clear right in the collections’ lead episode “The Parade Problem.” This episode is aimed in general at younger viewers with its lessons about organizing things into groups and of recycling. “The Highlighter Zone on the other hand targets audiences of all ages. Younger viewers are targeted through the lesson teaching them about finding things that are different. Grown ups are targeted with the episode’s direct tribute to The Twilight Zone. The writers even pay tribute to series creator Rod Serling as they have Ramone (Thamela Mpumlwana–The Gabby Douglas Story, The Warrior and The Savior, Group Home) open the episode. The writers also go so far as to present the story in black and white (at least until Peg and Cat find things that are different, thus bringing everything back into full color) and tie in a double twist ending to the story. “The Bermuda Triangle” problem is another great example of how the writers target adults and children alike in these episodes. This episode sees Peg and her four-legged friend get caught in the Bermuda Triangle after trying to save Pig (Tommy Wazelle–Noah). Children will appreciate the basic geometry lesson taught as they try to escape. Adults will appreciate the presentation of one of so many theories about the infamous area of the Atlantic. There are those that believe there is actually something inside the Bermuda Triangle, including a whole other dimension of sorts. And that is somewhat presented here, just in its own original manner. In the case of this story, it is hypothesized–playfully–that the Bermuda Triangle is actually a solid, tangible thing and place. That in itself is worth its share of laughs. It is just another example of what makes the writing behind these episodes so great for the whole family. That is not to take away from the set’s fourth episode “The Halloween Problem.” This episode teaches its own equally important lessons about counting, organizing, and even sharing. Altogether, the writing presented in all four of this collection’s episodes shows in whole exactly why it is so important to the whole of the collection’s enjoyment. It is just one part of what makes this collection so enjoyable for the whole family, too. The work of the show’s voice cast is just as noteworthy.

The work of the writers behind Peg + Cat is one of the big reasons that this family friendly math-centered series has proven time and again to be such a welcome addition to PBS Kids’ daily lineup. That is evident in all four of the episodes featured in the show’s new Halloween-themed collection A Totally Awesome Halloween. It is just one part of what makes this collection so enjoyable. The work of the show’s voice cast is just as impressive as ever, too. Every one of the show’s young female viewers will love Hayley Faith Negrin once again as Peg. There s just something loveable about her that will put as much of a smile on parents’ faces as on those of their children. And Dwayne Hill proves once again to be just as entertaining as ever. Hill makes Cat such a comical character throughout each episode. From those moments in which Cat gets angry to his happier moments, Hill will leave audiences laughing together just as much as in the series’ other episodes. On another level, Thamela Mpumlwana is just as great taking the place of Rod Serling in The “Highlight Zone Problem.” It’s just one more example of how the work of the show’s voice cast adds to the collection’s enjoyment. Even with the enjoyment added to the episodes through the work of the show’s voice cast in each episode, there is still one more element to note to the set’s positive. That final element is the bonus material included inside the DVD’s case.

The work of both Peg + Cat’s writers and voice cast within each of the episodes in the series’ new Halloween-themed collection go a long way toward making it enjoyable for the whole family. While both elements together do plenty to make this collection so enjoyable for viewers of all ages, they are still not all that make it worth the watch. The bonus lessons included inside the DVD’s case round out the presentation. There are only two lessons. but both are Halloween-themed and are sure to have parents and children interacting together for quite a while. The first of the lessons uses pumpkin seeds to drive home those basic counting skills. It requires adults to cut open a pumpkin and get a little messy first and foremost. Of course they can encourage kids to get messy, too. From there, parents and kids can pull out the seeds inside the pumpkin. And kids can estimate just how many seeds they think are there after grouping the seeds. From there, kids can count for themselves just how many seeds were actually pulled from the pumpkin. The lesson is furthered with a push for author Margaret McNamara’s book How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? The second of the bonus lessons advances those sorting skills while also helping drive home the recycling lesson taught in “The Parade Problem.” It does so by showing parents and children how to make their own homemade recycling bins and sorting out anything that can be recycled. There is even a bonus within the bonus encouraging adults to take kids on a trip to a recycling center so that ids can learn even more about the recycling process and those that make the process happen. There is even a suggestion to find out about volunteering as a family at a recycling center. So not only is this a way to encourage recycling but a way for any family to do things together at the same time. It’s a win-win for all involved. And together with the lesson centered on sorting and counting pumpkin seeds, the two lessons together are the finishing touch on a set that every family will enjoy not just this Halloween but every Halloween.

PBS Kids’ new Peg + Cat DVD A Totally Awesome Halloween offers audiences of all ages so much to enjoy even with just four episodes and two bonus lessons. The writing will entertain grown ups just as much as it will their children within each episode. The voice cast’s work is just as entertaining here for viewers of all ages as it is in other episodes of the family favorite series. And the bonus lessons included inside the DVD’s case put the finishing touch on the presentation especially considering that they not only help drive home the episodes’ lessons but also encourage that all-too important family interaction once again. All three of the noted elements by themselves make this collection another great addition to any family’s Halloween party this and every year. Together, they show once again why this series is such a hit in general and why, again, PBS Kids is the last bastion of truly worthwhile children’s programming on television today. Peg + Cat: A Totally Awesome Halloween is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered online direct from PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=66322766&cp=&sr=1&kw=peg++cat&origkw=Peg+%2B+Cat&parentPage=search. More information on this and other Peg + Cat collections is available online now along with lots of Peg + Cat games and activities at:

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

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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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