Shout! Factory Offers Audiences Lots More Furry Fun In Its Latest Pound Puppies Collection

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory Kids/Shout! Factory/Discovery Family

The Pound Puppies are back!  Everybody’s favorite canines have returned once again with another new DVD in Pound Puppies: A Rare Pair.  It is available now in stores and online.  And just as with every Pound Puppies DVD that has come before this latest collection of Pound Puppies episodes boasts plenty to appreciate beginning with the episodes themselves.  The episodes are lifted largely from the series’ first season.  Although there is one episode that is pulled from Season Two included in this set.  The writing behind each episode is another important element of the featured episodes.  Last but hardly least of note is the work of the series’ voice cast.  This includes the guest stars that make appearances in these episodes.  Each element is in its own right important to the whole of Pound Puppies: A Rare Pair.  Altogether they make the DVD one more welcome installment from the all too short-lived animated series.

Shout! Factory’s latest Pound Puppies DVD is another welcome collection of episodes from Discovery Family’s all too short-lived animated series.  The DVD features five more episodes lifted from the series.  The episodes in question here are lifted largely from the series’ first season.  Though, there is at least one episode–“Once a Ralph, Always A Ralph”–that is lifted from Season Three.  The reason that this is important to note of the collection is that while this DVD is not yet the series’ last (if one is going by the numbers), it does finish off another hunk of episodes from the series’ first season.  Considering the episodes featured here and those presented in the series’ previous DVDs, only six episodes remain to be released from the series’ first season.  And none of those episodes are slated for the next Pound Puppies DVD Show Stopping Pups, which is slated to be released April 12th.  The remaining unreleased Season One episodes are: “Nightmare on Pound Street,” “Rebound,” “Rebel Without A Collar,” “Olaf In Love,” “Lucky Gets Adopted.”  Keeping in mind that those episodes will not be included in the next DVD and that the episodes that are on the way come largely from the series’ third season, that DVD is one of four more that should be on the way.  In other words, the episodes presented in this DVD are not the only ones left for the series’ fans to enjoy.  That is the key element to this DVD.  Yes, it takes another chunk out of the series’ first season.  But it is also still not the last of the series’ Season One episodes on the way nor is it the last overall Pound Puppies DVD on the way.  It’s just one part of what makes this DVD a win for audiences.  The writing–more specifically the stories behind each episode–is just as important to the episodes as the episodes themselves..

The episodes that are featured in Shout! Factory’s new Pound Puppies DVD are in themselves an important element of the DVD’s enjoyment.  Even as important as they are to the whole of the DVD, they are not the only element that is to be noted of the DVD’s overall presentation.  The writing that is behind the episodes is just as important to the episodes as the episodes themselves.  More specifically the stories that serve as the episodes’ foundation are just as important to the episodes as the episodes themselves.  That is evident right off the top as Lucky and the Pound Puppies end up having to team up with the Kennel Kittens in order to get a kitten and a puppy adopted by a brother and sister.  Originally the two sides face off against one another.  But of course they end up having to team up when they realize the only hope for either side is to work together and keep the puppy and kitten together in one home.  It’s a tried and true plot–two opposing sides having to work together for a greater cause–but even despite that it still works here just as much in other stories that have used the plot.  “The Really Weird Dog” sees the Pound Puppies having to reunite an alligator named Rover (yes, Rover) with his boy before something bad happens to him.  The ultimate outcome is somewhat predictable.  But it is still a fun little story that teaches audiences an important lesson about accepting others regardless of what they look like on the outside.  Regardless of whether or not that lesson was intentionally incorporated into the episode, it still is an important aspect of the episode.  And in “Kennel Kittens Return” audiences get some action and adventure when Squirt has to go undercover as a cat in order to retrieve a glove that lets the Pound Puppies type just like a human.  The glove is part of the Pound Puppies’ ongoing efforts to help keep their operations secret.  It’s a good change of pace from the Pound Puppies’ usual adventures.  The same can be said of the flashback episode “Call of the Squirreldog.”  That episode tells the story of how Mr. Nut Nut became a member of the Pound Puppies despite being a squirrel.  Even Season Three’s “Once A Ralph, Always A Ralph” offers its own surprises as Ralph returns once again to Shelter 17.  It’s one more story that proves the importance of the writing behind this DVD’s featured episodes.  Together with the other featured episodes, all five episodes present stories that audiences of all ages will enjoy just as much as the episodes presented in the series’ previous DVDs.  That being the case they show even more why the presentation in whole is another welcome installment of episodes from the all too short-lived series.

Both the episodes featured in this new Pound Puppies DVD and the stories crafted for each are equally important to the DVD’s overall presentation.  The episodes take out another chunk of episodes from the series’ first season, and the stories behind each episode offer their own enjoyment as not one is like the other.  They are just part of the DVD’s overall presentation. The work of the show’s voice cast is just as important here as the work of the series’ writers. Eric McCormack (Will & Grace, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Perception) is spot on once again as the Pound Puppies lead mutt Lucky. Whether providing comfort and motivation to young puppies looking for their people or confidently leading the Pound Puppies in their mission to place every puppy with its proper person, McCormack handles every one of Lucky’s situations with expertise thus making him not only a believable character but one for whom audiences of all ages will again love to cheer. Rene Auberjonois (Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Benson, The Little Mermaid) is just as entertaining as McLeish even in his more rare appearances in these episodes. Audiences will love to hate McLeish thanks to Auberjonois’ take on the dog catching dolt as he tries to keep Ralph from being adopted in “Once A Ralph, Always A Ralph.” And in “Kennel Kittens Return” when McLeish falls for Strudel’s (voiced by Allana Ubach – Legally Blonde, See Dad Run, Meet The Fockers) trick and goes out into the pound’s parking lot in his underwear, Auberjonois is just as spot on. On a different note, guest star Jeff Corwin (The Jeff Corwin Experience, Corwin’s Quest, Ocean Mysteries With Jeff Corwin) is just as entertaining in his appearance as alligator hunter Cap Wilder in “The Really Weird Dog.” What’s really interesting about his portrayal of Wilder is that unlike other similar characters presented in other series, Corwin doesn’t allow Wilder to become that megalomaniacal figure that is all too familiar. He is determined to catch Rover. That goes without saying. But he isn’t overwhelmed by his determination. That is what sets him apart from his counterparts in other series. He makes Wilder an entertaining character. But he doesn’t go over the top with him. That is why he is so entertaining. Even in the episode’s final reveal Corwin doesn’t ham it up either. His ability to balance Wilder’s more obsessed side and his softer side without going too far in either direction makes Wilder that much more entertaining to watch. His is just one more portrayal that shows the importance of the voice cast’s work throughout each of this DVD’s episodes. Each of the series’ regular cast members could be noted in their work, too. But that would take some time. So for lack of time and space, it will be noted that whether for one member of the cast or for all involved, the work of the Pound Puppies voice cast rounds out the most important elements of the episodes presented in the series’ new DVD. That work in itself is an important part of the episodes’ whole. Together with the work of the series’ writers and the presentation of the episodes themselves all three elements present Pound Puppies: A Rare Pair as yet another welcome collection from Discovery Family’s all too short-lived series. They show it as a potential candidate for this year’s list of the year’s best new children’s DVDs and Blu-rays.

Shout! Factory’s latest collection of Pound Puppies episodes is yet another welcome installment from Discovery Family’s all too short-lived animated series. That is exhibited primarily through the episodes culled for the collection. They represent another chunk of the series’ first season. At the same time, they are not the last of the episodes that had yet to be pulled from Season One. In the bigger picture the episodes are also not the series’ last that had yet to be presented on DVD. There are still plenty more on the way. There are at least four more collections on the way, one of which will be released this spring. The writing behind the episodes is just as important to the episodes as the episodes themselves. That is evident in each of the episodes’ stories. From a fun little look back in time in “Call of the Squirreldog” to the standard but still fun story in “Catcalls” to the adventure in “Kennel Kittens Return” and inspiring message of “The Really Weird Dog,” the stories change style from one to the next, ensuring audiences’ maintained engagement. Last but hardly least of note is the work of the show’s voice cast. Once again the cast is spot on in its delivery and timing in each episode. Even guest star Jeff Corwin is entertaining in his own right as Cap Wilder. The entertainment offered by the voice cast shows the chemistry between each person even that early on in the show’s run. Each element proves by itself to be an invaluable element in the overall presentation of Pound Puppies: A Rare Pair. Altogether they make this DVD one more welcome collection of episodes from Discovery Family’s all too short-lived series and an early candidate for any critic’s list of the year’s top new children’s DVDs and Blu-rays. It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online direct via Shout! Factorys online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-animation/pound-puppies-a-rare-pair. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

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Shout! Factory Kids To Release New Pound Puppies DVD Next Month

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory Kids/Shout! Factory/Discovery Family

Lucky, Cookie, Niblet, and the rest of the Pound Puppies gang returns this winter with another new collection of episodes thanks to Shout! Factory Kids.

Shout! Factory Kids will release the next collection episodes from Discovery Family’s hit series Pound Puppies next month. The single-disc compilation, Pound Puppies: A Rare Pair, will be released in stores and online on Tuesday, January 19th. It will feature five more episodes from the hit animated series and will retail for MSRP of $12.99. This time out, the Pound Puppies have to try and get a kitten and puppy both adopted to the same home in “Catcalls.” This episode is pulled from the series’ first season. Also from Season One, “The Really Weird Dog” the Pound Puppies have quite the task ahead of them as they try to help an alligator (yes, an alligator) named Rover get adopted. There’s also a clip show of sorts in yet another Season One episode “The Call of the Squirrel Dog.” This episode tells the story of how Mr. Nut became a member of the Pound Puppies crew. These are just a few of the stories that audiences have to look forward to on this latest collection. Season One is represented once more in “Kennel Kittens Return” while Season Two gets a nod in the form of “Once A Ralph, Always A Ralph.”

Pound Puppies: A Rare Pair will be available in stores and online on Tuesday, January 19th. It will retail for MSRP of $12.99 but can be pre-ordered online now at a discounted price of $11.99 via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-animation/pound-puppies-a-rare-pair. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

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Shout! Factory To Release Another Pound Of Pound Puppies Next Month

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Shout! Factory Kids/Hasbro Studios

Shout! Factory Kids and Hasbro Studios will release yet another new collection of episodes from the hit children’s series Pound Puppies next month.

Shout! Factory Kids and Hasbro Studios will release Pound Puppies: Pick of the Litter on Tuesday, July 14th. The single-disc collection will feature five more episodes from the family friendly series. This collection sees voice actor Grey DeLisle (Secret Agent Oso, Curious George, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy) make an appearance as a puppy named Buttercup in “Cuddle Up Buttercup.” Buttercup looks so much like the toy sensation Cuddle Up Buttercup in this episode. Because Buttercup looks so much like the toy dog, she is in high demand. So it’s up to the Pound Puppies to connect her with her perfect person before she is adopted by some random child. There is also a story that puts a twist on the classic story the Prince and the Pauper in “I’m Ready For My Close Pup” as famed TV dog Pooches is sick of the limelight and wants a break. So she trades places with Cupcake, who ends up letting fame go to her head. All the while the Pound Puppies are searching for Pooches’ perfect person, who turns out ironically to be her on-screen enemy Amy. Amy might be Pooches’ enemy in front of the camera. But off camera, she loves Pooches very much. Lauren Tom (Futurama, King of the Hill, Codename: Kids Next Door) guest stars in this episode. There’s even an international flare in this collection in “The Pups Who Loved Me” as Lucky and British Pound Puppy agent Bondo have to chase down the Super Secret Pup Club when the young pups play in Bondo’s flying car and accidentally set off the car’s controls. Rob Paulsen (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain) guest stars in this episode alongside Jeff Bennett (James Bond, Jr., Curious George, Codename: Kids Next Door). These are just a few of the episodes presented in Pound Puppies: Pick of the Litter. There are two more episodes that audiences will enjoy together, too in the form of “Dog on a Wire” and “Pound Preemies.” Pound Puppies: Pick of the Litter will be available on DVD in stores and online on Tuesday, July 14th. It will retail for MSRP of $12.99 but can be pre-ordered online now via Shout! Factory’s online store for a discounted price of $11.99 at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-animation/pound-puppies-pick-of-the-litter. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory and Shout! Factory Kids is available online now at

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Shout! Kids, Shout! Factory To Release New Pound Puppies DVD Next Month

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Shout! Kids and Shout! Factory will release the latest collection of episodes from Discovery Family’s family favorite series Pound Puppies next month.

Just in time for Valentines Day, Shout! Kids and Shout! Factory will release Pound Puppies: Puppy Love on Tuesday, February 3rd. The compilation will feature five more episodes from the animated series. It also comes with a printable valentine that young viewers can share with their family, pet or their own valentine. It will retail for MSRP of $12.99. However, parents can pre-order the DVD online now via Shout! Factory’s online store at a discounted price of $11.99. It can be pre-ordered online via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-animation/pound-puppies-puppy-love.

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The Rescue Bots Are Back On The Job With Another Fun DVD For The Whole Family

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Shout! Kids

The latest compilation of episodes from Hasbro Studios’ Transformers Rescue Bots is another great collection for any fan of this kid friendly series.  The compilation, which was released last Tuesday, September 2nd, is especially well-timed considering the proximity of its release to Halloween.  That is primarily because of the five episodes featured in the disc.  The episodes presented on this disc offer their own not so scary stories that are still a good fit for any child’s Halloween party.  For those that might be new to this series (like this critic), said audiences will also appreciate the series’ animation.  Being another product of Hasbro studios, it should come as no surprise that the series’ animation plays a role in its enjoyment, too.  And last but not least of all worth noting in the overall presentation is the series’ list of voice talents.  The actors charged with putting a voice to the series’ characters are largely well-known figures.  They are figures that have quite the resume when it comes to animated programs, children’s programs, and sci-fi shows, too.  Some have experience in all three realms, making their acting all the more believable and in turn enjoyable.  The combination of those experienced voice talents and the series’ animation and writing makes Transformers Rescue Bots: Mystery Rescue just as enjoyable for those that are new to this series as those that are more familiar with the show.

Transformers Rescue Bots: Mystery Rescue is the fifth compilation of episodes from the Hub network’s hit children’s series.  The compilation was released just last week in stores.  Its timing could not have been better taking into account its episodes and the fact that Halloween is a little more than a month away.  The episodes collected for this compilation each present their own not so scary but still entertaining story for kids at their Halloween parties this year.  The DVD opens with a mystery that sees everyone in Griffin Rock suddenly disappearing after a horde of robotic bugs infests the town.  It’s up to Cody, his friends, and the Rescue Bots to solve the mystery.  The second episode sees some “ghosts” suddenly appearing.  It turns out though, that things aren’t always what they appear to be when Cody and the Rescue Bots investigate the “hauntings.”  There’s even a little twist that parents and kids alike will like, regardless of whether or not they are believers.  “Spellbound” is the third episode chosen for the DVD.  One could argue that this episode lifts lightly from Stephen King’s novel Cell as cell phones are being used to take over the minds of the Griffin Rock’s citizens.  This is an especially enjoyable episode not only for this reason, but for its emphasis on caring for the environment.  “Blame The Gremlins” is another great addition that parents and children will appreciate as it offers its own frightful fun.  When Cody’s big brother Kade (voiced by Jason Marsden) starts having nightmares about gremlins, those nightmares become reality and invade Griffin Rock.  Parents that are familiar with Rod Serling’s original Twilight Zone series will appreciate the subtle homage to the episode “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” in this episode.  One could even argue that there’s a subtle reference to a certain gremlin from Warner Brothers’ beloved Looney Tunes franchise.  “Feed The Beast” closes out the DVD with a little tale of Griffin Rock’s own version of the legendary Sasquatch.  As with the discs other episodes, it offers its own frightful fun for younger viewers.  All of the episodes together will keep young viewers fully engaged from start to finish.

Of the stories included on this disc are not enough enjoyment by themselves, audiences that might be new to Transformers Rescue Bots will appreciate the fact that the episodes are kid friendly.  They don’t have the level of violence and deep, thought provoking material that makes up the original Transformers franchise or any of its offshoots over the years.  It makes for a fun and safe way to ease younger viewers into the Transformers universe.  It could be argued that to that extent, it actually takes a page from the likes of Tiny Toon Adventures, The Flintstone Kids, Taz-Mania and others that came from that era.  That’s because while many critics came down hard on the series, the reality was that they were in fact a way to slowly and gently bring younger viewers into the likes of Looney Tunes, The Flintstones, ScoobyDoo and other classic franchises.  To that extent, the very concept of this franchise makes the writing all the more valuable and enjoyable to the overall presentation that is this latest compilation.

The writing that went into the episodes on this DVD makes them (and the franchise in whole) a joy for both children and adults.  Its mix of family friendly stories and its more grown-up pop culture references will make watching them as a family a fun time.  And especially today, families need as much time as possible together.  It’s not all that makes this collection enjoyable, either.  The series’ animation also makes the episodes presented here fun, too.  Audiences that are familiar with Hasbro Studios’ properties will find it no surprise that this series’ animation bears a somewhat similar animation style to that of both Pound Puppies and Littlest Pet Shop.  It is safe to suffice that the same individuals charged with crafting the artwork for those series were also behind Transformers Rescue Bots, too simply by watching these episodes.  Even with its similarities to those series, it does bear its own identity apart from them.  The differences lie mainly in little things like the contours of the characters and the backgrounds and even the coloring. Other than that, this series’ animation lies in the same category as those others from Hasbro Studios already noted. Even as similar as its animation is to those series, it still is nice to see animation today that can look so much like it was hand drawn instead of all of the cookie cutter CGI shows out there for younger audiences today. It’s just one more part of what makes this new DVD so welcome in any family’s DVD library.

The animation in Transformers Rescue Bots: Mystery Rescue and the writing in its episodes together make this latest collection of episodes welcome in any family’s DVD library. The last factor to note that makes it such a welcome addition to any family’s library is the series’ list of voice actors. Those behind the characters in this series are no strangers to voicing animated characters. The cast includes Jason Marsden, Kath Soucie, Levar Burton, Mauriche LaMarche, Tim Curry, Diamond White and so many others. While their episodes are not included in this DVD, Mark Hamill (Star Wars, Batman The Animated Series) and Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years) even offer their talents in a couple of episodes, too. Having such a who’s who of actors lending their talents to this series is a tribute to its popularity and the popularity of the Transformers franchise in whole. Jason Marsden is known for his work on Nickelodeon’s The Fairly Odd Parents and as the voice of Nermal in Cartoon Network’s The Garfield Show. He has worked on a number of other series and movies, too. These are just a couple examples of his body of work. Kath Soucie and Levar Burton both worked together on Captain Planet and the Planeteers early in the 1990s. Soucie is also known as the voice of Phil and Lil DeVille in Nickelodeon’s beloved Nicktoon Rugrats. Not to omit Mauriche LeMarche or Tim Curry, the resume of these two actors could fill pages and pages. Needless to say they are quite the well trained and well-respected actors. And having them on this series’ cast is quite the statement. Newcomer Diamond White has already started building up her own resume with voice acting credits including work on Disney’s Phineas and Ferb, and Sophia the First. She also plays the role of Sophie in Nickelodeon’s teen-centric series The Haunted Hathaways. Needless to say, the cast that was tapped for the roles in Transformers Rescue Bots more than did its job with this latest collection of episodes. Their years of training and experience helped them to interpret each episode’s script and in turn make it each story all the more enjoyable. The end result is a collection of episodes that the whole family will enjoy again and again while they wait for the next collection of episodes from this surprisingly entertaining show.

The A-list voice cast tapped to voice the characters in this latest collection of episodes from Hub’s Transformers Rescue Bots goes a long way toward validating it and the series in whole. Parents will note the celebrities’ names and want to check out the actors’ work for themselves. They will also appreciate some of the subtle pop culture references thrown in for good measure in some of the episodes included on the DVD. Kids will enjoy the animation and stories in general. All things considered, there is a lot that makes Transformers Rescue Bots: Mystery Rescue a hit for the whole family. So much in fact that it could potentially end up on this critic’s list of the year’s best new DVDs for children and families. It is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered direct from Shout! Factory’s website at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-animation/transformers-rescue-bots-mystery-rescue. More information on this and other releases from Shout! Factory is available online now at http://www.shoutfactory.com and http://www.facebook.com/shoutfactoryofficial. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Shout! Kids’ Latest Pound Puppies Compilation Is Another Great Watch For The Whole Family

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Courtesy; Shout! Factory/Shout! Kids/Hub/Hasbro Studios

Shout! Kids released the latest collection of episodes from Hub’s award-winning series Pound Puppies this week.  The latest collection of episodes from this update on the original 1980s series is just as much a jewel as the series’ previous compilation DVDs.  The episodes included in this compilation make it so enjoyable first and foremost because of the episodes’ writing.  By connection, audiences will appreciate the subtle lessons taught through some of the episodes.  Intentional or not, there are some subtle lessons taught through some of this set’s episodes.  It makes the set all the richer.  And last but not least, viewers (especially parents) will appreciate this latest compilation is the list of guest appearances.  Some very big names lend their talents to Pound Puppies in this collection.  Whether it be the guest talent, the lessons, the writing or all three factors together, Pound Puppies: A Perfect Match proves to be another wonderful set of episodes for the whole family.

The writing behind this collection of episodes is the central point of impact for this DVD.  Those that are familiar with this incarnation of Pound Puppies and with the original series from the 1980s know that both series emulate the classic WWII-themed sitcom Hogan’s Heroes in their theme songs.  The new Pound Puppies has taken things to a higher level, actually giving Ace and his canine friends an underground base just like Col. Hogan and his Allied forces friends in Hogan’s Heroes.  As viewers will see in this set’s opening episode, the writers even emulate Hogan’s Heroes in terms of the writing, too.  In “The Yipper Caper”, viewers see McLeash bring in a giant dog feeding machine just to impress his superiors much like Col. Klink would do in Hogan’s Heroes.  Klink was always taking on some wild, hair-brained scheme to impress his higher-ups.  On the other side of things, audiences hear Ace tell Yipper that the Pound Puppies have homes outside the shelter, but they stay there to help others.  Audiences familiar with Hogan’s Heroes will again recognize quite the similarity there.  This writing is a wonderful homage to the golden era of television and takes things one step farther than the original Pound Puppies series.  That homage is just the tip of the iceberg in what makes the writing so fun in these episodes.  Just as impressive to note is the fact that the show’s writers are able to time and again find ways for the Pound Puppies to complete their missions without McLeash ever knowing.  This is the case throughout all five episodes, not just the opener.  Again, this is an homage to Hogan’s Heroes.  It’s one more way to potentially get young viewers started on the road to an appreciation for television’s Golden Era.  And for that, the show’s writers are more than deserving of their applause.

As one should be able to tell by now, the writing behind the episodes included in the latest Pound Puppies compilation DVD is key to the collection’s overall enjoyment.  Even older viewers will appreciate the writing thanks to its throwback to what is one of television’s greatest ever sitcoms.  Just as important to these episodes are the lessons taught through the episodes.  “Hello Kitten” teaches a not so subtle lesson about the ability of people to get along and be friends despite opposing backgrounds.  It does this by having the youngest of the pound puppies help a kitten find his perfect person.  There’s just one problem.  The Pound Puppies’ feline counterparts, led by a feline mirror image of Ace is set out to keep the young kitten from becoming friends with dogs and finding a person for the kitten themselves.  In the end, the cats learn that it’s okay to be friends with dogs.  The secondary lesson taught here is that one must let go of things from the past.  All holding onto the past does is make a person bitter.  “Beauty is only Fur Deep” teaches a lesson about being one’s self when a much talked about dog comes to Kennel 17.  The Pound Puppies have their hands…*ahem*…paws full when the seemingly humble dog turns quite self-centered on getting a new coat of fur.  It creates lots of problems for the Pound Puppies especially when he shoots down the little girl they said was his perfect person. He of course learns a rather valuable lesson from this experience that viewers of all ages will appreciate.

The lessons taught through the episodes culled for Pound Puppies: A Perfect Match and the general writing that pays homage to Hogan’s Heroes both make this latest compilation of episodes just as enjoyable as previous Pound Puppies DVDs. There is one more factor to consider in this DVD that makes its episodes so fun. That final factor is the list of guest stars that lent its talents to each episode. J.K. Simmons (Spiderman 1 3) and Tress MacNeille both share their talents in the episodes included in this DVD. Go figure, Simmons voices a character in “Working K-9 To 5” that is a newspaper man. Hmmmmm, now where have we seen that before? His character is even presented much in the same vein as J. Jonah Jameson from director Sam Raimi’s Spiderman Trilogy. MacNeille (The Simpsons, Futurama) voices a fellow canine in another episode. It’s only a bit part. But parents that know McNeille’s voice will love hearing her voice here, too. And of course, the true queen of comedy herself, Betty White, returns once more as the voice of McLeash’s not so nice mother. These are just some of the guests that appear in the episodes collected for this DVD. Also on board on these episodes are: Tara Strong (Rugrats, The Powerpuff Girls, The Fairly Odd Parents), E.G. Daily (Rugrats, The Powerpuff Girls, Chalk Zone), Diedrich Bader (Batman: The Brave & The Bold, Napoleon Dynamite, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy), Danny Cooksey (Salute Your Shorts, Diff’rent Strokes, Tiny Toon Adventures) and so many others. The fact that so many well-known actors and actresses would lend their talents to these episodes shows just how respected a series it proves to be. Parents will recognize most (if not all) of the names mentioned here. And that alone is enough to give the DVD just one watch if not more. And it is most definitely deserving of far more than just one watch.

Pound Puppies: A Perfect Match is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered online direct from Shout! Factory’s online store at http://www.shoutfactory.com/product/pound-puppies-perfect-match. More information on this and other releases from Shout! Factory and Shout! Kids is available online at http://www.shoutfactory.com and http://www.facebook.com/shoutfactoryofficial. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Pound Puppies’ Latest Compilation One Of The Show’s Best Yet

Courtesy:  Shout! Factory/Hub Network/Hasbro Studios

Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Hub Network/Hasbro Studios

Shout! Factory has teamed up with Hasbro Studios and the Hub network once again another compilation of episodes from Hub’s Pound PuppiesPound Puppies: Holiday Hijinks is one of the best compilations from this family and kid favorite series to be released yet.  That is largely because of each episode’s writing.  This compilation offers viewers some of the series’ most heartfelt episodes to date.  Just as noteworthy in this compilation is the guest voice talent.  Both parents and kids alike will recognize the celebrity voices that are included in some of the episodes in this set.  Something more subtle, but just as worth noting in this collection of episodes is that each one features its own musical number.  It’s something that hadn’t been seen (or rather heard) in previous collections.  It’s a nice touch to the episodes in question.  The reason for that will be discussed later.  All things considered, Holiday Hijinks is one more great addition to any family’s home DVD library, whether it’s their first introduction to the new Pound Puppies or not.

The latest compilation of Pound Puppies episodes includes five more episodes from the Hub network’s hit children’s series.  This follows the same format as the previous DVD compilations that have been released.  The episodes collected for this collection stand out because they are some of the series’ most heartwarming episodes yet.  The collection’s opener, “I Heard The Barks on Christmas Eve” is the collection’s only actual holiday themed episode.  It’s still a wonderful story, nonetheless.  For the first time ever, viewers see that Mr. McLeish actually has a heart and isn’t the mean middle aged man that he comes across as being in most episodes.  It presents those classic messages that everybody needs somebody and that everybody deserves somebody, especially during the holidays.  Audiences will appreciate how writer Joe Ansolabehere expanded on the show’s central theme of family in the set’s second episode, “I Never Barked For My Father.”  Lucky meets his long lost father and brother for the first time ever in this episode.  These are two of the collection’s finest.  What’s more, older audiences will appreciate the guest vocal talent shared here.  That is another positive to this set of episodes.

The episodes collected for Pound Puppies: Holiday Hijinks offer plenty of heart and laughs.  The writers behind the show are to be applauded for their work.  Just as worth noting of these episodes is the guest vocal talent recruited for these episodes.  Lucky’s father is voiced by none other than Gary Cole in “I Never Barked For My Father.”  And his long lost brother is voiced by one Gary Cooksey.  Cooksey is best known for his time on Diff’rent Strokes as well as voicing Montana Max on Tiny Toon Adventures and portraying Robert “Buddy” Budnick on Nickelodeon’s hit 90s series, Salute Your Shorts.  Older audiences will recognize Gary Cole from his roles in Office Space, Dodgeball, Talladega Nights, and Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law just to name some of his work.  Cole and Cooksey are just a couple of the well-known names that grace this collection of episodes.  Fred Stoller (Wordgirl, Everybody Loves Raymond) guests on the collection’s opener as the voice of Ralph.  Ralph is a stray that has lost his Christmas spirit because he has never had a single owner.  That all changes thanks to the Pound Puppies.  Wayne Knight (Seinfeld, Scooby-Doo & The Goblin King, Jurassic Park, The Exes) also shares his talents as the voice of Ralphie, Mr. McLeish’s old friend in “Good Dog, McLeish.”  If that isn’t enough, then the addition of both Tress MacNeille (Futurama, The Simpsons) and Charles Shaughnessy (The Nanny) as guest talent in “Prince and the Pupper” will certainly convince parents to check out this latest collection of Pound Puppies episodes with their kids.  The list of guest talent included in Pound Puppies: Holiday Hijinks is only a glimpse of the big name actors and actresses that have lent their talents to this series over the course of three seasons.  And it’s just one more reason for families to enjoy this collection together.  There is one more reason that families will enjoy the episodes presented in this set.  That reason is that each of the set’s five episodes includes its own musical number.  It would have been so easy for the writers to go over the top considering the history of musical numbers in shows that aren’t known for musical numbers.  Instead, the show’s writers made each episode’s musical number respectable and within limitations.  They didn’t make them big, cheesy tongue-in-cheek numbers.  They actually add a certain amount of emotion and comic relief where necessary.  Just as with the guest vocal talent and the equally enjoyable writing overall, the musical number become one more part of the whole that makes Pound Puppies: Holiday Hijinks well worth the watch any time of the year.  It is available now on DVD in stores and online.  It can be ordered direct from the Shout! Factory store at http://www.shoutfactory.com/product/pound-puppies-holiday-hijinks.  More information on this and other Pound Puppies DVDs is available online at http://www.shoutfactory.com and http://www.facebook.com/shoutactoryofficial.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.