Brothers and sisters are the bet and the worst people in the world. They make life great and they make it miserable all at the same time. Through it all, they are family, and life would not be the same without them. So in celebration of siblings, PBS Kids and Public Media Distribution recently released a new collection of Arthur episodes focused on the ups and downs and brothers and sisters in the form of Arthur: Brothers and Sisters. Originally released this past July on DVD, this eight-episode collection boasts plenty of positives beginning with its episodes. This will be discussed shortly. The stories presented in the featured episodes are just as important to discuss in examining this DVD as the episodes and will be examined later. The lessons that are presented within the featured episodes round out the collection’s most important elements. All elements are important in their own right to the DVD’s overall presentation. All things considered, Arthur: Brothers and Sisters proves in the end to be a DVD that brothers and sisters of all ages will appreciate.
Arthur: Brothers and Sisters, the latest DVD compilation from the hit animated PBS Kids series, is a collection of episodes that brothers and sisters of all ages will appreciate. That is due in part to the episodes that are featured in the collection. Eight episodes make up the DVD’s body. They are pulled from a wide swath of the series’ current 20-season run, reaching all the way back to the series’ first season with the disc’s first four episodes—“D.W. The Copycat,” “Arthur’s Baby,” “D.W.’s Baby” and “Arthur’s First Sleepover.” It also pulls from Season Two in “Sue Ellen’s Little Sister” as well as the series’ 17th and 18th season in “Francine Redecorates,” “Two Minutes” and “The Pageant Pickle” respectively.” That far-reaching rundown shows that those behind the DVD’s sequencing did not want to just rely on one season for the DVD’s body. Instead, they wanted to get what they thought were some of the series’ most engaging and entertaining episodes to date that focused on various sibling situations. To that end, the thought put into selecting the disc’s episodes paid off with eight episodes that are certain to connect with siblings of several ages. Keeping this in mind, the DVD’s featured episodes are only a small part of what makes this disc so enjoyable. The stories featured within the episodes strengthen its presentation even more.
The stories featured in the DVD’s featured episodes are important to discuss in examining the disc because of the ability of the stories to reach a wide range of audiences. From twins trying to find out who was born first in “Two Minutes” to the older sibling forced to include the younger sibling in a big social event in “Arthur’s First Sleepover” to siblings dealing with conflict in interior design (and in turn personal connections) and more, the scenarios presented in these episodes prove relatable to siblings of all ages including adult siblings. The collection even gives those who are only children something to which they can relate in the form of “Sue Ellen’s Little Sister.” Sue Ellen, who is an only child, eventually learns through trial and error in this episode that sometimes, being an only child can be just as good as having a sibling, if not better. That attention to siblings and only children in the episodes’ scenarios shows a sensitivity to a wide range of audiences that deserves its own share of applause as part of the DVD’s whole.
Speaking of the ability of the episodes’ stories being relatable to a wide range of audiences, the lessons taught through the stories prove to be important to the disc’s whole, too. The lesson presented in “Francine Redecorates” supports that statement. Francine and her sister learn here that despite their different views on interior design tastes, they are still sisters and even something as minuscule as that difference should not be enough to make them so determined to want to be apart. The lesson presented in the disc’s opening episode “D.W. The Copycat” is another example of the importance of the episodes’ lessons. Arthur learns in the long run that siblings’ differences are what make them special, and that maybe siblings being exactly alike maybe isn’t as good as they might think. It’s a tried and true lesson that has been presented in so many other series, but is still as entertaining and engaging here as in those series. As has already been noted, the lesson presented through “Sue Ellen’s Little Sister” is another key lesson as Sue Ellen learns through trial and error that being an only child isn’t necessarily as bad as one might think. It’s another invaluable lesson from which especially younger audiences can learn. Between that lesson, the others noted here, and those not noted, it becomes clear why the episodes’ lessons are critical to the overall presentation of Arthur: Brothers and Sisters. When this is considered along with the importance of the episodes’ stories and the episodes themselves, the whole of those elements shows clearly why this DVD is another welcome addition to any family’s home, and why it is undeniably one of this year’s top new family DVDs.
Arthur: Brothers and Sisters is one of 2017’s top new family DVDs. That is due in no small part to the episodes selected for the DVD. They are pulled from the series’ roots and from some of its more recent seasons. That shows that those behind the DVD’s creation wanted to pull the episodes they best felt followed the DVD’s central theme, rather than just pulling from one season or another. The stories presented in the featured episodes are stories to which audiences of all ages (including grown-ups) will relate, and in turn find quite entertaining and engaging. The lessons presented within the stories round out the set’s most important elements. Audiences of all ages will find the lessons offer plenty for their engagement, too. Clearly, each element played an important part in the whole of this DVD. All things considered, they make Arthur: Brothers and Sisters one of this year’s top new family DVDs. It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct via PBS’ online store. More information on Arthur: Brothers and Sisters is available online along with lots of Arthur games, activities, printables and more at:
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