The wait is officially over for the first ever collection of episodes from PBS Kids’ animated series Molly of Denali. The two-disc collection features 32 episodes from the series’ debut season released Tuesday, and it largely lives up to its title. That is proven in part through its episodes, which will be discussed shortly. The stories that are featured in the episodes build on the appeal formed through the compilation’s featured episodes. They will be discussed a little later. The set’s average price point rounds out its most important elements, considering the extensive content featured in this set. Each item noted is key in its own way to the presentation of Molly of Denali: Molly’s Awesome Alaskan Adventures. All things considered, they make this double-disc set a great first collection from the Peabody Award®-winning series.
PBS Kids’ first-ever collection of Molly of Denali episodes, Molly’s Awesome Alaskan Adventures is an impressive DVD debut from the series. That is due in no small part to its featured episodes. The collection features 32 episodes from the series’ debut season. That equals to 16 full-length half hour episodes, which is almost half of the body of the series’ only season so far. Season one consists of 40 full half-hour episodes. For the most part, the featured episodes are presented in chronological order, though there is some jumping around at points. Ironically, being that each episode is presented in full, one can’t help but wonder why they were split up in the presentation here rather than being presented exactly as they were on television. That aside, it is still good to see so much of the first season presented together rather than just have a jumble of shorts from the bigger overall episodes. Hopefully audiences will not have to wait too long to complete their Season One collections, keeping all of this in mind.
While the episodes that are featured in Molly’s Awesome Alaskan Adventures (that’s a lot of alliteration, isn’t it?) do a lot collectively to make this collection appealing, they are just a part of what makes it so appealing. The stories that are featured within the episodes play into the collection’s appeal in their own right. That is because they are so diverse. Case in point is the story featured in “Book of Mammoths.” As Molly and her dad go on a camping trip, they meet a tourist named Travis who is a conspiracy theorist of sorts. He has read a book that has led him to believe that mammoths are still alive in Qyah. This is a sort of spoof of all the people who think aliens have been to Earth since prehistoric times. On a completely different note, “Name Game” and “Grandpa’s Drum” focus on the importance of accepting, appreciating, and recording cultural diversity and history. “Qyah Spy,” yet another featured entry in this set, offers audiences yet another enjoyable story. Molly and Tooey play spies as a mysterious stranger comes to Qyah and she thinks some of the town’s residents are being very secretive. She thinks someone in town is up to no good, but the reality is the exact opposite. Between these stories and so many others featured in the collection’s episodes, audiences get so much wonderful variety throughout the course of the collection’s approximately six-and-a-half hour run time. Keeping this and the sheer volume of content in the set in mind, the set’s average price point proves to be its own positive.
The average price point of Molly of Denali: Molly’s Awesome Alaskan Adventures is $12.49. That price was reached by averaging listings at Amazon, Best Buy, Books-A-Million, and PBS’ online store. It was not listed through Walmart, Target, and Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ stores at the time of this review’s posting. PBS’ listing and that of Books-A-Million are the most expensive, at $14.99 each. Amazon and Best Buy each list the set at $9.99, which is well below that average. Considering again, the extensive amount of content featured in this collection, and the variety therein, a listing of roughly $10 is not bad at all. Even $15 is not too bad though obviously lower prices are available. Regardless of which retailer one chooses, PBS will still benefit in the end, so either way along with audiences. To that end the set’s average and separate price listings prove their own value to this presentation just as much as the set’s content. All things considered , PBS Distribution’s new Molly of Denali proves to in fact be awesome.
PBS Distribution’s debut Molly of Denali DVD set, Molly’s Awesome Alaskan Adventures is an impressive first home release from the award-winning animated series. That is proven in part through its extensive episode listing, which covers almost half of the series’ first (and only so far) season. The variety presented within the episodes is certain to keep audiences engaged and entertained throughout. The set’s average price point puts the finishing touch to its appeal, coming in at less than $15. The separate listings each are less than $20, adding even more appeal to that note. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the double-disc set. All things considered, the collection truly lives up to its name, leaving no doubt that it is in fact awesome.
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