PBS Distribution’s New ‘Ready Jet Go!’ DVD Is One Big Joy For Audiences Of All Ages

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Fifty years ago last month, one of the most historic events in the history of mankind took place – the first moon landing.  Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first – and only – humans to step foot on the surface of the moon.  This past month, the world stopped and watched once again, just as it did all those years ago, to commemorate the momentous event.  As part of the commemoration of the lunar landing, PBS Distribution released a brand new DVD from its hit science-based PBS Kids series Ready Jet Go! fittingly titled One Small Step.  The DVD features three episodes that coincide with the moon landing that will entertain and engage audiences of all ages.  They form the foundation of the DVD, and will be discussed shortly.  The lessons that are connected with the DVD make for their own share of interest to the DVD’s presentation and will be addressed a little bit later on.  The primary and secondary content featured within the confines of One Small Step makes this DVD a presentation that will hopefully have younger viewers once again wanting to be astronauts instead of YouTube stars, and will have grown-ups remembering their own joy of wanting to go to the stars.  In all this DVD will certainly entertain and engage viewers of all ages, but will hopefully re-ignite (yes, that pun was intended) the awe and wonder which we as a people once held of America’s space program, as we examine the possibility of one day returning to the moon or even traveling farther into the galaxy.

PBS Distribution’s recently released Ready Jet Go! DVD One Small Step is a wonderful new addition to the shows’ ongoing series of DVD releases.  It is a presentation that will most certainly entertain viewers of all ages while also engaging and educating said audiences.  That is due in no small part to the stories featured in each of the DVD’s three featured episodes.  The DVD’s title episode features the disc’s longest story.  It follows Jet and his human friends as they celebrate the anniversary of the moon landing.  The recollections lead Jet to reveal to his friends, his own “super saucer,” which the kids use to take a trip to the moon together.  There’s just one problem, Jet doesn’t fully know how to operate the vehicle, leading him to accidentally crash land on the moon.  The crash landing might not be such a bad thing in the long run, though.  As Sydney and Jet 2 work to repair the saucer – this is subtle, but an important element.  It will be addressed in the discussion on the DVD’s lessons – Sean and Mindy explore the moon’s surface, ultimately finding the footprints left by Aldrin and Armstrong, as well as the platform on which the lunar lander sat before lifting off to return to the command module.  In the end, the kids return safely to Earth, happily recalling their own momentous moon landing.

The DVD’s second episode, “Earth Mission To Moon” is a standard length story.  This story is another that finds Jet and company taking a trip to the moon.  Chronologically, it was not the first time the kids went to the moon.  Neither was “One Small Step,” either.  The first time the kids went to the moon was in the episode “How Come The Moon Has Craters?” – Season 1 Episode 5.  The kids go to the moon to find out why it is full of craters.  Getting back on track, “Earth Mission To Moon” finds the kids headed to the moon as they re-enact the Apollo 11 moon landing, and return to Earth. This time, they make the trip with the companionship of Jet’s mom.  Along the way, viewers get to see a side-by-side comparison of the kids’ trip to the original Apollo 11 mission from beginning to end.  The footage does not run through the entire episode, but just at specific points.  That aside, it is another great way to celebrate the moon landing.

The third and final episode featured in One Small Step is “Mindy’s Moon Mission.”  It’s Mindy’s birthday in this episode.  Mindy gets a special gift that lets her feel like she’s on the moon.  As a result of that gift, Jet and the gang head to the moon for a game of lunar soccer.  It’s one more celebration of all things lunar.  This is just one more example of the entertainment that audiences will get through the stories featured in One Small Step.  While the DVD’s entertainment factor goes a long way toward making the DVD’s presentation positive, it is just one of the elements that serves that purpose.  The lessons that compliment the stories add even more appeal for audiences.

Each of the stories featured within this DVD presents plenty of entertainment for audiences of all ages.  Of course, the stories alone are just one part of what makes One Small Step another appealing Ready Jet Go! offering from PBS Distribution.  The lessons that accompany the stories add even more appeal to the DVD’s presentation.  One important lesson incorporated into the DVD’s content presents a message of female empowerment.  It comes in the DVD’s title story.  As Mindy and Shawn are out exploring the moon, Sydney works with Jet 2 to fix Jet’s “super saucer.”  Whether the incorporation of this message into the story was intentional is left up to the show’s writers to tell, but it is there.  Showing a female (of any age) doing any kind of mechanical work, such as working on a vehicle, is extremely rare, even in the 21st Century, let alone an African-American female.  To that end, the portrayal of Sydney taking on the task of fixing a machine created by a male is something that will certainly appeal to so many female viewers.  What’s more, it is also a message that promotes women getting involved in science, technology, engineering and math in general.  That will create even more appeal.

As the first story ends, it transitions to one of the show’s live action segments.  This time, Amy Meisner shows a young girl and guy how astronauts eat in space.  This is a basic lesson, but it still offers its own educational content.  The lesson in the second story is a full-on lesson about space travel that promotes space science.  The very promotion of space science (and science in general) is crucial in an age in which young people care more about being social media stars than stars of the scientific realm.  Again, here is even more appeal.

The lesson at the center of the DVD’s final story is another basic presentation, but still enjoyable for young viewers to learn.  It presents once again, the lesson about weight variances on the galaxy’s various celestial bodies.  This time the lesson is presented as Mindy enjoys bouncing on her inflatable attraction.  It is a basic lesson, but still an important lesson nonetheless, and presented in an accessible fashion for young viewers.  Keeping that in mind, it adds its own share of that engagement and entertainment for said viewers.  When the engagement from this lesson is considered with the engagement (and discussion) that the other noted lessons will generate, the whole of that content undeniably shows why it is important in its own right to the whole of One Small Step.  When it is considered along with the value of the DVD’s primary content – the stories – the whole of that primary and secondary content makes the DVD’s average price point more money well-spent.

The combined primary and secondary content featured within One Small Step does a lot to make the DVD another positive entry in the ongoing series of DVDs released from Ready Jet Go!.  Keeping that in mind, it makes the DVD’s average price point money well-spent.  The average price point for this DVD is $7.58.  That price is obtained using prices listed at PBS’ store, at Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Books-A-Million, Amazon and Barnes& Noble Booksellers.  The most expensive price listing is at PBS’ store at $9.99 while the least expensive listing is at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at $4.99.  While PBS’ price may be the most expensive at the time of this review’s posting, the fact of the matter is that even at $10, that is still money well spent, considering families will have the entertainment and education to enjoy any time they want.  Going back to the noted content, that is a lot of entertainment and education, even in just three episodes.  Keeping all of this in mind, the average price point for Ready Jet Go!: One Small Step is a price that is affordable and will hardly break any viewer’s bank.  When this is considered along with the overall content, the DVD in whole proves to be one big joy for audiences of all ages.

PBS Distribution’s recently released Ready Jet Go! DVD One Small Step is one big success for the show and for PBS and PBS Distribution.  That is due in part to the stories at the center of each of the disc’s three episodes.  Two of the three stories pay direct tribute to the Apollo 11 anniversary while the other simply presents a fun lesson about the differences in gravities on different celestial bodies.  Speaking of lessons, the lessons tied into the episodes add even more appeal to the DVD’s presentation.  They combine with the stories to make the DVD’s average price point of less than $10 anything but a budget breaker.  Keeping that in mind, the DVD has a lot for audiences to appreciate.  To that end, the DVD in whole proves itself to be one big joy for audiences of all ages.  It is available now.  More information on Ready Jet Go!: One Small Step is available online now along with lots of Ready Jet Go! games, activities, printables and more at:

 

 

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Three New PBS Kids Titles Available Now Through PBS Distribution

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PBS Distribution released three new titles for the whole family this month.

Released July 9 were Ready Jet Go!: One Small Step and ArthurArthur Celebrates Community.  The first of the two titles was a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.  It features a special hour-long episode that looks back at the historic moon landing mission after Jet tells his friends that he has built a new super saucer.

The announcement leads Jet and his friends to the moon, and a rough  landing on the moon leads Jet and Sunspot to go missing, leading his friends to search for the pair.  In the process of the search, Jet’s friends find things left behind by the Apollo 11 mission.

Ready Jet Go!One Small Step can be ordered online at PBS’ online store now.  Ready Jet Go! games, activities and printables are available online at:

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ArthurArthur Celebrates Community features four episodes from the beloved animated series that teach invaluable lessons about compassion, civility, honesty and open-mindedness.  One of those lessons comes in the form of “When Rivals Come To Roost,” which finds the students of Lakewood Elementary having to share their school — and science fair secrets — with the students of Mighty Mountain after the school floods.

The episode’s second story, “The Longest Eleven Minutes,” finds Muffy having to deal with the internet going out as she obsesses over her blog.

The controversial “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone” is also featured in this new collection.  This episode finds everyone’s grumpy Lakewood teacher tying the knot, but not to who they might think.

Also featured in this collection are the stories, “The Feud,” “House Guests,” “Binky Can’t Always Get What He Wants,” “Muffy’s Car Campaign” and “Truth or Poll.”

ArthurArthur Celebrates Community is available now through PBS’ online store.  Lots of Arthur activities, printables and activities are available online now at:

 

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On July 16, PBS Distribution released a brand new collection of classic episodes from the beloved series Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood in the form of Mr. Rogers NeighborhoodWould You Be Mine Collection.  This second collection of classic episodes features 30 more episodes from the series, spread across four discs.

One of the series’ most beloved episodes, “A Visit to the Crayon Factory” is featured as a bonus in this collection.  Also appearing in the collection are famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, equally famous performance group STOMP and Olympian Suzie McConnell.  The set’s run time tops 14 hours, giving the whole family lots of entertainment.

Mr. Rogers NeighborhoodWould You Be Mine Collection is available now through PBS’ online store.  More fun for the whole family is available through activities, printable and games at:

 

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PBS Kids’ New ‘Ready Jet Go!’ DVD Is Another “Shining” Offering

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PBS Kids’ hit science-based series Ready Jet Go! has only aired two seasons since its premiere three years ago.  In the short time that the series has been on the air, it has garnered plenty of audiences.  It has also resulted in a series of compilation DVDs along the way, the latest of which – Chasing the Sun – was released just last month.  That latest DVD, released April 9, is another positive offering from PBS Distribution.  That is proven in part through the DVD’s episodes, which will be addressed shortly.  The secondary content contained within the episodes also plays into the DVD’s presentation, and will be discussed a little bit later.  The DVD’s average price point is just as important to note as its overall content.  Each item noted here is important in its own right to the whole of Ready Jet Go!: Chasing The Sun.  All things considered, they make this DVD another collection from the series that while maybe not as hot as the sun itself, is still a collection that shines.  Yes, that awful pun was intended.

PBS Distribution’s new Ready Jet Go! collection Chasing the Sun is another positive offering from the company.  That is due in part to the episodes that are featured in the collection.  Unlike the series’ previous DVDs, this collection features eight episodes instead of four, which was previously the normal for the series’ DVDs.  Featuring double the episodes also means double the entertainment and education for children.  Speaking of that education, the primary content featured within the episodes features mainly on the sun.  At times, it does get slightly redundant with first Mindy not believing the sun is a star in the episode “Just The Right Distance From The Sun” and then another of Jet’s friends believing the Earth’s sun is the only sun in the universe in “Our Sun is a Star.”  The redundancy continues in “Mindy’s Bedtime” and ‘Galileo, Galileo!”  Each episode centers on the Earth’s orbit around the sun, just in a slightly different way.  Luckily that slight variation makes the lessons just new enough that they are not exact mirror images of one another.  There are also episodes whose lessons stand alone from the others, such as “Sunspot’s Sunspot,” “How We Found Your Sun” and “Solar Power Rover.”  “Sunspot’s Sunspot” introduces viewers of all ages to sunspots (and solar flares), how they are created and how they impact Earth. “How We Found Your Sun” explains how signals travel in space while “Solar Power Rover” explains how the sun can power anything from lights on our homes to electronic devices on other planets.  Simply put, even with the slight redundancy that is evident throughout the episodes, the content and lessons are just varied enough that they will keep young viewers engaged and entertained.  That may not apply if they are expected to sit through the DVD’s full 100-minute run time in one sitting, but they will remain engaged and entertained in smaller stints.  The primary content featured in the episodes is just one item that stands out in examining the episodes.  Their secondary content plays its own important part in the DVD’s overall presentation.

The secondary content featured in the DVD’s episodes is important to discuss because of what it adds to the foundation formed by the primary content.  “Galileo, Galileo!” is, on its surface, a history about famed astronomer Galileo.  It presents a brief but accessible lesson about Galileo and his contributions to the science of astronomy.  On another level, it offers a starting point for lessons about overcoming the all-too-familiar issue of stage fright.  It does this by having Jet’s friend focus primarily on that history than on his own fear of performing.  It’s a familiar theme that has been used in so many family friendly TV shows, but having it incorporated into this setting keeps it at least relatively fresh.  “Tree House Observatory” presents a secondary lesson about creating one’s own telescope and doing one’s own star watching.  It makes for a good starting point for families and teachers alike looking for a way to branch out the education presented in the lesson into a who new reach.  “Solar Power Rover” presents a clear message about the importance of using solar power instead of electricity and other non-renewable resources.  The message is not so intentional as it could have been, but it is there.  Again, this can serve as a starting point for a deeper discussion on renewable versus non-renewable resources.  It is just one more example of how the secondary content presented in Ready Jet Go!: Chasing The Sun plays its own key part in the DVD’s whole.  When all of the secondary content noted here is considered along with the rest of the disc’s secondary content and the primary content, the whole of that material gives audiences more than enough to appreciate.  Keeping that in mind, the DVD’s average price proves to be money well-spent.

The average price point for Ready Jet Go!: Chasing The Sun is $9.50.  That price was obtained using listings at PBS’ store, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Amazon and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.  The DVD was not listed at Books-A-Million’s site at the time of this posting.  The most commonly listed – and least expensive — price for the DVD is $8.69, at Amazon, Walmart and Target. The most expensive listing is at PBS’ store, at $12.99, so that is well above the average price point.  Now even though PBS’ price is the most expensive, any money spent at other outlets will still go back in part to PBS.  So regardless of which outlet one uses, a portion of the sales will go back to PBS to help continue providing programming for audiences.  What’s more, regardless of which outlet one uses, the prices listed clearly will not break any viewer’s budget.  Coupling that with the amount of content that is featured throughout the DVD and audiences get a presentation in this disc that is yet another positive offering from PBS Distribution.

PBS Distribution’s latest Ready Jet Go! is another positive offering from the company and the series.  That is due in part to the primary content featured throughout the disc’s eight episodes and the fact that eight episodes are featured instead of four, which was previously the standard for the series’ DVD releases.  The secondary content featured within each episode adds more interest to the DVD’s presentation.  The disc’s average price point proves a value especially considering the amount of content featured throughout the disc.  Each item is important in its own way to the whole of Ready Jet Go!: Chasing The Sun.  All things considered, they make the DVD another “shining” presentation from the series and from PBS Distribution.  It is available now.  More information on the DVD is available online along with more episodes of Ready Jet Go!, games, activities, printables and more at:

 

 

 

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PBS Kids’ New ‘Ready Jet Go!’ DVD Is “Rocking” Fun For The Whole Family

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PBS Distribution will release another new collection of Ready Jet Go! Episodes next month on DVD.  The new collection, Chasing The Sun, is set for release April 9.  While audiences wait for the DVD’s release, they have another collection of episodes from the hit series in the form of Ready Jet Go!: Space Rocks.  Released this past January, the DVD features four episodes from the series’ first season that will both entertain and educate audiences of all ages.  Those episodes are themselves are just one of a group of reasons for any family to own this DVD.  The episodes’ secondary content plays its own critical role in the DVD’s presentation.  It will be discussed a little later.  When the DVD’s primary and secondary content is coupled with the DVD’s average price point, the whole of the single-disc presentation makes the collection a (space) rocking – yes, that awful pun was intentional – collection that the whole family will enjoy.

PBS Distribution’s new Ready Jet Go! DVD, Space Rocks is a collection that space enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy.  That is due in part to the episodes featured in the DVD and their primary content.  All four of the episodes featured in this latest RJG compilation are lifted from the series’ debut season, and are presented in exactly the same chronological order in which they were originally aired on television.  This is good in itself in that it means nothing is left out as audiences watch.  Instead of jumping around from one point to another, audiences can feel as if they are watching it on television instead of on DVD.  It’s a minor aesthetic element, sure, but in the bigger picture, that element goes a long way toward the DVD’s presentation.

The actual primary content presented in the episodes is just as important to note of the episodes as their sequencing.  Audiences of all ages will enjoy the lessons about the changing forms of space rocks in “Asteroids, Meteors and Meteorites” and the lessons about the compositions of meteorites and comets in the episodes.  Older audiences will enjoy the lessons because, honestly, plenty of adults forget the specifics of the noted topics very easily.  So for adults, the lessons would be learned for the first time again while for younger viewers, the lessons will be just as fresh, learning them for the first time ever.  As if this is not enough, the lessons tie into one another from the first to the last.  First is the lesson about the different terms used to classify space rocks as they make their way toward and onto Earth.  From there, audiences learn how to determine an average Earth rock from a space rock in terms of its composition and characteristics.  Immediately after that episode, audiences are taught about the composition of comets, which themselves are space rocks.  From there, Jet and his friends create their own asteroid patrol, a smaller version of what NASA already does.  They are then introduced to what the said scientists do every single day.  Again, older audiences will enjoy learning facts that they likely forgot over the years while younger viewers will enjoy just as much, learning those same lessons for the first time.  It makes for an enjoyable time for the whole family.  That is more than enough reason for audiences to check out this DVD, but most definitely not the only reason.  The secondary lessons incorporated into the episodes add even more reason for audiences to view the DVD.

Audiences learn how to make their own homemade comet in the secondary lesson in “Comet Fever.”  “Mindy’s Meteorite Stand” uses the lesson of how to tell the difference in an Earth and space rock as its primary AND secondary lesson.  The use of the magnets plays into the traits that determine if a rock is from space or Earth.  This is the starting point for families and even teachers to do their own lesson about how to spot Earth rocks and space rocks.  “Asteroid Patrol” helps viewers of all ages learn where to look for asteroids in the sky and what to look for.  Simply put, the lessons presented in each episode are just as valuable as the primary content because they take the information presented in the primary lessons and use them to continue that learning first hand.  When the two lessons are coupled, they give audiences more than enough to appreciate.  Keeping that in mind, the DVD’s average price point proves to be money well-spent.

The average price point of Ready Jet Go!: Space Rocks is $5.17.  That price is obtained by averaging prices from PBS’ online store, from Target, Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Books-A-Million.  The least expensive listing at the time of this review is at Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart at $4.79.  The most expensive listing is at Books-A-Million and PBS’ online store.  Whether one purchases the DVD at the low end or high, neither price is very high.  Purchasing the DVD will not break any family’s budget, and will be enjoyed plenty of times at that one-time price.  Considering all that the DVD offers, that makes the disc’s average price point quite affordable.  Keeping everything in mind here, the DVD in whole proves itself a positive addition to any family’s home DVD library.

PBS Distribution’s most recent Ready Jet Go! DVD, Space Rocks is another enjoyable new offering from Craig Bartlett’s (Hey Arnold!, Dinosaur Train) hit science-based educational series.  That is thanks in part to the episodes featured in the DVD and their primary content, which will entertain and educate audiences of all ages.  The secondary content serves as a solid starting point for educators and families alike to try their own related experiments and experiences.  The disc’s average price point is money well-spent, considering all that the primary and secondary has to offer audiences.  Each item is important in its own way to the whole of Ready Jet Go!: Space Rocks.  All things considered, they make the DVD another out of this world hit for the whole family.  More information on Ready Jet Go!: Space Rocks is available online along with lots of games, activities and printables at:

 

 

 

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PBS Distribution Announces Release Date For New ‘Ready Jet Go!’ DVD

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PBS Distribution will release another new collection of Ready Jet Go! episodes next month.

Ready Jet Go!Chasing The Sun is scheduled for release on April 9.  It will be released on DVD and digital.  The latest collection from the hit animated series features eight episodes, totaling 100 minutes.

“Our Sun Is A Star” teaches the episode’s noted lesson, that the sun is just one of countless stars in the galaxy.  “Galileo, Galileo! offers audiences a history and science lesson after Mindy tells Jet that she can see the sun moving across the sky.  Jet, in turn, has to explain that the sun doesn’t move, and that it just looks like it moves because of the earth’s axis and rotation.  “Treehouse Observatory” finds Jet and his friends turning treehouse into their own observatory.

The other episodes featured in Ready Jet Go!Chasing The Sun are: “Just The Right Distance From The Sun,” “Solar Power Rover,” “Mindy’s Bedtime,” “Sunspot’s Sunspot” and “How We Found Your Sun.”

Ready Jet Go!Chasing The Sun will retail for MSRP of $12.99.  It can be pre-ordered now via PBS’ online store.  More information on Ready Jet Go! is available online now along with games, activities and printables at:

 

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‘Ready Jet Go!”s Debut DVD Is A Great Early Halloween Treat For The Whole Family

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The dog days of summer are officially here, and while its unbearably hot out there right now, it won’t be long now before fall sets in.  With the return of fall also comes the annual return of the official start of the holiday season, Halloween.  Many people refuse to accept that Halloween opens the holiday season, but it does.  In anticipation of Halloween’s return, PBS Distribution is getting families everywhere in the holiday spirit a little early with the upcoming release of Ready jet Go!’s debut DVD, Ready Jet Go!: Jet’s First Halloween.  Set for release August 28, this single disc episode collection is another fun Halloween offering for the whole family.  That is due in no small part to the stories featured in the collection.  They will be discussed shortly.  The lessons tied into the stories also play collectively into the DVD’s presentation and will be discussed a little later.  The DVD’s average price point rounds out its most important elements.  Each element noted here is important in its own right to the whole of Ready Jet Go!: Jet’s First Halloween.  All things considered, they make this DVD a presentation that is a great early Halloween treat for the whole family.

PBS Distribution’s debut Ready Jet Go! DVD Jet’s First Halloween is a great early Halloween treat for the whole family.  That is due in no small part to the stories that make up the DVD’s main body.  The story of Jet’s first Halloween is the collection’s central story.  This story follows Jet and his parents as they celebrate Halloween for the very first time on Earth.  From learning about carving jack-o-lanterns to dressing up and crafting a haunted house, Jet and his family have lots of fun in their first holiday experience.  This is all despite Mitchell’s efforts to figure out what the Propulsion family is really up to.  There’s even a “witch” riding a broom in front of the red “harvest” moon as an added treat for Jet and his friends.  If that’s not enough family friendly fun, audiences also get to see Jet and his friends try to dig to the center of the Earth in ‘Digging Earth.’  The group even uses Sydney’s favorite comic book character, Commander Cressida as motivation.  Viewers of all ages will enjoy watching to see how deep the kids can go.  ‘Mindy’s Mystery,’ which is in fact the parent episode to ‘Digging Earth’ – both episodes are from the series’ debut season along with ‘Jet’s First Halloween’ – follows Jet and his friends as they try to figure out what sweet aroma is keeping Mindy awake at night.  The answer is surprising to say the least.  Mitchell also has his own problem as he’s trying to figure out what bright light is keeping him awake.  Given, the latter pair of episodes is not Halloween-themed, but are still enjoyable in their own right, and in turn, add to the DVD’s overall presentation.  They also present lessons that add their own enjoyment to the DVD’s presentation, too.

The lessons tied into the DVD’s stories are so enjoyable in part because of how subtly they are written into the stories.  It’s obvious to older audiences that they are there.  However, their addition to the stories is just subtle enough that younger viewers won’t even know they’re being educated while also being entertained.  Case in point, the lesson in the DVD’s title episode on why the moon turns red.  Viewers will be interested to learn about how the sun’s light is dispersed, leading to the red coloring. What’s more, learning about the moon’s rotation in relation to that of the Earth after the fact helps deepen that understanding even more.  The geology lesson connected to ‘Digging Earth’ and the dual astronomy/botany lesson tied into ‘Mindy’s Mystery’ show the reach of the show’s educational content. This is another positive to note. Simply put, the lessons are so well balanced with the stories themselves that audiences get plenty of education and entertainment all at the same time.  Interestingly enough, some of the lessons, even parents might not know.  To that end, it adds to the importance of the lessons since parents might get educated just as easily as children.  Keeping this in mind, this DVD offers plenty for audiences to appreciate in terms of the content.  They are not the only positives to note in examining the DVD’s whole  Its average price point is just as notable.

The average price point of Ready Jet Go!: Jet’s First Halloween is only $5.98.  That price was reached by averaging the DVD’s price from America’s four biggest retailers – Target, Best Buy, Amazon and Wal-Mart – and PBS’ own online store.  Adding taxes (and not counting shipping), that still puts the DVD’s average price at just over $6.00  Considering the amount of entertaining and educational content presented throughout the DVD’s 55-minute run time, that is not a bad price at all.  Considering that this content is family friendly – meaning parents would be safe leaving kids to watch it themselves or parents could watch with their kids – it suffices to say that this is roughly $6.00 well-spent.  Keeping all of this in mind, Ready Jet Go!: Jet’s First Halloween proves to be a great early Halloween treat for the whole family from PBS Distribution.

PBS Distribution’s debut DVD from its hit animated series Ready Jet Go!: Jet’s First Halloween is a great early Halloween treat for the whole family.  That is due, as noted, in part to the family friendly stories featured in each episode.  The stories will have the whole family laughing and fully engaged from start to end.  The lessons included as part of each story do just as much as the stories themselves to keep viewers engaged.  The DVD’s price rounds out its most important element.  Each element noted here is important in its own way.  All things considered, they make the DVD – again – a great early Halloween treat for the whole family.  It will be available August 28 in stores and online.  It can be pre-ordered online via PBS’ online store.  More information on the DVD is available online along with printables, activities and more at:

 

 

 

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PBS Distribution Releasing Two Early Halloween “Treats” This Summer For The Whole Family

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Summer is officially here, and before long, fall will be here, too.  With the return of fall also comes the start of the annual holiday season, Halloween.  Most people refuse to accept that the holiday season starts with Halloween, but it does.  In anticipation of Halloween’s return, PBS Distribution has two DVDs on the way — the brand new DVD Ready, Jet Go!Jet’s First Halloween and the re-issue of the classic Garfield Halloween special, Garfield’s Halloween Adventure.

The lead episode in this season follows Jet’s friends — Sydney, Sean and Mindy — as they help him experience and enjoy his first ever Halloween, from carving a jack-o-lantern to trick or treating to even a haunted house of sorts.  In return, Mindy gets to fly by the red moon, something she had wanted to do for a long time. Celery even takes the kids into space to see a lunar eclipse along the way.

For all of the fun that everyone has during the night, there is one problem that the kids face:  Mitchell Petersen.  Mitchell is determined to find out what is going on with the Propulsion family, so the kids have to deal with him while keeping the family’s secret and trying to enjoy the night.  This story is divided into two segments to add to the enjoyment.  It isn’t the only story included in the disc.  Two more episodes are included as bonuses.

The first episode — “Diggin’ Earth'” — is a familiar story that finds Jet and company wanting to dig to the center of the earth after reading a story in a comic book about just that.  Yes, it’s another take of Jules Verne’s timeless story Journey To The Center of the Earth.  When the kids find out the reality of their effort, they still work to be the first kids to dig the farthest into the earth.

The second bonus episode — “Mindy’s Mystery” — is a botany lesson of sorts.  It follows Mindy, Jet and company as they try to track down a sweet aroma that’s keeping Mindy awake.  The source of the smell is a surprise to everyone, and leads to the botany lesson in question.

Ready, Jet, Go!Jet’s First Halloween runs 80 minutes 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 along with lots of Ready, Jet, Go! activities, printables and more at:

 

Website: http://pbskids.org/readyjetgo

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

 

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Also set for release August 28 from PBS Distribution is a re-issue of the timeless Garfield Halloween special, Garfield’s Halloween Adventure.  The special was most recently re-issued as part of Anderson Digital’s Garfield holiday collection in 2015.  This time it is being released by itself as PBS Distribution released the collection’s other two holiday specials together on DVD in 2017.

Garfield’s Halloween Adventure follows everyone’s favorite feisty feline as he recruits his k-9 pal Odie to help him get lots of candy on Halloween.  The duo ends up at an old deserted house that turns out to not be as deserted as they thought.  The special will have the fur…er….hair standing up on the backs of viewers’ necks, It may be a little too spooky for some younger audiences, though older kids might find it spooky fun.

Garfield’s Halloween Adventure will retail for MSRP of $6.99 and can be pre-ordered online via PBS’ online store.

More information on the latest Garfield DVDs is available online along with Garfield games and more at:

Website: http://www.garfield.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/garfield

 

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