‘Transformers: Rescue Bots’ Fans Will Enjoy The Team’s “Adventures” Time And Again

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Transformers Rescue Bots officially called it a wrap last year after four full seasons on Hub/Discovery Family Channel, and while the series – which is now the longest-running series in the Transformers franchise – is officially done, not all of the series’ episodes have been released on DVD as of yet.  Two more DVDs featuring a total of ten more episodes have been released jointly this year via Hasbro Studios and Shout! Factory Kids.  The first, Outdoor Adventures, was released January 30, and it is another enjoyable addition to any Transformers fan’s home DVD library.  That is proven in part through the DVD’s episodes.  This will be discussed shortly.  The stories presented within the episodes add even more interest to the DVD and will be discussed a little bit later on.  The DVD’s average price point rounds out its most important elements.  When it is considered alongside the episodes and their stories, the end result is a DVD that is another enjoyable collection of Transformers Rescue Bots episodes and thankfully not the series’ last.

Transformers Rescue Bots: Outdoor Adventures, the first of two new collections from the longest running series in the history of the Transformers franchise, is an enjoyable new addition to the series’ Thankfully it is also not the only of the series’ episode collections to be released this year.  For the sake of this review, the focus will remain on this collection, though.  One of the items that make this collection so enjoyable for audiences is its episodes.  The episodes all follow the common thread in its title, Outdoor Adventures.  The disc’s lead episode, “The Riders of Midwinter” sees the Rescue Bots having to brave some snowy weather in order to help one of Griffin Rock’s citizens deliver warm bread to everybody as part of the island town’s annual winter celebration.  “Phantom of the Sea” takes the Rescue Bots onto a high seas time traveling adventure that also presents a love story that reaches across the ages.  The ocean theme continues in “Turning The Tide” as the Rescue Bots are introduced to one of Optimus Prime’s old friends during some high seas rescue training.  Again, there is that outdoors theme, and in its own original presentation.  “A New Hero” sees a young, impetuous Autobot head into not just the outdoors, but outer space in the second half of a two-part story arc.  The story arc in question follows the “new recruit” as he has to learn his own tough lessons.  ‘Endangered Species’ takes the team to the forests of Griffin Rock to protect a group of endangered birds from a bunch of overzealous birdwatchers whose interests are their own, not the birds.  Once more, audiences have another outdoor adventure in another setting different from the DVD’s other presentations.  This shows even more why the episodes in whole are so important to note in the DVD’s overall presentation.  Each episode follows that common thread of the outdoors, just in its own original fashion.  That in itself gives audiences something to appreciate.  It is just one of the elements that makes the DVD a welcome addition to any Transformers fan’s collection.  The stories within the episodes are just as important to note as the episodes.

The stories are so important to note because each presented a plot separate from one another and because of their overall content.  The disc’s lead episode is an original holiday-themed story that is unlike pretty much any other holiday themed TV show’s episodes past or present.  It’s not just another story focusing on someone saving Christmas because something happened to Santa.  It’s a story about family and friends, and about tradition that also sees the Rescue Bots grow as characters even more.  While there is plenty of heartfelt feelings throughout the story, there are also some fun jokes that will put just as much of a smile on audiences’ faces as the story’s more heartfelt content.  Things take a distinct turn from there as the compilation progresses into “Phantom of the Sea,” which sees the Rescue Bots go on a time traveling adventure with a little bit of romance.  The story is centered on a Griffin Rock legend about a “phantom” ship that appears at certain times just off the island’s coast.  In other words, it’s a little bit of sci-fi and a little bit of romance, so it is completely separate in its own way from the rest of the collection’s stories.  The addition of a certain familiar character’s influence in the story adds even more interest to its whole.  “Turning The Tide” presents invaluable lessons about teamwork, friendship and loyalty as the Rescue Bots meet one of OP’s old friends, and again it is a story that does not repeat at all any of the themes in its counterparts in this collection.  “A New Hero” reminds audiences that sometimes, tough decisions must be made in life and we have to get over ourselves through Blur’s own personal journey of self-discovery.  Once more, audiences get here a deep message presented in an accessible and original way at least in the bigger picture of this series.  To that end, it’s even more interesting and welcome to the whole of the DVD’s presentation.  “Endangered Species” presents its own original story that presses the importance of caring for our environment without being preachy in the process.  It does this through the process of Boulder discovering a family of birds whose species was thought to be extinct.  The result is that a bunch of overzealous individuals (including the town’s self-centered mayor – who is a great caricature of real world politicians) descend on the town and nearly destroy the birds’ home because of their own selfishness.  They weren’t respecting the birds, but rather caring about their own selfish interests.  It’s a key lesson that, again, is not preachy in its delivery, but hits home and does so hard.  It’s also original not only in comparison to the rest of the collection’s episodes, but in comparison to so many other stories out there.  There might be similar stories from other shows out there, but odds are, few are so much like this one.  Keeping that in mind, its originality makes for even more proof of the importance of the collection’s stories.  It’s just one more original story that, when joined with the rest of the collection’s original stories offers even more for audiences to appreciate in this collection.  When this is considered along with the fact that the episodes all follow one common thread from first to last, it makes the collection even more impressive.  Of course, these two elements together are still not all that makes the DVD a welcome addition to any Transformers fan’s collection.  The DVD’s average price point rounds out its most important elements.

The average price point of Transformers Rescue Bots: Outdoor Adventures is almost $11.  That is found using prices from Amazon, Target, Best Buy and Shout! Factory.  Extensive searching for the title from Wal-Mart turned up nothing on the DVD.  Considering that the DVD’s run time is just short of two hours (110 minutes total according to the listed run time), that price is not too bad.  So many DVDs from other studios with less content are far more expensive.  It still leaves one wishing that Shout! Factory would make a deal with Hasbro Studios to release each of the series’ four seasons in their own standalone sets or the series in whole.  It might be a little more expensive than the average price of one of the show’s compilation DVDs, but considering the following that the series built over four seasons and that so many episodes still remain unreleased, odds are audiences would pay the money for full season sets or a full series set.  Until then though, paying an average price of $11 for nearly two hours of content is not a bad price to pay.  That is proven through the content in the DVD’s stories and the continuity in the episodes featured in the disc.  Keeping all of this in mind, Outdoor Adventure still proves to be another welcome addition to any Transformers fan’s collection.

Transformers Rescue Bots: Outdoor Adventures is not the last of the DVDs to feature episodes from the series’ four-season run.  Hopefully more than just the one other DVD after this one released this year will see the light of day, too.  If not, then at least audiences can have this collection to enjoy.  That is due in part to five stories that follow one common theme from start to end in this collection.  The stories presented within the episodes add to the collection’s enjoyment.  The relatively affordable average price point puts the finishing touch to the DVD’s presentation.  Each item is key in its own way to the whole of the DVD’s presentation.  All things considered, they make the DVD a group of adventures that any Transformers fan will enjoy going on with the Rescue Bots time and again.  It can be ordered online direct via Shout! Factory’s store.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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No Surprise Here: ‘The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island” Is Another Relatively Enjoyable Addition to Shout! Factory’s “Boxcar Children” Cinematic Universe

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Shout! Factory and Legacy Classics are bringing the classic literary figures The Boxcar Children to Blu-ray and DVD in a brand new, Dove-approved adventure next week.  Set for release August 7, this second cinematic adaptation of the beloved children’s books is another mostly enjoyable offering from Shout! Studios and Legacy Classics Family Entertainment despite production values that again prove somewhat problematic to the movie’s presentation.  Those collective production values will be discussed a little later.  That’s because again, this production is not entirely negative.  It does boast a story that is certain to keep audiences of all ages engaged from start to end.  The bonus material included in the movie’s upcoming home release is another positive worth discussing.  It will be noted later, too.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island, and are certainly not the only items that could be discussed in examining the movie’s presentation.  One could also discuss the work of the movie’s voice cast, which includes at least two very well-known actors.  All things combined, The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island proves, unsurprisingly, to be an enjoyable new entry in Shout! Studios’ ongoing slate of stories from the beloved literary series.

The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island, the latest entry in the ongoing Boxcar Children cinematic series from Shout! Studios and Legacy Classics Family Entertainment, is a mostly enjoyable addition to the series.  That is due in part to a relatively simple story that, through its simplicity, is easy for viewers of any age to follow.  This time out, the kids – Mike, Benny, Jessie and Violet – are staying on an island on which their grandfather James (voiced by veteran actor Martin Sheen – Apocalypse Now, Spawn, The West Wing) has a barn of sorts.  While they are exploring the island, the children – who are obviously orphans no more, considering that they have their grandfather – run into John Joseph (Dan Dehaan – Chronicle, The Place Beyond The Pines, The Amazing Spiderman 2).  John Joseph has been hired by Dr. Moore (J.K. Simmons – Spiderman 1 – 3, Whiplash, La La Land) to help take care of things on the island.  Early on, it is revealed that John Joseph has a secret, but it isn’t until later that said secret is ultimately revealed.  His secret won’t be given away, but it goes without saying that his secret is somewhat predictable.  That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as it could help to continue the children’s story in the next Boxcar Children entry.  Obviously, the story has a happy ending, though one can’t help but wonder why exactly the kids were living alone on that island for the summer in the first place when they end up going back to their grandfather’s mansion in the end, which is only a boat ride away.  Story begets story, perhaps.  The obvious rebuttal there is that had they not gone to live on their own in the barn (which had no electricity), there would have been no story leading to John Joseph’s secret and revelation.  What’s more, the discovery of the Native American skeleton in the cave seems to be brushed aside.  That loose end would have been a nice side story.  Maybe it will be covered in another adventure.  Getting back on the subject at hand, even with those digressions in mind, the movie’s story is still simple enough that it will keep viewers of all ages engaged and entertained from start to end of its roughly 82-minute run time.  Of course while the story itself will keep viewers engaged, the movie’s production proves problematic in the bigger picture of the movie’s presentation.

Once again, audiences get in this movie, a presentation whose animation is on par with an old N64 video game.  In other words, while it does create a clear setting for the story, the overall look sadly leaves so much to be wanted.  If one were to compare this full-on CG animation to other CG movies currently available, the comparison to said movies would reveal an aesthetic item that makes the movie somewhat uncomfortable to watch.  In the same vein, the movie’s music, while a nice addition to the overall presentation, sometimes has a tendency to overpower the cast’s own presentations.  This happens not just once or twice, but at multiple points throughout the movie.  As minor as that may seem, it does play a big part in the movie’s presentation.  Keeping that in mind, the movie’s production, while interesting to learn about in the companion bonus features, does detract from the viewing experience.  It doesn’t make the movie unwatchable, but it does take away from the overall experience.  As much as it takes away from the movie’s presentation, the noted bonus features make up at least to a point.

The bonus material included in the movie’s presentation includes the standard behind-the-scenes featurette and some insightful pieces on the music, sound effects and sound mixing included as extras.  The behind-the-scenes featurette is highlighted by the discussions on and from the voice cast and creative heads, of course.  It also includes an interesting note from one of the movie’s creative heads about how someone close to Gertrud Chandler Warner, the author of the original Boxcar Children books directly played into the movie’s creation (and that of its predecessor).  It’s noted in this interview that there was insistence that the cinematic adaptations of the books stay true to their source material and that said insistence overpowered the thoughts of some very powerful figures.  While the movie’s animation may leave viewers wanting, at least viewers know that certain higher-ups who wanted to update the story didn’t get their way, and instead allowed the story’s adaptation here maintain the look and feel of the original story.  It’s a small victory for creative power, but a victory nonetheless.  What’s more, this discussion itself serves to show yet again the importance of bonus features to a movie.  This in itself creates its own appreciation for the movie, making up at least a little for the low quality of the movie’s animation.  It’s just one of the discussions that proves the value of the bonus features.  The discussion on the movie’s music and its creation is just as interesting as that of the discussion on the approach to the movie.  Audiences learn through this discussion that the movie’s soundtrack was created almost entirely through real instruments.  The introduction of said instruments might even be the first-ever for many audiences.  It was for this critic.  That aspect of the movie’s creation adds even more appreciation for its presentation as does the standalone discussion on the creation of the movie’s sound effects.  The discussion on the sound production and mixing is the only one that will leave viewers scratching their heads, again considering the problems with the final product.  Even with that in mind, the other noted bonus features do just enough to make up for that feature.  That’s because they show how much time and work went into making the movie aesthetically appealing.  To that end, that work – set alongside the movie’s story – does just enough to make the movie worth an occasional watch even with the movie’s production problems.

Shout! Studios’ and Legacy Classics Family Entertainment’s latest addition to the Boxcar Children cinematic universe is a relatively enjoyable offering for the whole family.  It does have its shortcomings thanks to some production problems that cannot be ignored, but its easily accessible story and its interesting bonus material do enough to make up for that problem.  In turn, they join to make The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island a movie that is unsurprisingly enjoyable for the whole family for an occasional watch.  It will be available next Tuesday, August 7 and can be pre-ordered online direct via Shout! Factory’s online store.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Shout! Factory Kids, Legacy Classics Partner To Release New Boxcar Children Adventure

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Shout! Factory and Legacy Classics are bringing the classic literary figures The Boxcar Children to Blu-ray and DVD in a brand new, Dove-approved adventure this summer.

The Boxcar ChildrenSurprise Island is scheduled to be released August 7 via Shout! Factory Kids.  The story, co-directed by Dan Chuba (The Boxcar Children) and Mark Dippe (SpawnGarfield Gets RealGarfield’s Pet Force), follows the young orphans as they spend the summer on their grandfather’s tiny, almost uninhabited island.  As it turns out, there is at least one other person living on the island, a mysterious figure named Joe.

Joe seems very friendly and helpful, but something about him doesn’t seem right.  So, the kids start trying to figure out if he’s hiding something.  The movie features the voice talents of J.K. Simmons (Spiderman 1 – 3WhiplashLa La Land), Martin Sheen (The DepartedApocalypse NowSpawn), Griffin Gluck (Just Go With ItWhy Him?, Just Before I Go), Dane Dehaan (ChronicleThe Place Beyond The PinesThe Amazing Spder Man 2), Joey King (The Kissing BoothWhite House DownThe Conjuring), Talitha Bateman (The 5th WaveAnnabelleCreation, Love, Simon) and Gil Birmingham (TwilightThe Twilight SagaBreaking Dawn Part 1, The Twilight SagaBreaking Dawn Part 2).

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‘The Honey Games’ Is A “Sweet” New Addition To Studio 100’s ‘Maya The Bee’ Franchise

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Maya the Bee is back on Blu-ray with a brand new adventure that is certain to have viewers of all ages *ahem* buzzing courtesy of Shout! Factory and Studio 100.  The adventure, Maya The Bee 2 comes a little more than two years after the release of its predecessor, Maya The Bee, which was also released via Shout! Factory and Studio 100.  While it likely will not be unfamiliar to many audiences in its approach, this installment in the Maya The Bee franchise is still a story that is certain to entertain and engage viewers of all ages.  That story is one part of what makes the movie worth at least one watch.  The bonus material included with the movie adds to its entertainment, showing even more why this movie is worth seeing.  The work of the movie’s cast plays its own part in the movie’s presentation, too, and will be discussed a little later on.  Each element noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Maya The Bee 2.  All things considered, they make Maya The Bee 2 a work that is certain to bring the whole family together, and in turn have viewers of all ages buzzing about this new animated feature.

Shout! Factory and Studio 100’s new animated import Maya The Bee 2 is another enjoyable entry in the bigger story of the little bee who could.  It is definitely worth at least one watch.  That is due in no small part to the story at the center of the movie. Many viewers may find that the movie at the center of the movie is not exactly unfamiliar.  It is, at its core, an underdog tale centered on a competition that will decide the fate of two groups.  In the case of this story, Maya and an unlikely group of ragtag misfits join together to defeat Violet and her friends so that Maya’s colony won’t have to sacrifice what little honey it has in a thin summer season.  As expected Violet and her friends at first prove problematic for Maya and Team Poppy.  That’s because of her villainous ways, including playing with the emotions of Maya’s best friend.  As the story progresses, Violet of course learns her lesson and finally does the right thing, leading to a happy ending for all that includes Violet and Maya becoming friends.  It’s anything but new in regards to the overall plot.  Audiences have seen this already in the likes of Disney’s Pixie Hollow Games (one of its many Tinkerbell specials), Monsters University, Revenge of the Nerds and other similar movies and TV specials.  Through it all are the common discussions on friendship, fair play and family that are tied in to the story’s secondary coming-of-age plot.  That secondary plot sees Maya growing as she navigates the situation.  That growth plays directly into the main plot, and in turn shows even more why the movie’s story, while not unfamiliar, is still reason enough for families to see it at least once.  It is only one part of what makes Maya The Bee 2 an interesting watch.  The bonus material that is included in the movie’s presentation strengthens that presentation even more.

The bonus material included with Maya The Bee 2’s home release is the standard fare, much as with its story – a behind-the-scenes making of featurette that shows how the movie came to life.  Yet, it does its own share to entertain viewers and keep them engaged.  The making of featurette gives viewers a glimpse into the process of the movie’s creation, from the importance of lining up the sound effects (and using the proper tools to create the sound effects) to the time and effort put into making the movie look as realistic as possible and more.  It only runs roughly 20 minutes at the most, yet those discussions and the discussion on the very motivation for the movie’s creation come together the add even more reason for families to watch the movie.  That’s because of the added appreciation that they create for the movie overall.  Even with that added appreciation in mind, the noted elements are still not the last of the movie’s most important elements.  The work of the movie’s cast is important in its own right to the movie’s presentation, too.

The work of the movie’s cast is important to note because while it is voice over work, it still requires its own share of effort and time.  Luckily, that time and effort paid off, especially for lead voice actor Coco Jack Gillies (Mad Max: Fury Road, The evil’s Playground, Oddball and the Penguins), the voice of Maya.  Whether in her happier moments or her more emotional moments, Gillies makes Maya a wholly sympathetic character for whom audiences will have no problem rooting.  Case in point is the movie’s climax, in which Maya admits to the Queen (Justine Clark – Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Look Both Ways, Danny Deckchair) and to the Empress (Marny McQueen – Son of the Mask, The Mule, Bogan Pride) that she had disrespected each character, and in turn dishonored them.  The humility that Gillies establishes in her delivery makes this moment one of the movie’s most memorable and engaging.  That’s because of Gillies’ ability to make audiences believe her performance.  A happier moment such as that when the Empress initially invites Maya to the games, is just as believable.  Gillies’ cast mates do their own part in making the movie engaging, too.  Linda Ngo (Top of the Lake, The Furies, Mako Mermaids) is just as enjoyable as the despicable and spoiled Violet.  She brings to her performance, a certain something that makes audiences love to hate Violet.  That is a tribute to Ngo’s work.  Even as Violet has her change of heart, Ngo makes that moment believable even as predictable as it was.  Benson Jack Anthony (800 Words, Emo The Musical, High Life) does a good job in his own right, too, even though Willi, Maya’s “sidekick” is not on screen but so much.  Anthony makes the most of each appearance, making viewers applaud him, too.  His performance gives plenty of hope for his future regardless of whether it is in voice work or actually on screen.  Taking into account each of these performances and those not more directly discussed, the whole of the cast’s work proves to do just as much for Maya The Bee 2 as its story and bonus material.  When all three elements are joined together, they make Maya the Bee a movie that is sure to have the whole family *ahem* buzzing.

Studio 100’s latest entry in its Maya The Bee franchise, The Honey Games is a surprisingly *sweet* new addition to the series in both senses of the word.  That is due in part to a story that while not unfamiliar, still gives the story a new life in its dual plot.  The bonus material included with the movie adds a certain extra depth to the story and its presentation.  The work of the movie’s cast – both main and support – ensures in its own way, too, audiences engagement and entertainment.  Each element is important in its own right to the whole of Maya The Bee 2.  All things considered, they make this movie a work that will have the whole family *buzzing.* More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Maya The Bee Is Buzzing Home Again This Spring

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Maya The Bee is back!

The beloved little honey bee has a new family friendly movie on the way.  Maya The Bee 2The Honey Games is currently scheduled for release May 1, 2018 via Shout! Factory Kids.  It will be released on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and standalone DVD.

Co-directed by the team of Noel Cleary (Tashi), Sergio Delfino (Chicken Run) and Alexs Stadermann (Maya The BeeBambi IIA Goofy Movie), this story follows Maya and her friend Willy as they travel to Buzztropolis to compete in The Honey Games.  The danger is that if the pair loses the games, they have to give their summer honey harvest to the Empress.

This could spell disaster for Maya’s hive since the harvest season had been slim. Over the course of the story, audiences learn invaluable lessons about friendship, responsibility and courage.

Originally based on the German novel Maya The Bee in 1912, the stories of Maya have been passed down throughout the ages in countless languages.  It has also been translated into an animated series in Europe, Australia and Asia.

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Nick Jr. Series’ Latest DVD Is A “Super” New Release For Its Fans

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Shout! Factory Kids and Nick Jr. have teamed up to release another collection of episodes from the network’s hit series Kuu Kuu Harajuku next month that is certain to entertain the series’ key audiences.

The companies, along with dhx media, Red Flags Fly, Film Victoria, Moody Street Kids and Vision Animation, will release the series’ latest DVD Super Kawaii on Sept. 26 in stores and online.  The DVD, whose run time just tops the two-hour mark, offers plenty of entertainment for its target audiences in part because of its episodes.  This will be discussed shortly.  The stories presented in each episode are collectively just as important to discuss in examining this new DVD as the episodes themselves.  It will be touched on later.  The disc’s bonus material rounds out its most important elements, and will also be discussed later.  Each element noted here is important in its own way to the DVD’s overall presentation.  All things considered, they make Super Kawaii another “super” collection for any young Kuu Kuu Harajuku fan.

Shout! Factory Kids’ new Kuu Kuu Harajuku DVD Super Kawaii is another “super” collection for any of the series’ young fans.  That is due in part to the episodes presented in this latest collection.  The collection’s 12 total episodes are all culled from the series’ first season rather than being pulled randomly from each of the series’ two current seasons.  Even more interesting to note is that they are presented here in exactly the same chronological order as they were presented in their original airing on Nick Jr. The episodes’ ordering and the fact that they are all pulled from the same season is important to note because of how often companies out there release compilation DVDs whose episodes seem to be randomly pulled from their respective series. Every company does and has done this. Considering this, the episodes and their precise ordering create a solid foundation for the DVD’s presentation.  The foundation formed through the episodes and their ordering allows the stories presented within the episodes to sit easily atop them.

The stories that are presented within the DVD’s featured episodes are key to discuss in examining this DVD because of the variety in the stories.  The majority of the stories presented here center on HJ5 going on various adventures linked to them performing while facing just as many varied situations.  “Music Zoo” for instance finds the girls having to help clear Music’s reputation and record so that they can perform at their local zoo.  “Delectabubbles” finds the girls of HJ5 having to escape from an evil queen who wants to keep them in a bubble to silence them once and for all.  “Life is But A Dream” puts the ladies into one collective dream and leads to an interesting outcome for another concert.  Of course not every one of the stories shown here centers on the girls’ concerts.  Others are random adventures such as “Control + Alt + Dimension,” which uses a classic alternate universe story line for its setting.  Of course in this story, one of the girls ends up in an alternate universe in which everything is opposite of her universe.  HJ5 is evil while General NoFun and his sidekick Commander Boring are the good guys. The story follows Music as she tries to get back to her own universe, having to use the good Gen. NoFun and Cmdr. Boring to help her.  As if all of this is not enough, there is even an episode that takes a stab at record labels and their tactics in another of the set’s stories.  Between all of these stories and others not noted here, it becomes clear in examining the stories why they are so important to this DVD’s overall presentation.  They show the writers’ abilities to keep things fresh from one episode to the next even when using one central plot line for the stories.  On a side note, anyone that is or has been a fan of Hanna-Barbera’s classic animated series Josie & The Pussycats will especially find these stories entertaining as they clearly show that series’ influence from one to the next.  When this is considered along with everything else noted here, it becomes even more clear why these stories are critical to the DVD’s overall presentation. They are stories that will entertain older audiences just as much as younger viewers who might not be so familiar with the series’ obvious influence.  Now keeping everything already discussed in mind, the episodes and their stories are only a portion of what needs to be discussed in examining this DVD’s overall presentation.  Its bonus material is just as important to discuss as those aforementioned items.

The bonus material included in the DVD introduces the voices behind the girls of HJ5, and is actually interesting in its own right. The young ladies who bring the girls to life talk about the importance of the group being presented as strong, confident characters and about the characters themselves among other topics.  Those other topics include how the cast came together, how the characters’ personalities were created and more.  The featurette runs roughly 20 minutes or so, and not a moment is wasted.  The whole run time is filled with information that expertly introduces young audiences to the show on another level.  That breadth of information presented in the bonus featurette strengthens the DVD’s presentation even more, showing even more why this DVD will keep the series’ target audiences entertained with each watch.

Shout! Factory Kids and Nick Jr.’s new Kuu Kuu Harajuku DVD Super Kawaii, is a presentation that is certain to keep its young target audiences entertained from start to finish.  That is thanks in part to the episodes, which are presented here in the same chronological order as they were presented in their original airing.  The stories presented here will entertain those same audiences thanks to their variety while older audiences familiar with its forebear, Josie & The Pussycats will be entertained by the series’ comparisons.  The bonus material included in the DVD adds even more depth to the DVD’s presentation, adding even more enjoyment to the experience.  Each item is important in its own right to the set’s presentation.  All things considered, Super Kawaii proves to be another “super” collection for any Kuu Kuu Harajuku fan.  It will be available Sept. 27 in stores and online, and can be pre-ordered online via Shout! Factory’s online store.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Shout! Factory Kids, Nick Jr. Partner For New Kuu Kuu Harajuku DVD

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Shout! Factory Kids has teamed with Viacom and Nick Jr. to ring audiences another new collection of Kuu Kuu Harajuku episodes.

Kuu Kuu Harajuku: Super Kawaii is currently scheduled to be released Tuesday, September 26 on DVD in stores and online. The set features 12 more episodes from the series’ debut season.  Pre-orders are available now via Amazon and ShoutFactory.com.

This time out, the young ladies of HJ5 have to turn Music back to herself when she turns into her alter ego, Muzaka in “Music Zoo.”  “Oh G” sees one of Pigment’s paintings come to life, leading the ladies to have to get things back under control.  In “Control + Alt + Dimension” Love ends up in an alternate dimension and has to get back to her own world.

These are just some of the episodes featured in the series’ latest release.  Nine other episodes fill out the disc.  As an added bonus, the collection also features interviews with the series’ voice vast.

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