Day At The Races Is A Fine Final Lap For Chuck and Friends

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Shout! Factory Kids/Discovery Family/Hub/Hasbro Studios

The Adventures of Chuck and Friends: Day at the Races is more than likely Shout! Factory Kids’ last installment of episodes from the family friendly series. If it is in fact the last collection of episodes that audiences will receive, then it is safe to say that it is a great way for the series to go out. That is thanks in large part to its writing. Once again, audiences get ten episodes that present a solid mix of both entertainment and invaluable lessons for young audiences. The overall run time of this allegedly last installment of episodes is another important key to the whole of the DVD. The work of those behind the show’s look is worth the note one more time, too. The episodes here look largely unlike other CG-based children’s offerings out there in terms of its overall design. It rounds out the reasons the audiences of all ages will appreciate the episodes presented here and shows together with the other noted elements why it is fully deserving of a spot on any critic’s list of the best new DVDs and Blu-rays for children and families.

If the latest collection of episodes of The Adventures of Chuck and Friends is in fact the last that audiences will get to enjoy, it is something of a sad thing. That is because even over the course of only two seasons it offered audiences so much to like. And this collection of episodes is no different from the series’ previous releases, either. The main reason that it proves itself just as enjoyable as its predecessors is the work of the series’ writers. Once more, the writers have crafted ten more episodes that expertly balance both entertainment and education so to speak. The education in question comes in the form of lessons that are just as invaluable for young viewers as those presented in the series’ previous compilations. Right from the disc’s outset this time, viewers are presented with an important lesson about teamwork in the episode “Contest Countdown.” The lesson in question is taught as a contest is held for the chance to ride with a well-known traffic reporter chopper. The way to win is to answer a riddle. Chuck and his friends end up working together and answer the riddle together. The lesson obviously taught here is that when people work together, everybody wins. As a sidebar, viewers also learn about the importance of developing problem-solving skills along the way. These two lessons are just a couple that show how the show’s writing proves its value to The Adventures of Chuck and Friends: Day at the Races. The disc’s second episode “Tough Break” teaches an equally invaluable pair of lessons.

When Chuck breaks his mom’s brand new wench in “Tough Break,” he enlists his friends to try to rebuild the wench. But in trying to cover it up, he ends up being caught and has to confess to what he’s done. He and his friends do end up fixing his mom’s wench. Along the way, he realizes the episode’s dual lessons–respecting others’ property and taking responsibility for one’s actions. These are lessons that can’t be driven home enough for young viewers. And they aren’t the last important lessons, either.

“The Short Cut,” the third episode included in this set, teaches its own equally invaluable lesson, to young viewers. The lesson presented here is that of the value of hard work. The lesson is taught as Chuck has some important things to do for his mom including building a new tool shed. In seeing the directions to building the shed, Chuck decides to try and take a short cut to finish the job, thinking nothing could go wrong. The end result is obviously quite the contrary. Simply put, the writers have presented to young viewers the message that nothing worth doing is ever easy. And the way to do things the right way is to follow the directions, NOT to try and do things one’s own way (I.E. taking shortcuts). This is an especially important lesson especially in an age when young audiences increasingly expect instant gratification for everything. It’s yet another example of how the writing used in these episodes shows itself the most important aspect of the collection. There are plenty of other important lessons that audiences will get out of the set’s other episodes. Those presented here are just a glimpse into how much the collection in whole has to offer audiences. For all of the value that the writing offers in this collection, the writing is just one part of what makes the collection in whole a success. The run time of each episode is just as worth noting in considering what makes The Adventures of Chuck and Friends: Day at the Races a success.

The work of the writers proves itself the most important aspect in The Adventures of Chuck and Friends: Day at the Races. That is because of the writers’ ability to balance the series’ entertainment with its more important developmental lessons. The lessons in question are presented in a fun way, rather than some obviously over the top, in-your-face approach that is used by other shows. As important as the writers work proves to be in the long run, their work would mean nothing without the time limitations put on each script or more simply put, the episodes’ run times. Each episode runs roughly eleven minutes. That means that the writers had a very fixed time in which to present each episode’s problem and solution/lesson. They managed those limitations with expertise, making sure not to spend too much time on the buildup or on the eventual outcome of each story. There are in fact some series whose episodes suffer from this issue of time management. The end result is young viewers easily losing interest even within the shows’ key demographics. That thankfully isn’t the case here. Because it isn’t the case, audiences will find themselves fully engaged yet again from beginning to end of each episode. Hopefully in the long run, that combination of solid writing and relatively short run times will lead to viewers of all ages picking up on the episodes’ lessons. In turn viewers will see for themselves why both elements of the episodes make this collection of episodes a success.

The run times and writing incorporated into the episodes featured in The Adventures of Chuck and Friends: Day at the Races are equally important to the set’s success. Of course they are only two-thirds of what makes this collection another success for audiences. The overall look of the episodes plays its own role in their enjoyment and success, too. Compared to so many other CG-based children’s series and movies (specifically Disney/Pixar’s Cars and Planes franchises) out there today, this series boasts its own identity thanks to its look. There’s something about the richness of the colors and even the design of the characters and their world in whole. While it’s obvious that this series was created via computers, it doesn’t look like the show’s heads and those behind its creation didn’t just toss something together and call it done. This has been a standard since the series’ first collection of episodes. There is a certain attention that has always been paid to the specific look of Chuck and each of his friends. Those responsible for bringing the characters and their world to life went to painstaking efforts to make each look as much like their real world counterparts as possible. That includes details as minute as the design of the vehicles’ tire treads and the overall shape of their chassis. Even the junkyard, the race track and Chuck’s “family home” received specific details. Audiences can tell that special attention was paid to especially this element with the inclusion of everything that a person would see in a normal everyday garage. It’s one of so many fine details that were given the utmost attention. Whether for these details or others not noted, the work put in to make them look different from the other CG-based series and movies out there paid off once again. Together with the work of the writers and the overall run time of each episode, all three elements make The Adventures of Chuck and Friends: Day at the Races one more (and last?) fun collection of episodes for audiences of all ages.

Whether it be for the work of the writers, the run times of each of the collection’s ten episodes or for the work of those responsible for designing the characters and world of Chuck and his friends and family, there is plenty to say to the show’s positive. It’s too bad that it looks like the series has now come to its end. One look at Discovery Family’s new website would seem to hint that it is no longer running the family friendly series. Even if it is indeed the end of the road for this series, then this potentially last installment of episodes proves a fine final lap (ba-dumb-bump bad pun fully intended) for one of the more underappreciated series in the last decade. The Adventures of Chuck and Friends: Day at the Races is available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct from Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-animation/the-adventures-of-chuck-friends-day-at-the-races. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory and Shout! Factory Kids is available online now at:

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Chuck & Friends Return This May With Its Eighth Collection Of Episodes

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Shout! Factory Kids/Discovery Family/Hub/Hasbro Studios

Shout! Factory Kids and Hasbro Studios will release yet another collection of episodes from the hit Discovery Family series The Adventures of Churck & Friends next month.

The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: Day at the Races will be released on DVD on Tuesday, May 19th. The DVD is the series’ eighth collection of episodes released since 2012, when Shout! Factory Kids and Hasbro Studios first started releasing the DVDs. It features ten more episodes pulled from both seasons one and two of The Adventures of Chuck & Friends. Being the eighth collection of episodes and the show’s current run of episodes, this might also be the last collection of episodes. It will retail for MSRP of $12.99 but can be pre-ordered now direct from Shout! Factory’s online store at a discounted price of $11.99 at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-animation/the-adventures-of-chuck-friends-day-at-the-races. More information on this and other titles from SHout! Factory is available online at:

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Shout! Factory, Shout! Kids Start 2015 Strong With New Chuck & Friends DVD

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Shout! Kids

2014 is officially in the books and 2015 has officially started. And while the year is only on its first day, parents and kids alike already have plenty of reason to be excited. That’s because Shout! Kids and Hasbro Studios will release the latest compilation of episodes from Discovery Family’s hit family friendly series The Adventures of Chuck & Friends this month. The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: Rev Your Engines will be released on DVD Tuesday, January 13th. There is just as much to take away from this compilation, the seventh from the series, as those that have come before. The main thing that audiences will take away from this collection is its invaluable lessons. Every one of the compilation’s ten episodes teaches its own invaluable lesson. Also, audiences of all ages will appreciate the episodes’ short run time. Each episode runs roughly eleven minutes. By direct connection, the pacing of each episode helps to keep young audiences engaged. The end result of these factors together is a release that is the first great DVD for children and family of 2015.

The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: Rev Your Engines is this year’s first great DVD for children and families. The primary reason for this title is the fact that each of its ten episodes includes its own important lesson. While most of the episodes in this compilation feature important life lessons, at least one episode—“Bridging The Gap”—highlights the importance of science education. The lesson is set up when Handy explains his science project, a rubber band-powered plane, to Chuck and the others. When Handy’s plane actually takes flight and lands on the other side of a gap in the forest, they have to figure out how to build a bridge to get across and get the plane. So, not only does the episode teach the importance of science education, but it also teaches the most basic fundamentals of engineering. It’s good to see that Hasbro Studios and Shout! Kids have included “Bridging The Gap” in their latest compilation from The Adventures of Chuck & Friends. The lessons centered on the importance of science education and engineering show that both can be fun. And in an age when kids are increasingly being driven away from such fundamentals and more towards all things internet, they become increasingly important as part of the compilation’s whole. They prove to be just as important as the equally invaluable life lessons included in the set’s other episodes. Speaking of those lessons, the lesson in handling bullies in the disc’s closer “The Bully” is another important addition to the set. This episode teaches young viewers the ways to deal with bullies. It highlights the importance of getting an adult when one is dealing with a bully. In its own way, this episode explains that getting an adult involved when dealing with a bully is not tattling. It is doing the right thing. It also explains that there are other measures that can be taken along with contacting an adult about a bully. In a time when bullying remains a serious problem across America, this lesson is one of the most important taught in any of the set’s episodes. On a related note, “Chuck in Charge” teaches about bullying in another way. This episode teaches that leaving people out of one’s activities without any good reason is not a very nice thing to do. While it doesn’t come out and say it, it equates leaving people out of activities to bullying of its own sort. It’s one more of so many great lessons spread across the disc that proves why every parent and child should pick up this DVD.

If the noted episodes aren’t enough reason for audiences to check out this DVD when it is released, there are other episodes that will definitely convince them. “Brother Borrowing” indirectly tackles the subject of jealousy. It could even serve as a starting point in tackling the issue of sibling rivalry in its own right. “Little Big Chuck” teaches children that it’s okay to be young and that they shouldn’t rush to grow up. And “Boomer The Snowplow” teaches children to believe in themselves and that they can be anything they want to be. Yet again, more proof of why the lessons incorporated into this collection more than make it worth the purchase. Whether it be any of these many lessons or those remaining not noted, it can be said with certainty that the lessons taught through the set’s ten episodes are collectively the most important reason for the collection’s enjoyment.

The lessons that are taught throughout each of the ten episodes in Chuck & Friends’ new collection are collectively the most important reason for the compilation’s success and enjoyment. The show’s writers waste little time delivering each lesson, too. Each episode runs roughly eleven minutes in length. Taking into account the average attention span of the show’s target audience, eleven minutes is just enough time to keep said audiences engaged. Were they any longer, the writers risked losing those eyeballs and minds. It would also mean that in potentially losing those eyeballs and minds the all-important lessons in each episode would have been all for naught. So for that reason, those behind the show are to be commended for maintaining what is one of the show’s long-held standards in these episodes.

The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: Rev Your Engines offers some rather invaluable lessons throughout each of its ten episodes. Each episode teaches a lesson different from the last. No one lesson is less valuable than the other. The run time of each episode gives the show’s writers just enough time to deliver their lessons without losing their audiences. By direct connection, the pacing of each episode is just as important as the episodes’ run times. They move at a pace that is not necessarily rapid fire but at a pace that leaves not one second to waste. Simply put, not even parents will be left scratching their heads. The pacing is just enough that it allows audiences of all ages to follow the stories and still understand the episodes’ underlying lessons. The end result is full enjoyment of each episode and a great starting point for a whole new group of discussions between parents and children. It collectively proves The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: Rev Your Engines to be 2015’s first great DVD for children and families.

The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: Rev Your Engines will be available on DVD Tuesday, January 13th. It can be pre-ordered online via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-animation/the-adventures-of-chuck-friends-rev-your-engines. More information on this and other releases from Shout! Factory and Shout! Kids is available online at:

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Chuck & His Friends Return Next Month With Even More New Adventures

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Courtesy: Shout! Kids/Shout! Factory

Chuck and his friends are off for even more adventures this winter in the latest collection of episodes from Shout! Kids, Hasbro Studios, and Discovery Family (formerly Hub).

Shout! Kids, a division of Shout! Factory, will release The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: Rev Your Engines on Tuesday, January 13th. The latest collection of episodes from Discovery Family, it sees everybody’s favorite little dump truck and his friends—Digger, Handy Rowdy, Biggs, Boomer, and Flip—taking off on ten more fun-filled episodes. Chuck and his friends have plenty of fun and learn even more valuable lessons about life in each of the set’s episodes; Lessons that parents and children alike will appreciate.

Along with all of the fun and lessons, The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: Rev Your Engines also includes another brand new sing-along for little listeners.

The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: Rev Your Engines will retail for MSRP of $12.99. Parents and teachers can pre-order the single-disc DVD now at a discounted price of $11.99 via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-animation/the-adventures-of-chuck-friends-rev-your-engines. More information on this and other releases from Shout! Kids is available online at:

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