PBS Kids Releases Release Date, Info For New WordGirl DVD

Courtesy:  PBS Kids/PBS/Scholastic

Courtesy: PBS Kids/PBS/Scholastic

PBS kids will release another new DVD featuring episodes of its family favorite series WordGirl this summer.

Wordgirl: Monkey Business will be released Tuesday June 10th. The upcoming DVD will feature four more shorts from the hit animated vocabulary-building series from Scholastic Media. The first of the DVD’s four new shorts sees WordGirl’s trust sidekick Captain Huggyface having to face Chuck The Evil Sandwich Making Guy on his own after having accidentally been left behind by WordGirl early in their day. Huggyface decides to do what he wants after being left behind (again), which leads to his face off with Chuck.

“The Meaty Dimension”, the second of the DVD’s shorts features The Butcher. In this episode, WordGirl and Captain Huggyface have to face off against The Butcher once again. What they don’t know is that The Butcher has a plan to trap them and take over the city after discovering a portal to the dimension where all of his meat is stored. It’s up to them to outsmart The Butcher and close the portal in hopes of stopping The Butcher once and for all.

WordGirl and Captain Huggyface have to stop The Whammer from ruining Mr. and Mrs. Botsford’s anniversary in “Whammer Anniversary”, the third of the shorts included in the new WordGirl DVD. Becky is left to babysit her brother TJ when their parents go out for their anniversary. But then Becky has to figure out how to keep her identity secret after The Whammer starts whamming at the same ice cream parlor where Becky’s parents are enjoying their anniversary. This is another “sweet treat” short for viewers.

In the last of the shorts included in the new WordGirl DVD, WordGirl has to once again face off against Chuck The Evil Sandwich Making Guy. This time, Chuck has added a new weapon to his growing arsenal. His weapon? Peanut butter! When he shoots it at his victims, a giant ball of peanut butter envelops them. And WordGirl becomes one of his victims. So she and Captain Huggyface have to figure out how to get her out of her *ahem* sticky situation and save the day once again.

WordGirl: Monkey Business will be available Tuesday, June 10th on DVD. It can be pre-ordered now via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Wordgirl-Monkey-Business-Tom-Kenny/dp/B00IVLRBHU/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1400375319&sr=1-1&keywords=wordgirl+monkey+business. More information on WordGirl is available online at http://www.facebook.com/WordGirl, http://www.pbskidsgo.org/wordgirl, and http://www.scholastic.com/wordgirl. Parents and kids can also go to http://www.pbskids.org/wordgirl to check out more episodes of WordGirl and to play WordGirl games. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

WordGirl Celebrates Election Season With All New Episode

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Last week, our country voted in one of the biggest elections in the nation’s history.  In honor of the election, PBSKids offered its own election themed programming throughout the week.  One of those election themed programs was a brand new episode of adventures from everyone’s favorite little literary super heroine, WordGirl.  The new episode saw Becky face off against her archrival Toby in the first half of the show.  The second half of the show saw WordGirl face off against The Butcher once again.  In the process she learns that sometimes, she herself can tend to ramble.

The first half of WordGirl’s new episode, “A Vote for Becky” opens in the Botsford household.  Becky’s mom is prepping for the upcoming election.  She is running as a candidate to be re-elected as the local District Attorney.  Mr. Botsford is helping by manning the phones, calling all of Mrs. Botsford’s supporters.  Meanwhile, Becky heads off to school, where she ends up running in the school’s election.  Much to her surprise, she isn’t running unopposed.  Toby, boy genius, reveals that he’s running, too.  And he uses a bugged pen that has a microphone in it to steal her campaign promises for his own.  In the end, it’s neither Becky nor Toby who wins.  It is in fact Becky’s friend, Violet who is named the new class president.  In her case, she is what would be considered a write-in candidate.  Becky doesn’t lose entirely though, as Violet names Becky her Vice President.  To top it all off, it turns out that Mrs. Botsford has been re-elected as the local District Attorney.

In the second half of WordGirl’s new episode, Becky has to face off against another of her old arch rivals in the form of The Butcher.  Becky stops The Butcher in the process of robbing another business.  The failed robbery turns into a lesson for The Butcher on learning how to better articulate.  He tells WordGirl that in his last robbery, he had been accused of rambling because he was getting words wrong.  So he takes a class to learn how to articulate.  Afterward, he goes out and robs an armored car.  Enter WordGirl to stop him.  He shows her that he’s learned how to articulate.  And then he proceeds to rob a store.  When she tried to stop him, The Butcher accuses her of rambling.  The butcher escapes and goes back to his class to tell everyone about having learned how to articulate.  What they don’t know is that it’s really The Butcher in disguise.  That is until WordGirl is revealed as a special speaker in the class.  WordGirl proceeds to ramble again, causing The Butcher to lose his cool and blow his cover.  This leads WordGirl to finally defeat and capture him.

These two episodes make up the newest episode of WordGirl.  It may or may not have aired yet in your market.  If not, audiences can keep an eye out for it online at http://pbskids.org/wordgirl

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New WordGirl Episode Is Very Meaty, Will Leave Fans Seeing Double

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Everybody by now has seen and/or heard all of the news about the current teacher strike in Chicago.  And standardized testing has been a hot topic among the educational community as far back as one can imagine.  These issues, along with so many others have put educational in more danger than before in recent years.  Thank goodness for PBS and PBS Kids.  PBS Kids offers a number of outlets for kids and adults that are both family and kid friendly as well as educational.  One of the most popular of those outlets is PBS Kids’ hit series WordGirl.  Now after a bit of a wait, fans of WordGirl are getting new episodes.  In the second of the new upcoming episodes, WordGirl has to face off against another old foe in The Butcher once again.  And Lady Redundant Woman returns.  She comes back.  Get the joke?  And of course, everybody’s favorite vocab building game show is back with another new episode, too.

In the first half of Episode #502, WordGirl has to face off against The Butcher once more when he discovers the source of his powers.  “The Meaty Dimension” reveals where The Butcher got his powers thanks to a book left by his father, Kid Potato.  The Butcher uses his new discovery to lure WordGirl’s sidekick, Captain Huggyface into the Meaty Dimension and trap him through a portal.  At first, The Butcher overpowers Captain Huggyface and traps him in a pork chop prison in the Meaty Dimension.  Much to his surprise and dismay, Huggyface’s appetite allowed him to eat all of the meat in the Meaty Dimension, and escape it through the same portal in which he was lured through in the first place.  He gets back to the real world and defeats The Butcher with the help of WordGirl’s friend, Violet.

After the first half of Episode #502, everyone’s favorite vocab building game show, “May I Have A Word” returns for another new episode.  This time, the contestants must define the word “Perspire.”  Tommy properly defines it, winning him an official WordGirl Launch Ramp.    

In the second half of Episode #502, WordGirl has to face off against Lady Redundant Woman in a classic evil twin plot.  When Lady Redundant Woman starts making evil copies of all of the city’s officials, Becky’s mom, who is the city’s Assistant D.A., is suspected of robbing a bank when her evil copy is actually behind the crime.  So the real Mrs. Botsford goes on the run, making WordGirl gripe about the situation. Finally, Mrs. Botsford comes face to face with her evil copy and manages to convince the police about which one is the fake when she asks both Mrs. Botsfords a question to which only the real Mrs. Botsford would know the answer.  All ends well with Lady Redundant Woman being arrested and the real city officials being released from prison. 

May I Have A Word closes out once the second half of Episode #502 ends.  Having won the first round, Tommy has to properly connect a picture to the definition of perspire.  He correctly links the two, winning him official WordGirl Frozen Treats. 

Audiences get one last vocabulary word as the show closes.  Captain Huggyface closes it out, as he always does with one parting word.  This episode’s parting word is BlitheBlithe means happy or joyous.  It’s one more word for young audiences to learn at an early age as they build their vocabulary knowledge.

WordGirl airs at different times on PBS Kids affiliates across the country.  So audiences should check their local listings to find out when this and the other new episodes will air.

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Wordgirl returns with a new episode Monday

PBS Kids’ hit vocab building based show, Wordgirl, returns next week with another brand new half hour episode.  Wordgirl is facing two familiar foes in next Monday’s new episode.  First, Wordgirl has to face off against the evil boy genius, Toby, in “Wordbot.”  And then Mr. Big is up to his old tricks, taking over the townspeople’s minds.  This time it’s so they’ll build a gianttributeto him in “Mount Rushhere.” And what episode of Wordgirl is complete without everyone’s favorite vocabulary based game show, “May I Have a Word?”  That’s right.  Bo Handsome and his young contestants are back with another new episode, too.  We’ve got a first look at Monday’s new episode right here int his edition of Reel Reviews.

“Wordbot” takes the first half of Monday’s new episode.  In this episode, Wordgirl faces off against her old foe, Toby, the evil boy genius.  As long time fans know, Toby faces off against Wordgirl a lot.  Ironically, he is also quite devotedto her.  But this time, Toby is so fed up with losing to Wordgirl that he builds his own version of little literary superheroine, that he dubs, “Wordbot.”  Wordbot can do everything Wordgirl can.  There’s just one problem.  In commanding Wordbot to show her devotion to him, Toby makes Wordbot toodevoted.  In fact, she’s more than justdevoted.  She turns jealous whenever Toby talks to Wordgirl, thus causing his evil plan tobackfire on him.  It leads him to have to workwith Wordgirl in order to get the batteries out of Wordbot and stop her.  And of course, what episode featuring Toby is complete without his mom catching him? 

In the second half of Monday’s new episode, Wordgirl has to face off against another old foe in “Mount Rushhere.”  In this new episode, Wordgirl has two problems to deal with.  While in disguise as Becky Botsford, Becky and her friends discover that all the adults in town have suddenly disappeared one day.  What they don’t know is that their parents’ minds have been taken over by Mr. Big.  Mr. Big has taken control of the adults’ minds so that they’ll build atributeto him that he has dubbed, “Mount Rushhere.”  His idea is that everyone will “rush here” (thus the name) to see histribute.  In the process, he tells his assistant, Leslie, that he’ll sell everyone that comes lots of souvenirs and become rich.  Of course, when Wordgirl realizes that all the adults have fallen under another of Mr. Big’s mind control schemes, she and Captain Huggyface come and destroy his latest mind control device, releasing the adults from his control.  Having Captain Huggyface with her yet again gave her theadvantagethat she needed to defeat him and destroy Mr. Big’stribute.  In the process of everything, Becky learns an important lesson herself.  She learns just how important it is to have her parents around and to have limits.

And of course, what episode of Wordgirl is complete without the hit vocabulary based game show, “May I Have a Word?”  In Monday’s brand new episode, the contestants have to define and show an example of the word, “shatter.”  Just as one of the contestants it about to define it, Captain Huggyface swings in and accidentally shatters the contestants’ podiums.  Because of that, the judges allow her to answer.  Young audiences will love not only the familiar antics of Captain Huggyface in this episode, but the always funny prizes that the contestants win.  So stay tuned Monday for that and the adventures of Wordgirl for another brand new episode, only on PBS KidsGo!  Check local listings to find out when the episode airs in your area.  Families can also watch it for free online at http://pbskids.org/go

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