PBS Distribution To Release New ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ DVD Tuesday

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PBS Distribution will release another new collection of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood episodes Tuesday.

Mister Rogers’ NeighborhoodMister Rogers & Making Mistakes is scheduled for release Tuesday on DVD and online.  The DVD features 142 minutes of episodes that focus on making mistakes and learning from those mistakes.  World famous pianist Andre Watts joins Mister Rogers in one of those episodes, with the pair talking about practicing and learning from mistakes.

Mister Rogers’ NeighborhoodMister Rogers & Making Mistakes will retail for MSRP of $9.99.  More information on this and other titles from PBS Distribution is available online at:

 

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PBS’ New ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ Box Set Will Make Every Day Beautiful For Every Family

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It’s hard to believe, but this past February marked 15 years since beloved television figure Fred Rogers passed away.  When he died on February 27, 2003, the world lost a man who was more than just a TV personality.  For so many audiences the world over, he was that father figure (and in other cases even grandfather figure) that maybe was lacking in said household.  He was that reassuring voice that was needed in tough times of all kinds and just as much the caring one in the happy times.  So it goes without saying that his passing left everyone wondering if there would ever be a figure like him again or even a show such as his again.  Part of that concern was answered in September 2012 when PBS and PBS Kids debuted Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, which was basically an updated, animated take on its source material from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  Even with the success that the said series has continued to have now six years later, many audiences continued to wonder if said source material would ever see the light of day on home release.  PBS’ officials heard those continued calls for the series’ release, and finally, early last month, they responded with the network’s first-ever collection of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood episodes in the form of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: It’s A Beautiful Day Collection.  The four-disc, 30-episode collection is not the first time that the series has ever seen a DVD release.  The Fred Rogers Company released quite a number of the series’ episodes on their own standalone DVDs in 2010.  That release format was problematic, though, and makes this collection’s episode selection all the more important.  It will be noted shortly.  The inclusion of the printed episode guide inside the case is another key element to discuss in examining this release.  The quality of the footage in its transfer to DVD rounds out this set’s most important elements.  Each element does so much to make this collection work.  All things considered, they make Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: It’s A Beautiful Day Collection a box set that will make every day beautiful for viewers, and hopefully just the first collection of episodes from this beloved series.

PBS’ first ever Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood DVD box set It’s A Beautiful Day Collection, is a box set that will make every day beautiful for viewers.  What’s more, it is hopefully just the first proper collection of episodes from the decades-long family friendly series.  Part of what makes this recently released collection such a positive product is its collection.  It presents 30 episodes from the series’ second run between 1979 – 2001.  “Second run” is noted as it was originally run on PBS between February 19, 1968 to February 20, 1976 before taking time off and then returning to television in 1979.  That 30 episode presentation is but a drop in the proverbial bucket for this collection, considering the series’ total episode count of 912 (including specials).  However, considering that the series’ episodes were previously released on standalone DVDs via The Fred Rogers Company (and that said approach clearly didn’t prove too successful) having even 30 episodes in one collection proves to be a successful approach for PBS.  What’s more, if PBS decides to continue releasing more sets in the same fashion over time, it will give the company something to release for years to come that will also assuredly be welcomed in every household across at least America.  As an added bonus, one of the episodes included in the mix in this debut set is none other than the series’ black and white premiere episode.  Reaching so far back and including so many other episodes shows the lengths that those behind this set’s creation went to make sure it paid proper tribute to Fred Rogers’ legacy while also making sure audiences were entertained and engaged.  To that end, this portion of the set’s presentation – its breadth of featured episodes – proves to be definitely a key piece of its whole. In direct connection, the set’s printed episode guide is just as integral to the set’s presentation.

The episode guide is printed on the inside front and back of the set’s box.  It includes a brief but concise description of each featured episode’s story.  As has been noted with other box sets from PBS (and other companies) this may seem a minor aesthetic element on the surface.  However, including even this element plays so much into the set’s overall viewing experience.  That is because it provides a starting point in deciding which episode to watch, and in turn, can and does save time on deciding which episode to watch.  This is especially important to note considering all that children go through on a daily basis.  It helps make quicker and easier, the choice of how to best approach given situations.  Kudos are in order for those behind the set’s creation for including this guide.  The only down side to the whole matter of the episode guide is that the season and episode number itself is not included.  Of course that one is just a want more than a need.  However, for those interested in the series’ history, having that included in the episode guide would have made enjoyment of the series’ history that much deeper.  That is, after all, considering that this collection focused on one part of the series’ run rather than the whole of its run.  Even with that in mind, it would be wrong to say its lack detracts any from the set’s overall presentation.  It would have just been nice to have had that included.  Keeping in mind both of the noted elements, do plenty to make this box set a welcome offering from PBS.  Both alone and collectively, they are not the set’s only key elements.  The quality of the footage in its transfer rounds out the set’s most important elements.

One need watch only a handful of the 30 episodes included in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: It’s A Beautiful Day Collection to notice the quality of the footage in its transfer.  It looks and sounds quite impressive from one episode to the next.  It’s obvious in taking in this set that at least some work had to have been done in terms of cleaning up the footage.  The video does retain some of that grainy look from the original episodes’ broadcasts, yet it isn’t so prominent that it takes anything away from the viewing experience.  Rather it adds a certain sense of nostalgia to that experience.  Much the same can be said of the episodes’ audio quality.  It might not seem like much on the surface, but viewers will note that they don’t have to adjust the volume at any point.  Anyone who has ever dealt with that issue will agree that it is so annoying.  To that end, it is nice to not have to deal with that issue here.  It ensures even more, viewers’ entertainment and engagement.  When it is considered along with the enjoyment brought by the episodes themselves and the episode guide to lead the way, the whole of all three elements makes Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: It’s A Beautiful Day Collection a welcome addition to any family’s home entertainment library.  Keeping that in mind, it easily makes a case to be considered for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new family DVD/BD box sets.

PBS’ recently released Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood DVD box set – the network’s first true official release from the timeless series – is a collection that is sure to make any family’s day “beautiful.”  It is also a collection that definitely deserves a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new family DVD/BD box sets.  That is proven in part through an extensive 30 episode presentation that spans almost 40 years of the show’s run.  The quality of the footage in regards to its audio and video adds even more enjoyment to the viewing experience.  Each element is important in its own right, as has been noted here.  All things considered, it is a welcome first effort from PBS for this series, and hopefully not the only one. It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this box set is available online now along with Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood activities, printables, news and more at:

 

 

 

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PBS Kids’ New ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’ DVD Is Just What The Doctor Ordered

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Going to the doctor is no fun.  Whether it be an adult or a child, it is almost as bad as going to the dentist or waiting in line at the DMV.  Of course for parents and adults the dislike of visiting the doctor stems from different roots.  For adults it’s more the issue of the waiting.  For children, the dislike of doctors is more rooted in other factors.  Those other factors create not just a dislike of doctors but a fear of them, too.  In response to that fear and dislike of doctors, the writers behind the family favorite series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood crafted a handful of episodes to address children’s aversion to doctors.  The episodes address those concerns in a way that is accessible to audiences of all ages.  And this past May those episodes were collected for a new collection of episodes in the form of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes To The Doctor.  The episodes themselves are their own collective key element in the DVD’s presentation.  They are not the only key part of the disc’s presentation.  The writing behind each episode is just as important to note as the episodes themselves.  Last but hardly least of note in the disc’s presentation are the bonus activities included inside the disc’s case.  Each element is important in its own right to the disc’s presentation.  Altogether they make this collection, the series’ 13th collection, yet another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.

This past May Public Media Distribution released a brand new collection of episodes from the hit PBS Kids animated series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.  The DVD, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes To The Doctor is yet another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.  The disc’s collection of episodes is key to this argument.  It boasts a total of nine episodes.  It should be noted that not every episode is directly connected to the theme of illness and doctors.  There is one episode (“A Stormy Night”) that doesn’t deal with illness and doctors.  Though, it does take on the disc’s secondary theme of facing one’s fears.  Audiences will note that this theme is just as prevalent in the disc’s episodes as the theme of illness and doctors.  That is because every child faces fear of doctors.  Considering this, despite having one episode that is seemingly unlike the others in this collection, the reality is that all nine episodes are tied together through their primary and secondary episodes.  That connection between each episode makes clear why the episodes themselves are so important in this collection’s presentation.  Of course the episodes themselves are just one part of what makes this collection so welcome in any family’s home DVD library.

The episodes that are featured in Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes To The Doctor are important in their own right to the disc’s presentation.  That is because they each follow at least one of two themes that connect each one to the others.  The episodes are, collectively, just one of the disc’s key elements, though.  The writing behind each episode is just as important to its presentation as the episodes.  The writing is so important because of the manner in which each episode’s story ties the episodes and their themes together.  Audiences will note that with the exception of just one of the featured stories, each of the stories presented here focuses on doctors and dealing with illness in one way or another.  Some of the stories take place inside the doctor’s office and others take place around Daniel’s neighborhood.  And each presents its own unique scenario.  In “Daniel Gets Better” Daniel has to go to the doctor after injuring his ankle while playing with his little sister Margaret.  On a related note, when Daniel and Miss Elaina get a little too dizzy while playing together ,Miss Elaina falls down and hurts her elbow.  So her mom comes and puts a band-aid on her elbow.  They are two totally different stories yet have similar plots.  “Daniel Gets A Cold” and “Mom Tiger Is Sick” are connected by having one then the other getting sick.  And in “Daniel’s Neighbors Help” Daniel gets sick again.  This time, his parents and friends are there to help him get better just like he helped his mom when she was sick.  The writers even tackle children’s fears of shots in “Daniel Gets A Shot.”  Daniel isn’t sick.  He just has to go to the doctor’s office to get a shot.  Obviously he isn’t happy about it, and even a little afraid.  So it’s up to his mom to help him face his fear.  Again, it is a story that stands on its own merits separate from the stories featured in the disc’s other episodes.  Yet it still manages ultimately to connect to the stories featured in the disc’s other episodes.  The same applies to the disc’s bonus episode “Daniel Visits The Doctor.”  There’s no sickness this time; just Daniel visiting the doctor for a standard checkup.  It’s just as simple of a story as the others.  Yet it helps drive home the message that doctors are not to be feared.  They are there to help.  Whether through this story or that of any of the set’s other episodes the writing ultimately proves in each episode to be just as important to the disc’s presentation as the episodes themselves.  Even as important as both elements prove to be to the collection’s presentation, they are not its only key elements.  The collection also comes with a pair of activities in the disc’s case as bonus material for families.  Those two lessons round out the most important of the disc’s elements.

Both the episodes featured in PBS Kids’ new Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVD and the writing therein are important in its own way to the DVD’s overall presentation.  While there is no arguing either element’s importance to the set’s presentation, thy are not its only important elements.  The bonus activities included inside the disc’s case are just as notable as the episodes and their writing.  Both lessons are ways for parents to alleviate children’s fear of the doctor.  The first is an activity involving X-rays.  It encourages parents to discuss with their children the purpose of X-rays.  After discussing what X-rays do, and that they are painless, parents are encouraged to make a pretend x-ray picture with their children.  They do that by tracing their children’s hand or foot on a piece of black construction paper as if it was an actual X-ray picture.  Of course a white crayon, pen, or other writing utensil would be used to make the outline look even more like an X-ray picture.  From there, parents and their children can glue cotton swabs onto the outline to show where the different bones would be.    It is a great way to calm children’s nerves if they are preparing to get an X-ray done.

The second of the disc’s bonus activities is a collage project.  Parents and children can assemble simple medical items such as cotton swabs, band-aids, tongue depressors, and latex gloves on a large piece of poster board.  As they assemble the items on the poster board, parents and children can discuss what each item is and why it is used.  This is another important activity because it serves in its own right to help make a doctor’s visit not so scary for children.  It’s one more way in which the disc’s bonus material proves to be just as important to its presentation as its featured episodes and their writing.  All things considered, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes To The Doctor proves in the end to be another enjoyable collection of episodes from PBS Kids’ family favorite series.  It is yet another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes To The Doctor is hardly the first collection of episodes to be released from PBS Kids’ family favorite series.  It is more than likely not the series’ last collection of episodes, too.  It is yet another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.  That is due in part to the episodes presented in the collection.  Each one is connected to the others through at least on of two different themes that run through each one.  The writing behind each episode is another key element in the set’s presentation.  That is because each story sets itself apart from the others yet still manages to connect each one together just as much as the episodes’ themes.  The bonus activities included inside the DVD’s case play their own part in the set’s presentation, too.  Both activities serve to help lighten children’s fears of the doctor.  Each element is important in its own right to the collection’s presentation, as one can see by now.  All things considered, the elements noted here make this DVD yet another enjoyable collection of episodes from the hit PBS Kids’ series and yet another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this DVD is available online now along with even more activities, printables, and more at:

 

 

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PBS Kids’ New DTN DVD Is A Welcome New Addition To Any Family’s Home Library

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Twelve years ago, the world lost one of its most important figures when Fred Rogers passed away.  Rodgers was one of those very rare figures that was the same in front of the camera as he was away from the set of his beloved series Mister Rodgers’ Neighborhood.  That is evident in the 2012 documentary Mr. Rodgers & Me.  The same year that Mr. Rodgers & Me made its debut, The Fred Rogers Company launched the family friendly series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.  The CG-based series focuses on one of Mr. Rodgers’ most beloved figures and has gone on since its inception to be one of PBS’ and PBS Kids’ best series.  The series has spawned no fewer than six DVDs since the series’ inception, the latest of which was released last month in the form of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Big Brother Daniel.  If Mr. Rodgers were alive today, he would be just as proud of this collection of episodes as the series’ previous compilations.  That is because just as with the noted collections, it carries on his legacy with pride.  That is evident primarily through the work of the series’ writers.  The writers have crafted a multi-part series of episodes that follows the growth of the Tiger family.  It is a story to which every family will relate and that in turn that every family will appreciate and enjoy from start to finish.  The separation of the story into seven episodes—one of which is a two-part episode, thus making the collection actually eight episodes—makes the DVD even more enjoyable for audiences of all ages.  It is that separation that makes the story easier to follow and more enjoyable to follow, too.  The coloring pages and activities included with the disc as bonus material rounds out the reasons that audiences will enjoy this disc.  The bonus material in question is the same as that found on PBS Kids’ previous Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVDs.  That means that even if a family doesn’t have the previously released DVDs, no family will feel left out at least to that extent.  The combination of that positive with the DVD’s other noted elements shows clearly why Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Big Brother Daniel is another must have for any family that is expecting a new member of the family.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Big Brother Daniel is not the first in the show’s series of DVDs.  And it likely isn’t the last.  Regardless, it is another piece that any family will enjoy.  Those families expecting a new member will especially enjoy it.  That is primarily because of the work of the show’s writers.  While the writers have tackled important issues for young viewers such as emotional development, general social skills (E.g. sharing, patience, etc.) and for much younger audiences, the importance of dental hygiene and even potty training.  Now with this DVD, the show’s writers have taken on a pretty lofty topic in the upcoming expansion of Daniel’s family.  Daniel learns in the episodes presented here that he’s not going to be the baby of the family anymore.  It’s a topic to which so many families will happily relate.  That is especially the case being that the writers made the story like something right out of any everyday family’s growth.  There are no outrageous additions to the story.  Though, it is shortened up somewhat.  That is obviously for the sake of time.  But from the announcement of his parents expecting a new addition to the family to his various emotional stages before, during, and after his sister’s birth, audiences will see just how easily the story reaches audiences.  It especially makes discussions for families that are themselves expecting to expand all the easier.  That the writing behind the episodes can entertain and reach such a broad spectrum of viewers shows exactly why the writing is so pivotal in to the DVD’s enjoyment.  It’s just one part of the whole that makes Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Big Brother Daniel a must have for any family.

The work of the writers in the episodes collected for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Big Brothers Daniel shows by itself one obvious reason that any family will welcome this DVD just as much as its own new addition.  On a related note, the fact that the story was separated out into seven stand-alone stories makes the presentation overall even better.  The separation of the story into seven stand-alone episodes keeps them just long (or short) enough to keep younger viewers engaged.  This is nothing new for episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.  Anyone familiar with the series and its DVDs will attest to that.  It’s also very smart.  Keeping the attention of its target viewers also means an increased chance of getting the key concepts of each episode and of the story in whole through to said viewers.  Each episode runs about fifteen minutes, putting the DVD’s total run time at approximately two hours.  So not only will young viewers get (and hopefully retina) the presented important life lessons in a short time, they will also be kept entertained for two hours.  That is a win-win for any family regardless of whether or not said family is expecting its own new addition.  It’s yet another way that this new DVD shines and proves to be its own welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.

Both the writing that went into Big Brother Daniel’s episodes and the separation of the episodes that make up the DVD’s body are important to the enjoyment of the presentation in whole. Both elements work together to keep audiences of all ages fully engaged from beginning to end. They also work in tandem to serve as a wonderful starting point for any family that may be expecting its own new addition. As important as all of this is to the DVD’s overall presentation, there is still one more element to note that every family will appreciate about it. That final element is the disc’s collective bonus material. Yet again, PBS Kids and The Fred Rodgers Company have included the same bonus material that was included in the series’ previous DVDs. That material in question includes an activity that teaches both healthy eating and healthy expressions of feelings, another activity that teaches children to use their imaginations as they go on a make-believe train ride. There are even a number of printable coloring pages, too. And of course, there is a music video included that can be viewed without having to dig into the DVD. It can be accessed simply by playing the DVD versus having to dig into the DVD’s other bonuses which have to be accessed separately. Whether as part of the DVD itself or a separate .pdf file, the bonus material included with this DVD rounds out the elements that make it so enjoyable and a must have for any family regardless of whether or not said family is expecting its own new addition. The bonus material may be old hat for some. But for others it could be just as new as new baby. And for those audiences, it proves to be a welcome addition to the DVD’s overall presentation. Combined with the work of the show’s writers and the separation of the story into its own stand-alone episodes, all three elements show clearly why Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Big Brother Daniel is a welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library regardless of whether or not it is expecting its own new addition.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Big Brother Daniel proves in the end to have plenty of positives, as has been noted here. Whether for the writing incorporated into each episode, the separation of the story in to seven stand-alone episodes, or for the inclusion of its bonus material included in each previously released Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVD, the is plenty to like about this latest DVD. It is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered direct from PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=51196856&cp=&sr=1&kw=daniel+tigers+neighborhood&origkw=daniel+tiger%27s+neighborhood&parentPage=search. Families can also enjoy more episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and play Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood games online at http://pbskids.org/daniel. Fans can also go there or the official Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/danieltigertv for all of the latest updates on the show and more. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Every Family Will Enjoy PBS Kids’ Newly Re-Issued Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVD

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Fans of PBS Kids’ hit series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood are getting a special double treat early this year. Next Tuesday, February 3rd, PBS Distribution will release the new DVD Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Big Brother Daniel. The DVD contains eight episodes, one of which is a double episode, which follows the Tiger family’s welcoming of its newest addition. Before that DVD hits store shelves and oline outlets, families can also enjoy the recently re-issued Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVD Daniel Tiger’s Niehgborhood: Welcome to the Neighborhood. Families that do not already own Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Welcome to the Neighborhood have plenty of reason to add it to their personal collections. The main reason that any family will want to add it to their collection is the writing behind the episodes included on the DVD. While there are only three episodes included on this disc in comparison to the standard eight that are on the series’ other DVDs, the writing still stands out. Also worth noting of the new re-issue is its bonus jigsaw puzzle. Just as with PBS Kids’ other select re-issues, the puzzle is easily detached from the DVD’s case and its sticky backing. It is just as easily re-assembled together with a parent. And last worth noting of the DVD is its bonus material. All of the bonuses included on the DVD’s original release have been included on this re-issue. All things considered, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Welcome to the Neighborhood proves that it is another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD collection.

The writers behind Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood have shown time and again throughout the show’s current run why it is one of the most beloved family friendly series on television today. The lessons taught throughout every episode have carried on Fred Rogers’ legacy with the utmost honor to what he created so many decades ago. The episodes contained in the episodes on Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Welcome to the Neighborhood are no different. In the first of the DVD’s episodes, sees Daniel going to get the cake for his birthday party. But when the cake gets messed up on the way back to his house, his dad helps him understand that just because something seems bad doesn’t necessarily mean it actually is. Simply put, he helps Daniel to understand that there’s a silver lining to every dark cloud. Speaking of clouds, that episode’s companion, “Daniel’s Picnic” sees Daniel and his friends having to find that proverbial silver lining when their picnic is rained out and forces them to take their picnic indoors. On the surface, both episodes teach viewers that there is always some good to life’s various negatives. On a deeper level, they teach viewers to never give up even when things seem impossible to overcome. The disc’s closer “Neighbor Day” is even more proof of why the writing in these episodes is so important. The writers behind this episode crafted a story that audiences of all ages should watch. It teaches the importance and value of being a good neighbor to one another. Sadly, this is something that far too many adults today have forgotten how to do. And being that children learn more from their adult counterparts than from anyone else, it makes this lesson all the more important. The episode’s secondary lesson about simply being kind to one another is just as invaluable for viewers of all ages. It is a lesson that everybody will appreciate. Maybe if more people would take heed to the lessons raised in this episode and those in the previous pair of episodes, the world would be a better place in which to live, proving once more just why the work put in by the series’ writers is the cornerstone of the DVD’s success.

The work of the writers put in to the episodes culled for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Welcome to the Neighborhood is undoubtedly the most important aspect of this re-issue in terms of its success and enjoyment for the whole family. While it is undoubtedly the most important aspect of the DVD’s success, the companion jigsaw puzzle that has been included with the re-issue is just as important to the whole. As with PBS Kids’ other recent re-issues from Dinosaur Train, Caillou, and Super Why, the puzzle included with this DVD is just as much a positive as the writing that went into the included episodes. The puzzle’s pieces are not so small that they could be considered choking hazards. At the same time, they are also just small enough that they will help young viewers build their problem solving skills whether assembling the puzzle themselves or with their parents. The puzzle comes fully assembled and attached to a sticky backing that is itself attached to the front of the case with rubber cement. So it is easily detached from the box in whole and from its backing just as easily. Even better is the fact that it also boasts the same artwork as that one the case’s cover. So once the puzzle is removed from the case and its backing, young viewers can assemble the puzzle right on top of the case, using the case’s artwork as a map. And as if all of that is not enough, the puzzle is the exact same height and width of the case. So the comparison of the puzzle to the cover in assembling the puzzle is made that much easier and cleaner. All of this taken into consideration, the puzzle that is included with the new re-issue of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Welcome to the Neighborhood becomes all the more important of an addition to the whole. It still isn’t all that makes this DVD so enjoyable, either. The last factor to note in the DVD’s success is the inclusion of its original bonus material.

The writing behind the DVD’s episodes and the companion jigsaw puzzle that was included as a bonus together make Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Welcome to the Neighborhood well worth adding to any family’s DVD library. While both elements are of their own importance to the presentation in whole, the inclusion of the DVD’s original bonus material in this re-issue is just as important. It’s important in that it means whether or not audiences already own the DVD’s previous release, no one will feel shorted by PBS and PBS Kids with this re-issue. The bonus material in question includes printable coloring sheets that feature Daniel and his friends both by themselves and together, and a pair of activities that young viewers can do together. The first of the activities teaches young people to share and take turns by making a pretend train with chairs, belts, and “tickets” made with construction paper. Parents can help children design and cut out the tickets and then set up the “train” so that the children can take turns conducting the train. The activity goes hand-in-hand with “Neighbor Day” thanks to its lessons about sharing and being kind to one another. “Feeling Faces,” the second of the disc’s activities, coincides with “Daniel’s Picnic.” It teaches the importance of healthy eating just like Daniel and his friends did in their picnic. It also serves as a wonderful way to teach young audiences about sharing their feelings. While not necessarily a direct tie to any of the DVD’s episodes, teaching young people to share how they feel is important in itself. That it helps develop communication skills, too is just as important. Together with the lesson on healthy eating it shows even more why the inclusion of this bonus feature is important, just as much as the lesson about sharing in “All Aboard.” That all of the lessons in question have been included with the multifaceted lessons shared in the DVDs included episodes strengthens the DVD even more and proving once and for all why the re-issue of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Welcome to the Neighborhood is a welcome addition to any family’s home library.

Whether for the inclusion of the DVD’s original bonus material, its newly included jigsaw puzzle, or for the inclusion of the original DVD’s episodes, the newly re-issued Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Welcome to the Neighborhood offers audiences of all ages plenty to enjoy. The DVD is available in stores and online now and can be ordered direct from PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=49575206&cp=&sr=1&kw=daniel+tigers+neighborhood&origkw=Daniel+Tiger%27s+Neighborhood&parentPage=search. More information on this and other DVDs from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is available online along with more episodes and games at:

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Courtesy:  PBS Kids

Courtesy: PBS Kids

Courtesy:  PBS Kids

Courtesy: PBS Kids

Courtesy:  PBS Kids

Courtesy: PBS Kids

 

PBS Distribution recently re-issued a trio of DVDs from three of PBS Kids’ family favorite series. The DVDs—Dinosaur Train: Eggstravaganza, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Welcome To The Neighborhood, and Caillou: Caillou’s Garden Adventures—were all released Tuesday, January 13th. Now thanks to Phil’s Picks, five lucky families out there will each receive not one, not two, but all three of the DVDs in question. All five winners of these prize packs will be announced Friday, January 30th and will be mailed out to the winning families soon after. Winners will be announced that afternoon at 5pm ET.

Each of the DVDs are presented as in their original releases complete with episode listing and printable coloring pages and activities. What’s different with them this time around is that each DVD comes with its own detachable jigsaw puzzle for young viewers to take apart and re-assemble. It’s a great way to pass some time and build problem solving skills. Children can assemble it themselves or with their parents. The puzzles are covered with a sticker-type backing that is easily removed. And that backing

has a couple touches of rubber cement to attach the assembled puzzle to the case itself. This makes it simple to remove the puzzle both from its backing and from the case. It should be noted that parents should keep the puzzle pieces in bags or other containers so as to not lose them. That’s because it is very easy to lose them being that there are so few pieces.

Any interested families and entrants can get their name into the drawing for these prize packs simply by going to the Phil’s Picks Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and hitting the “Like” button. Once that’s done, all that’s left is to write on the timeline there, letting me know that they want to be entered for a shot at the PBS Kids’ DVD prize pack. It’s that simple. Again, the winning names will be drawn January 30th at 5pm ET. It’s that easy. So spread the word and good luck. And to keep up with all of 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.

PBS Distribution Releasing Special New Daniel Tiger DVD Next Month

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Courtesy: PBS Distribution/PBS/PBS Kids

Daniel Tiger is officially a big brother.

Late last year, PBS Kids debuted a pair of new episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood that saw Daniel Tiger and his parents welcome a new addition to the family.  And now parents and their children will get to welcome the newest addition to that family into their homes next month.  That is because PBS Distribution will release Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Big Brother Daniel on DVD.  It will be released Tuesday, February 3rd and will feature eight more episodes from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.  One of those episodes, “The Baby Is Here,” is a double episode, leading the total episode count to eight.  All of the episodes included on this special DVD focus on Daniel Tiger’s new sister and how Daniel handles becoming a big brother.  It all begins with “The Tiger Family Grows.”  This episode handles the earliest stages of a family’s announcement that it is growing including the youngest of the family that he/she is not going to be the youngest anymore and will be needed to help.  From there the DVD moves on to “Daniel Learns About Being A Big Brother” in which Daniel has to come to terms with the fact that he isn’t going to be the baby of the family anymore.

“The Baby Is Here” makes up the third and fourth episodes included on PBS Kids’ new Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVD.  The special two-part episode follows the Tiger family as Daniel’s parents head to the hospital as they get ready to welcome the family’s new addition.  It also follows Daniel as he and Granpere go through Daniel’s old things that he could pass on to his new sibling.

Having gotten used to the thought of having a new sibling, Daniel learns another important lesson about not being the youngest in “Time For Daniel.”  When Daniel’s dad has to split his time between playing with Daniel and taking care of Baby Margaret, it makes Daniel jealous.  But Daniel learns that there is time for both of them in the long run.

Daniel’s dad and mom aren’t the only ones spending time with Baby Margaret, as families will see in “There’s Time For Daniel and Baby, Too.”  When Prince Wednesday comes over and is more interested in playing with Baby Margaret than playing with Daniel, Prince Wednesday learns that there is time for both Daniel and his new sister.  He in turn learns that playing with both of them is even more fun.

Prince Wednesday learns that playing with both Daniel and his new sister together can be really fun in “There’s Time For Daniel and Baby, Too.”  In the DVD’s next episode “Playtime is Different” Daniel learns that playing with his little sister can be fun, too.  He learns this for himself while he is pretending to be at a restaurant with Katerina and O The Owl.  They are playing, but Baby Margaret keeps interrupting them.  To make matters worse, she very interested in Daniel’s stuffed friend Tige-y.  This eventually leads Daniel to learn his lesson about the joys of playing with his sister.

Daniel learns even more about the fun of playing with his sister in the DVD’s closing episode “The Playground Is Different With Baby.”  While Daniel and his friends are playing circus, it’s not the same with Baby Margaret.  Daniel’s parents encourage him to include her in the fun after which he learns that including her and playing with her can be just as fun on the playground as in the house.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Big Brother Daniel will be available Tuesday, January 3rd in stores and online.  It will retail for $12.99.  It is not currently listed on PBS’ online store.  However, parents can check on its availability online at http://www.shoppbs.org.  More information on this and other Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVDs is available online along with games and all of the latest information on the show at:

Website: http://pbskids.org/daniel

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

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PBS Kids Releasing New Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVD Gift Set Next Month

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Courtesy: PBS/PBS Kids

Officials with PBS announced Tuesday that the network will release a special Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood gift set this fall.

PBS and PBS Kids will release Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Tiger’s Happy Holidays in a special gift set on Tuesday, October 14th. The special gift set includes Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Tiger’s Happy Holidays and a Daniel Tiger toy. The DVD features seven more episodes from the award-winning series, one of which—“Snowflake Day”—is a two-part episode. Everyone in Daniel’s neighborhood celebrates “Snowflake Day” each year. In celebration, the neighborhood holds a community play. And this year, Daniel is the star of the play.

Daniel learns how letters are mailed off in the DVD’s second episode, “Something Special For Dad” after he sees how happy his dad having received a letter from Grandpere in the mail. Seeing how happy the letter made his dad, Daniel wants to mail a letter to his dad, too. So he and his mom go to the post office where they learn how mail is sorted and mailed. To top off his visit, Daniel even gets to join Mr. McSpeedy on his rounds and hand deliver his letter to his dad.

“I Love You, Mom” is another wonderful addition to this compilation of episodes. In this episode, Daniel wants to tell his mom how much he loves her, but wants to do it in a special way. So he and his dad go to Baker Aker’s bakery where they learn how bread is made. While they are there, Daniel gets to make banana bread for his mom. Banana bread is one of her favorite foods. Daniel and his dad bring the bread back and surprise her with the bread, which she then shares with Daniel and his dad.

Grandpere Tiger makes a special visit to Daniel and his parents in “Thank You, Grandpere Tiger,” the fourth episode included on this new DVD. There’s just one problem. Grandpere can’t stay for the neighborhood’s annual “Thank You Day” celebration. That makes Daniel sad. In the process, Daniel learns to be thankful for the time that he and Grandpere get to spend together and gets a very special surprise when it turns out that Grandpere is at the neighborhood’s annual celebration.

Following up on Grandpere’s visit, the DVD continues with the episode “Neighborhood Thank You Day.” Viewers learn all about the neighborhood’s annual “Thank You Day” celebration in this episode. Every year during the “Thank You Day” celebration, everyone in the neighborhood puts a note in the “Thank You Tree” as a way to say thank you to one another. Daniel can’t decide who he wants to thank with his note. He does finally come to a decision. It all ends with a special Thank You Day feast that includes everyone in the neighborhood.

The DVD’s penultimate episode, “Katerina’s Costume” features on Katerina as she is trying to decide what outfit she wants to wear for the neighborhood’s annual Dress Up Day. Daniel and Miss Elena, on the other hand, have no problem deciding on their costumes. Katerina does eventually make her decision.

“Dress Up Day” closes out the DVD. Much like the case of Halloween, Daniel and his friends go to all the stores in their neighborhood, showing off their costumes on Dress Up Day. They get different stickers at every store they visit.

The upcoming DVD gift set will be available Tuesday, October 14th. It will retail for MSRP of $14.99. the DVD will also be available alongside the gift set as a stand-alone presentation. It will retail for MSRP of $12.99. It can be ordered online at PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=45475006&cp=&kw=daniel+tigers+happy+holidays&origkw=Daniel+Tiger%27s+Happy+Holidays&sr=1.

Parents and children can watch more episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and play games together online at http://pbskids.org/daniel. Parents and children can keep up with the latest news from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood online at http://www.facebook.com/danieltigertv. 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.

Peg + Cat’s First Outing On DVD Is Fun For The Whole Family

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Courtesy: PBS/PBS Kids

PBS Kids’ new children’s series Peg + Cat has proven to be a big hit among audiences in its first season.  And now families and educators alike can enjoy a handful of the show’s episodes any time thank to the brand new release of the series’ first ever DVD compilation Peg + Cat: Chickens on the Loose and other REALLY Big Problems.  The primary reason that audiences will appreciate this brand new DVD is the list of episodes collected for the compilation.  It features eight shorts from the series’ first season.  The episodes themselves serve a number of purposes including not just problem solving but also encouragement of creativity among audiences and basic math skills.  Another reason that audiences will appreciate this collection of episodes is its animation.  Those that are perhaps new to the series will appreciate that the show looks in every way like it was drawn not just by hand but by a child.  That makes it even more relatable to younger viewers.  And rounding out the compilation’s positives is the inclusion of a number of bonus features that prove to be just as fun in the living room as in the classroom.  All three factors together make Peg + Cat: Chickens on the Loose and other REALLY Big Problems another welcome addition to the collection of any teacher and family.

Peg + Cat has become a fast hit among its key audiences ever since its debut last fall. Now almost a year after it made its debut on PBS Kids, will release its first ever DVD tomorrow, September 9th. Whether or not audiences are familiar with the series, viewers will all agree in watching the episodes collected for this DVD that the central point of the series’ success is its writing. The series teaches basic math skills and general problem solving skills for children ages four up to perhaps six years old. PBS Kids’ already has a show that teaches math skills for older children in the form of Cyberchase. But the network hadn’t had such a show for younger viewers until Peg + Cat came alone last year. Parents and teachers will appreciate the ability of this series’ writers to balance both skills throughout the course of each short without letting one take the focus more than the other at any one point. What’s more, the episodes are written on the level of the series’ young viewers. This makes each episode easily accessible by those viewers. Add in short run times that don’t challenge the attention spans of the series’ writers (each episode runs roughly ten to thirteen minutes depending on the episode) and those lessons become even more enjoyable. Collectively, the episodes’ run times and the writing that easily reaches the series’ young viewers make a solid starting point in any discussion of what makes Peg + Cat: Chickens on the Loose and other REALLY Big Problems another welcome addition to the collection of families and educators alike.

The writing that went into each of the episodes included in the brand new debut Peg + Cat debut DVD is a solid starting point for any discussion on what makes this series such a favorite among its young audiences. Another aspect worth discussing is the show’s animation. The show was animated as if it had been drawn by a young child. This makes the show even more relatable for its key audiences. Just as interesting although more subtle is the use of the infinity sign for clouds within the world of Peg + Cat. And the “infinity clouds” even move in the background. It’s all drawn on a sheet of grid paper with small math problems doodled at various points throughout the paper. This adds even more feel of their world having been created by a child. The end result is even more easily suspended disbelief among viewers. And on a slightly similar note, the animation looks somewhat similar to that of Nickelodeon’s short-lived Nicktoon Chalk Zone. It’s not a direct mirror image. But the similarities are there. Taking into account the amount of work that went into the animation behind Peg + Cat, that animation becomes even more an important part of the whole that makes this brand new collection of episodes worth the watch. It still is not all that viewers will appreciate about the episodes collected for this DVD. The last aspect of the DVD that makes it such a joy for children and adults alike is the amount of bonus material included on the disc.

Included as bonus material in the brand new Peg + Cat DVD are: four flipbooks, a pair of coloring sheets, a board game, and a couple of craft activities for families to enjoy together. Each of the flipbooks comes with cells completely pre-illustrated. All a child has to do to make them complete is print out the cells and follow their included instructions to bring the flipbooks to life. The coloring sheets are self-explanatory. One sheet presents a frame from the show’s opening sequence while the other features a scene from the DVD’s lead episode, “The Chicken Problem.” The bonus board game also comes with all the necessary items and instructions. The goal of the game is to get all of the peaches from the center of the board. The included craft activities encourage young people to get their parents especially involved. Kids will love having their own Cat sewed by their parents. And they’ll enjoy just as much having their parents help them make their own Peg and Cat puppets. As with the other activities, the necessary materials are provided. All parents and children have to do is print out said materials and lay them over construction paper before cutting out the included shapes. The rest is easy when children and their parents follow the included directions. It’s one more way that children and their parents will have a great time together playing with Peg and Cat even after watching the episodes featured on this disc.

The material included on Peg + Cat’s debut DVD is in every way true bonus material. It is that piece that pushes this DVD over the top and makes it another must have for any educator or parent of young viewers. Together with the wonderful, thought out animation and equally considered writing, Peg + Cat: Chickens on the Loose and other REALLY Big Problems proves to be a wonderful first release from a series that will hopefully have a long life on PBS Kids. It also collectively proves this DVD to be not just a must have for parents and educators but also one of the year’s best new DVDs for children and families. It will be available tomorrow, September 9th in stores and online. It can be ordered direct from PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=42447736&cp=&sr=1&kw=peg++cat&origkw=Peg+%2B+Cat&parentPage=search. Families and educators can play more Peg + Cat games and watch even more episodes of the series online at http://pbskids.org/peg. More information on the show is also available online at http://www.facebook.com/PegPlusCatTV. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.