Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Available Today on DVD -- ARTHUR GOES BACK TO SCHOOL (DVD Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a screener copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


One of my favorite books that my mom would read to me at bedtime growing up was Arthur. And, now 20+ years later, I get to see one of my favorite childhood characters brought to life in a hit animated series on PBS Kids each morning. Arthur, along with his sister and friends at school tackle issues many children face, from working together, telling the truth, never giving up, etc., and work through these problems, so that viewers learn how to handle similar issues in their own lives when they arise.  

This new DVD release is perfect for kids gearing up to head back to school in the coming weeks. In total there are four full-length episodes that deal with "Back to School" issues that children may experience in the classroom or out in the school yard. From learning how to de-stress to working together playing sports or being on a math team, Arthur and his friends will get kids excited about returning back to school, while also modeling positive social skills.

Both of my girls love Arthur, and had a blast watching this new DVD. And, when we are not watching this new DVD release on repeat in the living room or in the car running errands, the girls are asking to watching Arthur in the AM when it first airs, or the recorded version after lunch. They can't get enough of Arthur, just like their mom couldn't growing up. :-)

If you have an Arthur fan in your house, who is heading back to school or going to school for the first time, this would be the perfect DVD to share with them and get prepared. Let Arthur ease their "Back to School" anxieties with these fun, educational episodes. :-)

More about the DVD:

"PBS Distribution today announced it is releasing four stories from PBS KIDS’ popular ARTHUR series on the new DVD “ARTHUR GOES BACK TO SCHOOL.” From learning how to cope with test anxiety, to discovering your own unique learning style, this new DVD features fun and relatable school-themed adventures, along with big laughs!

Based on the children’s books by Marc Brown, ARTHUR chronicles the adventures of eight-year-old Arthur through engaging, emotional stories that explore issues faced by real kids. Aimed at viewers four to eight, ARTHUR tells stories from a kid’s point of view, while fostering an interest in reading and writing, and modeling positive social skills. ARTHUR airs weekdays on PBS KIDS (check local listings).

ARTHUR GOES BACK TO SCHOOL” will be available on DVD August 12, 2014. The run time is approximately 56 minutes and the DVD SRP is $9.99. In addition to featuring the four fun-filled learning adventures below, the DVD also includes special features – printable coloring pages and activities.

To Eat or Not to Eat
A brand new candy bar is in town! But why is it making everyone act so strangely?  And what exactly is this ingredient called Tri-Enzomated Zorn Jelly, anyway? Buster decides to do a little digging into these mystery chemicals before he takes his first bite but he – and all the other kids – may not find the truth appetizing.

It’s time for the kids at Lakewood Elementary to take the Stoddard-Wilkins Elementary Aptitude Test, or “S.W.E.A.T.” But with anxiety running high, it becomes clear that the kids need to learn some relaxation techniques. Luckily, Mrs. MacGrady is on hand to teach them a thing or two about de-stressing.

Baseball Blues
It’s Grebelings season and George can’t wait to play! After all, no one knows more about baseball than George. But when he realizes knowledge of sinkers doesn’t guarantee success in the field, will he throw in the towel?

Brain’s Biggest Blunder
When Brain gets teamed with Buster and Binky in the annual Arithmattack competition, he immediately enrolls Buster in binomial boot camp. Can Brain transform Buster into a mathematic marvel? Or will he be forced to eat humble pi?"


ARTHUR, based on the best-selling books by Marc Brown, is television’s longest-running children’s animated series. Over the past 17 seasons, ARTHUR has remained one of the highest-rated weekday children’s series on PBS among children 4-8. ARTHUR has won numerous awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award, a BAFTA, and seven Daytime Emmys®—four for Outstanding Children’s Animated Program. ARTHUR is produced by WGBH Boston and 9 Story Entertainment. Executive producers are Carol Greenwald (WGBH), Vince Commisso (9 Story), and Marc Brown (Marc Brown Studios). Directed by Greg Bailey. Funding for ARTHUR is provided by public television viewers. Corporate funding is provided by Chuck E. Cheese’s®.

PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online, mobile and community-based programs.  Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer- and mobile-device-based browsers.  For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit pbs.org/, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

About PBS Distribution
PBS Distribution is the leading media distributor for the public television community, both domestically and internationally, extending the reach of these programs beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system and our production partners.

PBS Distribution offers a diverse range of programming to our customers, including Ken Burns’s films, documentaries from award-winning series such as NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, dramas from MASTERPIECE, as well as films from independent producers and popular children’s programming. As a multi-channel distributor, PBS Distribution pursues wholesale/retail sales, consumer and educational sales through PBS-branded catalogs and online shops, and international broadcast and video sales. PBS Distribution is also a leader in offering programming through digital platforms including internet and mobile devices.

Street Date: August 12, 2014
Genre: Children’s
Run Time: Approximately 56 Minutes
SRP: $9.99
Format: DVD

Disclosure: I was sent a screener copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

1 comment :

  1. This dvd looks adorable and perfect for this time of year. I love PBS they make the best shows.
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