THE PLOT THUS FAR
Based on the bestselling children’s books by Marc Brown, ARTHUR follows the adventures of eight-year-old Arthur Read. Join the world’s most famous aardvark and friends as they learn about family history, doing the right thing, and much more!
Fountain Abbey – Muffy’s devastated when she learns her great, great grandmother Mary Alice wasn’t royalty, but a common maid. The indignity! However, Mary Alice’s old diary reveals a more interesting story.
Arthur Calls It: – Pressure from his classmates has Arthur doubting his decision to call Buster out during a baseball game. Will he succumb to peer pressure, or stick with what he believes is right?
Whip. Mix. Blend – When Rattles’s mom starts dating Archie Vanderloo, Rattles finds himself spending lots of time with Archie’s kids. The problem is, Rattles doesn’t have anything in common with these twins! Can this blended family learn to get along?
Staycation – Arthur offers to babysit so that his parents can enjoy some peace and quiet in the backyard. What could go wrong? With D.W. on the loose…just about everything!
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Fountain Abbey” is a compilation of four episodes based around PBS’s flagship series. Arthur, Muffy and the gang get to have with the grown-up costume drama as the kids learn more about themselves. Issues such as peer pressure, privilege and self-respect are examined in a way that kids can understand. Plus, there’s stuff about your parents getting divorced and then remarrying others. It’s like a Brady Bunch with kids that you hate.
Arthur gets some solo time as he babysits D.W. and things don’t go exactly as planned. Your kids will laugh, as your eyes glaze over. You’d watch something else on the other TV, but the significant other is watching the real Downton Abbey. At times, you’ll wonder when PBS took over your life. It’ll almost be enough to make you stick your head in your free trade Whole Foods bags. But, you maintain for another day and keep watching this stuff.
The DVD comes with printable coloring pages and activities as the special features. The A/V Quality is pretty standard. It’s not like your Pre-K kid is picking up on bitrate. If they are, then you’ve ruined them at a young age. Ultimately, it’s worth a purchase to parents of young kids.
RELEASE DATE: 01/27/2015