This Tuesday, May 13, PBS Distribution will be releasing a trio of new DVDs from some of PBS KIDS’ popular educational series’. ARTHUR MAKES A MOVIE, MARTHA SPEAKS: MARTHA’S SUPERHERO ADVENTURES and the DINOSAUR TRAIN: DINOSAUR BIG CITY/DINOSAURS A TO Z DOUBLE FEATURE will each bring families new collections of the shows they love.
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Featuring 17 prehistoric adventures aimed at sparking an interest in science within children, this double feature offers a dino-mite way to get more DINOSAUR TRAIN for less!
The first of the two DVDs included in the double feature is “Dinosaur Big City.” In this DVD, join Buddy, the Pteranodon family, and all their Theropod friends in a four-part adventure as they travel on the Dinosaur Train to Laramidia, the Dinosaur Big City, for the Theropod Convention. At the convention, the kids reunite with Annie Tyrannosaurus and her parents, Delores and Boris. They all meet the multi-horned Mayor Kosmoceratops and then Buddy and Tiny help King Cryolophosaurus overcome his fear of performing in front of his biggest audience ever. In addition to the four Big City themed adventures, this DVD also includes four more stories – “Troodon Train Day,” “King Cryolophosaurus,” “The Theropod Club,” and “Laura the Giganotosaurus.”
The second of the two DVDs included in the double feature is “Dinosaurs A to Z.” In this DVD, viewers will travel on the Dinosaur Train with Buddy, Mom, and Tiny to gather all the dinosaurs in the ‘Dinosaurs A to Z’ song for a picnic at Troodon Town! Join the Pteranodon family on four adventures as they reunite with some dinosaurs they’ve met before, are introduced to new species, and learn about the classification of all 26 dinosaurs on the train. In addition to these four tales, this DVD also includes five more stories, one of which is a special bonus adventure. These five tales are “The Call of the Wild Corythosaurus, “Fast Friends,” “One Small Dinosaur,” “Have You Heard About the Herd?,” and the bonus story “Solstice Time.”
DINOSAUR TRAIN embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains, while encouraging basic scientific thinking skills. Buddy and his adoptive family of Pteranodons go on whimsical adventures through prehistoric jungles, swamps, volcanoes, and oceans as they unearth basic concepts in natural science, natural history, and paleontology. The Dinosaur Train is a colorful locomotive, customized to accommodate all kinds of dinosaurs and has the ability to visit the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous worlds. The Train’s Conductor, a knowledgeable Troodon, provides passengers with fascinating facts along the way. DINOSAUR TRAIN airs weekdays on PBS KIDS (check local listings).
Grab a cape and join Martha and her friends and family on six fun-filled tales where kids will learn new vocabulary words such as hero, villain, oath, elevate, humongous, and immediately, among many others.
MARTHA SPEAKS is based on the children’s book series by Susan Meddaugh. Aimed at viewers between the ages of four and seven, the series follows the adventures of Martha, a loveable dog whose appetite for alphabet soup gives her the power of human speech. Using her speaking abilities, Martha gets jobs, foils bad guys, wins contests, runs for office, and orders lots of pizza! Each episode is an adventure in which Martha, her friends, and viewers will learn an array of new vocabulary words. MARTHA SPEAKS airs weekdays on PBS KIDS (check local listings).
In addition to featuring six great stories, the DVD also includes special features – printable coloring pages and activities as well as resources for parents.
“Martha the Hero Maker”
Martha has an idea for a thrilling adventure story, so Truman, T.D., and Helen decide to draw it for her. Much to Martha’s dismay, they all add their own special touches, including peanut butter, a ground squirrel, and the Incredible Exo-Skeleton-of-Wow. But when life imitates art, things get a little too exciting!
Martha is thrilled when she hears Courageous Collie Carlo is coming to town. But when Martha unexpectedly reveals how uncourageous Carlo really is, she has to help him save his reputation or Carlo’s TV career could be history.
“Return of the Bookbots: The Case of the Missing Words, Part One”
The Bookbots are back and faced with a new nemesis: The Announcer. Armed with the power to bring nouns from books to life, the Announcer is wreaking havoc on Wagstaff City. Can our heroes utilize their semantic savvy to stifle this rampaging rapscallion?
“Return of the Bookbots: The Case of the Missing Words, Part Two”
The Announcer is still at large and has put the city into grammatical peril. Fortunately, the Bookbots have discovered a secret weapon: adjectives. Equipped with this new linguistic leverage, our heroes may just be able to save their beloved city from their phonological foe.
“Verb Dog, When Action Calls!”
Struck by a falling book of five-hundred-and-one English verbs, Martha instantly becomes – Verb Dog! Using her unique superpower to control people with verbs, Martha sniffs out trouble and defends the town from evil.
“Martha’s Adverb Adventure”
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With the start of the summer movie season just around the corner, join the world’s most famous aardvark, Arthur Read, and his family and friends as they make their own movies!
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).
In addition to featuring four fun-filled learning adventures, the DVD also includes special features – printable coloring pages and activities.
“Arthur Makes a Movie”
Too young to see a real “James Hound” movie, the kids decide they’ll make a film of their own. With Muffy directing and Arthur playing the dashing, urbane hero, how bad could it be? Hmmm—don’t answer that.
“Go To Your Room, D.W.”
Poor D.W. How would you like to be four years old and completely misunderstood by your parents? And then be sent to your room for 10 whole minutes?? The indignity of it all!! Those long, dragging minutes give D.W. a chance to relive her tragic childhood and plan a fool-proof means of escape.
“Agent of Change”
The latest animated hit in movie theaters about a boy and his truck has left Muffy and Francine disappointed. Why don’t there seem to be any cool female characters on screen? So with the help of a very talented artist, Molly, the “Group of Three” set out to make their own movie!
“D.W. Unties the Knot”
After watching “The Wedding Channel,” D.W. wants to get married! And, having no idea what this really means, she starts planning herself the biggest unicorn wedding imaginable. But D.W. soon realizes that she’s getting more than she bargained for. Can she back out in time?