‘Rugrats: The Complete Series’ Due on DVD May 18

Rugrats: The Complete Series will arrive on DVD May 18 from Nickelodeon and Paramount Home Entertainment.

All nine seasons (more than 67 hours, airing from 1991 to 2006) from the Emmy Award-winning show, including special episodes “Runaway Reptar” and “All Growed Up,” will be available on one 26-disc collection. Other extras include “Babies in Toyland,” “Tales From the Crib: Snow White” and “Tales From the Crib: Three Jacks & a Beanstalk.”

“Rugrats” follows the secret life of babies Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Kimi, and Dil, plus toddlers Angelica and Susie, as they embark on misguided adventures (in reality and their vivid imaginations) right under the noses of their unsuspecting parents and grandparents.

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The series features the voice talents of E. G. Daily (“The Powerpuff Girls”) as Tommy, Tara Strong (“The Fairly Odd Parents”) as Dil, Nancy Cartwright (“The Simpsons”) as Chuckie, Kath Soucie (“Danny Phantom”) as Phil and Lil, Cree Summer (“Robot Chicken”) as Susie, and Cheryl Chase (“All Grown Up!”) as Angelica.

PBS Kids Channel Available on Samsung TV Plus

The PBS Kids channel has been added to Samsung TV Plus and is available for free on tens of millions of Samsung smart TVs across the country.

It joins eight other free kids’ channels on Samsung TV Plus.

PBS Kids includes such shows as “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Wild Kratts” and “Odd Squad.”

Other family friendly channels on Samsung TV Plus include The Lego Channel, Moonbug Kids and KiDoodle.TV. The Samsung TV Plus platform includes more than 160 free channels of movies, news, sports and more.

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New Series ‘Donkey Hodie’ Headed to PBS Kids Prime Video Channel May 3

PBS Distribution May 3 will add the new series “Donkey Hodie” to the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel.

The subscription rate for the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel is $4.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription.

Following the adventures of Donkey Hodie, granddaughter of the original Donkey Hodie character from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” (now known as “Grampy Hodie”), the new preschool puppet series arrives with three volumes. Children follow Donkey and her pals as they go on music-filled adventures while learning valuable lessons about resilience, persistence and problem solving.

The series is produced by Fred Rogers Productions (“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood”) and Spiffy Pictures (“Nature Cat”) and features original music along with reimagined versions of Rogers’ songs.

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In volume one, Donkey Hodie must wait until all her pals are together to open a present. She uses her imagination to help pass the time. Then, Harriett Elizabeth Cow wants Donkey and her pals to try her new invention, the Bounce-a-Rino, and they must decide who bounces first. Also, a scary monster appears during Donkey and Panda’s sleepover.

In volume two, Donkey gives her new flower too much water, and it grows so big that it disrupts her garden and her pals’ fun. Then, when the wind ruins Donkey and Panda’s Camp Buddy Buddy plan, they must change the plan. Plus, Donkey and Panda host King Friday for the day, but they don’t know what kings like to do.

In volume three, Donkey and Panda lose Bob Dog’s favorite ball in Spooky Shadow Swamp, and they must find their inner bravery to get it back. Then, a noisy penguin interrupts Donkey and Panda’s band practice. Plus, Donkey creates a sculpture for the Someplace Else art show, makes mistakes and feels ready to give up.

Also coming to the channel in May are volume 10 of “Pinkalicious & Peterrific” and volume 17 of “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.”

Netflix Updates Kids Content Page Profile

Netflix has quietly enhanced its kids programming home page in an effort to differentiate the profile from the streamer’s adult content page.

Instead of featuring rows of content selections similar to the adult page, Netflix’s enhanced kids page now features profiles and images of shows most-recently watched up front. Show characters help guide younger viewers to content viewed, in addition to new selection recommendations.

Shows and characters displayed upfront are only shown if the child has watched the content at least once before.

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“We wanted to represent a title in the way that kids most recognize it — through the characters,” Michelle Parsons, product manager for kids and family, said in a statement. “This is going to be like a kid walking into their own room, where they know where every Lego piece is.”

At the same time, upgraded parental controls implemented a year ago will remain in place, including pin controls designed to protect profiles from unwanted access. Titles can be filtered out based on age ratings, and those filters are tailored to rating systems used in different countries. Movies and shows can be blocked on an individual basis.

“Choice and control have always been important for our members, especially parents,” Parsons said on a blog post last year. “We hope that these additional controls will help parents make the right choices for their families.”

 

 

‘Dinosaur Train’ Movie, New Volumes of ‘Hero Elementary’ and ‘Xavier Riddle’ Streaming on PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in April

PBS Distribution is adding another “Dinosaur Train” movie, along with new volumes of “Hero Elementary” and “Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum” to the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in April.

The subscription rate for the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel is $4.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription.

The Pteranodon family takes the Dinosaur Train to Adventure Island, a new theme park on a volcanic island, in Dinosaur Train: Adventure Island, streaming beginning April 13. The Conductor’s archrival Thurston is in charge and he proudly shows off the park’s amazing steam-powered robot dinosaurs. When an earthquake causes the pressure to get too high, the malfunctioning robots go rogue. It’s then up to Buddy and his siblings (Tiny, Shiny and Don) to navigate safely across the island in order to reunite with their parents.

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Volume seven of “Hero Elementary” streams beginning April 2. In this volume, when the team heads to Citytown Hero Con, they need to find the real Jetman Jones in the crowd. AJ’s autism is key to saving the day in “AJ’s Extra Superpower (parts one and two). Then, when a hailstorm causes damage around Citytown, Sparks’ Crew calls upon a famous hero to understand more about hail in “Hail Caesar/Picture Perfect.” Plus, Sparks’ crew searches for a self-flying cape after it escapes from a store in “Looking Super/Schmubble Trouble.” They discover a mysterious creature in Super Superior Lake in “Sara Loses Her Snap/A Soupie Mystery.”

Volume eight of “Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum” starts streaming April 9. Viewers join Xavier, Brad and Yadina as they travel back in time again to learn more valuable lessons from historical heroes. In “I Am Albert Einstein/I Am Carol Burnett,” Albert Einstein helps Xavier figure out what to do when he’s really curious ─ starting with asking questions. Then in “I Am Abraham Lincoln/I Am Jane Jacobs,” Abraham Lincoln helps Yadina realize what she needs to do when she accidently loses her friend’s toy. Plus, Celia Cruz helps Yadina prepare for a special birthday performance in “I Am Edmund Hillary/I Am Celia Cruz.”

‘Dinosaur Train’ Movie, New Volumes of ‘Molly of Denali’ and Other Series Streaming on PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in March

PBS Distribution in March is adding a “Dinosaur Train” movie, along with new volumes of “Wild Kratts,” “Elinor Wonders Why” and “Molly of Denali” to the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel.

The subscription rate for the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel is $4.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription.

While learning basic scientific thinking skills, young viewers join their favorite dinosaur friends who travel beneath the Earth’s crust in Dinosaur Train: What’s at the Center of the Earth? streaming March 12. In this one-hour special, Mr. Conductor takes the Pteranodon family on a very special journey with the help of a new invention — the drill engine train. This amazing machine gives its passengers a front row seat as they dive deep into the Earth’s crust. With Mr. Conductor at the helm, the drill train makes several stops in their once-in-a-lifetime quest to find the perfect place for an underground train station. In each location, Buddy and his siblings — Shiny, Tiny, and Don — explore and discover fascinating qualities about layers, fossils, and minerals.

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Volume 20 of “Wild Kratts” also streams beginning March 12. In this volume, Chris and Martin Kratt bring viewers along on new adventures as they explore wildlife from around the globe. When a coyote pup sneaks into the Tortuga, the Wild Kratts want to learn why this creature is so adaptable in “Adapto the Coyote.” In “Creature Tail Fail,” the Kratt Brothers find out what happens when a stowaway red squirrel gets loose on the African Savanna. Then, in “Tardigrade Xtreme,” the gang wonders if there’s life on other planets, so they head to space to look for clues. Back on Earth, Jimmy discovers a tardigrade, a microscopic creature that can survive in extreme and other-worldly conditions. The Wild Kratts then cruise across the African savanna in the Tortuga when a gust of wind blows a piece of paper out of Aviva’s hand and into an ostrich nest, in “Uh-oh Ostrich!”

Volume 5 of “Elinor Wonders Why” starts streaming March 19. Elinor ignites the curiosity of children ages 3-5, encouraging them to find answers using science inquiry skills. A mystery is afoot at Elinor’s school when one of the class plants grows in a zig zag shape. Elinor wonders why the plant has been growing this way in “Zig Zag Plant/Butterfly Drinks.” Then, in “Frozen Fish/Pirate Treasure,” Elinor and her friends wonder what happens to fish during the wintertime, after they see a lake that has frozen over. They don’t understand how the fish can survive and eventually learn about what happens to aquatic animals when the temperature drops. Plus, Elinor explores the desert with her grandmother and comes across a small, peculiar looking owl in “Burrowing Owl Girl/Olive’s Tree.”

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New episodes of “Molly of Denali” debut March 26. In Volume 8, kids join Molly Mabray and her friends and family on adventures in Alaska. Tooey becomes worried when one of his sled dogs, Cali, isn’t feeling well. After he takes her to a vet, he receives some surprising news in “Puppy Palooza Part 1/Puppy Palooza Part 2.” Then, in “Going Toe to Toe with a Dinosaur/Sassy Ladies on Ice,” Molly and Vera join scientists as they visit a dinosaur fossil excavation site. Molly invites Oscar to go mountain climbing with her and Grandpa Nat in “Climb Every Mountain/Happy Trails,” and Molly and Tooey organize a funny face contest with their friends and family in “Big Sulky/The Funny Face Competition.”

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run

STREAMING REVIEW:

Paramount+;
Animated;
Box Office $4.8 million;
Rated ‘PG’ for rude humor, some thematic elements, and mild language.

Voices of Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Carolyn Lawrence, Mr. Lawrence, Matt Berry, Bill Fagerbakke, Reggie Watts, Tiffany Haddish and Awkwafina with Keanu Reeves, Snoop Dogg and Danny Trejo.

This third installment in the movie franchise based on the Nickelodeon series “SpongeBob SquarePants” is available on the new streaming service Paramount+ for its launch and as a premium VOD rental on digital services. (The film was released theatrically during the summer.)

In the CGI-animated adventure with live action elements, SpongeBob’s beloved pet snail Gary goes missing in a plot hatched by Plankton to get the Krabby Patty recipe. In a boat driven by the wacky robot Otto (voice of Awkwafina), SpongeBob and Patrick head to the Lost City of Atlantic City where King Poseidon has Gary held captive. On the journey, the pair meet a spirit guide tumbleweed Sage (Keanu Reeves) in a live-action, land-based dream sequence at a ghost town. Sage tells them they must meet a challenge involving some “flesh-eating cowboy pirate zombies” in the saloon and a devil character (Danny Trejo). The sequence might be a bit frightening for younger kids, but luckily Snoop Dogg shows up to get the zombies dancing and SpongeBob and Patrick escape.

The two pals eventually make their way to the Lost City, where they end up at Poseidon’s Palace after a gambling spree, spot Gary and are jailed trying to reclaim him. Meanwhile, back in Bikini Bottom, Sandy, Mr. Krabs and even Squidward and Plankton begin to miss SpongeBob and set off to spring him. It all culminates in a big production number on the Palace stage led by the master of ceremonies, voiced by Tiffany Haddish.

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Ultimately, everyone learns the value of friendship boosted by several summer camp flashbacks that not-coincidentally help introduce the new Paramount+ original series spinoff “Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years.”

While the movie does include some references and music (Kenny G, Weezer, Snoop Dogg, Ricky Martin) that will appeal to the adults, most of the humor is the kind of slapstick visual gags and puns that kids are familiar with from the television series. Still, one can do worse than spend an hour and a half with the innocent and likable SpongeBob and his gang, who can provide a diverting, light-hearted evening for the family.

Children’s Musical ‘Lilly’s Light’ Debuts on TVOD March 2

FilmRise will release the children’s musical adventure Lilly’s Light: The Movie March 2 on TVOD for rental and purchase.

The film, which explores the challenges facing foster children and is based on the original TV program “Lilly’s Light” that premiered on PBS stations in 2010, stars Sherry Hursey (“Home Improvement,” Bring It On), and co-stars Mindy Sterling (“Austin Powers” franchise, “iCarly”), Philece Sampler (“Stanley”) and Fred Willard (Best in ShowMascots).

Hursey portrays Lilly, a loving foster mom and the keeper of an enchanted lighthouse. With her spirited crew of kids, their exotic talking pets and zany friends, Lilly uses joy, love, laughter and song as her tools and shows everyone that life is full of possibilities. The adventure begins when two curious members of Lilly’s crew discover the Big Book of Little Adventures in the lighthouse basement. Messenger-pelican Pel Mel brings news that newly orphaned Daniel and his pot-bellied pig Oink need a home. As sisters Peaches (Sterling) and Dee (Sampler) snicker-bicker, Professor Crabbe perfects the Illiator. Will and Al Patchitt prepare for guests, while Lilly, the kids and Uncle Fitz take Daniel on a musical journey where they meet Sir Oinks a Lot, the Wizard of Hog (Willard). He discovers the secret of the lighthouse and how to turn the imaginary into a magical adventure. As the adventure ends, the story returns to present day in the lighthouse basement several years later to reunite the characters.

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The title includes song contributions by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-, Grammy-, and Tony Award-winning singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins and Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee Steve Dorff.

The film recently won its second Kids First! Best Award from The Coalition for Quality Children’s Media.

Viewers can see a music video here.

Netflix Picks Up Screen Rights to ‘Redwall’ Children’s Book Series

Brian Jacques’ “Redwall” book series will be reimagined on screen in a rights deal between Penguin Random House Children’s U.K. and Netflix.

Chronicling the adventures of the heroic animals that inhabit the forest haven of Redwall Abbey, the “Redwall” books have sold in excess of 30 million copies and have been translated into more than 20 languages.

A feature film based on Jacques’ first book in the series, Redwall, is currently in development with writer Patrick McHale (Over the Garden Wall, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio), as well as an event series based on the character of Martin the Warrior.

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The deal marks the first time that the film rights to the entire book series have been held by the same company and the first time a feature film of any of Jacques’ works will be made.

“We couldn’t be more delighted to announce this deal,” Ben Horslen, fiction publisher, Penguin Random House Children’s, said in a statement. “These perennially popular stories have been etched onto the hearts of millions of readers, and we are thrilled to partner with Netflix to bring those beloved characters on screen for families worldwide to enjoy.”

“Brian often travelled the globe to tell his ‘Redwall’ stories to young audiences, more often than not at their schools,” Alan Ingram, representative of The Redwall Abbey Company (owner of Jacques’ intellectual property), said in a statement. “Brian would have been very happy to see that Netflix shares his joy and desire to bring his stories to life as a new universe of films, series and potentially much more for audiences of all ages to enjoy. We are very excited to embark on this new endeavour with Netflix and Penguin Random House UK.”

Apple TV+ Orders Kids Series ‘Jane’

Apple TV+ has ordered “Jane,” a series for kids and families inspired by Jane Goodall.

From Emmy Award winner J.J. Johnson, Sinking Ship Entertainment and the Jane Goodall Institute, “Jane” follows Jane Garcia, a 10-year-old girl with an active imagination. Through pretend play, Jane and her trusty teammates work to protect an endangered animal in each episode because, according to her idol Jane Goodall, “Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help, can they be saved.”

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From Sinking Ship Entertainment, “Jane,” a live-action/CGI blended series, is created and executive produced by company partner J.J. Johnson, with the Jane Goodall Institute also serving as executive producers.