Arthur D.W. and the Beastly Birthday DVD Review
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PBS Kids continues to provide high quality cartoons that I can count on, that are kid-friendly, inspire thinking and educate children daily. Arthur is one of my favorite childhood cartoons and book series and I am glad to know they are still coming out with new content now for my children, that I can relate to. Arthur is the longest running animated show, in fact, on the PBS Kids network. I love that PBS keeps shows like this one running that discuss important things like job responsibilities, family structures, fun facts and in this show the school experience children face daily. Arthur has well-rounded characters we can all relate to like D.W., Buster, Arthur, Francine, Mr. Ratburn and more and see in our daily lives.
My children love Arthur’s personality and D.W.’s spunky attitude. The show revolves around a family of aardvarks, with three children, Arthur, D.W. and little Kate. The show has wonderful characters of different animal types, with subject learning sprinkled throughout the fun story lines. Both my children loved the newest episode as it switched from Arthur’s view on D.W.’s birthday and hers. It revolves around D.W.’s 5th birthday where things go a bit awry. First she doesn’t get the gift she had hinted at quite a bit, something any child can relate to, her friend Emily is more dressed up than her and of course the Tibblets are being themselves. It seems no one can make her happy so she escapes to the island of Ukubonga while Arthur ditches her birthday party to go to the planetarium. He suffers a bit of guilt over leaving her and not getting her a present and falls asleep dreaming that time has moved forward 4 years. It was very imaginative how they draw the characters as 4 years older. My favorite was Mr. Ratburn. At the end they come together and act like any other brother and little sister.
We received the upcoming DVD release, stated for August 14th 2018, of “Arthur: D.W. and the Beastly Birthday” and have watched it several times since. The DVD runs about 70 minutes with two fun packed episodes. My children loved D.W.’s party episode mainly because of how baby Kate looked and acted like D.W. and how grown up D.W. looked when Arthur dreamed time moved forward. They liked the dancing and boosting of D.W. in the air when she is in Ukubonga. The second episode revolves around Arthur’s birthday and conflicting party plans between him and Muffy. My kids really enjoyed the preparation scenes, Arthur visiting the party store to select decorations, the giving of the invitations and piñata part where it was indestructible. Gladly Arthur has great friends that help Muffy and Arthur patch things up where they both get a party. This was a lot of fun for my kids and saw them giggling a lot.