Monday, May 23, 2011

The Wild Thornberrys- Season One

Produced by Klasky-Csupo for Nickelodeon, The Wild Thornberrys premiered in September 1998 and aired until 2004 with reruns airing on Nicktoons and CBS from 2002-2007. The Wild Thornberrys DVD release has long been anticipated by fans but has not been available in stores until now.

The hit series follows the Thornberry family as they travel the world in their Communications Vehicle (or CommVee) looking for rare animals to film. After an encounter with an African shaman, their youngest child Eliza was given the power to speak to animals! Every episode in this adventure-packed DVD set follows Eliza as she comes face-to-face with an assortment of animals, continents and danger. Encounter wildlife in all its natural glory and eavesdrop on Eliza’s conversations with silverback gorillas, pythons, crested grebes, tapirs, capybaras, antelopes and opossums while the CommVee travels on!

Vibrant animation, exotic locations, charming storytelling plus an all-star voice cast, including Lacey Chabert (Party Of Five), Tim Curry (The Adventures Of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius) and Flea (The Red Hot Chili Peppers) make season one of The Wild Thornberrys an epic family adventure. Featuring all 20 action-packed episodes, the collectible 4-DVD box set is priced to own at a suggested retail price of $29.93 and will no doubt attract a new audience of kids as well as young adults who grew up watching the television series.

The release of these DVDs is part of Nickelodeon’s commitment to bring back classic shows. Nickelodeon will also launch a new nighttime programming block this fall on TeenNick called “The ‘90s Are All That!,” featuring a rotating selection of iconic live-action and animated shows from Nickelodeon’s 1990s.

I cannot tell you how excited I was to receive this DVD. My children were born in 1998 and Wild Thornberrys was one of "our" favorite shows when they were still small. I loved the plucky heroine of the series Eliza Thornberry and I especially loved how she could talk to the animals. Plus, how cute is she? I love when the lead character has glasses! My son always enjoyed it just as much as my daughter, and that's a big plus.

I anticipated that I would watch this alone, but as soon as I put the first DVD in (there are four in this set) my daughter came out of her room with her headphones in hand. My son was right behind her and the three of us cuddled on the couch as we made our way through all the episodes we had forgotten.

This series encompasses a lot of my favorite things about cartoons- it's very funny and smart, has a strong female lead that isn't so "girl power!" that boys are turned off, and it has lots of opportunities for education what with all the animals that Eliza comes in contact with. It's a simple, Nickelodeon classic and I'm so glad we had the opportunity to rediscover it.

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