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A Child’s Garden Of Poetry (HBO DVD)/Dennis The Menace – Season Three (1961 – 1962/Shout! Factory DVD Set)/Leap Frog 3 DVD Learning Collection (Lionsgate)/Mr. Magoo – The Television Collection: 1960 - 1977 (Shout! Factory DVD Set)/The Pigeon Finds A Hot Dog! (Mo Willems V.2) + Teeny Tiny & The Witch-Woman (Scholastic/New Video DVDs)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: D/C-/C+/C+/C     Episodes: C+/B-/C+/B/C+



A new cycle of child-aimed titles mark the continuations of some known names and a new item.  To encourage a new generation of poetry readers, HBO and The Poetry Foundation have come up with A Child’s Garden Of Poetry, a nice introduction to the subject including readings by Carrie Fisher, Claire Danes, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ziggy Marley, Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Jeffrey Wright, E.E. Cummings, Josh Hamilton, Dave Matthews and Carl Sandburg among others.  It only runs 27 minutes, which we guess is supposed to be enough for young children, but why not include more bonus shows?  There are no extras.


Dennis The Menace – Season Three follows the nice Season Two set we covered not too long ago at this link:




The shows stay fun and energetic, plus have their funny moments, but despite no extras, the sound is actually better overall on this set.  Picture quality is the same and you get 38 half-hours over five DVDs.  An episode guide booklet in the case is the only extra.


The link for Dennis also includes the last Leap Frog set and we have a new once coincidentally arriving at the same time.  Leap Frog 3 DVD Learning Collection that includes a booklet in a lightweight paperboard box (maybe more fragile than it should be) and this one includes three programs we missed: Amazing Alphabet Amusement Park, Learn To Read At The Storybook Factory and Numbers Ahoy.  Picture and sound quality is consistent with previous releases.



Mr. Magoo – The Television Collection: 1960 - 1977 is a new DVD set from Shout! Factory not to be confused with The Mr. Magoo Show DVD set I covered back in early 2005 from Classic Media:




This has all the TV shows from that set and adds The Famous Adventures Of Mr. Magoo (1964 – 65), the TV special Uncle Sam Magoo from 1970 and the amusing 1977 series What’s New, Mr. Magoo.  Though the previous set had a nice booklet not included here, you get a new booklet and material on the DVDs including audio commentary tracks, photo gallery and new featurette “Oh Magoo, You’ve Done It Again.”  I like the show and the character so well voiced by the great Jim Backus and this is a nice introduction to the character.  Hope we get the theatrical shorts soon.  The picture is the same (1.33 X 1 color with some softness at times, but also some nice color throughout) and the Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is better overall even if we don’t include the later shows which would be expected to sound better.  For more Magoo, you can read about the limited edition CD soundtrack to the theatrical feature film 1,001 Arabian Nights here:





Finally we have our latest Scholastic releases, this time in two singles that are not bad.  The Pigeon Finds A Hot Dog! is The Mo Willems Cartoon Collection Vol. 2 and he is interviewed in an extra, plus we see Pigeon animated and there is a piece called Getting To Know Mo Willems.  It is one of three shorts here (Knuffle Bunny Too and Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed are the others) and it makes for an interesting collection.  Teeny Tiny & The Witch-Woman includes the title short from 1975, plus Boy With Two Shadows, Los Gatos Black on Halloween, What’s Under My Bed? And King Of The Cats just in time for the holiday.  We’ve seen some of these before, but it is another good set just the same.  Picture and sound are the same as previous Scholastic releases which is just fine for the format.  We get an interview with author Marisa Montes (of Los Gatos) and both DVDs have Read-Along functions.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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