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Wild Thornberrys, The - Season 1 (Shout! Factory) Review




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Rating
Video:   7/10
Audio:   7/10
Extras:   0/10

Are you ready to travel?
by Gord Lacey (All reviews)
5/17/2011

    Brace yourself for a wild ride through jungles, rain forests, cities and deserts spanning the globe with The Wild Thornberrys. Join Eliza Thornberry and her secret gift of gab (she can talk to animals!) in four action-packed DVDs that bring you face-to-face with danger as Eliza and friends traverse the cliffs and crags of mountainous Zaire, try to escape poachers in Tanzania, stumble upon evil hunters bent on destroying the rain forest in Brazil and discover gold on the Galapagos Islands. Plus you'll encounter wildlife in all its natural glory, including silverback gorillas, pythons, crested grebes, tapirs, capybaras, antelopes, opossums and more! So hang on for action, adventure and a bit of education!

    Stars Lacey Chabert (Party Of Five), Tim Curry (The Adventures Of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius) and Flea (The Red Hot Chili Peppers)!
While I haven't watched The Wild Thornberrys before, I was a big fan of Klasky-Csupo's first show The Rugrats, and I've seen some of their previous shows. The Wild Thornberrys features a family that travels around the world as Nigel, the father, hosts a TV series shot by Marianne, the mother. Along for the trip are Eliza (she can talk to animals), Debbie (the "cool" sister), Darwin (a chimpanzee), and Donnie (a... wild child). Join them as the trek across the world, finding adventure along the way.

This 4-disc set includes all 20 episodes. These were previously released by Amazon's CreateSpace Manufacture-on-Demand, and are now brought to retail using traditional pressed discs by Shout! Factory:

Disc 1 (1:57:52)
Flood Warning (23:33)
Dinner With Darwin (23:33)
Bad Company (23:33)
Gold Fever (23:34)
Matadi or Bust (23:39)

Disc 2 (1:57:50)
Temple of Eliza (23:33)
Vacant Lot (23:32)
Only Child (23:33)
Iron Curtain (23:33)
Valley Girls (23:39)

Disc 3 (1:57:48)
Naimina Enkiyio (23:33)
Blood Sisters (23:34)
Eliza-cology (23:33)
Flight of the Donnie (23:33)
Lost and Foundation (23:35)

Disc 4 (1:57:50)
Nigel Knows Best (23:33)
The Great Bangaboo (23:31)
Rumble in the Jungle (23:32)
The Dragon and the Professor (23:33)
Born to be Wild (23:41)

Video

The Full Frame (1.33:1) picture looks fairly good on DVD, but not perfect. The show is 13 years old, and it's showing a bit of wear and tear. You'll probably notice a bit of dust and debris in the picture, as well as some noise. It's not horrible, but it's noticeable. There's a "play all" option, but there isn't a chapter set right after the opening credits.

Audio

The set features standard English, and Spanish, mono audio tracks (the show was produced in mono). The show sounds decent on DVD, and I didn't hear any issues while watching it. There aren't any subtitles or captions.

Extras - How we rate extras

There aren't any extras on the set.

Summary

While I still prefer watching The Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys is a fun, yet silly, show. I don't really like the "Donnie" character - he's annoying, and it's never explained why he's the way he is - I realize this is explained in season 4, but I think it should have been addressed early on.

It's a shame there aren't any extras on the set, but being quite familiar with Shout! Factory's other releases (most are loaded with great material), I'm going to assume they just didn't get participation from anyone involved in the show. A bare-bones release certainly isn't "normal" for them. Even without any extras, I think fans will appreciate a proper DVD release of the first season.


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