Cool DVDs for Sizzling Summer Days! – Review by Cara Potapshyn Meyers

These past couple weeks have been HOT!! Almost too hot to even want to venture to the pool or beach! I had my five-year-old niece and almost four-year-old nephew over along with a friend for my almost ten-year-old son, to watch and review a very cool bunch of children’s DVDS. Here’s a look at these summertime fun DVDs!



Martha & Friends: Summer Fun 

Have fun under the sun with Martha Stewart as this exciting summer special teaches the importance of helping others. Martha & Friends: Summer Fun includes bonus webisodes, crafts, recipes and more! Summer vacation is finally here and Martha Stewart can’t wait to celebrate! Join a 10-year-old Martha and her friends as they head to the beach to enjoy the warm sun with fun-filled water adventures, firework festivities, block parties and more.  Delivering the perfect entertainment for the whole family, the inspiring story will teach kids lessons on helping others and coping with the stress of heading back to school. Now available from Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment.

My niece and nephew loved this one! It allowed them to see what returning to school after a long summer vacation would feel like. This seemed to help anticipate any worries they had about school in the Fall and make them see that the transition would be fairly seamless! Since they also watched it close to July 4th, they loved the episode with fireworks! Recommended for ages 3+.


Price: $6.95 

Language:    English

Running time: 44 minutes



The Garfield Show: Pizza Dreams 

Voted favorite comic strip character by Nickelodeon Magazine readers, grab an extra large serving of episodes to satisfy kids’ appetites The Garfield Show: Pizza Dreams, now available from Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment. Join everyone’s favorite food-loving feline in this delicious collection of mouthwatering favorites, topped with extra excitement and laughs! If there’s one thing Garfield can’t live without, it’s delicious pizza, but when he goes on a pizza-free diet, his taste buds are put to the ultimate challenge. Will this hungry cat resist the temptation? Discover if Garfield can control his cheesy obsession when his appetite is put to the ultimate taste test in this fun-filled, scrumptious collection!

Not only did my niece and nephew love this one, but my son loved it as well! All three kids were giggling their heads off as my son was trying to imitate Garfield’s antics and monotone comments. Guess what they wanted for lunch? You guessed correctly!


Price: $14.93

Language:    English

Running time: 72 minutes  



The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange: The Complete First Season 

Delivering rip-roaring laughter in honor of Cartoon Network’s season two television premiere which occurred on May 16, the obnoxiously funny series, The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange: The Complete First Season, is now out on DVD from The Collective and Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment. Starring the hugely popular YouTube comedian Toby Turner and featuring an array of guest stars, including Jane Lynch (“Glee”), Leah Remini (“The King of Queens”), Bret Michaels (“Rock of Love with Bret Michaels”) and Alice Cooper (Wayne’s World). With more than 1.3 billion views, Annoying Orange has expanded from a viral video to Web series, to Cartoon Network primetime and has become a true pop culture phenomenon. 

I must admit, when I first found my son laughing hysterically to the YouTube clips of Annoying Orange, I banned him from watching them since they were more violent and emphasized distasteful humor. Once Cartoon Network picked up the story creation and produced a much more “toned down” version of the cartoon, I then allowed my son to watch the television series. I found that the cartoon version actually has some very relevant, factual information tied into the series.

I only allowed my son and his friend to watch this DVD, as it is rated TV-13. My son and his friend were rolling on the floor in laughter as they watched each episode! Because they now incorporate more educational information into each episode, I find that I am becoming less and less concerned about the content of the series. I even learned a little bit of history from one of the episodes!

The High Fructose Adventures of Annnoying Orange: The Complete First Season is packed with exclusive behind-the-scenes featurettes, a storyboard animatic and the very first Annoying Orange webisode. The DVD set includes all 30 episodes from the debut season. 


Price: $29.93

Language:    English

Running time: 330 minutes                                    

Rating: TV-PG  



Power Rangers Super Samurai: Secret of the Red Ranger 

Serrator’s secret plan to shatter the world is finally revealed! The Power Rangers are in for the fight of their lives when Master Xandred returns to Earth to face the team in an epic Bullzooka battle. After barely escaping, the Super Samurai must call upon the Shogun ancestors and their most powerful mega modes to fight their way through bugspraying Pestilox, giant Spitfangs and twin Papyrux in order to face their ultimate showdown with Serrator! And after the smoke clears, a battle with new Nighlok monster Fiera will reveal the Red Ranger’s long-lost secret and change the team forever!

I had to bring my son’s friend back to help me review this great DVD. The boys were glued to the couch! No snacks, no drinks, no interrupting, Mom! They were riveted. I’m becoming more and more familiar with the Power Ranger crew. I also must admit that I am liking their missions and their desire to work together more and more. This one will be a true hit if you have boys in your home!


Price: $14.98

Language: English

Running time: 92 minutes


 Note: Thanks to Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment for providing sample products.  Cara Potapshyn Meyers and assume no liability relative to products reviewed in this blog.


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