Berenstain Bears: Tales From the Tree House, Vol 1
(2-Disc DVD / G / 2019 / PBS Kids)
Overview: It's time for Bear Country adventures with Brother and Sister Bear and 'Tree House Tales, Volume 1' contains 26 stories from the beloved animated series.
Sister visits the dentist for the first time where she learns there is nothing to be afraid of; Brother and Sister both try out for the last spot on Bear Country's baseball team; Papa and the bear scouts find themselves lost when exploring a cave, and so much more!
DVD Verdict: For those not in the know, 'The Berenstain Bears' began as a children's literature franchise created by Stan and Jan Berenstain and continued by their son, Mike Berenstain; who assumed partial authorship in 2002, and full authorship in 2012 following Jan's death.
The books feature a family of anthropomorphic grizzly bears who generally learn a moral or safety-related lesson in the course of each story.
Indeed, since the 1962 debut of the first Berenstain Bears book, The Big Honey Hunt, the series has grown to over 300 titles, which have sold approximately 260 million copies in 23 languages.
Of course, as we know, 'The Berenstain Bears' franchise has also expanded well beyond the books, encompassing two television series and a wide variety of other products and licenses.
While enjoying decades of popularity and receiving numerous awards, the series has been applauded for portraying many tales of bravery, caring for others, and learning responsibility well beyond The Bears' young years.
Furthermore, 'The Berenstain Bears' is sensibly written to appeal to younger children (preschool and kindergarten age) and teach them values at the same time.
In this age of redundant stupidity in entertainment, parents need a show like this one to help illustrate how fair life should be, and give a firm footing to children, not overwhelm them with glitz, glam and gloss.
By keeping plots simple and allowing children to follow along at their level, this show simply teaches children how to be fair, consider other's feelings and have good sportsmanship.
These are core values which are not being taught to children at daycare dumps or underfunded public schools, in my humble opinion.
Here in 'The Berenstain Bears: Tales From the Tree House, Volume 1' we get an incredible 5 hours of tales encompassing 26 singular episodes! This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.