Littlest Pet Shop: Little Pets, Big Adventures DVD Review
On January 15th, 2013, Shout! Factory Kids will be releasing the first ever DVD collection of the brand new animated series Littlest Pet Shop, called Littlest Pet Shop: Little Pets, Big Adventures. The DVD contains 5 episodes as well as two bonus features, plus an online offer for your very own virtual collectible pet.
As a pre-teen, I remember the Littlest Pet Shop toys; I had exactly two of them, one a hamster cage with exercise wheel and the other cats with a kitty jungle gym. They were amusing toys, and it’s been interesting to see how they have evolved over the years. I don’t really love that the animals have quadrupled in size; for me, the appeal was always the “littlest” factor. However, I wasn’t going to judge the new show based on the toys.
One of Zoe’s prized possessions is a Littlest Pet Shop hand-me-down from her aunt Daisy. Her aunt was kind enough to give it to her after she played with it non-stop during our Thanksgiving visit. Her love for that toy got me interested in the show, and since we don’t have cable, there was no other way for us to check out this show, which airs on The Hub TV Network.
Opening Title Sequence
Blythe Baxter and her father relocate to a new city, where they move into an apartment over the Littlest Pet Shop store. When Blythe visits the pet shop via a dummy waiter, she discovers she has the ability to talk to the animals in the store. Blythe’s timing is opportune; the Littlest Pet Shop is about to be put out of business for good by the Largest Pet Shop. With Blythe’s help, the Littlest Pet Shop is saved. When she’s not spending time with the day camp occupants of the Littlest Pet Shop, she’s navigating the social hierarchy of her new school and avoiding the Biscuit twins, who also happen to be the heiresses of the Largest Pet Shop.
Even though I got this primarily for Zoe, I ended up watching the first few episodes on the DVD entirely alone. At first I was multi-tasking while watching, but then I just could not help myself. I actually became caught up in the plot of each episode, wanting to know how Blythe would save the pet shop, deal with the Biscuit twins, or solve diva dog Zoe Trent’s disastrous grooming problem. Eventually Zoe wandered downstairs, plopped down in front of the TV, and became as glued to the episodes as I was.
Though Zoe is too young to realize this, one of the voice artists for this show also lends her vocal talents to Zoe’s other favorite Hub TV Network show, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Part of the appeal for this show, I’m also sure, are the catchy musical numbers written by Daniel Ingram. I couldn’t stop myself from tapping along with all of the songs, and I’m sure after I’ve seen the episodes a few more times I’ll be singing along, too. I really wish we had the Hub TV Network so we could keep up with the episodes as they come out, but for now I’ll just look forward to future DVD releases.
“A Look Behind The Pet Shop Doors” Featurette A 5-minute featurette with commentary from co-directors, composer, and voice artists about the show. I especially enjoyed the behind-the-scenes look at their storyboarding process, taking it from paper to computers.
Coloring Sheets Stick the DVD into your drive, and print off some fun coloring sheets for you and your kids to enjoy!
*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of this product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my experience with the product.*