Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Review: The Wild Thornberrys

I love it when old cartoon series that I used to watch are released on DVD! Now that I have kids I have an excuse to buy them. It's something that I can actually sit down, watch with my kids and enjoy just as much as I HOPE they will. The latest childhood release that I'm loving is:

The Wild Thornberrys: Season One
Produced by Klasky-Csupo for Nickelodeon, The Wild Thornberrys premiered in September 1998 and aired until 2004 with reruns airing on Nicktoons and CBS from 2002-2007. The Wild Thornberrys DVD release has long been anticipated by fans but has not been available instores until now.

The hit series follows the Thornberry family as they travel the world in their Communications Vehicle (or CommVee) looking for rare animals to film.After an encounter with an African shaman, their youngest child Eliza was given the power to speak to animals! Every episode in this adventure-packed DVD set follows Eliza as she comes face-to-face with an assortment of animals, continents and danger. Encounter wildlife in all its natural glory and eavesdrop on Eliza’s conversations with silverback gorillas, pythons, crested grebes, tapirs, capybaras, antelopes and opossums while the CommVee travels on!

Vibrant animation, exotic locations, charming storytelling plus an all-star voice cast, including Lacey Chabert (Party Of Five), Tim Curry (The Adventures Of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius) and Flea (The Red Hot Chili Peppers) make season one of The Wild Thornberrys an epic family adventure. 

Now if you have never seen this cartoon it's really super cute. Check out this clip:

My Take: I was so excited to see that this DVD collection was 4 discs! Perfect to take on road trips! When it came in the mail my son was ecstatic! Movie, movie was all he chanted. He's only two and I wasn't sure if he would like it (especially in the age of the new transformers, GI Joes and other cartoons) but I threw it in anyway. We recently upgraded to a HDMI flat screen TV and blu-ray player and boy when I put this cartoon in did it date me! The graphics were definitely from the 90's and weren't as clear as the cartoons the kids watch now. At first I was a little worried that the kids would notice. BUT to my surprise they didn't care. the Wild Thornberry's stories are so entertaining even a three and two year old can be entranced. I think their favorite part was the talking monkey- Darwin!

Buy it: This 4 disc DVD collection of Season One is available starting today, May 17 in stores nationwide and online. It is priced to own at a suggested retail price of $29.93. The release of these DVDs is part of Nickelodeon’s commitment to bring back classic shows.  Nickelodeon will also launch a new nighttime programming block this fall on TeenNick called “The ‘90s Are All That!,” featuring a rotating selection of iconic live-action and animated shows from Nickelodeon’s 1990s. I can't wait for that!

Disclosure: This item was provided to me at no charge by the company in exchange for a fair and honest review. The ideas and opinions expressed are my own. I was not paid nor compensated in any other way. 


  1. Ha! I remember watching this with my daughter- had forgotten all about it.
    Thanks for the review!!

  2. I loved this show! How exciting that they're going to have 90s shows on TeenNick! I didn't know that :)


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