When Blythe Baxter moved into the city with her father, she never expected to move into the apartment above the Littlest Pet Shop. But an even bigger surprise awaited her. Blythe can talk to the pets…and they can talk back! On June 4, 2013, Shout! Factory Kids, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, will release Littlest Pet Shop: Sweetest Pets on DVD. Join Blythe as she embarks on five more wild adventures with her newest friends: Pepper, the hilarious skunk; Sunil, the magical mongoose; Penny, the adorable panda; Russell, the highly organized hedgehog; Zoe, the diva Spaniel; and, of course, Minka, the artistic monkey!
Well, I guess hedgehogs are adorable animals for children’s movies or animated series, because I simply adored Russell the Hedgehog in this movie. In one episode, called Trading Places, Russell, who is one of many animals living in the pet shop, which is situated over a bakery (how in the world did authorities approve that one, I don’t know) and somehow he ends up in Blythe’s book bag. As much as she tries, Blythe, who leads the bunch of adorable pets and humans, can’t convince her father to take her back home. So, off she goes to school with Russell in tow. He only decides to fly the coop, once he arrives at school, with Blythe spending the rest of the school day looking for him. And, of course, there was no communication problem, since Blythe can talk to all the animals. The title of this episode has a double meaning—Russell trades his life at the pet shop for one as a student in school, and Zoe (who is so vain) and Penny attempt to trade places, as Zoe has an issue with a pimple on her nose. Zoe is trying to woo one of the dogs on the premises and gets a bit jealous when she thinks he is trying to entice Penny. At the end, Russell is rescued by Blythe, before the maintenance man grabs him as he does the other “rats” running around the school, and the other female animals at the pet shop all wear bandages on their noses—to show solidarity with Zoe.
Other episodes include Topped with Buttercream, Sweet (Truck) Ride, where the bakery truck gets ambushed on a wild ride throughout the neighborhood, with all manner of sweets in jeopardy. What’s in the Batter? And Bakers and Fakers are the other episodes included in this DVD.
I loved the Littlest Pet Shop: Sweetest Pets, because the episodes are nice and wholesome for young kids. So many times, you will have a kid movie, but there is some menacing character that comes to bring doom and wreak havoc on the situation. It’s more of a good vs. evil circumstances. But in this DVD, everyone got along, and worked together for whatever the common solution was at the moment. As well, the only violence in the movie was normal situations, i.e., an object falling on someone’s head. On top of this, the animals are are so adorable and commanding in whatever scenes in which they are featured.
The Littlest Pet Shop: Sweetest Pies delivers captivating entertainment the whole family can enjoy and contains a brand new bonus coloring sheet. Featuring all-new original music by Daytime Emmy® Award nominee Daniel Ingram and the vocal talent of Ashleigh Ball, Tabitha St. Germain, Nicole Oliver and Peter New, Littlest Pet Shop currently airs on The Hub TV Network. For more information, visit www.littlestpetshop.com