My kids absolutely love this series. It is obviously the original Scholastic cartoon format, and more basic, and less gory - but they both say that they learn far more about history in this series, than in the new one!! This series concentrates on specific eras and it is very informative. The newer one is more ghoulish and gory, but the kids gets annoyed with it after a while. If you want a good , fun, educational dvd ,that will get your child learning about history, then I really recommend this one.