The Wild Thornberrys is a Nickelodeon cartoon series that aired in the late 1990s and early 2000s. This DVD box set from Shout Factory contains the first 20 episodes of the series.
I'll be completely honest - The Wild Thornberrys was never one of my favorite Nicktoons as a kid. I watched it fairly regularly, but I can't say it was ever a show I specifically sat down to watch. That said, it has aged well and remains a decently entertaining show to this day. It probably comes closest to being educational of any of the Nicktoons as well.
This series was produced by Klasky-Csupo, probably best known for their first Nicktoon, Rugrats, as well as for their other Nicktoons, Aaahh!! Real Monsters, Rocket Power, and As Told by Ginger, and for their work on the early seasons of The Simpsons. The animation style of this series will be very familiar to any fans of the other K-C Nicktoons. On these DVDs, the animation definitely shows its age, but it is watchable and still far better than many cartoons of its era.
This DVD is the general retail release of Season 1. This season was previously released as an Amazon exclusive Media on Demand (MOD) set burned to order and available for a relatively high price. The retail set has a much more professional feel to it, it comes packaged in a clear case with some nice art on the inside, as opposed to the standard issue black case that the previous release used. Additionally, the previous release had silent, static menus while this new set has animated ones with the show's theme song playing in the background. The old set also had some compatibility issues related to the nature of the product; being burned on demand onto DVD-R discs led to complaints about the discs not being playable on certain players. While I personally never experienced that issue with any of the MOD sets, this new set should be free of those problems regardless.
This release contains NO extras whatsoever. Personally, this doesn't bother me as I usually use DVD extras once, at most. I understand that some people fully expect all DVDs to have extras, but for me, it just isn't that big of a problem. The episodes are here, and in the end that's what the fans have been waiting for.
This is the first Nickelodeon release from Shout Factory, and they have several more planned for the rest of this year. While I am not the biggest fan of The Wild Thornberrys, I purchased this set to support Shout Factory's line of Nickelodeon releases and fans of The Wild Thornberrys. Even though I could take it or leave it, I'm sure there are people out there who want this series to be completely released on DVD as badly as I want Rocko's Modern Life or The Angry Beavers. Overall, this is a quality release of the complete first season and overlooking the lack of anything but the episodes themselves fans should be happy to finally see this series come to DVD.
Note: The Wild Thornberrys seasons 2-5 were, until recently, available from Amazon. Those seasons are the older MOD releases, and have NOT been announced or released by Shout Factory. As of July 16, 2011 the older MOD releases for seasons 2-5 have been discontinued, however they may still be available through third party sellers.