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Auto B Good - "A Road Less Traveled"

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Welcome to the City of Auto - A wonderful world of cars. Join Johnny, EJ, Izzi and the rest of the cars in these high-octane adventures along the road of life. Each collection features six award-winning short stories. Auto-B-Good is Premium Grade Values and Full-Throttle Fun! Hop in and enjoy the ride! Included on the DVD, Episodes 13-18: Friends in High Places - Thankfulness Izzi is feeling blue. Although she appreciates the help from friends, Izzi wishes she could do things for herself. A mishap at the talent show might prove to be the perfect opportunity to shine! She discovers everyone is built for a purpose. Heavenly Event - Generosity Everyone is excited about the extraordinary meteor shower. As EJ leaves to watch the shower he has an injury that will cause him to miss out, unless... Sunny Side Up? - Goodwill One small thought... three friendships! Can one small thought be enough to hold them together or what splits them apart? Up From The Depths - Joyfulness Will the Professor ever invent again? His latest work ended up as so many before... a failure. Professor is throwing in the towel, unless a few friends can convince him otherwise. Cooler Heads Prevail - Patience It seems that Johnny has to wait for everything today. As the frustration begins to boil over, Derek comes along. But can they put aside their anger to save their friends? Digging for Gold - Cooperation It's the State of Good's Spelling Bee! A massive snow drift is keeping Izzi from the competition. Will the help of her friends be enough to dig her through?

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A Road Less Traveled
Wet Cement Productions

Life Changing Values - High Octane Fun!

The Auto-B-Good Christian Character Series - developed by Christians who desire to see children in public school introduced to Christian character concepts, Auto-B-Good can now be found in over 5,000 public school systems nationwide as part of the "Changing Lives" character building curriculum. The series has already won three Telly Awards for animation and writing, (joining other winners like Columbia Pictures, ESPN, Time-Life and BMW) and demand has already been created in the marketplace. Each of the stories has scripture references and a short devotion included in the packaging - A Word Distribution exclusive!

In the city of Auto, life is good - but not perfect. The sun is bright, the snow is white, friends are made - there is even an annual parade! Birthdays are celebrated, soccer games won, races raced and adventure done. Of course, not everything is all fun. The cars still have to go to school and obey the rules. There is the occasional spat, the rare hurtful words, the inventions and experiments that go wrong. But in the city of Auto, the Bible is more than a book - it's the 'owner's manual' from the Manufacturer of all things, and everyone seeks instruction for repairs.

So fasten your seatbelt and drive on in - you're welcome here! You can be an observer or participant, it's your choice. All that is required is an active imagination and a sense of wonder.

Please Note, Community Descriptions and notes are submitted by our shoppers, and are not guaranteed for accuracy.

Item Specifications...

Weight:   0.26 lbs.
Binding  DVD Video
Publisher   Word Entertainment
ISBN  5556254397  
EAN  0698368119191  
UPC  698368119191  

Availability  0 units.

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Superior Children's Entertainment--And the Better Edition of the Show  Aug 15, 2008
You must grab this DVD (and the others in the same set) whenever and where ever you find it--they are quite hard to find now, and these episodes seem to have been repackaged in a way that is slightly less impressive (in partnership with a new distribution company).

Auto B Good - "A Road Less Traveled" contains episodes 13-18 of the series, this being the 3rd DVD in a 6-DVD set (the older, NON-"Special Edition" set). These episodes need NOT be viewed in order, and this DVD may be viewed in isolation from the rest of the episodes available on the other DVD's of Auto B Good (but why you wouldn't want all of the episodes is beyond me!).

The 6 actual episodes included are:

FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES - Thankfulness - The talent show episode (where Johnny flies--with Professor's help!).
HEAVENLY EVENT - Generosity - The meteor shower episode.
SUNNY SIDE UP - Goodwill - The one-small-thought-can-change-the-course-of-events episode.
UP FROM THE DEPTHS - Joyfulness - The one where the Professor wants to quit inventing.
COOLER HEADS PREVAIL - Patience - The one where Johnny and Derek almost boil over at each other.
DIGGING FOR GOLD - Cooperation - The one where the massive snow drift keeps Izzy from the State of Good's Spelling Bee.

This was from the batch of the first 4 DVD's produced for this set, when the episodes were around 10 minutes long and you got 6 episodes per DVD--an hour of content--sometimes with some additional bonus material (for the 5th and 6th DVDs' in this set, the episodes are about 15 minutes each and you only got 3 episodes-about 40 minutes of content). The bonus material included "deleted scenes" or "out-takes," sometimes different versions of entire episodes, etc. You could choose between 2.0 or 5.1 sound on this edition of Auto B Good DVD's (you have no choice on the newer, "Special Edition" ones--not sure what is provided, honestly).

All of the episodes were strung together in these first 4 DVD's of this older edition of Auto B Good by being introduced by a small (still 3D CGI) group of characters: a young boy and girl and their wacky inventor uncle-type character, who appeared to be "telling stories," which were the actual episodes which then played. For some reason, they dropped this approach, and after the first 4 DVD's, so you only get the episodes themselves with none of these other characters book-ending the stories. In DVD's 5 and 6 of this set, the episodes themselves are slightly longer (but you only got 3 episodes, so it ended up being about 20 minutes less content per disc on those last 2 DVDs in this set). I miss the introductions by the non-car characters, personally, as they provided the younger viewer with a little focus for what the coming or previous episode's theme was, and served to help string together the few double-episode stories.

Most or all of my copies of the DVD's in this edition (meaning the NON-"Special Edition" set) came with a set of 12 small stickers of the characters and an "Operator's Manual" which is a small, full-color brochure containing a short focus lesson on the character trait for each episode, with reference to an appropriate Bible verse.

The whole package is professionally produced, thoughtfully written, and lovingly animated in 3D CGI on par with anything out there (a little shy of the photo-realistic look of a movie like Cars (the Pixar Movie) but just as beautiful to look at--here they went for something only a bit more cartoonish and brashly colorful, which is perfect for the target audience of younger children). The characters are memorable and well-used to tell stories meant to inspire good character in young viewers. This, without being "preachy"--I would say even less so than a show like Veggie Tales (which isn't preachy, really, either). Most of what plays on these DVD's after you hit PLAY contains no overtly Christian content, actually--especially in the later DVD's, where the episodes are not bookended by other characters who make comment on them. I would like more of this, myself, but apparently there has been a big push by the producers and/or distributors to get this show into the "character education" market for elementary schools, so this is what it ended up being. Honestly, it still is a fabulous show for youngsters even with little to no evangelical or overtly spiritual edge. Compare this to Pokemon or whatever garbage passes for afternoon and Saturday morning cartoons, and you'll be running to find more Auto B Good any day of the week.

My 4-year old son loves these, and he has been watching them over and over for well over a year now. When his cousins of ages 3 through 6 come over, they are all mesmerized. I love them for being beautiful to look at, devoid of inappropriate scenes and themes, instead developing positive values and virtues.

These episodes are now produced in "Special Edition" fashion, which includes 3 episodes per DVD, sometimes with music videos (contemporary Christian music set to scenes from an episode on the same DVD) and a "bonus" episode (you can apparently purchase them either way, but for the same price). They have not necessarily kept the same episodes bundled together on each DVD, and they have re-named at least one episode, making it hard to figure out which DVD you need to complete your collection if you started with these older editions. Still well worth buying if you have nothing, but they seem frustratingly--almost deviously--designed to require purchase of at least several DVD's with episodes you already own if you want to complete a collection you started with this first, slightly superior, edition. There are quite few episodes that were produced after this first edition was put out, so if you want to get your hands on all of the Auto B Good episodes, you'll end up buying a fair number of the "Special Edition" DVD's after all. These newer-edition DVD's do not come with bonus material of the likes the older versions came with, they do not include the "Owner's Manual" or other goodies like stickers, either. You get less episodes per DVD, so I believe buying all episodes via the "Special Edition" seems costlier, as well (not that I know that it is even possible to obtain all of the episodes in the "Special Edition" set). Honestly, I am quite disappointed they moved to this new marketing approach for the retail market. (MUCH more expensive versions of these DVD's are now available with teaching manuals in PDF form included, or as an "Absent Parent" edition with special material meant to be used where a child has a parent overseas in the Service--I applaud both of these editions, but all I want are the great packaging and episodes of the initial set!)

All of which is why, if you can get your hands on these older DVD's, especially for anything close to what you consider a good price, you should snap them up without hesitation!

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