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Liberty's Kids: Complete Series (1996)

Jill Anderson (VI) , Vincent Lee Alston , Marsha Goodman , Judith Reilly  |  G |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jill Anderson (VI), Vincent Lee Alston, Carl Beck, Terry Berner, Robert Berry (VI)
  • Directors: Marsha Goodman, Judith Reilly
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Run Time: 900 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (721 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B001B73PO4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,312 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Liberty's Kids: Complete Series" on IMDb

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Caught on opposite sides of the revolution, Benjamin Franklin s teenage reporters, American colonist James and young Englishwoman Sarah, confront the real, physical dangers of war. As the conflict rages, James and Sarah are compelled to choose between their friendship and their countries, their understanding of good and evil, and the moral dilemmas inherent in war. All the while they try
to look after the mischievous Henri, an immigrant French boy whose comical escapades constantly lead them into trouble, as the three bear witness to the highs and lows of the American Revolution.

Starring news legend Walter Cronkite as Benjamin Franklin and including guest starring roles by award-winning actors and real-life historical figures like Dustin Hoffman, Annette Bening, Michael Douglas, General Norman Schwarzkopf, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold
Schwarzenegger, Billy Crystal, Ben Stiller, Whoopi Goldberg, Liam Neeson and many more, the complete Emmy and Humanitas Award-nominated Liberty s Kids is finally available on DVD in one six-disc collectors set!

Bonus Features:

* A Look Back At Liberty s Kids with the series creators

* Benjamin Franklin s Newsbytes

* Continental Cartoons

* Now & Then

* Mystery Guest Game

* Original Pencil Test

* 40-Page Collectible Booklet with fold out US map.

History comes alive in this excellent Emmy and Humanitas Award-nominated 40-episode, animated series about the experiences of two young teens during the American Revolution. Far more than a simple chronicle of the battles and major events of the American Revolution, Liberty’s Kids tells the story of the cultural, scientific, political, and social forces that helped shape America’s fight for independence from the perspective of two young teens from very different backgrounds. Sarah is a young English woman living in America who maintains a strong sense of loyalty to England and James is a printer’s apprentice living the American dream, but feeling the constraints of British oppression. Working together on Benjamin Franklin’s newspaper the "Pennsylvania Gazette," Sarah and James often find their interpretations of current events differ markedly and the pair constantly grapples with tough issues like slavery, self-governance, fair representation, and the role of women in battle and politics. The juxtaposition of the two teens’ opposing viewpoints sparks spirited arguments in the series and inspires a fuller understanding of the complexity of the events and issues of the American Revolution for both Franklin’s newspaper audiences and modern viewers. Another strength of the series is that legendary historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, and Abigail Adams come across as real, believable people engaged in a genuine struggle to determine right from wrong and to act in the best interest of their families, community, and country. An amazing cast of voice talent includes Walter Cronkite as Ben Franklin, Dustin Hoffman as Benedict Arnold, Annette Bening as Abigail Adams, Billy Crystal as John Adams, Michael Douglas as Patrick Henry, as well as General Norman Schwarzkopf, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ben Stiller, Whoopi Goldberg, and many others. Bonus features include an interesting look back at the series with creator Kevin O’Donnell and others including executive producers Andy Heyward and Mike Maliani, story editors Doug McIntyre and Jay Abramowitz, and casting director Marsha Goodman. Liberty’s Kids is highly recommended as great entertainment and important educational programming for ages 7 and older. --Tami Horiuchi

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227 of 235 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Homeschoolers dream for American History September 13, 2008
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As a Homeschooling mom this is been a dream come true. It provides the informations in a fun fact filled way that kids really understand what our founding fathers and our people went through to become the United States of America.
I would recommend it for kids ages 4-101! I love watching it too.
To get the complete series in one set is great because watching the individual episodes online at KEWL cartoons is hard because they only offer 5 at a time and generally out of order.
We own a few of the DVD's which were hard to find and we watch them over and over. So, I'm really thrilled to get the complete set all at once and I'll use it in my lesson plans for our Homeschool co-op too.
I know no one who buys this will be disapointed except if your a History Major or professor and you'd only be disapointed that it didn't last longer into the Civil War and the War of 1812.
Maybe they'll carry on at a later date.
My 2 cents thanks for the read.
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261 of 276 people found the following review helpful
See? What did I tell ya? Patience is a virtue, and I'm absolutely willing to wait for October to get the ENTIRE series of Liberty's Kids for the far-more reasonable price of forty-four bucks!

As I've mentioned in the Teacher's Edition, this is the far better deal out there (seriously, what teacher can pay 500+ dollars for ONE show? Is PBS really that unaware of most teachers' ridiculously low salaries? I don't know . . . maybe they expect "the school" to buy it for their library or something -- but which school would pay that much cash for a six-disc DVD set?)

So . . . on with my review of the series:

I've loved this show since I first saw it back in early 2003. During AP US History, this show actually helped incite curiosity and understanding for the complex period that is the American Revolution. It's also the series that made me curious into looking into American History deeper, and reading up on the finer details of America's birth.

The timeline, which features events from the Boston Massacre to the ratification for the US Constitution, is actually quite accurate -- they merely paint into the story the fictional characters of James (the teenage American-patriot), Sarah (the unsure British-loyalist), and Henri (the younger French-sidekick) alongside the historical Founding Fathers.

First airing on PBS, the 40 half-hour episodes are actually quite close to being a half-hour long each (with no commercials originally intended, we get to enjoy more story, as well as fun trivia breaks in between the main story, hosted by James, Sarah, Henri, and even Dr. Franklin).
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115 of 130 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Does NOT contain everything mentioned July 31, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I ordered this based off of the "editorial review"... We love Liberty's Kids and are excited to watch the DVDs. HOWEVER, the "Editorial Review" mentions this:
"Also included are Benjamin Franklin's Newsbytes, Continental Cartoons, Now and Then, Mystery Guest Game, original pencil tests, a 40-page booklet with a historical timeline, and a pullout poster with a United States map."
It did NOT come with anything but 4 DVD's stacked on top of each other. I made a claim with Amazon & stated that it was missing these things. So they sent me a new one... Exact same thing.... Obviously (now) it's not supposed to come with these.

$10 bucks is a good price for the DVD's - but we homeschool and I was really looking forward to all of the extras so we could use those along with it. Amazon needs to remove that line from the review. It's VERY misleading.
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85 of 102 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great show, poor product July 19, 2013
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If you are looking for a great show to help your kids learn about the American Revolution, this is it. It is engaging, entertaining and dramatic, but geared towards a younger audience. If they are younger than 10 (like my kids are), you should probably watch it with them to help them with some of the terminology and to help them understand historical context and the sequence of events. But even with that, my kids still love it, and I am learning details about that period that I didn't know before.

The reason for the three stars is that this particular DVD product is poorly done. There are 4 DVD discs all crammed inside a single DVD disc case. All four discs are stacked on top of each other and jammed onto one DVD slot. Hard to get out and hard to put back. Also, the description from under Editorial Reviews says "Also included are Benjamin Franklin’s Newsbytes, Continental Cartoons, Now and Then, Mystery Guest Game, original pencil tests, a 40-page booklet with a historical timeline, and a pullout poster with a United States map." Total fabrication - none of those are present. There is no insert in the DVD case at all, and the DVDs contain only the episodes WITHOUT the 'commercial' breaks (Newsbytes, Now and Then, etc.). Honestly, I don't really care about the booklet or timeline or map. But I am upset that the other cartoon bits are left out - they made a great break in the action, the defined a lot of words that appear in the episodes, and they provided good historical context for the events. It is the loss of a great part of this teaching tool, especially if you are getting these for younger children.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very historical and entertaining series!
Published 51 minutes ago by Lisa joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great for ss class
Published 11 hours ago by Carol Ann Messina
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational and Fun!
Absolutely loved this series! My students in my history classroom watched a few of the episodes during Constitution Week in school and really enjoyed them. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Lady Orion
3.0 out of 5 stars ... not seen it because of time constraints but if like the other...
We have not seen it because of time constraints but if like the other discs it will be informative.
Published 17 hours ago by Terri Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Grandkids loved it
Great way to introduce the grandchildren to american history, since they don't get it in school
Published 1 day ago by Ruby
5.0 out of 5 stars and it's fun to see their eyes spark with recognition as we ...
Liberty's Kids has been an enjoyable way to acquaint my kids with history. They are becoming familiar with the names and places of our nation's history, and it's fun to see their... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars Our Kids Love It
Our kids love this show. I'm enjoying it as well. My only complaint is that the DVDs are all stacked up on top of each other, which makes it a little awkward to get to different... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Melanie S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Liberty's Kids Series gets 5 stars!
This series is so great for my children to watch.
The ask to watch another episode every time and I don't mind since it has so much information and is presented in a fun... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Smilings My Favorite
5.0 out of 5 stars My kids enjoy watching them
Can't beat the price. My kids' school uses these to enrich the 4th grade SS curriculum. My kids enjoy watching them, too. win-win!
Published 2 days ago by Mama Smo
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Learning at it's Finest
We love movies, we love learning, this makes Liberty's Kids perfect for us! I'm not a history fan by nature but this makes it effortless.
Published 2 days ago by Nickie Bell
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