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Where On Earth is Carmen Sandiego? (2006)

Dierk Torsek , Rita Moreno  |  G |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dierk Torsek, Rita Moreno, Tim Curry, Scott Menville, Jennifer Hale
  • Writers: Phil Harnage
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: June 13, 2006
  • Run Time: 420 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 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: B000EQ5VJ0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,355 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Where On Earth is Carmen Sandiego?" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Storyboard-to-Screen: The Stolen Smile
  • Opening title sequences from around the world (in 8 different languages)
  • Original art galleries
  • Episode trivia

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

3-DVD Set Packed With Extras!

Where On Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?, the Emmy Award-winning animated series, educates kids of all ages in the subjects of history, geography and fun through its action-packed adventurous tales of Carmen Sandiego and the ACME Detective Agency sleuths Zack and Ivy!

Presented in an expansive 3-DVD collector set, the show features the voice talent of Oscar/Emmy/Golden Globe-winning actress Rita Moreno.

Welcome to the first season of the Emmy-winning computer game-turned-animated series. Meet Carmen Sandiego (Rita Moreno), who swipes a cultural artifact or two in each episode. Dressed in red from fedora to heels, she's a vision out of a Technicolor thriller. On her trail, but always one step behind, are Ivy (Jennifer Hale, Justice League) and kid brother Zack (Scott Menville, Mission Hill) from the ACME Detective Agency. As the Lady in Red drops clues, the wisecracking Chief (Rodger Bumpass, SpongeBob SquarePants), a holographic image, helps the duo to decipher them (shades of 1980s phenomenon Max Headroom). In the pilot ("The Stolen Smile"), Carmen steals the eyes from a Van Gogh self-portrait. Why would she do such a thing? To solve the mystery, the globe-trotting teens travel to Holland, Egypt, and France. Along the way, they call on their knowledge of geography, art history, and zoology. Throughout these 13 episodes, including the two-part finale ("A Date With Carmen"), Ivy and Zack follow the master thief to India ("Dinosaur Delirium"), Russia ("By a Whisker"), China ("Rules of the Game"), and countless other countries. To track her down, the detectives also bone up on archeology, astronomy, biology, music, literature--and that's just to start. Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? ran on Fox for three seasons and the Fox Family Channel for its fourth (to add to the confusion, there was also a PBS game show). The fast-paced program combines hand-drawn cel animation--in a style that lies somewhere between Jonny Quest and Scooby-Doo--with stock photography, newsreel footage, and computer graphics. Every installment is book-ended by a live action sequence featuring "Player" (a stand-in for the viewer), who trades quips with Carmen via email. Portentous theme song aside, the end result is educational fun for the entire family. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Educational Series Arrives on DVD June 23, 2006
Earlier this year Shout! Factory released The Electric Company on DVD in a best of format. They continue to bring educational young adult programming to DVD with the release of Where On Earth Is Carmen San Diego?.

Where On Earth Is Carmen San Diego? was a popular young adult educational series during the 90's. Prior to the series Carmen Sandiego was popular computer game series. The television show further spread awareness about the title.

The Emmy (r) award winning animated series is now available on DVD for the first time. The DVD set includes 13 episodes from the shows first season which began in 1993.

This series is recommended for young adults between the ages of 8 and 14. Younger kids may find themselves lost at times and older kids may not find the show very challenging.

Special features include opening title sequences from around the world, storyboard to screen: The Stolen Smiles, original art galleries and episode trivia.

Where On Earth Is Carmen San Diego? is a great series that teaches about geography and the world.

Disc 1

1. The Stolen Smile

2. A Higher Calling

3. Dinosaur Delirium

4. Moondreams

5. Bonus: Storyboard-to-Screen: The Stolen Smile

6. Bonus: Episode Trivia

7. Bonus: Art Galleries

Disc 2

1. By A Whisker

2. The Good Old, Bad Days

3. Rules Of The Game

4. Chapter And Verse

5. Bonus: Episode Trivia

6. Bonus: Art Galleries

Disc 3

1. Music To My Ears

2. The Play's The Thing

3. Split Up

4. A Date With Carmen (Pt. 1)

5. A Date With Carmen (Pt. 2)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The wait is over October 21, 2006
Finally! While this series wasn't perfect, I have to admit that it led to my interest (and college degrees) in Anthropology and International Relations. It won't make your kid a geographic wiz but might pique his/her interest where dusty artifacts and flag memorization won't. As an adult some of the educational facts seem simplistic now, but I still appreciate that they attempted to have people speak in the language of the country visited. It had characters that were intriguing (Carmen especially), and most of the plots were good too. I was a big big fan of the show when I was a teenager, and hope they come out with the other seasons. (Though I noticed some of the worst episodes from Season 4 were already released, leading not surprisingly to at least 1 bad review). Seasons 2 and 3 were, I think, the best, so I hope they get released too.

Note: Some facts may no longer be valid at this point in time, like the names of world leaders who were current at the time. But most of the information has a historic basis.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY! My favorite animated series is on DVD! July 23, 2006
I can't even do this justice with this review but I am absolutely thrilled that the long long wait for this to arrive on DVD is finally over! WOEICS is my favorite animated series of all time, occasionally even better than the X-Men animated series that was popular around the same time as this.

ACME detectives Ivy and Zack work on cases where they are on a nearly perpetual mission to apprehend and catch the 'uncatchable' criminal thief Carmen Sandiego. Together they must decipher the clues that she leaves behind in order for them to solve and recover stolen items especially of historic landmarks.

This series is very educational for younger TV goers especially kids and teenagers and yet even for adults like myself as I was just entering adolescence when this series premiered in early 1994.

Although catering to younger audiences, I am suprised that grandparents have found this to be very entertaining as many older people I know have actually told me that they loved this show. It goes to show how diverse it's fans really are.

As of writing this review, animated TV series have declined back into banal garbage lacking any good character development and no innovation. WOEICS pushed the limits in animation and stands as a landmark series of the 1990s.

This DVD is of the first season of the series and is highly recommended for all CS fans out there, wherever they are!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works great for a classroom! January 9, 2007
I am a 6th grade Geography teacher and this product has been great in helping my students with Geography. The episodes are only about 25 minutes each. The students always look forward to watching! :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Finally Found Her! December 24, 2007
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Yes, it is true. I have finally found her TV Show. I have been hoping that this series would be released so long ago: So what can I say about this...

If only the biggest reason possible for watching any video: It is both entertaining and educational. Now when I say educational, I don't just mean there is a few things you can learn. I mean there is lots you WILL learn. Although primarily geared at a younger audiance (which means this is perfect for elementary school classrooms!), there is still much I at my age (early 20's) still will learn from this. After watching the whole series once through recently, I knew I would have to watch it at least twice more to learn most of everything it was offering. As well, it is 'Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?', so obviously you will learn about things from all over the globe.

Of course, if it were just educational, it would be only classroom appropriate and wouldn't have lasted four seasons. The series does have a good action pace, with well placed humour and deffinite kids appeal. There's even a bit of mystery (through Carmen Sandiego's character -of course). It is a very well rounded show.

Now, the only thing I need to know is... Where in time are the next three seasons coming out on DVD?
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My children loved these when they first came out and my granddaughter loved them later. This item arrived on time and is an excellent purchase. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Victoria A. Pettit
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Published 17 months ago by TopNotchDiva
4.0 out of 5 stars Yeah
Brings back memories and teaches important info about life and world faqs such as how to get out of a burning building safely and how big the great wall of china is.
Published 18 months ago by Jennifer
3.0 out of 5 stars It was a gift.
It was a gift and the recipient appeared to like it. I am not sure what else to say. You should have an opt out choice.
Published 19 months ago by David R. Polan
5.0 out of 5 stars Carmen made learning fun.
Wow, I have this boxed set and it is wonderful. Back in the 90's it was a great way for me to learn lots of things just by watching this show. Read more
Published on April 10, 2012 by Lily Valentin
4.0 out of 5 stars Considering...Educational And Fun
I've played several computer games of the "Carmen Sandiego" franchise from when I was seven years old, and this disappointed me in the respect that ACME was portrayed very... Read more
Published on February 7, 2012 by SideshowJazz1
5.0 out of 5 stars a trip down memory lane
bought this for a friend for Christmas
we watched it and it brought back many great Saturday morning cartoon memory's
i will be buying the complete series when it comes... Read more
Published on January 5, 2012 by Philip Marquis
5.0 out of 5 stars A hit for Christmas!
I got this for my son for Christmas. He loves taking a stroll down memory lane with his retro cartoons. He was pleasantly surprised to find it under the tree.
Published on December 27, 2011 by lori geli
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome show
Both my girls love this show and they love playing spy after watching it. They have watched it many times.
Published on August 17, 2011 by gopms
4.0 out of 5 stars Christian Reviewer: I'd Buy Again.
A little out-dated but educational and interesting. I didn't care for the emphasis in a couple of the episodes on the teen boy's infatuation with females, but other than that... Read more
Published on March 16, 2010 by Christian Reviewer
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