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The Backyardigans – Christmas With The Backyardigans + Merry Christmas, Olivia (Nickelodeon DVDs)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C/C-     Main Programs: C+



Nickelodeon continues its rollout of Christmas DVDs (maybe sooner in their street date than I would want) featuring their most successful characters with new volumes featuring The Backyardigans and Olivia, whom we have only encountered once before.  Here are those DVDs:


Backyardigans – High Flying Adventures







These are some of the earliest CG animated shows to have holiday shows and I actually liked Christmas With The Backyardigans more than the previous volume, moving more smoothly along than the earlier volume.  The holiday mixes well with the characters and it pleasantly entertaining.  The same happens with Merry Christmas, Olivia, but what is interesting is that the British production has its U.K. sensibilities, yet I doubt many U.S. viewers will catch all of them.  Note however the matter-of-fact approach you would never get in a U.S. show.


The 1.33 X 1 image on each of the DVDs are just fine for analog video releases with good color and the animation in both cases not bad, though Olivia has some softness that bothered me, but it was not too bad, while the Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo on both are also just fine, consistently good for these Nickelodeon DVD releases, but nothing extraordinary either.  Extras are few on each and include a Music Video and “interactive game” on Backyardigans and bonus episode on Olivia titled “Olivia’s Pirate Treasure”.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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