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Madeline’s Christmas & Other Wintery Tales (Shout! Factory Kids DVD) + Ni Hao, Kai-Lan – Princess Kai-Lan (Nickelodeon DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: D/C-     Episodes: C+



Two of the most child-friendly animated TV series, especially for young girls have new single DVDs arriving at about the same time.  Both are pretty much what we have seen from both respective series, but they are at least consistent.  First we get Madeline’s Christmas & Other Wintery Tales (yes, the word wintry is misspelled no the cover and otherwise) delivering five adventures with a holiday theme tying them together.  This is not much different than what the Halloween DVD offered and is just fine, but the fact that there are no extras is unfortunate.


Ni Hao, Kai-Lan delivers three more adventures including Princess Kai-Lan, the title of the main show in which our heroine goes to another dimension and suddenly becomes royalty.  Like Madeline, it is very amusing how these things just simply “happen” in their respective worlds, though Kai-Lan has special magical powers that Madeline does not have.  Still, they both have charm and deserve the sustained success they have been having since the beginning.  A “Walking On Sunshine” Music Video is only extra.


The 1.33 X 1 image and Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo are the same on both DVDs, exactly like their predecessors with some flaws and limits, but professional enough and clean enough to enjoy.  These shows (in comparison to each other and installments in their own series) are not formulaic and interchangeable, but they do follow certain guidelines with enough room for new ideas to be introduced.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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