Adventures In Lalaloopy Land:
The Search For Pillow (Lionsgate
DVD)/Pound Puppies: Homemade Pound
(Shout! Factory DVD)
Picture: C+ Sound: C+ Extras: C/C- Episodes: C+
two more lite, child safe releases we have not seen before, but are intended as
franchise releases, including one very familiar one.
New to us
is Adventures In Lalaloopy Land: The
Search For Pillow reminds one of Raggedy Ann & Annie in that the
characters are somewhat clothes based including buttons for eyes and a general
(almost surreal) sense of their build including the way they are somewhat
stitched together, yet this “first movie” also has animal characters with the
three female human leads. This runs a
short but comfortable 70 minutes and is somewhat colorful, as well as watchable
enough and just different enough to not be as boring as it might have been. Five mini adventures and a sing-along are
also included and I’ll be curious to see if this catches on.
Pound Puppies: Homemade Pound is also watchable and longer at 2
hours, but it is nothing we have not seen before and those used top the
original stuffed versions of the various characters might not like their
revised versions here to make the animation simpler. The original characters did not have a
popular narrative that I can remember and the five episodes here are quality
presentations, but this did not stick with me either, so only older fans or
young children are likely to want this disc.
The only extra is a piece on how to learn to draw the characters.
enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on both are simple computer animation, but they are
also soft and somewhat limited overall.
Maybe Blu-ray versions would make this look better, but not by
much. At least it is easy on a child’s
eyes for the most part. The lossy Dolby
Digital 2.0 Stereo on both releases are also simple enough, with Puppies adding
a Dolby Digital 5.1 option that just spreads out the sound and never has a
convincing soundfield. This is all on
par with single DVDs issued in this genre for this market.
- Nicholas Sheffo