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Cody The Robosapien (2013/Anchor Bay DVD)/Kung-Fu Panda: Legends Of Awesomeness – Good Croc, Bad Croc (2013/DreamWroks Animation TV/Fox DVD)/Martha & Friends: Summer Fun (2013/Gaiam Vivendi DVD)/Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!: Best Of Daizy (2013/Nickelodeon DVD)


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



Here are four child-geared titles that do not always succeed…



Poorest and oddest is our one live action entry, Sean McNamara’s Cody The Robosapien (2013) which wants to mix Short Circuit with any new technology and cliché it can get its hands on as a “cute-talking” robot that does “good missions” and is “lovable”; too bad an evil industrialist wants to turn him into a killing machine.  Is this child-friendly entertainment?  Barely.  Younger new actors are mixed in with some older ones you may or may not recognize and Penelope Ann Miller gives easily the best performance here.  This is weak, lame and should have been much better, but the makers don’t really know what they are doing.


There are no extras.



Kung-Fu Panda: Legends Of Awesomeness – Good Croc, Bad Croc (2013) offers seven episodes of the DreamWorks Animation TV series version of the two hit movies and counting.  If you are unfamiliar with the first hit, try this link:




The show is child-friendly, entertaining and well done enough.  Running over 2 hours, this is the best release on the list and I was surprised how consistent the show really was.  Unfortunately, there are no extras.



Martha & Friends: Summer Fun (2013) is the third animated Martha Stewart DVD we have covered following…


The Holiday Collection



and Martha’s Magnificent Egg



That makes this release the first non-Holiday issue, but it only has two episodes and despite its Perchant for encouraging young viewers to make things at home, I thought that was not enough for a DVD release and more episodes or some kind of extras should have been included.  There are no extras and I thought this was the weakest of the three so far.



Finally we have Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!: Best Of Daizy (2013) which continues our coverage of DVD singles from this popular Nickelodeon hit.  It is a quality child-friendly show too and the second best release on this list, but the seven segments only add up to 70 minutes and that too is a little shorter than a DVD release like this should be.  Fans will like it and it is a decent introduction to the series, but


Extras include Music Videos and PC printable Coloring & Activity Sheets.



The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image on Cody, anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on Kung Fu and Martha and 1.33 X 1 on Daizy are on par with each other, slightly soft, but passable.  Cody has the most flaws.  The lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes on Cody and Kung Fu and lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo on Martha and Daizy are also on par with each other and are as rich as they need to be for child titles, though Cody and Kung Fu let me down a bit in the soundfield department.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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