Adventure Time: Jake The Dad (Cartoon Network/Warner Bros DVD w/Jake Hat)/Puppy In My Pocket: Adventures In
Pocketville Friendship Ceremony (E1 DVD)/Sesame Street: C Is For Cooking (Warner Bros. DVD)/The Smurfs: The Legend Of Smurfy Hollow
(2013/Sony DVD)/Thomas & Friends:
King Of The Railway The Movie (2013/HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate Blu-ray
w/DVD)/Tickety Toc: Chime Time
Adventures (Anchor Bay DVD)
C+/C/B-/C+/B- & C+/C+ Sound:
C+/C/C+/C+/B- & C+/C+ Extras:
B/D/C+/D/C+/C Main Programs:
the latest child-friendly releases, half of which we are covering for the first
Adventure Time: Jake The Dad is the latest Cartoon Network/Warner Bros DVD release to include a
special oversized bonus. This time we
get a Jake Hat (soft cloth hat) after the character and if you wear the hat,
you'll look something like.. Jake.
unfamiliar with the comedy hit, we have covered the first two seasons on
Blu-ray at this link:
4, Fionna & Cake DVD single at this link:
the My Two Favorite People DVD single at this link:
Jake and Lady Raincorn have new puppies and we get 16 episodes centered on
these characters making this a convenient DVD single that is fun if not as rich
and thorough as the full season Blu-ray sets. That includes brief descriptions
of a few characters as the only extras on the actual DVD. Good thing we get a
Puppy In My
Pocket: Adventures In Pocketville Friendship Ceremony is a new show that also loves
little newborn dogs, but even more so.
This six episode DVD single lasts 80 minutes, is aimed at a audience of young girls, is average and has no
extras. Animation is not great, but not
bad, does not offer anything we have not seen before and nothing on the set was
get cats and nothing was offensive, so if you have young ladies in the house,
you can safely try this one and see what happens.
Sesame Street: C Is For Cooking is a great title that is a clever
play on one of the most famous phrases (and songs) in the history of the
still-on-the-air classic as Elmo and Cookie Monster (its his famous tagline)
get together with the rest of the gang to make food, eat food and even talk
about food. The main program is brand
new and actually widescreen, while the DVD single itself has plenty of extras
to offer and is towards the top of my list of the many DVDs issued of the show
include related DVD-ROM downloads and the classic tie-in special Elmo's magic
cookbook, plus we get a brief recipe booklet inside the DVD case, so this is a
very well-rounded release.
The Smurfs: The Legend Of Smurfy
Hollow (2013) is
a new DVD single from Sony issued in support of their second CGI feature film
based on the favorite animated TV characters that began as hand-drawn animated
and are no CGI. We have reviewed several
DVD releases of the original show and the first CGI feature film in a growing
list you'll find at this link:
release is odd since it has no extras, only runs 22 minutes (!?!) and has the
CGI gang become hand-drawn again for the first time in many years. The problem is that the retro-animation is
not as smooth, good or as color-ranging as the original show in its best
prints, so this is a very odd release in all kinds of ways. For a while DVD, there should have been much
more and this is a disappointment for die hard fans only. Hmmmm.
being around for a long time, this is our first time looking at Thomas & Friends: King Of The Railway The Movie (2013), the big PBS TV show
that features Ringo Starr as narrator, et al.
It is a well done show and this 'Movie is just 62 minutes, but it is
just fine and up to the fun, friendly, pleasant and quality standards of the
series. These days, it is not the only
fine train TV show for children as Chuggington (reviewed elsewhere on
this site) is another success in full swing, but I would point out that the
shows are different enough to both be fine children's entertainment with being
too much like each other.
out, the gang (dubbed The Steam Team here as if they were a dream team, meet new friends and deal with royalty and affiliated
artifacts. Well done. I just wish it ran longer.
Music Videos and games are the only extras, unless you count the DVD, though
more would have been nice.
we have Tickety Toc: Chime Time Adventures
also has a train, but it is a dog shaped as a train in this CGI comedy show
with Tallulah and Tommy leading the way in six shows that introduce a very
pleasant series that potentially could be the next hit, aimed at a pre-school
audience, its world of characters are fun, accessible and have some nice
potential for some fun and funny shows, though this is not an outright comedy
as they are busy with their traveling and adventures.
DVD-ROM coloring and activity sheets are the only extra, but there are several
and I was pleased how consistent the show was.
Hope it is a success and this DVD is a nice introduction to it.
1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image on the Thomas Blu-ray is pretty
much as expected the image quality winner here, but it still has some softness
and minor motion blur that hold it back, so its anamorphically enhanced DVD
version is even softer, yet the same anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on
the Sesame DVD's main program is more colorful and solid than expected,
making it nearly as good as the Thomas Blu-ray at practically a tie for
best playback image. The bonus 1.33 X 1 Elmo
show is much softer, shows its age with aliasing errors and is a little rough
by comparison. The rest of the DVDs have
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 images that look just fine (as much as the Thomas
DVD) and are quality runner-ups despite being comparatively softer.
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix on the Thomas
Blu-ray may be a little on the quiet side and towards the front speakers, but
it is the sonic champ here and not badly recorded. We get lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 on its DVD
version, matched by the good, lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo on the rest of the
DVDs, save the Dolby 2.0 on Puppy which is lower in volume, a little
harsh on the edges and not as well presented overall.
- Nicholas Sheffo