Fulvue Drive-In.com
Current Reviews
In Stores Soon
 
In Stores Now
 
DVD Reviews, SACD Reviews Essays Interviews Contact Us Meet the Staff
An Explanation of Our Rating System Search  
Category:    Home > Reviews > Animation > Comedy > Computer Animation > CGI > Trains > Skates > Rabbits > Family > News > Football > Educati > Chuggington: Chief Wilson (Anchor Bay DVD)/Dora's Ice Skating Spectacular (Nickelodeon DVD)/Guess How Much I Love You: Hidden Treasure (2011/E1 DVD)/The Hive: A Very Buzzbee Christmas + Buzzbee's Fami

Chuggington: Chief Wilson (Anchor Bay DVD)/Dora's Ice Skating Spectacular (Nickelodeon DVD)/Guess How Much I Love You: Hidden Treasure (2011/E1 DVD)/The Hive: A Very Buzzbee Christmas + Buzzbee's Family Adventures (Cinedigm DVDs)/NFL Rush Zone: Season Of The Guardians - Volume One (Gaiam Vivendi DVD)/Sesame Street: Fairy Tale Fun! (Warner DVD)


Picture: C+ (NFL: C) Sound: C+ Extras: C+/C/D/D/D/C+ Episodes: C+/C/C+/C+/C/C+



Here are the latest round of children's titles...



Chuggington: Chief Wilson is a six-episode set of the show that is as good as any of the DVD singles in the series to date, but running only over an hour, the length is its weak spot. However, the shows are fun and we get more extras than usual including a very nice sticker activity booklet inside the DVD case, while the DVD adds PDF DVD-ROM Coloring & Activity Sheets, two Spotlight character clips and a bonus Badge Quest/Chug Patrol episode.



Dora's Ice Skating Spectacular has Dora The Explorer getting ready for winter (and the holiday season by default, we gather) where she has to stop an Ice Witch from stealing everyone's skates! Wonder if she was p[art of the crowd that closed so many actual fun rinks since the 1970s? Two bonus episodes are the only extras leaving this single only running about 70 minutes.



Guess How Much I Love You: Hidden Treasure (2011) is the first time we have seen The Adventures Of Little Nutbrown Hare and this DVD single offers 7 child-friendly episodes running 80 minutes and tends to have a healthy family attitude rare in today's market of so much phony would-be family product. There are no extras, but this is a respectable release.



The Hive: A Very Buzzbee Christmas + Buzzbee's Family Adventures are our first look at a charming, fun, pleasant CGI series about a family of bees that tries to teach positive values to young viewers and each DVD has ten episodes with 88 minutes total, so even if neither DVD has no extras, they are on the side of the fullest of the releases here.



NFL Rush Zone: Season Of The Guardians - Volume One is the odd release here, an unsuccessful attempt to make a superhero franchise out of the many football franchises the organization runs. The idea is that five young people get superpowers from combinations of the great skills of all the teams in the league, but it is simply done, is never convincing and what if one character has represents several teams that are having horrible seasons? Does he or she lose their powers and possibly land up in the hospital with injures or worse?


Done in the style of the DC Comics animated series of late, some real life players guest as themselves in animated form in some episodes, but how that will play when they are long retired later is anyone's guess. There are no extras, which is not surprising for something so badly thought out and even cynical. Hmmm.



Finally we have Sesame Street: Fairy Tale Fun! which brings some funny skits together dealing with spoofing nursery rhymes as its main program, then adds more in the extras for 2 hours of such programming on one DVD. That's the most we get here of all these releases and that also means the most laughs. It just wish it was not as overlapping and so obvious.


Extras include the special CinderElmo, Abby's Flying Fairy School and Kermit News skits tied into the same classic.



All the image quality on these DVDs look fine save the anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on the NFL disc, which is softer and less consistent than expected. The rest of the DVDs offer better versions of the same picture aspect ratio save Dora and Sesame, which are 1.33 X 1. All entries have the same consistent sound quality and all are presented in lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo that I just fine for the type of release they are.



- Nicholas Sheffo


Marketplace

 Copyright © MMIII through MMX fulvuedrive-in.com