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Angry Birds Toons: Season One - Volume One (2013/Sony Blu-ray)/Tickety Toc: The Unstoppable Unpopable Bubble (2013/Anchor Bay DVD)

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

Now for a couple of new high quality animated children's releases that could never be long enough...

Angry Birds Toons: Season One - Volume One (2013) is a surprisingly good TV series based on the popular pop culture characters and the best part of the 26 shows here (short as they are) is that they are funny, entertaining and in the best tradition of animation, let the visuals do the talking. Like Pink Panther before it, these shows are funny in a smart way and not only back the popularity and hype on the characters, they expand their appeal.

I hope this develops into a long series and maybe more because these characters are likable and amusing, even when they are negative (part of the point, we can relate to the down sides as well as the good ones) and Blu-ray makes total sense for their debut series.

Extras include a new Meet The Characters segment, plus 3 Behind The Scenes featurettes, Character Art Gallery, Holiday Special episode and Meet The Flock featurette.

Tickety Toc: The Unstoppable Unpopable Bubble (2013) continues the child-friendly quality adventures of CGI travel adventures that began for us with the release of the Chime Time Adventures DVD we covered at this link:


Here are six more episodes with no direct extras on the disc, so the DVD singles are comparable. This time out though, a booklet where you can paint with colors supplied below each picture is the only extras; a very cleaver idea.

For the formats, both releases look good with the 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Birds looking clean, clear, colorful and very consistent for its somewhat simple animation. The same can be said for the anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on Tickety with pretty good color and clarity for the format as was the case with the previous DVD we reviewed. Both releases only offer lossy Dolby Digital mixes, but the 5.1 on Birds is an odd choice and even with its silent moments, lossless tracks would have been nicer. As a result, the lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo on Tickety with more music and talk can more than compete sonically.

- Nicholas Sheffo


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