With Mark: Good To Grow!/Life Farm
+ Something Fishy/Day At
Aquarium (Shelter Island
DVD)/Guess How Much I Love
You: Friendship Adventures
(E1 DVD)/Little Penguin:
Pororo's Racing Adventure
Essentially Spring DVD Series: Dora's Easter Adventure, Egg Hunt,
Easter With Max & Ruby, Peter Rabbit: Spring Into Adventure
C+ Sound: C+ Extras: C+/C+/D/D/D/C-/C-/D/D/D Main
Programs: B-/B-/C+/C+ & D/B-/C+
is a new set of children's releases with some surprises and a dud...
Marderosian is an artist and the enthusiastic host of Drawing
With Mark: Good To Grow!/Life Farm
Fishy/Day At Aquarium
which we hare seeing for the first time on DVD. Far better than the
episodes of his show run 30 minutes and each of these DVDs have two,
plus extras. A pleasant surprise, I can see why the show is so
recommended, encouraging viewers to do more than watch and treating
them with respect and appreciating their intelligence. The kind of
live-action series we never see enough of, this deserves a much wider
audience and can never be long enough.
releases have extras that include a booklet on quality paper that
shows you how to draw, while the DVDs add an additional drawing
lesson and a making piece for crafts. Farm
has how to make a Horse Puppet, Day
an Origami Fish. Nice!
How Much I Love You: Friendship Adventures
is the second DVD single from the charming Nutbrown Hare series we
first reviewed at this link:
time out we get seven more quality episodes that last 80 minutes and
are as entertaining and child-friendly as the first disc, but I wish
there are more episode or something else. This is a basic release,
though a good one and there are no extras.
Penguin: Pororo's Racing Adventure
(2013) is a Korean/Chinese CGI comedy about the title penguin
determined to be in a Super Sled race, but can he and his friends get
there and participate. It has good music, is child-friendly and
worth a look a 77 minutes, but not in the English-dubbed version also
included that has loud sound effects, different inferior & lame
music and dubbers overdoing it badly like Rob Schneider and Jon
Heder. It is loud, a little angry, obnoxious and has cliches the
original, ruining anything the original accomplished.
is decent and the Korean subtitled is so good, you could use it to
teach your children to read. If you get this disc, go for that
version. The flat extras include voicing the English version and 4
episodes of Miniscule.
(2012) is based on the Tomi Ungerer book about how the title
character is accidentally taken out of his home by a comet and
brought to earth where he is trapped in the near future where a goofy
dictator has taken over the whole planet. At the same time this
happens, said dictator has just finished taking over the whole planet
and looks to the moon as his next conquest. This animated adaptation
of the book is not very political and has its share of comedy and
inconsistencies, yet has so many charming moments, fun moments and
interesting situations that it is worth your time, is child-friendly
and another pleasant surprise.
French/German/Irish co-production (first issued as Der Mondmann in
Germany), we only get an English language dub, but it is well made,
has some fine artwork, great use of color and deserves a much larger
audience than it has received in the U.S. and other territories. If
you are looking for something special for child viewers, this just
might be it, so go for it!
are sadly no extras.
we have the Nickelodeon
Essentially Spring DVD Series: Dora's Easter Adventure
(3 episodes, 66 minutes),
(4 episodes, 98 minutes),
Easter With Max & Ruby
(12 episodes, 97 minutes),
(8 episodes, 82 minutes) and Peter
Rabbit: Spring Into Adventure
(7 episodes, 118 minutes). We
at this link:
disc is also fine for the same holiday, Max
is as charming & funny as ever and Peter
is an Irish-produced CGI version of the Beatrix Potter classic that
does a fine job of bringing the storybook and its art style to life.
That is three rabbit franchises in this review and they are all good.
Issued during some very bad weather, this cycle is wishful thinking
as of this time, but these are quality shows we'll see again soon we
of the discs have any extras save the Dora
releases and Hunt
has a game and two brief clips with Linny. Rabbit
was later inclufded as a free extra in the Whiskers
2015 release from Nickelodeon.
the DVDs are here in anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image
presentations save the 1.33 X 1 Dora
releases, but they tend to be on par with each other. You get some
detail issues, some cases with aliasing and some softness via the
format. As for sound, Penguin
are in lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes, but the former is harsh in its
English dub and the latter has a lesser lossy Dolby Digital 2.0
Stereo mix that is no match for its 5.1 version. The rest are also
Dolby 2.0 Stereo and all play fine, though none are spectacular. I
would like to hear a lossless version of Moon
since its sound is narrowly, slightly better than the rest.