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Angry Bird Toons Sony DVDs: Season Two, Volume One (original series) + Piggy Tales: The Complete First Season + Stella: The Complete First Season (all 2015)/Dora and Friends: Season One (2014 - 2015/Nickelodeon DVD Set)/Huevos: Little Rooster's Egg-cellent Adventure (2015/Lionsgate DVD)

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

Now for our latest children's releases, all animated this time....

First we have a cycle of three series from the same fun new franchise: the original Angry Bird Toons Sony DVDs: Season Two, Volume One series, related Piggy Tales: The Complete First Season and also-related Stella: The Complete First Season. For more on the initial series, here's our coverage of the first two halves of the debut seasons of the quickly popular birds in Season One...

Volume One


Volume Two


This is more of the same, but has the same fun energy that made the show, plus you can see Stella on the cover of the first Blu-ray and Piggy on the second, so the expanded spin-off shows are also just fine if not quite like the original series. The idea is to do something a little different in each and the result is a quietly expanding universe. Run times are 36, 51 and 78 minutes respectively, though in the Birds case, that is quite a rollback versus the Blu-rays. Two episodes of each others shows appear on the other's release and Piggy has two Behind The Scenes pieces, while the other two have twice that. These are just in time for the holiday and we'll see if the makers can expand these child-friendly shows further. Not bad.

Dora and Friends: Season One (2014 - 2015) is the (rare for Nickelodeon) full debut season set of the new version of Dora where she hangs with friends and is older, a little more grown up and ready for more fun and adventures. This 4-DVD set runs 7-hours long and is now the place to start, though we covered a basic DVD of the show with my initial comments on it at this link...


This is done well enough that this will remain a permanent part of the Dora universe, but whether it can be the phenomenon the original show was is another story. Still, it is a quality production with 18 adventures (two double in length) and is a welcome release for fans.

There are no extras.

Finally we have the theatrical feature CGI film Huevos: Little Rooster's Egg-cellent Adventure (2015, originally also in 3D, but not in this version), Melanie Simka's Spanish-language comedy (also here in English) about the title character protecting eggs, animals and his farm from an evil villain who wants to steal and take it over. Some of this is amusing, but sometimes it is a bit more silly than I would have liked. Oddly, I thought it played better in Spanish, as the English dub lacks the energy that matches the animation. Still, you know most will watch it in the U.S. that way.

The animation is not bad for a non-PIXAR/DreamWorks/Sony production and I liked the use of color. It runs a slightly long 98 minutes, but is not bad an a nice alternative to the usual over-promoted CGI Hollywood releases.

Extras include Digital Ultraviolet Copy for PC, PC portable and similar capable devices, while the DVD adds a brief Behind The Scenes featurette.

All the DVDs here have colorful, decent, anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image presentations that would obviously benefit from Blu-ray releases as Birds already has, but are just fine for the format, while the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 on all DVDs sound fine with fairly good surrounds. The Spanish track on Huevos is very slightly the best and I expect would really impress in lossless form.

- Nicholas Sheffo


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