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The Abominable Snowman –

Choose Your Own Adventure series


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Main Program: B



Since its debut as the Digital Versatile Disc, the DVD was touted as being so interactive and instead, we got so many commercials, overly long menus and other load-ups and warnings that people converted the “V” to mean Video.  It is a reflection of some ignorance, but also of the frustration of how the format did not automatically deliver on what it initially promised.  Though it took a very long time, the simplest and most clever narrative option is to offer the viewer was to have at least two choices as to where the story could go next.  Books had been doing it for years and the Choose Your Own Adventure series so successful in print has finally arrived on DVD with The Abominable Snowman.


Can Benjamin (Frankie Muniz), Crista (Lacey Chabert) and Marco (Daryl Sabara) North find their Uncle Rudy (William H. Macy) before he is never found again in the Himalayas as he was tracking down the legendary Yeti creature?  It will not be as simple as a quick trip and all kinds of things can go wrong.  By offering choices to what happens next, the young audience is reintroduced to the idea of a narrative and it meaning something in this age of mindless video games that detest storytelling and the general clip-vid mentality the whole media has succumbed to.  However, it is also done with a surprisingly good level of quality and even adults will get a kick out of it; especially technophiles.  Let’s hope this is the beginning of a long, healthy series of such DVDs.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is very good, with very consistent color and picture fidelity, even if this is not animation with the greatest detail.  Looking like something between Disney’s Tarzan and the original Jonny Quest, it is pleasant to watch and will fit in to anyone’s current animation collection.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is also on the lively side, if not a sonic masterwork.  Extras include a superfluous Music Video, interviews with the voice cast and fine half-hour look at Nepal.  The DVD case additionally offers a colorful adventure journal.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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