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Hello Kitty Stump Village, Volume One


Picture: C+ Sound: C+ Extras: D Episodes: B-



The Hello Kitty franchise continues to grow and several companies have already released DVD product. Now, Geneon has something brand new with the first-ever Claymation version of the beloved character in action in Stump Village, Volume One, a surprisingly charming set of five little stories that run about an hour. It will only make the fans and kids love her and her friends al the more.


In a market overcrowded by inferior product for children, sometimes cheaply made animation (hand-drawn or computer) and badly-written work is too common. Sanrio, the owners of the character, have decided to be smarter than that and make child-safe, classy programming that fans and parents expect. This is sweet and even funny, like making a town out of cookies or playing with food. Though simple, it allows for the child viewer to have some peace of mind while watching and enjoying the adventures of these characters. This could be their biggest hit yet.


The 1.33 X 1 color image is pretty good and better than the hand-drawn animated one we looked at a while ago. Though not the most challenging stop-motion Claymation you might see, it is still clean, seamless and pleasant. Detail is slightly an issue, but this is very easy on the eyes. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is just fine for a quiet production for children, with good clarity and the right tone for these shows. The theme song is different for this show than for the other animated series, but the way.


Like that animated title we covered a while ago, I was also surprised with so much merchandise and other potential for expanding the character, there were no extras of any kind. This once again could and should have been a golden opportunity to for fans to learn more about the character and the world she inhabits, but you get what you get here and it is enough to please fans and children for now.



- Nicholas Sheffo


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