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FTPD – Fairy Tale Police Department: The Complete Series (Tango DVD)


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



FTPD: Fairy Tale Police Department is an Australian animated series that attempts to take some already pretty amazing and classic tales and twist them into something new and exciting.  FTPD places the audience right in the middle of fairy tale action with a crack team of police detectives that are investigating why the classic ‘happy endings’ of fairy tales are oddly and suddenly turning out all wrong. 


Detectives Johnny Legend and Christine Anderson (see the puns) are a couple of super sleuths that get into some pretty heavy messes while they are tramping through the fairy tale kingdoms.  There are cases like misplaced puppets [Pinocchio] and stolen poison apples [Snow White] that are sure to get a chuckle out of even the slightest fairy tale fan.  On top of the piles of cases the duo investigates, they manage to get into their own fair bit of trouble; trying to please their unappeasable Captain and getting shrunk down to the size of a mouse or into a horse by a bumbling Fairy Secretary.  Think of the series as a lighter version of the Shrek tales without as much innuendo or pop culture references.  The series may not please adults as much as children, but in all honesty this series held this reviewers interest throughout and all in all was just a pleasant experience.


The technical features on this 5 disc set are by no means amazing, but adequate for a full set of children’s tales.  The picture is presented in a slightly stretched feeling 1.33 X 1 full screen that has crisp animation lines and bright colors.  The style of the show may be simplistic at times, but overall is creative and adventurous.   The sound is a bit light and distant at times in its Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo format, but this reviewer would have to call the presentation adequate if nothing else.  The extras are sadly nonexistent; this reviewer would have personally like to hear the inspiration for some of these episodes or storylines.  Whereas some of the story arches and happenings were extremely simple and childish, others were down right creative.  Let’s see some extras people!  Make my fantasies come true.


In the happy end, these tales are funny, creative and great for kids of all ages.  Though FTPD may be more kid oriented, parents won’t cringe at the thought of watching these on a nice Saturday morning with the kiddies.  Plus it is funny just to hear Australian detectives, right?!  It just goes to show classics never die…they just sometimes go missing.



-   Michael P Dougherty II


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