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Olivia (2009/Nickelodeon/Paramount DVD)


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



From the U.K., this computer animated series is surprisingly child friendly, with Olivia being a pig and part of a group of pigs that live and play together.  Though missing a subtitle or volume number, this single DVD debut release from Nickelodeon (who have wisely picked it up) has four episodes and is very charming.


The actual animation may not be spectacular, but it is full and consistent, pleasant and storybook-like in nature.  The show is designed to deal with the title character and her friends dealing with the outside world.  This is so good, maybe this will become the next big child-market hit if we are lucky, but the DVD is a welcome release and proof the network is serious about its young audience.


The 1.33 X 1 image is not bad, despite the simplicity of the animation, there are hardly any aliasing errors and the color is consistent.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is a nice new set of recordings that are clean and clear, yet gentle for the target audience.  Stills and previews for other Nick DVDs are the only extras, but a follow-up DVD should offer much more.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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