Kung Fu Panda: Po's Winter Wonderland (2010)

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Released 7-Nov-2012

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Animation Menu Animation & Audio
Featurette-3
Game-2
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2010
Running Time 24:39
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Jennifer Yuh
Studio
Distributor
Dreamworks
Paramount Home Entertainment
Starring Jack Black
Angelina Jolie
Dustin Hoffman
Gary Oldman
Jackie Chan
Seth Rogen
Case Amaray-Opaque
RPI $15.95 Music John Powell
Hans Zimmer
Maryann Brandon


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     The Kung Fu Panda franchise has certainly been successful to date with two very popular feature films and a third on the way. In addition to these there have been a number of short films such as the Secrets of the Furious Five or Legends of the Masters. In 2010, between the two features, a holiday themed special was released in the US called Kung Fu Panda Holiday. This is now been released on local DVD as Kung Fu Panda - Po's Winter Wonderland.

     This is a made for television short which runs for approximately 25 minutes. The story involved Po (voiced by Jack Black), as the dragon warrior, being asked by Shifu (voiced by Dustin Hoffman) to organise and host the Winter Feast which is a gathering of all the Kung Fu masters. Unfortunately, it falls on 'the holiday' which is also when he usually spends time with his father in the noodle shop. Po must try to sort out the feast without making a complete disaster zone of it whilst also trying to find a way to keep his father happy.

     This is a quality short with the same level of animation quality and the same voice cast as the features. The story is quite simple but amusing and the core audience for Kung Fu Panda will certainly enjoy it. The political correctness involved in never using the world Christmas is somewhat annoying but I suppose we should expect this, these days. The brevity of the main feature is offset somewhat by a cheaper price point than features.

     Anyway, certainly recommended for fans of Po. This title will help them make it through until Kung Fu Panda 3 hits the big screen in 2016, although they may be too old for it by then.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is excellent for DVD.

     The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced.

     The picture was very clear and sharp throughout.

     The colour is excellent.

    There are no obvious artefacts.

     There are subtitles in English which were clear and easy to read.

     There is no obvious layer change.

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Audio

     The audio quality is very good.

     This disc contains an English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 5.1. Overall, the sound was not quite up to the sound in the feature films.

     Dialogue was very easy to understand throughout.

     The music was great, working well with the themes.

     The surround speakers were used during action sequences and the subwoofer was used a little to support the music and action.

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Extras

     There are a few extras.

Menu

     The menu featured music and motion. It is quite amusing.

Learn to Draw Wo Hop (5:29)

     The animator takes the viewer through the steps involved in drawing the rabbit character from the short. Quite good.

Kung Fu Panda Holiday Shuffle

     Two games which are very much like nearly every other DVD games and each other. Three things are shuffled and you have to choose which one hides something.

Mr Ping's Noodle House (4:24)

     A worthwhile extra which includes a real life demonstration of how Chinese noodles are made.

How to use Chopsticks (2:47)

     Instruction video for kids on how to use chopsticks.

World of Dreamworks Animation

     Clips from six other Dreamworks films.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This is being released in the US at the same time as Kung Fu Panda Holiday. I cannot find any details of contents.

Summary

    A fun made for television short from the Kung Fu Panda franchise.

    The video quality is excellent.

    The audio quality is very good.

    Decent set of extras.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Friday, November 02, 2012
Review Equipment
DVDSONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output
DisplaySharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5005
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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