Kung Fu Panda: Po's Winter Wonderland (2010)
Menu Animation & Audio
|Year Of Production||2010|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Jennifer Yuh|
Paramount Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
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.
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.
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.
|Surround Channel Use|
There are a few extras.
The menu featured music and motion. It is quite amusing.
The animator takes the viewer through the steps involved in drawing the rabbit character from the short. Quite good.
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.
A worthwhile extra which includes a real life demonstration of how Chinese noodles are made.
Instruction video for kids on how to use chopsticks.
Clips from six other Dreamworks films.
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.
The video quality is excellent.
The audio quality is very good.Decent set of extras.
|DVD||SONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output|
|Display||Sharp 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 Decoder||Built into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|