Tweenies-Song Time is Fab-a-rooney/Song Time 2 (1999)

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Released 27-Feb-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Menu Animation & Audio
Web Links
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1999
Running Time 98:51 (Case: 100)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Kay Benbow
Phillip Hawthorn
Helen Sheppard
Kathryn Wolfe
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring C.H. Beck
Samantha Dodd
Simon Grover
Tamsin Heatley
Jenny Hutchingon
Alan Riley
Matthew Lyons
Kate Ryan
Colleen Daley
Justin Fletcher
Bob Golding
Sally Proisig
Sinead Rushe
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $23.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Unknown Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    This is the second Tweenies DVD to be released in Australia. While the first DVD contained two episodes of the TV show, this disc contains only one section of the show - Song Time. The regular show has a number of different sections including making things, outside visits and usually a musical number or two. They have taken the songs from a very large number of shows and compiled them into a single disc. As they tell us on the cover that this DVD contains two titles, Song Time 2 and Song time is Fab-a-rooney, I have to assume that these were two separate VHS releases.

    I was in two minds about having just one section of the show on this disc (variety is the spice of life), but my co-reviewer (now a big four year old) sat through the disc in only two sittings. He was either sitting and enjoying or up and dancing with the actions that go with many of the songs on this disc.

    There are a wide range of kids songs on this disc of which I recognised about half. Popular numbers like I'm a Little Teapot and How Much is That Doggy in the Window are always crowd pleasers. The rest are all very well written children's songs that the kiddies will love to sing along with. The Tweenies, who are actors in very bright costumes with foam heads, all get involved in the songs with lots of actions, dancing and carrying on. They sometimes dress up in simple costumes and at other times they are transported into a world appropriate to the song by the wonders of blue screen technology. Speaking of which, the blue screen work is nothing short of amazing - the animated worlds are simple but very colourful and the characters are inserted almost seamlessly. Considering this is a weekly show, the production values are nothing short of amazing.

    The songs in the two sections are as follows:

  • How do you feel today?
  • Monster nosh
  • Whoo whoo monster
  • Dinosaur dreams
  • Magic mirror
  • Rainbow song
  • Five little firemen
  • Odd one out
  • Five in a bed
  • Nick nack paddy whack
  • Do it like me
  • Heads shoulders knees and toes
  • We all clap hands together
  • Follow my leader
  • Horsey horsey
  • The foogly oogly bird
  • Under the sea
  • When elephants take a bath
  • I am a lion
  • Penguin power
  • How much is that doggie in the window
  • Row row row your boat
  • Three little fishes
  • One man band, and
  • Do as I'm doing train
  • Can you be what I am
  • Ten fat sausages
  • Runaway train
  • Shoe shoe song
  • We're all so different
  • Miss Polly had a dolly
  • There was a princess long ago
  • Come on feel the music
  • Splish splash
  • We're really glad you came
  • I'm a little teapot
  • Hot and cold
  • Mousie brown
  • I see a boat on the water
  • If you're happy and you know it
  • I went to the garden
  • Two fat gentlemen
  • The big ship sails
  • The ant and the elephant
  • Five little men on the starship Tweenie
  • Riding in a cardboard box, and
  • Wolly jumper rock

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Transfer Quality

Video

    Presented in a wonderfully colourful aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and 16x9 enhanced, this disc is a joy to watch on the big screen.

    The characters and backgrounds are pin sharp most of the time. There is some motion blur, an example being at 1:59, but this is only really noticeable if you are single stepping the transfer. As all scenes are brightly lit, there was no opportunity to see any shadows to examine for detail. The transfer is free of any low level noise.

    The colours are brilliant, consisting of rich vibrant colours that just beam off the screen without any oversaturation (although they do come close occasionally) or chroma noise. This really does give the impression of a very three dimensional image on screen.

    There is some blocking on fast moving objects - at 1:50 the character in the floral dress moves past the camera and is quite badly pixelated. I suspect that digital video cameras were used to capture these images, leaving us with no source artefacts other than the motion blur.

    The subtitles were easy to read and accurate. The only complaint is that if you are using them to sing along with the songs until you learn the words then they sometimes appear a little after the next musical phrase has already begun.

    This is a single layered disc.

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Audio

     There is a single English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack on this disc.

    Dialogue quality is excellent through almost all of the disc. There was one song, Runaway Train, where I had a little trouble picking up one of the phrases but a quick look at the subtitles soon cleared up the confusion.

    Audio sync is spot-on, although I think that the puppet work on the lips is not as good on this disc as it was on the first. It may be that music is harder to sync up.

    The music is perfect for younger kids, and the dancing and actions make this a fun disc.

    The surrounds were quiet for the duration. The subwoofer sprang to life in a couple of songs with a good bass beat but most of the time just supported the music unobtrusively.

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Extras

Menu

    A simple but colourful menu with a CD player boom box streaming out animated musical notes. Presented at 1.78:1 and accompanied by a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack.

Web Link

A single page with the Tweenie web link . Also presented at 1.78:1 and accompanied by a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack.

R4 vs R1

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

     There does not appear to be a Region 1 version of this disc. The Region 2 version, according to Amazon UK, appears to be out of production at the moment. Their disc is identical to our own.

Summary

    From the advertising printed inside the DVD cover, it would appear the other VHS offerings include Messy Time and Songs and Surprises. I am a little lost as to why they would break the show into separate titles as my son and I enjoyed the first disc both for its content and variety. Still, this is a very good disc with some very entertaining material.

    The video is good.

    The audio is good.

    They could have done somewhat better in the extras department.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Terry McCracken (read my bio)
Saturday, March 15, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDSkyworth 1050p progressive scan, using RGB output
DisplaySony 1252q CRT Projector, Screen Technics matte white screen 16:9 (223cm). Calibrated with AVIA Guide To Home Theatre. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with AVIA Guide To Home Theatre.
AmplificationSony STR-DB1070
SpeakersB&W DM305 (mains); CC3 (centre); S100 (surrounds); custom Adire Audio Tempest with Redgum plate amp (subwoofer)

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