Winnie the Pooh-The Book of Pooh: Fun with Manners (2002)
|Year Of Production||2002|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||
Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
All the main characters are performed by puppeteers, with very simple computer generated backgrounds inserted in post production. The result is a bright, colourful and entertaining program. After every second story we are given a quick recap on the lessons we have learned.
Episode 1 - Please and Thank-You's
Owl teaches Tigger to say 'please' and he soon begins to believe the word is magical, enabling him to get anything he desires - even the power of flight!
Episode 2 - The Rumour Millstone
Rabbit becomes tired of Tigger bouncing in his garden and ruining all his fruit and vegetables. He tells Tigger a lie to scare him and keep him away, but the word soon spreads and the fib snow-balls into a monster that Rabbit is forced to deal with.
Episode 3 - The Wood Without Pooh
Pooh learns to write a brief note to his friends, with the help of Owl. Before leaving the note Pooh omits one word, changing the note's meaning entirely. Through Pooh's mistake we learn that one little word can make a big difference.
Episode 4 - Friends of a Different Stripe
The Hundred Acre Wood is hit by a violent storm and Rabbit's underground home is flooded in the downpour. Forced to find alternate accommodation, it turns out that only Tigger has room, but his nightly routines quickly begin to get on Rabbit's nerves. The two friends discover that they must find a way to live together despite their differences.
This transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, full frame.
The video transfer is very sharp from beginning to end. The level of detail is actually so good that you can see the textured furry skin of the puppets.
Colours were bold, bright and very attention-grabbing. There were absolutely no signs of colour bleeding present in the transfer.
The puppeteering has been filmed on a blue screen, resulting in sight but noticeable shimmering outlines on the puppets at times. Some macro blocking can be seen in the computer generated backgrounds when we zoom in for close-ups, but this isn't a major issue. Aliasing rears its ugly head quite frequently and could be attributed to the high level of sharpness inherent in the transfer itself. There were absolutely no film artefacts, as you would expect.
Both English and English for the Hearing Impaired subtitles are provided. These are kept simple and flow accurately with the dialogue. I think it should be relatively easy for a child of reading age to follow these captions.
Contrary to the disc's packaging, this DVD is not dual layered, hence there is no layer change present. For such a short program, there would be no need for RSDL formatting in any case.
I was pleasantly surprised by this audio transfer, which has a lot to offer for a children's program.
This release contains only one audio track, English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s).
The character voices were always easy to understand and there is absolutely no complex dialogue to worry about here. Pooh is voiced by Jim Cummings, who is by far the most recognisable voice of Pooh out there. There were no audio sync issues with this transfer.
There is one song in each episode, usually sung by two or more characters. These are fun, and cover the general message of the story with some funny, well written lyrics. The musical accompaniment is light and focuses attention on the character voices. The score is credited to Julian Harris and is also light and fun, providing some bright little interludes between scenes.
Although it is not flagged as being surround encoded, this 2.0 soundtrack performed very well indeed with Pro Logic II enabled. Some music and sound effects spill to the rears, and the remaining voices and effects are panned across the front soundstage, making this a very enveloping experience. As a stereo track this also performed adequately, but I would insist that those with Pro Logic capabilities make sure it is enabled, because you won't be disappointed.
There was no subwoofer response at all, even during the musical interludes. It wasn't missed - this audio track benefits from being bright and cheerful and heavy bass accompaniment would not have been necessary.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This release does not appear to currently be available in Region 1. Region 2 has received an identical release.
The video quality is good and colourful, but suffers from some distinct aliasing. A recent production such as this should also have been widescreen and 16x9 enhanced.
The audio quality is a good stereo soundtrack that benefits greatly from Pro Logic decoding.
There are sadly no extras.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-525, using Component output|
|Display||Panasonic TX76PW10A 76cm Widescreen 100Hz. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Denon AVR-2802 Dolby EX/DTS ES Discrete|
|Speakers||Orpheus Aurora lll Mains (bi-wired), Rears, Centre Rear. Orpheus Centaurus .5 Front Centre. Mirage 10 inch sub.|