Winnie the Pooh-The Book of Pooh: Fun with Friends (2000)

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Released 24-Jun-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens None
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 46:40
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Dean Gordon
Mitchell Kriegman
Studio
Distributor

Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
Starring Jeff Bennett
Peter Cullen
Stephanie D'Abruzzo
John Fielder
Roger Jackson
Ken Sansome
Andre Stojka
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $24.95 Music Julien Harris


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Danish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Dutch Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Norwegian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Finnish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Swedish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures Yes
Subtitles English
Danish
French
Dutch
Norwegian
Finnish
Swedish
English for the Hearing Impaired
Danish Titling
French Titling
Dutch Titling
Norwegian Titling
Finnish Titling
Swedish Titling
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Winnie the Pooh-The Book of Pooh: Fun with Friends is an educational release by Disney aimed at pre-schoolers. It uses the all-time favourite characters of Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Owl, Eeyore and Rabbit to teach kids how to treat friends and relate to others. The disc contains four short stories, each of which highlights a particular aspect of 4 year old relationships. Each episode also contains a song performed by one of the characters.

    As with the other volume in this series, this is not a cartoon release. The story is performed using puppets with the animated background added using computer graphics during post production.

Episode Guide

Episode 1- You Can Lead Eeyore to Books

    All the characters except Eeyore go to Owl's library and get a book to read. Each character then tries to convince Eeyore that reading is great, offering him their book to read. None of the books suit Eeyore but he eventually finds one more to his liking.

Episode 2- The Spice of Life

    Pooh is out looking for honey but all the bee hives are empty. The Bees have gone on strike. Piglet and the others offer Pooh some of their food to stop him from starving, but he doesn't like any of it. Eventually they combine all of their different foods with honey drippings and Pooh can eat again.

Episode 3- Best Wishes, Winnie the Pooh

    With the help of Tigger, Pooh thinks he has gained the power to grant wishes. He grants wishes to each of the characters, but none comes to fruition. They are all disappointed and depressed. Pooh, with the help of Piglet, helps cheer up his disappointed friends.

Episode 4- Double Time

    Rabbit thinks he has lost a day and therefore must do two days chores in one afternoon. He sets about his work at a furious pace and the others get worried and wonder what is going on. In the end he finds out it is a simple misunderstanding caused by an over-helpful friend.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    At first glance the video transfer appears quite good, but a closer inspection reveals it has many flaws.

    The video transfer is presented in the original full frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1.

    The transfer is exceptionally clear and sharp, with absolutely no sign of grain. Low level noise was also well controlled with no noticeable occurrences.

    The colours are clear and constant from beginning to end and are mostly bright, primary colours which grab and hold the interest of the intended pre-school viewers.

    There were no MPEG artefacts to been seen. However, as in the previous volumes, there was aliasing aplenty. At times this became overly distracting, as it was present in almost every scene. The major occurrences take place at 5:27, 6:03, 6:40, 8:00, 21:45 and 33:44. These are just the major occurrences - many more incidents of aliasing were present. Video artefacts were only occasional and very minor.

    A large range of subtitle options are available. They include; English, Danish, French, Dutch, Norwegian, Finnish, Swedish, and English for the Hearing Impaired. I sampled the English subtitles and these appeared accurate.

    Once again it is stated on the cover that this is an RDSL disc. However, this is incorrect. It is a single layered disc and no layer change is present.

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Audio

    The audio transfer is above average, but could have been improved.

    There are seven different audio options to choose from. They are; English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded (192Kb/s), Danish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s), French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s), Dutch Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded (192Kb/s), Norwegian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s), Finnish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s) and Swedish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s). There is no default audio option. The first option after inserting the disc is that of language selection. I listened to the English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192kbps) surround-encoded track.

    The dialogue is clear and easily understood at all times. The wording is succinct and would be easily comprehended by pre-schoolers. Audio sync is not an issue with this disc.

    The musical score is written by Julien Harris, and kids will love it. There is at least one original song in each episode and the background music is very effective in setting the storytelling mood.

    The English 2.0 track is flagged as surround-encoded. Since this is mainly a dialog-driven feature, the surround activity is limited, but when it is used it makes the listening all the more enjoyable. Unfortunately, the subwoofer remained silent.

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Extras

    As per the previous volume, there are no extras.

R4 vs R1

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

    This disc is not available in Region 1. The Region 2 release is identical to this offering.

Summary

    Winnie the Pooh-The Book of Pooh: Fun with Friends is aimed at pre-school children. It makes learning fun and enjoyable, and the kids don't even know it's happening. Any child with a fascination for all things 'Pooh' will love this DVD. It has an acceptable video transfer, better than average audio, but unfortunately no extras.

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© Geoff Greer (read my bio)
Sunday, August 10, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDSony DVP-S525, using S-Video output
DisplayBang & Olufsen BeoVision Avante 82cm 16:9 Widescreen. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderDenon AVR-1803. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationDenon AVR 1803
SpeakersParadigm: Phantom Version 3 Front, Jensen SPX-13 Centre, Jensen SPX-5 Rear, Jensen SPX-17 Sub

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