Little Robots-Robot Race Day (2003)

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Released 1-Sep-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Main Menu Audio
Scene Selection Audio
Song Lyrics-Sing-a-long with the Little Robots
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 60:18
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Tim Collins
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Hayley Carmichael
Lenny Henry
Su Pollard
Martin Clunes
Morwenna Banks
Emma Chambers
Mike Hayley
Mel Giedroyc
Sue Perkins
Jimmy Hibbert
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $24.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Screen, not known whether Pan & Scan or Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
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

    Little Robots is one of those wonderful kids shows that the ABC for Kids have in their stable. Based on a book by Mike Brownlow, it is about a number of little robots that live underneath a junk yard. The robots and their world are all models, and the show is created using stop frame animation. The animation and the robots are wonderful creations and are great to watch - the little ones just sit riveted, particularly when a robot like Noisy is on screen.

    Living in an underground world, where night and day are controlled by a special lever that changes the sky is Tiny, the little robot that helped fix all his robot friends and is the fix-it robot for anything that is broken. There are a range of other robots that inhabit the little world; Messy, Sporty, Stretchy, Rusty, Stripy, Noisy, Spotty, Scary, Flappy and the Sparky Twins. Each has their own personality and the stories revolve around problems that need solving, usually revolving around the robot personalities.

    As a kids show, this has some great messages about how people or robots should live together and be happy whilst doing so.

Episode 1: Robot Race Day (10:03)

    The tortoise and hare story robot style. Sporty is feeling a little down as he doesn't think that he is the best at anything. He soon learns that there are others ways of being the best besides winning.

Episode 2: Knock Knock (10:03)

    The Sparky Twins are having a little difficulty with the fact that everyone mistakes one for the other. So they set out to make their houses different by decorating them differently so that people know who lives in each one.

Episode 3: Scary Scary (10:03)

    Scary is depressed - no one is scared of him any more. They have all become used to him and know that he is not really scary. He hatches a plot to try and get one good scare out of the robots but things get a little mixed up along the way.

Episode 4: Noisy's New Song (10:03)

    Noisy's new song is more than a little noisy and it is getting on the nerves of the other robots. Tolerance and cooperation is the key to solving this Noisy, then not noisy, then noisy again problem.

Episode 5: Stretch In A Twist. (10:03)

    Poor old Stretch is damaged in an accident and does not want to be fixed - the story here is about a visit to the doctor in parable form.

Episode 6: Hicalots (10:03)

    Sporty gets the Hicalots and the rest of the robots work their way through all of the standard cures for the hiccups, with predictably funny results.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The transfer is presented at 1.33:1 which in all likelihood is its original aspect ratio. It is not 16x9 enhanced.

    The image is very sharp but this is somewhat spoilt by the amount of interlacing present. There are no real dark scenes to judge the shadow detail by, and there is no low level noise present.

    There are lots of bright primary colours present, and there is no chroma noise.

    There are no MPEG artefacts present but there is some aliasing present, such as on Sporty's head at 1:22 in the first episode. The most notable problem with the transfer is the interlacing. Just about any moving object and scene change has a ghost image of the next or previous frame superimposed. Watch Noisy's horn-nose at 1:26 onwards.

    There are English subtitles on the disc and they include some audio cue information. They are easy to read and accurate.

    This is a single layered disc.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

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

    There are no problems with the dialogue quality nor with the audio sync.

    The music is very appropriate for the target audience; both the background music and the little songs that appear from time to time are excellent.

    There is the occasional small surround effect extracted by surround decoding if you turn it on. There is little for the subwoofer to do.

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Extras

Menu

    A static but very colourful menu presented at 1.33:1 and not 16x9 enhanced. Our main Robot character takes centre stage with other robots helping out as menu markers. There is a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack.

Sing With The Little Robots (1:00)

    A sing along for the title song for the series. This is a static screen where the words of the song appear in time with the music. At the appropriate point in the song, pictures of each of the robots appears.

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. There is a Region 2 version but with a different title: Little Robots - Hooray! Let's Build And Play! This disc is part of a gift pack that includes a Lego version of one of the little robots. The content seems very similar, although the R2 version appears to include 2 games of some description which we don't get.

Summary

    This is a great disc for the little ones - the stories will keep them coming back for more time and again. The morals are not pushed too hard and the music and characters are very good.

    The video has some interlacing problems.

    The audio is good.

    There is only the one extra.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Terry McCracken (read my bio)
Saturday, March 06, 2004
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.
AmplificationOnkyo TX-SR800
SpeakersB&W DM305 (mains); CC3 (centre); S100 (surrounds); custom Adire Audio Tempest with Redgum plate amp (subwoofer)

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