Noddy-Noddy and the New Taxi (2002)

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Released 9-Mar-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Game-Explore Toyland, Picture Puzzle
Music Video-Sing-Along
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2002
Running Time 64:26 (Case: 71)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Byron Vaughns
Studio
Distributor
Chorion
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $19.95 Music Steve Bernstein
Julie Bernstein


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Noddy is a taxi driver in Toyland, a magical place where toys come to life. There are six of Noddy's adventures on this DVD, each of them offering good entertainment and lessons for children.

    1. Too Many Noddies (10:50) - Big Ears demonstrates a magic spell to Noddy and explains to him that magic should only be used for good, non-selfish reasons. The temptation is too great for Noddy and he abuses the benefits of the spell, creating havoc in Toyland.

    2. Noddy & The New Taxi (10:49) - Noddy is met with some competition when the goblins establish a rival taxi service. Greed soon takes over the goblins and they decide to sabotage Noddy's car so that they can have the market to themselves.

    3. Noddy & The Magic Bagpipes (10:49) - Big Ears gives Noddy his magic bagpipes, with strict instructions to play them daily. Noddy fails to adhere to the rules and the bagpipes take on a will of their own.

    4. Noddy Has A Visitor (10:46) - Noddy hosts a party for all his friends, but one guest refuses to leave. When he realises that the guest is outstaying their welcome he cleverly persuades them to go home.

    5. Noddy's Perfect Gift (10:32) - Noddy is stuck for gift ideas when it comes to Tessie Bear's birthday. After many suggestions from his friends he discovers that the best gifts come from the heart.

    6. Noddy's Lucky Day (10:40) - Mr. Sparks the mechanic offers Noddy a free trial of his new fortune telling machine, but Noddy is left disappointed after the machine promises him a lucky day that turns out to be anything but.

    Noddy and his friends were conceived by author Enid Blyton and originally developed into a series in the 70s using stop motion animation. This new production solely uses computer animation and in my opinion lacks any of the character of the original series, coming across as rather clinical in comparison. The original series was superbly narrated by Richard Briers, however he is unfortunately not responsible for the characterisations in this new production.

    Noddy is a fun and worthwhile program for children. Although this new series doesn't manage to match the magic of the original, it is still miles ahead of many other children's shows.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    This video transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and contrary to the disc's sleeve this is certainly not a 16x9 transfer.

    The quality of the computer animation is first class and comes across with a superb degree of detail. Along with the high degree of sharpness comes a little aliasing but this is restricted to a few minor jagged edges here and there. The colour palette is bright and bold at all times, with no examples of bleeding or oversaturation. Low level noise is similarly absent in this transfer.

    Compression artefacts are nowhere to be found in this transfer.

    There are no subtitles on this single layered disc.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    There is only one audio track included on the disc, an English Dolby Digital stereo track encoded at 224Kb/s.

    The character's mouth movements vaguely follow the dialogue that is heard, and don't present any major problems. I personally found the voice characterisations to be a little bland and lifeless, particularly the voice of Noddy.

    There are many great examples of stereo panning and the use of directional sound effects is very good indeed. I attempted to process the stereo soundtrack with Pro Logic II but the results were less than impressive.

    The soundtrack music is entirely electronic but succeeds in bringing across the playful nature of the show with ease.

    There was obviously no surround activity or subwoofer response in this soundtrack.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

Menu

    The main menu is preceded by a brief introduction that gives the viewer a quick tour of Toyland. The main menu itself is animated and features an audio clip from the show's theme.

Games (2)

Sing Along Song (2:05)

    This is simply an extended version of the show's theme, accompanied by burned-in subtitles so that kids can sing along.

R4 vs R1

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

    This title is not available in Region 1, however it was released in Region 2 last year. Although the cover artwork is slightly different, the Region 2 and Region 4 discs appear to be identical.

Summary

    Noddy & The New Taxi is a fair collection of episodes from this series and should prove to be entertaining for toddlers or preschoolers. The colourful animation is very eye-catching and the stories put forward good morals and values for kids.

    The video transfer is colourful and sharp.

    The audio transfer is a very well mixed, spacious stereo soundtrack.

    A couple of well thought-out extras are included and should present a challenge to kids who are adept with a remote control.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Rob Giles (readen de bio, bork, bork, bork.)
Wednesday, April 07, 2004
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-525, using Component output
DisplayPanasonic TX76PW10A 76cm Widescreen 100Hz. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.
AmplificationDenon AVR-2802 Dolby EX/DTS ES Discrete
SpeakersOrpheus Aurora lll Mains (bi-wired), Rears, Centre Rear. Orpheus Centaurus .5 Front Centre. Mirage 10 inch sub.

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