Hairy Maclary-10 Favourite Stories (1996)
|Category||Childrens||Main Menu Audio|
|Year Of Production||1996|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||Evan Frizzell|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Ask any primary school librarian which is the most popular popular book on their shelves and they're bound to tell you Hairy Maclary. This classic series of children's books by Lynley Dodd was translated into an animated series back in 1996 and until now has only been available on VHS. The series of tales follows a group of friendly dogs that wander around the towns and countryside of New Zealand.
The ten episodes on this disc have a runtime of roughly five minutes each and are titled as follows:
|1. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy|
|2. Hairy Maclary's Bone|
|3. Hairy Maclary Scattercat|
|4. Schnitzel Von Krumm's Basketwork|
|5. Slinky Malinki|
|6. Hairy Maclary's Rumpus at the Vet|
|7. Hairy Maclary's Caterwaul Caper|
|8. Hairy Maclary's Showbusiness|
|9. Slinky Malinki, Open The Door|
|10. Schnitzel Von Krumm Forget-Me-Not|
The animation is true to the children's books and quite simple. Some excellent narration by Miranda Harcourt is also included, and makes the series of animated shorts great family viewing.
This video transfer is presented at an aspect of 1.33:1.
The animation is nice and sharp, with plenty of visible detail. The transfer itself is bright and vibrant and very easy on the eyes. Colours are bold and well rendered, with no bleeding issues.
There are no compression issues to be concerned about and aliasing is similarly absent. The smooth animation presents a few jagged edges now and then but it is not at all distracting.
There are no subtitles on this single layered disc.
There is only one soundtrack on this disc, presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 and encoded at 224Kb/s.
The narration is always distinct and easy to understand. Sound effects and the like appear to be correctly synchronised with the video and don't present any problems at all.
The soundtrack music by Peter Haeder is melodic and playful and complements the nature of the stories well. I didn't notice any real examples of panning across the stereo field - in fact, the soundtrack had a decidedly mono feel at times.
There was obviously no surround activity or subwoofer response in this soundtrack.
|Surround Channel Use|
None to speak of. The ten episodes are all we get on this disc.
The menu page is static and includes direct access to each episode, with an audio clip of the theme music looping in the background. The menu is not 16x9 enhanced.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The video transfer is colourful and easy on the eyes, with very few issues of concern.
The audio transfer isn't very lively, but does the job.
There are no extras.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-525, using Component output|
|Display||Panasonic TX76PW10A 76cm Widescreen 100Hz. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital 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.|