Hi-5: Animal Adventures (2004)

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Released 9-Mar-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Main Menu Audio & Animation
Music Highlights-Songs Of The Week (3)
Karaoke-3
Storybook-Sharing Stories (2)
Song Lyrics
Trailer-Hi-5 Releases (7)
Web Links
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2004
Running Time 55:51
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Ian Munro
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Kathleen De Leon
Nathan Foley
Tim Harding
Kellie Hoggart
Charlie Robinson
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $29.95 Music Chris Harriot


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Pan & Scan English Dolby Digital 2.0 (320Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.66:1 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

    Charli Robinson, Kellie Hoggart, Kathleen De Leon, Tim Harding and Nathan Foley return in another DVD instalment of this very popular children's series. Animal Adventures is focused on interaction with animals, dancing like animals, dressing like animals, making animal noises and playing animal games. There's also plenty of physical activities throughout the show, as well as some special Italian pizza making. I'm not sure what pizza has to do with animals, but it's great to see kids working together in the kitchen making delicious food. There are some great, catchy songs included in the show, including North South East West, So Many Animals and Special Days.

    If your child loves animals - and whose doesn't -  there will be a lot for them to love in this great collection of stories, adventures and songs.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    This is a good video transfer for a children's series.

    This transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and is certainly not 16x9 enhanced. Hi-5 is broadcast in widescreen digital, which leads me to presume that this is a pan and scan transfer.

    The picture is very sharp, as one would expect from such a recent television series. The entire production is so colourful and well lit that there are literally no shadows or dark scenes to speak of. I did not note any low level noise during the transfer.

    Absolutely everything is bold and colourful - the sets, costumes and lighting are very bright and eye-catching. There were no examples of oversaturation or colour bleeding in the transfer. Some slight motion trails can be seen during fast movement on screen, such as at 6:05 as the cast are jumping up and down fast.

    There are no glaringly obvious MPEG artefacts present. A little grain is visible on some brief occasions, but is barely noticeable. Moments of aliasing are very brief and of the mildest variety, so they are similarly unobtrusive.

    English subtitles for the Hearing Impaired were activated by default on my DVD player, but not on my DVD-ROM. The titles are comprised of an easy to read font and are paced accurately with the dialogue.

    This disc is single layered.

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Audio

    The only audio option is a fairly average Dolby Digital 2.0 stream that manages to do the job adequately.

    As you would expect for a children's series, the dialogue is first class and very easy to understand. There were a few minor instances of distortion through the tiny headpiece microphones when the cast speaks too loudly, but this was only an intermittent problem stemming from the decision not to use overhead boom or lapel microphones in the studio.

    There were no problems with audio sync whatsoever.

    Composer Chris Harriot does a splendid job as always with simple, melodic songs that kids love. All the songs included in the feature are energetic, melodic and vary greatly from one to the next. The instrumentation is mostly electronic, but sounds better than one would expect.

    There was no surround activity or subwoofer response. I attempted to engage Pro Logic II processing but it didn't do this soundtrack any favours.

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Extras

Menu

    All menus are subtly animated but are not 16x9 enhanced. The accompanying audio on the main menu is the recognisable Hi-5 theme. I noticed some distracting compression artefacts across all the menu pages, but I suppose it's better to have them there rather than in the feature. The feature begins playback automatically after two rotations of the main menu.

Scene Selection

    As with other Hi-5 DVD discs, the viewer is able to select their favourite presenter and watch one or all of their segments from the feature. A repeat function is also available so the kids can watch their favourite presenter infinitum. There is also the ability to skip straight to any of the songs or stories, also with a repeat option.

Songs With Alternate Audio (3)

    All three songs from the feature are available with music only, enabling the kids to sing along to titles on screen. Some of the titles move pretty quickly, so it may be hard for very little ones to keep up.

Trailers (7)

    Trailers are included for a range of other Hi-5 VHS and DVD titles, including Surfing Safari and Five Alive.

Web Links

    Pop the disc into your DVD-ROM drive for links to the official Hi-5 website and Village Roadshow.

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 only available in Region 4 at the moment.

Summary

    This is a great children's DVD - any kid that watches Hi-5 religiously on television will love the animals, dances and songs.

    The audio and video transfers are adequate, and there are a couple of little extras included on the disc.

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© Rob Giles (readen de bio, bork, bork, bork.)
Saturday, May 22, 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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