Bananas in Pyjamas-Wish Fairies & Birthday Special (1999)

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Released 7-Apr-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Main Menu Audio
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1999
Running Time 87:00 (Case: 92)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Michael Ailwood
Ian Munro

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Ken Radley
Nicholas Opolski
Taylor Owyns
Jeremy Scrivener
Mary-Ann Henshaw
Emma de Vries
Shane McNamara
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $24.95 Music None Given

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.29:1
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.29:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Bananas in Pyjamas is a long running children's show on the ABC. The show itself has been running since 1992, and before that it was a feature of Play School. The show's origins are actually from a song published in 1967 by Carey Blyton. This is the same song still used as the theme tune on the show, sung by Monica Trapaga. The show is now seen in many countries around the world and is very popular with the preschool set.

   The characters on the show are B1 & B2, the Bananas of the title who, fairly obviously, wear pyjamas. They live in Cuddles Avenue and their next door neighbours are the teddies Morgan, Lulu & Amy. The later episodes include extra characters such as Rat in the Hat & Maggie the Magpie. All of the characters with the exception of Maggie are played by adult actors in costumes.

    This particular DVD is a compilation of various episodes from the series and one special. It is in fact the complete contents of two previously released video tapes from 1992 and 1995. The 1992 episodes do not include Rat or Maggie. In detail, the episodes are:

   From an adult perspective I find this show harder to watch than others like Bob The Builder or Thomas but my toddler seems to like it!

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Transfer Quality


    The video quality is reasonable.

    The feature is presented in a 1.29:1 aspect ratio non 16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was generally clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. Shadow detail was fine when required. Some episodes had light grain.

    The colour was generally very good although there was some chroma noise such as on the green wall at 1:50 or on the red couch at 3:10 in Wish Fairies.

    As far as artefacts go, there was some edge enhancement which I am sure would not bother your kids and some minor tape tracking artefacts at 3:08 in Cuddles Avenue.

    There are no subtitles.

    This is a single layered disc so there is no layer change.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    The audio quality is good, but very front and centre focussed.

    This DVD contains only one audio option: an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack encoded at 224 Kb/s. It was mostly mono except for the occasional music.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand. There were no problems with audio sync as the characters' mouths do not move.    

    The theme tune by Carey Blyton is very well known and certainly got my son bopping along.

    The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used at all.


Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use



    The menu includes the ability to select specific episodes from each original tape separately or to Play All. The theme tune played over the menu.

    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 does not seem to be available outside of Region 4.


    This disc contains 87 minutes of the well-known children's television series, Bananas in Pyjamas.

    The video quality is reasonable.

    The audio quality is good.

    The disc has no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Friday, June 25, 2004
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba 1200, using Component output
DisplaySony FD Trinitron Wega KV-AR34M36 80cm. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL)/480i (NTSC).
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersBose 201 Direct Reflecting (Front), Phillips SB680V (Surround), Phillips MX731 (Center), Yamaha YST SW90 (Sub)

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