Teletubbies-Again, Again! (1997)

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Released 7-Jul-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Menu Animation & Audio
Bonus Episode-Dog Training
Game-Tubby Snap
Game-Jigsaw
Web Links
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1997
Running Time 60:52 (Case: 71)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Vic Finch
David Hiller
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Rolf Saxon
John Simmit
Nikky Smedley
Pui Fan Lee
Tim Whitnall
Sandra Dickinson
Jessica Smith
Rudolph Walker
Alex Pascall
Penelope Keith
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $19.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.29:1
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 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

    The Teletubbies is a long running children's show from the UK designed for toddlers. My son is a huge fan and gets very excited even by just being shown the case to the DVD let alone actually watching it.

    The show features four creatures called Teletubbies who are dressed and speak like toddlers, however, they have antennae on their heads and televisions in their tummies. The four are, from biggest to smallest; Tinky Winky who is male and purple, Dipsy who is male and green, La La who is female and yellow and Po who is female and red. The only other regular character is a vacuum cleaner called the Noo Noo. The Teletubbies are played by people in costumes.

    The television show generally features the Teletubbies having a low-key adventure in Teletubby land and some live footage of children undertaking an activity such as using a camera, collecting eggs, playing hide-and-seek or listening to a story.

    This particular DVD is a compilation of various episodes of the television show from 1998 to 2001 totalling approximately one hour. The episodes have been joined together and the individual credits removed. The first ten minutes are an episode of a slightly different offshoot called Teletubbies Everywhere which features the Teletubbies on coloured backgrounds and children from around the world speaking their own language. This section features a film of children feeding lambs. The rest of the hour is made up of the Teletubbies dancing to music including Dipsy's special dance, live kids riding tricycles, La La wanting to play indoors while the others want to play outside, live kids making modelling dough and the tubby custard machine being broken. The title refers to the section about the broken custard machine as they all chant 'again, again' each time one of them tries to get the machine working.

    To my mind, the Teletubbies have received some unfair criticism including the accusation that they are teaching bad use of the English language and that they are gay. This is rubbish. The Teletubbies are sweet and appeal to toddlers because they act like toddlers.

    If you kids are Teletubbies fans they will respond well to this program. My son was very excited and smiled & laughed throughout.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is very good.

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

    The picture was clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. Shadow detail was fine as required.

    The colour was very good throughout with all colours being very bright and well saturated. There was some minor colour bleeding from the teletubbies themselves.

    On the artefacts front, there was some edge enhancement and some minor aliasing on doors, flowers and the Noo Noo.

    There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired. They were clear and easy to read, however, I am not sure how many of the intended audience can actually read.

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Audio

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

    This DVD contains only one audio option a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand.    

    The music by Andrew McCrorie-Shand is very catchy and sticks in the mind which is probably better for the kids than the adults.

    The surround speakers were virtually not used at all, except I noticed when they said bye-bye that some of the voices came from the rear when played using ProLogicII.

    The subwoofer was not used.

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Extras

   

Menu

    The menu included music & motion and allowed for scene selection.

Dog Training (10:04)

    This is an extra episode of the Teletubbies Everywhere series and includes footage of Russian children training dogs.

Tubby Snap Game

    Clicking enter when two identical cards appear earns you a 'big hug'. Simple game for the littlies.

Jigsaw Game

    Not really a game so much as an interactive jigsaw which adds a piece every time you click enter. Once the scene is complete a small film is played. There are two different jigsaws.

Web Link

    This is a page which lists the web address for the teletubbies, but is not actually a link as such.

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 available in the same format in Region 1 and Region 2.

Summary

    This disc contains 60 minutes of the excellent show for toddlers, The Teletubbies.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is good.

    The disc has a small selection of good quality extras designed for kids.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Thursday, July 01, 2004
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Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
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