Teletubbies-Again, Again! (1997)
Menu Animation & Audio
Bonus Episode-Dog Training
|Year Of Production||1997|
|Running Time||60:52 (Case: 71)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Pui Fan Lee
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.29:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||No|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
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.
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.
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.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu included music & motion and allowed for scene selection.
This is an extra episode of the Teletubbies Everywhere series and includes footage of Russian children training dogs.
Clicking enter when two identical cards appear earns you a 'big hug'. Simple game for the littlies.
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.
This is a page which lists the web address for the teletubbies, but is not actually a link as such.
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.
The video quality is very good.
The audio quality is good.
The disc has a small selection of good quality extras designed for kids.
|DVD||Toshiba 1200, using Component output|
|Display||Sony 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 Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Bose 201 Direct Reflecting (Front), Phillips SB680V (Surround), Phillips MX731 (Center), Yamaha YST SW90 (Sub)|