Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks-The Salmon of Knowledge (2003)
|Category||Childrens||Main Menu Audio|
|Year Of Production||2003|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||None Given|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.56:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.66:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks is an animated children's television series made for the Public Broadcasting (PBS) network in the United States and currently screening here on the ABC. So far, two series of this show have aired in the US, the first one starting in 2003, totalling about 26 episodes. I would guess that the series is aimed at the 3 to 8 age group, and the main characters are 8 year old animals who live on Raloo Farm in Ireland. The stories are told in flashback by Piggley Winks, who is now a grandfather, telling them to his grandsons Sean & Seamus.
Each episode quickly gets into a flashback story which always features Piggley Winks, an 8 year old pig and his best friends, Ferny (short for Fernando) the Bull and Dannan the Duck. Other recurring characters are Molly, Piggley's little sister and Wiley the Sheep, a ram who is trying to educate the rest of the flock. Wiley is voiced by Mel Brooks and is quite funny. My 20 month old son, who is really too young for this show, laughs his head off every time he sees Wiley. He has become quite a fan of the show itself as well, and started asking me for 'Piggy on' very early this morning. At the moment at least, it seems to have replaced the Fimbles and Wiggles in his affections.
Incidentally, the word 'jakers' would seem to be an Irish expression for surprise and wonderment, which the characters use regularly with every new discovery. As is often the case with American children's television, each episode must have a 'message' but luckily this show does not beat the 'message' to death as some shows like Barney do.
There are three twenty-three minute episodes included here, which are:
The characters in Ireland seem to have been voiced authentically and are very cute.
This show is a lot of fun and I can see no reason why kids of the right age group would not love it.
The video quality is excellent.
The feature is presented in a 1.56:1 aspect ratio, non 16x9 enhanced which is very close to the original aspect ratio.
The picture was clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise, as you would expect from modern computer animation.
The colour was excellent throughout and extremely well saturated.
The only artefact I noticed was some minor aliasing on a guitar in Episode 3 at 21:43.
There are no subtitles or layer change.
The audio quality is very good and perfectly suitable for the material.
This DVD contains one audio option, an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack encoded at 224 Kb/s.
Dialogue was clear and easy to understand.
The music used is very good and gets the kids bopping along. My son certainly does!
The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu is simple, includes music and allows for playing all episodes or each one individually.
As far as I can tell this show has not been released on DVD in Region 1.
The video quality is excellent.
The audio quality is very good.
The disc has no extras.
|DVD||Pioneer DV667A DVD-V DVD-A SACD, 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)|