Pingu-Pingu in Paradise (1986)
|Category||Childrens||Main Menu Audio|
|Year Of Production||1986|
|Running Time||53:42 (Case: 50)|
|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||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Pingu is a series of short animated children's shows which are shown locally on the ABC but actually originated in Switzerland. The series is about a young penguin from the south pole called, surprisingly enough, Pingu. He lives in an igloo with his mother, father (who is the local postman) and his younger sister, Pinga (although she was not included when the series was first made in 1986). He pretty much behaves like any young child, getting into trouble, trying to avoid helping around the house, teasing his younger sibling and playing games with his friends. He is also very likeable. There is no understandable dialogue as the characters speak a language of their own, and the stories are told by means of vocal intonation and the characters' actions. Each show only last about 5 minutes and over 100 of them have been made. Some of the stories are quite surreal and a little odd whereas others are relatively normal childhood adventures which happen to be set at the south pole. This is a fun series and most young kids get some fun out of it. My young son finds it enjoyable and funny.
There are ten episodes made in 2002 included here which are:
Pingu is a fun and different children's show based on plasticine stop-motion style animation.
The video quality is very good.
The feature is presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio non 16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio.
The picture was clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise, although there was some light grain.
The colour was very good with no issues to report.
The only obvious artefacts were mild MPEG compression artefacts, which considering that only 50 minutes of material is included, is a bit of a shame. These included some minor aliasing, jagged edges and some macro-blocking in the white backgrounds. They are not really all that distracting and the kids certainly won't notice.
There are no subtitles mostly because there is no dialogue!
The audio quality is fine and does all that is required for a show of this type.
This DVD contains a Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 224 Kb/s.
The music and sound effects were clear and had no discernible issues.
The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu was simple allowing for episode selection or to Play All.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
I can find no evidence of this particular Pingu title being available outside of Region 4. This disc is coded for all regions.
The video quality is very good.
The audio quality is fine.
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)|