Spot-Bumper Adventure Pack (Musical Adventure/Goes to a Party/Grandparents) (2000)

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Released 6-Jan-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Main Menu Audio
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 151:20 (Case: 148)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Jane Horrocks
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $19.95 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

    Otto, Plet, Dribbel, Lagun, Bran, Korochan, Flekk, Stip & Tassen. These are just some of the names by which Spot is known in the more than 100 countries where the children's books are available. The first book, Where's Spot, was published in 1980 in England and quickly became a huge seller. The books are written by Eric Hill who first developed the character for his then two year old son as a bedtime story. The success of the books led to the creation of the animated television series in 1986. Since then four separate series of Spot have been made and this DVD includes 23 of the 49 episodes and specials which have been made. Despite the slightly confusing title, this is a single DVD disc, which includes the contents of three previously released videos. The earliest episode included comes from the first series and was made in 1986, and the latest ones were made (or touched up) in 2000.

    Spot Bumper Adventure Pack includes the following videos; Spot Goes to a Party (Eps 12 - 20), Spot's Musical Adventures (Eps 1 - 11) and Spot and his Grandparents Go to the Carnival (Eps 21 - 23). Most of the episodes run for approximately 5 minutes, however one is a special which runs for nearly 30 minutes. All up this disc contains over 150 minutes of program which is significantly more than most children's DVD's. The menu set up allows you to play either individual episodes, the original videos in their entirety or everything on the disc. Also, between the episodes there are also some live action sequences of children playing Spot-related games. Unfortunately, some of these are repeated. The animation is quite simple 2D animation very much in keeping with the look of the books. A lot of the voiceover work is done by Jane Horrocks, best known to adult audiences as Bubbles from Absolutely Fabulous. The best news is that this is the UK version, not the re-dubbed US version, which features Haley Joel Osment.

    The show itself is very simple, like the books, with each episode containing a simple story of Spot playing with his friends, or visiting his relatives or a wide variety of other normal childhood activities. The main characters are:

    This disc includes 23 episodes which are (NB they are listed in a different order on the case than actually how they are arranged on the disc and the timings include the live action section when applicable):

  1. Spot's Show (5:27) - Season 4 - 2000 
  2. Spot's Treehouse (5:25) - Season 4 - 2000
  3. Spot's Breakfast (5:28) - Season 4 - 2000 
  4. Spot's Horse (5:36) - Season 4 - 2000 
  5. Spot's Grandpa (5:27) - Season 4 - 2000 
  6. Spot Helps Grandma (6:06) - Season 4 - 2000 
  7. Spot's Umbrella (5:27) - Season 4 - 2000 
  8. Spot's Band (5:55) - Season 4 - 2000 
  9. Spot's Bath (5:59) - Season 4 - 2000 
  10. Spot's Tent (5:44) - Season 4 - 2000 
  11. Spot Tidies Up (5:31) - Season 4 - 2000 (This episode is followed by 1:03 of credits for the original video release)
  12. Spot Goes to a Party (5:38) - Season 2 - 1993 (New music in 2000 for Video release) 
  13. Spot's Winter Sports (5:36) - Season 2 - 1993 (New music in 2000 for Video release)
  14. Spot Goes to the Fair (5:37) - Season 2 - 1993 (New music in 2000 for Video release)
  15. Spot's Favourite Toy (5:46) - Season 2 - 1993 (New music in 2000 for Video release)
  16. Spot's First Picnic (5:37) - Season 2 - 1993 (New music in 2000 for Video release)
  17. Spot at the Playground (5:37) - Season 2 - 1993 (New music in 2000 for Video release)
  18. Storytime with Spot (5:37) - Season 2 - 1993 (New music in 2000 for Video release)
  19. Spot's School Trip (5:36) - Season 4 - 2000 
  20. Hide & Seek (4:42) - Season 4 - 2000 
  21. Spot and his Grandparents go to the Carnival (29:06) - Special from 1997. A much longer than normal episode in which Spot visits his grandparents, they get the old fire engine ready for the parade, rescue a cat and go to the carnival.
  22. Spot's Birthday Party (4:40) - Season 1 - 1986 
  23. Spot Goes to the Park (4:40) - Season 2 - 1993 

    This is a fun series loved by children everywhere. If your kids love the books you cannot go wrong with this bumper collection of Spot.

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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 the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. There was, however, some light grain in all episodes and heavier grain on the one episode from 1986.

    The colour was generally very good, however it was quite dull on the 1986 episode.

    There were some specks of black to be seen in all episodes, more prevalent in the older ones. From an MPEG artefact perspective there was some aliasing on lines and rug borders, however it is certainly not enough to bother the kids.

    There are no subtitles.

    The layer change is placed between episodes.
    

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    The audio quality is good .

    This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 224 Kb/s.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand

    The music by Dan Russell & Duncan Lamont fits the show well.

    The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

    None!

Menu

    The menu included stills, and the ability to select episodes or play all.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This particular DVD seems to be only available in Region 4, however it is coded for all regions.

Summary

    A bumper collection of 23 episodes (including a 30 minute special) of the fun children's animated series, Spot. It is based on the books by Eric Hill.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is good.

    The disc has no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
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