ABC for Kids-Let's Sing and Dance (2004)

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Released 3-Mar-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Menu Audio
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2004
Running Time 61:38
RSDL / Flipper No/No 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 None Given
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

    Back when I first started reviewing here at Michael D's, I chose as one of my first two review discs a children's compilation entitled ABC for Kids - Just For Fun. Well here I am about 350 reviews later, reviewing the follow up disc ABC For Kids - Let's Sing & Dance which is another compilation of episodes from various ABC children's series.

    As you may guess from the title, this compilation focuses on episodes with a musical theme. Despite being released reasonably recently, this disc mostly features episodes from the late 1990s, for example the Bob The Builder episode is from the first series of Bob in 1999. None of the episodes included here seems newer than 2000. This will not bother the kids but I would certainly think that this material has mostly been released previously on DVD, which it does point out on the back of the case. The specific episodes included are:

  1. Hooley Dooleys - Russell the Muscley Kangaroo & Jumbo Jive (4:58) - Two songs by the Hooley Dooleys, who are a trio who could probably be described as a poor man's Wiggles.
  2. Hooley Dooleys - Beat & Beach (4:30) - Two more songs by the Hooley Dooleys this time from a live show.
  3. Bob The Builder - Buffalo Bob (10:09) - Bob enters a line dancing competition but when his partner injures herself at the last minute, Wendy helps out.
  4. Spot - Spot's Show (5:07) - Spot & his friends put on a show for his parents. This episode is also on the Spot's Bumper Adventure Pack DVD.
  5. Spot - Spot's Band (5:06) - Spot & his friends form a band. This episode is also on the Spot's Bumper Adventure Pack DVD.
  6. Thomas the Tank Engine - Thomas We Love You (3:33) - This is not actually an episode of Thomas but is a sing-along song.
  7. Thomas the Tank Engine - Let's Have A Race (3:25) - This is not actually an episode of Thomas but is a sing-along song.
  8. Thomas the Tank Engine - It's Great To Be an Engine (3:45) - This is not actually an episode of Thomas but is a sing-along song.
  9. Franklin - Franklin's Music Lessons (10:47) - Franklin was the only show here I had not seen before. It is about a turtle called Franklin and was made in Canada in 1998. In this episode he wants to learn to play the piano but doesn't want to put in the hard work to make it happen.
  10. Bananas in Pyjamas - Lullaby (5:03) - Rat is having trouble sleeping.
  11. Bananas in Pyjamas - Twinkle Twinkle (5:15) - Morgan gets some new binoculars.

    This is a decent collection of quality children's programming but considering the age of most of this material, some or all of it may already be in your children's DVD or video library.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is good.

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

    The picture was reasonably clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. There was some light grain, heavier around 3:15.

    The colour was variable depending on the show with most being quite good. The Hooley Dooleys segments were a little dull and included some colour bleeding.

    There were no artefacts annoying enough to bother the kids.

    There are no subtitles.
    

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    The audio quality is fine doing everything required for the material.

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

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync.

    The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

    None.

Menu

    The menu allowed for choosing particular episodes or playing all and included music.

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 multi-region coded but does not appear to be available outside of Region 4.

Summary

    A decent compilation of ABC children's shows although the material all seems to be from the late 1990s and 2000.

    The video quality is good.

    The audio quality is fine.

    No extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Monday, February 06, 2006
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV667A DVD-V DVD-A SACD, using Component output
DisplaySony 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 DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersBose 201 Direct Reflecting (Front), Phillips SB680V (Surround), Phillips MX731 (Center), Yamaha YST SW90 (Sub)

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