Bob the Builder-Project: Build It-Bob's Big Plan (2004)

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Released 17-Jun-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Main Menu Audio
Game
Gallery-Photo
Web Links
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2004
Running Time 54:07
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Sarah Ball
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Sarah Ball
Jimmy Hibbert
Brenda Blethyn
Richard Briers
Kate Harbour
Neil Morrissey
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 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Title of Show : Bob The Builder : Project: Build It

    Title of Disc : Bob's Big Plan

    Year of Production : 2005

    Country of origin : UK

    What's included? : 4 episodes (one extended episode which kicked off this new spin off show and three normal length episodes plus an older episode is available by answering questions correctly in the game in the extras).

    Episode Length : 25 minutes for the extended episode plus 10 minutes each for the others

    Details of episodes : 

      1. Bob's Big Plan - An extended episode which sets up the premise for this new spin-off from Bob The Builder. Bob is doing some work for a local architect who is entering a competition to design a new town in Sunflower Valley which is currently bushland. Bob decides to enter the competition himself with a low environmental impact design: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Bob wins the competition and is asked to build his design.
      2. Bob's Fresh Start - Bob moves to Sunflower Valley in a caravan and starts to get to work on his design. Muck & Spud get lost in the forest.
      3. Lofty's Shelter - Bob decides that the team should build a shelter for the machines.
      4. Dizzy & the Talkie Talkie - Bob gets the team walkie talkies to avoid getting lost and the team are digging a well.

    Style of Production : Puppet animation

    Premise of show : Bob The Builder has been going for quite a few seasons and the producers decided to spruce it up and change the concept by relocating the main characters to a new location, Sunflower Valley. Bob has won a competition to design and build a new town in Sunflower Valley by proposing a low impact approach known as Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Some new characters are introduced such as Scrambler, a quad bike, and Skip, a truck.

    Age Group : 3-10

    Related to any other children's shows? : The original Bob The Builder.

    Adult's view : I think this is an excellent move to update Bob The Builder and revive interest in the show. The new location makes for some interesting and different story lines rather than sticking to the locations which have been done to death in the old series. They don't go too overboard with the lefty-pinko-tree-hugging-hippy message which is good, but it's a worthwhile message so it's certainly worth having in the show.

    Child's view : Certainly there was no issue with my test audience not liking the move to the new location as the characters are maintained. Scrambler has quickly become a favourite of my three year old.

    Other Releases of this show available? : There is one follow up release to this one of the new series and lots of the original Bob The Builder available.

    Overall : Highly recommended.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is very good.

    The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced which is probably the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was very clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise.

    The colour was wonderful, rich and solid throughout.

    The only noticeable artefact was some mild aliasing here and there.

    There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired which were somewhat summarised from the spoken word.

     

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Audio

    The audio quality is very good.

    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.

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Extras

Menu

    The menu included an intro, music, action and the ability to select episodes.

Bob's Game

    The games asks three trivia questions which, when answered correctly, provide access to a older bonus episode of Bob The Builder; Mr Ellis' Exhibition (10:04). It is from Season 7 (2003).

Photo Gallery

    A fairly pointless extra for kids, this includes a selection of stills taken from the episodes.

Weblink

R4 vs R1

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

    The Region 2 release is the same and the Region 1 release excludes the fourth episode. The local product is the go.

Summary

    A new start for a long-running and high quality children's show.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    The set has only a small selection of extras, however one of them allows access to a bonus episode.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
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Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
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