Fifi and the Flowertots-Fifi's in Charge (2005)

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Released 2-Mar-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Menu Animation & Audio
Game-Explore Flowertot Garden
Additional Footage-Sing-Along-Song
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2005
Running Time 50:27
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Tim Harper
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Jane Horrocks
Case Handle
RPI $19.95 Music Alan Coates
Kim Goody
Bridget Appleby


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/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 : Fifi and the Flowertots

    Title of Disc : Fifi's in Charge

    Year of Production : 2005

    Country of origin : UK

    What's included? : 5 episodes

    Episode Length : 10 minutes each

    Details of episodes : 

      1. Fifi's in Charge - Fifi and Violet are looking after Poppy's market stall while she is away. They get Pip to help with deliveries which is a bad idea.
      2. Sports Day - The Flowertots are having a Sports Day and Stingo decides to get fit so he can win the prizes.
      3. Stingo Gets Stuck - Fifi is spring cleaning but the dust she causes makes Webby's web lose its stickiness.
      4. Fee-fi-fo-fum Fifi - Fifi tells Pip the story of Jack & The Beanstalk and he wants to tell everyone.
      5. Hole Lot of Fun - Stingo suggests a golf competition with peas.

    Style of Production : Puppet animation

    Premise of show : Has been referred to as Bob the Builder for girls. It is set in Flowertot Garden where Fifi Forget-me-not (voiced by the ubiquitous Jane Horrocks) lives with her friends. She is a flowertot (a flower with legs and arms) as are her friends Violet, Primrose, Poppy & Aunt Tulip. Also living in the garden are Slugsy (a slug), Stingo (a wasp), Bumble (a bee), Mo the Mower, Grubby (a baby), Pip (a gooseberry) and Webby (a spider).

    Age Group : 2-6

    Related to any other children's shows? : A bit like Bob The Builder but not that much.

    Adult's view : Very cute show which doesn't fall into the American kids show trap of being too much sweetness and light where everyone is always nice to each other. They have their squabbles and disagreements but it never gets out of hand. Would certainly appeal to girls more than boys but pre-schoolers of either sex will enjoy it.

    Child's view : My young boys like this show, especially the more boyish characters like Bumble, Stingo and Slugsy.

    Other Releases of this show available? : There are two volumes of this show now available locally. Another one is due to be released soon 

    Overall : Recommended.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is excellent.

    The feature is presented in a 1.75:1 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 bitrate is uniformly high.

    The colour was wonderful, rich and solid throughout.

    No artefacts were noticeable.

    There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired. They are clear and easy to read but 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 256 Kb/s.

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

    The music is very catchy and lots of fun featuring a poppy theme tune.

    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 and subtitles.

Explore Flowertot Garden

    This is an interactive game where you have to guess who lives in each house in the garden.

Sing-a-long Song (0:45)

    The theme song with sing-a-long lyric subtitles.

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 available in the same format in Region 2 and has not been released in Region 1.The Region 2 disc includes a recipe leaflet. This was not included in the local test disc however it might be in the retail release.

Summary

    The second disc of a fun show aimed at pre-school girls.

    The video quality is excellent.

    The audio quality is very good.

    Two small extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Tuesday, August 29, 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
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Yamaha YST SW90 subwoofer

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