Lunar Jim-The Moon Thief and Other Stories (2006)

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Released 6-Sep-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Menu Animation
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2006
Running Time 59:07
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Alex Busby
Peter Huggan
Ben Zelkowicz
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Ben Zelkowicz
John Davie
Gillian Anderson
Case Handle
RPI $19.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Title of Show : Lunar Jim

    Title of Disc : The Moon Thief and other stories

    Year of Production : 2005

    Country of origin : Canada

    What's included? : The first 6 episodes made of this series. 26 have been made in total so far.

    Episode Length : 10 minutes each

    Details of episodes : 

      1. Meteor Mystery- Any electronic equipment in Moona Luna is going crazy and Jim needs to investigate.
      2. Secret of the Crystal Cave - The light bulbs are blowing in Moona Luna and the team think they have the answer when they find a cave full of glowing crystals.
      3. That's Odd, Where's The Pod? - The team have trouble finding their supply pod.
      4. The Moon Thief - Things are disappearing from around Moona Luna and there seems to be a thief on the moon!
      5. The Whistling Craters - Some moon craters start making an annoying whistling sound.
      6. Wrong Way, Ted - Jim and Rover get lost on the moon.

    Style of Production : Stop-Motion animation

    Premise of show : A trio of intrepid adventurers and their mechanical friends have set up a village on the moon, called Moona Luna, where they get involved in exploration, adventures and day to day life. There are five main characters; Lunar Jim, expedition leader, Ripple, the technical expert and Eco, the man responsible for growing plants and keeping animals on the moon. Their mechanical friends are TED (Technical Equipment Device), a robot who is the comic relief and Rover, Jim's robot dog. Each episode sees them facing a problem and having to work out the solution which teaches problem solving skills and gets the kids involved. They are equipped with quite a few interesting vehicles and other pieces of equipment.

    Age Group : 2-5

    Related to any other children's shows? : Not really

    Adult's view : Excellent show, funky theme tune, great characters, educational value with some simple science and problem solving involved.

    Child's view : My boys are absolutely in love with this show. Even the two year old gets very excited when the theme song starts. They also love the great variety of vehicles which the team have to use. But the greatest excitement is reserved for Jim's famous saying which is used in every episode - 'Let's get Lunar' - which indicates that there is a problem to solve and they have to get out there and solve it.

    Other Releases of this show available? : This is the first local release of this show. Hopefully there will be many more to come.

    Overall : Heartily recommended.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is excellent.

    The feature is presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio non 16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio. It is certainly shown at that ratio on digital television.

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

    The colour was wonderful, rich and solid throughout.

    There were no noticeable artefacts.

    There are no subtitles.

     

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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 by Volcano Music is wonderful, very catchy and lots of fun. The theme tune is great.

    The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

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Extras

    None.

Menu

    The menu included music and the ability to select episodes.

R4 vs R1

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

     This series does not seem to be available in other Regions at this point.

Summary

    A great new kids show from Canada with lots of fun and a very different premise.

    The video quality is excellent.

    The audio quality is very good.

    No extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
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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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