The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss (1996)

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Released 4-Jul-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Animation Trailer-The Swan Princess Collection
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1996
Running Time 73:09
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By David Gumpel
Studio
Distributor

Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring Bruce Lanoil
Anthony Asbury
John Kennedy
Kathryn Mullen
Stephanie D'Abruzzo
Case ?
RPI $14.95 Music Joe Carroll
Bob Golden
Stephen Lawrence


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/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 English
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 : The Wubbulous World of Doctor Seuss

    Title of Disc : The Cat's Fun House

    Year of Production : 1996

    Country of origin : United States

    What's included? :   3 episodes.

    Episode Length : Each episode is about 25 minutes.

    Details of episodes : 

  1. Yertle The King - Queen Myrtle the Turtle goes away and leave Yertle in charge of her kingdom. Not a good idea.
  2. The Muckster - A very house proud Kangaroo is chosen to appear on a beautiful homes show. The Cat in the Hat sells her a machine called The Muckster which causes her problems.
  3. Who Are You, Sue Snue? - Sue Snue is turning 11 and a half and by her family tradition she must declare at the party what she will do for the rest of her life. Her relatives try to convince her to do what they do.

    Style of Production : Puppets

    Premise of show : The books of Dr Seuss are classic children's books greatly loved all over the world. My kids love them. This series takes some of the characters from the books but the stories are new. The Cat in the Hat features prominently as do song and dance numbers.

    Age Group : 5-10

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

    Adult's view : I love the Dr Seuss books as do my kids but this series is nowhere near as good as those. It does not have anywhere near as nice a tone. It comes across as a little too cocky and knowing with too much fast talking adult directed humour and not enough of the simple rhymes and joy from the books. There are also quite a lot of pratfalls.

    Child's view : Pretty underwhelmed. They sat through the first story but the second one was too scary. They have not asked for the disc again. Perhaps this would be better for a school age audience.

    Other Releases of this show available? : A different distributor (Reel) has issued a three disc set of this series. This one comes from Sony and is the only one they have released so far.

    Overall : I am not a big fan of this series as I don't think it does justice to the great books upon which it is based.

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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 probably the original aspect ratio.

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

    The colour was vivid & bright with no major issues.

    There were no noticeable artefacts.

    There are subtitles in English and English for the Hearing Impaired. They are clear and easy to read

     

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Audio

    The audio quality is good.

    This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 192 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 allowed for selecting each episode separately and turning on subtitles.

Trailer

    The Swan Princess.

R4 vs R1

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

     The Region 1 release is the same.

Summary

    A attempt at turning the Dr Seuss books into a TV show which doesn't really capture the fun spirit of the books.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is good.

    No Extras.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
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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.
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SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Yamaha YST SW90 subwoofer

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