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Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks-The Case of Big Sty (2003)

Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks-The Case of Big Sty (2003)

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Released 4-May-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Main Menu Audio
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 92:09
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By None Given

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Peadar Lamb
Maile Flanagan
Russi Taylor
Tara Strong
Charles Adler
Nikka Futterman
Melissa Disney
Pamela Segall
Mel Brooks
Susan Silo
Case Handle
RPI $19.95 Music Geoff Levin
Harriet Schock
Paul Fisher

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 None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Title of Show : Jakers!

    Title of Disc : The Case of Big Sty

    Year of Production : 2003

    Country of origin : United States

    What's included? :  4 episodes.

    Episode Length : About 23 minutes each.

    Details of episodes : 

There are four episodes included here

      1. Pie Filling
      2. Ferny is a Bug
      3. The Case of Big Sty
      4. All Night Long

    Style of Production : Computer Animation

    Premise of show : Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks is an animated children's television series made for the Public Broadcasting (PBS) network in the United States. So far, two series of this show have aired in the US, the first one starting in 2003, totally about 26 episodes. The series is aimed at the 3 to 8 age group, I would guess and the main characters are 8 year old animals who live on Raloo Farm in Ireland. The stories are told in flashback, by Piggley Winks who is now a grandfather, telling them to his grandsons, Sean & Seamus.Each episode quickly gets into a flashback story which always feature Piggley Winks, an 8 year old pig and his best friends, Ferny (short for Fernando) the Bull and Dannan the Duck. Other recurring characters are Molly, Piggley's little sister and Wiley the Sheep, a Ram who is trying to educate the rest of the flock. Wiley is voiced by Mel Brooks and is quite funny...

    Age Group : 2-5

    Related to any other childrens shows? : No

    Adult's view : One of the better US children's shows which is quite watchable even for adults. There are 'messages' but they are done subtly rather than with a brick attached. The stories are fun and the characters show the positives and negatives of their personalities.

    Child's view : A definite hit with my two young boys (4 and 2) especially the younger one. They both love Wiley the Sheep.

    Other Releases of this show available? : There are a number of other volumes of this show available.

    Overall : This is a quality show and the disc includes over 90 minutes which is better than quite a few children's discs.

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Transfer Quality



    The video quality is excellent.

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

    The picture was clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise, as you would expect from modern computer animation.

    The colour was excellent throughout and extremely well saturated.

    The only artefact I noticed was some minor aliasing.

    There are no subtitles or layer change.



Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    The audio quality is 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 surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use




    The menu allowed for selecting each episode separately or playing all.



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 not available in other regions as far as I can tell.


    One of the better US children's television shows.

    The video quality is excellent.

    The audio quality is good.

    No Extras.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Monday, March 19, 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.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Yamaha YST SW90 subwoofer

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