Noddy-A Bike for Big Ears (2002)

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Released 5-May-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Main Menu Audio & Animation
Game-Learn The Alphabet
Game-Spot The Difference
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2002
Running Time 65:00
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $19.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/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

    A collection of 6 episodes of the more recent CGI version of the classic Noddy TV series. All the same characters are there, Noddy, Big Ears, Dina Doll, Master Tubby, Mr Plod and the Goblins, but in all new stories. Thankfully the producers have retained the simplicity and innocence of the original series and haven't resorted to adding in violence or monsters to 'update' the show.

    The 6 episodes on this disk are:

    - Noddy and the Bumper Monster - Noddy thinks a monster is out to get him

    - The Magic Powder - the mischievous goblins create a powder to force the townspeople to dance against their will...

    - A Bike for Big Ears - Noddy accidentally runs into Big Ears' bike and damages it.

    - Noddy and the Voice of Plod - After Mr Plod loses his voice shouting at Noddy, Noddy offers to help him out...

    - Master Tubby's Opposite Day - Master Tubby decides to say and do everything in opposite!

    -  Don't be Scared, Noddy - Noddy hears scary noises as he's trying to get to sleep...

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video is presented in 4x3 fullscreen.

    The picture is sharp at all times and exhibits very good shadow details and no visible trace of grain or low level noise.

    Colour is rich, though perhaps not as vibrant as I'd have expected. There is no trace of colour bleed or over saturation.

    There is some slight aliasing on diagonal lines, but nothing major.

    Surprisingly there are no subtitles.

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Audio

    Audio is provided in Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo.

    Dialogue is clear at all times and in sync with the onscreen characters as much as you could expect in an animated show.

    The music is bright and cheery and includes a song in just about every episode.

    The sound was reasonably well spread across the front speakers. The rear surround channels weren't used at all.

    The subwoofer chimed in on low notes in the music, though of course it wasn't fed by its own 0.1 LFE channel.

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Extras

    Menu Audio and Animation

    Some scenes and music from the show were shown in the menu background.

    There were two extras included on this disc:

    Learn the Alphabet - A simple A-Z game showing the spelling of simple objects.

    Spot the Difference - a few pairs of pictures are shown, with the viewer having to spot the difference between each picture.

R4 vs R1

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

    This disk does not appear to have been released in R1.

Summary

    I like this series, compared to many of the TV shows for kids at present. It has reasonably interesting stories, without ever having to resort to violence, gadgets, monsters or suchlike. It preserves a childlike innocence and is just good clean fun.

    The video and audio quality on this release were good. The extras were limited but reasonable.

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© Satish Rajah (don't read my bio!)
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-344 Multi-Region, using Component output
DisplaySony KV-XA34M31 80cm. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationDenon AVR-2801
SpeakersMain: Mission 753; Centre: Mission m7c2; rear: Mission 77DS; Sub: JBL PB10

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