Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!-Happy Holidays! (2008)

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Released 5-Nov-2008

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Main Menu Introduction
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2008
Running Time 23:07 (Case: 25)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Steve Daye
Studio
Distributor
Anchor Bay Entertainment Starring Grey De Lisle
Lara Jill Miller
Carlos Alazraqui
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI ? Music Michael A. Reagan
Mark Cross
Brad Mossman


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/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

    Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! is an imaginative, colourful animated children's series created by Bob Boyle, an art-director who has worked on numerous other animated series' such as the Fairly OddParents. It utilizes sharp, flash-style animation and plenty of humor to help kids find the funny side of everyday situations, as well as the up-side when things go bad. The show is set in the town of Wuzzleburg and centered around the adventures of Wubbzy and his pals Widget and Walden. Fast, high-energy music by Brad Mossman is also a major facet of the show.

    This holiday-themed compilation includes two episodes of about twelve minutes each. There are no extras. That amounts to under twenty-five minutes of entertainment on the disc.

    The cover boasts that this disc is "Kid Tuff", with a surface that is hard coated for durability. Given the way most kids treat their discs, this can only be a good thing. My kids love Wubbzy and this disc was greeted with a lot of excitement, especially given the Christmas theme. Having said that, the brevity of the content was a big let down for all of us.

    Also, I'd like to note that prior to the main menu loading, the player is locked for twenty seconds while an anti-piracy advertisement occupies the screen. Why it is essential viewing for children is beyond me.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    This video transfer is very good for a children's show, easily on a par with the standard definition digital broadcast. The original aspect ratio of 1.78:1 has been retained, complete with 16x9 enhancement.

    The animation is clear and sharp, and looks great on a big screen. Colours are bright and bold, with no bleeding or unsightly artefacts to be seen. There are no dire compression issues to be concerned about.

    There are no subtitle streams at all.

    This disc is DVD5 formatted (single layered).

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Audio

    An English (Dolby Digital stereo) soundtrack is included. The dialogue is clearly audible and relatively easy to follow. The depth of the accents do vary, but my kids didn't seem to have any issues in that regard. There are no audio sync issues as far as I can see.

    The musical accompaniment is energetic and adventurous, with an electronic pop feel. If this doesn't make your kids bounce, nothing will!

    There is obviously no dedicated subwoofer or surround activity.

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Extras

    Nothing.

R4 vs R1

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

    Wherever you decide to purchase this title, make sure you consider the brevity of the content and find a bargain.

Summary

    Wubbzy is a humorous, adventurous, creative animated series for kids.

    The transfer is very good.

    There are no extras.

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© Rob Giles (readen de bio, bork, bork, bork.)
Friday, November 21, 2008
Review Equipment
DVDDenon DVD-3910, using HDMI output
DisplaySanyo PLV-Z2 WXGA projector, Screen Technics Cinemasnap 96" (16x9). Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 720p.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.
AmplificationDenon AVR-3806 (7.1 Channels)
SpeakersOrpheus Aurora III floor-standing Mains and Surrounds. Orpheus Centaurus .5 Front Center. Mirage 10 inch powered sub.

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