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Mr. Men/Little Miss:
Mr. Bump
Planes, Trains and Dillymobiles!

review by Zach B.

 

 

Rating: TV-G

Running Time: 69 minutes

 

Studio: Sony

Retail Price: $16.97

Features: Meet Mr. Bump,  Find Mr. Bump, How To Draw Mr. Bump, Dance, Dance, Dance!, DVD-ROM

Specs: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Stereo, French Stereo, English Closed Captions, Episode Selection

Released: May 18th, 2010

 

 

These Mr. Tickle adventures are presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. These are nice transfers, where the animation looks rather smooth, detail is fine and colors are very well saturated. Everything here really pops out like a storybook with bold and bright colors, and nothing smears. The overall image quality is sharp, too. However, there is some noise and shimmering to be had.

The episodes feature English Stereo tracks. Despite the limitations, I was surprised in how engaging the tracks were. Not only is fidelity high, but the variety of wacky sound effects do make an impression: they are crisp, and certainly have some spring to them that capture the quirks of the characters and the action. There's a good deal in this release, given that Mr. Bump's adventures tend to involve vehicles. The musical cues also sound pleasant, while dialogue is very clear and always easy to hear. Not too flashy, but perfectly bouncy nonetheless. Well done.

The episodes also feature French stereo tracks, while English closed captions are available through your television. 

 

Those familiar with past Mr. Men/Little Miss releases should feel right at home here. Meet Mr. Bump features short clips of Mr. Bump, Find Mr. Bump is a Where's Waldo?-style game and How To Draw Mr. Bump gives step by step directions in how to draw the character.

Dance, Dance, Dance! is a one minute music video featuring Mr. Bump. And there are also plenty of DVD-ROM features featuring activities. 

 

The Mr. Men and Little Miss series have been kid staples for quite a long time now, so it only seems fitting that these books have made the jump to the small screen. The episodes look and sound quite good, while the extras (especially the DVD-ROM ones) should keep the kids busy too. Parents and kids who are fans of the book, and/or this series, should find this DVD release enjoyable.