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Tickle Time Around Town!
Running Time: 69 minutes
Retail Price: $16.97
Features: Meet Mr. Tickle, Find Mr. Tickle, How To Draw Mr. Tickle, Dance, Dance, Dance!, DVD-ROM
Specs: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Stereo, French Stereo, English Closed Captions, Episode Selection
Released: September 22nd, 2009
These Mr. Tickle adventures are presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. Save for noise and shimmering, these are pretty great transfers. The animation looks quite smooth, detail is rather nice and colors are very well saturated: everything here really pops out like a storybook with bold and bright colors, but nothing smears. The overall image quality is sharp, too. I doubt kids will really care (let alone notice the flaws), but I suppose this gives the adults something else to appreciate.
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. 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.
Dance, Dance, Dance! is a one minute music video featuring Mr. Tickle. And there are also plenty of DVD-ROM features featuring activities. Packed onto the DVD is a short book, too.
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 worth their time.