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Running Time: 30 minutes
Studio: Sony Wonder
Retail Price: $16.98
Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Stereo, English Closed Captions, Chapters (10 Chapters)
Released: October 16th, 2001
"Janitor Joe! Stop it! You're flooding the classroom!"
Richard Scarry... yes. Not as big as some other kid properties out there, but for years and years he's retained a nice market with his animal friends. There have been books, videos, a television series, merchandise... I never had Richard Scarry growing up. Like I said, it's mainstream, but there are more popular properties out there. Anyway, Sony is now converting their old Richard Scarry videos to DVD. And just your luck, this is a review of the ABC video!
Of course, this is meant for small children. If they like Richard Scarry, they're sure to enjoy it. Basically, at the elementary school, the kids go through all twenty-six letters of the alphabet and you get a word that starts with the letter, with some animated piece showing the letter and how it's represented. Kids are sure to like this, and of course, learn their ABCs from it. If they keep watching it, they'll learn in no time and recognize items to go with the letters. It's kinda funny, it's fun. The animation is nothing great, but kids are sure to like the animals and all. No harm here... just pop it in, and have your kids enjoy.
Interesting things to note though: The back calls it the "Best ABC DVD" ever, but it's really Video (too lazy to change the front cover?). Oh, and the copyright warning has been lifted from the VHS.
Presented in 1.33:1 full screen, there's not much to say. This program is around twelve years old, and looks pretty good. There is some shimmering and noise, but the the colors are saturated decently and it only looks a little bit faded. It kinda looks it's age, but it's in better shape than you'd expect. Of course, a two year old won't notice.
With your English closed captions you have an English stereo track. Whoa, this is one loud stereo track! Dialogue does not sound distorted, has hiss or faded. It's quite clear. The sound effects and music bring great effect and a nice ambiance to this rather straight forward track. A bit surprising, an dit works. No 5.1 mix needed.
No supplements, unless you count some previews for other Richard Scarry DVDs.
A fine program for kids and for a decent price, if you know a Richard Scarry fan, go nuts. This is the DVD for that special someone (or someones). In case you care, it's bare bones and has a fine presentation. Enjoy!