THE PLOT THUS FAR
The celebration begins March 18, 2014 with Entertainment One’s first-ever retail-wide DVD release of PEPPA PIG: MY BIRTHDAY PARTY (SRP $14.98). Already a longtime UK phenomenon (#1 Pre-school property 3 years running), this fun-filled DVD is sure to capture the hearts of parents and little ones alike with the undeniable charm and fun disposition of the adorable Peppa. The “My Birthday Party” DVD welcomes preschoolers to the magic of Peppa’s world with 80 minutes of adventures featuring 14 fun-packed “Peppasodes” (12 regular plus 2 bonus), from the award-winning series, plus 2 Never-Before-Seen educational extras, “Learn the Alphabet” and “Learn to Count”. In the title episode, “My Birthday Party”, it’s Peppa’s birthday and all of her friends are invited to her party where Daddy Pig gets lots of laughs with his attempt at performing a magic show. Other episodes include an exciting boat race, a school play, a train adventure, a day at the beach, a costume party and more! Airing daily on Nick Jr., Peppa Pig follows the hilarious adventures of Peppa, a loveable little piggy, her family, and all of her animal friends, including Suzy Sheep, Pedro Pony, Danny Dog and more. Peppa loves playing games, dressing up, visiting exciting places and making new friends, but her absolute favorite thing is jumping up and down in muddy puddles! Peppa’s adventures are filled with wholesome entertainment the entire family can enjoy and always end happily with loud snorts of laughter. Recommended for kids 2-6, the episodes feature themes that kids can relate to and reinforce strong values such as family, friendship, trust and humor.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“My Birthday Party” is a fun adventure for those that follow Peppa Pig. This compilation of 12 episodes are fun, but they fly at the pace of an Adult Swim show. I like how that’s designed to hold a kid’s attention, but it barely runs 90 minutes. That’s the magic time to actually get work done, while your kid goes media catatonic. I feel like some unspoken contract has been broken here.
This will mark the 101 st kiddie oriented DVD that I’ve reviewed since the start of 2014. I’ve watched everything from specially designed baby entertainment to overstuffed toy commercials to outright crap. As a soon to be first time parent, I find myself slowly becoming more and more aware of the junk bombarding their tiny brains. Needless to say, I don’t like the competition for their attention. Peppa Pig works and I think I heard Brian Blessed doing a voice. This series will hold over the tykes until you introduce them to the Hawkmen of “Flash Gordon”.
The DVD comes with two bonus episodes as special features. The A/V Quality is on par with past Cinedigm kiddie releases. The transfer is pretty flat for standard definition. That’s not to say the Dolby track fares much better than you can hear dialogue. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious parents out there.
RELEASE DATE: 03/18/2014