Hello Kitty's Paradise: Pretty Kitty (of 4) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Monday, November 25, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2002
What They Say
"A Blooming Good Morning"
Mama gives Kitty morning glory seeds to plant so she has an incentive to wake up early in the morning.
"A Storybook Adventure"
Kitty and Mimmy use their imagination to have an adventure inside Mimmy's book.
"Kitty's Clean Cuisine"
Kitty learns important table manners such as washing your hands before you eat and pacing yourself when you eat, especially when you feel hungry.
"A Day Out With Dad"
Papa takes the girls on a walk downtown where they visit various stores and find out what they sell.
Kitty and Mimmy go underground to visit their friend Moley who tells them about living underground.
"Watch the Birdie"
Kitty and Mimmy nurse a sick bird back to health.
Kitty learns the right way to use her fork and how to be polite at the dinner table.
Mama takes Kitty and Mimmy downtown. On the way, she teaches the girls important lessons on staying alert and safe.
Surprising everyone, ADV announced their acquisition of Hello Kitty’s Paradise in September in a “child-friendly plug-and-play format- no menu navigation necessary.” What exactly does this mean though?
The only language provided on this DVD is English in a simple stereo mix with all sound directed towards the front sound stage. The sound track is clear though, and there were no problems in the sound levels. Dialogue is also very clear.
Made in 1999, the masters used to make this show look great. The print is vibrant with bright colors, and I couldn’t notice any compression related artifacts in the show. No line shimmering either. Overlays are present. Now, I should note that the US release added computer graphic mini segments to the show in order to fill up time. Due to the cheap computer graphics used to make these, there is a lot of line shimmering in them.
Pink. It’s covered in pink! Kitty takes up 70% of the front cover, holding a little teddy bear. The cuteness drips onto you. There’s a volume number on the spine, which surprised me considerably since the show is aimed at kids. The back features a small blurb on the show, plus the fact that Hello Kitty is UNICEF’s Children’s Ambassador for both the U.S. and Japan. Strawberries adorn the back, plus there is a screen shot of some of the menus. Included inside is a Hello Kitty poster.
The menus on the DVD are static with the main US theme song playing in a continuous loop without a break in the music when it repeats. From the main menu, you can select to play any of the eight episodes. By going into the selection menu, you can also select the episode plus all the little US CG shorts.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
ADV has made it clear this release is for kids, and not anime fans. The first thing you notice when you load the DVD is the front loaded trailers for the other ADV dub only shows aimed at kids. After the trailers play, the show starts playing. There are opening credits included, but no ending credits.
The main characters in the series are of course Kitty, who is our troublemaker. There’s also her sister Mimmy, who’s a goody two shoes. There’s Mama and Papa Kitty also. Kitty and Mimmy sleep in the same bed, but Mama and Papa have separate ones. Where’s the Beaver?
Hello Kitty Paradise episodes come in two varieties. The first type is where Kitty must learn a lesson in the episode. This can range from learning to wake up early, washing up before a meal, table manners, or learning how to properly walk down the street. None of these messages are subtle, and Kitty’s mother always stuffs the lesson down our throats.
The second type of episode is the dream adventure sequences. Kitty and Mimmy use their imagination to have fantastic adventures. During one episode they dream about a balloon ride they take to go visit their friend the mole. They even turn little so they can so down the mole hole. Chibi Kitty!
Sanrio products have always been popular, and now they’re invading the home video market. Unless you’re a pretty extreme fan of Hello Kitty, you’re probably going to pass on this release.
Toshiba 3109 player, Toshiba 36” Cinema Series via component, Pioneer VSX-810S receiver, Cerwin Vega front speakers, Pinnacle center and rears
Mania Grade: C+
Audio Rating: B
Video Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: A-
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 3 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: ADV Films
Running time: 90
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Hello Kitty