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- 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
- MSRP: 14.98
- Running time: 90
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Hello Kitty
Hello Kitty's Paradise: Fun With Friends
By Andrew Tei
October 14, 2003
Release Date: January 28, 2003
Hello Kitty's Paradise: Fun With Friends
What They Say
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"The Magic Bags"
Kitty and Mimmy go to Magic Land and find some magical bags which have the power to create happiness.
"The Dust Monster"
Mama encourages Kitty and Mimmy to do their spring cleaning by giving them a book on the dust monster.
"Put on a Happy Place"
Kitty and Mimmy become interior decorators for a day and help a baker turn his dismal bakery into a happy place.
"The Train to Grandma's House"
At the train station, Kitty and Mimmy learn lessons about safety and how to behave in public.
Kitty and Mimmy go on an imaginary visit to Paper Land - a special place decorated with everything they ever made out of paper.
"Sizing Things Up"
Kitty and Mimmy learn the difference between a little and a lot.
"The Broken Robot"
Kitty and Mimmy imagine what it would be like if they had a robot to do all of their chores for them. "What's in Store?"
Kitty and Mimmy use objects from around their house to "build" their favorite stores. While playing this game, Kitty learns the importance of sharing and asking permission to borrow things.The Review!
Everyone?s favorite kitty (not mine) is back in another kid friendly volume of Hello Kitty?s Paradise
. Prepare for some more sweetness that will make any male feel less like a man, but the kids sure love it.Audio:
As per other titles in the ADV Kids line, the only language provided is English with a simple stereo mix. There is no directionality, but the sound and dialogue is clear and there were no problems in the sound level. Video:
This Hello Kitty series is quite recent, so the video masters are pristine. Colors are very bright, and I did not see any compression related artifacts. Overlays are present for a few signs in the series. In order to make the show long enough for US TV, there are some cheaply made computer animated sequences filled with little games. Line shimmering is present in these sequences.Packaging:
ADV goes with either a sky blue or pastel teal cover this time (powerful minds tried to determine what the color was, but no consensus could be made) with a large picture of Kitty sitting down holding an apple. A big number 2 is on the spine with Hello Kitty?s Paradise
surrounded by hearts. The back has more cute images featuring Kitty and other characters from the show. A decent sized poster is also included inside.Menu:
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.Extras:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Eight more episodes of Hello Kitty cuteness come to invade your DVD player. Like most DVDs in ADV?s kid aimed DVDs, the show starts to play before the menu comes up. There are opening credits after every two mini episodes of Hello Kitty.
Kitty and Mimi continue their adventures of Kitty getting into trouble while Mimi tries to be good. On this DVD, half the episodes are ones where Kitty and Mimi use their imagination to travel to other places, and the others involves them interacting with their parents learning lessons.
Some of the lessons kids can learn from this episode is why to clean your room (the dust wants to go play outside!), learning how to behave safely in public when using public transportation, seeing how people can perceive the phrases ?a little? and ?a lot? differently, and learning how to run a store. Kitty always takes the lazy way out.
The imagination episodes this time cover magic, interior decorating, paper folding, and having a robot do all your chores.
Little children are sure to gobble this up. This is when DVDs long term replay ability versus VHS tapes comes in. No tape wear down. Sanrio lovers will also love this.
Toshiba 3109 player, Toshiba 36? Cinema Series via component, Pioneer VSX-810S receiver, Cerwin Vega front speakers, Pinnacle center and rears