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  • Audio Rating: B-
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • 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: Learn With Love

By Andrew Tei     October 14, 2003
Release Date: March 25, 2003


Hello Kitty's Paradise: Learn With Love
© ADV Films


What They Say
Episode 1
"A Stitch in Time Saves Nine Lives!"
Kitty and Mimi use their imagination and go into their broken alarm clock.
"The Big and Small of It"
Kitty and Mimi ask their parents how to figure out what is big and what is small.

Episode 2
"A Puzzling Day"
With Moley's help, Kitty and Mimi solve the mystery about what Mama needs at the grocery store.
"A Fair Share"
Mama explains how to divide portions equally so everyone gets their fair share.

Episode 3
"Can You Count Them?"
Papa shows Kitty and Mimi a system for counting beads or other objects.
"Everything Has Its Place"
Kitty, Mimi and their friends make a pact to put their toys back where they belong when they are done playing with them.

Episode 4
"Once Upon a Kitty"
Kitty and Mimi write and draw a fairy tale.
"A Nice Little Walk in the City"
Papa teaches Kitty and Mimi about traffic signs.

The Review!
Hello Kitty?s Paradise comes to an end with this fourth volume.

Audio:

Per the usual, this is an English language only DVD aimed primarily at children. Hello Kitty features a simple stereo mix with all sound directed towards the front sound stage with no directionality. No distortion, or sound problems were heard, and dialogue was clear.

Video:

The video quality is excellent for a children?s show, and I couldn?t find any compression related artifacts in the regular show or presence of any line shimmering. There are a few overlays present. US released additions, in the form of computer graphic segments, have plenty of line shimmering though.

Packaging:

Learn with Love comes in a slightly subdued green cover, with Kitty front and center holding a paint brush and paint can with that vacant expression of hers. A volume number is on the spine. The back blurb features only a general Hello Kitty description with a screen shot of the scene selection menu used to list which episodes are present. Instead of your normal insert, inside the case there is a poster of Kitty and Mimi with all their friends.

Menu:

The main menu on the DVD is 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. Simple.

Extras:

None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)

Eight more Kitty adventures await us in this final volume. What trouble will Kitty get Mimi into this time?

As expected, the episodes follow the same pattern of an imagination adventure followed by an adventure with either Mom or Dad.

A Stitch in Time Saves Nine Lives has Kitty and Mimi oversleeping when their alarm clock stop, so they go on an imagination adventure where time has stopped. The Big and Small of It has Kitty and Mimi learning that when they grow some of their clothes will no longer fit them. A Puzzling Day takes Mimi and Kitty on a trip where their whole house has been rearranged. A Fair Share presents our two kitties with the dilemma of how to split things up equally.

Can You Count Them has them learning to count a large number of objects, and Everything Has Their Place teaches the value of placing things back where they belong so you can find it later. Once Upon a Kitty is another trip to imagination land since Kitty and Mimi have become bored with the stories they read, so they make their own. Finally, A Nice Walk in the City helps kids learn what all the traffic signs we see mean. Too bad they show non-US traffic signs.

And so our Hello Kitty adventure comes to an end. To reiterate, this is mainly for kids unless you?re really into Hello Kitty merchandise. In fast, you?d probably enjoy buying the merchandise more. Can?t have too many Hello Kitty Ear Cleaners (yes, they exist).

Features
English Language

Review Equipment
Toshiba 3109 player, Toshiba 36? Cinema Series via component, Pioneer VSX-810S receiver, Cerwin Vega front speakers, Pinnacle center and rears

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