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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Peppa Pig: Stars
Peppa Pig: Stars
Fox // Unrated // October 2, 2018
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Review by Ryan Keefer | posted October 31, 2018 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

There is something about British children's entertainment or the characters of same that provides a bit of comfort to those who watch it. I mean there are two Paddington movies now and I can't not get the smell of marmalade on toast out of my nostrils, and this bleeds through to other British shows I watch with my son now, the latest of those being Peppa Pig, one in a family of pigs who do the normal human type things.

Created in the UK and first airing in 2004, the show finds Peppa, her younger brother, mother and father and chronicles their experiences. Some of them, like being stuck in a traffic jam, are a little more mundane than others, while we see a pet competition at Peppa's school, or more de rigeur subjects for toddlers like looking at the stars or a bouncy ball of high interest. At a high level, Peppa experiences the subject, has it explained and then the show generally ends, sometimes neat, sometimes not. Peppa has friends that are also animals and they serve as an introduction to whatever new experiences she's going through as well.

Aside from being comfortable within the skin it owns when telling these stories, Peppa has the right amount of silly laughs (Daddy Pig's canyon-esque oinking chief among them) and doesn't spend enough time reinforcing what it is the viewer sees. And it doesn't have to, given that older viewers of Peppa Pig are maybe 4. It's relatable and grounded and lies in perfect sensibilities with fans.

Where Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers get into slightly more complicated material if you're two years old, Peppa Pig seems to fall into the right area and keeps things simple for the little one in your house.

The Disc
The Video:

There are a dozen episodes of Peppa Pig, running about five minutes in length and all appear in 1.78:1 widescreen. Given the nature of the source material there isn't a lot to banter over, I'd characterize the animation as early era South Park with a little more fluidity to it. Colors are natural looking if it is the pink of the pigs or the dark night, and the image lacks any noise or edge enhancement to otherwise deter from the experience. Solid viewing all around.

The Sound:

Two-channel stereo for all episodes and it doesn't get a lot to do anyway. There are a couple of murmurs from a school bus engine, but it's largely dialogue driven with nothing to get things moving more dynamic. You're not going to mind, and neither will your kid honestly, it sounds fine.

The Extras:

Nada.

Final Thoughts:

If you're looking for a break and need to find something to entertain your child, 3-4 episodes of Peppa Pig before breakfast seem like a good way to get his mind going, without him getting confused or overwhelmed by subjects for an older crowd. Technically the disc is fine and the lack of extras unsurprising, so if you have a toddler this may be one to have them check out.

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