When I looked at my first Peppa Pig DVD a few months ago, I don't think I was prepared for what would come next in my home. Maybe when I was watching these with my two-year-old, it triggered something for him because now, it is his to-go source of entertainment in the mornings while Dad and Mom make his breakfast and on weekdays, meals for school. Buddy, go back to Llama Llama!
I kid. As I've discovered, not only is Peppa available on a lot of YouTube channels, but there is a certain sort of Pixar/Disney/I don't know what, sense of maturity to the cartoons. Not so much that the kids would notice, but in some episodes, it can really be something as quick as a camera look, or a gentle pan in to a character's face, or a loud noise, that can make the parents laugh too. Maybe it's the Stockholm Syndrome talking, I don't know.
On Peppa Pig: Princess Peppa, we get a glimpse of that, but given that there are twelve episodes that span from 2004-2012, or from Series 1-4 if you'd like. They range from treasure hunts for Peppa and her little brother George, to a visit to the Queen on a double-decker bus. Peppa is a young girl maybe in early Elementary school, George is not in school yet, and the show covers their friends, parents and grandparents, for those of you keeping score at home.
The disc has had some moments of hilarity for grownups, but the kids are going to love it more for obvious reasons as it speaks to them much more. In "The Queen" for instance you'll get a smile or two, but nothing that is going to make you bust a gut. It's cute for you, but it's great for your kids.
The dozen episodes are presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and all look OK. The animation is a kind of computer enhanced early South Park era of crudely drawn figures with little in the way of motion for the characters. The colors look sharp as they're going to be and there's been nothing noticeable in terms of image processing, it looks solid.
Two-channel Dolby stereo for all. There isn't a lot going on dynamically with these things, all the dialogue is in the front of the soundstage, there's no need for directional effects or channel panning, they're an adult indulgence for these things. So the episodes sound clean as can be and don't hiss or chirp or any other sonic artifacts. Besides, given the target demo, the source wasn't going to do much anyway.
An episode of "The Frog Prince" is included but, frankly if your kid likes Peppa he'll skip this regardless of merits.
Peppa Pig: Princess Peppa gives you more of the Peppa, George Mommy and Daddy pig, with a variety of episodes designed to entertain your kids without the cynicism or proselytizing that other shows may have. Technically the show is fine and the additional episode of another show may give your kid something they would want to try out. Nevertheless, Peppa is killing in our house at the moment and this disc only encourages more devotion to Peppa Pig.