Yikes. Normally I don't mind taking one for the team, grabbing the occasional kid-friendly Nick Jr. screeners that nobody else wants just to watch something with the little one. I can deal with the occasional round of PAW Patrol, Blaze, or even Bubble Guppies on rare occasions; these are the sacrifices you make as the parent of a TV-loving kid, after all, plus I've got a high tolerance for fluffy entertainment. But Sunny Day is pretty much where I draw the line: it's a completely vapid and annoying show aimed at young girls that my seven-year-old daughter didn't even like all that much. Filled with flat characters, forgettable stories, and cheap animation, Sunny Day isn't entertaining in the slightest.
Even worse, the three main characters are super girly-girls obsessed with fashion, accessories, and hairstyles, which are lazily shoehorned into each episode as potential problem-solving opportunities just so the creative team can claim this show is teaching kids something (it's not). Each 22-minute episode is at least twice as long as it needs to be, stretching out the half-baked stories to their limit while making sure to include at least one generic, auto-tuned song break along the way. Did I even say what Sunny Day is about? Blonde Bratz doll Sunny runs a hair salon in colorful Friendly Falls with her friends Rox the hair colorist and Blair the receptionist. Her dog Doodle has highlights and a voice! They use their knowledge of hair to solve problems, kind of! They drive a Glam Van! Somebody ordered 40 episodes of this nonsense, which will be stretched over at least two seasons! Geez, I'd rather be watching Shopkins: World Vacation.
Thankfully, I didn't have to suffer for very long. As usual for Nick Jr. shows on DVD, this first self-titled volume of Sunny Day includes less than 90 minutes of content: just four measly episodes (presented out of order, naturally) and no extras, which will make collecting the whole run both confusing and expensive if you're a masochist. Paramount's DVD looks and sounds good...but unless your little ones are over the moon for this show (*shudder*), just stream it instead. Episodes include "Friendship Day", "Sunny and the Princesses", "Stick with Me", and "If Timmy Gives You Apples".
Quality Control Department
Video & Audio Quality
Since Sunny Day has been on the air for a whopping eight months, it's no surprise that Paramount's DVD (which presents the series in its original 1.78:1 aspect ratio) looks great with bright colors, strong image detail, and depth between the flat characters and their rendered backgrounds. The stylized color schemes are vivid with no obvious bleeding, while shadow detail and black levels are consistent from start to finish. Small amounts of banding can be seen, but that's expected for the format and may very well be a source material issue. Though it doesn't have the same spit and polish as a Blu-ray, this is another great-looking disc from Paramount that obviously beats most broadcast versions.
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The audio for Sunny Day is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1, with optional Dolby Digital 2.0 French and Spanish dubs; it sounds as clean and dynamic as you'd expect for a recent show. Voices and music are crisp and clear without fighting for attention, while a modest amount of channel separation gives many of the song-driven moments a decent amount of punch. No optional Closed Captions or subtitles are included during these episodes, unfortunately.
Menu Design, Presentation & Packaging
The colorful, clean menu designs are attractive and easy to navigate. This one-disc release is housed in an eco-friendly keepcase with a not-so-eco-friendly slipcover, plain gray disc artwork, and no extras of any kind.
Kids' shows are a dime a dozen these days, and disposable stuff like Sunny Day probably won't be around in another year or two for good reason. Featuring colorful but dull characters, a very limited premise, gender stereotypes at least two decades old, and little to no entertainment or educational value, Sunny Day doesn't even qualify as a decent baby-sitter for busy parents. Paramount's DVD package is just as lazy, serving up a good A/V presentation but less than 90 minutes of total content. "This food is awful, and the portions are so small!", says the hypocrite. Skip It.
Randy Miller III is an affable office monkey by day and film reviewer by night. He also does freelance design work, teaches art classes and runs a website or two. In his limited free time, Randy also enjoys slacking off, juggling HD DVDs and writing in third person.