Are there any good toddler/young children widescreen DVDs?

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  1. Chad Hendrickson

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    Here's an interesting question for you...

    Are there any good toddler/young children WIDESCREEN DVDs? I am thinking something along the lines of Blue's Clues, Bear In The Big Blue House, or any other of the various children's shows.

    Anamorphic would be a plus!

    I'm buying a HDTV in December and I want to use all the real estate possible on it.
     
  2. John_Bonner

    John_Bonner Supporting Actor

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    TRy these:

    Toy Story 1 & 2

    The Muppet Movie

    Muppets from Space

    Muppets Take Manhattan

    Shrek

    Madeline

    Fly Away Home: Special Edition

    Emperor's New Groove: Special Edition
     
  3. Andrew W

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    My 4yo daughter also like A Bug's Life and Stuart Little.
     
  4. Steven L

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    I'm not sure you'll find any children's TV shows in widescreen since they are broadcast at full frame.
     
  5. Andy_S

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    I have a Bear in the Big Blue House DVD and my kids watch it on the 65" HDTV with no problem. Even though it's non-anamorphic, it still fills the screen vertically with black bars on the sides. It actually has a very crisp and clean image. Sometimes a little too much. You start to see the flaws in the set and the puppeteers hands/shadows that you normally wouldn't catch on broadcast TV.
     
  6. Ken_McAlinden

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    The Tigger Movie seems to be aimed at the Blues Clues age bracket.

    The new Barbie Nutcracker disc is anamorphic widescreen, but I haven't seen it.

    Regards,
     
  7. David Lambert

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    You don't say if you have a boy or girl. Here's some stuff not mentioned yet that my 3-year-old son really likes that are in Widescreen:
    Superman: The Movie!
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    • Anastasia
      Antz
      Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
      Batman: The Movie (1966)
      Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins
      Cats & Dogs
      Charlotte's Web
      Chicken Run
      Doctor Dolittle (1967)
      The Flintstones
      Iron Giant
      Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers/Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie
      The NeverEnding Story
      The NeverEnding Story II
      Road to El Dorado
      Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
      Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
    All the Disney and Muppets stuff, with very few exceptions, are WS. And, as George says in the next note, he thinks Star Wars rocks, too...he wants to see Ep. II in the theater!
     
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    My 16 month old sits fascinated through the entirety of Phantom Menance, and that's widescreen.
     
  9. Patrick McCart

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    Pee-Wee's Big Adventure

    Fantasia 2000

    Shrek

    Superman: The Movie

    Yellow Submarine (non-anamorphic, but it's a really good transfer of a 1.66:1 movie. The resoultion won't be too bad since it's only a difference of .33:1)

    Some 1.33:1 titles, but extremely good for younger children and they have excellent transfers:

    Wizard of Oz

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    Dumbo (Grainy, yes, but this is typical of 1940's film stocks. The color is excellent as is the picture...almost no flaws in the print.)

    Fantasia (If the child has a short attention span, I'd just show Sorceror's Apprentice, Dance of the Hours, Nutcracker, and the soundtrack bit.)
     
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    I hope the above post by Patrick is not an indicator of what to expect from the vBulletin software...[​IMG]
     
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  12. Edwin-S

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    I just finished watching one that I bought for about $16.00 Canadian. It's called "Robbie the Reindeer" and it is presented in the 16:9 ratio. Some of the humour will go over the head of a young kid but the beauty of this disc is that as a kid gets older they will get more of the references. It is a British stop motion animated special about Rudolph's son trying to get on the sleigh team. It is well animated (Brit stop motion animators are some of, if not the best animators using this technique) and the story is quite witty with some good injokes. An adult could sit down and watch this with their kid and not feel like their brains are running out of their ears. An added benefit is that a part of the purchase price from each DVD goes to a UK relief organization called "comic relief". I would recommend this disc even if you don't have kids. A person purchasing it would not only be helping out a worthy cause, they would be getting a good addition to the animation side of their collection.
    It is similar to the old Rankin/Bass stop motion Christmas specials but with a decidedly more "hip" feel to it. I mean, you can't go too wrong with a story where one of the reindeer is a physiotherapist. [​IMG] Check it out and see if you think it is appropriate for your kid.
     
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    What's the matter with Patrick's post?
     
  14. Edwin-S

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    ----What's the matter with Patrick's post? ----

    It has been modified. It was originally printed in massive eye blinding script.
     
  15. Patrick McCart

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    What? What's wrong with size 400 font? [​IMG]
    Ok...I put "30" instead of 13 in the font window...I really should pay attention to what I type. Sorry for the blinding.
     
  16. David Lambert

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    All if forgiven, Patrick. Especially on Thanksgiving Day.
    (I'm giving thanks that it's gone...) [​IMG]
     

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