Judge Dawn Hunt will happily guess how much candy you have hidden behind your back.
"Guess how much I love you?"
Based on the series of books by Sam McBratney, and now a television series, Guess How Much I Love You: Hidden Treasure is a collection of eight episodes from the series.
"Slip, Slop, Slide"
"Where's Little Redwood Fox?"
Each episode is told with a gentle lesson and compiled to be a short and sweet calming experience, borne out by a runtime of less than 15 minutes. They remind me of the Beatrix Potter series of books in the way the animals are utilized, and the look of the video evokes animation from an earlier era where bright pops of color and bold palettes were not the norm.
The 1.78:1 video transfer is a simple animation reminiscent of the kind of children's books that have grown into classics, such as the Winnie-the-Pooh series. And Disney has their hand in this pie as well so it's no surprise there are echoes of its earlier animal-based animated films such as Robin Hood in the influences. Kids who are addicted to the flash and bold colors of today's CGI offerings will likely find this disc too bland but I enjoy the simplicity. Likewise the Dolby Digital 2.0 track is about as basic as it comes but there's barely anything to stress the system anyway so it's not a problem. All the levels are at their best with no static or other distractions.
There are no special features.
At just about 10 minutes apiece, these episodes are perfect for playing before your little one goes to bed. The simple morals and gentle atmosphere work to calm kids down instead of hyping them up. As a go-to disc for bedtime, I say this is a yes.
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