Guess How Much I Love You: Hidden Treasures (DVD)

“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.

“Hidden Treasure”
Little Nutbrown Hare (Matthew Jacob Wayne) learns that not all treasure can be easily identified.

“Finder’s Keepers”
Little Redwood Fox (Kat Cressida) finds a pile of acorns; she must decide what to do with them when she learns they originally belonged to someone else.

“It’s Okay”
Little Nutbrown Hare learns sometimes accidents happen when Little Field Mouse (Allie Carlton) accidentally destroys something he was working on.

“Slip, Slop, Slide”
It’s time to skate on the ice, but Little Nutbrown Hare is having difficulty trying to skate just like his friends.

“Inside Day”
Little Field Mouse and Little Nutbrown Hare try hibernating like their friend Little Gray Squirrel (Stuart Allan).

“Where’s Little Redwood Fox?”
A game of snow seek becomes a puzzle when Little Redwood Fox somehow manages to disappear.

“Snowflake”
Little Nutbrown Hare finds the perfect snowflake for Big Nutbrown Hare (Kirk Thornton), but before he can show him, it melts.

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.

THE VERDICT

Not guilty.

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Here are the top ten things we know: 1) She lives in Ohio 2) She is MWOC unless you count her two dogs 3) Believes Avatar was NOT the greatest movie ever made 4) Operates on a primarily nocturnal basis 5) Wants to write the screenplay for the movie adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle 6) Watches a variety of shows on television including, but not limited to: Castle, @midnight, Face Off, Sherlock and Whose Line is it Anyway? 7) Does not believe anyone will actually read this besides the editor (hello, Editor!) 8) Has attended more than one N*SYNC concert in her lifetime but only one NKOTB concert 9) Was in a car crash that would have killed her had she not been wearing her seat belt 10) Is in the process of catching up on Supernatural (incidentally would possibly leave her husband for either of the Winchester Brothers depending on the episode in question) and the bonus! 11) Enjoys reading, writing, laying on the beach (long walks tire her out) and assorted snack foods like frozen M&M's.
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