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Shopkins Chef Club - DVD Review


Title: Shopkins Chef Club

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HTS Overall Score:59




Summary
Commercialism is probably the biggest and most powerful force in all of cinema. Especially when it comes to kids and the toys and movies they collect and watch. “Transformers” was nothing but an excuse to sell action figures, and nothing beats the all-powerful marketing machine that is “Monster House”, which exists solely to sell toys, stickers, backpacks and other merchandise to preteen kids. However, move over “Monster House”, there’s a new gig in town. This time it’s “Shopkins”, a series of toys that are made in the shape of food and other food related items by Moose Toys based out of Australia. The toys range in size as well as rarity and price, making them collectibles for the little kiddies and pure profit for Moose Toys. “Shopkins Chef Club” is really several “seasons” of 2 minute webisodes pushed together to make one 45 minute “movie” for the kiddies.

I have to warn you that there is very little substance at all to “Shopkins Chef Club” besides pure unadulterated consumerism. Most of the shows are 2 minute blurbs with the 1x1 inch characters teaching some sort of trite lesson as they go and visit the chef’s club in order to learn how to cook properly. We’ve got Apple Blossom, Kooky Cookie, Nina Noodles and a host of other little munckins learning how to cook but also learning how to employ good morals and ethics amidst their efforts. We go through things like cheating, lying, and the frantic need to fish for compliments all the time, but nothing is ever really meaningful or pertinent besides a couple of platitudes.

I have a REALLY hard time with “Shopkins Chef Club”. I’m usually VERY forgiving when it comes to kids films as I have to view it through their eyes and realize that they’re not meant for a near 40 year old male. I’m completely fine with things like “Thomas & Friends”, “Monster House”, and even “Barbie” for what they are, but “Shopkins” just REEEEEEEEKS of pure effort to sell little toys without putting much effort into their product. The animation is cheesy and cheap, the toys are basically looking at the screen and yelling at you to buy them, and the 2 minute stories are just slapped onto disc so quickly and shoddily that you can’t help but wonder if this DVD was nothing but walking advertisement. Supposedly there is a series cartoon coming out in 2016, but I haven’t seen any word on an actual release, but for fans of the webisodes or toys this will have to do.










Rating:

Not Rated by the MPAA



Video
If anything, “Shopkins Chef Club” is a bright and shiny experience full of amazing pinks and more pinks and pinks galore (along with a myriad of other colors). The show is really one big display of vibrant colors, and while the digital animation is pretty low budget, the color saturation levels and fine detail are exceptional. The pinks of chef club show up against the pinks, blues and greens of everything else and balance nicely against the other pinks (can you tell there’s a lot of pinks in the show?). Fine detail is solid enough, with no breaks or jaggies in the lines and fairly sharp detail for the limited budget CGI. Blacks are strong enough and I only noticed a little bit of macroblocking here and there to keep the image down. A good effort from Universal and Moose Toys.








Audio
The 5.1 Dolby Digital track is pretty mild, but that is to be expected for a children’s animated film like “Shopkins”. Dialog is the main workhorse of the mix and it is translated cleanly and clearly for all to hear. There is a few bits of musical synth pop music that is full of bounce and cheer, but mostly this is really a 3.1 track with little to no surround support. The front soundstage is fairly active with the little toys bouncing all over the place, and there’s some decent imaging, but overall this is a low budget children’s release that’s main focus is letting the kids hear what the toys are saying. Simple, effective, but fairly Spartan in the long run.









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• "Nothing"













Overall:

You know you’ve failed as a children’s film when even the 4-5 year nephews and nieces at my disposal asked me to turn it off after 15 minutes. “Shopkins Chef Club” is nothing but a walking toy advertisement, but not even that good of one either. The more lessons that one naturally learns in these shows feel like cheap platitudes, and the kiddy humor is about on par with 3-4 year olds with the only redeeming quality about the show being the brightly lit colors that keep the kids going “oooo shiny”. That is if the kids can actually pay attention long enough to get through the 45 minutes. Audio and video are solid enough for a kids DVD but there are no extras whatsoever (although I doubt anyone would be interested in watching them). I applaud Moose Toys for expanding out from the toys line into the lucrative children’s film market, but this first try for the Australian company has sadly fallen flat on its face.


Additional Information:


Starring: Erika Harlacher, David Lodge, Cassandra Morris
Directed By: Raymond McGrath
Written By: Mark Zaslove
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 MPEG2
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French DD 5.1
Studio: Universal
Rated: Not Rated
Runtime: 44 minutes
DVD Release Date: October 25th 2016



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