Loopdidoo (DVD Review)18 May, 2008 By: Rachel Cericola
Prebook 5/21/08; Street 6/24/08
Based on Alexis Nesme's “Grabouillon” comic books, Loopdidoo is a French import that was first acquired by London's Cake Distribution then passed along to PorchLight Entertainment for its DVD release.
The animated adventures of 5-year-old Petunia and her mischievous mutt Loopdidoo translate very well to a U.S. audience, especially fans of the animation style seen on Nickelodeon's “Back at the Barnyard.”
Perfectly designed for preschoolers, there are 13 very short shorts in this cartoon collection. The duo's daily adventures include baking a cake, seeing how paint fares in the rain, finding a four-leaf clover, dealing with hiccups, the perils of playing with an iron, traveling to the end of the world and much more.
Other equally cute and perky characters include Basil, who is the boy next door and Petunia's classmate; Oodles the cat; Mrs. Mole; and the Flea Family, who come along for each ride — literally, since they are affixed to Loopdidoo's back.
Loopdidoo also is scheduled to premiere on high-def provider Voom HD's Animania Network. While the animation would certainly pop in high-definition, it would have no problem fitting into Noggin, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel or any of the many standard-def kiddie networks.
Although very few lessons can be learned here, Loopdidoo's fun, short format, coupled with 3-D animation and camera angles, should keep short-attention spans very entertained.