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Trumpton - Chigley - Camberwick Green. The Complete Collection [DVD] [1969]

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  • Actors: Brian Cant
  • Writers: Gordon Murray, Alison Prince
  • Producers: Gordon Murray
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Firefly
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Nov. 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006RHSE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,292 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Three children's tv favorites from 60s and loved by successive generations of kids since collected on one DVD set that has become a rarity. Originally aired by the BBC on the Watch with Mother slot their ongoing popularity and nostalgia is typified by the many positive customer reviews below.

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For beginners: Camberwick Green, Trumpton and Chigley were all made in the late 1960s and chronicled the doings of residents in three nearby settlements. They were made using puppets in stop-motion. Each series expanded on the characters and landscape of the previous one; coming to it again as an adult I'm surprised just how much interlock there is, with a lot of characters from one series cropping up in another. (Pretentiousness alert: you could compare them to the way Trollope interlocks his groups of characters in Barsetshire.) The time in which they are set is roughly that at which they were made, or perhaps an old-fashioned version of it, but in the same way that a child will play with a mixture of toys and not care that model cars are built to different scales or that a cowboy is defending a model castle, there are anachronisms: the boys at Pippin Fort military academy ride in an army lorry but wear 18th century grenadiers' outfits, complete with pigtail.

How well do they stand up today? Well, my five year old watched them with huge enjoyment, which has to be the best test of all. They are certainly of their time; you won't find black or disabled characters and attitudes to authority are pretty deferential. You're unlikely, however, to find anything that positively grates and the target group, infants of pre-school and reception age, will enjoy it.

What you get with this set of DVDs is the complete set of three series. Full marks for completeness; that is, however, all that you get.
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With 9 hours of Camberwick Green, Trumpton and Chigley (all the episodes from each series) this is very good value. Obviously a 2 year old is not going to watch a marathon viewing of it but it provides lots of story variety rather than a video with four episodes on and is of slightly better quality to view than the video. Quite a memorable watch for mum too!
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Bought this partly for my daughter and partly out of nostalgia for the TV of my youth.
The rating of this item is not a reflection of the original programme content - this is just as good as I remembered (5 stars!). The narration is spot on and the stories have a simple, repetitive beauty that children love.
However, buyers should remember that these programmes were made DECADES ago. The quality of the playback is distinctly variable - some episodes are OK, but others are blighted by 'scratchiness' on the screen. Some episodes are noticeably darker than others. Worst of all, payback suffers from a sort of 'wobble' - this varies between episodes, but the worst ones made me feel a little sea-sick after a few minutes!
I can only assume that this is down to the quality of the original tapes from which the DVD was produced. I note that this is not a BBC product, and is not up to the standard of other collections I have seen (e.g., Bagpuss). Perhaps true fans should petition for a 're-mastered' edition from Auntie Beeb herself.
Summary:
Pros: Gotta love those puppets. Brian Cant's narration. 39 episodes on 3 DVDs
Cons: video quality variable, with disturbing 'wobble' on some episodes. Very basic menu function only - no notes or accompanying info.
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Our 2 year old daughter is now thoroughly enjoying the programmes her parents so enjoyed years ago. The simplicity of the animation and clarity of script makes it ageless and therefore still very watchable. Delighted that we can still share these classics today.
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I bought all 3 DVD's mainly through years of 'ribbing'from my parents and sister alike about stories of my childhood and my love affair with Trumpton. You see, as a 1971 child, and one that was sports mad, not even a game of street soccer could ever stop me from running in to the sounds of "Dean, Trumpton is on".
Of course I purchased the set for my 3 year old son but a trip down memory lane was a factor for me and what a trip it was! The stories are still as I can vividly remember them - a make-believe world of goodness and friendliness, a world where the commuity holds together.
My son positively loved the characters and the models of the farmers truck, army wagon, fire engine and of Lord Bellboroughs "cho cho" and I strongly believe his speach and use of words have improved since viewing thanks mainly to Brian Cants clear and concise (and friendly) manner.
All in all I could not rate this highly enough for my son - he watches it so much I know the words (again!). One word - brilliant!
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It is great to see the complete Camberwick Green, Trumpton and Chigley available, especially in one DVD box collection. However, it really does show its age. According to my 2 year old, it is certainly no competition for the Teletubbies or the Tweenies!
The transfer to DVD also shows just how old the original programmes are (from the late 1960's) and the image wobbles at times and the opening titles are grainy and have the odd scratch. However, the sound is good quality and once past the opening titles, each story is clear to view.
The stories certainly reflect the age in which they were written and produced and I think many people below the age of about 30 will not find it the ideal type of learning tool for their children. However, for the rest of us it is a happy return to earlier times and the songs and music are still quite catchy!
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