Archive for September, 2007

History’s Heroes New DVD-One of the Most Honored of the Year-Wins Parents’ Choice Silver and Other Awards

Posted in Press Releases on September 18th, 2007

For Immediate Release



New History’s Heroes 
One of the Most Honored DVDs of the Year



PROSSER, WA (Sept. 18)—“Patrick Henry: Quest for Freedom,” the initial title in the History’s Heroes DVD series is one of the most honored children’s DVDs of the year having received numerous awards from prestigious organizations that honor the very best in children’s entertainment, it was announced today by Rob Mercer, president and founder of American Animation Studios, located in Prosser.


This debut title in the History’s Heroes series, which aims to tell the story of a particular American hero or heroine through colorful characters, delightful humor, and vivid 3-D animation, has won the following:


  • Parents’ Choice Silver Award
  • KIDS FIRST! endorsement
  • Award of Excellence from Film Advisory Board
  • The Family Review Platinum Award
  • iParenting Media Award
  • Dove Foundation Approval


The 35 –minute “Patrick Henry: Quest for Freedom,” recommended for ages eight and older, is now available on DVD for a suggested retail price of $19.95.  Bonus features on the DVD include English and Spanish subtitles, a behind-the-scenes look at how the program was made, and access to the History’s Heroes web site for profiles of other heroes and heroines, homework help, and much more.


The company has also released an Education Edition of each DVD, which includes all that is on the consumer plus the 12 minute “featurette” of Patrick Henry’s famous appearance and speech at the Legislative Assembly in Virginia, a discussion guide, student quizzes, classroom projects, and other teaching resources. This expanded Education Edition retails for $39.95.


 History’s Heroes series is storytelling at its best. Instead of dry dates and facts, each animated History’s Heroes DVD tells the story of a particular American hero or heroine through colorful characters who actually talk to young viewers, instead of at them. The events and values of our American heritage are brought to life with delightful humor, vivid 3-D animation, and easy-to-follow storylines — all in a format children love, understand, and can enjoy over and over.

In  “Patrick Henry: Quest for Freedom,” host Boomer, a comical but charming eagle, introduces young patriots to Patrick Henry, one of the American Revolution’s most influential advocates, best known for his “Give me liberty or give me death” speech. This engaging program takes viewers back to Henry’s childhood and a chance encounter with a young Thomas Jefferson inspires him to pursue a career (self-taught) in law. 


Henry’s integrity and passionate belief in the colonists’ right to independence lead him to speak out against King George, denounce corrupt government officials, and crusade for the rights of his fellow Americans.  The riveting dramatization of Henry’s famous speech will keep even the youngest viewers entranced, as Boomer humorously translates Henry’s sophisticated language into simple terms anyone can understand.


 The next title in the series “Paul Revere: Midnight Ride will be released in November.  Beginning in 2008, American Animation Studios will release two History’s Heroes DVDs each year, featuring such heroes and heroines as Frederick Douglass, Annie Oakley, Amelia Earhart, and others.


Fun activities, profiles of American heroes and heroines, additional information about our country’s history, and homework help can be found at  To order History’s Heroes call
1-866-401-HERO (401-4376) or visit


About American Animation Studios
American Animation Studios was founded by Rob Mercer and John Derrick after they went searching for entertaining yet educational videos for their school-age children. Surprised by the lack of options on American history, the two dads decided to fill the need by re-creating the stories of American heroes and heroines in 3-D animation. The result is History’s Heroes, a DVD series and web site for children, ages 8 and up. Along with the realism of 3-D animation, the DVDs are characterized by spoken narration, original soundtracks, and the voices of professional actors — all to enhance the learning value for classrooms and the viewing appeal for families.





Press Information:         Andrea Blain
Andrea Blain Public Relations
9750 Crawford Ave.
Skokie, IL  60076
Phone:  847-933-9884
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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment Offers DVD Boxed Sets for the Holidays

Posted in Press Releases on September 11th, 2007

‘Tis the Season to Enjoy All-New DVD Box Sets
 Featuring Everyone’s Favorite Friends’ Barney, Thomas the Tank Engine, Bob the Builder and Angelina Ballerina


Must-Have Box Sets With Collectible Packaging Marks
The First DVD Collections For Thomas & Friends™ and Angelina Ballerina
From HIT Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


LOS ANGELES / NEW YORK, NY- Sept. 12, 2007- Let it snow with all-new box set collections this holiday season featuring preschool favorites Barney, Bob the Builder and for the first time Thomas & Friends and Angelina Ballerina.  No gift list will be complete without Barney: The Imagination Collection, Bob the Builder: Ultimate Adventure Collection, Thomas & Friends: Steam Engine Stories and Angelina Ballerina: A Star Collection. There is something for every toddler whether it is imagining with Barney, building solutions with Bob the Builder, riding the rails with Thomas the Tank Engine or pirouetting with Angelina Ballerina.  Each box set from HIT Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment contains three popular catalog titles and is available on October 16, 2007 for a suggested retail price of $29.98.


Angelina Ballerina: A Star Collection Fast Facts:

  • Street Date: October 16, 2007
  • Pre-book Date: September 19, 2007
  • DVD SRP: $29.98
  • DVD Running Time: 155 minutes
  • Synopsis: Angelina stars in her first-ever gift set compilation with three great DVDs perfectly timed for the holiday season! Based on the enormously popular books by Helen Craig and Katharine Holabird, Angelina Ballerina is a remarkable little mouse who dreams of becoming a prima ballerina. Headstrong, passionate, and feisty, she is a character that all children can relate to. Join Angelina and her mousling friends as they dance through “In The Wings,” pirouettes in “Rose Fairy Princess” and hits center stage with “Lights, Camera, Action!”


Barney: The Imagination Collection Fast Facts:

  • Street Date: October 16, 2007
  • Pre-book Date: September 19, 2007
  • DVD SRP: $29.98
  • DVD Running Time: 150 minutes
  • Synopsis: Everyone’s favorite purple dinosaur is back with an all new DVD gift set! Along with his friends, Barney teaches youngsters the importance of please and thank you, caring for others and creativity. This exciting collection includes “Read with Me, Dance with Me,” “Happy Mad Silly Sad,” and “Best Manners.”

Bob the Builder: Ultimate Adventure Collection Fast Facts:

  • Street Date: October 16, 2007
  • Pre-book Date: September 19, 2007
  • DVD SRP: $29.98
  • DVD Running Time: 105 Minutes
  • Synopsis: Bob and the Can-Do Crew are here to save the day!  Find out if Bob and the team can rescue Roley before he flattens the town; learn new building skills with Dizzy; and discover how Lofty’s magnet can help the construction site.  Join Bob and his friends Dizzy, Roley and Lofty in 12 action-packed adventures.


Thomas & Friends: Steam Engine Stories Fast Facts:

  • Street Date: October 16, 2007
  • Pre-book Date: September 19, 2007
  • DVD SRP: $29.98
  • DVD Running Time: 156 Minutes      
  • Synopsis: Jump aboard the most useful engine on the Island of Sodor with Thomas’ first-ever DVD gift set of Steam Engine Stories. Thomas rides the rails like no other engine on the Island and wants you to join him on his next adventure. Pulling into the station this season is Track Stars, Come Ride the Rails, and Tales From the Tracks.


About HIT Entertainment
HIT Entertainment, owned by private equity investment group Apax Partners, is one of the world’s leading independent children’s entertainment producers and rights-owners. HIT’s portfolio includes properties, such as Barney™, Bob the Builder™, Thomas & Friends™, Pingu™, Fireman Sam™, Angelina Ballerina™ and Rainbow Magic™. HIT represents Fifi and the Flowertots and Roary the Racing Car in North America and Japan and acts as a worldwide representative for The Jim Henson Company’s library of classic family brands and as representative for The Wiggles® in the UK. HIT also owns the Guinness World Records™ publishing and television property. Launched in 1989, HIT’s lines of business span television and video production (including studios in the US and the UK), publishing, consumer products licensing and live events. With a catalogue of more than 1,000 hours of young children’s programming, HIT sells its shows to more than 240 countries worldwide, in more than 40 different languages and has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. In 2005, the Company joined Comcast Corporation, PBS and Sesame Workshop to launch PBS KIDS SproutSM, a 24-hour digital cable channel and VOD service for preschoolers.  For more information, visit


About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
A recognized global industry leader, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming on VHS and DVD as well as video acquisitions and original productions.  Each year the Company introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets – from mass merchants and warehouse clubs to specialty stores and e-commerce – throughout the world.  Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC is a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, a News Corporation company.


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Andrea Blain
Andrea Blain Public Relations
9750 Crawford Ave.
Skokie, IL 60076
847-933-9884 phone
847-673-5836 fax



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