Archive for February, 2008

Barney Roars Into Stores March 4th with All-New “Animal ABCs” DVD

Posted in Press Releases on February 27th, 2008

For Immediate Release

 

How Do You Spell Fun With Animals? 
B-A-R-N-E-Y!

 


 All-New DVD Featuring Everybody’s Favorite Purple Dinosaur

 

“Barney Animal ABCs”

 

Roaring into Stores March 4, 2008 from Twentieth

Century Fox Home Entertainment and HIT Entertainment

 

Los Angeles/New York (Feb. 27, 2008) – Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!  Not to mention dogs and cows and hamsters and elephants and … well, a veritable hodgepodge of representatives from the animal kingdom are introduced in Barney Animal ABCs, the latest title featuring everyone’s favorite purple dinosaur, available March 4, 2008 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and HIT Entertainment.

 

Celebrating an extraordinary 20th year entertaining children – making him a true Jurassic Classic – Barney is back along with Baby Bop and all their endearing playground friends to introduce a fun new way to practice the alphabet and learn interesting facts about different animals.

 

In Barney Animal ABCs, the gang has found building blocks featuring the alphabet.  Wanting to play a game using the blocks, Barney suggests finding an animal to match each letter.  As they move from ants to gophers, iguanas to whales – even finding matches for the ever-elusive Q, X and Z (quails, X-ray fish and zebras, in case you were stumped) – the two-fold lesson is both entertaining and educational as each animal is introduced with a description of its characteristics, physical attributes, habitats and more. 

 

Featuring both classic ditties like “Old Macdonald, ” “The Ants Go Marching” and, of course, the “Alphabet Song,” along with original tunes, the live-action program takes viewers to a dog park, the zoo (petting and other) and even the circus to watch the animals in their simply natural but wondrous glory.  Along the way young learners also learn the importance of taking care of beloved pets and what a veterinarian does.  So pony up with Barney Animal ABCs and give kids a roaring good time, doggone it!

 

The DVD release coincides with the second leg of Barney’s 20 City Purple Bus Tour, which includes visits to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, appearances at Toys”R”Us stores and the launch of new toys from Play Along, a division of  JAKKS  Pacific.

 

Barney Animal ABCs Fast Facts:

  • Street Date:  March 4, 2008
  • DVD SRP:  $14.98 (U.S.), $18.98 (Canada)
  • DVD Running Time:  55 minutes

 

Highlights:

  • Bonus Episode: Fifi and the Flower tots “Stingo Gets Stuck”
  • Auto Play
  • Spanish Language Track

 

Barney 20th Birthday National Purple Bus Tour:
To coincide with the latest DVD release, Barney will continue his 20-city Big Purple Bus Tour, sponsored by JAKKS pacific and in partnership with Toys”R”Us and Children’s Miracle Network.  At each three-day stop, Barney will visit children at local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals where he will perform a birthday Sing-Along, take pictures with children and donate toys and DVDs to the hospital.

 

On the second and third day of each local stop, Barney will host a meet-and-greet birthday party at Toys”R”Us stores. Children will have the opportunity to present Barney with a super-dee-duper birthday card that they design and create right at the Toys”R”Us store!

 

Barney’s Big Purple Bus Tour Spring Leg:
Houston, TX: 2/29 – 3/2
Dallas, TX: 3/7-3/9
San Francisco, CA: 4/4-4/6
Seattle, WA 4/11-4/13

 

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 www.hitentertainment.com and www.hitshopusa.com.

 

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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All-New “Bob the Builder: Building Bobland Bay” Comes to DVD March 4th

Posted in Press Releases on February 27th, 2008

 

 

For Immediate Release

 

Welcome to Bobland Bay!

 


Everyone’s Favorite Builder Travels to the Seashore in

 

‘Bob the Builder: Building Bobland Bay’ 

 

All New-DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
and HIT Entertainment Landing in Stores March 4, 2008

Los Angeles/New York (Feb. 27, 2008) – Bob the Builder™ and the Can-Do Crew team are building a wonderful new seaside development for the citizens of Sunflower Valley – complete with a new lifeguard tower, drive-in movie theater, skate park and more – in the all-new DVD Bob the Builder: Building Bobland Bay, in stores March 4, 2008 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and HIT Entertainment.

 

Featuring six brand new stories, Building Bobland Bay sees Bob and his Can-Do Crew visit new locations, face new building challenges and make new friends. Building Bobland Bay motivates young builders to complete the task at hand and have fun while doing so!

 

In the acclaimed Bob the Builder series, created by Keith Chapman, Bob always demonstrates that the Fun Is In Getting It Done.  Along with his business partner Wendy, Spud the Scarecrow and the machine team, including Scoop, Muck, Lofty, Roley, Dizzy, Packer and new members Flex and Tumbler – the team always has the right tools and the right attitude to work together and complete any job.  Can they fix it?  Yes they can!

 

Bob the Builder: Building Bobland Bay Fast Facts:
·         Street Date:  March 4, 2008
·         DVD SRP: 14.98 (U.S.)/$18.98 Canada
·         DVD Running Time: 54 minutes
·         Bonus Features:
o        Fireman Sam episode entitled “Bug-Eyed Boy From Venus”
o        “Fifi and the Flowertots  episode “Hole Lot of Fun” 
o        Spanish and French language tracks.

 

Stories on Building Bobland Bay include:
·         “The House That Lofty Built” – Bob has turned his mobile home into the on-site office for the Bobland Bay development, forgetting that he’ll need to find a place to sleep!  Lofty takes up the task of creating a shelter for him, but not without a few structural hurdles to clear.  In the end, the team realizes that no matter the dwelling, there’s no place like home and sharing it with friends in the best home of all.
·         “Bob’s Big Idea” – Everyone decides that it’s high time Bob had a dream house of his own and come up with all sorts of ideas for the design.  Problem is, Bob can’t think of any ideas of his own!  But after seeing his friends working hard on his behalf, he realizes it’s not who has the ideas, it’s being part of a team that’s important.
·         “Lofty the Lifeguard” – Faster than you can say Baywatch … Famed film director Oscar Flicks has come to town to shoot his new action movie.  But, Lofty is terribly camera shy!  When fear gets the better of him, he must overcome it to save Oscar from a watery fate.
·         “Star Struck Spud” – Bob and the team make plans to build a drive-in movie theater and the first flick shown will be Oscar’s new project starring lifeguard Mitch Dixon.  Spud, ever eager to be part of the action, becomes Oscar’s assistant but struggles to succeed at the tasks at hand.  Can he find his place and get the job done to help get the movie made on time?  Yes he can!
·         “Tumbler and the Skate Park” – Everyone excitedly waits for the new skate park to be built.  It’s a cement job too big for just Dizzy so new crew member Tumbler, a loud, boastful cement mixer, arrives and wastes no time undermining Dizzy’s contributions.  When his big wheels get him into trouble, it’s a humbling lesson for Tumbler, who realizes that bigger doesn’t always mean better!
·         “Fantastic Flex” – Meet new team member Flex, a truck with a very special flexible crane-like arm.  When the local lighthouse needs a new lens, Flex, a little too eager to please, tries to deliver it by himself, but soon learns that teamwork means doing what you’re best at and letting others do what they’re best at.  And together everyone can get the job done!

 

The building adventures in Bobland Bay continue in September when 14 episodes of Bob the Builder – Project: Build It set at this seaside location air on PBS Kids® (check local listings).

 

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 www.hitentertainment.com and www.hitshopusa.com.

 

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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All-New Thomas & Friends “Engines And Escapades” Comes to DVD March 4th

Posted in Press Releases on February 27th, 2008

For Immediate Release

 

Full Steam Ahead For Fun & Excitement As Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and HIT Entertainment Release:

 

THOMAS & FRIENDS™: ENGINES AND ESCAPADES


 

 Los Angeles

/New York (Feb. 27, 2008) – Join beloved Thomas the Tank Engine™ and all his Narrow Gauge friends, as they head off on exciting adventures in the all-new DVD Thomas & Friends: Engines and Escapades, arriving in stores nationwide March 4, 2008 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and HIT Entertainment. Thomas and his Narrow Gauge friends Duncan, Rusty, Freddy, Skarloey, Rheneas, Sir Handle, controller Percival and Thomas’ newest friend Madge, the kindly snub-nosed truck, come down the tracks in these six never-before-seen adventures with storyteller Michael Brandon.  In addition, children can sing-along with the puffing steam cloud to two music videos. 

 

·         “Duncan Does It All” – Duncan, the engine who enjoys staying busy, has become bored with his usual job of transporting straw around Sodor.  His desire for exciting new work leads to a day of job-hopping, taking over the duties of his engine friends with the promise to do a good job.  But after realizing he never completed any of the tasks he agreed to do, he quickly corrects his mistake, learning that it’s always important to keep your word and finish what you start.

 

·         “Sir Handle in Charge” – Sir Handel, one of the oldest and wisest of the Narrow Gauge Engines, likes telling others what to do.  When the depot controller Percival gives him the responsibility of fulfilling a very important special, Sir Handel sets out to find the very best engines to complete the task.  The others offer their help, but in his one-track-mindedness to find them, he winds up not actually listening to them, soon realizing that he hasn’t assigned anyone to the work.  He quickly tracks the other engines down and the job gets done in time, leaving Sir Handel with the lesson of how important it is to listen.

 

·         “Cool Truckings” – It’s winter and snow covers the Island of Sodor.  Madge, the kindly snub-nosed truck, is tasked with bringing Duncan to the transfer yard to pick up a load of coal.  Though she is all about road safety, it doesn’t take much prodding from Duncan to tempt Madge to forgo common sense and undertake exciting new driving maneuvers.  But after a crash and a dangerous encounter with the edge of a cliff, Madge chooses responsibility over recklessness and delivers Duncan safely to the yard.

 

·         “Ding-a-Ling” – Engine Freddy knows more about the island’s countryside than just about anyone.  But when he is tasked with delivering Percival’s shiny new red bicycle, he can’t seem to find a new bell for it anywhere!  When other types of bells – cow bell, clown bells, a school bell – fail to be a perfect match for the bike, a newly refurbished fog horn inspires Freddy to have Percival’s old bicycle bell polished up and transferred to the new bike, showing how worthwhile and rewarding recycling can be.

 

·         “Skarloey Storms Through” – On a rainy day, Engine Skarloey comes across a farmer in need of having his sheep transported down from the top of the hill to safety from an impending storm.  Frightened by the increasing thunder and lightning, Skarloey hides out, letting the other engines do all the work.  But when they have done all they could, Skarloey musters up the courage to come out and fight his fear to finish the job.

 

·         “Wash Behind Your Buffers” – Madge is back, this time tasked with making sure Engines Rheneas and Skarloey are washed and polished for the upcoming County Fair and Engine Parade.  Racing throughout the countryside, Madge gets the job done but finds herself coated with mud and very little time to get cleaned up herself so she can pull the parade’s brass band!  After a quick bath, all three vehicles are spotless and ready to roll!

 

Thomas & Friends: Engines and Escapades Fast Facts:

  • Street Date:  March 4, 2008
  • Pre-Book Date: February 6, 2008
  • DVD SRP:  $14.98 (U.S.), $15.98 (Canada)
  • DVD Running Time:  Approximately 50 minutes

 

About Thomas & Friends
Thomas & Friends invites children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story. Thomas the Tank Engine was created by a father for his son more than 60 years ago. Today, families in more than 145 countries enjoy fun and adventure with their engine friends while experiencing timeless life lessons of discovery, friendship and cooperation.  Thomas & Friends is making tracks to great destinations on PBS KIDS® and PBS KIDS SproutSM. For more information about the world of Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, please visit www.thomasandfriends.com.

 

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™ 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.  In 2007, HIT and Chellomedia, the European content division of Liberty Global, Inc and its subsidiary ChelloZone, announced a joint venture to launch and distribute JimJam, an international preschool TV channel (excludes the US, UK and China). For more information, visit www.hitentertainment.com and www.hitshopuse.com. 

 

About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
A recognized global industry leader, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC (TCFHE) is the worldwide marketing, sales and  for all Fox film and television programming on VHS, DVD and Blu-ray Disc (BD) as well as acquisitions and original productions.  The company also releases all products around the globe for MGM Home Entertainment. Each year TCFHE 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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Bob the Builder Visits Real Construction Sites in All-New “On Site Roads and Bridges” DVD

Posted in Press Releases on February 1st, 2008

For Immediate Release

 

Hold on to Your Hard Hats When Bob the Builder™
Visits Real-Life Construction Sites for the First Time in
 
 “Bob the Builder On-Site Roads & Bridges”

 

All-New DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
and HIT Entertainment Loads Into Stores February 5, 2008

 

Los Angeles/New York (Jan. 31, 2008)—Take a front-seat tour of giant trucks and huge machines building roads and bridges when Bob the Builder and the Can-Do Crew visit real-life construction sites for the first time ever. “Bob the Builder On-Site Roads & Bridges” hauls onto DVD February 5, 2008 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and HIT Entertainment for a suggested retail price of $19.98.

 

Bob and his team take young viewers on an exciting behind-the-scenes look at how the impressive machines do their big jobs.  Bob fans will meet a real-life Scoop, Muck, Dizzy, Roley and more, and see how these machines help construct actual roads and bridges.  Eye-catching foil and embossed packaging with a book-flap cover captures the excitement and fascination children have with big rigs and their awesome power.

 

Bob the Builder On-Site Roads & Bridges Fast Facts:

  • Street Date:  February 5, 2008
  • Pre-book date: December 5, 2007
  • DVD SRP:  $19.98 (U.S.), $18.98 (Canada)
  • DVD Running Time:  60 minutes

 

Bob the Builder On-Site Roads & Bridges Synopsis:
For the first time ever, join Bob the Builder and his Can-Do Crew as they explore real life construction sites. See giant diggers, mixers and trucks work together to build super roads and massive bridges. From digging the first hole to building a foundation and then laying the final asphalt cover, Bob the Builder teaches budding engineers how the process is done. Learn about the three types of bridges:  support, arch and suspension.  Then follow the steps and build your very own road or bridge, just like the pros!  Sing-along with the catchy “How Do You Do It” song and see how new friends Flex, Bristle, Packer, Dodger and Tumbler help to demonstrate how roads and bridges are built.

 

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™ 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.  In 2007, HIT and Chellomedia, the European content division of Liberty Global, Inc and its subsidiary ChelloZone, announced a joint venture to launch and distribute JimJam, an international preschool TV channel (excludes the US, UK and China). For more information, visit www.hitentertainment.com and www.hitshopusa.com

 

About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
A recognized global industry leader, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC (TCFHE) is the worldwide marketing, sales and distributioncompany for all Fox film and television programming on VHS, DVD and Blu-ray Disc (BD) as well as acquisitions and original productions.  The company also releases all products around the globe for MGM Home Entertainment. Each year TCFHE 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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Award-Winning Pingu Breaks the Ice with All-New “Pingu: On Thin Ice” DVD

Posted in Press Releases on February 1st, 2008

Los Angeles/.New York (Jan. 29, 2008) — You’ve marched with some.  Surfed with others. Danced with a few and their very happy feet.  But you’ve never met a cooler penguin than Pingu, the internationally beloved animated character breaking the ice in North America with the all-new DVD release, “Pingu: On Thin Ice,” gliding into stores Jan. 29, 2008 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and HIT Entertainment.

 

Created by Swiss animators Otmar Gitman and Harold Muecke, Pingu is a charming, cheeky young penguin who connects with kids of all ages and has a knack for mischief and a flair for flippered fun.  Pingu spends his days playing with family and friends, including his best friend Robby, his dad (whom he helps at the post office), his sister, his mother and his grandfather.  Like any growing penguin, Pingu has a healthy appetite guzzling fish whenever he can find them. 

 

 Young viewers will love Pingu’s hilarious antics, despite the fact that the only language spoken is the quick-tongued, gibberish-like “Penguinese.”  Whether he’s exploring ice caves or playing fish tennis, looking after his sister or just hanging out on the snowy banks of his Antarctic home, hearts young and old will warm up to this delightfully quirky and loveably unique friend.

 

Pingu is currently seen in more than 155 countries, including the US on PBS KIDS SproutSM. The show has received numerous awards and honors including The Best Animated Short at BAMKids Film Festival in the U.S., a Finalist Certificate at the New York Film Festival, and the Audience Award at the New York Intl. Children’s Film Festival among many others. For more information on Pingu visit www.hitentertainment.com  or www.pingu.net.

 

Eight delightful stories on Pingu: On Thin Ice include:
·        Pingu & the Snowball
·        Pingu & Pinga Go Camping
·        Stinky Pingu
·        Pingu’s Ice Sculptures
·        Pingu’s Balancing Act
·        Pinga Has Hiccups
·        Pingu Gets Lost
·        Robby the Snowboarder

 

Pingu:  On Thin Ice Bonus Feature:
·        Pingu DVD-Rom game

 

Pingu:  On Thin Ice Fast Facts:
·        Street date: Jan. 29, 2008
·        Pre-book date: Jan. 2, 2008
·        DVD SRP: $14.98/ $15.98 Canada
·        DVD R/T:  54 minutes

 

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™ 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.  In 2007, HIT and Chellomedia, the European content division of Liberty Global, Inc and its subsidiary ChelloZone, announced a joint venture to launch and distribute JimJam, an international preschool TV channel (excludes the US, UK and China). For more information, visit www.hitentertainment.com.

 

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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Barney Continues His 20th Anniversary with All-New “Barney Celebrating Around the World” DVD

Posted in Press Releases on February 1st, 2008

For Immediate Release

 

The Celebration Continues As Barney™ Marks 20 Years
 of Sharing, Caring and Imagination with the Release of

 

‘Celebrating Around the World’

 

All-New DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
and HIT Entertainment Travels to Stores January 29, 2008

 

Los Angeles/New York (Jan. 29, 2008)—Everyone’s favorite purple dinosaur continues his dino-mite 20th year anniversary with all-new direct-to-DVD special Celebrating Around the World. In this DVD, young explorers take a super-dee-duper adventure with Barney, BJ™, Baby Bop™ and Riff™ to Brazil, Kenya, India, Japan and Ireland where they learn about different cultures, including traditional music and dance, and explore ways people celebrate around the world.

 

Available Jan. 29, 2008 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and HIT Entertainment, the DVD release coincides with the second leg of Barney’s 20 City Purple Bus Tour, which includes visits to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, appearances at Toys”R”Us stores and the launch of new toys from Play Along, a division of  JAKKS  Pacific.
           
Celebrating Around the World Fast Facts:
·         Street date: January 29, 2008
·         DVD SRP: $14.98/ $15.98 Canada
·         DVD R/T:  60 minutes

 

Celebrating Around the World Synopsis:
All abroad! Join Barney and his friends as they take a magical train ride on Barney’s Imagination Unlimited and, through music and dance explore the different types of celebrations around the world. Ben and Tracy can’t agree on what kind of party to have so they join Barney, BJ, Baby Bop and Riff for a whirl-wind trip to see celebrations in five countries. In Rio de Janeiro they learn the samba and make music shakers and drums out of everyday objects to celebrate Carnivale. Follow along with the toe-taping dancers doing “The Reel,” an Irish step dance, which encourages kids to try new things like new dances and emphasizes taking turns.

 

Then hop aboard to celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan filled with games, music, food and colorful kites.  Learn about different names in the delightful “What’s Your Name?” song and the importance of friendship. Say “sonoraya” and travel to Kenya in Africa for the big music festival.  Feel the beat of the drums and sing and clap along with Cousin Riff who plays a drum called “juma,” and joins the travelers watching the colorful dancers. Then it’s off to India for “Diwali,” the Festival of Lights where native Indian children explain the meaning of the festival, which chases away the darkness.  Everyone joins in for a rousing rendition of “If You Are Happy and You Know It,” and celebrates with food, music, dancing and fireworks!

 

Back at the party, Ben and Tracy agree that even though celebrations are different all over the world the most important thing we all have in common is friendship. They both decide to have a party to celebrate being friends and all join in for “Look on the Inside.”

 

Barney 20th Birthday National Purple Bus Tour:
To coincide with the latest DVD release, Barney will continue his 20-city Big Purple Bus Tour, sponsored by JAKKS pacific and in partnership with Toys”R”Us and Children’s Miracle Network.  At each three-day stop, Barney will visit children at local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals where he will perform a birthday Sing-Along, take pictures with children and donate toys and DVDs to the hospital

 

On the second and third day of each local stop, Barney will host a meet-and-greet birthday party at Toys”R”Us stores. Children will have the opportunity to present Barney with a super-dee-duper birthday card that they design and create right at the Toys”R”Us store!

 

Barney’s Big Purple Bus Tour Spring Leg:

 

New York, NY: 1/25 – 1/27
Charlotte, NC: 2/1 – 2/3
Atlanta, GA: 2/8 – 2/11
Miami, FL: 2/15 – 2/17
Orlando, FL: 2/22 – 2/24
Houston, TX: 2/29 – 3/2
Dallas, TX: 3/7-3/9
San Francisco, CA: 4/4-4/6
Seattle, WA 4/11-4/13

 

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™ 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.  In 2007, HIT and Chellomedia, the European content division of Liberty Global, Inc and its subsidiary ChelloZone, announced a joint venture to launch and distribute JimJam, an international preschool TV channel (excludes the US, UK and China). For more information, visit www.hitentertainment.com and www.hitshopusa.com

 

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