Archive for January, 2009

Reaching New Heights in Construction, “Bob the Builder ON SITE: Skyscrapers” Leaps onto DVD in March

Posted in Press Releases on January 18th, 2009



The Sky’s the Limit with this All-New DVD Featuring Real-Life Construction Action!

Bob The Builder ON SITE: Skyscrapers
Reaching New Heights On DVD March 17, 2009 From
Lionsgate And HIT Entertainment

Street Date: 03/17/2009

Order Date: 02/18/2009

DVD SRP:  $14.98

Can we build it? Yes we can!  Even high into the sky! Everyone’s favorite builder faces a new challenge when Bob the Builder™ ON SITE: Skyscrapers premieres exclusively on DVD March 17, 2009 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment. No problem is too tall to overcome when you have positive-thinking and teamwork on your side. This exciting mix of animation and thrilling live-action building features real skyscrapers being constructed, Bob and his Can-Do Crew hammer out solutions that lead to a job well done. From start to finish, the team proves that The Fun Is In Getting It DoneBob the Builder ON SITE: Skyscrapers is available ONLY on DVD, and is never-before-seen on TV.


Reaching new heights in construction, Bob and his Can-Do Crew – Dizzy, Roley, Lofty, Tumbler, Flex and the rest of the team – take future architects and contractors out for another on-site adventure, this time to learn how the urban tower – the skyscraper – is built.  From drafting the blueprints to laying the foundation, finishing the top-most floor and installing the elevator system, Skyscrapers breaks the process down into engaging, easy-to-follow stages, incorporating Bob the Builder’s delightful animation and charming characters, along with live action construction site footage.  The sky has no limit in this latest title from everyone’s favorite builder!
·         Build It with Bob Puzzle
·         Trivia Tune Up
·         Bonus Episode Roary the Racing Car™ in “Big Chris learns to Fly”, the all-new animated series from the creators of Bob the Builder™


Year of Production: 2008
Title Copyright: 2009 HIT Entertainment Limited and Keith Chapman. The Bob the Builder name and character, related characters and riveted logo are trademarks of HIT Entertainment Limited.
Type: Home Entertainment Premiere
Rating: NR
Genre: Children/Family/Animated
Age Target: 2-5 years old
Closed Captioned: English Closed Captioned
Format: Full Screen
Feature Running Time: Approximately 60 Minutes
Audio Status: English, Spanish and French 2.0 Dolby Digital
Program Website:
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Award-Winning PlainTales CD Series Launches New Lines of StoryTelling CDs

Posted in Press Releases on January 18th, 2009



Where to Find Great Storytelling? 
It’s “Plain” to See!


PlainTales Launches Two New Lines
 of Entertaining, Enthralling, Thrilling Stories on CD


Perfect for Spring Travel!



PlainTales First Tales and PlainTales Explorers Available on CD March 10, 2009



Des Moines, IA (Jan. 19, 2009)With families always on the go go go, time for sharing stories with your children is going, going, almost gone!  But the experience doesn’t have to be lost, thanks to the PlainTales series, which offers classic stories on CDs that can be played on any player, any time (goodbye, long, boring trips this spring break!).  The series is now expanding with the release of new collections, PlainTales First Tales and PlainTales Explorers, available on CD March 10, 2009.


PlainTales, created by writer, entrepreneur and father Brian Keairns, was started with the mission of providing great audio stories for children and their parents, believing that hearing the world’s best stories read aloud is a great way for youngsters to develop language and thinking skills, all while being thoroughly entertained.  Fables, fairy tales and original stories inspire, educate and encourage creative thinking, and the ones featured in the PlainTales series are chosen for their rich language, cultural significance and pure enjoyment, allowing families to share something special, together. 


The PlainTales First Tales collection includes:

  • “The Gingerbread Boy and Other First Tales” – Enthrall in the stories of the naughty Gingerbread Boy, the clever Billy Goats Gruff, the enchanted Frog Prince, the stalwart Little Red Hen and the courageous Bremen Town Musicians.  Perfect for the littlest listener. R/T: 48 minutes.


  •  “Paul Bunyan and Other American Tall Tales” – Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill and Davy Crockett are some of the roughest, toughest characters ever to blaze the frontier.  Clever as the crack of a whip and strong as a wildcat, these tall-tale heroes each left a legacy of larger-than-life deeds that have captured the American imagination for over a century.  Three rib-tickling tracks tell the whole story. R/T: 60 min.


The PlainTales Explorers collection includes:

  • “Animal Tales: Raccoon, Bear and Coyote” – Finally on his own, a young raccoon named Lotor needs to finds a new home before a predator finds him.  Osa the brown bear builds a perfect winter den – with less-than-perfect results.  And to survive a bleak winter, Hazard the coyote must find food for his pack, even if it puts him in grave danger.  These stories about fictional friends are rich with detail about real animal behaviors. R/T: 48 minutes
  • “Johnny Appleseed and Other American Legends” – What makes an American legend?  Find out in these fascinating stories of national treasures, including Johnny Appleseed, whose apple trees bore the fruit that fed a nation of pioneers; Sacagawea, the Native American woman who bravely guided Lewis and Clark on their westward journey; and John Muir, a valiant protector of the West’s natural wonders and founder of the Sierra Club. R/T:  67 minutes


Previous releases in the PlainTales collection of celebrated storytelling CDS include:

PlainTales Classics:

“Selected Just So Stories” (Rudyard Kipling)

“The Tailor of Gloucester and Other Tales by Beatrix Potter”


PlainTales Fantasy Classics:

“Tales from the Book of Dragons

“The Reluctant Dragon”


PlainTales Literary Classics

“The Happy Prince and Other Tales by Oscar Wilde”

“Tales from a Wonder Book for Girls & Boys”


PlainTales Adventure Classics:

“Aladdin and Other Tales from the Arabian Nights”

“Rip Van Winkle and the Devil and Tom Walker”


PlainTales storytelling CDs are recommended for ages 5-10 and are available for $14.95 each.  To order, visit

About PlainTales
Great lives begin with great stories. That’s why PlainTales creates high-quality audio stories for children and their families. The masterful telling of classic fairy tales, fables and original children’s stories do more than entertain. They inspire, educate, and encourage creative thinking. And yes, sometimes tickle your funny bone. When families listen to PlainTales together, they learn together. That’s a story worth sharing.


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Series:              PlainTales First Tales
                        PlainTales Explorers


Titles:               PlainTales First Tales: Paul Bunyan & Other American Tall Tales – Approx. 60 Minutes
                        PlainTales First Tales:  The Gingerbread Boy & other First Tales – Approx. 48 Minutes
PlainTales Explorers: American Tales – Approx. 48 Minutes
PlainTales Explorers: Johnny Appleseed & Other American Legends – Approx. 67 Minutes
Category:          Children; Ages five and older
Street Date:      March 10, 2009
Order Date:      February 11, 2009
Format:             CD – spoken word
SRP:                 $14.95 each


Producer:          Brian Kearins
                        3521 Jefferson Ave.
                        Des Moines, IA 50310


Press Contact:
Andrea Blain
Andrea Blain Public Relations
9750 Crawford Avenue
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone 847-933-9884
Fax 847-673-5836



You’re Invited to the Ultimate, Dino-Mite Song-and-Dance Party with All-New “Barney’s Top 20 Countdown” DVD

Posted in Press Releases on January 18th, 2009
You’re Invited To The Ultimate, Dino-Mite Song-And-Dance Party!
Barney Sings Everyone’s Favorite Songs With An 
All-New DVD Musical Countdown


Barney’s Top 20 Countdown
     Stepping Out ONLY On DVD March 10, 2009 
     From Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment

Street Date: 3/10/09

Order Date: 2/11/09

DVD SRP:  $14.98

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to sing, dance and count down from twenty with Barney in this all-new DVD special, Barney’s Top 20 Countdown.  This release is stepping out exclusively on DVD on March 10, 2009 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.   


Barney engages a lively studio audience of youngsters with a countdown of his 20 favorite songs.  Right from the start, Barney, along with Baby Bop and B.J., gets kids on their feet singing, dancing and counting to everyone’s favorite tunes like “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe,” “Mr. Knickerbocker,” “The Elephant Song,” “Good Manners,” “If I Lived Under the Sea,” “The Doctor is a Friend of Mine” and of course, “I Love You.”  It’s a musical party full of fun and learning the whole family will enjoy!


·         What’s That Sound? Game
·         “If You’re Happy and You Know It” Sing-Along
·         Bonus Episode Roary The Racing Car™ – “Roary Cleans Up His Act”  The all-new animated series from the creators of Bob the Builder™


Year of Production: 2009
Title Copyright: Copyright: © 2009 HIT Entertainment Limited. © 2009 Lyons Partnership, L.P.  The Barney name and character, related characters and the overlapping dino spots and Barney and star logos are trademarks of Lyons Partnership, L.P.  Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. and other countries.
Type: Home Entertainment Premiere
Rating: NR
Genre: Children/Family
Age Target: 1-5 years old
Closed Captioned: English Closed Captioned
Subtitles: English
Format: Full Screen
Feature Running Time: Approximately 52 Minutes
Audio Status: English and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital
Program Website:
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“How’d They Build That?” DVD Series Releases New Titles in February

Posted in Press Releases on January 18th, 2009

For Immediate Release


Come “Mix” It Up with

How’d They Build That?
 ‘School Bus’ and ‘Concrete Truck’


Driving Into Stores February 24, 2009 From Marvelous Media


Receives Dove Foundation Seal of Approval



Los Angeles, CA (Jan. 19, 2009) – Big and yellow and ridden by almost everyone once in their lifetime, it’s the mighty school bus.  And with a giant onboard concrete drum constantly turning both en route to and on site at construction sites everywhere, it’s the concrete truck.  These are two of the most recognizable vehicles on the roads today. Now go behind the scenes and learn how these vehicular giants are built in the latest titles from the engaging How’d They Build That? DVD series “School Bus” and “Concrete Truck,” driving into stores February 24, 2009 from Marvelous Media.


“School Bus” just received the Dove Foundation Seal of Approval. 


Each How’d They Build That? program takes viewers along for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at some of the country’s most renowned assembly plants, showing how different types of trucks – emergency, utility, delivery, construction, service and agricultural – are built, from frame stamping to assembly, engine installation to paint, to final inspection and activation.  Combining high definition live action with vivid, virtual 3-D animation, along with onscreen “Fun Facts” – which provides both interesting trivia and simple explanations of technical terminology – the How’d They Build That? series is sure to excite anyone who ever wondered where some of our most important vehicles come from.  So start your engines and gear up for a truckin’ good time!


The newest titles in the How’d They Build That? series are:

·        School Bus – Have you ever wondered where that big yellow bus you rode to and from school came from or how it was made?  Learn all about it in a visit to the amazing IC School Bus factory in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where most of the school buses in North America are built. This fascinating plant features “The Green Mile,” an assembly line that’s more than a mile long, all under one roof! Watch each stage of assembly involved in building one of the safest vehicles on the road and learn fun trivia along the way (it’s the only vehicle on the road allowed to be “school bus yellow”).  So take your seat for this fun-filled field trip!


·        Concrete Truck – Is there any truck more fun to watch than a concrete mixer? We’ve all been mesmerized by the giant spinning drum mixing the concrete inside, and now its possible to see how that giant machine itself was built with a visit to the amazing McNeilus Concrete Truck factory in Dodge Center, Minnesota. Filmed in High Definition, with extensive use of colorful 3D computer generated models, watch how these marvelous machines – one of the heaviest vehicles on the road – are brought to life.  Look at each stage of assembly from nuts & bolts to sparks and spinning steel and see how the rotating drum works to mix the concrete and watch it pour down the chute. It’s a rock-solid good time with this fun and fact filled program.


The first titles in the How’d They Build That? DVD series were “Fire Truck” and “Big Truck.”  Future title will include “Garbage Truck,” “Locomotive,” and “Military Machines.” The DVDs are recommended for ages four and older and retail for $8.99 each. To order call 1-888-251-3661 or visit  How’d They Build That? DVDs are also available for sale at and other online retailers. 

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Title:                             How’d They Build That?
DVD Titles:                  School Bus (R/T 38 minutes)
                                    Concrete Truck (R/T 30 minutes)
Category:                     Children, Ages 4 and Up
Street Date:                  Feb. 24, 2009
Order date:                   Jan. 28, 2009
SRP:                            $8.99 each

Press Information:

Andrea Blain

Andrea Blain Public Relations

9750 Crawford Ave.

Skokie, IL 60076

847-933-9884 phone

847-673-5836 fax