Archive for April, 2009

More Hiliarious Antics from Shaun The Sheep in All-New “Sheep on the Loose” on DVD This June

Posted in Press Releases on April 19th, 2009
From The Academy Award®-Winning Creators Of 
Wallace & Gromit, Shaun The Sheep Returns in More Over the Top Silly Antics!  

 

Shaun the Sheep: Sheep on the Loose
Available On DVD June 9th, 2009 
From Lionsgate And HIT Entertainment

 

Street Date: 6/9/09

DVD SRP:  $14.98

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

It’s a farmyard of fun when Shaun the Sheep and his hilarious flock of wooly friends leap onto DVD in the all-new Shaun the Sheep: Sheep on the Loose arriving in stores June 9, 2009 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.
Shaun the Sheep is an international hit on DVD, selling more than a million units in Europe in only one year!  Five-minute shorts of the series also currently air in the U.S. on the Disney Channel. The complete episodes are only available on DVD. 
SYNOPSIS:
Shaun the Sheep and his barnyard gang are back with more chaos in the countryside!  The Oscar®-winning creators of “Wallace and Gromit” do it again with sheep-tacular new adventures and shear wackiness. Shaun is a sheep who doesn’t follow the flock, and along with the other sheep and those naughty pigs, there’s sure to be plenty of mayhem in the meadow. Follow along with Shaun and his barnyard buddies Shirley, the Farmer, Bitzer the sheep dog and the naughty flock in these six hilarious episodes:
·        “Sheep On the Loose” – Nearly all the sheep take the bus to the fun fair. Shaun and Shirley must convince the Farmer that the flock is out to pasture.
·        “Saturday Night Shaun” – Shaun finds the Farmer’s old record player in the dump and organizes a rave in the barn – but trouble looms when the Naughty Pigs crash the party.
·        “Tidy Up” – The sheep’s field is a mess, and the Farmer tells Bitzer to clean it up – but he makes the mistake of getting Shaun and company to help. 
·        “Shaun the Farmer” – The Farmer is sick in bed, so, with Bitzer playing nurse-maid, it’s up to Shaun to handle the daily chores around the farm – with disastrous results. 
·        “Camping Chaos” – An unfriendly camper sets up his tent in the sheep’s field. When he goes off exploring, Shaun and the flock decide to do some exploring of their own. 
·        “You Can’t Stand the Heat” – It is a scorching hot day, and the flock is desperate to cool down in the Sheep Dip. There’s only one thing in their way: the sun-bathing Farmer! 

 

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
·        Snout, Trotter & A Curly Tail – Building A Pig – One of Aardman’s chief model makers shows kids how a Naughty Pig is created from start to finish
·        The Mini Making Of Shaun – A behind-the-scenes look at how Aardman produces Shaun the Sheep, with episode clips, character models and model makers

 


PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2007
Title Copyright: ©2009 Aardman Animations Limited, Shaun the Sheep and the character “Shaun the Sheep” © and Aardman Animations Limited.
Type: Home Entertainment Premiere
Rating: NR
Genre: Children/Family/Animated
Age Target: Fans of all ages from 2-60
Closed Captioned: English Closed Captioned
Format: Full Screen
Feature Running Time: Approximately 40 minutes
DVD Audio Status:  2.0 Dolby Digital
Program Website: www.hitentertainment.com
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For artwork and additional information contact Andrea Blain at andrea@andreablainpr.com or  847-933-9884.

Get the Done Done with All-New “Bob the Builder: Truck Teamwork” on DVD This June

Posted in Press Releases on April 19th, 2009
Team-Up to Get the Job Done with Bob the Builder and His Can-Do Crew in an All-New DVD
Bob The Builder:  Truck Teamwork
Drives Onto DVD June 9, 2009 From Lionsgate And HIT Entertainment Featuring Never-Before-Seen Content And A Free Collectible Toy Truck!

Street Date: 6/9/09

DVD SRP:  $14.98

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Bob the Builder and his Can-Do Crew lay the foundation for teamwork in the all-new Bob the Builder: Truck Teamwork, featuring never-before-seen content available ONLY on the DVD on June 9, 2009 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.  The DVD, which also features a free collectible toy truck, is an amazing value at only $14.98!  Budding builders can see what it takes to get the job done as everyone’s favorite builder and his machine team up to face new challenges.  Utilizing the power of positive thinking, problem-solving and follow-through, Bob, Scoop, Muck, Gripper, Grabber, Bristle, Flex, Tumbler and the rest of the Can-Do Crew always have the right tools and the right attitude to work together and complete any job.  Can they fix it?  Yes they can!

DVD SYNOPSIS

Team up with Bob the Builder and his Can-Do Crew in five fun-tastic episodes as they build an exercise park at Bobland Bay, construct a new ice cream parlor complete with a giant ice-cream cone on top, and help with the new shelter to keep the machines cool.  Join Muck in a machine wash you won’t forget and see how Benny and Scoop learn that they can accomplish anything with a Can-Do attitude. Get ready for a truck-tacular experience and see that teamwork and friendship are the building blocks for fun and adventure!

 

Episodes include:
·         Scoop’s Best Team Ever
·         Go Mr. Bentley Go
·         Packer’s Trailer Trouble
·         Muck’s Machine Wash
·         Breezy Bristle

 

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
·         Bonus Episode: “Roary Takes Off”
·         “We Can Do It” Read-Along
·         “If You Were On Bob’s Team” game – Determine which building team is best for you!
PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 2009
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: 57 Minutes
DVD Audio Status: English, Spanish and French 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital
Program Website: www.bobthebuilder.com
To download art, visit www.lionsgatepublicity.com or www.hitnewsonline.com
For artwork and additional information contact Andrea Blain at
andrea@andreablainpr.com or 847-933-9884.

Meet the New Engine Driver in All-New “Thomas & Friends: Team Up with Thomas” DVD

Posted in Press Releases on April 13th, 2009
All Aboard!  New Engine Friends and A New Engine Driver Take Thomas & Friends Full Steam Ahead! 
Thomas & Friends: Team Up With Thomas
Available As A Single DVD Or Packaged With A Thomas Wooden Railway Engine On May 19, 2009 From Lionsgate And HIT Entertainment

Street Date: 5/19/09

DVD SRP:  $16.98 with toy train/$14.98 DVD alone


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The beloved animated children’s series, Thomas & Friends, has a new look, new engine friends and a new live-action host, Mr. Arkwright, waiting with a warm smile and a tip of the hat to welcome you to the Island of Sodor. Teaching timeless life lessons such as friendship, cooperation and respect for others, Thomas & Friends invites children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story.  Enjoy thrilling new stories when Thomas & Friends: Team Up With Thomas steams onto DVD May 19, 2009 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment. 
The new host, Mr. Arkwright, can be seen ONLY on DVD, and is a new driver on the Island of Sodor.  Mr. Arkwright is Sir Topham Hatt’s right-hand man, and engages children with interactive dialogue and extra fun, like showing how to build a cardboard engine for Sir Topham Hatt’s grandchildren.  As an added bonus, Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment are also releasing a special limited edition of Thomas & Friends: Team Up With Thomas packaged with a Thomas Wooden Railway engine. 

DVD SYNOPSIS

Everyone’s favorite true blue engine, Thomas, is back with friends old and new in four fun adventures on the Island of Sodor in Thomas & Friends: Team Up With Thomas.  This DVD is enhanced with state-of-the-art CG animation and a new live-action host, Mr. Arkwright, who welcomes viewers with a smile and a fun project for Lady Hatt’s grandchildren. Thomas, Edward, Toby, James and the rest of the engines introduce young engineers to Hank, a big, strong, new engine, and Flora, a lovely new lady steam engine.  Together, they take us along on their tasks around the island.  Be careful: trouble may lie around the next bend.  But one thing’s for certain – you’ll always come home with a brand new friend!
Episodes include:

  • “Heave Ho Thomas” – Sir Topham Hatt asks Thomas to show Hank, the new engine, around the island.  Thomas quickly rails against Hank’s brash personality and refuses to let Hank help him with his important jobs. When overloaded, Thomas cracks a cylinder and needs Hank’s help.  The two soon become good friends.
  • “James Works it Out” – It’s winter on the island and James is telling everyone he always knows best and never needs advice from anyone!  When Hector tries to warn him about the bad weather, he decides to ignore him. He soon changes his mind when they get stuck in the snow. Luckily, Hector is happy to help his friend James.
  • “Tram Trouble” – Toby is very excited about leading the parade at the first Great Waterton festival, so when Thomas discovers that Flora, the new steam tram, is also leading the parade, Thomas is worried his friend will be upset.  Thomas tries to impede the forthcoming events…little does he know that Toby is scared of leading the parade on his own!
  • “Push Me Pull You” – The Puppet Show has arrived on the Island of Sodor and Skarloey excitedly asks Sir Topham Hatt if he can pull the puppet show special. The trucks are very heavy, and instead of accepting Rheneas’ offer of help, Skarloey challenges him to a tug of war with the trucks.  Disaster quickly ensues, and Skarloey learns that friendship is the strongest thing of all.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
·         Spot the Difference Game
·         Sir Topham Hatt’s Helping Hands
·         Bonus Episode: Roary the Racing Car – “Roary Takes Off” The all-new TV series from the creators of Bob the Builder

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Title Copyright: Copyright: © 2009 HIT Entertainment Limited. Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Based on The Railway Series by The Reverend W Awdry.  © 2009 Gullane (Thomas) Limited.  Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends and Thomas & Friends are trademarks of Gullane (Thomas) Limited.  Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends and Design is Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. 
Rating: NR
Genre: Children/Family/Ages 2-5
Closed Captioned: English Closed Captioned
Format:  Full Screen
Feature Running Time: 46 minutes
DVD Audio Status: English, Spanish and French 2.0 Dolby Digital
Website: www.thomasandfriends.com
To download art, visit www.lionsgatepublicity.com or www.hitnewsonline.com
For artwork and additional information contact Andrea Blain at
 andrea@andreablainpr.com or  847-933-9884.

It’s Fireman Sam to the Rescue in All-New “Fireman Sam Hero Next Door” DVD

Posted in Press Releases on April 13th, 2009
Everyone’s Favorite Firefighter Comes To The Rescue 
In An All New DVD
Fireman Sam:  Hero Next Door
Arrives May 19, 2009
 From Lionsgate And HIT Entertainment

Street Date: 5/19/09

DVD SRP:  $14.98
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Preschool favorite Fireman Sam teaches young children about fire safety, avoiding accidents in the home and how to work together. Set in the village of Pontypandy, Sam and his trusty fire brigade race to the rescue in Fireman Sam: Hero Next Door, igniting on DVD May 19, 2009 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment. Whether it’s practical lessons in dealing with fires, rescuing trapped children from a cave or learning about conserving water, everyone’s favorite firefighter is the hero next door!
Fireman Sam – the only firefighter-themed children’s show – originally launched in the UK and made its U.S. debut on PBS KIDS SproutSM in October 2006, and continues to air daily. 

DVD SYNOPSIS

Fireman Sam is on the scene for more heroic adventures in five fun-filled episodes for the whole family! Team up with Sam and his fire-fighting crew as they teach that safety comes first with lessons about the dangers of fire and tackling challenges big and small.  So be prepared and come along for four-alarm fun with your favorite hero next door, Fireman Sam.
·         A Real Livewire
·         Twist of Fate
·         Liquorice Shoelaces
·         Carnival of Junk
·         Joker Soaker
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
·         “Roary Sees Red” – Bonus episode of Roary the Racing Car

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2008
Title Copyright: ©2009 Prism Art & design Limited.  The Fireman Sam name and character are trademarks of Prism Art & Design.
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 45 Minutes
Audio Status: English, Spanish and French Language 2.0 Dolby Digital
Program Website: www.hitentertainment.com
To download art, visit www.lionsgatepublicity.com or www.hitnewsonline.com
For artwork and additional information contact Andrea Blain at andrea@andreablainpr.com or
847-933-9884.

Pack Your Bags for A Fun-Filled Trip To Mexico in All-New”Barney: Let’s Go On Vacation” DVD

Posted in Press Releases on April 13th, 2009
Pack Your Bags For A Fun-Filled Trip With Barney & Friends In An All-New DVD!
Barney: Let’s Go On Vacation
Available May 19, 2009 
From Lionsgate And HIT Entertainment


Street Date: 5/19/09

DVD SRP:  $14.98
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Trusted by moms and adored by children, Barney displays sharing, caring, imagining, dancing and learning on television, online and through live events, home entertainment and publishing. The Emmy award-winning series, Barney and Friends changed the face of children’s programming when it first launched and continues to be one of the top-rated preschool shows today, airing on PBS KIDS® and PBS KIDS SproutSM.

DVD SYNOPSIS

Pack your bags and embark on a dino-mite musical vacation discovering a whole new world of fun when Barney: Let’s Go On Vacation travels exclusively to DVD on May 19, 2009 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.  Featuring fun stories never-before-seen on TV, Barney, Baby Bop, B.J. Riff and playground friend Emma travel to Mexico (via their imaginations and the Travel Book) where they meet new amigos Fernan and Amalita. Together they sample Mexican foods, have a lesson in Spanish and enjoy a pinata party. The trip ultimately turns into a singing and dancing celebration of the differences and similarities between cultures and the group quickly learns that the things that matter most – family and friends –­ are the same the world over. 
MARKETING SUPPORT
The DVD marketing campaign will consist of online and national print advertising targeting moms and generating more than 25 MM impressions.  E-mail blasts will be circulated to the national Barney fan base and Barney: Let’s Go on Vacation will be cross-promoted inside more than 700,000 DVDs from Lionsgate to be released between May and July 2009.  
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
·         Bonus Episode of Roary the Racing Car: “Roary’s Day At the Seaside”
·         Pack a Suitcase with Barney – Help Barney decide what to bring for his upcoming vacation!
·         Barney’s Travel Checklist
·         3 Spanish Sing-Alongs:
“Bombachio” (Mr. Kickerbocker”)
“Si Las Gotas de Lluvia” (“If All the Raindrops”)
“Te Quiero Yo” (“I Love You”)

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2009
Title 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: 2-5 years old
Subtitles:  English
Closed Captioned: English Closed Captioned
Format: Full Screen
Feature Running Time: Approximately 52 Minutes
DVD Audio Status: English and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital
Program Website: www.barney.com
To download art, visit www.lionsgatepublicity.com or www.hitnewsonline.com
For artwork and additional information contact Andrea Blain at andrea@andreablainpr.com
or 847-933-9884.