Archive for July, 2010

Ho-Ho-Ho-Holiday Fun with Preschool Favorites Barney, Thomas, Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam and Angelina Ballerina with “HIT Favorites Jolly Holiday” on DVD October 12, 2010

Posted in Press Releases on July 29th, 2010
Ho-Ho-Wholesome Festive Fun In An 
All-New Holiday DVD!
Jolly Holiday
Available On DVD, Digital Download and On Demand October 12, 2010 
From Lionsgate And HIT Entertainment

 

          Street Date: 10/12/10

Order Date: 9/15/10

DVD SRP:  $14.98
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Deck the halls of your imagination and have a very merry time with this holiday-themed collection of five episodes featuring preschool favorites Barney, Bob the Builder, Thomas & Friends, Fireman Sam and special guest Angelina Ballerina when Jolly Holiday comes to DVD, Digital Download and On Demand October 12, 2010 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.

DVD SYNOPSIS

‘Tis the season for holiday cheer!  Ride through a winter wonderland with Thomas on a special Christmas tree delivery. Join Bob the Builder and his Can-Do Crew as they build a sleigh of their own to make it to the school Christmas Carol Concert in time. See Fireman Sam and his friends get into the holiday spirit with the most exciting Christmas lights display. Finally, enjoy the snow fall with Barney as he teaches Baby Bop that winter is a wonderful time for fun even when it’s cold outside.
 

  • Thomas & Friends – “Thomas’ Tricky Tree”
  • Bob the Builder – “Bob’s White Christmas”
  • Fireman Sam – “Santa Overboard”
  • Barney – “Winter”

DVD BONUS FEATURES

  • Bonus Episode: All new CG animated “Angelina Ballerina Spring Fling” – It’s winter and Angelina and her friends are tired of being inside.  To make spring come faster, Angelina and the mouselings try spring traditions from around the world. They learn about other cultures, have fun inside on a snowy day and end up having a wonderful, wintry day!

      

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2010
Title Copyrights:  
Thomas & Friends © 2010 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.
Bob the Builder © 2010 HIT Entertainment Limited and Keith Chapman.  The Bob the Builder name and character, related characters and riveted logo are trademarks of HIT Entertainment Limited.  Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. and other countries.
Barney © 2010 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.
© 2010 Prism Art & Design Limited. The Fireman Sam name and character are trademarks of Prism Art & Design Limited. © 2008 HIT Entertainment Limited.
© 2010 Hit Entertainment Limited.  The Angelina Ballerina name and character and the dancing Angelina logo are trademarks of Hit Entertainment Limited, Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig.
Type: TV on DVD
Rating: NR
Genre: Children/Family/Animated
Age Target: 2-5 years old
Closed Captioned: English
Format: Full Screen
Feature Running Time: 45 minutes
DVD Audio Status: 2.0 Dolby Digital
Program Website: www.hitentertainment.com

 

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Heart-Warming Seasonal Tales with all-New “Thomas & Friends: Merry Winter Wish” on DVD October 12, 2010

Posted in Press Releases on July 29th, 2010
Heart-warming Adventures With 
Thomas & Friends In The First 
CG Animated Holiday Special!
Thomas & Friends: Merry Winter Wish
Available On DVD, Digital Download And On Demand October 12, 2010 
From Lionsgate And HIT Entertainment

Street Date: 10/12/10

Order Date: 9/15/10

DVD SRP:  $14.98


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Celebrate with the ultimate collection of Thomas & Friends tales that every child will be asking for!  Just in time for the holidays is the first collection of fun, festive, winter-themed adventures in new CG animation with Thomas and his engine friends in Thomas & Friends: Merry Winter Wish coming to DVD, Digital Download and On Demand October 12, 2010 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.  Children will also enjoy host Driver Perkins, who can ONLY be seen on DVD, and engages children with interactive dialogue and extra fun!
Teaching timeless life lessons such as discovery, friendship and cooperation, the Thomas & Friends animated series invites children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story.  Whether gathering for Knapford Station’s light display or the Town Square’s Snowman Party, retrieving scattered decorations or the delivery of a very special Christmas Tree-creating box, Thomas and his railway pals will warm your heart!

 

DVD SYNOPSIS

Next stop, Winter Wonderland!  Join Thomas and his friends as they celebrate the holidays in these four enchanting tales. Thomas has a special delivery for the season – the Star of Knapford, a festive light that makes wishes come true!  The children are excited for the Snowman Party in the Town Square but it’s up to Thomas to find the snowman a special hat before the party can begin. Watch Bash, Dash and Ferdinand prepare for the first ever Misty Island Christmas party. Then Henry helps Sir Topham Hatt prepare a secret holiday surprise for all of Sodor.  The more friends the merrier, so join the fun and see that winter wishes do come true with Thomas & Friends!
Episodes include:
·       “Thomas’ Merry Winter Wish”
·       ”Thomas and the Snowman Party”
·       “Merry Misty Island”
·       “Henry’s Magic Box”

 

DVD BONUS FEATURES
·       “Sir Topham Hatt’s Snowman” Game

 


PROGRAM INFORMATION

Title Copyright: © 2010 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. 
Type: Home Entertainment Premiere
Rating: NR
Genre: Children/Family/Ages 2-5
Closed Captioned: English Closed Captioned
Format:  Full Screen
Feature Running Time: 50 minutes
DVD Audio Status: English, Spanish and French 2.0 Dolby Digital
Website: www.thomasandfriends.com
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Enjoy A Holiday Treat With All-New “Angelina Ballerina Nutcracker Sweet” on DVD Oct. 12, 2010

Posted in Press Releases on July 29th, 2010
Enjoy A Holiday Treat With
Angelina Ballerina: The Nutcracker Sweet 
On DVD, Digital Download And On Demand 
October 12, 2010 
From Lionsgate And HIT Entertainment


Street Date: 10/12/10

Order Date: 9/15/10

DVD SRP:  $14.98
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

A holiday DVD collection isn’t complete without the timeless Nutcracker tale, and Angelina Ballerina takes the story for a spin in her all-new DVD!  Everyone’s favorite ballerina shines in this delightful release Angelina Ballerina: The Nutcracker Sweet dancing onto DVD, Digital Download and On Demand October 12, 2010 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.
Angelina Ballerina’s new CG-animated series airs on PBS KIDS in 95 million homes, and has re-launched the beloved brand that has over 25 years of rich publishing history.   Grosset & Dunlap, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group, is publishing the book Angelina Ballerina: The Nutcracker Sweet this October, just in time for the holiday season. Supported by her friends Alice, Viki, Gracie, A.Z., Marco and teacher Ms. Mimi, Angelina is imaginative, clever, determined and passionate and always tries to make the best of every situation, inspiring little ones to pursue their big dreams.    

DVD SYNOPSIS

Waltz into a land of sugar and spice with Angelina Ballerina in fresh new CG animation! Angelina is excited to perform the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the holiday showcase, but her sweet tooth may lead her to trouble.  When too many candy canes and Mom’s fabulous fruitcake give her a tummy ache, Angelina learns that sharing with friends is a lot more rewarding. Grab a front row seat for these charming new episodes and you’ll be dancing on air with musical delight!
Episodes include:
·       “Angelina and the Front Row Ticket”
·       “Angelina’s Holiday Treats”
·       “Angelina and Alice Mousikova”
·       “Angelina’s Gift for Ms. Mimi” 
·       “Angelina Keeps the Peace”
 
DVD BONUS FEATURES
·       “Prima Ballerina Puzzle Games”
·       “Front Row Seats” Karaoke

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2010
Title Copyrights: © 2010 Hit Entertainment Limited.  The Angelina Ballerina name and character and the dancing Angelina logo are trademarks of Hit Entertainment Limited, Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig.
Type: Home Entertainment Premiere
Rating: NR
Genre: Children/Family/Animated
Age Target: 2-7 years old
Closed Captioned: English
Format: Widescreen
Feature Running Time: 61 minutes
DVD Audio Status: 2.0 Dolby Digital
Program Website: www.angelinaballerina.com
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All-New Shalom Sesame DVD Series Features New Stars, New Stories and New Celebrations

Posted in Press Releases on July 6th, 2010

For Immediate Release
Can You Tell Me How to Get to the Land of Israel?
All-New ‘Shalom Sesame’ DVD Series
 Features New Stars, Stories & Celebrations
Initial Titles in the Launch
-Welcome to Israel
-Chanukah: The Missing Menorah
Available on DVD October 5, 2010 from SISU Home Entertainment

 

New York, (July 7, 2010) – Middle East meets West with some very special – and occasionally furry – guests in Shalom Sesame, an “edu-taining” new series from the creators of Sesame Street featuring American and Israeli celebrities Debra Messing, Achinoam Nini, Mira Awad, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Christina Applegate, Greg Kinnear, Debi Mazar and Ben Stiller, arriving on DVD October 5, 2010 from SISU Home Entertainment.
Join lovable, furry Grover and celebrity host Anneliese van der Pol (That’s So Raven, Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast) as they travel to Israel to meet new people and learn new things in this 12-part DVD series co-produced by Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, and Israel’s Channel HOP!  Designed to help bring the vitality of Jewish culture and tradition as well as the diversity of Israeli life to American children and their families, each 30-minute, live-action and animated DVD will focus on storylines drawn from Jewish cultural traditions, highlighting lessons on Hebrew letters and words, unique sites in Israel, and Jewish values. 
Initial titles in the launch include “Welcome to Israel” and “Chanukah: The Missing Menorah” and will be available nationwide on DVD October 5, 2010.  Future titles will be released beginning January 2011 and, through familiar and new Muppet characters, celebrities and stories, viewers will learn about Jewish traditions, culture and holidays.  Aspects of Jewish life such as celebrating Shabbat, exploring Jewish values and mitzvoth, and the Hebrew alphabet will be introduced, along with holidays such as Purim, Passover, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.
As with all Sesame Workshop series, Shalom Sesame is not just for television.  This multimedia project will also have a free website tailored for use at home and in school launching along with the DVD series.  The website www.ShalomSesame.org will feature content from the new Shalom Sesame in the form of activities and games, videos, caregiver tips and activity suggestions for educators. Additionally Shalom Sesame-themed community outreach events will take place, bringing series content to families in Jewish communities across the country.
“This all-new Shalom Sesame is designed to further enrich and engage Jewish children and foster their Jewish identity,” says SISU Home Entertainment’s Haim Scheininger.  “With a fresh new look, new celebrities and new content, a whole new generation of viewers will be exposed to Shalom Sesame.  Sesame Workshop’s and SISU’s multi-platform approach is making Shalom Sesame one of the best resources for Jewish education in the country.”
“Welcome to Israel” Synopsis:
Grover and Anneliese go to Israel! Join your favorite blue monster and his new pal as they begin to explore this beautiful land. It’s an adventure they’ll never forget – full of fun, friends and flying falafel!  Guest appearance by Christina Applegate.
“Chanukah: The Missing Menorah” Synopsis:
It’s time to celebrate Chanukah in Israel! Grover’s bringing the latkes and all is well until Anneliese gets caught in a game of tag with a chicken and loses her special menorah …just as Chanukah is about to begin! Can her friends find the missing menorah in time?  Guest appearance by Debi Mazar.
Bonus extras on each DVD include “Grover’s Monster Music Videos,” option for English sub-titles and sneak peeks at all 12 titles in the series. Shalom Sesame DVDs will be available for a suggested retail price of $14.95 each. To order, call 1-800-223-7478 or visit http://www.sisuent.com.
About Shalom Sesame
The original Shalom Sesame series was released in 1988, contained 11 shows and was based on content from the earliest season of Rechov Sumsum, the Israeli adaptation of Sesame Street.  The new Shalom Sesame project is expected to reach 500,000 Jewish children throughout its first five-year period.

 

About Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization that revolutionized children’s television programming with the landmark Sesame StreetThe Workshop produces local Sesame Street programs, seen in over 140 countries, and other acclaimed shows to help bridge the literacy gap, including The Electric Company.  Beyond television, the Workshop produces content for multiple media platforms on a wide range of issues including literacy, health and military deployment. Initiatives meet specific needs to help young children and families develop critical skills, acquire healthy habits and build emotional strength to prepare them for lifelong learning.  Learn more at www.sesameworkshop.org.
About SISU Home Entertainment          
SISU Home Entertainment, Inc. was established in 1988 as a publisher and distributor of Israeli and Jewish video, audio, book and multimedia properties. The company’s goal has always been to make its products easily available to the Jewish market, whether directly from SISU/KOL AMI or through various Judaica shops, major retail stores and websites.  SISU’s extensive selection of videos includes the best children’s programs available for the Jewish and Israeli consumer. It also includes documentaries and feature films, as well as programs on Jewish life and entertainment, social issues, the Bible and the Holocaust. SISU’s music selection includes everything from legendary Israeli performers to up-and-coming Jewish artists from Israel and the U.S. SISU caters both to secular and religious music consumers.  SISU is a major supplier of Jewish/Israeli programming to major national distributors, retailers, catalogues and other venues in the U.S.  http://www.sisuent.com.
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Series:                          Shalom Sesame
DVD Titles:                   Welcome to Israel
                                    Chanukah: The Missing Menorah
Release Date:               October 5, 2010
Order Date:                  September 8, 2010
R/T:                              Approximately 30 minutes each, plus over 30 minutes in bonus extras.
SRP:                            $14.95 each (home video only)
Distributor:                    SISU Home Entertainment
                                    340 W. 39th St. 6th Fl.
                                    New York, NY 10018
                                    212-947-7888
Contacts:
Andrea Blain Public Relations
847-933-9884
andrea@andreblainpr.com
Lauren Ostrow
Sesame Workshop
212.875.6540
lauren.ostrow@sesameworkshop.org

Thomas & Friends Launches on Blu-ray with All-New Thmas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue Arriving in Stores September 7th

Posted in Press Releases on July 5th, 2010
 For The First Time Ever On Blu-Ray, 
Thomas Embarks On His Very First Journey Off 
The Island Of Sodor In
Thomas & Friends: 
Misty Island Rescue - The Movie
Available On DVD And Blu-Ray September 7, 2010 
From Lionsgate And HIT Entertainment
 

                                                    Street Date: 9/7/10

   Order Date: 8/11/10      

SRP:  DVD $19.98/Blu-ray with DVD Combo-pack $24.98


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Thomas and his engine friends embark on a thrilling new journey that takes them from the Island of Sodor to the mysterious Misty Island in the all-new, CG animated adventure  Thomas & Friends Misty Island Rescue – The Movie available on DVD, Blu-ray Disc+DVD combo pack, Digital Download and On Demand, September 7, 2010 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment. This movie marks the first time Thomas is available on Blu-ray and will be part of a Combo Pack (which is also packaged with a standard DVD) for a great value of only $24.98.
The thrilling new Blu-ray Disc will showcase the exciting new CG animation like never before, and is perfect for families looking to add to their Blu-ray collection.  With nearly 25M households owning a Blu-ray player, Thomas is one of the first Preschool properties to launch into the next generation disc!

 

SYNOPSIS

The engines are hard at work to build a new Search and Rescue Center. When Thomas helps a friend in need, he is rewarded with an exciting trip to the mainland.  Along the way, he gets lost at sea and finds himself on the mysterious Misty Island, where he meets new friends Bash, Dash and Ferdinand. Together they discover the secrets of Misty Island and help Thomas find his way home.  Will Sir Topham Hatt’s search party ever find Thomas? Find out in this action-packed movie adventure the whole family will enjoy!!    
           
BLU-RAY/DVD BONUS FEATURES
·       “The Search for Thomas” Game
·       “Misty Island Rescue” Karaoke Music Video
·       “Sir Topham Hatt” Karaoke Music Video
MARKETING SUPPORT
Misty Island Rescue is the biggest Thomas & Friends DVD program of the year! It is supported by a fully-integrated marketing campaign that includes TV, print, online and cross promotions that extend from August-November; over 1 billion total impressions will be generated.  Over 50 Misty Island Rescue-themed products will launch at retail including toys, books and more!  An aggressive pre-street campaign includes a special broadcast on PBS and Screenvision theatrical screenings in over 175 theaters nationwide.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Title Copyright: © 2010 HIT Entertainment Limited. Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Based on The Railway Series by The Reverend W Awdry.  © 2010 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. 
Type: Home Entertainment Premiere
Rating: NR
Genre: Children/Family/Ages 2-5
Closed Captioning:  DVD - English
                                   Blu-ray – English SDH
DVD Format:  Widescreen
Blu-ray Format:  1080P High Definition Widescreen
Feature Running Time: 58 minutes
DVD Audio Status: English 5.1 Dolby Digital and English, Spanish and French 2.0
                      Dolby Digital
Blu-ray Audio Status: English 5.1 DTS HD-Master Audio and Spanish and French 2.0
                                     Dolby Digital
Website: www.thomasandfriends.com
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All-New Shaun the Sheep Party Animals Arrives on DVD, Digital Download and On Demand September 7th

Posted in Press Releases on July 5th, 2010
Are Ewe Ready For The Flock Party?
From The Creators Of Wallace & Gromit Comes The First DVD From The Second Series Of Shaun The Sheep
Shaun The Sheep: Party Animals
Arrives On DVD, Digital Download and On Demand September 7, 2010 
From Lionsgate And HIT Entertainment

 

 

Street Date: 9/7/10

Order Date: 8/11/10

DVD SRP:  $14.98

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Mischief-making Shaun the Sheep and his fearless flock of barnyard buddies are causing mayhem in seven new revel-filled episodes in Shaun the Sheep: Party Animals coming to DVD, Digital Download and On Demand September 7, 2010 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.  Shaun the Sheep is the second fastest growing children’s brand (Source Nielsen) and each DVD outsells the last.  Five minute shorts of the series currently air in the U.S. on the Disney Channel, but full-length episodes are only available on these three formats.
DVD SYNOPSIS:
There’s no disguising the fun with Shaun the Sheep and his barnyard buddies in this party-fest of wild antics from the Oscar®-winning creators of “Wallace and Gromit”. The farm is once again party central as Shaun, Bitzer, Timmy and those Naughty Pigs cause all sorts of mayhem, from flying cue balls and pillow fights to nights of disguise and intrigue. Grab your invitation to laughter for some sheep-herding mayhem that’s sure to rock the flock!
 Episodes include:

  • “Party Animals” - The farmer throws a costume party for his birthday. When Bitzer loses all the invitations, Shaun saves the day again. Disguised in their own ingenious costumes, the sheep stand in as the guests. But can they fool the Farmer into believing he is surrounded by his friends? 


  • “Double Trouble” – A bored Shaun dresses up as the Farmer to entertain the flock. Realizing he now has the power to boss Bitzer around; Shaun takes the opportunity to throw a party for the flock. All goes according to plan until Bitzer puts two and two together. Then Shaun encounters the real Farmer…
  • “Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow” – The Farmer is preparing for a date! He wants to look his best so it’s time to dust off his prized hairpiece. Shaun can’t resist trying the wig on but loses it while showing off to the flock. The race is on as Shaun and Bitzer try to return the wig in time for the Farmer’s big night.

 

  • “Pig Swill Fly” – The farm is looking spotless and everyone is on their best behavior when the dreaded farm inspector pays a visit. While the Inspector checks out the inside of the farmhouse, war breaks out in the field between the sheep and the pigs. Can Bitzer prevent the Inspector from noticing as the chaos escalates outside?

 


·       “Operation Pidsley” – While the Farmer is away, the sheep sneak into the farmhouse for a party. But when Pidsley snaps a photograph of the fun and games, Shaun and Bitzer need to catch the malicious cat before he can show the incriminating evidence to the Farmer.

 

  • “Shaun Goes Potty” – The farm receives a delivery of a brand new pool table. Before the Farmer can take it indoors, Bitzer and the flock have a game with disastrous consequences. They must repair the damage before the Farmer finds out!
  • “Pig Trouble” – When Bitzer injures his foot and can’t work, the Farmer chooses the pigs to take over his role. The power crazy pigs take the opportunity to turn the farm into a porky paradise – at the sheep’s expense. Bitzer tries in vain to warn his master what is going on behind his back, but it’s Shaun who steps in and restores the status quo.

DVD BONUS FEATURES
·       Timmy’s Tune
·       Building A Pig

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2010
Title Copyright: © Aardman Animation Limited.  All rights reserved. Shaun the Sheep (word mark) and the character ‘Shaun the Sheep’ © and ™ Aardman Animations Limited.
Type: TV on DVD
Rating: NR
Genre: Children/Family/Animated
Age Target: Fans of all ages from 2-60
Closed Captioned: English
Format: Widescreen
Feature Running Time: Approximately 50 minutes
DVD Audio Status:  2.0 Dolby Digital
Program Website: www.shaunthesheep.com

 

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