Archive for February, 2011

It’s A Flockful of Fun with All-New “Shaun the Sheep The Big Chase” on DVD April 19, 2011

Posted in Press Releases on February 24th, 2011
On Track For A Flockful Of Fun!  From The Oscar®-Winning Creators Of Wallace & Gromit 
Shaun The Sheep: The Big Chase
Arrives On DVD April 19, 2011 
From Lionsgate And HIT Entertainment

 

   

Street Date: 4/19/11

DVD SRP:  $14.98

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

On your mark … get set … laugh!  Shaun the Sheep™ and his barnyard buddies are revving up for all new hilarious antics and adventures in Shaun the Sheep: The Big Chase roaring onto DVD April 19, 2011 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment. From big races to big chases, bikes and boats and everything in between, the beloved and International Emmy-winning animated series is speeding off for more wacky adventures. 
Five minute shorts of the series currently air in the U.S. on the Disney Channel and the series ranks in the top 5 animated shorts on the network!

 

DVD SYNOPSIS
Start your engines for fun and laughter with Shaun the Sheep and his barnyard buddies, as they speed off to stir up some mayhem in the meadow.  The Oscar®-winning creators of Wallace & Gromit accelerate the laughter with revved up adventures from big races and chases, to bikes and boats, and everything in between.  So buckle up for a wild ride with Shaun, Bitzer, Shirley, those Naughty Pigs next door and introducing their new pal, Timmy (from “Timmy Time™” on Playhouse Disney)  as fun on the farm shifts into high gear!
 Episodes include:

 

  • “The Big Chase” – When Timmy drives off on The Farmer’s brand new quad bike, Shaun, Bitzer and the flock have to give chase by any means available! Very soon half the animals on the farm have joined in the chase. Can the sheep rescue Timmy and return the quad bike before The Farmer finds out?
  • “Bitzer From the Black Lagoon” – Bitzer falls into a muddy pond while trying to retrieve his ball. When Shaun sees a big, blobby, shambling “thing” squelching across the field, he’s convinced they are being attacked by a swamp monster!
  • “Zebra Ducks of the Serengeti” – After getting covered in soot, two hapless ducks are mistaken for a pair of rare African Zebra Ducks. Seeing a way to make money, The Farmer transforms Shaun’s field into an exotic duck sanctuary, which he gleefully opens to the public. Shaun doesn’t appreciate losing his field and sets about exposing the fraud.
  • “Bitzer’s Basic Training” – Bitzer thinks The Farmer is planning to replace him, so Shaun helps to get his friend into shape. Unfortunately, Bitzer goes completely over the top with his training regime and starts running the farm with military precision, driving everyone crazy.
  • “The Magpie” – A magpie has nested in the big tree and is causing chaos by stealing everything around the farm. The magpie’s nest soon begins to fill up with loot and Shaun has to come up with a brilliant plan to outwit the burgling bird.
  • “The Boat” – The Farmer gets Bitzer to help him renovate an old boat, but as soon as his back is turned, the sheep and pigs turn the refurbishment into a swashbuckling game of pirates.
  • “Hide & Squeak” – A cute mouse appears in the farmhouse and terrorizes The Farmer. Pidsley the cat is ordered to dispose of the rodent. When the mouse takes refuge in Shaun’s fleece, the flock persuades him to protect their new friend from the pitiless cat.

 

DVD BONUS FEATURES
·       The Mini Making of Shaun Video
·       Timmy’s Tune #1

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION

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 45 minutes
DVD Audio Status:  2.0 Dolby Digital
Program Website: www.shaunthesheep.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shaunthesheep

 

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 at andrea@andreablainpr.com  or 847-933-9884.

All-New 3 DVD Set is Right On Track for Fun! “Thomas & Friends PlayDate DVD Pack” in Stores April 5, 2011

Posted in Press Releases on February 24th, 2011
All-New 3-DVD Set Is Right On Track For Fun!
Thomas & Friends PlayDate Pack

Arriving In Stores April 5, 2011 
From Lionsgate And HIT Entertainment

Street Date: 4/5/11

DVD SRP:  $19.98
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Right on track for loads of fun is the all-new, 3-DVD gift set Thomas & Friends™ PlayDate Pack, available April 5, 2011 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment. Join Thomas, James, Gordon, Percy and all of their engine friends for favorite episodes from the beloved series, teaching lessons of friendship, loyalty and cooperation with hilarious tales from the track!  Featuring 3 DVDs at an incredible value: Thomas and the Really Brave Engine, Thomas and the Jet Engine and On-Site with Thomas, the set is perfect for filling up those Easter baskets for Thomas fans of all ages!

 

SYNOPSIS
Start your engines and chuff along to the ultimate playdate!  Thomas and all his railway friends welcome you aboard for three exciting DVDs. Adventure is full steam ahead as the engines attend Sodor’s Winter Festival, race along with a new jet engine, visit the construction site of the new school, track down a possible monster and much more!  

 

The Set includes these 3 DVDs:
·       Thomas and the Really Brave Engine
·       Thomas and the Jet Engine
·       On-Site with Thomas

BONUS FEATURES
·       4 Sing-Along Songs
·       Bonus DVD Game “Fun with Numbers”
·       Thomas Character Gallery
·       7 Bonus DVD Games
·       2 Read-Alongs
·       2 DVD-Rom Games

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Title Copyright: Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Based on The Railway Series by The Reverend W Awdry.  © 2011 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: TV on DVD
Rating: NR
Genre: Children/Family/Ages: 2-5
Closed Captioned: English
Format: Full Screen
Total Running Time: 105 minutes
DVD Audio Status: 2.0 Dolby Digital
Program Website: www.thomasandfriends.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thomasandfriends
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For artwork and additional information contact Andrea Blain at andrea@andreablainpr.com or 847-933-9884.

It’s A Super-Dee Duper Day With Friends! “Barney PlayDate DVD Pack” in Stores April 5, 2011

Posted in Press Releases on February 24th, 2011
It’s A Super-Dee-Duper Day With Friends In 
The Ultimate Get-Together
BarneyPlayDate Pack 

Arriving In Stores April 5, 2011 
From Lionsgate And HIT Entertainment

 


Street Date: 4/5/11

DVD SRP:  $19.98
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Barney™ and his friends are hosting the ultimate playdate with a trio of top features in the all-new Barney PlayDate Pack, available April 5, 2011 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.  Featuring 3 DVDs at an incredible value: Let’s Pretend With Barney, Can You Sing That Song and Come on Over to Barney’s House, Barney, B.J.™ and Baby Bop™ are getting their groove on and inviting your little ones along for all the learning and imagination, music, laughter, fun and festivities!  These are perfect for filling up those Easter baskets for Barney fans!

 

SYNOPSIS
Ready, Set, Play!  It’s a party on the playground with everyone’s favorite purple pal Barney in the all-new, 3-disc gift set Barney PlayDate Pack.  Come along for some tee-rific fun as Barney and his friends build their own airplane for a tropical island adventure, put on a musical game show and visit Barney at home.  It’s the ultimate playdate for all!

 

The set includes these 3 DVDs:
·       Let’s Pretend with Barney
·       Can You Sing That Song
·       Come On Over to Barney’s House

BONUS FEATURES
·       Barney’s Jukebox
·       Barney’s “Loop De Loop” Counting Game
·       2 Read-Alongs
·       Barney’s Game Show “Can You Sing That Song?”
·       Behind the Scenes with the Dinos and the Cast
·       Barney’s Gumdrop Games
·       Barney’s Bonus Episode Who’s Your Neighbor
·       Music Video – “The Barney Boogie”
·       Bonus Episode – Bob the Builder “Muck Gets Stuck”
·       DVD-Rom Fun
PROGRAM INFORMATION
Title Copyright: © 2011 HIT Entertainment Limited.
© 2011 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: TV on DVD
Rating: NR
Genre: Children/Family
Age Target: 1-5 years old
Closed Captioned: Can you Sing That Song and Let’s Pretend with Barney – English
Subtitles: Come on Over to Barney’s House – English SDH
Format: Full Screen
Total Running Time: 146 minutes
DVD Audio Status: English and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital
Program Website: www.barney.com  http://www.facebook.com/Barney
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For artwork and additional information contact Andrea Blain at andrea@andreablainpr.com or 847-933-9884.

Spanish for All Seasons–All-New “Spanish for Kids: Las Estaciones” (The Seasons) on DVD March 22, 2011 from Whistlefritz

Posted in Press Releases on February 11th, 2011

For Immediate Release

 

Spanish for All Seasons

 

Newest Title in Award-Winning Series –

Spanish for Kids: Las Estaciones (The Seasons)

Available on DVD March 22, 2011

 

Washington DC (February 14, 2011) – Winter, spring, summer or fall, there’s no better time for children to learn Spanish. And, it’s never been easier thanks to the Spanish for Kids DVD series and its latest release, Las Estaciones (The Seasons) – available March 22, 2011.

 

Produced by Whistlefritz, Spanish for Kids is an award-winning Spanish immersion DVD series featuring the adorable Fritzi, a lovable, animated mouse who interacts with live-action adults and children to help teach Spanish.  In Las Estaciones (The Seasons), Fritzi wants to celebrate his birthday, which comes in the Fall.  With the help of his friend Maria, young viewers learn about the many joys associated with all four seasons, from sledding and snowball fights in winter (el invierno), to trick-or-treating in autumn (el otoño).  It’s a year-round celebration for young viewers to enjoy with Fritzi and all his Whistlefritz friends!

 

            Winner of more than 20 awards, Whistlefritz was founded in 2006 by a mom who wanted to teach her own children Spanish, but was frustrated by the lack of high-quality Spanish immersion programs. Building on the belief that switching back and forth between English and Spanish during the learning process makes it harder for a child to master the new language, Whistlefritz DVDs engage children in “Spanish immersion”: learning by hearing and speaking Spanish without any English translation.

 

            Research has shown this Spanish immersion teaching technique to be the most effective way to teach young children a second language. Each upbeat program in the Spanish for Kids DVD series combines whimsical storylines, colorful animation and graphics, delightful characters, live action footage, and irresistible Latin music that children will want to experience again and again. 

 

 

A valuable teaching tool to add to any home video educational library, Spanish for Kids DVDs have received numerous national honors and accolades from iParenting Media, the Parents’ Choice Foundation, The National Parenting Center, Dr. Toy, The Dove Foundation, Learning Magazine’s Teachers’ Choice Awards and others.

 

Las Estaciones, recommended for children ages 2-7, is available for $19.99.  Other titles available in the Spanish for Kids series include Cha Cha Cha, Adentro y Afuera (Inside and Out),  

A Bailar! ( Let’s Dance!), Vamos a Jugar (Let’s Play) and Los Animales (Animals). For more information on these titles or to order, visit www.whistlefritz.com

 

 

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Titles:                           Spanish for Kids: Las Estaciones (The Seasons)
Category:                      Children; Ages 2-7
SRP:                             $19.99
R/T:                             Approximately 30 minutes
Release Date:               March 22, 2011

 

Press Information:         Andrea Blain
Andrea Blain Public Relations
9750 Crawford Ave.
Skokie, IL  60076
Phone:  847-933-9884
Fax: 847-673-5836
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Celebrate Spring Holidays Purim and Passover with All-New Shalom Sesame DVDs

Posted in Press Releases on February 7th, 2011

               
Celebrate Jewish Holidays with Sesame Street’s Grover,
Jake Gyllenhaal and Eva Longoria in the All-New Shalom Sesame Purim and Passover Spring DVD Releases;
Be Happy, It’s Purim!
It’s Passover, Grover!
Available on DVD March 8, 2011 from SISU Home Entertainment
Street Date: 3/8/11
SRP: $14.95 each
Shalom Sesame Overview:
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 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. 

 

DVD Synopses:
Be Happy, It’s Purim! -  Everyone is dressing up for Purim, so get out your groggers and join the fun! Avigail is inspired by the story of Esther. Moishe Oofnik is his usual grouchy self…but who is that mysterious masked singer at the Purim Spiel?  Guest appearance by Eva Longoria. R/T: 34 minutes, extras 23 minutes.

 

It’s Passover, Grover! - It’s almost time to celebrate Passover, and there is no horseradish to be found. Grover, Anneliese and Avigail put their heads together to track it down, but things get tricky when there is an Oofnik involved!  Guest appearance by Jake Gyllenhaal. R/T: 26 minutes, extras 25 minutes.

 

ISBN:                      Be Happy, It’s Purim! (ISBN: 1-56086-706-X) (UPC 73713813261-6)
                               It’s Passover, Grover! (ISBN: 1-56086-707-8) (UPC 73713813271-5)

 

                              
Orders:                   www.sisuent.com
                                
U.S. Distributor:       SISU Home Entertainment
                               340 W. 39th St. 6th Fl.
                               New York, NY 10018
                               212-947-7888/sisu@sisuent.com

 

Contacts:
Andrea Blain Public Relations
847-933-9884/andrea@andreablainpr.com

 

Philip Toscano
Sesame Workshop
212-875-6687/philip.toscano@sesameworkshop.org