Archive for August, 2011

Hold On to Fast-Action Fun With All-New “Timmy Time: Go Kart Timmy” on DVD November 22, 2011 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment

Posted in Press Releases on August 29th, 2011
Join Timmy And His Preschool Pals For Fast Action Fun With Trains, Go Karts, Sports And More In An All-New DVD From The Award-Winning Creators Of Wallace And Gromit And 
Shaun The Sheep

 

TIMMY TIME: GO KART TIMMY 
Available On DVD November 22, 2011 
From Lionsgate And HIT Entertainment

Street Date: 11/22/11

DVD SRP:  $14.98
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

It’s go time for loveable lamb Timmy and all his barnyard buddies in Timmy Time™: Go Kart Timmy, featuring five fun adventures all about being preschoolers on the move, coming to DVD November 22, 2011 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.  From the Oscar©-winning creators of Wallace and Gromit™ and Shaun the Sheep™, Timmy Time features a winning combination of slapstick humor and classic silent comedy that will delight preschoolers again and again.  Join the gang as they test out a new go-kart, trip out on a new tricycle, rally for Sports Day, huddle up for soccer and more in these hilarious new episodes.
DVD SYNOPSIS:
Hold on tight for more fast-action fun with your pal Timmy and his preschool classmates! Enjoy the ride as Timmy speeds off in a brand new go-kart and runs into a big, smelly problem.  Then it’s off to the races at the nursery’s Sports Day, helping Otus with soccer and learning that winning isn’t everything.  Surprises and laughter shift into high gear in these five delightful adventures the whole family will love!
  “Go Kart Timmy” – There’s a brand new pedal go-kart in the playground, and all the animals are desperate to have a go – especially Timmy! But his eagerness behind the wheel soon leads him into trouble and he reverses into a very smelly compost heap! After cleaning the go-kart, Timmy starts to understand the importance of waiting his turn.
  “Timmy On Wheels” – Timmy is having fun on the tricycle, but Ruffy does not have much luck learning how to ride it. Timmy can’t be bothered to take the time to teach him, but when he has difficulties riding a scooter himself, he soon learns that he should help others rather than ride away…
  “Timmy Wants To Win” – Everyone is getting involved in Sports Day at the nursery, and Timmy is determined to win! But after missing out on first place race after race, his dreams of winning begin to falter. When he helps Yabba up after a tumble, however, Timmy is deemed the true winner of the day!
  “Timmy Plays Ball” – The class is learning how to play soccer, but Timmy keeps hogging the ball! Ruffy and Paxton soon get bored, leaving Timmy to play with a not-very-athletic Otus. But after teaching Otus how to pass the ball, Timmy wins himself a new soccer partner.
  “Timmy’s Train” – Timmy and his classmates are playing trains, but both he and Mittens want to be the leader! By trying to outdo each other with increasingly impressive train costumes, they attempt to win over their pals, but soon realize that it’s no good being the best-looking train if there aren’t any passengers left to play with you!
DVD BONUS FEATURES
·       Bonus episode: Shaun the Sheep™ “Big Top Timmy”
·       “Timmy’s Tune” music video

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2011
Title Copyright: © Aardman Animations Limited 2010. ‘Timmy Time’ (word mark) ad character ‘Timmy’ are trademarks used under license from Aardman Animations Ltd. All rights reserved © HIT Entertainment Limited.  HIT and the HIT logo are trademarks of HIT Entertainment Limited
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.timmytime.tv
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/timmytime
 
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From the Oscar (c) Winning Creators of Wallace and Gromit Comes the Complete Second Season of Shaun the Sheep With 40 Ba-a-arillian Episodes Including Five Episodes Never Before Seen on DVD! “Shaun the Sheep: Season Two Gift Set” Arrives on DVD November 15, 2011 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment

Posted in Press Releases on August 29th, 2011
From the Oscar© Winning Creators of Wallace and Gromit™ Comes the Complete Second Season of Shaun the Sheep With 40 B-a-a-arilliant Episodes Including Five Episodes Never Before Seen on DVD!

Shaun the Sheep™: Season Two Gift Set
Arrives On DVD November 15, 2011 
From Lionsgate And HIT Entertainment

 

Street Date: 11/15/11

DVD SRP:  $29.98

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

He’s ba-a-a-ack!  Get ready for a whole new collection of woolly antics with Shaun the Sheep™ and his barnyard buddies in Shaun the Sheep:  Season Two Gift Set, available on DVD November 15, 2011 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.  Featuring 40 fantastic episodes – including five on DVD for the first time ever – all your favorite characters return for more wool-raising adventures around the barnyard. Combining slapstick and classic silent comedy, Shaun the Sheep never fails to make you laugh!  So flock to add this delightful collection to your home library today!
Five minute shorts of the series currently air in the U.S. on the Disney Channel. Fans can only find full-length episodes on the DVDs. 
DVD SYNOPSIS
The complete second season of Shaun the Sheep has arrived with 40 hilarious episodes of woolly shenanigans! The Oscar®-winning creators of Wallace and Gromit™ strike again with the mischievous barnyard antics of Shaun, Bitzer, Shirley, Timmy and those naughty Pigs next door. From fancy wheels and outrageous deals to foxy crimes and Christmas time, there’s something for everyone in this fun-filled collectible gift set of must-have treats the whole family will love!

 

DVD BONUS FEATURES
·       Behind The Scenes Gallery
·       “Whack-A-Pig” Game
·       “Sheep-Shearing” Game
·       “Meet The Animals” video
·       “Sing-Along With Shaun” Video
·       “Building-A-Pig” Video
·       “The Mini Making Of Shaun” Video
·       Timmy Time Sneak Peek:  “Timmy’s Tune”

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2011
Title Copyright: ©2011 Aardman Animations 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 280 minutes
DVD Audio Status:  2.0 Dolby Digital
Program Website: www.shaunthesheep.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/shaunthesheep
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Thomas & Friends Recent CGI Releases Available In A New 4-DVD Collection Set Perfect for Gift-Giving! “Thomas & Friends: Steam Team Collection 4-DVD Pack Available November 15, 2011 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment

Posted in Press Releases on August 29th, 2011
Thomas & Friends Recent New CGI Releases Available In A New 4-DVD Collection Set 
Perfect For Gift-Giving! 

THOMAS & FRIENDS: STEAM TEAM COLLECTION 4-DVD PACK
Available On DVD November 15, 2011 
From Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment

Street Date: 11/15/11

DVD SRP:  $24.98
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

It’s the perfect holiday gift for your little engineer at an incredible price!  Enjoy a trainload of fun and adventure with Thomas and his friends in stunning CG animation when this new collection of DVDs pulls into stores just in time for the holidays.   The all-new release Thomas & Friends™: Steam Team Collection 4-DVD Pack, arrives November 15, 2011 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment for only $24.98.  Sixteen fun-filled tales – including exclusive content never before seen on TV – take you once again to the Island of Sodor to ride along with Thomas and all his engine friends as they play in the rain, make special deliveries, work together and celebrate friendship and good fun. 

DVDs Include:

 

Thomas & Friends: Splish Splash Splosh!
Even when it’s wet outside you can still have plenty of fun, especially when you share your adventures with Thomas & Friends! Grab your galoshes and join your favorite engines as they prepare for rainy-day visits, sudsy spills, snowy situations and more in these stories from the Island of Sodor.
Thomas & Friends: Splish Splash Splosh! Bonus Features:
·       Lift and Load Crane Game
·       Counting with Thomas
Thomas & Friends: The Lion of Sodor
Join Thomas as he roars down the tracks with his most special delivery yet, the Lion of Sodor. But can the other engines convince Thomas in time that his special is not a real lion? Hop on board and learn the importance of listening to others in these lionhearted
tales.
Thomas & Friends: The Lion of Sodor Bonus Features:
·       Determination Karaoke Song
·       Party Train Match Game
·       Timmy Time Bonus Episode: “Timmy’s Plane”
Thomas & Friends: Creaky Cranky
Crank up the fun as the Island of Sodor prepares for the Spring Party. There are engines to mend and decorations to deliver, and Thomas is on the fast track to finish in time. But when there’s too much heavy lifting to do, Thomas realizes it takes a team of friends to reach his true destination.
Thomas & Friends: Creaky Cranky Bonus Features:
·       The Sound Song Music Video
Thomas & Friends: Thomas & The Runaway Kite
High-flying fun waits ahead with your favorite engine friends! Get ready to rescue buzzy bees, catch a runaway kite and unwrap the biggest present of all. Thomas is on track to reach new heights in these exciting railway adventures.
Thomas & Friends: Thomas & The Runaway Kite Bonus Features:
·       How Many Shapes Do You See?
·       Find What Doesn’t Belong

ABOUT THOMAS & FRIENDS™

Thomas the Tank Engine was created by a father for his son over 65 years ago and today is enjoyed by families in more than 185 territories and in 30 languages.  The #1 blue engine and his friends invite children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story. Children embark on adventures with their engine friends while experiencing timeless life lessons of discovery, friendship and cooperation. 
Thomas & Friends is the Number One preschool toy property in the UK, a position it has held for the past 11 years.  It remained the Number One preschool toy license in the US for 10 straight years[1] and has been the Number One preschool entertainment brand in the US since 20092. The unrivaled popularity of the global brand continues with Thomas also being the Number One preschool toy license in Germany and Australia, as well as the Number One foreign preschool brand in China, Japan and Korea.
(SOURCE: AC Nielsen, 1/1/10-12/31/10). Each DVD release is consistently ranked in the Top 10 new releases for Children’s Non-Theatrical (source Nielsen) and many have received significant awards and recognition from organizations such as Parents’ Choice and KIDS FIRST!
[1] Source: The NPD Group / Consumer Tracking Service
2 Source: Nielsen

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Title Copyright: © 2011 HIT Entertainment Limited. Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Based on The Railway Series by The Reverend W Awdry.  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 Closed Captioned
Format:  Full Screen
Feature Run Time: 192 minutes (total)
Thomas & Friends: Splish Splash Splosh!:  46 minutes
Thomas & Friends: The Lion of Sodor: 48 minutes
Thomas & Friends: Creaky Cranky: 50 minutes
Thomas & Friends: Thomas & The Runaway Kite: 48 minutes
DVD Audio Status: English, Spanish and French 2.0 Dolby Digital
Website: www.lionsgate.com/thomasandfriends
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thomasandfriends
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/trueblueengine
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Celebrate Friendship, Family and Fun in All-New “Friends and Family” on DVD, Digital Download and On Demand November 8, 2011 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment

Posted in Press Releases on August 29th, 2011
Celebrate Friendship, Family And Fun In The All-New 
FRIENDS AND FAMILY
On DVD, Digital Download And On Demand
 November 8, 2011 From Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment

Street Date: 11/8/11

DVD SRP:  $14.98
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Just in time for the winter holidays, the season to treasure the loved ones in your life, comes an all-new collection of episodes featuring your preschooler’s favorite pals in Friends and Family, available November 8, 2011 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment. Join Thomas & Friends™, Angelina Ballerina™, Bob the Builder™, Barney™, Fireman Sam™, Kipper™, Roary the Racing Car™ and Timmy Time™ for eight heart-warming adventures, celebrating special moments while teaching lessons in loyalty, cooperation, friendship and fun. So snuggle up with the kids and give thanks for the chance to watch, learn and laugh together!

DVD SYNOPSIS

Enjoy quality time with friends and family with these warm-hearted tales. Share birthday
surprises with Thomas and the Percival Twins, while Angelina and Polly choreograph a
special show for their parents. Then join Bob the Builder and Barney as they show their
friends how to be the best big brother and sister they can be. Siblings, friends and parents alike will delight in these stories celebrating love, friendship and fun!
DVD EPISODES
·                                                             Thomas & Friends - “Duncan and the Hot Air Balloon”
·                                                             Fireman Sam – “Danger By The Double”
·                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Bob the Builder –“Dizzy In Charge”
·                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Barney – “Big Brother Rusty”
·                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Angelina Ballerina – “Angelina and Polly’s Two-Hour Show”
·                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Kipper – “Cousins”
·                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Roary the Racing Car – “Zizzy Spectacular”
·                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Timmy Time – “Timmy’s New Friend” (DVD Only)

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2011
Title Copyright: © 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.
© 2011 Prism Art & Design Limited.  The Fireman Sam name and character are trademarks of Prism Art & Design.
© 2011 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.
© 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.
© 2011 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.
© 2011 HIT Entertainment Limited and Mick Inkpen. Based on the books by ©Mick Inkpen. The Kipper name and character are trademarks of Michael Inkpen. Registered in the U.K.
© Chapman Entertainment Limited & David Jenkins (2011).
© Aardman Animations Limited 2009. ‘Timmy Time’ (word mark) and character ‘Timmy’ are trademarks used under license from Aardman Animations Limited. The Aardman name and logo are trademarks of Aardman Animations Ltd. All rights reserved.
Type: TV on DVD
Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Children/Family/Animated
Age Target: Children, Ages 2-5
Closed Captioned: English
Format: Full Screen
Feature Run Time: DVD - 99 minutes
Feature Run time: Digital - 89 minutes
Audio Status: 2.0 Dolby Digital
Program Website: www.hitentertainment.com

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Young Citizens Welcome You To Philippines and Germany In All-New “Families of Philippines” and “Families of Germany” on DVD September 20, 2011 From Master Communications

Posted in Press Releases on August 17th, 2011

                      For Immediate Release

 

Young Citizens Welcome You To
 Philippines and Germany In All-New

 

‘Families of Philippines’ &
‘Families of Germany

 

 

 

                  Newest Titles in the Award-Winning Families of the World Series Arrives on DVD September 20, 2011 from Master Communications

 

 

Cincinnati, OH (August 23, 2011) – Come spend time with four young citizens growing up in two of the most populous countries in the world in Families of Philippines and Families of Germany, the newest titles in the award-winning Families of the World series, venturing onto DVD  September 20, 2011 from Master Communications.

 

The series – 27 titles and growing – enables future travelers to reach across the globe and visit other people and cultures, all from a child’s point of view.  Always focusing on two children from differing households, one urban, one rural, and narrated by children, Families of the World DVDs invite viewers to follow two families’ daily routines, introducing both the similarities and differences that exist between them, as well as us. 

 

The Southeast Asian country of the Philippines, known officially as the Republic of the Philippines, is an archipelago consisting of over 7,100 islands, has the fifth longest coastline in the world (over 22,500 miles), experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity and combines both Eastern and Western cultures.

 

In Families of Philippines, meet 13-year old Khim, a boy who lives on the rural island of Cebu with his grandparents, aunt and her two children.  Living close to the coast, see the dozens of outrigger boats Khim points out as he explains how the fisherman collect the fish that he and his family eat nearly every night.  Awaking early in the morning from his sleeping mat, Khim bathes, eats then makes the 10-minute walk to his public school, which boasts over 10,000 students.  Studying plants, computers and other subjects, his favorite class is science.  On the way home from school, he stops in the local video arcade to play games with his friends.  Later at home, he completes his chores, which include feeding their goats, collecting firewood and cooking the rice for dinner.  A fan of dance and karate, Khim is an active, happy boy!

 

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Shahani, 7, lives in the capital city of Manila, a thriving city boasting many modern skyscrapers.  Living with her mom, dad and older sister, the early riser (5 a.m.!), gets help from mom getting started in the morning before she’s off to school, where she wears a name tag to help the teachers with the over 5,000 students.  During the 10 months she attends school, she studies English among other subjects.  Mom shops for fresh fish and vegetables every day while Dad works as a children’s costumed birthday party entertainer and also teaches dance, which Shahani also studies (and excels – she won a local competition and was featured on television).  Enjoying adobo stew for dinner and mango for desert, she and her sister welcome friends over in the evening for games and fun, then it’s off to bed for rest before her big test the next day!

 

Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a parliamentary republic consisting of 16 states, boasts one of the world’s largest economies and is the 14th most populous country in the world. The divided parts of East and West Germany were united in 1990 after the celebrated destruction of the Berlin Wall.

 

            In Families of Germany, meet seven-year-old Sophia from the village of Reimershausen, who lives with her parents, sister Johanna and brother Simon.  After a breakfast of bread, cheese and jam made from the fruit in their garden, she is off to school where she and her 19 classmates study English and biology among other subjects.  Sophia studies guitar after school when she’s not helping out at a neighbor’s farm where twice a week she feeds cows and collects eggs from the chickens.  Following dinner, she heads back to school for crafts and skits.  During the weekend her family eats breakfast together then enjoys activities – this particular weekend they are celebrating St. Martin’s Day, visiting Marburg Castle and attending her sister’s choral concert.  A bedtime story from mom and dad and it’s off to sleep!

 

            Ole is ten years old and lives in the capital city of Berlin with his parents, two brothers and two tortoises.  It’s Halloween, so we get to tag along as Ole carves pumpkins, prepares treats for his neighbors before taking two trains to spend the day uptown, where we see conversation bikes, Segues and tour boats on the river.  Upon their return, they head out for some trick-or-treating.  The next day it’s back to school where Ole studies English and math while his dad, an engineer, works at a jet plane factory and mom teaches at an animal museum.  After school it’s time for homework and dinner before heading off to handball practice.  It’s been a long day, so bedtime is a welcome event!

 

Families of the World is recommended for ages 5-11 and retails for $29.95.  The series features families in Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, France, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Mexico (includes Spanish and English soundtrack) and More Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Russia, Sweden, Thailand, the USA, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam.  Each

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Each DVD includes a free PDF Teacher’s Guide, which features the script, copy-ready maps, discussion and activity guides, recipes, glossaries and more. To order Families of the World DVDs,
call 1-800-765-5885 or visit
www.familiesoftheworld.com.

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Series:                         Families of the World

Titles:                          Families of Philippines & Families of Germany

ISBN:                          Families of Philippines  9781604801125

                                    Families of Germany  9781604801132

Category:                    Children, Ages 5-11

R/T:                             Approximately 25 minutes each

Format:                       DVD/Live Action/Closed captioned

Release Date:              September 20, 2011

SRP:                            $29.95 each, includes PPR

 

Producer:                   

Arden Media Resources

www.ardenmedia.com

 

 

Distributor:

Master Communications

4480 Lake Forest Drive #302

Cincinnati, OH 45242

513-563-3100

www.master-comm.com

 

           

Press Information:     

Andrea Blain Public Relations

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Skokie, IL  60076

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Thomas & Friends Deliver The Ultimate Holiday Gift For Little Engineers Everywhere! “Thomas & Friends: Holiday Favorites 3-DVD Gift Set” On DVD October 18, 2011 From Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment

Posted in Press Releases on August 11th, 2011

The Perfect Present For Your Preschooler!

BARNEY: HOLIDAY FAVORITES
 3-DVD GIFT SET
Available On DVD October 18, 2011 From
 Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment


Street Date: 10/18/11

DVD SRP:  $19.98
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Have a holly jolly holiday this year with everyone’s favorite purple T-rex as he and his friends ring in the joy of the season in Barney™: Holiday Favorites 3-DVD Gift Set, unwrapping in stores October 18, 2011 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.  Spend the night before Christmas at Santa’s Workshop, search for the perfect gold star to top the Christmas tree and welcome fellow preschool favorites Bob the Builder™, Kipper™, Thomas & Friends™ and Pingu™ for additional frosty, festive fun. 

Trusted by moms and adored by children, Barney displays sharing, caring, imagining, dancing and learning on television and through digital media, live events, home entertainment, toys, and publishing. The Emmy® award-winning series, Barney & Friends is one of the top-rated preschool shows today, airing on PBS KIDS® and Sprout®

DVDs Include:

 

Barney’s Night Before Christmas Movie
Barney and his friends spend the most wonderful time of the year on a magical journey to the North Pole as very special guests of Santa’s workshop. With music in the air, and laughter everywhere, it’s a dream come true as Santa unveils a holiday treat – his secret toys for Christmas!

 

Bonus Features:
·       2 Holiday Read-Alongs – “Barney’s Christmas Surprise” and “Barney’s Wonderful Winter Day”
·       10 Sing-Alongs Songs
·       5 Christmas Songs
·       8 Interactive Games
·       “Behind the Scenes” – info on kids in the cast, the dinosaurs, producers and educational guide

Barney: Christmas Star
‘Tis the season to be jolly with Barney and his friends! The festive fun begins with a joyful journey to find a shiny gold star for the Christmas tree and includes loads of magical, musical merriment along the way.  From little drummer boys to “The Night Before Christmas,” it is a holiday adventure that features ten festive songs that the whole family will enjoy!
HIT Favorites: Frosty Friends
Bundle up with your favorite preschool pals in these playful, wintertime tales. Learn the true meaning of Christmas with Barney, build a snowman with Bob, go sledding with Kipper, whistle down the snowy tracks with Thomas and laugh along as Pingu plays hilarious tricks on his winter wonderland friends.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2011
Title Copyright: © 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: Home Entertainment Premiere
Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Children/Family
Age Target: 1-5 years old
Closed Captioned: English
Format: Full Screen
Gift Set Running Time: 157 minutes (total)
Night Before Christmas: 57 minutes
Christmas Star:  50 minutes
Hit Favorites: Frosty Friends: 50 minutes
DVD Audio Status:
Night Before Christmas, Christmas Star: English and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital
HIT Favorites: Frosty Friends: 2.0 Dolby Digital
Program Website: www.barney.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/barney
Twitter: http://twitter.com/DinoMiteBarney
YouTube: www.youtube.com/HITBarney
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For artwork and additional information contact Andrea Blain at
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The Perfect Present For Your Preschooler! “Barney: Holiday Favorites 3-DVD Gift Set On DVD October 18. 2011 From Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment

Posted in Press Releases on August 11th, 2011

The Perfect Present For Your Preschooler!

BARNEY: HOLIDAY FAVORITES
 3-DVD GIFT SET
Available On DVD October 18, 2011 From
 Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment


Street Date: 10/18/11

DVD SRP:  $19.98
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Have a holly jolly holiday this year with everyone’s favorite purple T-rex as he and his friends ring in the joy of the season in Barney™: Holiday Favorites 3-DVD Gift Set, unwrapping in stores October 18, 2011 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.  Spend the night before Christmas at Santa’s Workshop, search for the perfect gold star to top the Christmas tree and welcome fellow preschool favorites Bob the Builder™, Kipper™, Thomas & Friends™ and Pingu™ for additional frosty, festive fun. 

Trusted by moms and adored by children, Barney displays sharing, caring, imagining, dancing and learning on television and through digital media, live events, home entertainment, toys, and publishing. The Emmy® award-winning series, Barney & Friends is one of the top-rated preschool shows today, airing on PBS KIDS® and Sprout®

DVDs Include:

 

Barney’s Night Before Christmas Movie
Barney and his friends spend the most wonderful time of the year on a magical journey to the North Pole as very special guests of Santa’s workshop. With music in the air, and laughter everywhere, it’s a dream come true as Santa unveils a holiday treat – his secret toys for Christmas!

 

Bonus Features:
·       2 Holiday Read-Alongs – “Barney’s Christmas Surprise” and “Barney’s Wonderful Winter Day”
·       10 Sing-Alongs Songs
·       5 Christmas Songs
·       8 Interactive Games
·       “Behind the Scenes” – info on kids in the cast, the dinosaurs, producers and educational guide

Barney: Christmas Star
‘Tis the season to be jolly with Barney and his friends! The festive fun begins with a joyful journey to find a shiny gold star for the Christmas tree and includes loads of magical, musical merriment along the way.  From little drummer boys to “The Night Before Christmas,” it is a holiday adventure that features ten festive songs that the whole family will enjoy!
HIT Favorites: Frosty Friends
Bundle up with your favorite preschool pals in these playful, wintertime tales. Learn the true meaning of Christmas with Barney, build a snowman with Bob, go sledding with Kipper, whistle down the snowy tracks with Thomas and laugh along as Pingu plays hilarious tricks on his winter wonderland friends.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2011
Title Copyright: © 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: Home Entertainment Premiere
Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Children/Family
Age Target: 1-5 years old
Closed Captioned: English
Format: Full Screen
Gift Set Running Time: 157 minutes (total)
Night Before Christmas: 57 minutes
Christmas Star:  50 minutes
Hit Favorites: Frosty Friends: 50 minutes
DVD Audio Status:
Night Before Christmas, Christmas Star: English and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital
HIT Favorites: Frosty Friends: 2.0 Dolby Digital
Program Website: www.barney.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/barney
Twitter: http://twitter.com/DinoMiteBarney
YouTube: www.youtube.com/HITBarney
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Leap for Joy This Holiday Season With The Perfect Gift For Little Ballerinas Everywhere! “Angelina Ballerina: Holiday 3-DVD Gift Set” On DVD October 18, 2011 From Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment

Posted in Press Releases on August 11th, 2011
Leap For Joy This Holiday Season With The Perfect Gift For Little Ballerinas Everywhere!

ANGELINA BALLERINA: HOLIDAY 
3-DVD GIFT SET 
Available On DVD October 18, 2011 From Lionsgate And HIT Entertainment

Street Date: 10/18/11

DVD SRP:  $19.98
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Give the gift of dance and good cheer this holiday season with Angelina Ballerina™: Holiday 3-DVD Gift Set, a collection of delightful DVDs waltzing into stores October 18, 2011 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment. Celebrate the season with Angelina and all her friends as they prepare for the holiday showcase and learn all forms of dance at Camembert Academy. With games and karaoke, it’s the perfect present for little ballerinas everywhere!

DVDs Include:

 

Angelina Ballerina: Nutcracker Sweet
Waltz into the land of sugar and spice with Angelina as she excitedly prepares to perform the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the holiday showcase. But when too many candy canes and fruitcakes give her a tummy ache, she learns that sharing with friends is a lot more rewarding.
Bonus Features:
·       “Prima Ballerina” Puzzle Game
·       ”Front Row Seats” Karaoke Song

 

Angelina Ballerina: Love to Dance
Take center stage with Angelina Ballerina on her first day at Camembert Academy as she learns about new forms of music and dance like jazz, tap and hip-hop. Angelina and her friends quickly discover that becoming a prima ballerina requires collaboration, compromise and commitment.

 

Bonus Features:
·       “Angelina Says” Game
·       “Get Up and Dance” Karaoke Video

 

Angelina Ballerina: Ballet Dreams

Join Camembert Academy’s shining star, Angelina Ballerina, as she finds her way in a new school, puts together her own show and tries to land a leading role in the Mouskinov Ballet. Angelina blossoms as she adjusts to her new teacher’s style and learns the importance of being a patient big sister.

 

Bonus Features:
·       “Create Your Own Dream Routine” Game

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2011
Title Copyrights: © 2011 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. HIT and the HIT logo are trademarks of HIT Entertainment Limited.
Type: TV on DVD
Rating: NR
Genre: Children/Family/Animated
Age Target: 2-7 years old
Closed Captioned: English
Format: Widescreen
Gift Set Running Time: 183 minutes (total)
Nutcracker Sweet: 61 minutes
Love to Dance: 61 minutes
Ballet Dreams: 61 minutes
DVD Audio Status: English, Spanish and French 2.0 Dolby Digital
Program Website: www.angelinaballerina.com
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Celebrate the Holidays With Thomas & Friends In A Magical Christmas Special! All-New “Thomas & Friends: Merry Christmas Thomas” on DVD, Digital Download and On Demand October 11, 2011 From Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment

Posted in Press Releases on August 11th, 2011
Celebrate The Holidays With Thomas & Friends™ In A Magical Christmas Special!

THOMAS & FRIENDS: 
MERRY CHRISTMAS, THOMAS!
Available On DVD, Digital Download And 
On Demand October 11, 2011 
From Lionsgate And HIT Entertainment

Street Date: 10/11/11

DVD SRP:  $14.98
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Come ho-ho-home to the Island of Sodor and join Thomas and his engine friends for the holidays in Thomas &Friends™: Merry Christmas, Thomas! releasing on DVD, Digital Download and On Demand October 11, 2011 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.  Join in the festive fun as Thomas, Percy, Gordon and the other engines pick out the best tree, get caught up in the snow and celebrate the holidays in this magical Christmas special.  All aboard as Thomas & Friends continues to teach timeless life lessons such as discovery, friendship and cooperation, inviting children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story. 
SYNOPSIS
Thomas lights up the tracks in a magical Christmas collection! Climb aboard for adventures and cheer as your favorite engines prepare for a festive celebration.  Help Thomas find the grandest tree on Sodor and then join the Logging Locos as they sing the Misty Island Snow Song in the hope of a winter wonderland.  As the snowflakes fall, Gordon, Mavis, and Percy will take you to the Steamworks for a special surprise party. ‘Tis the season for holiday magic with Thomas & Friends!  
Episodes include:
·       “Let It Snow”
·       “Surprise, Surprise”
·       “Percy and the Snowman”
·       “Tree Trouble”   
DVD BONUS FEATURE

·       The Christmas Gift Matching Game

 

VOD AND DIGITAL BONUS FEATURE

·       Thomas Bonus Episode: “Buzzy Bees”

ABOUT THOMAS & FRIENDS™

Thomas the Tank Engine was created by a father for his son over 65 years ago and today is enjoyed by families in more than 185 territories and in 30 languages.  The #1 blue engine and his friends invite children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story. Children embark on adventures with their engine friends while experiencing timeless life lessons of discovery, friendship and cooperation. 
Thomas & Friends is the Number One preschool toy property in the UK, a position it has held for the past 11 years.  It remained the Number One preschool toy license in the US for 10 straight years[i] and has been the Number One preschool entertainment brand in the US since 2009[ii]. The unrivaled popularity of the global brand continues with Thomas also being the Number One preschool toy license in Germany and Australia, as well as the Number One foreign preschool brand in China, Japan and Korea.
(SOURCE: AC Nielsen, 1/1/10-12/31/10). Each DVD release is consistently ranked in the Top 10 new releases for Children’s Non-Theatrical (source Nielsen) and many have received significant awards and recognition from organizations such as Parents’ Choice and KIDS FIRST!
iSource: The NPD Group / Consumer Tracking Service

ii Source: Nielsen

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Title Copyright: © 2011 HIT Entertainment Limited. Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Based on The Railway Series by The Reverend W Awdry.  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
Feature Running Time: 50 minutes
VOD Cable/PPV Running Time: 60 minutes (including special feature)
DVD Audio Status: English, Spanish and French 2.0 Dolby Digital
Website: www.thomasandfriends.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thomasandfriends
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Ring In Some Holiday ‘Shear’ With All-New “Shaun the Sheep: We Wish Ewe A Merry Christmas” On DVD October 18, 2011 From Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment

Posted in Press Releases on August 11th, 2011
The Creators Of Wallace And Gromit Ring In Some Holiday ‘Shear’ With Shaun The Sheep
SHAUN THE SHEEP: WE WISH EWE A MERRY CHRISTMAS
Arrives On DVD October 18, 2011 
From Lionsgate And HIT Entertainment

 

Street Date: 10/18/11

DVD SRP:  $14.98

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Celebrate with Shaun the Sheep™ as he revels in his first holiday-themed DVD in Shaun the Sheep: We Wish Ewe A Merry Christmas arriving on DVD October 18, 2011 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.  The sheep make sure The Farmer isn’t alone on Christmas, help to free him from his snowed-in house, take care of Bitzer, find him the perfect new hat and make merry in these seven hilarious episodes -- the perfect way to join Shaun and his barnyard buddies in ringing in some holiday “shear”!
Five minute shorts of the series currently air in the U.S. on the Disney Channel and the series ranks in the top five animated shorts on the network!

 

 

DVD SYNOPSIS
‘Tis the season to be woolly, with Shaun the Sheep and his farmyard friends. Frolic with the flock as they decorate the farmhouse for The Farmer, watch Bitzer and Pidsley battle for a spot by the fire, join a massive snowball fight and much more in these seven hilarious episodes from the Oscar®-winning creators of Wallace and Gromit™.
Episodes include:
·                We Wish Ewe A Merry Christmas: Shaun discovers that The Farmer will be spending Christmas Day alone. The animals work through the night festooning the farmhouse with decorations so that The Farmer wakes up to the most magical Christmas that he has ever experienced.
·                Snowed In: Shaun and his buddies awaken to find the farm covered in snow. But while the sheep enjoy themselves in a massive snowball fight, they are all unaware that The Farmer is snowed inside the farmhouse and trying desperately to escape.
·                Fireside Favorite: Bitzer has caught a cold and The Farmer decides to tuck him up in the house to recover. In doing so, Pidsley the cat is ousted from his favorite spot next to the fire. The mean cat attempts various ways to remove the snotty dog while the sheep do their best to keep Bitzer where he needs to be.
·                An Ill Wind: The Farmer receives a huge electricity bill and decides to build his own wind turbine to power the farmhouse. As soon as The Farmer’s back is turned, Shaun and the flock adapt the noisy new contraption into something much more fun – a ferris wheel. It’s not long before The Farmer blows his fuse.
·                Bitzer’s New Hat: The Farmer gives Bitzer a horrible new hat. Bitzer is very upset, as he treasured his old hat. The flock rally round to try and cheer him up with a selection of dashing alternative head-gear. Meanwhile, Shaun heads off on an adventure to find out what The Farmer did with the old one.
·                Chip Off The Old Block: The Farmer has taken up sculpting, but unintentionally drops a huge slab of stone on top of Timmy’s teddy. Shaun and the flock must struggle and strain to lift the heavy block and retrieve the precious toy.
·                Shirley Whirley: In a bid to help move Shirley around the farm, Shaun has the idea of fitting up Shirley with wheels. Using a remote control, Shaun can now maneuver his large friend around easily – until The Farmer’s TV remote interferes with the signal, causing Shirley to run amuck.
DVD BONUS FEATURES
·       Sheep Shearing Game
·       Timmy Time™ Sneak Peek -Timmy’s Tune #1

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Title Copyright: © 2011 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: Not Rated
Genre: Children/Family/Animated
Age Target: Fans of all ages from 2-60
Closed Captioned: English
Format: Widescreen
Feature Running Time: 45 minutes
DVD Audio Status:  2.0 Dolby Digital
Program Website: www.shaunthesheep.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shaunthesheep

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