PARAMOUNTHOME ENTERTAINMENT, NICKELODEON AND SHOUT! FACTORY ANNOUNCE AN AGREEMENT TODISTRIBUTE SELECT CLASSIC NICK ANIMATED PROGRAMS ON DVD AND BLU-RAY™
First Title to be Fan-Favorite The Wild Thornberrys: Season One
DVD Arrives in Stores on May 17, 2011
Paramount Home Entertainment, Nickelodeon and Shout! Factory today announced a sub-licensing agreement that will give Shout! Factory rights to distribute DVD and Blu-ray releases of some of Nick’s classic animated programs, including The WildThornberrys, Hey Arnold, Danny Phantom, Aaaah! Real Monsters, and Rocko’s Modern Life in the United States and Canada.
The first title to be released will be The Wild Thornberrys: Season One, which will arrive in stores on May 17, 2011. Produced by Klasky-Csupo for Nickelodeon, The Wild Thornberrys premiered in September 1998 and aired until 2004 with reruns airing on Nicktoons and CBS from 2002-2007. The Wild Thornberrys DVD release has long been anticipated by fans but has not been available instores until now.
The hit series follows the Thornberry family as they travel the world in their Communications Vehicle (or CommVee) looking for rare animals to film.After an encounter with an African shaman, their youngest child Eliza was given the power to speak to animals! Every episode in this adventure-packed DVD set follows Eliza as she comes face-to-face with an assortment of animals, continents and danger. Encounter wildlife in all its natural glory and eavesdrop on Eliza’s conversations with silverback gorillas, pythons, crested grebes, tapirs, capybaras, antelopes and opossums while the CommVee travels on!
Vibrant animation, exotic locations, charming storytelling plus an all-star voice cast, including Lacey Chabert (Party Of Five), Tim Curry (The Adventures Of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius) and Flea (The Red Hot Chili Peppers) make season one of The Wild Thornberrys an epic family adventure. Featuring all 20 action-packed episodes, the collectible 4-DVD box set is priced to own at a suggested retail price of $29.93 and will no doubt attract a new audience of kids as well as young adults who grew up watching the television series.
The release of these DVDs is part of Nickelodeon’s commitment to bring back classic shows. Nickelodeon will also launch a new nighttime programming block this fall on TeenNick called “The ‘90s Are All That!,” featuring a rotating selection of iconic live-action and animated shows from Nickelodeon’s 1990s.
About Paramount Home Entertainment
Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. PHE is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment products on behalf of various parties including: Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, Paramount Famous Productions, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, CBS and PBS and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment.
Nickelodeon, now in its 31st year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 16 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).
About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory is a diversified entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering and revitalizing thevery best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their careers sharing their music, television and film faves with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD offerings serve up classic, contemporary and cult TV series, riveting sports programs, live music, animation and documentaries in lavish packages crammed with extras. The company’s audio catalogue boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. These riches are the result of a creative acquisitions mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.
Received An Advanced Copy!
“Brace yourself for a wild ride through jungles, rain forests, cities and deserts spanning the globe with The Wild Thornberrys: Season One. Join Eliza Thornberry and her secret gift of gab (she can talk to animals!) in four action-packed DVDs that bring you face-to-face with danger as Eliza and friends traverse the cliffs and crags of mountainous Zaire, try to escape poachers in Tanzania, stumble upon evil hunters bent on destroying the rain forest in Brazil and discover gold on the Galapagos Islands. Plus you’ll encounter wildlife in all its natural glory, including silverback gorillas, pythons, crested grebes, tapirs, capybaras, antelopes, opossums and more! So hang on for action, adventure and a bit of education!”
When I heard that Shout! had factory rights to distribute DVD and Blu-ray releases of some of Nick’s classic animated programs such as The Wild Thornberrys and Hey Arnold I became excited! My daughter who is age fourteen grew up watching these cartoons and my son can now enjoy them too. What I love about the Nick’s classic cartoons is they are usually filled with lots of fun moments and teach a practical moral lesson. PLUS, they are not violent like some of the recently produced cartoons you see today.
I received an advanced copy of The Wild Thornberrys Season 1 and have been enjoying the episodes with my son. We haven’t watched all the 4 discs yet, because there is 7.5 hours of program running time! The first season consists of 20 episodes including…
Dinner with Darwin
Matadi or Bust
Temple of Eliza
Flight of the Donnie
Lost and Foundation
Nigel Knows Best
The Great Bangaboo
Rumble in the Jungle
The Dragon and the Professor
Born to be Wild
The Wild Thornberrys: Season One will be released on DVD coming May 17th, but you can pre-oder it now at Amazon.com for just $21.99! Do yourself and kiddos a favor and add this fun series to your movie collection! I can’t wait to collect them all!