It's been two weeks exactly since we broke the news
is headed to DVD in 2006. Fans of the classic animated cartoon have been going wacko, bombarding us with questions and asking for more information...and we've got it for you! We've found out that this show, along with spin-off series Pinky and the Brain
, is tentatively penciled in for July 25, 2006
on Warner Home Video's release schedule. Now be careful, because that date is EXTREMELY subject to change, but it ought to give you an idea of just how far off these are from release. The studio doesn't want them to slip too far past that date, though, because they would like to get "Volume 2" sets for both shows out to stores in time for Christmas 2006. We don't mind a bit!
Our deep, dark, secret industry sources tell us to expect these to be in "Volume" sets, in order by the original airdate, similar to the way Batman: The Animated Series
has been released by Warner. The goal is to put 22 half-hour installments onto 4 DVDs for each set. So that there is no redundant content between the two releases (in other words, Warner isn't forcing you to buy the same cartoon shorts twice if you purchase both shows), the Pinky and the Brain
DVDs are planned to NOT include the half-hour shows which were made up of PatB
material taken from Animaniacs
(something the show did in the early days of the spin-off in order to have more "episodes" in short order).
This ought to answer the majority of the initial questions we've been bombarded with about these releases since our scoop a couple of weeks ago. We doubt we'll have much more to say for the next few months, while Warner finalizes their plans and gets production of these DVDs together. For now, let's categorize everything you've just read as "rumor mill" stuff, and take it with a grain of salt. But stay tuned, and just as soon as we have confirmation from the studio, or some new information to update you with, we will let you know!