SHOUT! FACTORY EXPLORES THE INCREDIBLE WORLD OF DIC WITH EXCLUSIVE DEAL
New Partnership With Leading Children's Media Company DIC Entertainment
Results In New Collectors' DVDs Of Animated Favorites
FIRST DVD TITLE ARRIVES IN STORES SEPTEMBER 20TH
LOS ANGELES, CA - Shout! Factory and leading children's media company DIC Entertainment have signed an exclusive licensing agreement to release a slate of hit animated television series from DIC's catalog as collectors' DVD sets. The first title to be released on September 20th, under the new agreement, is a four-disc collection, Heathcliff & The Catillac Cats, starring everybody's favorite troublemaking tabby, Heathcliff, and the junkyard gang, the Catillac Cats. Other select titles scheduled for future release will include "The Legend of Zelda," "Super Mario Bros. Super Show," "Inspector Gadget" and "Sabrina The Animated Series."
Heathcliff & The Catillac Cats, available for $34.98 (S.R.P), will include the first 24 half-hour episodes of the cartoon series presented chronologically in their entirety. The set will also include deluxe packaging and bonus features such as original promos, a click-thru gallery of panels from the syndicated newspaper cartoon "Heathcliff" from its 1973 inception to present day, an interview with current "Heathcliff" comic panel illustrator Peter Gallagher, and more. Additionally, each of the animated episodes in Heathcliff & The Catillac Cats contains a Heathcliff cartoon followed by a Cats And Co. cartoon, with the original series' bumpers and animated "Pet Tips" segment.
Mel Blanc's famous voice brings Heathcliff to life as the fat tabby with an attitude to match. Each Heathcliff cartoon segment follows the practical joker as he struts through the town of Westfinster in search of new ways to torment the neighborhood bulldog Spike, woo his beloved fancy feline Sonja, or annoy his human Grandpa. Each Heathcliff cartoon is followed by a Cats And Co. cartoon starring a comical junkyard gang of characters known as the Catillac Cats. On the other side of Westfinster, short cat Riff Raff leads his pack of friends Hector, Wordsworth and Mungo in and out of trouble with get-rich-quick schemes and hunts for good eats. The mischief and fun for Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats never ends.
About Shout! Factory:
Shout! Factory is a broad-based audio and home video entertainment company whose cofounders - Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos - share a passion for pop culture of the 20th century and beyond. Video and DVD projects include television programming spanning 75 years, live music concerts, animation and sports collections and special interest documentaries. Audio products from Shout! Factory consist of GRAMMY(r)-nominated box sets, anthologies and "best of" collections, as well as new music, soundtrack releases, deluxe album reissues and quirky compilations. Shout! Factory's catalog features vintage and legendary performances from some of the greatest - and most eccentric - artists of our time. Shout! Factory products are distributed by Sony BMG Music Entertainment Inc. www.shoutfactory.com
About DIC Entertainment:
DIC Entertainment, a leading children's entertainment company, is a full-service studio dedicated to creating, developing, producing, distributing, marketing and merchandising family-based intellectual properties. DIC has distinguished itself by building one of the largest libraries of U.S. animation with more than 3,200 half-hours of renowned programming, including Trollz(tm), Inspector Gadget(tm), Strawberry Shortcake(tm), Sabrina(tm), Madeline(tm), Liberty's Kids(tm), Where On Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?(tm), Sonic The Hedgehog(tm), Super Mario Bros(tm) and Care Bears(tm). In September 2003, DIC launched the DIC Kid's Network, a unique syndicated programming block designed to meet core FCC requirements and the only network for kids that reaches effectively 100% of U.S. households on over 450 stations, airing in every Designated Market Area across the country. As a pre-eminent supplier of kid's programming worldwide, DIC has developed strategic partnerships with key domestic and international broadcast partners throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and Australia. DIC is headquartered in Burbank, California with international offices in New York, Paris, London and Cologne.