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The Jim Henson Hour - 'Song of the Cloud Forest' Coming, with Fraggle Rock and Animal Show Episodes

Single-disc release coming in mid-April, to celebrate Earth Day

Posted by David Lambert
    THE SONG OF THE CLOUD FOREST features a blend of music, puppetry and animation resulting in a vibrant landscape of color that echoes the natural beauty found in the real world's rain forests. Starring a brightly colored cast of puppet animals, the show celebrates the beauty of this natural environment, while educating about the real dangers threatening the survival of both the rain forests and their inhabitants. Jim Henson's THE SONG OF THE CLOUD FOREST features a vibrant blend of music, puppetry and animation in a unique celebration of the rain forests - released for the first time ever on DVD, and just in time for Earth Day!
In 1989, NBC aired the short-lived anthology series The Jim Henson Hour. This hour-long prime time show ran for 12 episodes, providing an outlet for various material produced by the Henson Company. The second half hour of the program's 7th episode was a piece titled "Song of the Cloud Forest," which told the story of a golden toad named Milton. The segment proved popular enough that the production of the 10th episode, "Secrets of the Muppets," included a behind the scenes look at the making of Milton's story (that episode didn't air on NBC, but was seen later on, at Nickelodeon). Further, "Song of the Cloud Forest" was edited into a stand-alone special which aired by itself on cable television's Odyssey Network (which was jointly owned by Henson and Hallmark).

This morning, Lionsgate Entertainment has informed retailers that a single-DVD release for Song of the Cloud Forest will be available to own beginning on April 13th. Running 100 minutes, this disc will include the half-hour-long title story, plus three bonus episodes: the Fraggle Rock "River of Life" episode, plus two installments of Jim Henson's Animal Show: "Owl & Frog" and "Kangaroo & Frog." Note that these episodes are NOT duplicates of material that appears on the separate DVD release of Animal Show, which is available on the same day (please see our separate news post about that title for details).

Song of the Cloud Forest will cost $12.98 SRP, Video is full frame, audio is English 2.0 Dolby Digital, and it contains closed captioning. Stay tuned for package art, and we'll bring that to you just as soon as we can!

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