FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ONE OF THE GROOVIEST CARTOONS FROM THE '70S COMES TO DVD AS NAVARRE CORPORATION'S BCI INTRODUCES
The Saturday "Mourning" Collection
Available October 24th For $29.98
Los Angeles, CA (July 13, 2006) – They were the grooviest, most eclectic array of animated monsters ever to hit the small screen in the early '70s. Now, thanks to BCI, a wholly owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, the latest series from the Filmation catalog will be available on DVD with the release of "Groovie Goolies." The complete series, which aired in 1971, will be released on October 24th under BCI's Ink & Paint brand, and from media company and underlying rights owner, Entertainment Rights Plc ("ER"), at a suggested retail price of $29.98.
"As evidenced by our previously announced lineup, Filmation released some of the most memorable animated series ever to hit television in the '70s and '80s," said Jeff Hayne, Director of Acquisitions, BCI. "The Groovie Goolies were one of the most unique casts of characters on Saturday mornings, and we're glad to offer this complete series not only to those of us that remember it on television, but to a whole new generation."
"Groovie Goolies" features a cast of legendary monsters who get themselves in all sorts of wacky predicaments, as they joke, dance and sing their way through each episode. The hyper-colorful series stars the residents of Horrible Hall; Frankie, Wolfie, Drac, Mummy, Hagatha, Bella LaGhostley, Boneapart and a wealth of other animated tributes to classic monster movie icons. In each episode, the Goolies offer an abundance of goofy gags in "Weird Window Time," a segment reminiscent of the classic "Laugh-In" series. Each episode ends with an original Groovie Goolies rock song presented in the form of a wildly animated music video. This show inspired many famous "Goolians" including Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, and wealth of Hollywood's top award winning costumers, writers and make-up artists.
Special features include "The Definitive Groovie Goolies Documentary," produced by horror aficionados Wally Wingert and Dan Roebuck.
Under its Ink & Paint brand, BCI has to date released the following titles from the classic Filmation library:
The Best of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
[2005 TV DVD Award for Best 1980's Series release]
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Season One Volumes I & II
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Season Two Volume I
The Best of She-Ra, Princess of Power
He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special
Space Sentinels & The Freedom Force — The Complete Series
About Navarre Corporation
Navarre Corporation (Nasdaq: NAVR) is a publisher and distributor of physical and digital home entertainment and multimedia products, including PC software, CD audio, DVD and VHS video, video games and accessories. Since its founding in 1983, the company has established distribution relationships with customers across a wide spectrum of retail channels which includes mass merchants, discount, wholesale club, office and music superstores, military and e-tailers nationwide. The company currently provides its products to over 18,000 retail and distribution center locations throughout the United States and Canada. Navarre has expanded its business to include the licensing and publishing of home entertainment and multimedia content, primarily through the acquisitions of Encore Software, Inc., BCI Eclipse Company, LLC, FUNimation Productions, Ltd. and the FUNimation stores, Ltd. For more information, please visit the company's web site at http://www.navarre.com.
BCI, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is an independent entertainment video and audio supplier. BCI has continually redefined the standards and concepts of this industry, often introducing national success categories through its marketing programs. Its vast collection of titles represents both exclusively licensed titles from around the world, as well as in-house produced CDs and DVDs. Under its Ink & Paint brand, it releases classic animation on award-winning DVD sets.
About Entertainment Rights
Entertainment Rights Plc (ER) is one of the UK's leading media groups, focused on the ownership of high-quality children's and family programming, characters and brands. ER owns or controls the rights to many global characters including He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, She-Ra, Ghostbusters, Postman Pat, Jess the Cat, Basil Brush, Little Red Tractor, Rupert Bear and Jim Jam & Sunny. Since 1999, ER's library has grown from just 50 to nearly 2,000 hours of entertaining and educational programming for children and families around the world. This includes certain rights to global brands such as Mattel's Barbie, Scholastic's Clifford the Big Red Dog, Hasbro's Transformers, Harveytoons' Casper the Friendly Ghost and Classic Media's Felix the Cat. ER's wholly-owned subsidiary Tell-Tale Productions, created and produced The Tweenies, one of the UK's most successful pre-school brands. Most recently, ER acquired the majority interest in Rupert Bear, one of the most recognizable children's characters in the world, which will appear on Channel Five's Milkshake slot in the UK beginning Fall 2006. ER's Jim Jam & Sunny is being produced by the creators of The Tweenies. Jim Jam & Sunny has been commissioned by the UK's ITV and is set to air on ITV1 and the network's new digital children's channel, CiTV, in Fall 2006.