Mattel Feature ‘Barbie: Big City, Big Dreams’ Headed to Digital and DVD May 10 From NCircle and Distribution Solutions

Mattel’s animated feature Barbie: Big City, Big Dreams will be released on digital and DVD May 10 from NCircle Entertainment and Distribution Solutions.

Barbie: Big City, Big Dreams takes the cultural icon across the country to New York City as Barbie enrolls in a highly competitive summer program at the Handler School for Performing Arts where she meets a fellow student named Barbie Roberts. They become fast friends and quickly adopt nicknames inspired by their beloved hometowns, Malibu and Brooklyn, for their many new friends to distinguish them when together. The film includes all-new music.

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The cast includes America Young (Barbie Dreamhouse Adventure) as the voice of Barbie “Malibu” Roberts, Amber May as the voice of Barbie “Brooklyn” Roberts, Greg Chun (“Star Wars: Visions”) as the voice of George Roberts, Kirsten Day (“Gossip Girl”) as the voice of Skipper, and Emma Adele Galvin (“Blue Bloods”) as the voice of Daisy.  

 

‘Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures: Season 1’ Due on DVD and Digital Nov. 16 From NCircle and Distribution Solutions

The children’s title Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures: Season 1 will be released on DVD and digital Nov. 16 from NCircle Entertainment and Distribution Solutions.

Viewers peek into the everyday life of Barbie in this animated series and join her as she embarks on adventures with her family and friends — including Ken. From fun road trips to sister shenanigans, Barbie discovers that with a little bit of help and a whole lot of laughter you can be anything.

The series features the voice of America Day as Barbie and Kirsten Day as Skipper.

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Holiday Film ‘Piney: The Lonesome Pine’ Due on DVD and Digitally Nov. 2

The holiday film Piney: The Lonesome Pine will be available digitally and on DVD Nov. 2 from NCircle Entertainment and Mill Creek Entertainment.

The animated film follows a 5-year-old Welsh girl named Georgie who gets to grow her very own pine tree, Piney, on her Grandpa Sid’s Christmas tree farm. Four years later, the day finally arrives for Piney to become what he was planted to be. He’s ready to be dressed up in baubles and bows and have bright shining lights from his head to his toes. Excited to take Piney into her home, Georgie discovers that Piney has accidentally been removed from the farm with a shipment of other trees. Georgie’s best friend, Jackster the dog, leads Piney on a journey across the countryside to try to get back home before Christmas Eve, while Georgie and Grandpa Sid frantically search for them.

Piney features the voices of Jonathan Pryce (Tomorrow Never Dies, The Two Popes, The Wife) who received a 2021 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program, Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, The World’s End, Hot Fuzz), Jason Anthony (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, “Star Trek: Discovery”), Lesley Nicol (“Downton Abbey,” “East Is East”) and Parminder Nagra (“The Blacklist,” “ER,” Bend It Like Beckham).

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The DVD comes with bonus features including the trailer, “The Making of Piney: The Lonesome Pine,” “Behind-the-Scenes at Abbey Road Studios,” and a behind-the-scenes featurette with the cast and crew.

Mattel Inks Disc, Digital Distribution Deals With NCircle and Mill Creek Entertainment

NCircle Entertainment and Mill Creek Entertainment Aug. 31 announced separate multiyear physical and digital distribution agreements with Mattel. Under the pacts, NCircle Entertainment and Mill Creek Entertainment will distribute series based on Mattel brands such as Barbie, Thomas & Friends and Masters of the Universe on DVD at retail stores across the U.S. and Canada, as well as digital sellthrough and VOD.

The deal includes Barbie Dreamtopia Special, Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures (seasons 1 and 2), Barbie Princess Adventure, Barbie & Chelsea: The Lost Birthday, and Barbie: Big City, Big Dreams; Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go (seasons 25 and 26, and corresponding specials), produced in 2D animation; Masters of the Universe: Revelation; and the pending CG series He-Man.

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“Our primary focus is on entertainment that is accessible and relevant for young children,” Mary Flynn, VP of sales, content and acquisitions for NCircle, said in a statement.

“This collaboration continues to enhance our ability to serve consumers and the retail community with strong content slates in the years to come,” added Jeff Hayne, SVP of acquisitions and production for Mill Creek.

Debuting this year: Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures (season 1), available Nov. 16 on DVD digital, and Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go, available Dec. 7 on DVD.

‘Sonic Boom’ Season One Available on Blu-ray From NCircle and Mill Creek

In time for the Sonic the Hedgehog 30th anniversary, Sonic Boom: The Complete Season 1 is available on Blu-ray Disc from Mill Creek Entertainment and NCircle Entertainment.

In the TV series, the anthropomorphic blue hedgehog Sonic (along with friends Tails, Knuckles and Sticks, as well as frenemy Doctor Eggman and Buster, a slime-belching robot dog) boosts, spins and peels out through a dystopian future.

The series, based on the Sonic the Hedgehog video game that debuted 23 years earlier, aired from 2014 to 2017.

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