Shout! Factory Preps 30th Anniversary Blu-ray + DVD Combo of ‘FernGully’

In the latest instance of an independent film distributor licensing movies from the major studios for disc release, Shout! Factory is prepping a 30th anniversary edition of FernGully: The Last Rainforest for Aug. 23 release in a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack.

The 1992 animated family feature, originally released by 20th Century Fox, has been restored from a brand-new 4K scan of the original film elements and will be issued under the Shout! Kids banner in a two-disc set.

Special features on FernGully: The Last Rainforest 30th Anniversary Edition include a new introduction from director Bill Kroyer, which includes never-before-seen pencil, character and animation tests. Other features include multiple commentaries, featurettes, a music video, a multi-angle scene study, a script-to-scene comparison, and more. 

FernGully is set deep in the heart of a forest, home to a paradise filled with tiny sprites, winged fairies, tree spirits, and all kinds of animals who live together in joyful harmony. But when their home is threatened by humans, one courageous sprite must give her all to save it.

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The film features an all-star voice cast, including Robin Williams, Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Tim Curry, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong and Tone Loc.

FernGully is based on the series of books by Australian author Diana Young. The filmmakers used what was then brand-new special effects technology for penetrating layers of backgrounds, and to generate the beginning stages of drawings which were then completed by hand. Some 150,000 cels were created for FernGully, a total of 38 miles of artwork if they were laid end-to-end. Although many steps were computer assisted, every shot was primarily painted and animated by hand.

The key creative team spent time in the Australian rainforest and drew inspiration from the multi-hued colors of the forest and exotic wildlife.

Shout! Kids Readies ‘Gulliver Returns’ Movie, Promises Aid to Ukrainian Relief Efforts

Shout! Factory’s Shout! Kids unit has set home release dates for the new animated film Gulliver Returns, with a portion of the proceeds going to Ukrainian relief efforts.

The film will be released digitally July 26, followed by a DVD release on Aug. 9.

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A portion of first-year sales will be donated to World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that provides fresh meals in response to crises. The organization is currently active in Ukraine and surrounding countries, providing meals for as many people as possible at border crossings, shelters, and other locations. 
 
Inspired by both Jonathan Swift’s timeless tale and an original idea from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Gulliver Returns is a production of Gulliver Films and 95 Animation Studio in Ukraine. The English-language movie is directed by Ilya Maksimov, with Tony Bonilla (Encanto, Moana) as animation director. 

Advance orders for the Gulliver Returns DVD are being accepted now at ShoutFactory.com.

In the film, Gulliver receives an urgent letter from the people of Lilliput, asking for his help. Seeing that remarkable changes have taken place on the island, Gulliver and his friends find themselves in a whirlwind of extraordinary events, including encounters with crafty enemies and breakneck chases.

Shout! Kids’ ‘Dreambuilders’ Home Release Set for August

Indie distributor Shout! Factory’s Shout! Kids imprint will release the animated family film Dreambuilders on North American digital platforms Aug. 10, followed by a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and standalone DVD Aug. 24.

Directed by Kim Hagen Jensen (All Dogs Go To Heaven, FernGully) and Tonni Zinck (The Neon Demon), Dreambuilders focuses on a young girl who has to put things right after making a very wrong decision.

Minna’s life is turned upside-down when her dad’s new fiancée and her daughter move in. Her new stepsister, Jenny, turns out to be horrible and Minna is very frustrated. One night, Minna discovers a world behind her dreams, where the whimsical dreambuilders create every fantasy and nightmare. Minna also finds out how to manipulate Jenny’s dreams. But interfering with dreams has dire consequences … and when Minna goes too far one night, Jenny can’t wake up anymore. Minna must enter the dream world one more time to face the nightmare she has created in order to save Jenny and her new family.

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Shout! Kids Sets February Home Release Date for ‘ Elmo’s World’ Compilation

Shout! Kids and Sesame Workshop have announced the Feb. 2 release of Sesame Street — Elmo’s World: Things Elmo Loves, consisting of episodes from the “Sesame Street” Elmo’s World segment, each exploring a different topic to spark kids’ curiosity.

The program will be available on DVD and for digital download from Shoutfactory.com or Sesameworkshop.org.

In addition to more than two hours of Elmo, the set also includes the full-length feature Elmo Loves You!, with celebrity appearances from Trisha Yearwood, John Legend, and R.E.M.

In Elmo’s World, the famed puppet discovers the world around him in segments covering such topics as emotions, grandparents, bus drivers, drawing, fruit, supermarkets, toys, hair, dog walkers and chickens.

Shout! Kids Releasing Animated ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Great Escape’ March 23, 2021

Shout! Factory will release the animated movie Sherlock Holmes and the Great Escape on DVD and digital platforms March 23, 2021, through its Shout! Kids imprint.

The movie presents all the characters as animals, with Holmes as a dog and Watson as a cat.

In the late 19th century, Mack, a heroic outlaw who stole from the rich to give to the poor, was loved and respected by the people. When the world’s greatest dog-tective, Sherlock Holmes, assisted in catching Mack, the people were angry with him for arresting their hero. But four years later, Mack has escaped from prison. While Sherlock is on the case to recapture Mack, he discovers the heartbreaking reason behind the outlaw’s escape, and decides to let him fulfill his final wish before Mack’s voluntary surrender to the police. However, everyone’s plans change when Mack’s daughter is kidnapped. Sherlock must employ all his wits if he is to rescue Mack’s daughter and save the day.

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New ‘Sesame Street’ DVD, Digital Release Set for Sept. 1

Shout! Kids and Sesame Workshop have set a Sept. 1 release date for Sesame Street Monster Hits: Rock & Rhyme With Elmo, available on DVD and for digital download.

Packed with over two hours of content, the release includes the full-length feature Elmo’s Music Magic as well as an exclusive Elmo poster.

On Monster Hits: Rock & Rhyme with Elmo, classic nursery rhymes are paired with favorite Sesame Street clips. For example, “Do You Know the Muffin Man” is paired with a scene in which Cookie Monster and Gonger whip up cranberry muffins on their “foodie truck.”

Currently in its 50th season, Sesame Street is the country’s longest-running children’s television program and has received more Emmy Awards than any other show in television history.

Shout! Kids is the children’s imprint of independent home entertainment distributor Shout! Factory.

Elmo’s Music Magic was originally released on DVD in 2011.

Animated Family Film ‘Swift’ Flying to Disc April 7 From Shout!

The animated Swift flies to Blu-ray and DVD April 7 from Shout! Kids.

Featuring the voice talent of Kate Winslet (Titanic) as Blanche, Willem Dafoe (The Lighthouse, Finding Dory) as Yves, and Josh Keaton (Voltron: Legendary Defender) as Manou, the film follows Manou, a sweet bird who grows up believing he is a seagull like his parents. He strives to swim, fish and fly like them, but feels that he is not very gifted. To his great shock, Manou discovers that he was adopted, and is actually the offspring of the much-hated swifts. After a tragedy, Manou has to navigate the differences between swifts and seagulls, and ultimately try to find his own identity — and save his friends and family along the way.

Bonus features on the Blu-ray and DVD include an interview with Dafoe, a look at the making of the film and the theatrical trailer.

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Shout! Factory Signs Distribution Deal for ‘Princess Emmy’

Multiplatform media company Shout! Factory has signed a deal with international sales agency Studio 100 Film to distribute the new animated feature Princess Emmy: The Movie in the United States and Canada.

The film tells the story of a princess with the ability to speak to horses who must undergo a test to keep her special gift. The cast includes Ruby Barnhill, Bella Ramsey, Franka Potente and John Hannah.

Shout! Factory has secured all North American distribution rights to the film, including digital, video-on-demand, home entertainment, theatrical and broadcast rights. The company will release the film through its Shout! Factory Kids imprint, according to Melissa Boag, SVP of kids and family entertainment at Shout! Factory.

“Together we successfully brought iconic character Maya the Bee to the North American territories and we are convinced that our little princess will win over her audiences as well,” said Thorsten Wegener, director of operations at Studio 100 Film.