Assorted Christmas and holiday titles:
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer; Frosty the Snowman; Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town; The Little Drummer Boy; Frosty Returns; Cricket on the Hearth; Madeline’s Christmas; Madeline and the Toy Factory; Madeline’s Winter Vacation; and two Precious Moments titles: Timmy’s Gift and Timmy’s Special Delivery.
Prebook Date: August 5 Release Date: August 31
Studio: Golden Books Family Entertainment Home Video & Audio
Distributor: Sony Wonder
Synopsis: In addition to the classic Christmas video lineup, Sony Wonder and GBFEHV&A will issue a DVD version of Rudolph for US$19.98
Promotional Partners: M&M/Mars, Commodore Cruise Lines, Sears
Teletubbies Funny Day
Prebook Date: August 10
Release Date: September 7
Studio: Ragdoll Productions
Distributor: Warner Home Video
Synopsis: Peripheral character Noo-noo the vacuum sucks
up most of the screen time in the Tubbies’ fifth direct-to-video release. In support of the video, Hasbro will be offering consumers a Teletubbies laundry bag (US$6.95) with proof of purchase of Funny Day and one other Teletubbies video. The title’s September street date coincides with the release of new Noo-noo toys from Hasbro.
Advertising: National print and TV campaign to kick off in September
Displays: 36- and 48-unit mixed musical merchandisers; 18- and 24-piece nonmusical merchandisers
10 Years of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends
Prebook Date: August 17
Release Date: September 14
Studio: The Britt Allcroft Company
Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Synopsis: Highlights from the TV show, U.S.retailers can also order the tape with a limited edition Thomas coin bank (US$19.95). This month, Anchor Bay will also start distributing the exclusive-to-video Thomas title Races, Rescues & Runaways (US$12.98), which features six new eps and a music video. The feature film, Thomas and the Magic Railroad reaches theaters next summer.
Advertising: Ads promoting the tape will run in Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends Magazine and Parent and Child Magazine starting in September