New DVD Series, 'History's Heroes,' Makes Learning About American History Fun

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Boring educational videos? … Not if they're History's Heroes! New DVD series, "History's Heroes," makes learning about American history fun. Initial title in the launch - "Patrick Henry: Quest for Freedom" - available on DVD Sept. 18, 2007.

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- The accomplishments of America's great heroes and heroines have been told over time through evolving mediums: written on parchment, printed on broadsheets, painted on canvas, published in books and newspapers, broadcast on newsreels and television, and spun around campfires.

Now, in the digital 21st century, their stories are being recorded using the latest technologies. History's Heroes, a new DVD series from American Animation Studios, launches on Sept. 18 along with its a companion web site, devoted exclusively to young learners.

History's Heroes series is storytelling at its best. Instead of dry dates and facts, each animated History's Heroes DVD tells the story of a particular American hero or heroine through colorful characters who actually talk to young viewers, instead of at them. The events and values of our American heritage are brought to life with delightful humor, vivid 3-D animation, and easy-to-follow storylines -- all in a format children love, understand, and can enjoy over and over.

"We are pleased to share our passion for history and combine it with our desire for high-quality family entertainment that can be educational and fun at the same time," said Rob Mercer, co-founder of American Animations Studios, the company behind History's Heroes. "Our goal in creating History's Heroes is to reveal history through inspiring stories that motivate children to learn more about our country's rich past."

In the series' inaugural title, "Patrick Henry: Quest for Freedom," host Boomer, a comical but charming eagle, introduces young patriots to Patrick Henry, one of the American Revolution's most influential advocates, best known for his "Give me liberty or give me death" speech. This engaging program takes viewers back to Henry's childhood, where he preferred to while away the hours fishing and fiddling. A chance encounter with a young Thomas Jefferson inspires him to pursue a career (self-taught) in law.

Henry's integrity and passionate belief in the colonists' right to independence lead him to speak out against King George, denounce corrupt government officials, and crusade for the rights of his fellow Americans. The riveting dramatization of Henry's famous speech will keep even the youngest viewers entranced, as Boomer humorously translates Henry's sophisticated language into simple terms anyone can understand.

"Patrick Henry: Quest for Freedom" shows the value of personal conviction and the influence one individual can have on the course of history. "Along with history, we hope to help teach children the importance of living their personal values," said Mercer.

Each History's Heroes DVD will be available for a suggested retail price of $19.95 and include a 35-minute video program, along with several bonus features: English and Spanish subtitles, a behind-the-scenes look at how the program was made, and access to the History's Heroes web site for profiles of other heroes and heroines, homework help, and much more.

The company will also release an Education Edition of each DVD, which will include all that is on the consumer plus the 12 minute "featurette" of Patrick Henry's famous appearance and speech at the Legislative Assembly in Virginia, a discussion guide, student quizzes, classroom projects, and other teaching resources. This expanded Education Edition retails for $39.95.

History's Heroes is recommended for ages eight and older. The second title in the series "Paul Revere: Midnight Ride" is scheduled for release in November 2007. Beginning in 2008, American Animation Studios plans to release two to four History's Heroes DVDs each year, featuring such heroes and heroines as Frederick Douglass, Annie Oakley, Amelia Earhart, and others.

Fun activities, profiles of American heroes and heroines, additional information about our country's history, and homework help can be found at http://www.historysheroes.com. To order History's Heroes call 1-866-401-HERO (401-4376).

About American Animation Studios
American Animation Studios was founded by Rob Mercer and John Derrick after they went searching for entertaining yet educational videos for their school-age children. Surprised by the lack of options on American history, the two dads decided to fill the need by re-creating the stories of American heroes and heroines in 3-D animation. The result is History's Heroes, a DVD series and web site for children, ages 8 and up. Along with the realism of 3-D animation, the DVDs are characterized by spoken narration, original soundtracks, and the voices of professional actors -- all to enhance the learning value for classrooms and the viewing appeal for families.

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