New History's Heroes "Patrick Henry: Quest for Freedom" One of the Most Honored DVDs of the Year

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Initial title in the new History's Heroes DVD series, "Patrick Henry: Quest for Freedom" receives prestigious Parents' Choice Silver among many other honors.

"Patrick Henry: Quest for Freedom," the initial title in the History's Heroes DVD series is one of the most honored children's DVDs of the year having received numerous awards from prestigious organizations that honor the very best in children's entertainment, it was announced today by Rob Mercer, president and founder of American Animation Studios, located in Prosser.

This debut title in the History's Heroes series, which aims to tell the story of a particular American hero or heroine through colorful characters, delightful humor, and vivid 3-D animation, has won the following:

  • Parents' Choice Silver Award
  • KIDS FIRST! endorsement
  • Award of Excellence from Film Advisory Board
  • The Family Review Platinum Award
  • iParenting Media Award
  • Dove Foundation Approval

The 35 --minute "Patrick Henry: Quest for Freedom," recommended for ages eight and older, is now available on DVD for a suggested retail price of $19.95. Bonus features on the DVD include 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 has also released an Education Edition of each DVD, which includes 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 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.

In "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 and 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.

The next title in the series "Paul Revere: Midnight Ride" will be released in November. Beginning in 2008, American Animation Studios will release two 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 To order History's Heroes call
1-866-401-HERO (401-4376) or visit

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.

Press Information:tAndrea Blain
Andrea Blain Public Relations
9750 Crawford Ave.
Skokie, IL 60076
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