Los Angeles/New York (PRWEB) July 21, 2008
Everyone's favorite blue engine puffs into new and uncharted territory in Thomas & Friends: The Great Discovery - The Movie, the first-ever feature length Thomas & Friends DVD release, and the first Thomas title narrated by Pierce Brosnan. Available September 9, 2008 from Lionsgate® and HIT Entertainment for a suggested retail price of $19.98, young engineers will meet a new engine named Stanley and follow Thomas on his greatest adventure yet. Also featuring favorite engines James, Duncan, Gordon, Emily, Percy and Edward, and coaches Annie and Clarabel -Thomas & Friends: The Great Discovery - The Movie introduces five new original songs, including the new dance-along music video "Thomas You're the Leader" featuring Thomas and his friends.
With his enduring grin, cheeky personality and expressive eyes, Thomas and his Really Useful Engines - each with their distinctive personalities - have captivated children everywhere with their timeless life lessons of discovery, friendship and cooperation. Thomas the Tank Engine has over 60 years of rich history, and Thomas & Friends ranks as the #1 brand for preschool boys in both toys and entertainment.
The Great Discovery movie is the biggest Thomas & Friends event of the year. Great Discovery-themed toys and licensed product will be available at retail this fall and will continue to be promoted throughout the Holiday season.
Join Thomas in his biggest adventure yet. One day, while racing James across the Island of Sodor, Thomas discovers Great Waterton, a long-lost deserted town high in the mountains. Everyone on the island is thrilled with his discovery and Sir Topham Hatt, controller of the railway, declares that the town will be restored to mark Sodor Day.
Thomas is given the important job of overseeing the restorations. While Thomas is busy, a new engine arrives on the Island - Stanley. Stanley is similar to Thomas only a bit bigger, a bit stronger and in Thomas' eyes a bit more popular. Thomas feels his position as the Island of Sodor's #1 engine is under threat and he decides to play a trick on Stanley to make him look silly. The plan backfires, and Thomas finds himself in trouble. While lost, Thomas stumbles into an action-packed adventure down an old mineshaft, along a raging river and leaping over huge mountainous chasms.
Sir Topham Hatt orders the biggest search ever and who should come to Thomas's rescue, but none other than Stanley. On the way back to town Stanley breaks down and now it's Thomas's turn to do the rescuing. The two engines make a great team and with their friendship now on track Stanley and Thomas finish the restoration of Great Waterton in time for Sodor Day.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
- Behind-the-Scenes featurette with Pierce Brosnan
- Learn With Thomas featurettes:
o "Spot the Difference"
o "Tough Trucks"
o "Thomas Puzzle Parts"
- "Thomas You're the Leader" music video
Thomas & Friends: The Great Discovery Movie DVD is recommended for ages 2-5 and is approximately 60 minutes. It is closed captioned and Spanish and French audio tracks are available as menu options. Visit http://www.thomasandfriends.com.
About HIT Entertainment
HIT Entertainment, owned by private equity investment group Apax Partners, is one of the world's leading independent children's entertainment producers and rights-owners. HIT's portfolio includes properties, such as Barney™, Bob the Builder™, Thomas & Friends™, Pingu™, Fireman Sam™, Angelina Ballerina™ and Rainbow Magic™. HIT represents Fifi and the Flowertots™ and Roary the Racing Car™ in North America and Japan and acts as a worldwide representative for The Jim Henson Company's library of classic family brands and as representative for The Wiggles® in the UK. HIT also owns the Guinness World Records™ publishing and television property. Launched in 1989, HIT's lines of business span television and video production (including studios in the US and the UK), publishing, consumer products licensing and live events. With a catalogue of more than 1,000 hours of young children's programming, HIT sells its shows to more than 240 countries worldwide, in more than 40 different languages and has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. In 2005, the Company joined Comcast Corporation, PBS and Sesame Workshop to launch PBS KIDS SproutSM, a 24-hour digital cable channel and VOD service for preschoolers. Visit http://www.hitentertainment.com and http://www.hitshopusa.com.
Lionsgate is a leading next generation filmed entertainment studio with a major presence in the production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment, video-on-demand and digitally delivered content. The Company is leveraging its content leadership and marketing expertise through a series of partnerships that include the operation of the highly successful FEARNet branded VOD and Internet horror channel with Sony and Comcast, the recent announcement of the fall 2009 launch of a new premium entertainment channel with partners Viacom, Paramount Pictures and MGM, investment in the leading young men's digital distribution platform Break.com, ownership of the premier independent television syndication company Debmar-Mercury LLC and an alliance with independent filmed entertainment production and distribution company Roadside Attractions. Lionsgate also has forged partnerships with leading content creators, owners and distributors in key territories around the world, including Televisa in the U.S. and Latin America, StudioCanal in the UK, Hoyts and Sony in Australia and Eros International in India.
The Company has generated more than $450 million at the North American theatrical box office in the past year and has released a string of hits including The Forbidden Kingdom, Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns, The Bank Job, Rambo, The Eye, Saw IV, Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?, Good Luck Chuck, 3:10 To Yuma and War, most of which have opened at #1 or #2 at the box office. The Company has also forged leadership positions in television and home entertainment with the production of such critically-acclaimed television series as Weeds and Mad Men, the distribution of Tyler Perry's House of Payne, Family Feud, South Park, Trivial Pursuit and The Dead Zone, among others, and approximately 9% market share and the industry's leading box office-to-DVD conversion rate in home entertainment. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 12,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with entrepreneurial innovation and original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the globe.
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