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November 10, 2011

Celebrate The Season With Holiday Favorites 3-DVD Gift Set Collections From Preschool Friends Barney™, Angelina Ballerina™, and Thomas & Friends™

From Lionsgate And HIT Entertainment

DVD SRP:  $19.98 each

Have a holly jolly holiday this year with everyone’s favorite purple T-rex as he and his friends ring in the joy of the season in Barney™: Holiday Favorites 3-DVD Gift Set, unwrapping in stores October 18, 2011 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.  Spend the night before Christmas at Santa’s Workshop, search for the perfect gold star to top the Christmas tree and welcome fellow preschool favorites Bob the Builder™, Kipper™, Thomas & Friends™ and Pingu™ for additional frosty, festive fun. 

Trusted by moms and adored by children, Barney displays sharing, caring, imagining, dancing and learning on television and through digital media, live events, home entertainment, toys, and publishing. The Emmy® award-winning series, Barney & Friends is one of the top-rated preschool shows today, airing on PBS KIDS® and Sprout®. 

DVDs Include:

Barney’s Night Before Christmas Movie
Barney and his friends spend the most wonderful time of the year on a magical journey to the North Pole as very special guests of Santa’s workshop. With music in the air, and laughter everywhere, it’s a dream come true as Santa unveils a holiday treat – his secret toys for Christmas!
Bonus Features:
·         2 Holiday Read-Alongs - “Barney’s Christmas Surprise” & “Barney’s Wonderful Winter Day”
·         10 Sing-Alongs Songs
·         5 Christmas Songs
·         8 Interactive Games
·         “Behind the Scenes” - kids in the cast, the dinosaurs, producers and educational guide

Barney: Christmas Star
'Tis the season to be jolly with Barney and his friends! The festive fun begins with a joyful journey to find a shiny gold star for the Christmas tree and includes loads of magical, musical merriment along the way.  From little drummer boys to “The Night Before Christmas,” it is a holiday adventure that features ten festive songs that the whole family will enjoy!

HIT Favorites: Frosty Friends
Bundle up with your favorite preschool pals in these playful, wintertime tales. Learn the true meaning of Christmas with Barney, build a snowman with Bob, go sledding with Kipper, whistle down the snowy tracks with Thomas and laugh along as Pingu plays hilarious tricks on his winter wonderland friends.


Year of Production: 2011
Title Copyright: © 2011 Lyons Partnership, L.P.  The Barney name and character, related characters and the overlapping dino spots and Barney and star logos are trademarks of Lyons Partnership, L.P.  Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. and other countries.
Type: Home Entertainment Premiere
Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Children/Family
Age Target: 1-5 years old
Closed Captioned: English
Format: Full Screen
Gift Set Running Time: 157 minutes (total)
Night Before Christmas: 57 minutes
Christmas Star:  50 minutes
Hit Favorites: Frosty Friends: 50 minutes
DVD Audio Status:
Night Before Christmas, Christmas Star: English and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital
HIT Favorites: Frosty Friends: 2.0 Dolby Digital
Program Website: www.barney.com

Give the gift of dance and good cheer this holiday season with Angelina Ballerina™: Holiday 3-DVD Gift Set, a collection of delightful DVDs waltzing into stores October 18, 2011 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment. Celebrate the season with Angelina and all her friends as they prepare for the holiday showcase and learn all forms of dance at Camembert Academy. With games and karaoke, it’s the perfect present for little ballerinas everywhere!

DVDs Include:

Angelina Ballerina: Nutcracker Sweet
Waltz into the land of sugar and spice with Angelina as she excitedly prepares to perform the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the holiday showcase. But when too many candy canes and fruitcakes give her a tummy ache, she learns that sharing with friends is a lot more rewarding.
Bonus Features:
·         “Prima Ballerina” Puzzle Game
·         ”Front Row Seats” Karaoke Song

Angelina Ballerina: Love to Dance
Take center stage with Angelina Ballerina on her first day at Camembert Academy as she learns about new forms of music and dance like jazz, tap and hip-hop. Angelina also discovers that becoming a prima ballerina requires collaboration, compromise and commitment.
Bonus Features:
·         “Angelina Says” Game
·         “Get Up and Dance” Karaoke Video

Angelina Ballerina: Ballet Dreams

Join Camembert Academy’s shining star, Angelina Ballerina, as she finds her way in a new school, puts together her own show and tries to land a leading role in the Mouskinov Ballet. Angelina blossoms as she adjusts to her new teacher’s style and learns the importance of being a patient big sister.

Bonus Features:
·         “Create Your Own Dream Routine” Game


Year of Production: 2011
Title Copyrights: © 2011 Hit Entertainment Limited.  The Angelina Ballerina name and character and the dancing Angelina logo are trademarks of Hit Entertainment Limited, Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig. HIT and the HIT logo are trademarks of HIT Entertainment Limited.
Type: TV on DVD
Rating: NR
Genre: Children/Family/Animated
Age Target: 2-7 years old
Closed Captioned: English
Format: Widescreen
Gift Set Running Time: 183 minutes (total)
Nutcracker Sweet: 61 minutes
Love to Dance: 61 minutes
Ballet Dreams: 61 minutes
DVD Audio Status: English, Spanish and French 2.0 Dolby Digital
Program Website: www.angelinaballerina.com

A very, merry holiday is right on track when you present your little engineer with the Thomas & Friends™: Holiday Favorites 3-DVD Gift Set, a new collection of adventurous, holiday-themed DVDs featuring Thomas and his engine friends, chugging into stores on DVD October 18, 2011 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.  Whether reveling at the Misty Island Christmas Party, sharing holiday cheer with the Sodor townsfolk or ringing in the holidays with smiles, laughter and song, Thomas & Friends continues to teach timeless life lessons such as discovery, friendship and cooperation, inviting children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story. 

DVDs Include:

Thomas & Friends: Merry Winter Wish
Thomas has a special delivery for the holidays - the festive and magical Star of Knapford! From building snowmen and preparing holiday surprises to attending the Misty Island Christmas party join the fun and celebrate the season when wishes really do come true!
Bonus Features:
·         Sir Topham Hatt’s Frosty Friend Game

Thomas & Friends: Ultimate Christmas
This wonder-filled collection of seasonal favorites is a chance to experience the joy and magic that the holiday season brings to Sodor. Whether it’s the engines thinking they’ve seen Jack Frost or Thomas and the gang extending Christmas kindness to stranded villagers, all the fun arrives just in time.
Bonus Features:
·         2 Sing-Along Songs
·         4 DVD Games
·         Read-Along Story

Thomas & Friends: Holiday Express
All aboard for an unforgettable holiday! When you ride the rails with your jolliest friends, you can expect exciting adventures filled with lucky trucks, surprise parties, adorable snowmen and much, much more. Join Thomas, Henry, Emily and Percy for trainloads of fun and festivities!
Bonus Features:
·         Sodor Sounds Game
·         Cargo Challenge Game

Thomas the Tank Engine was created by a father for his son over 65 years ago and today is enjoyed by families in more than 185 territories and in 30 languages.  The #1 blue engine and his friends invite children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story. Children embark on adventures with their engine friends while experiencing timeless life lessons of discovery, friendship and cooperation. 

Thomas & Friends is the Number One preschool toy property in the UK, a position it has held for the past 11 years.  It remained the Number One preschool toy license in the US for 10 straight years1 and has been the Number One preschool entertainment brand in the US since 20092. The unrivaled popularity of the global brand continues with Thomas also being the Number One preschool toy license in Germany and Australia, as well as the Number One foreign preschool brand in China, Japan and Korea.

(SOURCE: AC Nielsen, 1/1/10-12/31/10). Each DVD release is consistently ranked in the Top 10 new releases for Children’s Non-Theatrical (source Nielsen) and many have received significant awards and recognition from organizations such as Parents’ Choice and KIDS FIRST!
1 Source: The NPD Group / Consumer Tracking Service
2 Source: Nielsen


Type: TV on DVD/Rating: NR
Genre: Children/Family/Ages 2-5
Closed Captioned: English/Format:  Full Screen
Gift Set Running Time: 158 minutes (total)
Merry Winter Wish:  50 minutes
Ultimate Christmas:  60 minutes
Holiday Express:  48 minutes
DVD Audio Status: English, Spanish and French 2.0 Dolby Digital

Our Review:
I love the winter holidays. After Halloween, we begin to get ready for family get together on Thanksgiving and Christmas. We do a lot of events in November and December to get the kids excited about the holiday as well. Besides doing a lot of craft projects, taking holiday photos, visiting Santa's workshop and shopping for gifts, we also enjoy watching DVDs with our kids. This year, our kids were lucky enough to have received Barney, Angelina Ballerina, and Thomas & Friends gift sets to review. If your kids like any of these characters, then I recommend picking up a gift set for them this holiday season. First of all, the gift set covers are adorable and DD's eye totally lit up when she saw them. DD starting to outgrow Barney a bit, but because baby G loves watching Barney she would watch it with him. I love seeing how baby G gets so excited whenever Barney sings, and I also love how DD sings the Christmas songs along with Barney. DD adores Angela Ballerina so she was beyond trilled with Angela Ballerina Holiday Gift Set. Out of the three DVDs, her favorite was the "Angelina Ballerina: The Nutcracker Sweet."  She watched a Nutcracker ballet performance last year so watching Angelina Ballerina preparing to perform it was exciting for DD. Last but not least, Thomas & Friends Holiday Favorite is a great collection for little boys. It's hard to tell which DVD baby G loves the most since he gets so excited with every one of them. However, according to DD, the best one was the "Holiday Express." She enjoyed watching all of the character getting ready for the holiday. It sure got her excited about Christmas as well. 

To buy the gift sets we received to review, please visit HIT Entertainment website. 

*I received a free product (or products) for review purposes. I did not receive any form of compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the product or products might be different from mine.


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