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From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: First in a Series of Collections From the New PBS Kids(R) TV Series Which Launched as #1 Among Kids 2 to 5 Years Old*, ‘Curious George: Zoo Night and Other Animal Stories’
Eight Fun and Entertaining Escapades Featuring Everyone’s Favorite
Inquisitive Monkey Available on DVD February 20, 2007
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ — Kids all over the
country will cheer when the “Curious George” series seen on PBS KIDS(R) –
which was #1 among kids ages 2 to 5 and moms* in its launch month,
September 2006 — swings on to DVD February 20, 2007. The first in a series
of DVDs drawn from the new hit show which, at launch, was seen by nearly
nine million people**, “Curious George: Zoo Night and Other Animal Stories”
follows the incurably curious monkey as he meets new friends and takes on
entertaining escapades that will help kids build their math, science and
engineering skills in a fun and wholesome way. Narrated by Emmy Award(R)
winner William H. Macy (“Seabiscuit,” “Pleasantville”), the “Curious
George” television series is a production of Imagine Entertainment, WGBH
Boston and Universal Studios Family Productions.
Over two hours of fun and entertainment, the eight shows from the TV
series’ adorable first season feature Curious George and his best friend,
The Man with the Yellow Hat, in rib-tickling stories. With visuals that
remain faithful to the beloved books by Margret and H.A. Rey published by
Houghton Mifflin Company, “Curious George: Zoo Night and Other Animal
Stories” expands George’s world to include a host of lovable new characters
including Gnocchi the cat, Hundley the dachshund, Chef Pisghetti, and
Compass the confused homing pigeon, as well as neighbor Bill and Professor
Wiseman. The DVD is priced at $16.98.
CURIOUSLY FUN BONUS FEATURES SURE TO DELIGHT ALL AUDIENCES
After enjoying Curious George’s fun adventures, families will be
entertained by the DVD’s educational games and activities, including:
* MAGIC NUMBERS GAME: Kids will have fun identifying and exploring
numbers with Curious George in the Magic Numbers Game. Prompted by a
narrator to find a number integrated into a setting from Curious
George’s life, such as his apartment, his street or out in the country,
the number, when correctly selected, magically transforms into items
from George’s world.
* DAILY DONUTS GAME: Kids will love to help Curious George shop for one
of his favorite treats: donuts. With a shopping list from The Man with
the Yellow Hat, players must match the number of donuts on the list to
illustrations on the screen.
* DVD-ROM FEATURE: Printable coloring pages.
PROMOTIONAL PARTNERS JOIN THE ADVENTURE
KFC(R), the world’s most popular chicken restaurant chain, welcomes all
curious kids with a 12-week dedicated “Curious George” KFCs Kids Laptop
Meal program in over 4700 restaurants that will generate over 254 million
impressions with on-package, in-store and online promotional components.
The promotional program and a $3 off DVD coupon will receive packaging
exposure on over 4.5 million Kids Laptop Meal boxes. In-store merchandising
consisting of door clings, counter streamer and drive-thru menu topper, as
well as an online program on both KFC’s home page (http://www.kfc.com) and popular
Kids Laptop website (kids.kfc.com) will provide maximum exposure for the
program. KFC Corporation is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., Louisville,
Additionally, Marvel Toys, the master toy licensee for the “Curious
George” movie and television show, expands its product line in 2007 to
include more educational and activity toys to complement the PBS KIDS
television series. New toys became available at mass-market retailers in
January 2007. Also, starting January 2007, Marvel Toys will promote the TV
series on DVD in over one million toy packages. Marvel Toys is a division
of Marvel Entertainment, Inc., a global leader in character-based
“CURIOUS GEORGE” TV SERIES KEEPS THE FUN COMING!
The “Curious George” TV series, which TV Guide declares “a top flight
hit,” can be seen daily as part of PBS KIDS(R) new hosted preschool block.
The fun continues with more new episodes of “Curious George” kicking off
the week of February 19-23.
“Curious George: Zoo Night and Other Animal Stories” will delight kids
and their parents with eight entertaining adventures from the hit PBS KIDS
television series. With the help of his friends, George gets in and out of
scrapes that will keep kids laughing, while introducing them to key
concepts in science, math and engineering. The first in a series, the DVD’s
animal-themed adventures include:
Zoo Night: George is so entranced by the new, adorable baby panda at the
zoo that he stays through closing time and is accidentally locked inside.
While trying to find the way out, he mistakenly opens a few wrong doors
and finds himself surrounded by gorillas, giraffes, meerkats, and
penguins! Now George has to use his map of the zoo to put all the animals
back in the correct habitats before they wake up the baby panda!
Educational Objective (Math): To demonstrate how maps can be used to
Curious George’s Bunny Hunt: In the country, George falls in love with
neighbor Bill’s new pet bunnies. They are so irresistible that when Bill
leaves to do his paper route, George just has to pet one. But as soon as
he opens the bunny hutch, they all escape. By following their footprints
and counting carefully, George restores order and returns the missing
bunnies to their home. Educational Objectives (Math & Science): To
encourage problem solving; to demonstrate counting; to show how different
animals make different tracks.
Bee Is for Bear: While exploring the country, George meets up with a baby
bear and a stinging bee. No one believes that George has seen a bear, but
they do try to help George learn more about bees. It takes a helping hand
from the baby bear to save the bunnies from the bees and to prove to
everyone that George knows a bear when he sees one. Educational Objective
(Science): To demonstrate that an organism’s behavioral patterns are
related to several things: the nature of the organism’s environment, other
organisms present, and the availability of food and resources.
Curious George’s Home for Pigeons: Compass may be a homing pigeon, but
sometimes he has trouble finding his way home. George decides to make him
a place to stay on their balcony. After much experimentation, George
creates a tree that The Man with the Yellow Hat might not recognize, but
in Compass’s eyes is the perfect pigeon perch. Educational Objective
(Engineering): To illustrate the engineering design process.
From Scratch: Gnocchi the cat, is accused of scratching the booths in Chef
Pisghetti’s restaurant. To prove Gnocchi’s innocence (and eat cannoli),
George decides to mount an investigation. Using his scientific inquiry
skills, he observes the differences between the scratches Gnocchi makes
with her claws and the scratches left on the booth, and shows that his
friend was wrongfully accused. Educational Objective (Science): To aid in
the development of problem-solving and inquiry skills.
Curious George, Dog Counter: It’s Dog Show Day! George and Professor
Wiseman spend the day with all kinds of different dogs: big, small,
hairy…and hungry. With the help of his sandwich, George tempts the
winning dogs to follow him home to show The Man with the Yellow Hat. Once
there, George can’t keep track of all the dogs, so he and Hundley the
dachshund come up with creative ways to sort and count the dogs in the
apartment. Educational Objective (Math): To demonstrate sorting and
classifying sets of objects (or animals) by size, number, and other
Squirrel For a Day: When Bill shows George how Jumpy Squirrel stores his
food in the ground, George decides this is a pretty good idea and tries to
store all the food from the country house in the ground, too. The Man
with the Yellow Hat rescues their supplies and tries to explain that they
should only put things in the ground if they want them to grow. That
sounds like another great plan. George tries to see what else might grow.
Will car keys grow into a car? Will a rubber band grow into an inner
tube? Educational Objective (Science): To demonstrate how plants grow
Curious George Discovers the Poles: George is thrilled when Bill asks him
to look after his tadpoles. He conscientiously feeds them and even
decides to give them a little vacation in the lagoon. But the tadpoles
disappear, and George worries that he’s lost Bill’s pets forever. After
weeks of searching, George is ready to give up hope, until he learns that
the tadpoles haven’t vanished; they’ve grown into frogs! Educational
Objective (Science): To help develop the understanding that all living
organisms have a life cycle.
* Source: For PBS, NTI Pocketpieces for September 2006. For broadcast,
cable, and syndication, Nielsen Galaxy Explorer, September 1-30, 2006.
** Source: NTI National Ratings Database for September 2006.
Street Date: February 20, 2007
Copyright: 2007 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Price: $16.98 SRP
Selection Number: 63020308
Running Time: 1:52
Aspect Ratio: Full frame 1.33:1
* English: Dolby Digital 2.0, SDH
CURIOUS GEORGE is a production of Imagine Entertainment, WGBH Boston,
and Universal Studios Family Productions. Executive producers are Ron
Howard (Imagine), Brian Grazer (Imagine), David Kirschner, Jon Shapiro,
Carol Greenwald (WGBH) and Ellen Cockrill (Universal). Funding for CURIOUS
GEORGE is provided by public television viewers. Corporate funding is
provided by Shea Homes. The CURIOUS GEORGE Web site is
pbskids.org/curiousgeorge. Curious George and related characters, created
by Margret and H.A. Rey, are copyrighted and trademarked by Houghton
Mifflin Company and used under license. Licensed by Universal Studios
Licensing LLLP. Television series: (C) 2007. Universal Studios. All Rights
About Houghton Mifflin Company: Boston-based Houghton Mifflin Company
is one of the leading educational publishers in the United States, with
more than $1.4 billion in sales. The Company publishes a comprehensive set
of educational solutions, ranging from research-based textbook programs to
instructional technology to standards-based assessments for elementary and
secondary schools and colleges. The Company also publishes an extensive
line of reference works and award-wining fiction and nonfiction for adults
and young readers. In 2006, Houghton Mifflin merged with Riverdeep,
bringing together one of the most respected print publishers with the
leader in interactive courseware. With origins dating back to 1832,
Houghton Mifflin combines its tradition of excellence with a commitment to
innovation. To learn more about Houghton Mifflin, visit http://www.hmco.com.
The Universal Studios Family Productions banner, which includes
Universal Animation Studios, develops, produces, and acquires live-action
and animated family productions directly for the home entertainment and
television markets. Among the group’s portfolio of prized properties is
“The Land Before Time”, the most successful feature-length children’s home
entertainment franchise of all time, having earned more than one billion
dollars worldwide to date. Since its formation in 2005, the group has built
an exceptional slate of family fare including the all new DVD Original
release “Bring It On: All or Nothing”, the latest winning installment in
the hugely successful “Bring It On” film franchise, “Curious George”
television series on PBS KIDS, a critical darling among critics; and
“Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses” and “Polly World”, based on the
world-renowned Mattel-branded dolls. Making its debut in 2007 is “The Land
Before Time” television show on Cartoon Network. Universal Studios Family
Productions is part of Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
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