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PR: Love Is in the Air with the Release of "Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown"

by on December 4, 2007

BURBANK, CA (December 3, 2007) – Warner Home Video (WHV) will steal consumers’ hearts on January 15, 2008 with the deluxe edition DVD release of Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown. The all-time favorite seasonal animated television special, will be available just in time for Valentine’s Day in its dazzling, newly re-mastered format along with a delightful bonus featurette and two extra episodes. Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, Deluxe Edition will retail for $19.98 SRP. Order due date has been set for December 11, 2007.

Having made its original television debut in 1975, Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, which stars the lovable Peanuts clan, focuses on the gang’s preparations for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday. Everyone has high hopes of having their dreams of love and friendship fulfilled. Charlie Brown wants to get a Valentine from anyone and patiently waits by his mailbox. Linus is on a mission to find a perfect Valentine’s gift for his favorite teacher, Miss Othmar. Lucy wants Schroeder to finally notice her. Will they be satisfied to their heart’s content or are they headed for heartbreak?

“We know that generations of viewers grew up watching many of these wonderful Peanuts specials on television and that’s why we made it our goal to package these programs in a unique and distinctive way, starting with Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown,” said Amit Desai, WHV Vice President, Family, Animation and Sports Marketing. He added, “Consumers will enjoy this special no matter what age they are. It’s the type of program that can bring the whole family together and leave viewers with a warm, happy feeling.”

DVD Special Features Include:
* Unlucky in Love: An Unrequited Love Story – What could a ten-year-old possibly know about love? This endearing featurette examines the love lives of the Peanuts characters and it also looks at how creator Charles Schultz’s own personal views on love and relationships influenced his work. From Charlie Brown’s infatuation with “The Little Red Hair Girl”, to Lucy’s longing for the pianist Schroeder.

* You’re in Love, Charlie Brown (bonus episode) — With the school year coming to a close, Charlie Brown tries to work up the courage to meet his school-girl crush, the little red-haired girl and enlists the help of his pals Linus and Peppermint Patty.

* It’s Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown (bonus episode) — It’s homecoming night and Charlie Brown is asked to escort the homecoming queen, who just so happens to be the elusive, little red-haired girl whom Charlie has been pining for all his life.

Since the 1950’s Peanuts is one of the most beloved comic strips in the world. Originally written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz, the strip ran from 1950 until Schulz’s death in 2000. The comic focused on a lovable crew of characters including Charlie Brown, Lucy Van Pelt, Charlie’s pet beagle, Snoopy, and his side-kick Woodstock, as well as several other characters, which were the focus of funny, poignant stories of childhood for every season. Peanuts’ tremendous success in print led to the comic strip’s transition to its animated form, which was brought to life by producers Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez. The highly popular television specials entertained generations of children and adults alike with their funny and poignant explorations of seasonal holidays and rites of passage that continue to air on television to this day. At this time, the Peanuts franchise has over 900 licensees worldwide.

Peanuts is licensed and syndicated by United Media. United Media (UM) is a worldwide licensing and syndication company that focuses on building brand equity around a wide range of creative content. The company recently partnered with HarperCollins to build a licensing program around the publishing phenomenon Fancy Nancy. United Media licenses and/or syndicates other properties, including Precious Moments, Dirty Dancing, Televisa’s El Chavo, Mary Engelbreit, Raggedy Ann & Andy, and Dilbert. United Media is an E. W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP). For more information, visit www.unitedmedialicensing.com.

With operations in 90 international territories Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video’s film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.

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