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The Simpsons Season 11 DVD set announced

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment today announced that the eleventh season of The Simpsons will arive on DVD October 7th. The collection features all 22 episodes from the eleventh season and includes many guest stars such as Mel Gibson, Lucy Lawless, Kid Rock, Dick Clark, Tim Robbins, John Goodman, Parker Posey, Don Cheadle, Ron Howard, Willie Nelson, Britney Spears and more.

The set also features tons of bonus materials including an introduction from Matt Groening; audio commentaries on every episode with Groening, executive producers, writers, actors and directors; deleted scenes; animation showcases; original sketches; special language feature; featurettes, including footage of The Simpsons receiving their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and more.

The Simpsons – The Complete Eleventh Season also features a new look – a special Krusty The Clown themed box that contains a surprise insert for the die hard fan.

All episodes are compiled on four discs (full frame, aspect ratio 1.33:1). Each episode is presented with English 5.1 Dolby Surround, Spanish and French Stereo and English and Spanish subtitles.

Check out more images and the DVD cover art after the jump.


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Avatar Book 3 Complete Box Set announced

Nickelodeon announced today that “Avatar Book 3” Complete Box Set will be released on September 16th. The set will include all 21 episodes across 5 discs for total runtime of 519 glorious minutes. Of course, what would a box set be without extras? Bonus materials will include: Exclusive Four-Part Audio Commentary by Creators; The Women of Avatar; Book 3 Finale Pencil Test Animation; and Into the Fire Nation at San Diego Comic-Con.

Check out the trailer below, along with 15 screen grabs.

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5 more Disney classics, including Snow White, coming to Blu-ray

The NY Times reports that Disney plans on releasing five more classic animated movies on Blu-ray within two years. The five movies bound for high-definition glory are: Pinocchio, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia, Fantasia 2000 and last but no least, Beauty and the Beast. Disney will kick off it’s Platinum Blu-ray releases with Sleeping Beauty on October 7th.

All of the releases will take full advantage of Blu-ray technology including BD Live, which allows for internet interactivity. Bob Chapek, president of Disney’s home entertainment division, is fully behind Blu-ray and BD Live, commenting “BD Live is not a niche product, We see mass adoption of the technology.”

Pinocchio – Spring 2009
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Fall 2009
Fantasia – 2010
Fantasia 2000 – 2010
Beauty and the Beast – Fall 2010


My Friends Tigger and Pooh: Hundred Acre Wood Haunt DVD

Coming to DVD on September 2nd is My Friends Tigger and Pooh: Hundred Acre Wood Haunt, just in time for the Halloween season. Four Halloween-inspired stories and a bonus Halloween Handy Manny episode are included on the disc.


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Mickey’s Storybook Surprises DVD

Mickey and his pals Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Pluto star in this new Playhouse Disney production where classic fairytales are retold, giving each their own individual twist. There are spells, 100-year sleeps and magical frogs awaiting you on this new DVD, available September 2nd. Bonus features include: “Tales from Toodles” interactive story telling; and never-before-seen episode of “Minnie’s Mystery”.


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Michael Keaton joins ‘Toy Story 3’ cast

Jodi Benson, voice of Ariel in the Little Mermaid franchise revealed to the IESB during an interview for the release of The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning that she is returning to the Toy Story franchise to voice Barbie. She also revealed that Ken would be featured in Toy Story 3 and would be voiced by Michael Keaton who has previously worked with Pixar, voicing Chick Hicks in CARS.

Toy Story 3 will be released on June 18, 2010.


‘WALL-E’ Blu-ray Cover Art

Release date: November 18, 2008


Interview with Brian Henson in regards to new 3D tech

The Jim Henson Company is currently working on their latest show, “Sid the Science Kid” which is powered by all-new, innovative 3D technology. Check out the video below, it’s quite interesting.

‘3-2-1 Penguins! Save The Planets!’ coming to DVD

Produced by Big Idea, the creators of the award-winning VeggieTales series, 3-2-1 Penguins! Save The Planets!, on DVD Sept 2nd, follows the galactic adventures of two young kids and four space-traveling penguins dedicated to responding to distress calls from across the galaxy and learning important life lessons and values along the way.

3-2-1 Penguins!: Save The Planets! is part of the highly successful 3-2-1 Penguins! series, which has sold 1.5 million videos to date and is one of the top rated shows on “QUBO” airing weekly on NBC, ION and Telemundo.

The DVD includes the following bonus features: Pearls of Wisdom; Make Your Own Planet; Animation Progression; Video Trivia; Studio Commentary; Discussion Guide; and Fun Games: How to Draw Kevin and Chancellor Gutt.

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Jim Henson Company’s ‘Unstable Fables: Tortoise vs. Hare’

The Tortoise and the Hare return for a rematch in the upcoming release of The Jim Henson Company’s Unstable Fables: Tortoise vs. Hare. Brought to you by Genius Products and The Weinstein Company, this updated children’s classic will be debuting on DVD September 9th.

Unstable Fables: Tortoise vs. Hare races forward 15 years after the beginning of the infamous rivalry. Walter the Tortoise and Murray the Hare are ready more than ever for a long awaited rematch and this time their kids join the race!

The movie features an impressive celebrity ensemble including the voice talent of Jay Leno, Danny Glover, Vivica A. Fox, Keke Palmer and Drake Bell.

The DVD features exclusive bonus materials including a special tutorial on how to draw a character from the movie, as well as an exclusive behind the scenes look at the animation process, voice recordings and more.

Check out these 15 stills from the movie:


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