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HB Primetime Favs Top Cat & The Flintstones on DVD

Need last minute holiday gift shopping ideas? Then check out Warner Bros. Home Videos recent releases, TOP CAT: THE COMPLETE SERIES; THE FLINTSTONES: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON, as well as THE MAN CALLED FLINTSTONE, THE FIRST FULL-LENGTH TUNE-FULL ADVENTURE, now available in stores.

Part of the Hanna-Barbera Classic Collection Series on DVD, WHV brings these legendary animated series to animation buffs, each beautifully packaged in a deluxe collector's box set, featuring loads of bonus features. TOP CAT: THE COMPLETE SERIES and THE FLINTSTONES: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON sell for $44.98 while THE MAN CALLED FLINTSTONE is priced at $19.97 DVD (SRP) and $14.95 (MAP).

"Hanna-Barbera are legendary artists who re-defined the look of animation, paving the way for much of the animation that is on TV today, and ultimately leading cartoons straight into primetime television," said Christine Martinez, WHV vp of non-theatrical franchise marketing.

TOP CAT: THE COMPLETE SERIES features more than nine hours of content with 90 minutes of DVD bonus features on a four-disc collector set. THE FLINTSTONES: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON is also a four-disc collector set and contains the original 32 episodes from the series' second season, delivering more than 800 minutes of original TV programming and enhanced content. For the first time on DVD, THE MAN CALLED FLINTSTONE is the animated series first full-length digitally mastered cartoon spy spoof that was produced right after production of the original FLINTSTONES primetime series ended and was intended as a swan song for the characters.

Exclusive special features included with TOP CAT DVD set are:

* Commentaries on three episodes by several experts in the animation field, including animation historian Jerry Beck, writer/animation historians Earl Kress and Mark Evanier, as well as Leo de Lyon, who voiced the show's Spook and The Brain characters.* Storyboard Showcase* Retrospective featurette, "Hoagy's Alley: The Making of Top Cat"* Cool Cats in Interview Alley featuring Arnold Stang (Top Cat), Leo de Lyon (Spook and the Brain), Marvin Kaplan (Choo, Choo) and Barry Blitzer (Top Cat writer)* Top Cat sing-along* Top Cat art collection* Top Cat Kellogg's commercials

THE FLINTSTONES: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON bonus features include:

* Commentary on three episodes by layout artist Jerry Eisenberg, writer/animation historian Earl Kress and cartoonist/Hanna-Barbera historian Scott Shaw!* "Carved in Stone: The Flintstones Phenomenon" - A retrospective documentary* "And Now a Word from Our Sponsor" Sponsor interstitials that include One-A-Day Vitamins, Welch's Grape Juice, Kitchen Rich Cookies and Carnation Evaporated Milk* Songs of THE FLINTSTONES featuring original TV voices, starring Fred & Wilma Flintstone as well as Barney and Betty Rubble* How to Draw Fred Flintstone - An original archival piece* Flintstone Art - A menu-based feature where viewers can explore rare animation cels and background accompanied by Bedrock sound effects

Featuring its signature swinging big band theme song, TOP CAT is one of Hanna-Barbera's most enduring creations. Inspired by the hit '50s TV comedy series THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW, TOP CAT premiered in 1961 and ran for 30 episodes on ABC. Top Cat is the smooth-talking New York City cat known as T.C. to his merry bunch of Manhattan alley cats Benny the Ball, Choo-Choo, Spook, the Brain and Fancy-Fancy. They are always on the make toward a big score or swindle. And the bothersome and ever exasperated Office Dibble (Don Messick) is relentlessly on his case trying to evict the gang from Hoagy's Alley. Top Cat voice Stang will be honored at the upcoming Annie Awards on Jan. 30, 2005 with a Winsor McCay award for lifetime achievement.

TVs first primetime animated family sitcom, which debuted on ABC in 1960, THE FLINTSTONES offered cartoon characters that, over time, appear even more human and multidimensional than many of their live-action TV situation comedy counterparts. Targeted to adults and children, the show revolved around the everyday lives of Fred and Wilma Flintstone, their pet dog Dino and neighbors Barney and Betty Rubble. Each new generation gets hooked on the inventive sight gags of dinosaurs performing as "modern" appliances such as lawnmowers, airplanes, vacuum cleaners and garbage disposals.

THE MAN CALLED FLINTSTONE marked the stone-aged family's first theatrical film. Originally released in 1966, this feature-length adventure was highly influenced by the popularity of JAMES BOND and THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., as this animated adventure introduces Fred Flintstone as a super spy. Our man from Bedrock takes on the mission of an injured super agent who looks exactly like Fred. He must find the arch-baddie Green Goose and stop his world-domination plan. So, pretending to be on a modern Stone-Age family vacation, Fred wings overseas to Eurock for some wild and woolly-mammoth intrigue.

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