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Pilated Pictures Plays Off Between the Lions Character For New Game

Pileated Pictures, the digital studio located in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, has released GUS AND INKYS UNDERWATER ADVENTURES, CHAPTER2 RHYME TIME, the next in a series of free, online-based e-learning games and animations, based on a character in PBS hit show, BETWEEN THE LIONS. The series of educational activities developed for the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) Get Ready to Read! program is aimed at fostering early literacy skills among preschool children.

Pileated Pictures used Flash technology to create the animation and design for the games including an animated version of Gus the Bunny, BETWEEN THE LIONS puppet character, and other NCLD characters from existing illustrations. Pileated Pictures writers Michael Levine and Jeffrey Yerkes co-wrote the script with Emmy-Award winning writers Christopher Cerf and Norman Stiles, co-creator/exec producers of BETWEEN THE LIONS, and the creative team from NCLD.

It was a pleasure to once again work with Pileated Pictures, said Cerf. With these games, Pileated Pictures continues to be a leader in fostering early literacy skills in the interactive space. These games should not be missed!

The free, online games feature Gus the Bunny, who struggles with reading and learns core skills through a series of rhyming exercises with a friendly hip hop music theme.

"Pileated Pictures has once again done an incredible job bringing to life the characters children know and love. The first game tripled the traffic to our site when it launched," says Amber Eden, assistant director, online communications, at NCLD and project creative director. These e-learning games teach early literacy skills in an inviting, engaging fashion. The interactivity simply makes education more fun."

GUS AND INKYS UNDERWATER ADVENTURES, CHAPTER 2 can be found at www.getreadytoread.org. Another chapter is in the works and should be available later this summer.

Pileated Pictures LLC is an interactive entertainment studio creating videogames, immersive Websites, character animation and stories. The firm develops customized solutions for clients, including online games and trading cards, music videos, e-cards and Websites. Clients include recording artists Nelly, TLC, Lisa Lopes, Master P, the Cash Money Millionaires and Britney Spears as well as leading companies Universal Records, LucasArts Entertainment and THQ. Pileated Pictures founders are veterans of LucasArts Ent. and the television show SEINFELD. In addition, the studio creates and licenses its own original material. For more information visit www.pileated.com.

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