The Shout! Factory signed an exclusive licensing agreement with DIC Entertainment to release a slate of hit animated television series from DICs catalog as collector DVD sets. The first title under the new agreement is a four-disc collection, HEATHCLIFF & THE CATILLAC CATS, which will to be released on Sept. 20, 2005. Other titles will include THE LEGEND OF ZELDA, SUPER MARIO BROS. SUPER SHOW, INSPECTOR GADGET and SABRINA THE ANIMATED SERIES.
HEATHCLIFF & THE CATILLAC CATS offers the first 24 half-hour episodes of the cartoon series presented chronologically. available for $34.98 (SRP), the set will also include deluxe packaging and bonus features such as original promos, a click-thru gallery of panels from the syndicated newspaper cartoon, HEATHCLIFF, from its 1973 inception to present day, an interview with current HEATHCLIFF comic panel illustrator Peter Gallagher, and more. Each of the animated episodes in HEATHCLIFF & THE CATILLAC CATS contains a HEATHCLIFF cartoon followed by a CATS AND CO. cartoon, with the original series bumpers and animated Pet Tips segment.
Each HEATHCLIFF cartoon segment follows the fat tabby with an attitude as he struts through the town of Westfinster in search of new ways to torment the neighborhood bulldog Spike, woo his beloved fancy feline Sonja or annoy his human Grandpa. CATS AND CO. stars the Catillac Cats, a comical junkyard gang living on the other side of Heathcliffs territory. Short cat Riff Raff leads his pack of friends Hector, Wordsworth and Mungo in and out of trouble with get-rich-quick schemes and hunts for good eats.
Shout! Factory (www.shoutfactory.com) is a broad-based audio and home video entertainment company whose cofounders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Gar and Garson Foos share a passion for pop culture of the 20th century and beyond. Video and DVD projects include television programming spanning 75 years, live music concerts, animation and sports collections and special interest documentaries. Audio products from Shout! Factory consist of GRAMMY-nominated box sets, anthologies and best of collections, as well as new music, soundtrack releases, deluxe album reissues and quirky compilations. Shout! Factory products are distributed by Sony BMG Music Entertainment Inc.
DIC Ent. (www.dicentertainment.com) is a full-service studio dedicated to creating, developing, producing, distributing, marketing and merchandising family-based intellectual properties. DIC has distinguished itself by building one of the largest libraries of animation with more than 3,200 half-hours of programming. DIC distributes the DIC Kids Network, a syndicated programming block that reaches 100% of U.S. households on more than 450 stations. DIC is a pre-eminent supplier of kids programming worldwide and has developed strategic partnerships with key broadcasters throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and Australia. DIC is headquartered in Burbank, California with international offices in New York, Paris, London and Cologne.