As that adorable feminine feline, Hello Kitty turns 30 on Nov. 1, 2004, ADV Films releases HELLO KITTY & FRIENDS: HOLIDAY FUN, a deluxe two-disc set collection features 10 episodes from the TV series plus two bonus mini-episodes and three all-new special episodes. The collection hits the streets November 2.
In September of 1974, a young artist named Yuko Shimizu presented a drawing of a cat to her boss, Sanrio founder Shintaro Tsuji. Two months later, on November 1, HELLO KITTY was introduced to the world. Preferring catnaps to catnip, this was a kitty that had many of Shimizu's own personality traits like baking cookies and playing the piano. In 1983, Hello Kitty became the U.S. children's ambassador for UNICEF, a position she still holds today. Hello Kitty has stretched across the globe and has become one of the most recognized images in many countries around the world.
She has a net worth in the billions, has her own theme park in Japan and her image is on thousands of products, from 50-cent stickers to expensive jeweled purses coveted by Hollywood stars.
Born on November 1, Kitty White (nicknamed 'Hello Kitty') lives just outside London with her Mama and Papa, George and Mary White. Kitty has a twin sister named Mimmy, and they are in the third grade. Their mama put a red bow over Kitty's left ear and a yellow bow over Mimmy's right ear when she brought them home from the hospital so she could tell them apart. Kitty and Mimmy's grandparents (Anthony and Margaret White) live nearby, so they get to visit them a lot.
Even though Kitty is small about the height of five shiny apples, and weighing the same as three shiny apples she has a very big heart. Kitty and Mimmy have many friends such as Kathy the rabbit, Fifi the lamb, Jody the dog, Joey the mouse, Tracy the raccoon, Lorry the squirrel and Moley the mole.
ADV Films (www.advfilms.com
) is a leading producer-distributor of Japanese animation for the North American market and has also developed a leadership position in the U.K. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, the company has also launched the Anime Network, first cable channel in North America dedicated to anime with access to thousand of hours of exciting, eye-catching serialized programming. Parent company, A.D. Vision, Inc., encompasses a multitude of complementary media divisions, spanning publishing, television, licensing and merchandising and continues to expand into new areas.