Amtrak and The Jim Henson Co. Partner for Pajanimals Sweepstakes

Pajanimals_3Amtrak and The Jim Henson Co. have joined for the Pajanimals Pack Your Pajamas Sweepstakes. The new promotion and the company’s ongoing partnership with Amtrak were announced by Melissa Segal, executive vice president of global consumer products for The Jim Henson Co.

Families can enter the Pajanimals Pack Your Pajamas Sweepstakes now through July 31 by logging onto www.henson.com/PJsweepstakes and following the sweepstakes entry directions. The sweepstakes will award one grand prize of four round-trip coach tickets on Amtrak, a Flip video camera, and a four-piece large plush set of Pajanimals from Tomy. Five first prize winners will receive HeysUSA Amtrak luggage and a Pajanimals Adventure Game, from Briarpatch. Ten second prize winners will receive an Amtrak-branded hoodie and the Pajanimals Playdate DVD from NCircle Entertainment.

Amtrak will promote the Pajanimals Pack Your Pajamas Sweepstakes and entry details through counter cards and seatbacks in more than 100 Amtrak stations nationwide. Amtrak will also distribute free Pajanimals-themed activity booklets to young travelers and Pajanimals will be featured on placemats for use in Amtrak’s dining cars.

The Jim Henson Company Announces Tiered Release Of “Sid the Science Kid: The Movie”

sid science kidSid The Science Kid: The Movie, a co-production with The Jim Henson Company and Chinese partners Nine Eyes Stone Pictures and Shanghai Animation Film Studios Group, is making its broadcast premiere on PBS Kids on March 25 (check local listings). Young fans of are in store for more fun when NCircle Entertainment releases Sid the Science Kid: The Movie on DVD and iTunes on April 2.

Select PBS stations across the U.S. will be hosting Sid-themed movie premiere events with hands-on educational activities throughout the month of March. Select events will include meet and greets with Sid the Science Kid, red carpet arrivals, and presentations by real scientists. To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/sidthesciencekid.

Additionally, NCircle Entertainment is sponsoring events for kids and families at children’s museums in more than 20 cities across the U.S. in March and April. More information is available at http://www.facebook.com/NCircleEntertainment.

New “Dino Dan” App Launches for Apple iOS Devices

Dino Dan App for Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch launches in conjunction with NCircle Entertainment’s DVD Dino Dan ‘Twas a Dinosaur. This augmented reality app, developed by Sinking Ship Interactive, allows a Tyrannosaurus Rex to come to life in 3D with stomping and roaring sound effects. After purchasing the Dino Dan ‘Twas A Dinosaur DVD and downloading the Dino Dan: Dino Player app available on iTunes, users can press Start on the iOS device and point the camera to the back of the DVD cover, making the T-Rex emerge and come to life. Users can make the T-Rex roar by clicking anywhere on the screen.

Wibbly Pig Comes to the U.S.

9 Story Entertainment has partnered with NCircle Entertainment for home entertainment sales of its animated preschool comedy series Wibbly Pig in the U.S.

Wibbly Pig takes the daily routine of a young child and finds humor and fun in every part of it. 9 Story co-produced the series with Wish Films (UK), which was originally commissioned by the BBC’s Cbeebies, TVO, and Knowledge Network. The series is based on the Wibbly Pig books by Mick Inkpen. The series is currently seen in more than 100 countries and premieres on Sprout (U.S) during The Good Night Show on August 27.

Wibbly does what children do, from day-to-day activities like getting into bed, wrapping a present or climbing a tree, to fantasy play like meeting a giant or going to the moon. He moves seamlessly in and out of fantasy play, echoing the way children interact and play. The simplest tasks are turned into a comedy routine, which Wibbly shares with the viewer.

This post was originally written by Ali Mierzejewski and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

NCircle Entertainment Acquires DVD Distribution Rights for The Gruffalo’s Child

NCircle Entertainment has acquired distribution rights for The Gruffalo’s Child, the highly anticipated follow-up to the Academy Award-nominated animated short, The Gruffalo, produced by Magic Light Pictures. The Gruffalo’s Child is based on the companion book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

“We are extremely pleased to bring the amazing animated versions of Julia Donaldson’s beloved children’s stories to families in the comfort of their own homes,” said Debbie Ries, senior vice president and general manager of NCircle Entertainment. “The Gruffalo DVD won the hearts of viewers of all ages when it was released last year, and The Gruffalo’s Child extends the magic of the original with a new story that promises to delight audiences once again.”

NCircle Entertainment will release The Gruffalo’s Child on DVD on August 14, 2012. NCircle will promote The Gruffalo’s Child through national advertising, including TV and radio, as well as a broad social media campaign.

This post was originally written by Leah Rocketto and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

The Wiggles Celebrate the Holidays Internationally

The Wiggles is taking viewers around the globe with their first DVD in seven years, It’s Always Christmas With You, from NCircle Entertainment. The DVD includes 14 original songs and seasonal favorites, including celebrity appearances. Traveling across three continents, The Wiggles discover the ways different cultures celebrate the holidays.

Beginning in New York City, The Wiggles team up with ‘N Sync’s Joey Fatone to perform a rendition of “O Holy Night.” Viewers are also given a peek at what Christmas is like in the Fatone household.

Traveling to Ireland, The Wiggles show viewers the country’s beautiful past and present as they join up with the Irish artists Anúna to perform “The Cherry Tree Carol,” a song dating back to the 15th century. The breathtaking Wicklow Mountains serve as a backdrop.

Ending in their home country, Australia, The Wiggles perform their original new song “It’s a Long Way from the North Pole,” reminding viewers that in “the outback,” families don’t see snow for Christmas.

It’s Always Christmas With You, priced at $9.99, is available now at select stores and online, and will be available at major retail locations November 29.

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U.S. Release of The Gruffalo DVD

NCircle Entertainment has recently announced the upcoming U.S. distribution of The Gruffalo, a 2011 Academy-Award nominated short film that follows the story of a clever mouse who ventures out into the forest for dinner and has to fend off a series of hungry predators along the way. The film is narrated by Helena Bonham Carter and includes the voices of Tom Wilkinson, John Hurt, and Robbie Coltrane. The Gruffalo is an adaptation of the internationally bestselling children’s book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Alex Scheffler.

The DVD will be released on August 16 for a suggested retail price of $9.99.