(February 9, 2009 – Burbank, CA) – With the stealth of a master Ninja warrior, “Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword” will make its way into retail outlets April 7, 2009. Consumers will experience more hi-jinks, thrills and laughs when Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. embark on an exciting journey to the Orient in this full length animated feature produced by Warner Premiere and Warner Bros. Animation, and distributed by Warner Home Video (WHV). “Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword” will retail for $19.98 SRP. Order due date is set for March 3, 2009. In “Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword,” the Mystery Inc. crew travel the globe on a transcontinental treasure hunt, circling Asia and the Pacific to solve a series of ancient riddles. They race against the vengeful Black Samurai and his spectral Ghost Warriors to claim the ancient Sword of Fate, a blade fabled to possess extraordinary supernatural powers. Along the way, Scooby-Doo and Shaggy are indoctrinated by an unlikely Sword Master who teaches them Boshido, the way of the Samurai. Their emerging skills are quickly tested by an unstoppable army of Robot Ninjas. And in the end, our harried heroes discover that Boshido, emphasizing loyalty, honor and courage, holds the key to the mystery. DVD Bonus Features: “Scooby-Doo Dojo!” – Takes a kid-friendly look at the world of Martial Arts and helps viewers learn more about the ancient Samurai tradition. “We anticipate ‘Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword’ to be an enormous hit with consumers because it’s an exciting, action-packed film driven by an engaging, original story line that’s combined with gorgeous, vibrant animation,” said Amit Desai, WHV Vice President, Family, Animation and Sports Marketing. He added, “As with all animated Scooby-Doo films, our goal is to make these movies appealing to kids by including lots of clever, funny moments, a little mystery and suspense but never making them scary because we want parents to feel good about what their children are watching. ‘Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword’ is a great family title for consumers to have in their home entertainment libraries.” “Scooby-Doo is a legendary animated series that has entertained generations of fans for over 30 years and regardless of how sophisticated our lives and kids have become, this cartoon still has the power and appeal to engage viewers of all ages,” said Matt Bierman, Senior Vice President, Production, Warner Premiere. He added, “We’re delighted to invent new and interesting ways for audiences to enjoy Scooby-Doo. This new, full-length feature is an example of our commitment to create quality, entertaining projects surrounding this classic cartoon.” The Credits About Warner Premiere Warner Premiere is Warner Bros. Entertainment’s new direct-to-consumer production company focused on the development, production and marketing of feature-length content, as well as short form digital content for the growing home entertainment market. Warner Premiere is committed to being at the creative forefront in the evolution of quality product in the direct-to-DVD business and the digital space, creating material that exemplifies the commitment to story, production and brand equity for which Warner Bros. is known. About Warner Bros. Animation Warner Bros. Animation has been producing award-winning original animation since 1930, when it released its first cartoon, "Sinkin’ in the Bathtub." Since then, Warner Bros. Animation's characters have set the standard for innovative, quality animation. Producing for network and cable television, online, home entertainment and feature films both domestically and internationally, Warner Bros. Animation is highly respected for its creative and technical excellence, as well as maintaining the studio's rich cartoon heritage. Warner Bros. Animation also oversees the creative use of, and production of animated programming based on classic animated characters from the Hanna-Barbera and DC Comics libraries. Warner Bros. Animation is one of the most honored animation studios in history, garnering a grand total of six Academy Awards®, 35 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents' Choice Award, a Humanitas Award, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation). About Warner Home Video With operations in 90 international territories Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video’s film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video, and New Line Home Entertainment.
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