(April 27, 2006 - Burbank, CA) – Warner Bros. Consumer Products announced today that it has awarded Penguin Young Readers Group the master publishing license for the upcoming theatrical release "Happy Feet," from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures, scheduled to dance its way into theaters nationwide on November 17, 2006. As part of this agreement, Price Stern Sloan, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, will publish nine titles inspired by the eagerly awaited comedy adventure film in a variety of formats ranging from storybooks, coloring books, activity books and board books. The published titles will include: “Happy Feet the Movie Storybook,” “Mumble’s Journey,” “Meet the Adelies,” “Playtime for Baby Mumble,” “Friends Forever,” “Find Your Heartsong,” “Gone Fishin’,” “Chillin’ with Mumble: The Truth About Penguins” and “Happy Feet Mad Libs.” These titles are set to hit retail stores beginning in October 2006. Additional formats are also being published in the U.S. and UK by Dorling Kindersley, a branch of the internationally renowned Penguin Group. “As a leading book publisher, Penguin Group is truly an expert when it comes to literature for fans of all ages,” said Karen McTier, Executive Vice President of Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “We couldn’t be happier than to collaborate with them on this heartwarming film. Penguin will do an excellent job capturing the magic of 'Happy Feet' on the printed page and delivering its touching storyline to audiences, young and old alike.” "We are overjoyed to be partnering with Warner Bros. Consumer Products on 'Happy Feet,'" said Debra Dorfman, President and Publisher of Grosset & Dunlap/Price Stern Sloan. "The film will inspire movie viewers of all ages to search for their own heart song. We are thrilled to be the publishing partner for this eagerly-awaited theatrical release." A comedy adventure, "Happy Feet" is set deep in Antarctica. Into the land of the Emperor Penguins where each needs a heart song to attract a soul mate, a penguin is born who cannot sing. Our hero Mumble, son of Memphis and Norma Jean, is the worst singer in the world… however, as it happens, he is a brilliant tap dancer. With memorable characters brought to life by incredible voice talent, "Happy Feet" features music and dance sequences, as well as stunning photo-real imagery unlike any other CGI film to date. "Happy Feet" is sure to melt the hearts of moviegoers around the world! Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Kennedy-Miller production in association with Animal Logic Film, a George Miller film, "Happy Feet," directed by George Miller, produced by Doug Mitchell, Bill Miller, George Miller, written by George Miller, John Collee, Judy Morris, Warren Coleman, executive produced by Zareh Nalbandian, Graham Burke, Dana Goldberg, and Bruce Berman. The music is composed by John Powell ("Ice Age: The Meltdown," "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," "Shrek," "Chicken Run," "Antz"). "Happy Feet" will be released in 2006 by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures. About Warner Bros. Consumer Products Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world. About Penguin Group Penguin Group (USA) is the U.S. affiliate of the internationally renowned Penguin Group. Penguin Group (USA) is one of the leading U.S. adult and children's trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and trademarks including Berkley Books, Dutton, Frederick Warne, G. P. Putnam's Sons, Grosset & Dunlap, New American Library, Penguin, Philomel, Plume, Puffin Books, Riverhead Books and Viking, among others. The Penguin Group is part of Pearson (FTSE: PSON; NYSE: PSO). Pearson is an international media company with market leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing. For more information, visit www.pearson.com. TM & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
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