(January 25, 2010 – Burbank, CA) – Get ready to be enchanted by everyone’s favorite fairy-in-training, Abby Cadabby, as she and Elmo embark on a magical storybook adventure in the re-release of “Abby in Wonderland,” from Warner Home Video (WHV) and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street. Winner of the 2009 CINE Golden Eagle Award in the Children's Education and Entertainment category and the iParenting Best Products Award, this exciting adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” is on sale March 2, 2010, and will take you on an out-of-this-world adventure that’s fun for the whole family. Directed by Emmy Award-winning puppeteer and producer, Kevin Clash, Abby-thusiasts will slide down the rabbit hole and follow her into a whimsical world in the Sesame version of the children’s classic. When Abby falls asleep and is dreaming, Elmo transforms into a frantic, fuzzy red rabbit and she follows him into an enchanted “Wonderland.” Abby is persistent as she pursues the elusive rabbit that, inadvertently, has pocketed her magical wand. On her quest, she encounters an incredible cast of fantastical characters such as a bilingual flower, “Rose”-ita (Rosita), The “Counter”-pillar (The Count), The Cheshire Cookie Cat (Cookie Monster), Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum (Bert and Ernie), The Mad Hatter (Grover), The Mouse (Zoe) and the cranky Grouch of Hearts (Oscar). Without the assistance of her usual fairy magic, Abby must rely on her knowledge of rhyming to defeat the Grouch of Hearts, reclaim her wand and find her way back to Sesame Street. This release also includes a bonus 5-song music CD featuring a collection of all-time favorite Sesame Street hits! “Warner Home Video is thrilled to partner with Sesame Workshop to re-release this truly enjoyable DVD,” said Amit Desai, WHV Vice President, of Family, Animation & Partner Brands Marketing. “Kids can now enjoy old-school classics like ‘Alice in Wonderland’ but with new and modern characters such as Abby and Elmo from Sesame Street.” Sesame Workshop has always provided children with an educational foundation and love of learning through content that is research-based and age appropriate. Throughout this adventure, preschoolers are presented with important skills such as task persistence, reading and storytelling, relational concepts, counting and letter sounds. “We wanted to create a DVD that children of all ages would love and stays true to the timeless story of ‘Alice in Wonderland,’” adds Kevin Clash, Senior Creative Advisor, Sesame Workshop. “We were able to take the Sesame Street Muppets© and mold them into the legendary Lewis Caroll characters for our preschool audience and their families to enjoy.” Celebrating its impressive 40th anniversary this season, Sesame Street is the longest-running program in children’s television. The series has received more Emmy awards than any other show in television history (122), as well as a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award honoring the 40th year. About Sesame Workshop Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization that revolutionized children’s television programming with the landmark Sesame Street. The Workshop produces local Sesame Street programs, seen in over 140 countries, and other acclaimed shows to help bridge the literacy gap including The Electric Company and Pinky Dinky Doo. Beyond television, the Workshop produces content for multiple media platforms on a wide range of issues including literacy, health and military deployment. Initiatives meet specific needs to help young children and families develop critical skills, acquire healthy habits and build emotional strength to prepare them for lifelong learning. Learn more at www.sesameworkshop.org. About Warner Home Video With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, a division of the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, 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 Video and New Line Home Entertainment. About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution, interactive entertainment/videogames, direct-to-DVD production, technical operations and anti-piracy businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. WBHEG is responsible for the global distribution of content through DVD, electronic sell-through and VOD, and delivery of theatrical content to wireless and online channels, and is also a significant worldwide publisher for both internal and third party videogame titles.
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