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Keyframe Snuggles into Kids Video Market with The HugglersAnimated Christian-themed children?s series launches new Crash Kidz label (August 12, 2004)
Digital animation and visual effects studio Keyframe Digital Productions, in association with Reel Inspired Toons, has announced that its original 3D animated/live action series for pre-school children, The Hugglers, will be the premiere title for the new Crash Kidz (a division of Crash Media Group) DVD/VHS label.
Recent winner of both Telly and Accolade awards, The Hugglers will be distributed by Sonys family video division Red Distribution, Inc. and is due out October 19.
The Hugglers are a unique group of friends-- Chip, Wanda Boo, Freddie, Rollie and Burt-- who with the guidance and support of their Sunday school teacher, Miss Sara, embark on faith-based journeys and adventures that build trust, understanding, confidence, self-esteem and faith in God.
The Hugglers was developed and directed by Darren Cranford and Clint Green. Hosted by Susan Rogers and orchestrated by Mark Rogers. The Hugglers is produced by REEL INSPIRED TOONS INC., a company committed to promoting wholesome family entertainment.
?We are extremely proud of how Hugglers has turned out. From the great people involved to the response from viewers, all solidifies the fact that we are doing something right, says Darren Cranford. ?From the very beginning, we believed that if we are true to ourselves, then God would help us see it through and finding great partners like Crash Kidz and Sony is yet further proof that he trusts what we are doing. Clint Green.
?We are very excited to be a part of the North American DVD launch of this groundbreaking series, said James Veronico, VP of Sales and Marketing for Crash labels. ?This DVD release represents the first of a number of Hugglers adventures to follow, and we are confident that the market for this material is out there. Parents and grandparents are eager to find a product for kids that is both entertaining and educational.
"The Hugglers is an inspiring vision spreading Christ's message to even the youngest child by using a language they can easily comprehend and interesting adorable characters to captivate their attention, attests Victoria Wegelin, an elementary school vice principal who was a consultant on the project. ?My own two children ages 5 and 7 were transfixed by this video that teaches important Christian stories and lessons.
?There's nothing more exciting than helping kids grow in their relationship with God, said Rev. Beth Fellinger, Director of Youth Alpha, Canada. ?The Hugglers will impact the lives of children through its interactive stories, crafts and songs that catch the attention and the imagination of the viewer...definitely recommended!
The DVD features such extras as a behind the scenes look at the production in the making, an interactive music player and character biographies.
For more information visit www.hugglers.com.
About Keyframe Digital Productions
The studio provides traditional 2D and 3D animation, compositing and effects with an emphasis on state-of-the-art pre-visualization services. Keyframes credits include such feature films as Secret Window, Driven, Left Behind, Exit Wounds, Dont Say A Word, K-19 - The Widowmaker, Bulletproof Monk, and X-Men. Keyframe also recently completed all effects work for the third season of Mutant X, having worked on all three seasons of the successful sci-fi series, as well as all visual effects work for the movie Crazy Canucks, a feature length dramedy produced by Alberta Film Works
Keyframe is the 2003 Accolade Winner in the Award of Excellence and Best of Show categories for work on the Littlest Light on the Christmas Tree.
For more information about Keyframe go to www.keyframe.ca
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