With the holidays quickly approaching, families everywhere are getting into the holiday spirit... and so are our favorite characters!
Available today, October 18, 2011, from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment, it's time to revel at the Misty Island Christmas Party with Thomas & Friends, spend the night at Santa's Workshop with Barney, waltz at Camembert Academy with Angelina Ballerina, and make merry with barnyard buddies with Shaun the Sheep in four all-new DVD collections.
Thomas & Friends: Holiday Favorites 3-DVD Gift Set
Thomas & Friends: Merry Winter Wish
Thomas has a special delivery for the holidays - the festive and magical Star of Knapford! From building snowmen and preparing holiday surprises to attending the Misty Island Christmas party, the more the merrier. Join the fun and celebrate the season when wishes really do come true!
Bonus Features: Sir Topham Hatt's Frosty Friend Game
Thomas & Friends: Ultimate Christmas
This wonder-filled collection of seasonal favorites is a chance to experience the joy and magic that the holiday season brings to Sodor. Whether it's the engines thinking they've seen Jack Frost or Thomas and the gang extending Christmas kindness to stranded villagers, all the fun arrives just in time.
Bonus Features: (2) Sing-Along Songs, (4) DVD Games, Read-Along Story
Thomas & Friends: Holiday Express
All aboard for an unforgettable holiday! When you ride the rails with your jolliest friends, you can expect exciting adventures filled with lucky trucks, surprise parties, adorable snowmen and much, much more. Join Thomas, Henry, Emily and Percy for trainloads of fun and festivities!
Bonus Features: Sodor Sounds Game, Cargo Challenge Game
With a total running time of 158 minutes, Thomas & Friends: Holiday Favorites has a retail price of $19.98 ($15.99 on Amazon) and is sure to help ring in the holidays with smiles, laughter and song as Thomas teaches timeless life lessons such as discovery, friendship and cooperation.
Barney: Holiday Favorites 3-DVD Gift Set
Barney: Night Before Christmas - The Movie
Barney and his friends spend the most wonderful time of the year on a magical journey to the North Pole as very special guests of Santa's workshop. With music in the air, and laughter everywhere, it's a dream come true as Santa unveils a holiday treat - his secret toys for Christmas!
Bonus Features: (2) Holiday Read-Alongs, (10) Sing-Along Songs, (5) Christmas Songs, (8) Interactive Games, Behind the Scenes info on the kids in the cast, the dinosaurs, producers and an educational guide
Barney: Christmas Star
'Tis the season to be jolly with Barney and his friends! The festive fun begins with a joyful journey to find a shiny gold star for the Christmas tree and includes loads of magical, musical merriment along the way. From little drummer boys to "The Night Before Christmas," it is a holiday adventure the features ten festive songs that the whole family with enjoy!
HIT Favorites: Frosty Friends
Bundle up with your favorite preschool pals in these playful, wintertime tales. Learn the true meaning of Christmas with Barney, build a snowman with Bob, go sledding with Kipper, whistle down the snowy tracks with Thomas, and laugh along as Pingu plays hilarious tricks on his winter wonderland friends.
Featuring a total running time of 157 minutes, Barney: Holiday Favorites retails for $19.98 ($15.99 on Amazon) and shows why Barney is trusted by moms and adored by children. His display of sharing, caring, imagining, dancing and learning makes this Emmy award-winning series one of the top-rated preschool shows today and a great addition to the holiday season.
Angelina Ballerina: Holiday Gift Set 3-DVD Gift Set
Angelina Ballerina: Nutcracker Sweet
Waltz into the land of sugar and spice with Angelina as she excitedly prepares to perform the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the holiday showcase. But when too many candy canes and fruitcakes give her a tummy ache, she learns that sharing with friends is a lot more rewarding.
Bonus Features: "Prima Ballerina" Puzzle Game, "Front Row Seats" Karaoke Song
Angelina Ballerina: Love to Dance
Take center stage with Angelina Ballerina on her first day at Camembert Academy as she learns about new forms of music and dance like jazz, tap and hip-hop. Angelina and her friends quickly discover that becoming a prima ballerina requires collaboration, compromise and commitment.
Bonus Features: "Angelina Says" Game, "Get Up and Dance" Karaoke Video
Angelina Ballerina: Ballet Dreams
Join Camembert Academy's shining star, Angelina Ballerina, as she finds her way in a new school, puts together her own show and tries to land a leading role in the Mouskinov Ballet. Angelina blossoms as she adjusts to her new teacher's style and learns the importance of being a patient big sister.
Bonus Features: "Create Your Own Dream Routine" Game
In a total of 183 minutes, young dance fans will love celebrating the season with Angelina and her friends. Retailing for $19.98 ($17.99 on Amazon), Angelina Ballerina: Holiday Gift Set would make a great present for little ballerinas everywhere!
Shaun the Sheep: We Wish Ewe a Merry Christmas
'Tis the season to be woolly with Shaun the Sheep and his farmyard friends. Frolic with the flock as they decorate the farmhouse for The Farmer, watch Bitzer and Pidsley battle for a spot by the fire, join a massive snowball fight and much more in these seven hilarious episodes from the Oscar-winning creators of Wallace and Gromit.
We Wish Ewe a Merry Christmas: Shaun discovers that The Farmer will be spending Christmas Day alone. The animals work through the night festooning the farmhouse with decorations so that The Farmer wakes up to the most magical Christmas that he has ever experienced.
Snowed In: Shaunn and his buddies awaken to find the farm covered in snow. But while the sheep enjoy themselves in a massive snowball fight, they are all unaware that The Farmer is snowed inside the farmhouse and trying desperately to escape.
Fireside Favorite: Bitzer has caught a cold and The Farmer decides to tuck him up in the house to recover. In doing so, Pidsley the Cat is ousted from his favorite spot next to the fire. The mean cat attempts various ways to remove the snotty dog while the sheep do their best to keep Bitzer where he needs to be.
An Ill Wind: The Farmer receives a huge electricity bill and decides to build his own wind turbine to power the farmhouse. As soon as The Farmer's back is turned, Shaun and the flock adapt the noisy new contraption into something much more fun - a ferris wheel. It's not long before The Farmer blows his fuse!
Bitzer's New Hat: The Farmer gives Bitzer a horrible new hat and Bitzer is very upset, as he treasured his old hat. The flock rally round to try and cheer him up with a sselection of dashing alternative head-gear. Meanwhile, Shaun heads off on an adventure to find out what The Farmer did with the old one.
Chip Off the Old Block: The Farmer has taken up sculpting, but unintentionally drops a huge slab of stone on top of Timmy's teddy. Shaun and the flock must struggle and strain to lift the heavy block and retrieve the precious toy.
Shirley Whirley: In a bid to help move Shirley around the farm, Shaun has the idea of fitting up Shirley with wheels. Using a remote control, Shaun can now maneuver his large friend around easily - until The Farmer's TV remote interferes with the signal, causing Shirley to run amuck.
DVD Bonus Features: Sheep Shearing Game, Timmy Time Sneak Peek - Timmy's Tune #1
With a 45-minute running time, Shaun the Sheep: We Wish Ewe a Merry Christmas retails for $14.98 ($11.99 on Amazon) and will help ring in some holiday "shear" at your house this year!
(Other than a copy of each of the aforementioned DVD that I was provided by Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment, I was not compensated or enticed to do this review in any way.)