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The Jungle Drums Are Beating for `Tarzan' Swinging to Home Video and DVD on Feb. 1; `An Extremely Goofy Movie' Boogies Onto Video on `Leap Day' This February.

BURBANK, Calif.--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--Oct. 27, 1999--

All-New Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Videos

for Valentine's Day and Easter;

All Titles Boast Extensive Consumer Tie-In Promotions

From the breathtaking depths of the African jungle comes what promises to be one of the biggest video events of Y2000, Disney's "Tarzan," the $170MM box-office smash, premiering on video ($26.99 S.R.P.) and DVD ($39.99 S.R.P.) on Feb. 1, 2000.

As Buena Vista Home Entertainment roars into the 21st century, "Tarzan" arrives with an all-new "Strangers Like Me" music video by superstar Phil Collins and a strikingly beautiful digital transfer that showcases the film's breakthrough 3-D animation technology ("deep canvas").

The "family-friendly" DVD arrives DVD-ROM-enabled (with Internet links) and loaded with exciting extras for all the family, including a never-before-seen recording session by Phil Collins and guests, a Read-Along, a Trivia Game, various sneak peeks and many other features. Spanish and French versions of the video will also be available.

"Tarzan" will be supported by a massive marketing program across all media, including TV advertising during the Superbowl pre-show, the Golden Globes and the American Music Awards as well as a raft of promotional and synergy tie-ins.

In addition to the standard DVD, a "Tarzan" Collector's Edition DVD, will premiere on March 21 ($49.99 S.R.P.), including all these materials along with audio commentary by the movie's creators and extensive bonus materials about the history and development of the film.

Retailers also will be looking forward to Disney's "An Extremely Goofy Movie," which premieres exclusively on home video ($24.99 S.R.P.) and DVD ($29.99 S.R.P.) on the Goofiest Day of the Year -- "Leap Day," Tuesday, Feb. 29.

Starring everyone's favorite "Goofs," Goofy and his son Max find themselves attending college together in an all-new, hip and hilarious adventure that features exciting extreme sports action, high-energy music and the star vocal power of comedian Pauly Shore.

For younger Disney fans, destined to be seasonal classics are two, all-new Winnie the Pooh titles for Valentine's Day and Easter -- "Winnie the Pooh, a Valentine for You!" which debuts Jan. 11, and "Sing a Song With Tigger," which debuts March 7. Both are priced at $14.99 S.R.P. Also, "Sing a Song With Tigger" is timed to follow the February national theatrical release of "The Tigger Movie."

Also debuting Jan. 11 will be an all-new, hilarious, animated feature "Gadget's Greatest Gadgets" ($19.99 S.R.P.), crashing into stores to capitalize on nostalgia for the wacky 1980s TV show and the Dec. 7 video release of the live-action smash "Inspector Gadget," starring Matthew Broderick.

"We are very excited to be releasing `Tarzan' and `An Extremely Goofy Movie' on both video and DVD," said Mitch Koch, general manager, North America, Buena Vista Home Entertainment. "In particular, we are very proud of the DVDs' `family-friendly' features -- like the Read-Along, the Trivia Game and the DVD-ROM features. They go a long way to showcasing the real capabilities of Disney DVD.

"This reflects our commitment to retailers and consumers in bringing the top-quality family entertainment that people have come to expect. We will be heavily supporting these titles with significant levels of advertising across all media, as well as through our particularly strong tie-in promotions."

All BVHE releases are closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired. Running lengths and MPAA ratings vary. BVHE is the recognized industry leader for 11 consecutive years.

SYNOPSES AND MARKETING INFORMATION

TARZAN

Release Date: Feb. 1, 2000

Prebook: Dec. 21, 1999

Prices: $26.99 (S.R.P.) on VHS and $39.99 (S.R.P.) on DVD

TARZAN COLLECTOR'S EDITION DVD

Release Date: March 21, 2000

Prebook: Feb. 8, 2000

Price: $49.99 (S.R.P.)

"Tarzan" stars Glenn Close, Rosie O'Donnell, Minnie Driver, Wayne Knight, Nigel Hawthorne, as well as Tony Goldwyn as the voice of Tarzan, in a stunning and heartwarming film that takes viewers on a thrilling, action-packed adventure filled with rich themes of family and belonging.

"Tarzan's" artistry and technique blend as never before, with the addition of a breakthrough 3-D animation technology called "deep canvas," that provides amazing depth in animation, allowing for a more successful integration of characters within backgrounds. Viewers of the DVD will particularly appreciate the digital-to-digital transfer offering a video quality superior to that seen in theaters.

Adding to the excitement is the laugh-out-loud humor of its entertaining characters and the driving rhythm of five powerful songs from universally popular Grammy Award(TM)-winning singer/songwriter Phil Collins, and a musical score by Grammy Award-winning Mark Mancina ("Speed," "Twister," "Con Air"). The soundtrack has become one of the best-selling CDs of the year.

Synopsis:

"Tarzan" is based on Edgar Rice Burrough's immortal adventure classic, "Tarzan of the Apes," the extraordinary tale of an orphaned infant raised by a family of gorillas who accept him as one of their own. As Tarzan matures into a young man -- with the instincts of a jungle animal and the physical prowess of an athletic superstar -- his life changes forever when he finally meets other humans.

Combining humor, breathtaking jungle action and sensational music with powerful emotional themes, "Tarzan" provides a timeless yet contemporary take on the popular story.

Marketing:

"Tarzan" will be supported by a four-week, national multimedia campaign designed to reach 95 percent of the core audience more than three times. In addition to the Superbowl and Golden Globes advertising, it will include network, cable and spot TV; outdoor, print and radio advertising; as well as an online sweepstakes on Tarzan.com.

Additional support will include:

-- Inclusion in "Disney's Easter Gift Guide" in Parade Magazine

reaching 81 million consumers.

-- Corporate-wide Disney events including a Radio Disney promotion

(details TBD).

-- "Tarzan" will include a coupon booklet featuring coupons off new

and upcoming Disney videos, including "Annie," "Inspector

Gadget," "Gadget's Greatest Gadgets," "An Extremely Goofy Movie,"

"Winnie the Pooh, a Valentine for You!" and "Sing a Song With

Tigger."

-- At retail, Walt Disney Home Video will support the title with

eye-catching pure video and video/DVD mixed prepacks, as well as

posters, standees, character cut-outs, mobiles, buttons and more.

Consumer Promotions:

Consumer promotions generating strong demand and billions of

impressions include:

-- McDonald's Restaurants will feature a series of eight connectable

"Tarzan" toys in their Happy Meals(C) at over 13,000 McDonald's

from Jan. 28 through Feb. 24, 2000.

-- Consumers who purchase the "Tarzan" video or DVD plus any two

Energizer Battery packages can receive $2 instant savings via IRC

(on-pack). The promotion runs Feb. 1-July 31, 2000, in the United

States only. Energizer will support the promotion with a national

FSI in February, POP, account-specific overlays, retailer ads and

circulars.

-- Consumers who purchase "Tarzan" on video or DVD plus Activision's

"Tarzan" video game for Nintendo(R) 64 (valued at $49.99) can

mail in to Activision for a $10 rebate. Promotion runs Feb.

1-April 30, 2000.

-- Consumers who purchase Disney Interactive's "Tarzan" Action Game

or "Tarzan" Activity Center on CD-ROM (each retails at $19.99),

plus the "Tarzan" video or DVD, can mail in for a free "Tarzan"

Print Studio, valued at $9.99. There is an additional shipping

and handling fee of $5.95. The promotion will run between Feb. 1

and July 31, 2000.

-- Walt Disney Records is offering a $3 rebate to consumers who

purchase the "Tarzan" video or DVD and "Tarzan" soundtrack. The

promotion runs Feb. 1, 2000-Feb. 1, 2001.

-- Consumers who purchase the "Tarzan" video can mail in for a free

"Tarzan" book from Grolier. There will be no shipping & handling

fee. Grolier will support the promotion with a full-page national

FSI on Feb. 13, 2000, reaching at least 25 million circulation.

-- A Kid Cuisine promotion will run from March 15 through May 31,

2000, and will offer consumers free "Tarzan" trading cards inside

specially marked packages of Kid Cuisine. There will be eight

"magic motion" movie cards to collect or send $1.50 plus three

proofs of purchase to receive a full set by mail.

NOTE: All but one of the above promotions apply to both video and standard DVD. The Grolier promotion is for the video only.

"Tarzan" Collector's Edition DVD:

A "Tarzan" Collector's Edition DVD will release on March 21, 2000, bringing new and exciting interactive bonus features the whole family can enjoy together on the television or computer. The "family-friendly" "Tarzan" Collector's Edition DVD features audio commentary by the creators -- Producer Bonnie Arnold and Co-Directors Kevin Lima and Chris Buck -- including the history and development of the film, the legacy of Edgar Rice Burroughs' "Tarzan," and early presentation reels.

This special edition features an extensive look at the music of "Tarzan" including interviews with Phil Collins and his original song demos, as well as the "You'll Be in My Heart" music video (to be confirmed). There is also behind-the-scenes production material including footage of voice casting, storyreels, rough animation and sound design, along with theatrical trailers and publicity materials.

AN EXTREMELY GOOFY MOVIE

Release Date: Feb. 29, 2000 ("Leap Day")

Prebook: Jan. 18, 2000

Price: $24.99 on VHS (S.R.P.) and $29.99 on DVD (S.R.P.)

It's going to be an exciting winter when Disney's "An Extremely Goofy Movie" premieres exclusively on video and DVD on the Goofiest Day of the Year -- "Leap Day," Feb. 29, 2000.

The all-new, hip and hilarious adventure features great action, high-energy music and nonstop laughter, along with the star vocal power of Pauly Shore ("Jury Duty"), Bebe Neuwirth (TV's "Cheers") and Vicki Lewis (TV's "NewsRadio"). The DVD has the added features of a Trivia Game and a Read-Along.

Synopsis:

Everyone's favorite "Goofs" -- Goofy and Max -- find themselves attending the same college and learning just how close a father and son can be. Goofy's son Max can't wait to go off to college and experience life on his own, but Goofy misses Max so much that he loses his job and decides to go to college.

The laughs come fast and furious as Goofy tries to fix things and fit into modern college life with a "yearnin' for learnin'" alongside Max and his friends. When Goofy meets Sylvia the librarian, they hit it off and spark a stuck-in-the-`70s disco inferno.

Goofy and Max must go to the extreme to learn how to live their own lives together as father and son. From the inspired high-energy music soundtrack to the antics of one of Disney's most beloved characters, this movie proves that two Goofs are better than one.

Marketing:

"An Extremely Goofy Movie" will be supported by extensive advertising and marketing campaigns including:

-- The video will be trailered on nearly 25 million key Disney fall

and spring releases including "Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas,"

"I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Inspector Gadget" and "Tarzan,"

among others.

-- BVHE will host a contest where kids can tell their goofiest jokes

on a videotape and send it in to BVHE, which will select the

winners, to appear on "An Extremely Goofy Movie." The contest

will air on Radio Disney in November.

-- The video and DVD will be promoted via national TV, cable,

outdoor, print, radio and Internet advertising. Inclusion in

"Disney's Easter Gift Guide" in Parade Magazine reaching 81

million consumers.

-- At retail, the video and DVD will be promoted via eye-catching

24-, 48-, 96- and 160-unit prepacks.

Consumer Promotions:

-- McDonald's Restaurants will feature eight different "An Extremely

Goofy Movie" "launcher" toys in their Happy Meals at over 13,000

McDonald's from March 3, 2000, through March 23, 2000. There will

also be a $5 mail-in rebate offered on McDonald's Happy Meal(C)

bags for consumers who purchase the video or DVD plus the

soundtrack CD, jointly funded by Walt Disney Home Video and Walt

Disney Records.

-- Consumers who purchase Parkay products can mail in to Disney to

receive a $4 rebate that will be advertised via a national FSI on

March 12 reaching 40 million consumers. Additionally, "An

Extremely Goofy Movie" trading cards will be on 13 million Parkay

packages, along with in-store advertising and display materials.

-- Kid Cuisine will feature "An Extremely Goofy Movie" in a

half-page, national FSI on February 27, 2000, that will reach

approximately 33 million households.

-- A $3 instant coupon off the purchase of "Tarzan" will also be

in-packed in every "An Extremely Goofy Movie" video.

All the above promotions apply to both video and DVD, excluding the Kid Cuisine promotion, which is specific to the video.

Disney's Valentine's 2000

Release Date: Jan. 11, 2000

Prebook: Nov. 30, 1999

Titles: WINNIE THE POOH, A VALENTINE FOR YOU!

and BELLE'S MAGICAL WORLD

Price: $14.99 each (S.R.P.)

Disney's "Valentine's 2000" promotion will be an extra special one indeed with Disney's first new Valentine video in five years -- "Winnie the Pooh, a Valentine for You!" joining the best-seller, "Belle's Magical World" -- with both adventures making perfect Valentine's gifts for little sweethearts.

Marketing:

"Winnie the Pooh, a Valentine for You!" and "Belle's Magical World" will be supported by print advertising in TV Guide and parenting magazines, as well as trailering on Disney videos, United Airline flights and at Walt Disney World resorts. Additionally, every Pooh video will contain an in-packed Pooh Valentine greeting card -- the perfect Valentine gift.

Synopses:

Emmy(R)-nominated and new-to-video, "Winnie the Pooh, a Valentine for You!" finds Pooh and his friends afraid that Christopher Robin has been bitten by a Smitten when he becomes interested in -- gasp! -- a girl. They search the Hundred Acre Wood for the love bug, hoping it will bite him again and cure his lovesickness. They eventually learn that Christopher Robin isn't sick and that the heart will always have room for friends -- old and new.

"Belle's Magical World" features all of the magic, music and unforgettable characters from the animated classic "Beauty and the Beast." Families will love the three charming storybook fantasies starring Belle and her enchanted friends.

EASTER 2000

Release Date: March 7, 2000

Prebook: Jan. 25, 2000

Titles/Prices: SING A SONG WITH TIGGER

and SING A SONG WITH POOH BEAR

-- $14.99 (S.R.P.)

Four Winnie the Pooh "Tigger Titles":

"Detective Tigger," "Tigger-ific Tales,"

"Sharing and Caring" and "Working Together"

-- $12.99 (S.R.P.)

This spring, a song will be in the air when Walt Disney Home Video releases the all-new video "Sing a Song With Tigger," the perfect Easter gift for little bunnies everywhere. Also joining the promotion will be "Sing a Song With Pooh Bear" and four "Tigger-ific" Tigger-focused "Winnie the Pooh" titles including: "Detective Tigger," "Tigger-ific Tales," "Sharing and Caring" and "Working Together."

Winnie the Pooh is more popular than ever and now families can celebrate Easter all spring long with Winnie the Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. "Sing a Song With Tigger" features songs from the Academy Award(TM)-winning Sherman Brothers. Also, Tigger shares several other songs from his Hundred Acre Wood scrapbook, in a fun, new sing-along that utilizes graphics to help preschoolers associate word meaning with colorful images.

Marketing:

Year 2000 is the "Year of Pooh and Friends," with extensive Disney Company support behind the franchise including:

-- Trailering on millions of Disney videos including "Tarzan" (TBD)

and "Winnie the Pooh, a Valentine for You!," United Airlines

flights and at Walt Disney World resorts.

-- Consumers can mail in for a free Tigger lithograph (valued at

$10), with the purchase of eligible Pooh videos and Walt Disney

Records' "The Tigger Movie Songs and Story."

-- Free Tigger scrapbook pop-out stamps inside every "Sing a Song

With Tigger" video so children can make their own scrapbooks.

-- Print ads in parenting magazines.

-- At retail, the promotion will be supported via 23-, 48- and

96-piece prepacks, POP, shelf-talkers, posters, activity sheets.

GADGET'S GREATEST GADGETS

Release Date: Jan. 11, 2000

Prebook: Nov. 30, 1999

Price: $ 19.99 (S.R.P.)

When "Gadget's Greatest Gadgets" flies to home video, consumers can go-go gadget crazy in this brand-new, full-length animated adventure featuring Gadget's greatest gadgets. Gadget fans can follow the continuing adventures of Inspector Gadget and all of their favorite characters from the original series including Inspector Gadget, his niece Penny, Brain and the very evil Dr. Claw. Comedian Don Adams, who first voiced Inspector Gadget in the original TV series, returns in this all-new adventure.

Marketing:

A consumer offer for a $5 mail-in rebate will be available with the purchase of "Gadget's Greatest Gadgets" and the soon-to-be-released "Inspector Gadget," starring Matthew Broderick.
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