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The Best of The Electric Company The Electric Company

On DVD: February 7, 2006

Genre: Family, Comedy
Cast: Luis Avalos, Jimmy Boyd, Lee Chamberlin, Bill Cosby, Morgan Freeman, Judy Graubart
Directed by: Henry Behar, Bob Schwarz
Studio: Shout! Factory

Official Website: The Electric Company

Press Release:

LOS ANGELES, CA – Shout! Factory announces the DVD release of The Best Of The Electric Company, available for the first time on home video. The wildly popular 1970s-era Emmy award-winning children’s television series was created by the non-profit educational organization Children’s Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) and featured an ensemble cast with Morgan Freeman, Bill Cosby and Rita Moreno, with voice-overs by Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Joan Rivers and Zero Mostel. The Short Circus provided a youth element to the cast, featuring Irene Cara and others. With its roots in the Motown Sound, Broadway and “The Carol Burnett Show,” “The Electric Company” became a cultural phenomenon of the ‘70s, teaching children basic reading and grammar skills, with an emphasis on fun. The four disc set, which features 20 of the best episodes in true nostalgic glory, new interviews and more, is available on February 7th for the suggested retail price of $49.98. As with all Sesame Workshop products, proceeds from the sales of the DVD’s will help fund their educational projects around the world.

The Best Of The Electric Company DVD features a wealth of bonus features including new interviews with Moreno, creator Joan Ganz Cooney, executive producer Sam Gibbon, head writer Tom Whedon (“Golden Girls,” “Alice”), and Short Circus member June Angela. Show trivia, new episode introductions by Moreno, classic outtakes, and a fun Karaoke version of “Silent E” round out the discs’ extras.

Targeting children aged six to ten, “The Electric Company” aimed to teach basic reading and grammar skills to its young viewers through sketch comedy, songs and animation. Even well known characters joined the cast of The Electric Company; Spider-Man emerged from his comic strip and Road Runner cartoons were modified to teach reading lessons. Viewers will fondly remember live action and animated skits such as The Adventures of Letterman and Love of Chair, as well as the original music (several songs, such as “Silent E” were written by satirist Tom Leher). The Best Of The Electric Company includes all the recurring, best-loved personalities, such as Easy Reader, Spell Binder, Fargo North, Decoder, Jennifer of the Jungle, J. Arthur Crank, and more.

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DVD Features:

  • Cast Interviews
  • Creative Team Interview
  • Joan Ganz Cooney "Then and Now"
  • Outtakes
  • Karaoke Version of "Silent E"
  • New Episodes Intros by Rita Moreno
  • Show Trivia


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ABOUT SHOUT! FACTORY
Shout! Factory is a diversified entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their careers sharing their music, television and film faves with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD offerings serve up classic, contemporary and cult TV series, riveting sports programs, live music, animation and documentaries in lavish packages crammed with extras. The company’s audio catalogue boasts GRAMMY®-nominated boxed sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. These riches are the result of a creative acquisitions mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, Calif. Its fine products are distributed by Sony BMG Music Entertainment Inc. For more on Shout! Factory, visit www.shoutfactory.com.
ABOUT SESAME WORKSHOP
Sesame Workshop is a nonprofit educational organization making a meaningful difference in children's lives around the world. Founded in 1968, the Workshop changed television forever with the legendary Sesame Street. Today, the Workshop continues to innovate on behalf of children in 120 countries, using its proprietary research methodology to ensure its programs and products are engaging and enriching. Sesame Workshop is behind award-winning programs like Dragon Tales and Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat, Pinky Dinky Doo and ground breaking multimedia productions in South Africa, Egypt and Russia. As a nonprofit, Sesame Workshop puts the proceeds it receives from sales of Sesame Street, Dragon Tales and Sagwa products right back into its educational projects for children around the world. Find the Workshop online.