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UNSTABLE FABLES: TORTOISE VS. HARE DVD Release Date: September 9, 2008
Voices: Jay Leno, Danny Glover, Vivica A. Fox, Keke Palmer, Drake Bell Directors: Howard E. Baker, Arish Fyzee
Studio: The Weinstein Company

Rating: NR

SANTA MONICA, CA – The race is on again for famous contenders Wally the Tortoise and Murray the Hare when UNSTABLE FABLES: TORTOISE VS. HARE, dashes onto DVD for the first time September 9 from The Weinstein Company and Genius Products. Created by the revered Jim Henson Company, Prana Animation Studios and Flame Ventures, the second CGI animated film in the irreverent and delightful “Unstable Fables” collection, TORTOISE VS. HARE is a fun, modern retelling of the classic Tortoise and the Hare story.

Sure to be a family-favorite with the humor and heart that The Jim Henson Company is known for, UNSTABLE FABLES: TORTOISE VS. HARE features a celebrity cast including the voice talent of Emmy Award® winner* Jay Leno (Ice Age 2), Danny Glover (Dreamgirls), Vivica A. Fox (Ella Enchanted), Keke Palmer (Jump In!, Akeelah And The Bee) and three-time winner of Kid’s Choice Award for Best Actor, Drake Bell (Superhero Movie, “Drake and Josh”). The feature fast-forwards 15 years beyond the original fabled race to reveal that the rivalry between Walter the Tortoise and Murray the Hare is alive and well. Ready for a rematch, the competitive duo makes the event a family affair by recruiting their kids to join the race.

Continuing the adventure beyond the finish line, the DVD boasts exclusive bonus materials including a special tutorial on how to draw a character from the movie, as well as an exclusive behind the scenes look at the animation process, voice recordings and more! A laugh-out-loud family event, UNSTABLE FABLES: TORTOISE VS. HARE will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.97.

Other titles available in the UNSTABLE FABLES collection include 3 Pigs and a Baby and The Goldilocks and the Three Bears Show (available later this year).


Clever and quick-witted, UNSTABLE FABLES: TORTOISE VS. HARE boasts edgy humor that appeals to adults and children alike. It’s been 15 years since the illustrious race between Walter the Tortoise (Glover) and Murray the Hare (Leno) but the passing of time hasn’t tempered their bitter rivalry. When they hear about the upcoming Mt. Impossible Nature Adventure Race, they can’t resist the opportunity to challenge each other to a rematch! This time they enlist their children to be their teammates, but the kids don’t share their parents’ competitive nature. When Walter and Murray get separated from their kids, the two dads must team up to find them and learn there are far more important matters than winning a race!

Special Features:

  • The Voices Of Tortoise vs. Hare
  • How To Draw A Character With Director Howard E. Baker
  • Sneak Peek At The Next Unstable Fables Title – The Goldilocks and the Three Bears Show

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    About The Jim Henson Company
    The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 50 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and computer graphics. Best known as creators of the world famous Muppets (the rights to which are now owned by The Walt Disney Company), Henson is the recipient of over 50 Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards. Credits include the Saturn Award-winning “Farscape” and the features “MirrorMask,” “Five Children and It” and “Good Boy!”. With additional locations in New York and London, The Jim Henson Company is headquartered in Los Angeles on the historic Charlie Chaplin lot complete with soundstage and post-production facilities. Independently owned and operated by the five adult children of founder Jim Henson, the Company is also home to Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™, a preeminent character-building and visual effects group with international film, television and advertising clients, as well as Henson Recording Studios, one of the music industry’s top recording facilities known for its world-class blend of state of the art and vintage equipment. The Company is currently in production on “Sid the Science Kid,” a new science readiness animated series for preschoolers scheduled to debut on PBS in September 2008, and recently launched “Puppet Up! - Uncensored,” a live puppet improvisational show that has played to sold out crowds around the world and premiered as a special on TBS. The Company has also announced the creation of Jim Henson Designs, a merchandise collection inspired by Jim Henson’s earliest sketches.

    About Flame Ventures
    Flame Ventures, LLC is a multi-faceted entertainment production company. Prolific in prime time network television (most recently MTV’s return to scripted series with KAYA and the critically acclaimed NASCAR Drivers: 360 for FX and later ESPN), Flame will, in 2008 produce 13 films initially intended for DTV release alone, across a number of genres with a number of major studio partners. Among these is “Raw Feed,” a psychological/horror/thriller label of six films for Warner Bros. Next is “Unstable Fables,” a series of three CG animated films for The Weinstein Company in association with the Jim Henson Company, “Qi,” a label of three martial arts movies for The Weinstein Company to be shot in Asia, and 2 labels of four films for MTV Enterprises in the comedy and dance genres. Krantz, last year and this year has directed 2 of the Raw Feed films, “Sublime” and “Otis,” the latter in post production. He is set to direct “American Voodoo”, his first theatrical, in 2008.

    About Prana Studios
    Prana Holdings / Studios Inc. (Prana) is an artist-driven 3D animation and visual effects studio based in Los Angeles, USA with a wholly-owned production facility in Mumbai, India - Prana Studios Pvt. Ltd. Prana produces high quality family entertainment through long-form CG animated movies, live action movies and feature film effects, location based entertainment and game cinematics. Prana creates content for U.S., international and Asian markets, and provides 3D animation and visual effects services to top tier clients. Prana has a world class, 60,000 square foot production studio located in the prestigious Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai and employs over 650 CG artists and support staff. Prana was founded in April 2003 by Arish Fyzee, Kristin Dornig, and Pankaj Gunsagar. In 2007, Samir Hoon joined Prana as President of Visual Effects. Prana began its studio operations with the goal of creating feature films at a fraction of US rates, allowing for creative freedom and meaningful equity ownership to the talent who work with our studio. Prana is independently owned and controlled by the founding partners and is backed by an outstanding group of investors who include Mukesh Ambani (Reliance Industries), Anand Mahindra (Mahindra and Mahindra), Nexus Capital, and Ram Shriram (Sherpalo, Google). Major credits include the award winning short “The Chubb-Chubbs Save Xmas”, (Sony Pictures Imageworks/Sony Pictures Animation), “The Tinker Bell Movie” (Walt Disney Studios), “Newseum Interactive Museum” (Cortina Productions, “Hoodwinked” (The Weinstein Co.), “Kutchi, Kutchi, Hota Hai”, (Dharma Productions),and “Jurrassic Tour Ride” (Hitachi), among others.

    About Genius Products
    Genius Products, Inc. (OTCBB:GNPI), along with The Weinstein Company Holdings LLC, together owns Genius Products, LLC, a leading independent home-entertainment distribution company that produces, licenses and distributes a valuable library of motion pictures, television programming, family, lifestyle and trend entertainment on DVD and other emerging platforms through its expansive network of retailers throughout the U.S. Genius handles the distribution, marketing and sales for such brands as Animal Planet, Asia Extreme(TM), Discovery Kids(TM), Dragon Dynasty(TM), Dimension Films(TM), Entertainment Rights group companies (Entertainment Rights, Classic Media and Big Idea), ESPN®, IFC®, RHI Entertainment(TM), Sesame Workshop®, TLC, The Weinstein Company® and WWE®. Genius Products, Inc. is the managing member of Genius Products, LLC, in which it holds a 30% equity interest.

    About The Weinstein Company
    The Weinstein Company was created by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films Corp. in 1979. TWC is a multi-media company that officially launched on October 1, 2005. Dimension Films, the genre label that was founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, is also included under TWC banner. The Weinsteins are actively working on the production, development and acquisition of projects for TWC.