Barbie Leads Home Entertainment Awards

The Video Software Dealers Association today announced the 2004 Home Entertainment Award winners during the opening session of VSDA’s annual Home Entertainment 2004 confab at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. Lions Gate Home Entertainment’s direct-to-video CG feature, Barbie Of Swan Lake, ended up the big winner with three awards. Disney also picked up trophies for Finding Nemo and The Lion King 1 1/2, as did New Line Home Entertainment The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers.

Lions Gate’s release of Mattel’s Barbie of Swan Lake, animated by Mainframe, won for Direct-to-Video/Limited Release from an Independent Studio, Family Title of the Year from an Independent Studio and Sell-through Title of the Year from an Independent Studio.Artisan also proved that the indies can outshine the big boys as its T2–Extreme DVD took Archival Title from an Independent Studio and Packaging of the Year.

Disney’s Buena Vista Home Entertainment nabbed the Direct-to-Video/Limited Release from a Major Studio award for The Lion King 1 1/2, while its blockbuster, Finding Nemo, took Family Title of the Year from a Major Studio and Sell-through Title of the Year from a Major Studio. The Mouse House also scored with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, which was named Rental Title of the Year from a Major Studio. On the television side, Disney’s Dinotopia stomped the competition for TV Mini-Series on DVD of the Year.

The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers earned New Line Home Entertainment awards for Marketing Campaign of the Year from a Major Studio and Special Edition DVD of the Year from a Major Studio.

In the gaming arena, GameCube Video Game of the Year went to Nintendo’s Mario Kart: Double Dash!, while PlayStation 2 Video Game of the Year was handed to Madden NFL 2004 from Electronic Arts. Activision’s Tony Hawk’s Underground rounds out the list Xbox Video Game of the Year honors.

The winners were determined in voting by the regular membership of VSDA, which includes many of the nation’s video retailers. VSDA’s Home Entertainment 2004 is organized through Home Entertainment Events, in which the Video Software Dealers Association is a partner.