CN’s Ben and Foster Will Make First-Quarter DVD Splash

Kids will have a hard time leaving home in February and March as Cartoon Network and Warner Home Video have announced new DVD release dates for the first seasons of Ben 10 and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. In addition to the usual bells and whistles, both DVDs will feature animated menus, a first for Cartoon Network titles.

The two-disc Ben 10 first season collectors set will be available in stores on February 6 and will retail for $19.98. The set will feature all 13, first-season episodes as well as as a free collector’s edition poster of Ben and the alien heroes. Extras will include commentaries from the show’s creators, drawing lessons and on-screen interviews with the creators’a team called Men of Action. The well-received show centers on a Ben, a typical boy whose life takes an unusal turn when he discovers the Omnitrix, a mysterious alien weapon/watch with the power to transform the wearer into ten different alien superheroes!

Craig McCracken’s Emmy-nominated Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends will get its home entertainment debut on March 6. Also available on a two-disc set (for the same price of $19.98), the release will feature all 13 episodes of the show’s first season. Special features include commentaries from show creator McCraken, who also gave us the popular and Emmy-winning Cartoon Networok show The Powerpuff Girls. Additional features include interstitials and never-before-seen footage. The wonderful toon follows the adventures of eight-year-old Mac, his imaginary pal Bloo, and his three roomies Wilt, Eduardo and Coco at Madame Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends.

‘We look forward to offering these two great series for the first time on DVD to our viewers,’ said Erik Resnick, director of home video for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. ‘These shows represent some of the best, most innovative kids’ entertainment on television and we know our fans have been looking forward to bringing these series home with them to watch again and again.’

Ben 10 airs five nights a week on Cartoon Network at 5:30 p.m. and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends airs Fridays at 7 p.m.