Gumby, The Wonder Pets and Oban Star Racers are three of the animated stars making a splash on DVD today.
Art Clokey’s popular 1950s claymated hero appears in the new DVD release of the 1995 feature Gumby: The Movie. Directed and written by Clokey, this offbeat throwback finds our cucumber-colored star jamming in a rock band. The plot takes off when two ‘Blockheads’ kidnap Gumby’s pooch, Lowbelly (because he weeps pearl drops!) and replace him with a robotic dog. Fans of the original series will be happy to know that Gumby’s horse Pokey, dinosaur Pickle and yarn-headed Goo all show up for this old-fashioned outing’and yes, there are even nods to Star Wars movies and Arthurian legends in this 77-minute Genius release (priced at $16.93).
Josh Selig’s hugely popular preschool singing sensations The Wonder Pets also hit the DVD trail today with a new release that includes their special Save the Beetles! (which premiered on Nickelodeon last night). In this special, Linny the Guinea Pig, Ming-Ming Duckling and Turtle Tuck travel to Liverpool, England to rescue their favorite rock band. The team manages to free the band in the nick of time and get to attend their underwater concert in the Octopus’ garden as guests of honor.
Featuring the voices of Lenie Colacino and Tom Teeley from Broadway’s Beatlemania as members of a popular bug band, the mini-operetta is composed by Larry Hochman, who did orchestration for Monty Python’s Spamalot, and serves as lead composer on the series. The episode episode also features a second new Wonder Pets! adventure titled Three Wonder Pets and a Baby! In this story, a piglet comes to live in the classroom and the Wonder Pets realize they must work together to care for the rather large baby. The Nickelodeon release has an official price tag of $16.99.
Shout Factory is also releasing Oban: Star-Racers: Vol. 1 The Alwas Cycle. This six-hour offering includes the first 13 episodes of the 26-part Jetix Europe/Sav the World Productions series, which first aired in 2006. The show is set in the not-too-distant future in which Erath has recovered from a war and a narrow victory over the invading Crogs. Race manager Don Weis faces a lot of pressure to get his team ready for a futuristic grand prix, unaware of the fact that his new mechanic ‘Molly’ is really his 15-year-old daughter Eva who was sent off to boarding school years ago. You can pick up the two-disc set for $19.99.