Audio and home video entertainment company Shout! Factory has signed an exclusive licensing agreement to bring a number of animated shows from the DIC Ent. catalog to DVD as collector’s sets. The first offering, Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats, will be released on Sept. 20 as a four-disc set containing the first 24 episodes of the classic series. Releases to follow include The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. Super Show, Inspector Gadget and Sabrina the Animated Series.
Featuring legendary Warner Bros. Animation icon Mel Blanc as the voice of the original fat, orange tabby, Heathcliff follows the practical joker as he struts through the town of Westfinster in search of new ways to torment neighborhood bulldog Spike, woo his beloved Sonja and annoy his human Grandpa. Each Heathcliff episode is followed by a Cats and Co. cartoon, starring a comical junkyard gang of feline hustlers known as the Catillac Cats.
Bonus features on the Heathcliff & The Catillac Cats set will include original promos, a click-thru gallery of panels from the syndicated newspaper cartoon from its 1973 inception to present day and an interview with current Heathcliff comic panel illustrator Peter Gallagher. The set will carry a suggested retail price of $34.98.
In addition to animation, Shout! Factorys home Video projects include television programming spanning 75 years, live music concerts, sports collections and special interest documentaries. The companys products are are distributed by Sony BMG Music Entertainment Inc. For more information on Shout! Factory, go to www.shoutfactory.com.