Wednesday, August 13, 2008

"Tortoise vs. Hare" DVD Details

As previously announced, "Unstable Fables: Tortoise Vs. Hare", the second film in the Jim Henson Company's "Unstable Fables" series, will be released on DVD on September 9, 2008. The film puts a modern twist on the classic Tortoise and the Hare story with help from a voice cast that includes Jay Leno, Danny Glover, Vivica A. Fox, Keke Palmer and Drake Bell.

The movie fast-forwards 15 years beyond the original fabled race to reveal that the rivalry between the tortoise and the hare. Ready for a rematch, Murray Hare (Jay Leno) and his unwilling son Butch (Drake Bell) challenge Walter Tortoise (Danny Glover) and his daughter Crystal (Keke Palmer) to face off in the Mount Impossible Nature Adventure Race. However this time they learn a whole new lesson - that some things are more important than competition.

The hilarious and heartwarming film shows that some things are more important than competition. Aside from the 80-minute widescreen feature-length film, the DVD also comes loaded with exclusive bonus material including a special tutorial on how to draw the characters from the movie, as well as an exclusive behind-the-scenes looks at the voice recording sessions and a Sneak Peek at the next "Unstable Fable". Carrying a suggested retail price under $19.97, the film is already available to pre-order.

The third installment in the "Unstable Fable" series, "The Goldilocks and the Three Bears Show", is planned for release in spring 2009. The film will feature an all-star vocal cast - including Tom Arnold, Brooke Shields, and Jamie Lynn Spears. I will be sure to keep you posted as more information on releases in this exciting series becomes available.

"Tortoise vs. Hare" DVD Bonus Features:
- How to Draw a Character with Director Howard E. Baker
- The Voices of "Tortoise vs. Hare"
- A Sneak Peek at the Next Unstable Fable


frogboy4 said...

I hope this is better written than 3 Pigs and a Baby. The animation was handsome and there were a few fleeting moments of fun, but most of it wouldn't have entertained me above the age of 10. When so much time is spent painstakingly creating the characters, modeling them, blocking the shots and creating the world - you'd think there would be some attention paid to the story and dialogue. I might give this a chance and buy it to support Henson, but if it’s a dud it will be the last unstable Henson vid in my collection.

Anonymous said...

I haven't seen this movie.

This just doesn't seem like Henson product.
I doubt Jim would have released this
pixel, puppet free, product regardless of his supposed interest in cgi animation.

Yoda in Episode V worked because he was a small little thing.
He does not work however in the prequels because he is of a CGI nature. Flat. No performance.
Also the fact that you have voice actors out of a job because Danny Glover (who was probably directed not to create a voice and just use his regular day voice) voicing this
installment of a long line of animal/human famous actor voiced drivel.
These celebrity voiced animal dvd movies have no soul.
Imagine Mel Blanc or the OZ doing these voices!
I hope this trend ends and HENSON co. plays to their strengths. Not to hollywood ca$hcow hits like Kung Fu Panda.
Sounds like a quick buck scheme.
Do this movie with puppets and voice actors and I'll buy 2 copies.
-Ink Stud