As previously reported, the Jim Henson Company's preschool series "Frances" is coming to DVD this March. HIT Entertianment and the Jim Henson Company are planning to release "Bedtime for Frances", a special DVD and book collection, on March 31, 2009.
The unique television series, which debuted on PBS Kids Sprout this past summer, is based on the popular Russell Hoban books about a high-spirited badger named Frances. The musical series uses state-of-the-art digital puppetry and animation from the Henson Digital Puppetry Studio, an pioneering technology that allows performers to puppeteer and voice digital characters in real time.
This upcoming DVD release will include three complete episodes of the television series - "A Whiny Sister for Frances", "A Cupcake for Frances", and "Bedtime for Frances." Along with the DVD, this set will come packaged with a special copy of the original 1960's storybook "Bedtime For Frances" by Russell Hoban. The DVD will also include several unique bonus features, including an interactive Read-Along of "Bedtime For Frances", "Frances' Friends And Family Character Gallery", and a "bonus episode" from HIT Entertainment's "Fifi And The Flower Tots".
While the set won't hit store shelves until March, you can already pre-order the DVD and storybook collection online. HIT Entertainment is planning to release more "Frances" on DVD later this year, with a second DVD planned to hit stores in October. I will be sure to keep you updated as more information on "Frances" become available.