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July 5, 2007
Scooby-Doo and Gang Solve Hollywood Mystery
After a four-year hiatus, the Scooby-Doo Case File series returns to the PC with Scooby-Doo! Case File # 3: Frights! Camera! Mystery!

Wussy canine Scooby-Doo and his timid owner Shaggy are hilarious as they reluctantly confront a headless stuntman who is terrorizing a Hollywood movie set. However, the software game isn't as carefully constructed as the previous two titles in the series.

Kids join Scooby-Doo and Shaggy, along with their faithful friends Fred, Daphne and Velma, as they arrive in Hollywood to star in a movie. The owner of the movie studio is frantic because most of his employees have quit after being terrorized by a headless stuntman. The studio owner solicits the young detectives' help in solving the mystery of the headless stuntman.

Kids direct Scooby and the gang's search through different movie sets and buildings to find people to interview and to hunt for clues. At six locations, kids find games to play. When they win a game, they earn a clue. For example, at one point, the headless stuntman whisks Daphne away and places her in a cage dangling high up on a movie set. To rescue her, kids need to place ramps, loop-to-loops, and other props in six numbered locations on some scaffolding so that Scooby can ride a motorcycle through to reach Daphne. The activity allows kids to test their solution by having Scooby try the course. If they are wrong, Scooby crashes with cartoonish explosiveness, but is unhurt.

Other clue-providing games include one where Scooby tries to gather Scooby Snacks from seats in a theater while the headless stuntman chases him. Kids will also play a maze activity, a puzzle-type activity about putting together a Wild West stage set, a multilevel chase game where you have to run, jump and climb over rigging to avoid being caught, and a matching game where you listen to audio clips of the characters you have met.

To move the game forward, you have to find missing movie reels. These reels are difficult to spot and kids may spend a lot of time just cruising through the movie studio — over and over again. Remind your kids to push the up arrow because some of the reels are only visible when you scroll up, not an obvious choice.

Another annoyance is that even on the easiest of the three levels, some of the games can be quite challenging for the intended audience. The controls in the maze game are so sensitive that you frequently run into a wall and end up stalled. Likewise, in the chase game, the headless stuntman is quite fast and may catch you the first several times you play. Since you have to win the game to earn the clue, kids will need perseverance.

A positive feature of this game is that you can play it several times with a different result. The game has multiple endings and clues, so replayability is high. It does an excellent job of teaching children how to use a chart to determine which clues apply to which suspects. Also, kids can earn printables to play with away from the computer.

Overall, this game isn't as polished as the previous installments, but, if your kids like Scooby-Doo, they will probably enjoy solving this mystery with him.
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/columnist/jinnygudmundsen/2007-07-05-scooby-doo_N.htm

June 22, 2007
Warner Bros. Consumer Products Grants License to Crocs, Inc. and Jibbitz, LLC
Crocs, Inc. (NASDAQ:CROX) today announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with both Crocs, Inc. and Jibbitz, LLC to allow the two companies to license properties by Warner Bros. Consumer Products on behalf of Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera, and Scooby-Doo for use with their footwear and shoe charms. The new Crocs™ footwear designs will feature classic characters including Bugs Bunny, Tweety, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, and many others.

Crocs™ shoes have become a bona-fide phenomenon, widely acknowledged as an all purpose shoe for comfort and fashion. Crocs™ shoes are available all over the world and along with Jibbitz™ shoe charms, allow Crocs, Inc. and Jibbitz, LLC to team with WBCP to bring classic characters to the best-selling footwear.

“Crocs and Jibbitz boast an incredible global following amongst children and adults alike,” said Karen McTier, executive vice president of domestic licensing and worldwide marketing for Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “This type of universal appeal is a natural partnership for our portfolio of properties.”

Ron Snyder, CEO of Crocs, said, “We are extremely pleased to have extended our licensing agreement with Warner Bros. which now provides us access to many of the most famous animated characters of all-time such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, Scooby-Doo, The Jetsons, and Tom and Jerry, to name a few. We believe the universal appeal of Warner Bros. portfolio of cartoon personalities combined with the growing worldwide popularity of Crocs affords our company another compelling growth vehicle for the future.”

Recently Crocs, Inc. and Jibbitz, LLC also were awarded a license to produce merchandise based on DC Comics’ characters BATMAN and SUPERMAN. Jibbitz, LLC products will be available in early summer with other Crocs, Inc. products to follow in 2007.

About Crocs, Inc:

Crocs, Inc. is a rapidly growing designer, manufacturer and retailer of footwear for men, women and children under the Crocs™ brand.

All Crocs™ brand shoes feature Crocs’ proprietary closed-cell resin, Croslite™, which represents a substantial innovation in footwear. The Croslite™ material enables us to produce soft, comfortable, lightweight, superior-gripping, non-marking and odor-resistant shoes. These unique elements make Crocs™ footwear ideal for casual wear, as well as for professional and recreational uses such as boating, hiking, hospitality and gardening. The versatile use of the material has enabled us to successfully market our products to a broad range of consumers.

In 2006, the company acquired Jibbitz LLC, a unique accessory brand with colorful snap-on products specifically suited for Crocs shoes. Today, more than 1,100 Jibbitz™ designs are available to consumers for personalizing and customizing their Crocs™ footwear.

Crocs™ shoes are sold in more than 80 countries and come in a wide array of colors and styles. Please visit www.crocs.com for additional information.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products

Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

About DC Comics

DC Comics, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world and home to such iconic characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Sandman. These DC Super Heroes and others have starred in comic books, movies, television series (both animated and live-action) and cyberspace, thrilling audiences of all ages for generations. DC Comics’ Web site is located at www.dccomics.com.
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May 25, 2007
Schwartz to leave WB Animation
Sander Schwartz is ankling his post as Warner Bros. Animation prexy after six years with the studio.

Schwartz will segue to a production pact with the studio. He'll focus on developing a range of animated projects for broadband and new-media outlets as part of the Warner Bros. TV Group's big push into original programming for the Net. Warners has yet to name a successor for Schwartz, a search is under way and is expected to take a few months.

Warner Bros. Television Group prexy Bruce Rosenblum confirmed Schwartz's exit Thursday. He praised the veteran kidvid exec for leading Warner Bros. Animation "through a transitional, tough period in the TV animation business with great success."

Schwartz oversaw Warner Bros.' animation production for the small screen and direct-to-video titles and worked with Warner Bros. Pictures brass on developing animated features based on vintage Termite Terrace, Hanna-Barbera and DC Comics properties.

TV skeins produced on Schwartz's watch were primarily for the Kids' WB! Saturday morning block, which has endured on broadcast TV stations despite the merger of the WB network and UPN last year into the CW. Warner Bros. Animation's active Kids' WB! slate includes "Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue," "The Batman" and "Legion of Super Heroes."

Insiders said Schwartz is well liked by Warner Bros. brass, but there were concerns that the division had not branched out much in recent years or had much success of late in fielding hits to its Time Warner sib Cartoon Network.

Warner Bros.' commitment to animation production remains solid, insiders said, pointing to the division's planned move next week from a satellite office in Sherman Oaks to a facility specially built for the toon wing on the Warner ranch lot, which formerly housed the WB weblet.

Schwartz said he felt the time was right to "try my hand at a full-time creative post" and the opportunities opened up for animation production through new technologies and platforms.

Before joining Warners, Schwartz spent a dozen years working in animation and kidvid development and production at Columbia TriStar and Sony Pictures. He established the Sony Pictures Family Entertainment unit and served as its president from 1999-2001.
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117965789.html?categoryid=14&cs=1&query=Warner=bros%+TV

May 22, 2007
Chill Out, Scooby-Doo!: The Latest Original Full Length Movie from Warner Home Video
Warner Home Video (WHV) brings the all-new, must-have animated Scooby-Doo original movie Chill Out, Scooby-Doo! into retail outlets September 4, 2007. Consumers won’t want to miss the high-jinks with Scooby-Doo and his pals as they embark on a bone chilling journey to the top of Mount Everest in search of the legendary Abominable Snowmonster. In addition to its availability on DVD, the film has also been scheduled for television broadcast in Fall 2007 on Cartoon Network. Outfitted in dazzling foil O-sleeve packaging, Chill Out, Scooby-Doo! is priced at $19.98 SRP.

Set in the remote and dangerous region of the Himalayas, Chill Out, Scooby-Doo! takes kids and adults on one of Mystery Inc.’s most daring adventures ever. Leave it to Scooby-Doo and Shaggy to get into all sorts of mishaps when they miss their connecting flight and accidentally wind up on a skydiving expedition halfway around the world! What was supposed to be a splendid sight seeing tour of the City of Lights suddenly turns into a terrifying trip to the Himalayas after the gang’s dream Paris vacation is completely derailed, thanks to Scooby-Doo and Shaggy’s slip-up. What can be scarier for Scooby-Doo and Shaggy than free-falling thousands of feet from the sky? Coming face-to-face with the fabled Abominable Snowmonster! When the gang is finally reunited, they can’t seem to shake the beast as it spreads its icy terror and they find themselves hightailing it through ancient monasteries, underground caverns and even outracing an avalanche. Will they crack the mystery behind the chilling creature before it has a chance to put them permanently on ice?

Chill Out, Scooby-Doo! will include the following cool bonus features:

-- Menu Challenge: Scooby-Doo’s Shangri-La Showdown

-- Deleted Scenes

“It’s our goal to continue to deliver entertaining and original movies such as Chill Out, Scooby Doo! to viewers. Parents and kids love to see Scooby-Doo get into all sorts of new adventures and predicaments. This title offers consumers a brand new adventure filled with plenty of comedy, action, high-jinks, eye-catching animation and a very engaging story line with a big mystery to solve at the end,” said Dorinda Marticorena, WHV Vice President of Family, Animation & Sports Marketing. She added, “We think parents will feel great about adding this title to their home entertainment libraries.”

For more information on this and other titles distributed by Warner Home Video, visit www.whvdirect.com.
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April 24, 2007
Scooby-Doo Prequel Slated for 2008 Release
Warner Bros. plans to release the Scooby-Doo Prequel in 2008 as a direct-to-video release. It is currently in development. For more information, about upcoming direct-to-video releases, see the article at The Wall Street Journal Online.
http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB117703718080776503-uJHL3_e9D_SqOFFqRu4zi0zl4GA_20070520.html?mod=tff_main_tff_top
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