Monday, March 03, 2008

In Which I Take a DIC Entertainment PR Person to Task For Doing His Job

Hi Mark,

Thanks for the letter letting me know about "Liberty's Kids" being aired on the History Channel. We don't have cable in our house and I don't know if the History Channel is an appropriate venue for "Liberty's Kids." For instance, here's the lineup for March 4th (tomorrow):

07:00 AM Liberty's Kids: Across the Delaware

James knows a secret about a captured spy named John Honeyman, but he can't tell anyone--not even Sarah. Using the element of surprise, General Washington gets two much-needed victories at Trenton and Princeton.


07:30 AM History's Lost & Found: The Lost Squadron/Uncle Tom's Cabin Manuscript/Ty Cobb's Dentures.

In this half-hour version of our historical scavenger hunt we locate: the P-38 fighter planes and B-52 bombers that crash-landed on a glacier in Greenland in 1942; the 14 remaining pages from the original manuscript for Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe's explosive book about slavery; and baseball great Ty Cobb's dentures, which sold for $7,475 at auction in 1999.


08:00 AM Hillbilly: The Real Story:

The two-hour special, hosted by celebrity Billy Ray Cyrus, brings these mythic people to life through stories that span 300 years. Outcast immigrants, war heroes, isolated backwoodsmen, hard working miners, fast moving moon shiners, religious warriors, musicians and statesmen make up the rugged cast of characters.

"Across the Delaware" is a great episode, but followed up by a show featuring how much Ty Cobb's dentures fetched at auction somehow seems not a good fit for children or the history buffs who watch the History Channel at 7 am.

DIC Entertainment has had some good shows, but a lot of your stuff leaves a lot to be desired, like "Dino Squad" as part of CBS' Kewlopolis. Why not do more educational shows like "Liberty's Kids" and less stuff like "Dino Squad" and "Archie's Weird Mysteries" --- Good God, what's "Sushi Pack?" Oh, wait, here's the synopsis:
The Sushi Pack are tougher than tough, mighty munchies of goodness! Four pieces of sushi and a wad of wasabi jolted to life – out on the streets fighting for what is right! In a world where dark forces will always pursue their wicked goals, the crusading, crime-fighting Sushi Pack is here to fight back on our behalf. These bite-sized morsels of might are ready to serve!
But you already probably know that about "Sushi Pack."

Look, I realize you're doing your job, but c'mon, you obviously haven't read the blog enough to know that I'm mad at DIC Entertainment for charging 400 dollars for the complete canon of "Liberty's Kids," making it next to impossible for mom and dad consumer to purchase the collection for their children; or, alternatively, DIC has only made a few episodes available (12, I think) on DVD where you have to buy a DVD with only 3 episodes on it, and the episodes do not fall into any particular order, either.

Thanks, anyway, and keep reading the blog!

Michele of Saturday Morning Cartoons Blog

On Mon, Mar 3, 2008 at 6:46 PM, Bennett, Mark wrote:

Dear Michele,

I was glad to come across your blog that mentioned Libertys Kids, which is being tested right now on The History Channel at 7:00 in the morning.

For the next ten days we need to get the word out to people like you who may favor putting an award winning animated series about the Americas Revolution on the air. This series was done with PBS and has received Emmy nominations (2 for Walter Cronkites rendition of Benjamin Franklin) and features an all star cast. This is a great show but it is hard to get shows like this on TV when so many toy and game supported shows fill up the network time. This is an important opportunity for us to let The History Channel know that they will be rewarded by bringing this type of programming to kids.

Thank you for your time and please let others know that we are on the air for the next ten days at 7 in the morning (except for Sunday).


Mark Bennett


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