For Our Younger Readers

World Premiere of Rabbit Ears’ Newest Title TOM THUMB Set for March 20, 2011 at International Family Film Festival

Narrated by John Cleese with Music by Elvis Costello

A new version of the classic children’s story, “Tom Thumb,” told by John Cleese with original music by Elvis Costello, will have its world premiere Sunday, March 20, 2011 during the International Family Film Festival at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.  This is the first new Rabbit Ears title released in more than a decade.

“Tom Thumb” is the story of Tiny Tom, no larger than his father's thumb, who embarks on a series of fantastical adventures that lead him to King Arthur's court. After saving King Arthur from the clutches of an evil sorcerer he becomes a member of the Knights of the Round Table, and the darling of Queen Guinevere. The tale is narrated hilariously by John Cleese, with music composed and produced by Elvis Costello and illustrations by Tim Gabor. This rollicking story, written by Brad Kessler and directed by Chris Campbell, is produced in hi-def with a digitally recorded soundtrack. Following the premiere it will be available as a DVD or digital download through Rabbit Ears Entertainment’s ecommerce site Targeted for ages 5 and up, the story uses gentle dissolve animation and humor, the signature style of the award-winning Rabbit Ears series of timeless children's tales.

“Tom Thumb” is the latest in the Rabbit Ears catalog of “great stories, well told.” The highly-acclaimed library of books, DVDs and CDs began in the 1980s with “The Velveteen Rabbit,” narrated by Meryl Streep with music by George Winston which aired on PBS. Two seasons of Rabbit Ears Radio aired on public radio. Random House Listening Library re-released the entire library on CD in 2006, and Rabbit Ears launched its own ecommerce site in 2007.

The 25-minute film is directed by Chris Campbell. Executive Producers are Mark Sottnick and Chris Campbell. It was edited by David Russell at Palace Digital Studios, South Norwalk, Conn. The audio mix is by Chris Nelson.

“We are delighted to have “Tom Thumb” debut at the International Family Film Festival,” says Campbell. “Rabbit Ears is committed to restoring the lost art of storytelling through our videos, books, and audio recordings, and we think our goal of providing quality family entertainment that respects the intelligence of young and old fits perfectly with the mission of the festival to promote evergreen fare.”

Rabbit Ears was launched by its founders, Mark Sottnick and Doris Wilhousky, with the belief that quality entertainment can inspire children with an appreciation for literature, art and music. The classic children’s stories are brought to life by the world’s most respected narrators, musicians, and illustrators. Narrated by Hollywood’s top celebrities, scored by renowned musicians, and illustrated by well-known artists, the more than 65 programs have earned a reputation for achieving the highest degree of artistic quality. The resulting books, videos, and audio products have garnered many prestigious awards from design, educational, and entertainment organizations, including 2 Grammy Awards, 18 Grammy Award nominations, 21 Parents' Choice Awards, 7 Action for Children's Television awards, a National Education Association Award, and the Humanitas Prize.