Stars Read Children’s Books at ‘Bedtime Stories’ Event7 Apr, 2009 By: Chris Tribbey
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Stan Lee, the king of comics, didn’t mind trying his hand at telling a different kind of action story.
And if his audience was any indication, he absolutely nailed Go, Dog, Go!
“That was fun,” the 86-year-old creator of X-Men and Spider-Man said, after reading the children’s book to a crowd of kids April 6. “I’m a ham, so I love this stuff. It’s hard to believe I never read that one before, right?”
The American icon was one of more than a dozen celebrities to take time out of their day to promote a children’s book charity, and to promote Walt Disney Studio Home Entertainment’s Blu-ray-Disc and DVD releases of Bedtime Stories. The film was released April 5 in a three-disc DVD, Blu-ray and digital copy disc pack at $39.99; a single-disc DVD ($29.99) and two-disc DVD/digital copy pack ($32.99) release April 7.
“Stan Lee reading Go, Dog, Go!, it’s classic,” said Sammy Bliss, a 37-year-old resident of Los Angeles, as he watched Lee read from a couch on Hollywood Boulevard in 80-degree weather. “I read this book all the time when I was a kid.”
Wrapping up National Reading Month, Disney promised a donation of 100 books, to the children’s charity First Book, for every tale celebrities read during the event. While readers managed 15 books during the two hours the Hollywood & Highland Center allotted them, Disney figured 1,500 wasn’t enough.
The studio donated 5,000.
“We are thrilled to launch the Bedtime Stories Blu-ray and DVD with a great group like 'First Book,’” said Gabrielle Chamberlin, SVP of North America brand marketing and product management for Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. “Today was a great success with an excellent turnout of celebrities to support us. It was a fun way to celebrate the Blu-ray/DVD release with a great cause.”
“I’m a big fan of Bedtime Stories,” said Ben Lyons, host of “At The Movies,” before reading the story Goodnight Moon. “I think I should be OK in front of the kids. They ask a lot of questions, so that makes me a little nervous.”
The dozens of children attending were able to hear some of the best-loved children’s stories ever made … often read by someone their own age.
“Dr. Seuss is awesome,” said child actor Jonathan Morgan Heit, who plays opposite Adam Sandler in Bedtime Stories and read Oh, the Places You’ll Go! to the crowd.
Debbie Matenopoulos, co-host of E!’s “The Daily 10” (who read Where The Wild Things Are), and 14-year-old twin Legally Blondes actresses Milly and Becky Rosso (who read two Dr. Seuss books) and their on-screen nemesis, actress Brittany Curran (who read The Lorax), all pulled off their readings without too much stress.
“I’m totally ready,” Curran said beforehand. “[Although] it used to make me cry when I was little.”
Sadly, “At The Movies” host Lyons left the bed with a lot of closed eyes in the crowd,
“That was definitely not like live TV,” he said. “I think I lost a few in the audience.
“It’s Goodnight Moon. The idea is to put them to sleep!”
Bedtime Stories is available for a limited time in a three-disc combo pack — Blu-ray, DVD and DisneyFile Digital Copy — and as two- and single-disc DVD offerings.