Move Over, Larryboy, the Good Sports Are Coming19 Nov, 2002 By: Hive News
St. Louis Rams quarterback and two-time NFL MVP Kurt Warner and Back Home Studios today announced a partnership to produce the Kurt Warner's Good Sports Gang series of CGI-animated programs for kids.
The property features eight sports-ball characters that entertain kids with adventures that embrace down-to-earth values.
"These will be really fun and entertaining videos teaching Christian values through story lines focused on athletics," explained Warner. "This concept really appealed to [wife] Brenda and me, because as parents, we understand the need for more positive entertainment resources for our children."
Superheroes the Good Sports spring into action to help kids in the little sportsdom of FairField, all under the guidance of their coach, Kurt Warner.
Stories are themed to promote faith, self-esteem, good sportsmanship and ethical behavior within a sports context, with kid-friendly melodies and the rhythm of bouncing balls as accompaniment.
"Each program begins with a mission," Warner said. "Through video magic, my character notifies the Good Sports that their help is needed in FairField. We develop a game plan together and then I send them on their way. Of course, like any good coach, I keep in constant contact with the team and guide and motivate them in their task. Appearing in a cartoon is definitely a new role for me, but one I'm really excited and proud to talk about."
"Collaborating with Kurt on a project like this is tremendously exciting. After all, he's an exceptional role model for kids on and off the field," said Dr. Elizabeth Schwartz, CEO, Back Home Studios. "Also, Kurt is a genuine example of how strong moral values and commitment to faith and family are the foundation to success in everyday life, not just in sports."
GoodTimes Entertainment will provide distribution. The first of the half-hour episodes will be available in spring 2003 on DVD and VHS. In addition to video, the Good Sports Gang will be extended into licensing and publishing, with a portion of proceeds to benefit the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation.