Videos Help Kids Celebrate Pet Month7 Mar, 2004 By: Meryl Schoenbaum
Kids love animals, and May is National Pet Month. That makes it the perfect time to showcase kidvid titles that focus on pets and animals.
The number of pet-owning households in the United States has increased by more than 10 million since 1992, according to the 2003/2004 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association.
The survey noted that 64.2 million U.S. households reported owning a pet in 2002, compared with 54 million households a decade ago. That's a lot of households that could benefit from and enjoy the latest animal-related kidvid titles being offered by suppliers.
Retailers have a barnyard-full of animal-friendly videos they can merchandise for National Pet Month.
Ladybug Productions provides easy lessons that teach young children how to take care of their pets in All By Myself: Taking Care of My Pet, available now ($14.95 VHS only).
TimeLine Entertainment lets kids see their favorite animals spend a typical day eating, playing and exploring with its “Ideal Pet” DVD line. Each DVD, housed in a distinctive round metal tin, features a different animal. Stores can order a counter display for merchandising the round tins, which are priced at $12.95 each. The series is also available in a three-DVD gift pack at $24.95. To order, call 877/KIDVIDS or visit www.IdealPet.tv.
BFS Entertainment has just the ticket for kids who want to see what it's like to live on a farm. Benjamin's Farm streets March 23 ($9.98 DVD only), The story involves 5-year-old Benjamin, who helps his Dad doing farm chores. BFS also has the multiprogram title A Trip to the Farm, Zoo, Seaside ($19.98 DVD).
Razor & Tie March 23 unleashes USA Network's The 128th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show ($19.98 DVD only). It's the first time the show has been made available as a nationally distributed, mainstream retail release.
Hit Entertainment releases Kipper: Water Play March 23 ($9.99 DVD, $6.99 VHS). The story follows Kipper the dog in five animated adventures with his animal friends.
MGM Home Entertainment has the theatrically released canine comedy Good Boy!, featuring voice talent from Matthew Broderick and Brittany Murphy ($26.98 special edition DVD, $22.98 special edition VHS). MGM is also releasing Lightning the White Stallion April 6 (prebook March 9, $14.95 DVD).