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Disney Releases Pooh Movie To Video


The first Winnie the Pooh movie created in 20 years, “Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin,” makes its debut on home video today. Like other Pooh tales, it features A.A. Milne’s characters from the Hundred Acre Wood.

Five new whimsical songs are woven into the delightful Pooh animation. The $24.99, 70-minute feature is the third in a series of animated Walt Disney made-for-video movies.

Disney’s other current release, the comic adventure “Jungle 2 Jungle,” stars Tim Allen and Martin Short. The $22.99 movie has a running time of 105 minutes.

Twentieth Century Fox this week released a new Goosebumps title, “Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask II,” in which Carly Beth has to put her Halloween mask to rest to protect herself from its evil powers ($14.98, 46 mins.). On Friday, the studio adds another title to its smash Power Rangers series, “Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie,” in which the Rangers take on a new force to save Earth ($19.98, 85 mins.).

Warner Vision last week added two titles to its Scholastic’s The Magic School Bus series, “Gets Ants in Its Pants,” in which Keesha gets too close and personal with her subjects for the school science fair; and “Ready, Set, Dough,” in which the class winds up baked in a cake during a field trip to the bakery.

The relationship of the Earth, its wildlife and its people is explored in two new IVN Communication videos, “Wild Animals: Legends of the Land,” providing stories of the elephant, zebra, giraffe, monkey and tiger, and “Wild Animals: Legends of the Blue,” offering stories of whales, dolphins, seals, crocodiles, hippos, salmon and swans, animals that live in snow, ice, rivers, lakes and oceans ($24.99, 60 mins.; 1-800-669-4486).

Also fresh on video and toy store shelves are a pair a Sesame Street favorites, “Elmo Says BOO!,” the first Halloween special created for home video, and “1 2 3 Count With Me,” featuring free-spirited Ernie and his friends (each $12.98, 30 mins.). Just this week, Porchlite Entertainment added “Friendship” and “Generosity” to its “Adventures From The Book of Virtues” list spun off from the popular PBS children’s series ($12.98 each).

Warner Home Video has three new titles for pre-schoolers, “Explore With Us,” “Imagine With Us” and “Share With Us,” in its video debut of the “Big Bag” series. Each $12.95 video comes with an activities booklet encouraging creative and enjoyable solutions to social issues children face.

“Baby’s 1st Video” from MVP Home Entertainment Inc., ($9.95, 30 mins., 1-800-637-3555) offers high-contrast black-and-white geometric patterns to help a baby forge the right connections in its developing mind.