Liveblogging the Warner Home Video chat

Okay, I was able to ask my question: “Hi! I wanted to ask about The Pirates of Dark Water. Does Warner Bros. have any plans to release it to DVD, or otherwise revisit it, in the foreseeable future? Thousands of fans have been hoping for a DVD release for years, and it seems like it would receive a great reception when the new Pirates of Caribbean movie comes out next year. Thanks!”

…and got an almost immediate response: Warner Home Video has no plans to release Pirates of Dark Water on DVD at this time.

Sigh. The whole format of this chat session has been very fast, and their answers have (for the most part) been very vague, unless they actually had forthcoming plans for releases or something else. I was a little surprised at how quickly they shot it down–does that mean they were anticipating it?

But at least I asked it, and several highly-ranking VPs saw the name of the show pop up before their eyes. That has to count for something. (Many thanks to Nathan for the addition of the Pirates of the Caribbean reference. I ran out of space before I could use the phrase “capitalize on its release,” though, but the idea is there.)

(Oh, and they butchered my name and referred to me as SmithAP, even though I had myself there as “SmithaP,” since, you know, that’s my name and all. That was a little irksome, haha.)

Read on for a list of all the titles that have been addressed, though!

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A couple of us are in the chat right now. (E-mail me and let me know if you’re there! My chat handle is SmithaP.)

To refresh your memories, this chat involves several executives with the Marketing Department at Warner Home Video: Amit Desai (VP – Family, Animation, and Partner Brands Marketing), Rosemary Markson (VP – TV and Special Interest Marketing), and Melissa Hufjay McAlevey (VP – Marketing), and potentially some members of their teams. The chat tonight is solely about TV and animation. I’m bolding answers related to animation.

The inquiries so far have been about:

  • Knots Landing
  • The New Adventures of Old Christine
  • SwatKATS: The Radical Squadron – WB’s response: “Re: SWAT Kats – we continue to evaluate the Hanna Barbera classic animation library and will certainly keep your enthusiasm in mind.”
  • 80s cartoons, such as PacMan, Shirt Tales, and FangFace – WB’s response: “Saturday Morning Cartoons 1980’s 2 disc collection will street on May 4, 2010. Featured Series Include Monchhichis, Kwicky Koala Show, Thundarr the Barbarian, Mister T and Many Others!”
  • DVDs of 1990s WB cartoons like “Histeria!”, “Detention”, “Road Rovers”, and “Taz-Mania”, as well as future releases of “Tiny Toons” and “Animaniacs” – WB’s response: “No plans at this time.”
  • CHiPS
  • Justice League and Batman Animated Blu-ray releases – WB’s response: “We are evaluating the entire dc comics animated library for blu-ray. We’re glad you love Justice League and Batman Animated! We’re also looking at further Tom & Jerry collections. Look for Tom & Jerry Deluxe Anniversary Collection on June 22nd. We think you’re going to love it!”
  • Watership Down on Blu-ray and Wait Till Your Father Gets Home on DVD – WB didn’t respond to the WD request.
  • B&W TV shows of the 1950s and 1960s
  • DVD release of Cartoon Network’s “The Big Game” (Looney Tunes Superbowl parody) – WB’s response: “no plans on The Big Game at this time.”
  • Silverhawks volume 2 – WB’s response: “No plans at this time.”
  • Wondering if there are technical reasons that no pre-00s TV series have been released on Blu-ray
  • 2000s animated titles (i.e. The Batman, Krypto the Superdog, Loonatics Unleashed, Legion of Super Heroes, Scooby Doo DTVs, Teen Titans, Tom and Jerry DTVs, Tom and Jerrry Tales) in widescreen on DVD in the future – they were produced for widescreen and shown as such in Australia, but only in pan-and-scan in the US – WB’s response: “We will consider this if and when we release them on Blu Ray.”
  • the full Tom and Jerry Grape Ape show on DVD – WB’s response: “No plans at this time.”
  • the complete Roots
  • 2 Stupid Dogs – WB’s response: “no plans at this time.”
  • Johnny Bravo – complete series, as well as seasons 2, 3, 4, and 5 / DVD releases of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Batman and Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero special editions – WB’s response: “Johnny Bravo: Season 1 will be out on June 15th. Please buy it so we can continue to bring more Johnny Bravo seasons! We continue to evaluate our DC Comics Animated Direct to Videos for Special Edition treatment.”
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway?
  • **PIRATES OF DARK WATER** – see above.
  • V: The Final Battle
  • Mighty Orbots – WB’s response: “no plans at this time.”
  • The Adventures of Superboy – WB’s response: “Unfortunately, sales did not meet expectations so there are no future seasons planned. However, look for the animated Adventures of Superboy…coming in the future…done.”
  • Growing Pains, season 2, and Perfect Strangers, season 3
  • future plans for the Thundercats series – WB’s response: “The original series is out on DVD and we continue to explore new product configurations.”
  • Night Court, and why are all Warner Premiere animated DC movies only 75 minutes long? – WB’s response: “Re: DCU movies…our research has shown that this is a good length but we’ve added our DC Showcase animated shorts (like The Spectre on Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths) that will provide you with more awesome DC action!”
  • Popeye, CN shows (Two Stupid Dogs, Dexter’s Lab, Johnny Bravo) released in the CN hall of fame DVD series, pre-1953 Looney Tunes in the new Super Stars DVDs – WB’s response: “Regarding Popeye, you never know…we hear that there is a movie in development at Sony. Regarding Cartoon Network, we’ll be releasing Courage the Cowardly Dog on July 20th! Please go out and buy so we can continue to bring you more Cartoon Network Hall of Fame classics! Regarding Looney Tunes, the 8/10 releases of Looney Tunes Superstars Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck will have some remastered pre-1953 shorts.”
  • the rest of Shaggy and Scooby Doo: Get A Clue on DVD, Scooby Doo on Blu-ray – WB’s response: “Shaggy and Scooby: Get A Clue Volume One is on dvd. There are no plans to release future volumes. We are evaluating bringing Scooby-Doo to Blu Ray.”
  • request for elaboration about ThunderCats’ ‘product configurations’ and possible licensing deals (from the ThunderCatsLair.org team) – WB’s response: “We’ve told you as much as we are able at this point but we appreciate your interest.”
  • Jack and Bobby, Dr. Who
  • another shout-out for Superboy and Silverhawks, and TimeTrax
  • Babylon 5 TV movies
  • Mama’s Family, Drew Carey, Murphy Brown
  • Moral Orel, working with Viz to bring anime to more locations – WB’s response: “No plans to release Moral Orel at this time. Our deal with Viz will absolutely bring anime to more retail locations.”
  • Yogi Bear and Huckleberry Hound – WB’s response: “Yes, we are exploring new Yogi Bear DVDs timed to the upcoming theatrical release. Stay tuned for more details!”
  • Duck Dodgers TV series on DVD/Blu-ray, DCAU TV series (Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Teen Titans, etc.) on Blu-ray – “No plans at this time to release Duck Dodgers on DVD. We are evaluating all DCAU series for Blu Ray.”
  • Treasure Island 1990 TV version
  • One Tree Hill, Time Trax
  • Wonder Woman (Lynda Carter) in Blu-ray
  • why is WHV releasing less popular titles than Dexter on DVD first? – WB’s response: “We believe that Johnny Bravo, Courage the Cowardly Dog and Dexter’s Lab are equally popular. Again, our hope is Cartoon Network’s Hall of Fame will be a long continuing series.”
  • a slew of requests for Yogi Bear movie titles and Huckleberry Hound – WB’s response: “We do plan to release Yogi Bear content but can’t comment on specifics at this time.”
  • shorter-lived series from years past, as well as Tiny Toon Adventures vol. 3 – WB didn’t respond to the Tiny Toons request
  • Third Watch, Brimstone
  • Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown and issues with the Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Blu-ray discs – WB’s response: “We’re evaluating the Peanuts library for blu ray.”
  • Pac-Man on DVD – WB’s response: “no plans at this time.”
  • Dallas TV movies, Knots Landing
  • Flintstones: I Yabba Dabba Do and Hollyrock a Bye Baby on DVD – WB’s response: “no plans at this time.”
  • Flapjack/Chowder season sets or new volumes – WB’s response: “no plans at this time.”
  • 1968 Filmation Superman and Batman series – WB’s response: “a new Superfriends release will be coming out this year. If there’s more classic DC Animated content…we’ll put it out!”
  • Freddy’s Nightmares, Eight Is Enough, China Beach, Sisters, Alice, Spenser: For Hire, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, Shazam!, Logan’s Run, Captain Caveman, Men In Trees (from a TVShowsOnDVD.com editor)
  • Ed, Edd, and Eddy / Johnny Bravo / Samurai Jack movie and seasons – WB’s response: “We already answered your Johnny Bravo question tonight. We also received your email 20 minutes ago regarding Ed, Edd n Eddy. There aren’t plans for E, E & E at this time. Samurai Jack Seasons 1-4 did well on DVD and we’ll look into the feature length movie.”
  • ALICE, FLO, Friends on Blu-ray

Other bits of news about animation releases:

  • Ralph Bakshi’s Lord of the Rings remastered animated deluxe edition comes out on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow (April 6)
  • Peanuts 1970s Vol. II Collection – will be released on June 10
  • Looney Tunes Superstars: Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck 2-disc collections (with newly remastered, new-to-DVD shorts) – will be released on August 10
  • 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo – will be released June 29

(it’s 10:10pm…I’m starting to feel like this is getting repetitive and really need to get back to work. Sorry, guys. Hopefully this was valuable to some of you, and hopefully TVShowsOnDVD.com will post their own transcript for your own perusal.)

4 Responses to “Liveblogging the Warner Home Video chat

  • Man, I’m so disappointed. I remembered the event Sunday, then I forgot. I wanted to ask about Megas XLR on DVD. I thought that was a very popular show that died too soon – Just like PODW.

    Thanks for asking about PODW. But looking at their responses, they all pretty much said the same thing – “no plans to release TITLE”. It said that at least 10 times. Seems like they’re playing it safe with the economy. And that’s the worse thing they can do right now.

    The DC titles and 2 other franchises get the green light. But the action shows are so-so. I wonder what it’s going to take for them to make a serious commitment to action shows of the 80s, 90s and today.

    At the very least, I’m happy to see that they “continue to evaluate the Hanna Barbera classic animation”. Emphasis on classic. Thanks for the update. If they need help packaging HB classics, PLEASE let me know.

  • How many I time look this serial and heart with happiness begins knocks faster. Time you will not return also a serial not to finish, but I will try to make ???.? I will try to make comix book if not who cannot complete a cartoon film that it I will make.

  • Cass – yeah, pretty much, unfortunately. Even in the part I didn’t transcribe, I don’t think Megas XLR came up.

    Actually, a number of other 80s and 90s shows have been released on DVD. I wish there were some kind of breakdown of animation DVD titles, though, by decade and genre, to be able to sort it out.

    Ed–thank you for the comment. 🙂 If you do make a comic book to describe how you think the story should end, please send it to me–I would love to see it!

  • Thanks. I will try to make the book of comics. Understand will end ?????? should so for some reasons 1) it is necessary to find ?????????? treasures of rule, 2) to show a scene where at Ren a full sword (well it could be seen in game from Sega), 3) on to tear up a bum to the Keeper of darkness (The Dark Dweller) and Bloth, but understand ?????? there should be grasping I while since 2009 in December till our days do sketches 1 ? and 2 ? releases (if want that can look when will be time will throw) 4) is necessary to finish history of alchemist Morpho, 5) as company Sega has finished this Saga a game kind, not a sin to take such episodes of levels Citadel (I think that is possible to show as pirate Ioz tried to leave a trap with live corpses while Ren and Tula, Niddler are engaged in searches of a crystal and to make the character which was with a damnation Dark water to take for example Death at it will be the request 3 hero while Ioz suffered with corpses. To bring alchemist Morpho to use it for this purpose to forward a damnation, on it.) Bobo Mountain (in this part it is possible to show as protagonists with natives of island as they have got out of traps have sufficed and under went to statues at which 10 treasure), Sunken Bridge (in this episode it is possible to make so the sword of the father of the prince was shone and felt force of a splinter of a blade, the young prince has addressed to the character to the storyteller which has told as to find a blade, Ren has found it, but in Andorus has begun new fight with titans of elements. The storyteller has warned Teron that the prince has found a sword and already in a way), Andorus (about that that the main characters tried to stop a part by means of a sword titans of elements) well good imagination, months thought out, pancake Hanna-Barbera and Turner Entertainment, Marvel Comics could not finish a serial even Cartoon Network and that not in conditions ????????? to me if not who. I come from Russia and have seen 1 season mounted in a feature film at the age of 5 years and reconsidered its hours then during 2 season strangely enough but I could not find a series Panacea and a current in the Internet have found, further after 13 episodes did not translate a serial, all actual 2 seasons knew that a current and the keeper of darkness (The Dark Dweller) is destroyed, in 2008 I have learnt that there is 3 season looked on subtitles and after these news that in the absence of financing a serial and I have not been finished was in a shock… Well we will look can is not worse it will turn out. =)

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