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February 16, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Andrew Moerschel

Social Media / Production - Bob Page

Special Guest - Jerry Grymek - Doggie Concierge Hotel Penn hour 1

 

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The 16th Annual 
                                New York Pet Fashion Show
 
                                                   Presented by 
                                   Frenchie's Kitchen
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               "Masquerade Ball for Animal Rescue" 
 
 Special Presentation featuring aRoyal Pup-tial Wedding! 

   Princess Meghan Barkle & Harry Prince of Tails
With Rescues the Queen Mum, a Soldier, 2 Bridesmaids, a Flower Girl 
Royal Carriage, and a Royal Motorized Mini Mercedes on Stage !

The Coolest Fashion Event During Fashion Week!
The Largest Pet Fashion & Animal Rescue Benefit in the World!
Thurs Feb 7th!

 Hotel Pennsylvania Penntop Ballroom, we invite all
 Media to cover


                   Sneak Peak....Move over Fashion Week!
          30 International Designers - Human & Pet Fashions
 
           This is a Red Carpet Event to help save Animals Lives!
           Amazing human & pet fashions by top designers on the runway

Rescues, Celebrities, Models, & Designers Strut Their Stuff on the Runway!
                     

 

 
           Four Amazing Runway Shows & Special Presentation!
        ~Hollywood Dreams: From Hollywood to Bollywood 
        ~Angels & Demons Couture: 
Who's been Naughty & Who's been Nice! 
        ~International Masquerade Couture: What Mask will you Wear!
        ~Best In Show Contest: 
You could be Crowned King or Queen 
        ~Royal Pup-tial Wedding: 
Princess Meghan Barkle & Harry Prince of Tails


    To benefit the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals www.AnimalAlliancenyc.org  
   

                        Kick off "Fashion Week & Westminster Weekend"  
                         ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

         Four Amazing Runway Shows & The Gold Paw Award Ceremonies 
    The 2017/18 Show's had a combined media reach of over 50+ million
                          http://nypetfashionshow.com/2017-pressmedia
  
                                    www.NYPetFashionShow.com

 Welcome to the largest Pet Fashion and Animal Rescue benefit in the World!


Please welcome our MC and Celebrity Pet Expert Harrison Forbes...

                 Meet 1010 WINS Anchor & AllForAnimalsTV.com Host Susan Richard who will serve as a Best in Show judge
                                       
 
    February 7th  2019,6-11 PM at the Historic Hotel Pennsylvania in NYC.
                                     
                      
The 2019 NYPFS  is a celebration and dedication to the Couture Style from around the World, to Rescue our Animals in need and Honor our Planet. Bring out your inner Style to help raise awareness! Enjoy music from around the World, Pop, Country Western, Dance, Alternative,  and more!
                              
             Celebrities and Models on Runway and Gold Paw Awards Ceremony
                              Four amazingly cool, chic, and hip runway shows 
                       
                  2019 NY Pet Fashion Show Gold Paw Awards
                            
   Esther Mechler - Public Awareness Campaign "Fix by Five"
  
 
   Pupscouts - Volunteer Group 

                         This Event will be recorded & Covered for all Media
                         TV, Print Press, Syndication, Social Media and Radio

~Red Carpet 6:00-7:00
~Opening Show Introduction, Awards Ceremony Part 1- (7:00-7:15)
~Hollywood Dreams: 7:15-7:45
~Royal Pup-tial Wedding:Meghan Barkle & Harry Prince of Tails (7:45-8:00)
~Angels & Demons Couture 8:00-8:30
~International Masquerade Couture 8:30-9:00
~Best in Show Costume Contest - 9:00 Winner Announced at 9:45

                     Email or call to be placed on our VIP Media Guest List
                          Gregg Oehler   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

- Best in Show Costume Contest- includes entry to show- Ticket $95, 
- Pre-Show Single Ticket $50,  
- At Door Single Ticket $60,
- Reserved table of (4) $300 -Adjacent to Runway!
- Single Seat Reserved on (10) Top $75 Per Person, 
- Reserved table 10 top $750,
 
                                   Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor
                                                                 

                            Thank you to our Best in Show Sponsors

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The Dog Writers Association of America Hosts Annual Awards Banquet in Manhattan

Nominees compete for Maxwell Medallions and $15,950 in prizes

(New York, N.Y. – February 5, 2019) – This weekend the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) will host the DWAA Awards Banquet, which recognizes outstanding work about dogs and celebrates the dog writing community.

Winners of each Regular Category will receive a Maxwell Medallion, which honors Maxwell Riddle; the former DWAA president and AKC judge wrote about the sport of dogs for over five decades. Winners of Special Awards receive cash grants – the organization will give away a whopping $15,950 in prize money.

“We are so grateful to our sponsors – individuals, companies and nonprofits – for their generous support,” said Jen Reeder, DWAA President. “Sponsoring a Special Award in the DWAA Writing Competition is such a cool way to support the dog writing community and makes the evening particularly fun.”

DWAA will announce the winners of both regular categories and special awards at the awards banquet on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 at the Hotel New Yorker in Manhattan. The event will feature keynote addresses from NBC correspondent and host of Animal Planet’s “Dog Bowl” Jill Rappaport and radio host/journalist/author Steve Dale of Steve Dale’s Pet World. DWAA will also induct Deborah Wood, renowned newspaper columnist, author and rescue advocate, into its Hall of Fame.

Mara Bovsun, features editor at AKC Family Dog, will receive the DWAA Distinguished Service Award. In 2018, Bovsun launched DWAA’s Young Writers on the Web program, which offers writing mentorship to children and teens under the age of 18. It led to a huge influx of contest entries.

“This year we had so many writers under the age of 18 apply for the DWAA Junior Writer Award that we had to divide it into four age categories,” Reeder noted. “Thanks to a matching grant by an anonymous donor, the four winners will each receive $400!”

DWAA Junior Writer Award

Sponsored by Karen Petit, an author of children’s books, for writers under 18 years of age. This award is to recognize and encourage young writers who exhibit talent, resourcefulness, dedication and integrity in their writing about dogs and dog-related topics. Award: $400 cash grant, DWAA Maxwell Medallion and lapel pin.

Atlas by Nikolas Anthony Klimenko, 9 (Category: 7-9)

 

A Passion for Helping Pooches by Jayson Kimberly, 12 (Category: 10-12)

Full Circle by Daly Dodsworth, 13 (Category: 13-14)

What I've Learned from Smudge, Lola, and Dewey by Kendle Rae Frank, 16 (Category: 15-17)

The finalists for Special Awards are:

AKC Club Publication Excellence Award

Sponsored by the American Kennel Club, this award is for the best article in a national, regional or local AKC club publication in magazine or newsletter format. The award consists of a plaque and a $500 cash grant.

Five Ways to Make Your Entle’s Walk Extra Special on “Walking the Dog Day” February 22nd by Linda Liebrand

 

Safety, Comfort are the New Black by Laurren Darr

Sheep du Soleil by Elizabeth M. Jarrell

AKC Reunite Microchip Awareness Award

Sponsored by AKC Reunite for the best article on how microchips can be used in pet recovery. Articles can include recovery stories of how dogs were identified or returned to owners, permanent identification in cases of theft, uses of microchips to confirm identity of dogs in competition, etc. The award is a $1,000 cash grant. For information about actual recovery stories, writers can contact AKC Reunite at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A Tale of Two Lost Dogs by Caroline Coile

 

Everyone Should Have Their Pets Microchipped by Susan Ewing

AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Public Service Award

Sponsored by the American Kennel Club, this award goes to the writer of a print or online feature article that best educates pet owners about responsible dog ownership. The award consists of a plaque and a $500 cash grant. To enter, submit one article, which must also be entered in this year’s contest in one of the regular categories.

In Case of Accident... by Caroline Coile

 

Is Heartworm Prevention a Scam? by Caroline Coile

 

Protecting Your On-Leash Dog and What to Do Should the Worst Happen by Denise Alexandra Fleck

The AKC Family Dog Award

Sponsored by the American Kennel Club, this award is for the best writing (including books, articles and blog posts) about any or all of the good manners programs under the AKC Family Dog umbrella, including AKC Therapy Dog, AKC Trick Dog, AKC Canine Good Citizen, AKC Community Canine, Urban CGC and AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy. While participating in these activities that are fun for both dogs and people, dogs become well-socialized and develop a lifelong bond with their owners. This award consists of a $500 cash grant.

AKC Trick Dog Perform Title: Starring William the Circus Ringmaster and his Uncaged Bear Act by Elizabeth M Jarrell

 

No Dog Left Behind? by Caroline Coile

The Canine Scribbles Award

 

Sponsored by Canine Scribbles, LLC, this is awarded for the best article that promotes the reasons to own a purebred canine. The fiction or nonfiction article of 1000 to 1500 words must be published in a print or online publication. The focus of the article should exemplify the virtues of owning a specific purebred dog. A high-resolution .jpeg (at least 300 dpi) should accompany the article that depicts the canine about which the article is written. The article should be clearly and succinctly written, and should outline the advantages of purebred dog ownership, with a unique journalistic voice. $350 cash grant.

For Laughter and Little Ones  by Mara Bovsun

 

Salvation Of All-Breed Clubs by Linda E. Kornhi

 

Search and Rescue Dogs: Making The Lost Found Again by Bev Thompson

 

What Teddy Taught Us by Mara Bovsun

The Captain William Lewis Judy Award

Sponsored by American Legion Post 348 of Brick Township, New Jersey. For a submission in any form of media that educates the public about the important role our military dogs play in our Armed Forces, including issues affecting their emotional and physical care during their training, active service and retirement. The award consists of a $350 cash grant.

Four-Legged Warriors - Pet Connection/Andrews McMeel Syndication by Kim Campbell Thornton

 

Megan Leavey, K9 Rex and Bringing Home K9 Heroes by Laura Jane Reeves

 

The Ceva Heartworm Prevention Award

 

Sponsored by Ceva Animal Health, this award is for the best article that educates the public about heartworm awareness and prevention tips. The winner will receive a $1,500 grant.

Heartworm Disease Deadly But Preventable by Christy Elizabeth Caplan

 

Inside Heartworm - Pet Connection/Andrews McMeel by Kim Campbell Thornton

 

Is Heartworm Prevention a Scam? - Canine Chronicle Magazine by Caroline Coile

DWAA Robert H. McKowen Memorial Friends of Rescue Award

Sponsored by his family and friends. For the best article describing the rescue process: adoption, fostering, transporting, home visits or other aspects of rescue. $300 cash grant.

A Piglet State of Mind by Melissa S. Shapiro, DVM

From Rescued to Rescuer by Nancy Monson

Points to consider when adopting a pet by Kim Campbell Thornton

Rising from the ashes: Former shelter dog helps firefighters cope with stress and grief by Laura Teresa Coffey

The Fear Free Pets Award

Sponsored by Fear Free, LLC, this is awarded for the article, book, blog, TV segment, radio spot, video, column or other creative media format that best educates, promotes, or demonstrates the importance and benefits of taking a dog to a Fear Free certified veterinary professional. This may also include how a dog’s emotional well-being can play a role in all aspects of its life and health, including veterinary care, how decreasing fear, anxiety, and stress is beneficial to the patient and owner both during the veterinary visit and at home, a focus on Fear Free applications pre- and post-veterinary visit, successful case studies/stories of how a dog went from fearful to Fear Free during or throughout the course of a single or series of veterinary visits, positive experiences working with a Fear Free certified veterinary professional or anything that highlights how Fear Free and what it stands for is all around better for staff, patients, and clients. This award consists of a $2,000 cash grant and a one-of-a-kind commemorative award.

Brave New World: Fear-Free Veterinary Visits by Caroline Coile

 

Changing Behaviors by Sarah Rumple

 

The Fear Free Revolution by Jen Reeder

Fear Free Dog Enrichment Award

 

Sponsored by Fear Free, LLC, this is awarded for the article, book, blog, TV segment, radio spot, video, column or other creative media formats that best educates, promotes, or demonstrates how enrichment activities (exercise, food puzzles, scent training, etc.) can benefit a dog’s emotional—not just physical—well-being and the role that has in their overall health. This may also include topics relating to how the resulting benefits of such enrichment to the dog’s emotional well-being can help set them up for more successful veterinary visits in the future, thus living a happier, healthier life. This award consists of a $2,000 cash grant and a one-of-a-kind commemorative award.

How Good Breeders Raise Puppies Who Grow Into Happy, Confident Dogs by Linda C. Rehkopf

 

Making Vet Visits Fear Free by Susan Ewing

 

Never Fear by Caroline Coile

The GNFP Digital Canine Companion Award

Sponsored by GNFP Digital, this award is for the best digital story – online video, blog post or online article with photography that best demonstrates the bond between people and their canine companions. The content must be demonstrated as having been shared through digital media. The winner will receive a $1,000 grant and a special gift.

A Piglet State of Mind by Melissa S. Shapiro, DVM

 

Piglet, the Deaf Blind Pink Puppy's Trip to the First Annual Special K9 Games by Melissa S. Shapiro, DVM

 

Piglet, the Deaf Blind Pink Puppy Visits Classrooms to Educate, Inspire, and Create Smiles by Melissa S. Shapiro, DVM

 

The Power of Rescue: How a Dog Helped 2 Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors Heal by Laura Teresa Coffey

 

The Harrison Stephens Inspirational Feature Award

Named in honor of Harrison Stephens, a newspaper editor who wrote thought-provoking features marked by journalistic integrity and humor until his death just before his 100th birthday. This award is for a feature article that highlights the human-canine bond and leaves the reader with a smile. Potential topics include working dogs (or a lazy dog with a winning personality), or dog-centric nonprofits that promote positive outcomes for pets and people. The award is sponsored by Sally and Tom Reeder and consists of a $300 grant.

A Perfect Match by Susan Wroble

 

Piglet, the Deaf Blind Pink Puppy's Trip to the First Annual Special K9 Games by Melissa S. Shapiro, DVM

 

Piglet, the Deaf Blind Pink Puppy Visits Classrooms to Educate, Inspire, and Create Smiles by Melissa S. Shapiro, DVM

 

What Teddy Taught Us by Mara Bovsun

The Heroes for Healthy Pets Award

Sponsored by Merck Animal Health, this award is open to all forms of media that cover topics on infectious diseases that affect dogs. The winner will receive a plaque and a $1,500 cash grant.

Canine Influenza Is Here to Stay by Debra M. Eldredge, DVM

 

Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs by Christine Caplan

 

Ticks' Increasing Threat by Kim Campbell Thornton

James Colasanti, Jr. Poetry Award  

For the poem/poetry which best exemplifies the unconditional love of a dog. Sponsored by James Colasanti Jr. The award is a $200 cash grant.

Atlas by Nikolas Anthony Klimenko

 

A Thousand Tears . . . Song For A Magical-Dawg by Amy Shojai

 

She's Just Like Me by Debra Lampert-Rudman

The Pet Fashion Guild Pet Fashion Award

Sponsored by Pet Fashion Guild, this award is for a submission in any form of media that demonstrates the enhanced bonds and connections between humans and their dog(s) through pet fashion. This award consists of a $350 cash grant.

Quick and Easy Halloween Costumes by Bryn Nowell

 

The Wedding...The World According to Rosebud and Brody by Ted Slupik and Gail Diedrichsen

 

What Not to Wear - Dog Leashes by Kate Eldredge

The PSI Professional Pet Care Award

Sponsored by Pet Sitters International (PSI), this award is presented to the entry that best educates pet owners about the benefits of using professional pet sitters. Qualifying online or print entries include newspaper or magazine articles and blog posts. This award consists of a $300 cash prize.

Bloat in Dogs: Signs, Symptoms and Prevention Tips by Carlotta Cooper

 

No PAWS About It: Hiring a Professional Pet Sitter is the Right Move for Your Pet by Denise Alexandra Fleck

 

Pet Separation Anxiety by Christy Caplan

 

The Rio Award

Sponsored by Jen Reeder and Bryan Fryklund in honor of their beloved Labrador retriever mix, Rio, this award is for an article, book or essay that profiles a dog who changed someone’s life in a profoundly positive way. The award consists of a $300 cash prize.

Dogs with Jobs by Laura Greaves

 

Let Dogs Be Dogs by Marc Goldberg and the Monks of New Skete

 

My Deceased Dog Connected With Me In The Twilight Zone by Carol Bryant

The Sleepypod Pet Safety Award

Sponsored by Sleepypod, this award is for the best article or book that shares tips for pet safety during travel and/or anecdotes of dogs helped by owners who take safety precautions. The award consists of a $500 cash grant.

Chloe’s Adventure Cori’s Nightmare: A Lost Dog Rescue Story by Cori Solomon

 

On The Move With Your Best Friend by Denise Alexandra Fleck

 

The Ultimate Pet Friendly Road Trip  by Amy Burkert

 

Top 12 Dangers of Traveling With Dogs By Car by Carol Bryant

The Take Your Dog Award

Sponsored by Take Your Dog To Work Day® creator Pet Sitters International, this award is presented to the entry that best highlights the special human-canine bond and importance of pet adoptions. Qualifying print or online entries include newspaper or magazine articles, blog posts and personal essays. The award consists of a $300 cash prize.

A Mighty Pip: Grief, Reflection, and Four Years Gone by Kristin M. Avery

Piglet, the Deaf Blind Pink Puppy Visits Classrooms to Educate, Inspire, and Create Smiles by Melissa S. Shapiro, DVM

The Soul of Saving a Senior Pet by Christy A. Doherty

The Walter R. Fletcher Memorial Award

Sponsored by The Westminster Kennel Club in memory of legendary dog show reporter Walter Fletcher, this annual award goes to the reporter who best exemplifies continued press coverage of dog shows in America. The writer must have written a bylined article in a print or online general interest publication about a dog show (or shows). The winner will be honored with a reserved seat in the Walter Fletcher Memorial Chair for both nights of the 2018 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The chair is located at the end of the front row, in the working press section, on the arena floor of Madison Square Garden. The winner will also receive $300.

American Cocker Spaniel Striker Comes Close at Westminster by Carol Bryant

 

Four Dog Shows - The Post-Journal by Susan Ewing

 

Our New York City Adventures: Progressive, Meadowlands and Westminster 2018 by Barbara E. Magera and Elaine L. Mitchell

Dogwise Best Book Award

Sponsored by Dogwise Publishing. $500 to the author of the best book. The winner will be chosen by the president of DWAA from the winners of all the book categories. The award is a $500 cash grant and will be announced at the Feb. 10 DWAA Awards Banquet.

DWAA Distinguished Service Award

Sponsored by the American Kennel Club, this award honors extraordinary achievement and communications excellence. It recognizes the person who, by word, deed, exemplary conduct, public communication and professional excellence, best promotes the interest of the sport of dogs. The award consists of a plaque and a $1,000 cash grant.

And the winner is … Mara Bovsun

“I’m so grateful to all of our sponsors, judges and entrants, and to our Contest Chair, Laurren Darr,” Reeder said. “Thanks to everyone’s support, DWAA is still going strong after all these years!”

For more information, visit: https://dogwriters.org/event/

About DWAA

The Dog Writers Association of America is the most recognized professional writing association devoted to dogs. Founded in 1935, the DWAA has grown from eight founders to over 500 members, including journalists, authors, bloggers, publicists, photographers, illustrators and media personalities. Under the umbrella of the human-canine bond, members cover dog competitions, health, training, rescue, pet fashion, veterinary research, working dog organizations, animal welfare legislation, fundraisers and many other topics. For more information, visit: dogwriters.org.

 

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Embark Unveils World’s First Canine Relative Finder

BOSTON October 23, 2018Embark, innovator of the leading DNA test for canine breed identification and health, today announced a new upgrade to the Embark experience: the world’s first and only canine relative finder.

Embark’s Doggy DNA Relative Finder will connect you with other Embark dogs that are related to your pup based on the percentage of DNA they share. Every DNA test includes access to this feature.

After Embark’s geneticists analyze your dog’s DNA and provide results, they look at how much DNA your dog shares with others in their database. The company will even tell you how that translates to a human family relationship and how much DNA certain relatives, like siblings or cousins, share. That way, you can tell how closely related your pup is to his or her DNA matches, relative to human family relationships.

“Unlike humans, dogs often have many close relatives living nearby that their owners don't know about. Now, for the first time, you can find these dogs for fun and serious reasons,” said Founder and CEO of Embark Ryan Boyko. “You can share photos and stories or reintroduce the dogs for a pup-date! Or, you can just share notes about health history and training. This can help fill in the gaps of your dog's family medical history and help you know what to watch for.”

Embark has also created a community of dog lovers, so each pet parent has the option to privately message other dog owners to share information and fun facts about their dogs and to set up pup-dates.

Embark’s Dog DNA Test currently looks at over 250 breeds as well as 175 genetic health conditions and traits. For more information about Embark or to find out how to test your own pup, visit www.embarkvet.com.

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About Embark

Embark Veterinary, Inc. launched in 2015 with the mission of ending preventable disease in dogs. An Embark dog DNA test enables a pet owner to learn about their dog’s breed, ancestry, health, and traits with a simple cheek swab. By using 100 times more genetic information than anyone else, Embark offers the most accurate results. The company was started by two brothers with years of experience in canine research and is an official research partner of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. For further information, visit Embark’s website at www.embarkvet.com, or follow Embark on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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February 2, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Maria Ryan - DogGone Positive

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media / Production - Bob Page

Special Guests - 5pm ET Bash Dibra Celebrity Dog Trainer // 630pm ET Jerry Grymek Doggie Concierge Hotel Penn

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They Shall Not Grow Old

Warner Bros. Pictures, House Productions, Trustees of the Imperial War Museum, London and WingNut Films present an R rated, 99 minute, Documentary, History, War film directed by Peter Jackson with a theatre release date of February 1, 2019.

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Miss Bala

Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Misher Films and Canana Films present a PG-13, Action, Drama, Thriller, directed by Catherine Hardwicke and written by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer with a theater release date of February 1, 2019.

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Bash Dibra is a big, ebullient man with a warm smile, a gentle manner, and a lifelong affinity for dogs. When he was only three years old and fled with his family from Albania to a refugee camp in Yugoslavia, he made friends with the attack dogs that guarded the compound. Later, as the family traveled through Europe, Bash was able to work with master dog trainers, and he continued his work when he came to the United States. Then came the opportunity to raise and train a wolf, and through this experience Bash developed his unique methods of dog training.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

“Misty Copeland's performance as the Princess Ballerina will give you chills.”

- Desiree Murphy, ET Online

“a visual spectacle”

- Michael O’Sullivan, Washington Post

 

From the Studio That Brought You “Beauty and the Beast”

Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”

The Stunning, Magical Adventure Arrives Home on Digital and on Blu-ray™ Jan. 29

Featuring a star-studded cast, including Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy and Misty Copeland,

with Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman

BURBANK, Calif. (Jan. 8, 2019) — Disney’s dazzling adventure “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” — inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale and the beloved ballet “The Nutcracker” — carried audiences along with 14-year-old Clara (Mackenzie Foy) to a magical, mysterious world with breathtaking performances by Misty Copeland plus sweets, snowflakes, soldiers, scurrying mice … and no shortage of surprises. Destined to become an annual viewing tradition for adventurers of all ages, the film arrives home instantly with never-before-seen extras and deleted scenes on Digital and Movies Anywhere, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD Jan. 29, 2019.

Bonus features include a discussion with American Ballet Theatre’s Misty Copeland about her role as the enchanting Ballerina Princess, her personal history with “The “Nutcracker” ballet, and her inspirational and historic rise within the world of dance. Extras take viewers on the set of “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” to meet both new and reimagined characters, and discover how the Land of Sweets, Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and mysterious Fourth Realm were created to such dazzling effect. Deleted scenes provide a look at magical moments that didn’t make the final version of the movie.

In “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” Clara travels along a golden thread, presented at Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual party, eagerly searching for a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a music box that holds a priceless gift. When she enters a mysterious parallel world, Clara encounters a Nutcracker soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and three Realm regents, including the Sugar Plum Fairy (Keira Knightley). Ultimately, she must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve the key and return harmony to the unstable world.

The stunning feature film will be packaged and released in several different formats, giving families the flexibility to watch it on a variety of different devices. Viewers can instantly watch the film in Digital UHD, HD and SD, and bring home a physical copy of the film as the Ultimate Collector’s Edition (4K UHD, Blu-ray and Digital Code), Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Code) or a single DVD.

Bonus features include*:

BLU-RAY:

  • On Pointe: A Conversation with Misty Copeland - Copeland shares the thrill of portraying one of her favorite characters in a whole new way.
  • Unwrapping “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” - Dive into the production design, sets, costumes and more that helped transform a beloved ballet into an adventurous movie.
  • Deleted Scenes
    • The Stahlbaums Arrive- As the Stahlbaums enter the Christmas Eve ball, the butler attempts to announce them to the assembled guests.
    • Follow Your Ribbon-Drosselmeyer encourages a reluctant Clara to go find her gift.
    •    Deleted Scene: Clara Asks About Her Mother- Sugar Plum gives Clara a tour of her mother’s bedroom.
    • Left, Left, Left, Left, Left- Wandering lost in the forest, palace guards Cavalier and Harlequin quarrel about which way to go.
    • Out with the Old- Sugar Plum makes sweeping changes to the palace decor.
  • Music Videos -
    •    “Fall on Me” Performed by Andrea Bocelli Featuring Matteo Bocelli- Experience superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli and his son Matteo Bocelli performing their first duet together in this uplifting song.
    •    “The Nutcracker Suite” Performed by Lang Lang- Get swept up in a series of images from the movie, set to Tchaikovsky’s music and featuring world-renowned pianist Lang Lang.
  • Unwrapped: The Visual Effects of “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”- View a reel that explores the layers of effects in sequences of the film.

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DISC SPECIFICATIONS:

Product SKUs:                       Digital UHD, HD, SD; Ultimate Collector’s Edition (4K UHD+Blu-ray+Digital Code); Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Code); DVD and On-Demand

Feature Run Time:                             Approximately 99 minutes

Rating:                                                                       PG in U.S. (bonus material not rated), PA in CE and PG in CF

Aspect Ratio:                                                         1.85:1

Audio:                                        Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks

DVD = English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio

HD/SD Digital = English 5.1/2.0, Latin Spanish 5.1/2.0, French 5.1/2.0 (for some clients), English 2.0 Descriptive Audio (for some clients)

Languages/Subtitles:                       Blu-ray = English SDH, French and Spanish

                                                                                                        DVD = English SDH, French and Spanish

                                                                                                        HD/SD Digital = English SDH, French and Spanish

Closed Captions:                                 English (DVD and Digital)

 

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ABOUT “THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS” CAST AND CREW:

In the coming-of-age tale, “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” Keira Knightley stars as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Mackenzie Foy portrays Clara. Helen Mirren brings much-feared Mother Ginger to life, and Morgan Freeman stars as Clara’s eccentric godfather, Drosselmeyer. Eugenio Derbez and Richard E. Grant play Hawthorne and Shiver, the regents of the Land of Flowers and Land of Snowflakes. Jayden Fowora-Knight was cast as Phillip Hoffman, the Nutcracker soldier come-to-life. Matthew Macfadyen, Ellie Bamber and Thomas Sweet were called on to play Clara’s father Mr. Stahlbaum, sister Louise, and brother Fritz, respectively. Omid Djalili and Jack Whitehall portray palace guards Cavalier and Harlequin, and the film features a special performance by ballet greats Misty Copeland and Sergei Polunin.

Filmed in England at Pinewood Studios and various locations in and around London, “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston. Suggested by the short story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” written by E.T.A. Hoffmann, and “The “Nutcracker” ballet written by Marius Petipa, the screen story and screenplay are by Ashleigh Powell. The film is produced by Mark Gordon and Larry Franco, and executive produced by Sara Smith and Lindy Goldstein. Linus Sandgren, F.S.F., is the director of photography, Guy Hendrix Dyas serves as production designer and Stuart Levy, ACE, is the film editor. Jenny Beavan and Jenny Shircore are the costume designer and makeup and hair designer, respectively. Max Wood and Marc Weigert are the visual effects supervisor and visual effects producer, respectively. Music is by James Howard with a score conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, featuring piano soloist Lang Lang.

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