Universal Studios Home Entertainment Family Productions Acquires Distribution Rights to RL Stine's Mostly Ghostly From Toonz Animation

From the Creator of the Best-Selling Goosebumps Series, the Spooky All-New

Feature-Length Movie Will Debut This Fall Exclusively on DVD!

May 22, 2008, 01:00 ET from Universal Studios Home Entertainment

    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Studios Home
 Entertainment Family Productions has acquired distribution rights from
 independent production shingle Toonz Animation to RL Stine's Mostly
 Ghostly, the latest spookfest from the renowned Goosebumps author. An
 all-new, feature-length family adventure that's sure to have parents and
 kids happily hiding behind the sofa pillows this Halloween season, the film
 features a red-hot cast including Madison Pettis (The Game Plan, Horton
 Hears a Who!, "Cory in the House"), Luke Benward (How to Eat Fried Worms,
 Because of Winn-Dixie), Maiara Walsh ("Cory in the House"), Ali Lohan
 ("Living Lohan"), Brian Stepanek ("The Suite Life of Zack and Cody,"
 Transformers) Kim Rhodes ("The Suite Life of Zack and Cody") and introduces
 Noah Cyrus (younger sister of Hannah Montana's Miley Cyrus) in her first
 movie. RL Stine's Mostly Ghostly is slated for release exclusively on DVD
 in fall 2008.
     Based on the first in the popular eight-book Mostly Ghostly series by
 best-selling children's author R.L. Stine (Goosebumps), the film chronicles
 the eerie adventures of 11-year-old outcast Max as he helps protect Nicky
 and Tara -- the sibling ghosts who live in his house -- from the
 fume-spewing demon Phears. The film is directed by "Hannah Montana"
 co-creator Rich Correll ("The Suite Life of Zack and Cody," "Cory in the
 House") and produced by Yvonne Bernard, Arthur Cohen and Steve Stabler. The
 screenplay is written by Emmy(R) nominee Pat Proft (Scary Movie 3 and Scary
 Movie 4, The Naked Gun series) and Correll.
     Stine catapulted to fame with the Goosebumps series of books, a
 children's publishing phenomenon which has sold more than 220 million
 copies to date, and became the No. 1 best-selling author in America three
 years in a row. The "Goosebumps" television series was the No. 1-ranked
 show on the Fox Kids' Network for four years, and was honored with a
 Writers Guild Award and twice named by TV Guide among the best television
 shows for children. Stine's books, including The Nightmare Room, Fear
 Street and Nightmare Hour, have been translated into more than 20 languages
 and published in more than 30 countries. He has been honored with a
 Children's Choice Award, three Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, and three
 Disney Adventures Kids' Choice Awards.
     RL Stine's Mostly Ghostly tells the story of Max, an 11-year-old who is
 teased for his smarts by his classmates, bullied by his brother and under
 pressure from his dad to become more athletic or be sent to a military
 boarding school. Max becomes even more of a target when he meets Nicky and
 Tara-the ghosts of siblings who used to live in his house and who are
 desperately trying to find their parents. Max agrees to help them, but is
 terrorized by Phears -- a fume-spewing demon who gets around by assuming
 the forms of everyday animals and who is hunting for Nicky and Tara. Things
 come to a head when Phears -- assuming the form of a giant cockroach --
 attacks the school during the Halloween party, threatening to eat everyone.
 Can Max defeat Phears and save the school? Will he have to go to boarding
 school? And can he help Nicky and Tara finally find their paranormal
 scientist parents? Filled with excitement, adventure and chills to thrill
 the whole family again and again, RL Stine's Mostly Ghostly promises tons
 of spooky fun!
     The Universal Studios Family Productions banner, which includes
 Universal Animation Studios, develops, produces, and acquires live-action
 and animated family productions directly for the home entertainment and
 television markets. Among the group's portfolio of prized properties is The
 Land Before Time, the most successful feature-length children's home
 entertainment franchise of all time, having earned more than one billion
 dollars worldwide to date. Since its formation in 2005, the group has built
 an exceptional slate of family fare, including the all new DVD Original
 release Bring It On: In It to Win It, the latest winning installment in the
 hugely successful Bring It On film franchise; the Daytime Emmy(R) nominated
 "Curious George" television series on PBS KIDS; "The Land Before Time"
 television show on Cartoon Network; and a string of Barbie movies, based on
 the world-renowned Mattel-branded doll. Universal Studios Family
 Productions is part of Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
     Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a
 division of Universal Studios (http://www.universalstudios.com). Universal
 Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and
 entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of
 entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May
 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC
 Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment
 networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television
 production operations, a leading television stations group, and
 world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric,
 with 20% owned by Vivendi.
CONTACTS Universal Studios Home Entertainment Lea Porteneuve Vice President - Publicity (818) 777-1391 lea_porteneuve@nbcuni.com

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