After being in theaters for less than one week, Columbia TriStar Home Video has announced the DVD release of the animated fantasy The Trumpet of the Swan this July.
Louie is a mute young swan who takes extraordinary steps to find his own voice. Leaving the comfort of his home to search for a way to communicate, Louie enlists the aid of a young boy named Sam to help him learn to read and write. Returning home with pride, Louie is further disappointed that his friends and family still cannot understand him. Taking matters into his own wings, Louie’s father risks all to steal a trumpet in order to give his son the gift of a voice. In order to repay his father’s debt and restore the family name, Louie embarks on an incredible journey leading him to become a world-class jazz trumpet player, gaining fame and fortune along the way. In the process, Louie also wins the heart of the lovely Serena and in the end, proves that everyone, no matter how “defective” they may be, has their own special gift to share.
The forthcoming DVD will contain both an anamorphic widescreen and a fullscreen transfer. The audio will be mixed in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby 2.0 Surround. This disc contains several bonus supplements, but the features tend to focus more towards the children’s entertainment than behind the scenes materials. Features include a “Can You Guess The Sound?” game, a “Who Is Unique?” DVD-ROM game, a coloring book, downloadable cut-out puppets, and a theatrical trailer.
The DVD will be available on July 31 in a very short turnaround time, and will carry a suggested retail price of $24.95.