JANUARY 28 VHS HISTORY LEASON : GOLDEN BOOK VIDEO
Golden Book Video was a line of children’s animated videos marketed by Western Publishing, beginning in 1985. They featured characters and stories from Western's print publications, such as Little Golden Books, and were originally released on VHS video cassette for under $10.
The videos made use of limited animation techniques to add motion to original illustrations from Western's print books; Western called this approach "bringing storybooks to life". As production was carried-out by multiple companies (Animagination Inc. ,David Kallaher Inc., among others), contents of the videos varies. Typically, they featured a full voice cast, with background music sourced from production music libraries (the KPM/Associated Production Music library, for example), although original songs were recorded for some videos (typically done by Studio Consultants, Inc., but sometimes by Tarrytunes Productions and Universal Recording Corp., among others), occasionally with sing-along lyrics appearing on-screen. The video adaptions often carried original material that was not present in the original books.
Random House bought out Golden Book Family Entertainment in 2001.
Since 2008, a group of amateur video comedians on YouTube have been showing a series entitled Golden Book Video Killers, featuring puppet versions of the cartoon stars Daffy Duck of Looney Tunes Fame and Grumpy Dwarf from Disney's Snow White And The Seven Dwarves (And on occasion, Yoshi from the Mario series), welcoming viewers to their secret fun house for a show packed with making fun of the classic Golden Book Videos (in a style similar to Mystery Science Theater 3000).