GoodTimes Entertainment

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GoodTimes Entertainment, Ltd.
Industry Home video company
Fate Assets were sold to Gaiam
Founded 1984
Defunct July 2005
Headquarters Midtown Manhattan, New York City
Key people Kenneth Cayre
Joseph Cayre
Stanley Cayre
Products Now-public domain works and anime

GoodTimes Entertainment, Ltd. was a home video company that originated in 1984 under the name of GoodTimes Home Video. Though it produced its own titles, the company was well-known due to its distribution of media from third parties and classics. The founders for the company were the brothers Kenneth, Joseph and Stanley Cayre (often referred to and credited simply as the "Cayre Brothers") of Salsoul Records. Its headquarters were in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. The company had a distribution facility in Jersey City, New Jersey and a duplication facility in Bayonne, New Jersey.[1]

History[edit]

GoodTimes began with the distribution of copies of public domain titles. Though the company also produced and distributed many low-priced fitness videos, its most recognized line of products were the series of low-budget traditionally animated films from companies such as Jetlag Productions, Golden Films, and Blye Migicovsky Productions, as well a selection of the now-public domain works of Burbank Films Australia.

Many of its home-video titles, such as Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Jungle Book, Hercules, Pocahontas, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Sinbad, Thumbelina, and Leo the Lion: King of the Jungle, were named similarly or identically to big-budget animated films from other studios[2] (though their plots were sometimes very different), and GoodTimes would often release these films close to the theatrical or home-video releases of the other studios. The Walt Disney Company sued GoodTimes because the packaging of the GoodTimes videotapes closely resembled Disney's, potentially confusing customers into buying a GoodTimes movie when they thought they were buying a Disney movie. As a result of that lawsuit, GoodTimes was required to print its name atop its VHS covers, but it was still allowed to produce animated films.[3]

Expanding from home video distribution, GoodTimes founded its spin-off, GT Interactive Software as a way to distribute video games.

At different times, GoodTimes contracted with Columbia Pictures, NBC, Worldvision Enterprises, Hanna-Barbera, Orion Pictures, Universal Studios and Paramount Pictures to release inexpensive tapes of many of their films and programs. In addition, GoodTimes released several compilations assembled from public domain films, movie trailers, earlier television programs and newsreels. Most of these were credited to Film Shows, Inc.

In July 2005, GoodTimes filed for bankruptcy and its assets were then sold to Gaiam.

In 2007, the company folded into GT Media, releasing only two products: The GT Express and the 2007 DVD release of The Retrievers.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Company Information." GoodTimes Entertainment. June 17, 2000. Retrieved on March 15, 2010.
  2. ^ "{http://www.imdb.com/company/co0017992/}". IMDB.com list of GoodTimes films. Retrieved on March 12, 2013.
  3. ^ Nichols, Peter (1993-09-17). "Disney loses suit over Good Times' 'Aladdin' video". Bangor Daily News (Bangor Publishing Company,). Retrieved 2013-12-03. 

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