Random House Home Video

From Home Video


In 1983, book publisher Random House made its entry into the home video market, by launching Random House Video as a label. Initially distributing titles for educational use, such as classrooms, as well as book stores, the label hit the mass-market in 1985 when it was renamed to Random House Home Video and produced a home video adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit, in conjunction with Rabbit Ears Productions.

In late 1985, the label secured a deal with Children's Television Workshop, to launch the My Sesame Street Home Video line. The label made it into a successful home video player. More lines operated by the label were established, such as those tied to The Berenstain Bears and Dr. Seuss.

In 1990, CTW and Random House Home Video expanded to launch the Sesame Songs Home Video line, which was dedicated to music. In April 1995, Sony Music Entertainment via Sony Wonder became Random House Home Video's marketing, distribution and sales agent; Sony Music Entertainment would not fully acquire the label from Random House until 1999. The label shuttered in 2007 (when Sony Wonder became a sub-label of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment), with Arthur being one of the last major successes that came out under the label.



Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
87844 The Velveteen Rabbit TBD 1985 25 min TBD NR TBD 1 N/A Color 1985