The loveable alien Gordon Shumway aka Alf was featured on a television sitcom ‘ALF’ that showed the extraterrestrial from Melmac living with a family in California, dodging government agents and nosy neighbors for four seasons from 1986 to 1990. The show would also have two animated spin-offs and a movie that resolved the cliffhanger left by the TV show. After rumors of reboots, a failed talk show, and a canceled new film purposed by creator Paul Fusco, Alf has found a new home with Shout Factory which pledges new content.
“Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company, and Alien Productions announced a landmark distribution alliance to bring the iconic and fan-favorite ALF television library to digital entertainment platforms in the U.S.,” Shout Factory said on their website. “The multi-year alliance provides Shout! Factory and its multi-platform streaming service, Shout! Factory TV with exclusive U.S. rights (digital, broadcast, and home entertainment packaged media) to Alien Productions’ ALF content properties, including 102 episodes of the live-action series ALF, 26 episodes of ALF: The Animated Series, 21 episodes of ALF Tales (animated), and television movie Project: ALF for home entertainment releases and digital distribution across select entertainment platforms in North America.”
They add, “Leveraging unparalleled access to archived content and the original broadcast masters from Alien Productions, Shout! Factory TV plans an aggressive rollout of ALF pop culture content on all its platforms this year. As excitement builds, Shout! Factory TV and Alien Productions will announce additional news and activities in the forthcoming months.”
Fusco expressed his enthusiasm for the move in a statement with Brian Patchett.
“Shout! Factory is the home-away-from-Melmac that ALF has been looking for,” they said. “We’re looking forward to bringing you ALF in a totally new way — with new content, unseen art, and restored footage not seen in 30 years. This is the moment ALF fans have been waiting for.”
Alf was also featured in animated form in the ‘Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue’ which featured many staples of Saturday morning animation working with a young boy who is being tempted by an evil cloud.
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