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Petitioning Universal Studios The Directors and 1 other

Consolidate the rights to the TV Series Tugs and make the series available on DVD and legal download


Bigg City Port, a Tugs Fansite has been working on the Tugs DVD Campaign since late 2003 when it was clear that people wanted to replace their gradually wearing out VHS tapes with higher quality DVDs. Tugs inspired many people to have an interest in maritime life, from the work of tugboats and shipping to watersports such as sailing and kayaking. Like Thomas the Tank Engine it used live action animation which reached out to Autistic children helping them to learn about human emotions in a way that few other programs do. The length of Tugs episodes were 15 to 20 minutes long which gave greater character depth and more developed storylines too.

The sets and models used to film the series were extremely beautiful and well detailed, this encouraged many fans of the series to get into modelling, some even creating their own custom made models of the characters.

In 2013 the Star Tugs Company acquired the main character's models and in 2014 opened its first semi permanent exhibition to display the models and took a selection of other character models on a tour of the UK. These exhibitions showed the vast number of people who remembered the series and the greater number who were interested in buying it on DVD or legally downloading episodes. The release of the series for DVD and download would help to make the Star Tugs Exhibitions viable so that fans old and new can enjoy the opportunity to see them.

By signing this petition I am declaring that I would like to buy episodes of Tugs to download or watch on DVD.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Universal Studios
    The Directors
  • Managing Board of m4e
    Hans Ulrich Stoef (Chairman), Michael Büttner

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