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THE ROCK FATHER: THE POP CULTURE MAGAZINE FOR FAMILIES THAT ROCK.

The Filmmakers behind ALADDIN and THE LITTLE MERMAID set sail with MOANA...

In late 2016, the filmmakers behind THE LITTLE MERMAID, ALADDIN and THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG will bring a new adventure to the screen with MOANA, "a sweeping, CG-animated comedy-adventure about a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors' quest." Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, “Moana is indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself,” declares Musker. “She's the kind of character we all root for."

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31 Days of Halloween - PBS KIDS' CURIOUS GEORGE: A Halloween Boo Fest 2014 (with Belinda Carlisle!)

PBS KIDS VIPGet those DVRs ready - Starting next Monday (October 27), PBS KIDS brings back CURIOUS GEORGE: A HALLOWEEN BOO FEST to kick-off an entire week of seasonally-spooky programming! The week will begin with an encore presentation of the perennial favorite from CURIOUS GEORGE (also available on DVD), followed by a new episode from DINOSAUR TRAIN (also debuting Monday), and encore presentations of themed episodes from ARTHUR, DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, WILD KRATTS, THOMAS & FRIENDS and more throughout the week (check local listings). But that's not all - new episodes of CURIOUS GEORGE start on Tuesday, including one with a brand-new song performed by BELINDA CARLISLE of THE GO-GO'S.

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Holiday Gift Guide: The Guitar Pick Necklace by Isabelle Grace Jewelry

2014 Holiday Gift GuideI don't personally wear a ton of jewelry, but when I do, it has to be something special. Those rare items are elusive, so when I had a chance to check out some of what Isabelle Grace Jewelry - the creation of designer Claudia Montez - has been producing, I was surprised when I spotted something that I absolutely had to have. Handcrafted and made-to-order in Massachusetts, the Guitar Pick Necklace pairs a beautiful Fine (.999) Silver pendant with an 18" (or larger) chain, and can be completely personalized.

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An Early Look at the New Disney Short Film, FEAST

If I mention a movie called FEAST (especially during October), I'd imagine some of you might think of Jon Gulager's PROJECT GREENLIGHT horror film, right? Well, FEAST is also the title of a new animated short film from first-time director Patrick Osborne (head of animation on PAPERMAN) and Walt Disney Animation Studios, Opening ahead of Disney's BIG HERO 6 (get tix from Fandango) on November 7, FEAST "is the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share." Check out a preview below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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Giveaway: Win a Lalaloopsy Diaper Surprise Baby in The Rock Father's Lalalloween Extravaganza!

October has been Lalaloopsified - not just here at Rock Father HQ, but everywhere as the Lalaloopsy friends have been popping up everywhere from Nick Jr. to Netflix, in the toy aisles and beyond. In fact, Lalaloopsy is now the #1 collector brand for girls ages 2-11, and they recently announced that on November 15th they'll be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for The World's Largest Pajama Party in multiple locations (currently set at 34,000) and you can take part. My girls have caught the Lalaloopsy bug - recently getting decked-out in costumes based on Crumbs Sugar Cookie and Mittens Fluff N' Stuff from my friends at BuyCostumes (I'm one of their #OrangeTuesday Amassadors)... and they might have pulled me in, too. One of their most played-with toys these days is the Lalaloopsy Babies Diaper Surprise Peanut Big Top... yes, the one that "Magically Poops" Charms. Want to win a Diaper Surprise Baby for your own little one(s)? Read on, friends, because MGA Entertainment and THE ROCK FATHER have your chance!

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Caillou at 25: The Caillou's Family Favorites Special Edition Box Set (Review)

PBS KIDS VIPAt this point it's hard to believe that just five years ago, I'd never heard of CAILLOU. It was that one day when we were still living in an apartment with newborn Addie when we happened to come across the show on Sprout - her little baby eyes immediately drawn to the little guy. Like the "Charlie Brown" of a new generation, CAILLOU would soon be revealed to be a very divisive little guy, one as equally loved as he is loathed (a very trendy bandwagon to hop), but a fantastic, and educational show based on the series of books by Chouette Publishing. When our family moved and established what would become known as Rock Father HQ, CAILLOU became an even more regular thing, watched daily on PBS KIDS (and Sprout), and then again experienced through the books, toys and puzzles. Now, in celebration of the character's 25th Anniversary, PBS Distribution and DHX Media have released a special-edition of CAILLOU'S FAMILY FAVORITES, a DVD of classic episodes paired with a double-length soft-cover companion book housed in an attractive, flip-cover box (perfect for the upcoming Holiday gift season) with a foil-embossed logo.

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Lifestyle: The #Indisposable Comforts of Fall featuring the Schick® Xtreme3® Sensitive Razor

The Rock Father shaved with the Schick® Xtreme3® Sensitive razor as part of a sponsored campaign for Socialstars #Indisposable

The right guitar pick... The right pen... A great cup of coffee... The soft and warm touch of the right flannel shirt on a crisp Fall day... Each of these things could be considered an "indisposable comfort" for me and my regular routine as "The Rock Father," a multi-tasking Dad, writer and rock & roller. Another indisposable comfort? Keeping the space between my massive goatee and my sideburns nice and baby-smooth. I've recently added the Schick® Xtreme3® Sensitive razor to my arsenal, a new tool in my fight to rock that fast-growing stubble straight from my face.

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31 Days of Halloween: Product of Hate in THE UNHOLY MANIPULATOR - Official Selection of the 2014 Open Wound Horror Film Fest

There's a very slight chance that you might be having deja vu right now, as I did include the longform music video for PRODUCT OF HATE's THE UNHOLY MANIPULATOR in last year's 31 Days of Halloween. Reason it's back? I directed and edited the video, and it just became an Official Selection of the 2014 Open Wound Horror Film Festival, which means that those attending the Santa Fe Comic-Con next weekend will get a chance to see it on the big screen. When we filmed this, we'd always hoped that it would become something of a "perennial favorite" for each Halloween season, and that looks to be happening. After all, it's got some fairly horrific elements, and since I do run a family site, I wouldn't recommend this one for viewing around kids or at work (unless you work somewhere really cool).

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2014 Fids & Kamily Music Awards: And the Winners Are...

For the third year in a row, the folks behind the annual Fids & Kamily Music Awards (a play on The Village Voice's long-running "Pazz & Jop") have either graciously or foolishly invited me to take a seat on the panel of judges to determine the Top 10 best albums of the year in the kids and kamily music realm. I, alongside other journalists, writers, bloggers, producers, radio personalities and folks associated with the family music scene, must listen to dozens of albums, and then figure out what's the best of the best. Each judge has to nominate and score 10 albums of their own, and a formula is then applied to choose the ranking. This year was exceptionally difficult, as there's been some really great albums (alongside some stinkers), and choosing just 10 is tricky enough without having more than 10 favorites. Today, we announce the winners of the 2014 Fids & Kamily Music Awards (the 9th Annual), as revealed this morning on the Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child radio show...

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Watch & Listen: Remember MY BUDDY and KID SISTER? They Just Went METAL...

Between toys and music - the stuff my girls and I are checking out now, along with all the retro goodness that I tend to get into, a lot of weird stuff crosses our paths and enters our space. Tonight I've got a sonic oddity to share, one that takes the 1980s MY BUDDY dolls (the inspiration for "Chucky" of the CHILD'S PLAY movies) and the accompanying KID SISTER that Playskool made, and gives their famous theme a "metal" spin. Check that out below, along with similar treatment given to classic commercials for JUICY FRUIT and SKIP-IT, each made by Shaun Callaghan of GIVE ZOMBIES THE VOTE. It reminds me of LESS THAN JAKE's TV EP

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Giveaway: Win a Scholastic MAYA & MIGUEL Bilingual Learning Prize Pack!

mayalogo"¡Feliz cumpleaños!" In celebration of it's 10th anniversary, Scholastic Media'a award-winning TV series, MAYA & MIGUEL, just made it's way onto iTunes during the just-wrapped National Hispanic Heritage Month. All 65 episodes of the energetic animated adventures of 10-year-old twins Maya and Miguel Santos are now available for download on iTunes in a collection featuring six volumes for hours of entertainment and multicultural learning. To celebrate the release, Scholastic and THE ROCK FATHER have teamed-up for a giveaway in which one lucky family will receive a MAYA & MIGUEL Prize Pack containing a Spanish First Words book, an additional MAYA & MIGUEL title, and some cool temporary tattoos! Enter below...

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Preview: MARVEL's 2015 STAR WARS Comics Relaunch... and more

Like many of the original STAR WARS generation, I grew up on the occasional STAR WARS Comic Book, then-published by MARVEL comics. Fast-forward about three decades, and the comics are back at MARVEL, it being a corporate sibling to Lucasfilm under the Disney umbrella, and with STAR WARS REBELS out on Disney XD and J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: EPISODE VII filming now, a few new series' of comics are coming. Thanks to the new alignment, everything will fit into place nicely, with these stories being part of the official timeline, and today comes the first look - just a small tease - of what's coming...

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31 Days of Halloween: TOY STORY of TERROR!

Last year, Disney•Pixar’s TOY STORY OF TERROR! found Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie and a whole bunch of familiar friends from the TOY STORY movies in a new and precarious situation when it made it's debut on ABC. This year, TOY STORY OF TERROR! slides into 31 Days of Halloween here on THE ROCK FATHER, thanks to a fantastic home release on Blu-Ray + Digital HD Combo Pack (and standalone DVD), making this modern Halloween tradition available year-round.

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