"The streaming wars" are real, and 2019 looks to be the year that they finally start becoming a real issue. While "cord-cutting" continues to rise (we're even about to drop our Xfinity TV subscription here at Rock Father HQ), consumers are quickly seeing their monthly savings shrink as they buy into new services that offer exclusive content a la carte. Netflix, Hulu and Amazon's Prime Video continue to dominate, but Apple's new streaming service is on the horizon along with Disney+ and offerings from studios such as Warner Bros. These majors ride alongside smaller standalone services like DC Universe, WWE Network and many others. Now comes news that DHX Media has inked a deal with Apple to create new series, specials and short-form content based on PEANUTS - the iconic characters created by Charles M. Schulz. If you love Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang and can't live without seeing their new adventures, get ready for another bill when Apple's as-yet-unnamed new streaming service comes online.
It's no secret that we love Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the whole PEANUTS Gang here at Rock Father HQ. Much of the appeal for me has been the music of the Vince Guaraldi Trio, with Guaraldi's music fast-becoming just as iconic as the creations of Charles M. Schulz, and for many (likely myself included), a first introduction to jazz. Last year, Concord Music Group released PEANUTS GREATEST HITS as a remastered collection of some of the most memorable compositions, and now for 2016 it's been re-issued for the first-time ever as a Vinyl LP Picture Disc. This new record features Charlie Brown's face on Side A, with Lucy van Pelt adorning Side B, available now under the Fantasy Records imprint. Would you like to win a copy? THE ROCK FATHER Magazine has your shot!
THE PEANUTS MOVIE (reviewed here) was one of our favorite movies of this past year, and after an early release on DigitalHD, it's coming home on Blu-ray and DVD on March 8th. With Easter fast-approaching, I can't help thinking that THE PEANUTS MOVIE would make a great Easter Basket Filler, and with that in mind, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and THE ROCK FATHER Magazine are giving readers a shot at winning the Walmart-Exclusive Limited-Edition Gift Set. The special bundle includes THE PEANUTS MOVIE on Blu-ray Combo Pack, alongside a Snoopy Plush Toy!
As a Peanuts Worldwide Brand Ambassador, I occasionally get offered some pretty cool products that feature Snoopy and the whole PEANUTS gang. For the Holiday Season, one thing I was offered was one of the new PEANUTS Bouquets from the folks at Teleflora - but I rather than send it here, I had it sent to my mom (currently in the hospital) in an effort to #SendCheer there, until we're able to visit in-person later this month. As many of you know, I do love to spread the holiday cheer, and with that in mind, the folks at Teleflora are letting me gift another beautiful PEANUTS Bouquet to one of you!
Growing up a fan of Charles M. Schulz' beloved PEANUTS series, I've written at length about Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the whole PEANUTS Gang as it relates to being an grownup - my wife and I raising two young daughters of our own. When Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox announced THE PEANUTS MOVIE (which I first wrote about back in October of 2012), what concerned me wasn't that the PEANUTS would be presented in CGI (and in 3D!) for the very first time, but how the filmmakers would approach what would be 65 years of storied history - and if, in 2015, there would be an audience for it. While we've introduced the world of PEANUTS to our children, Charlie Brown and Co. just haven't seemed as prevalent with their little friends - not like it was when we were kids and everyone loved Snoopy. Keeping the PEANUTS tradition alive is what really appealed to me when I joined PEANUTS Worldwide as a Brand Ambassador earlier this year, but like most audiences and critics, I did not get a look at THE PEANUTS MOVIE until it had its premiere screenings this past Sunday. Seeing it with an audience - in a packed theater - was the perfect way to see if Director Steve Martino (HORTON HEARS A WHO!, ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT) had successfully translated the iconic characters into a new realm of filmmaking that would resonate with younger audiences.
When it comes to the Holiday season, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS is one of the most iconic seasonal specials - one that's a tradition here at Rock Father HQ, just as it is for millions of families around the world. This year, the folks at Just Play are bringing some of that magic into the toy aisles with a Deluxe Set of PEANUTS Holiday Figures, arriving in stores this November, following the theatrical release of THE PEANUTS MOVIE. This eight-piece set features Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally, two versions of Snoopy (one that includes Woodstock!), a Christmas Tree and a Snowman. The PEANUTS Holiday Figures Deluxe Set is a featured pick in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine!