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INSIDE OUT
This summer, Disney•Pixar's INSIDE OUT did exactly what so many films in that library tend to do - it inspired bigger discussions about important things, like emotions. As grownups, we tend to see things differently than our little ones, and that's a big part of INSIDE OUT. In many ways, the film is even more emotionally-moving for adults than kids - but the fact that kids are so into the colorful adventures of Joy, Anger, Sadness, Disgust and Fear makes it easier to open some doors that could easily remain closed. Having seen the film at the Drive-in this summer, the girls were waiting for it to come home, and a trip to Walmart yielded plenty of INSIDE OUT for all (available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD) along with some new additions to our collection of INSIDE OUT toys by TOMY.  We were specifically on a mission to locate Riley's imaginary friend, Bing Bong.
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As Disney•Pixar's INSIDE OUT prepares to make an Oscar run, the emotionally-stirring animated film has come home for the holidays - on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere now, and on Blu-ray and DVD November 3.  And while THE GOOD DINOSAUR is the next Disney•Pixar film to be headed for theaters (opening on Thanksgiving), the emotions inside of Riley's head are already looking forward to December... December 18, to be specific. It's an undeniable fact that the final trailer for J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS has stirred an emotional response for millions, and you don't have to be flesh and blood to find yourself moved. Even emotions rendered in pixels have feelings... even though they are feelings. Would you like to win INSIDE OUT on Digital HD (ARV $19.99)? Read on, friends...

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Disney•Pixar's INSIDE OUT has been a big deal here at Rock Father HQ - even before we saw the movie opening weekend at a local Drive-In (actually, the first Drive-In experience for The Rock Daughters). We have the toys from TOMY, the itty bittys from Hallmark, and come this Fall, we'll have the movie to experience again and again. On October 13th, INSIDE OUT comes to Disney Movies Anywhere and Digital HD, while the Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD will arrive on November 3rd. There's even an all-new short called RILEY'S FIRST DATE. Preview below!

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Disney•Pixar's INSIDE OUT is no doubt an Oscar contender, and with so many layers of storytelling taking place, it's no wonder that the toys have already been well-received here at Rock Father HQ. Among the latest collectibles to soon hit the streets from the film are an assortment of five new additions to the extremely popular and ever-growing assortment of Hallmark itty bittys. Joy, Anger, Sadness, Disgust and Fear should all be hitting retail during the week of August 6, 2015, and our friends at Hallmark had one of the first sets delivered here to Rock Father HQ. It's time for an all-new episode of UNBOXED for Rock Father TV!

Disney•Pixar's INSIDE OUT is in theaters this weekend (get tix via Fandango), and while families will be enjoying the film together, the cast is pondering something on the more technical side: How are these Pixar animated features actually made? A new video has emerged showing Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black and Phyllis Smith throwing down an "Animation Explanation." You can check that out below, along with details on the just-launched INSIDE OUT Thought Bubbles App for mobile devices...

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Is it possible that toys can help children learn to deal with their emotions? While we've discussed a variety of "learning" toys at length over the years, I've never really written about the emotional consequences or benefits of play. Of course, toys are a big part of the emotional development of a child, but the possibilities have perhaps never been quite as defined as they are with the new toys based on Disney•Pixar's INSIDE OUT. As family films become more layered and sophisticated (Walt Disney Animation Studios' BIG HERO 6 is a prime recent example), the subject matter lends itself to opening up important conversations about life issues, and emotion is what INSIDE OUT is all about. On one of our recent visits to Toys "R" Us, The Rock Daughters™ (Addie & Finn) and I couldn't resist checking out the new assortment of INSIDE OUT toys by TOMY, displayed in the "Feature" section at the front of the store.

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