This week, news hit the wires that General Mills has launched a search for talent in hopes of bringing their famed "Monster Cereals" characters to life on-screen. The cereals have been a breakfast staple for decades, and as the new "Work With the Monsters" website points out, they've been on the fringes of Hollywood since the 60s - but they've never had a big break of their own. Recent years have seen the Monsters enter the toy departments through licensing agreements with Mattel's Hot Wheels brand, Funko, and even Big G Creative for this year's excellent Monster Crunch Game. Now it's finally time to take things to the next level, and that means that I need to remind the folks at General Mills about something: I have the winning pitch. In fact, back in 2015, General Mills' Kevin Hunt invited me to call in and record a bit for the Monster Cereals episode of the A Taste of General Mills Podcast, and in this 2012 article I first mentioned publicly that I'd been sitting on a treatment for a General Mills Monsters movie - one that could easily be adapted into a binge-worthy television series.
Following an inaugural season that brought magic to families from coast-to-coast, HGTV presents Santa HQ again this year! Back for 2018 at The Fashion Outlets of Chicago and a total of 15 Macerich Shopping Centers nationwide, a new tradition continues as an all-new experience aimed at bringing holiday magic to kids and grownups alike with some flourishes that have been upgraded and expanded for the social media age. Santa HQ welcomes families for the traditional photo with Santa (online reservations available, but not required), upping the game with the Elf Academy in which kids can experience the latest in Elf fashion; take an Elfie Selfie; of check out the latest in Elf-Ray Vision - an AR experience in which families can see just what the Elves are up to. Of course, Santa HQ still serves-up an incredible light show with over 10,000 individual lights synchronized to the "Carol of the Bells."
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical Brings Magic to the Chicago Theatre and Beyond...Written by James Zahn
A familiar green villain is currently back in theaters, reimagined in Universal and Illumination's animated picture, THE GRINCH. But that's not the only place to see the tale come to life as Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical brings magic to the stage in select cities for 2018. Madison Square Garden's touring production is the big one, featuring Tony-nominated Gavin Lee (SpongeBob Squarepants: The Musical, Mary Poppins) in the lead role as The Grinch. Kicking off at The Chicago Theatre (November 16-25) before heading off to Boston and New York, my family and I were guests at the opening night performance in Chicago as holiday cheer took hold to a sold-out crowd.
The engines are fired-up and it is officially the holiday shopping season! In partnership with Entertainment Earth, a pioneer in the collectibles and toy industry, The Rock Father™ has curated a special selection of hand-picked products from his annual Holiday Wish Guide™ on a special landing page that celebrates the gift-giving season as part of EE''s The 21 Business Days of Christmas, November 19, 2018 through December 18, 2018. Friends, followers and readers of The Rock Father™ Magazine can save $10 on any $100 purchase of in-stock merchandise with the Entertainment Earth Coupon Code SAVE10RF through 12/22/18 and enjoy FREE SHIPPING on orders $25 or more! But this is just the beginning...
Do have a Siwanator on your holiday shopping list? If so, you're gonna want to be on the lookout for the new JoJo Siwa Mini Myster Bow Box collection, set to hit Target stores beginning 11/19/2018. From Bulls-i-Toy, these new Bow Boxes each feature 1 Exclusive Mini Bow plus 4 Mini Mystery Bows for a total of five bows in each box for just $9.99. A 2018 Holiday Wish Guide™ Pick, the folks at Bulls-i-Toy sent us a couple of Bow Boxes to check out, and they've become wholeheartedly-approved by The Rock Daughters™!
The Hess Corporation knows Christmas, and following-up the incredibly fast sell-out of their most-limited toy ever, the Collector's Edition First Hess Truck, they've issued their annual Holiday Hess Toy Truck. Officially released on November 1, the 2018 Hess RV with ATV and Motorbike is a beautiful, 3-in-1 set that kids and collectors will love, packed with cool features and 73 LED lights - the most ever offered on a holiday Hess Toy Truck. The folks at Hess sent us a review sample again this year, allowing The Rock Daughters™ and I to go hands-on with the latest addition to a rapidly-expanding fleet. Let's take a look at this Holiday Wish Guide™ pick below!