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Tuesday, January 07 2014 00:01

New Release Tuesday: The Best in Kids and Family Releases for January 7, 2014

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It's a small week for new releases, but that doesn't mean that there's not some good stuff out there for families looking for something fresh to watch during these cold days and nights. This week's DVD titles include new installments of CHUGGINGTON, THE OCTONAUTS, PAC-MAN, TICKETY TOC and more. Let's take a look at what's hitting retail shelves right now...

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ChuggingtonCHUGGINGTON: SPECIAL HELPER WILSON (Anchor Bay)

In these six traintastic episodes plus a bonus Badge Quest episode Hoot and Toot learn to take turns and work as a team, Emery learns that teasing can be unkind, and Wilson, Brewster and Koko showcase kindness and helpfulness. There are special songs, smashed pumpkins, quiz questions and a new paintjob, too. In this heart-warming collection of fun and friend-filled adventures, the trainees complete their daily tasks and learn lessons of timeless value.

The HuntersTHE HUNTERS (Anderson Merchandising)

Imagine if all mythical artifacts, from Jason's Golden Fleece to Cinderella's Glass Slippers, were real. Well, they are, and for centuries, a secret society called The Hunters has been sworn to protect them from an evil force called The Krugen. The last time The Krugen got their hands on one of these artifacts - The Magic Mirror from Snow White - they asked the mirror to grant them power, and that wish caused the Dark Ages. Now Mason, a former Hunter and self proclaimed Krugen, is trying to reassemble the mirror and gain ultimate power. Join Jordyn and Carter Flynn, two Hunters, on their incredible adventure to save their parents and find and protect the missing pieces of the very same Magic Mirror - saving the world from Mason.

OctonautsOCTONAUTS: HERE COME THE OCTONAUTS (NCircle Entertainment)

Dive into adventure with your favorite underwater explorers, the Octonauts! Join brave Captain Barnacles, daredevil ex-pirate Kwazii, and medic Peso Penguin, along with the other Octonauts as they explore the world's oceans, rescue the creatures who live there, and protect their habitats above and below the waves! On this exciting DVD, Captain Barnacles tangles with a Colossal Squid who has his hooks in the Octopod, Peso babysits a bunch of penguin chicks stuck in a blizzard, Kwazii has a shocking encounter with an Electric Torpedo Ray, and much more!

PAC-MANPAC-MAN AND THE GHOSTLY ADVENTURES: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS (Phase 4 Films)

Thanks to the school bully, Pac-Man accidentally opens the portal to the Netherworld, unleashing an army of ghosts, led by the fiery Lord Betrayus! Lucky for Pac-World, the Legend of Last Yellow Orb proves to be true: thanks to power-berries from the ancient Tree Of Life, young Pac has the ability to eat the ghosts… and burp out their eyeballs! WOW! Unfortunately, the ghosts manage to steal the Tree Of Life, which could mean the end of PacWorld!

PAC-MANPAC-MAN AND THE GHOSTLY ADVENTURES: ALL YOU CAN EAT! (Phase 4 Films)

Lord Betrayus plans to render Pac powerless by getting Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde to feed Pac so much he'll be too full to eat anything else... power berries or ghosts! But Pac isn't getting full, even when he's eating everything in both worlds! PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures is a big, bustling world of action, chills, chases and comedy, starring three unique and winning teenagers who will stop at nothing to protect their friendship, their freedom, and the future!

SCOOBY-DOO!SCOOBY-DOO! 13 SPOOKY TALES FOR THE LOVE OF SNACK (Turner Home Entertainment)

There's only one thing Scooby-Doo and Shaggy love more than solving a good mystery stuffing their mouths with more tasty treats than they can eat! Scooby and Shaggy's snack-hungry tummies have caused trouble for the rest of the gang time and time again, but the two always step up to the plate to help solve the many mysteries they encounter. Now our favorite meddling kids discover what happens when the snacks fight back! From a giant hamburger monster to a cursed pizza to a creature haunting a (say it isn't so) Scooby snack factory, the gang will need plenty of guts to close these cases. If you've got an appetite for spooky adventures with Scooby-Doo and crew, pick up this tasty collection of episodes today that the whole family will enjoy.

TICKETY TOCTICKETY TOC: THE UNSTOPPABLE UNPOPPABLE BUBBLE (Anchor Bay)

In The Unstoppable, Unpoppable Bubble, our comedic heroes Tommy and Tallulah test McCoggins new unpoppable bubble formula! But soon an unpoppable bubble becomes so large it engulfs the whole town! Will the town be rescued from the extra-large and extra-strong bubble? Will Tommy & Tallulah make it out of the bubble in time to chime? In this and 5 other exciting adventures, the Tickety Town team, along with your own preschoolers, will learn the importance of teamwork, community and social responsibility.

Want a glimpse into the future? Check out The Rock Father's Pop Culture Shopping Lists (Home Video | Music) for a look at what new releases are coming in the weeks and months ahead!

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James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

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