Imagine if R2-D2 were belligerent and made of spare parts. That's sort of what Chopper, the newest Astromech Droid in the STAR WARS Universe, is. Chopper, aka C1-10P is a "cranky, yet goodhearted" little droid that plays an important part in Disney's upcoming STAR WARS REBELS animated series, which takes place four years before 1977's original STAR WARS film. The new droid just made his debut at the Nuremberg Toy Fair, and his video introduction can be seen below...

This sorta came out of nowhere. On April 1, Universal will release THE LITTLE RASCALS SAVE THE DAY on DVD and Blu-ray (it's out on digital March 18), an all-new live-action adventure inspired by the classic OUR GANG films. The Blu-ray will feature deleted scenes, a gag reel and animatics. Check out the details below...

March is shaping-up to be a great month for TRANSFORMERS fans of the... smaller variety. On Saturday, March 1, TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS will return to The Hub Network for it's second season, kicking off the action with two back-to-back new episodes at 1pm ET/10am PT. In “Road Trip”,  a tricky transporter takes Cody for a crazy ride and Kade takes on a high-flying rescue mission. In “Sky Forest," Cody and Frankie find themselves going head to head in a town inventor contest, leading to a jealous divide between the two. To make matters worse, Frankie's contest entry gets out of control, not only threatening her friendship with Cody and the Bots, but the safety of the entire island. But the action doesn't stop there, as Shout! Factory Kids has announced TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS: HEROES ON THE SCENE for a March 18 DVD release.

The folks over at Anchor Bay recently released TICKETY TOC: THE UNSTOPPABLE, UNPOPPABLE BUBBLE on DVD. Now, they've teamed with THE ROCK FATHER to get a couple of lucky readers hooked-up with copies of the new disc, which features six adventures of the popular Nick Jr. Series. Would you like one for your family? Learn more, and enter to win below! 

On February 4, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will release the recent film FREE BIRDS on Blu-ray and DVD. We've seen it, and it was cute. Now, families will have the chance to enjoy it whenever they'd like, and today THE ROCK FATHER is teaming-up with Fox to get one lucky reader hooked-up with a copy of the all-new Blu-ray! Want a chance to win? Scroll down, but first... some interesting facts about Turkeys.

January 26, 1979. It was 35 years ago tonight that THE DUKES OF HAZZARD made it's debut on CBS, introducing the world to the Duke boys, The General Lee, and a full cast of iconic characters straight outta Hazzard County, Georgia. Moonshine runners had never been quite as fun, and for a kid like me, the show (which ran until 1985) became a part of my weekly routine. I even had a DUKES birthday party for my fifth (see video of that and my old DUKES Power Cycle here), and still miss those old MEGO figures with the plastic General Lee that they rode in. Let's show some respect with the classic, Season One intro below...

Friday, January 24 2014 14:09


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As we entered the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois on Wednesday night, I couldn't help but think that the "kid" version of me would be pretty impressed. After all, when I was but a wee lad, attending DISNEY ON ICE was a very special experience - one that I first took part in way back in 1981 (I went into detail on that here) - and something that was a rare occasion. But here we are, and "grownup" James has been to DISNEY ON ICE three times in just under a year. The kid version of me would have just as much trouble believing that as the McFly family did when Marty went back to 1955 and mentioned having television sets... "two of them." Having taken my oldest to Rockin' Ever After last January at the Allstate Arena, followed by 100 Years of Magic (with both girls) last November at United Center, it was time for a new performance with DISNEY ON ICE Presents Let's Celebrate!, which we attended courtesy of Feld Entertainment via the work I do with US Family Guide. You know what? Attending DISNEY ON ICE is still a very special experience.

As January continues to fly by, there's a solid set of new kids and family home video titles hitting the streets this week. From The Hub's THE ADVENTURES OF CHUCK & FRIENDS, to new collections from perennial favorites like SESAME STREET and the PEANUTS GANG, there's something for kids of all-ages. Check out the full rundown of this week's new discs, right here on The Rock Father.

Tuesday, January 21 2014 13:54

PBS KIDS announces a brand-new series, ODD SQUAD!

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The Rock Father is a 2014 PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent) BloggerMy friends over at PBS KIDS just made a big announcement about a brand-new series from Sinking Ship Entertainment and The Fred Rogers Company. Created by Tim McKeon (Fosterʼs Home for Imaginary Friends, Adventure Time, The Electric Company) and Adam Peltzman (The Electric Company, The Backyardigans, Wallykazam!), ODD SQUAD is a live-action transmedia property geared toward helping kids ages 5-8 learn math. The series will focus on two young agents, Olive and Otto, who serve as part of the ODD SQUAD, solving cases that rank among the unusual. Within each case, a math concept will be presented.

The Rock Father is a 2014 PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent) BloggerThis Monday, Jim Henson's DINOSAUR TRAIN rolls into town for an all-new, hour-long special on PBS KIDS with the NATURE TRACKERS ADVENTURE CAMP. Featuring four exciting and educational adventures (full details on each below), The Rock Daughters and I have not only taken an early look at the special, but have recently completed one of the fun (and free) activities that YOU can do with your little ones as a member of the Nature Trackers Club. Our adventure: Growing Crystals.

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On February 11, Disney will bring MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE: MINNIE-RELLA to DVD, just prior to a Valentine's Day premiere on Disney Junior. This Cinderella-inspired tale follows the release of a World of Reading Book of the same title that hit the streets back in December, with the ever-popular Minnie Mouse losing the infamous glass slipper. Curious to see more upcoming DVD and Blu-ray releases for the whole family? Check out my ongoing list. Full details on this one below...

It's Tuesday again? I'm not sure where this past week has gone, but it feels like we just did this... the main difference being, I have some better selections to share this week. If you're looking for some new viewing options to enjoy with your family, there's a decent selection hitting retail this week. From THE BERENSTAIN BEARS to DINOSAUR TRAIN, LEGO NINJAGO to RUBY GLOOM, DIGIMON to THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT, there's a little something for everyone. Here's your new release Tuesday titles for January 14, 2014. Want a glimpse even further into the future? Check out my ongoing list right here.

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