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Between Ariel from THE LITTLE MERMAID and those Barbie A MERMAID TALE movies, I have my fair share of Mermaid action taking place here at Rock Father HQ. Personally, I'm more of a SPLASH fan myself, but I'm old-school. These young kids, though? They're all about the Mermaids. Despite having a reported 250 million viewers worldwide, I'd never heard of H20: JUST ADD WATER - an Australian series that runs on Teen Nick here in the U.S. - until tonight. The first three seasons are hitting DVD this March individually (a full-series box set was released last November), prior to the launch of a 26-episode spin-off series called SECRET OF MAKO ISLAND. Details below...

This February, PBS KIDS will premiere a new one-hour special from DINOSAUR TRAIN. The hit show from The Jim Henson Company returns with "Submarine Adventures" making it's television debut on February 18 (check your local listings) followed by a DVD release (pre-order here) the following day. This new special features four adventures focusing on sea creatures that lived during the "age of the dinosaurs." The Rock Father has all the details below...

The internet is a bad place. After speculation, rumor, and even flat-out denial by Abrams himself, it's been officially revealed after news leaked earlier this week... J.J. ABRAMS WILL DIRECT STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. Walt Disney Studios sent out the official press release a short time ago, complete with quotes from all the involved players. Interestingly enough, the day the Abrams news flared up again this week, I had both of my girls decked out in STAR WARS t-shirts, a picture of which I shared on The Rock Father social nets. Details on this new ripple in The Force below...

LEGO Brand RetailLEGO and STAR WARS have been a match of legendary proportions. A "peanut butter and chocolate" marriage of pop culture icons, you could say. Now that my oldest daughter is into both LEGO and STAR WARS, she absolutely loved when Cartoon Network premiered LEGO STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES OUT last year. We actually still have it on our DVD all these months later, but this spring we can let it go as Lucasfilm, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, and LEGO have announced a DVD release for March 26... complete with an exclusive DARTH VADER Minifigure!

With the kids off school in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it's the perfect time for some educational programming from PBS Kids. Premiering today (check local listings for times) is the WILD KRATTS "Lost At Sea" Science Special. An advance screener arrived here at Rock Father HQ, and after watching it with Addie twice last week, I can assure you that this under sea adventure is one you won't want to miss! Check out the trailer and episode details below...

Disney Junior just hit The Rock Father with details on their 2013 Valentine's Day Celebration, which will include all-new Valentine's-themed episodes of DOC McSTUFFINS and HANDY MANNY. Get those DVRs set for some Valentine's Day fun for the little ones! Details and photos can be found below...

On the "Biography" page of PAUL WILLIAMS' website, it's pointed out that "he predicts that he'll be remembered for playing Little Enos Burdette in the SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT Trilogy." For a kid like me that was born in the 70s and raised in the 80s, I certainly do associate Williams with the role, but it was his work with THE MUPPETS that made him a huge part of my childhood. If you've ever seen EMMET OTTER'S JUGBAND CHRISTMAS or THE MUPPET MOVIE, then the music of Paul Williams has flowed through you. Now, as I share those works with my children, it flows through them as well. In PAUL WILLIAMS: STILL ALIVE (out on DVD February 5), filmmaker Stephen Kessler explores the mystery of Williams' lengthy career.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment just hit The Rock Father with a couple of new video clips straight from the home release of DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS (out today on DVD and Blu-ray). Below the jump you can check out an alternate ending and a deleted scene from the third film to be based on the popular "Wimpy Kid" book series. 

I have to admit, though I have a copy of HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON here at Rock Father HQ, the munchkins and I have not yet watched the spin-off series, DRAGONS: RIDERS OF BERK on Cartoon Network. In fact, other than knowing that T.J. Miller does a voice on there, I don't really know a ton about it. That said, I know a lot of you (or your kids) dig the show, and as such, the folks from DreamWorks sent over a handy guide on "How to care for your Dragon," along with an interactive quiz to promote the recent DVD release of the first four episodes of the show (available now from Walmart). Are you into DRAGONS? Scroll down...

I've been known to purchase a shirt from Teefury on occasion. They do limited edition $10 tees that are only available for 24 Hours each - then they're gone forever. Known for their pop-culture mashups (I have one that blends THE DUKES OF HAZZARD with BACK TO THE FUTURE), they've posted a shirt today that caught my eye as I do a little surfing while the munchkin is at her "2's and 3's" pre-preschool this morning. If you like GHOSTBUSTERS and STAR WARS, this one's for you...

FOX International's BabyTV has been releasing Apps for the iPhone and iPad for awhile now, and as of this week, they've added a new one to their growing library. LEARNING GAMES FOR KIDS focuses on "early learning concepts including color recognition, numeracy, matching & sorting as well as encouraging language development" for kids 2-5. It's available exclusively from the Apple App Store (click here for iPhone, or here for iPad) for the next 45 days, after which it will become available on Google Play as well.

The folks over at PBS Kids have just announced their annual PBS KIDS GO! Writing Contest for kids in grades K-3. This creative writing adventure encourages children from around the country to embrace the power of storytelling utlizing their own words and illustrations. Fun fact? As a fifth grader, The Rock Father once took part in a similar contest - becoming the winning writer to represent his school at the Illinois Young Author's Conference at Illinois State University. Yes, I just spoke of myself in the third-person. Check out the full details on the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest below, and then get your little ones writing!

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