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Is it Halloween in April? Weird to follow-up a post about toys based on THE MUNSTERS with this...

I've known about these for a bit, but now that photos for all of them have surfaced online, it's time to discuss a forthcoming wave of the Hot Wheels "Pop Culture" cars... UNIVERSAL HORROR.

This DORA isn't for the kiddies... but for parents to enjoy...

If you've been following along, then you already know that CollegeHumor followed-up their fake trailer for a live-action DORA THE EXPLORER movie with an actual live-action webseries event, DORA THE EXPLORER AND THE DESTINY MEDALLION. The parody got started last Tuesday with Part 1, and today the folks at CollegeHumor hit The Rock Father with Part 2. Check it out below, then be on the lookout for the explosive conclusion on April 2.

Monday, March 25 2013 22:21

CHARLIE: A TOY STORY (DVD Review)

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It doesn't happen often, but once in awhile there's a head-scratcher that arrives here at Rock Father HQ. The new film, CHARLIE: A TOY STORY is a prime example. Out on DVD April 2, 2013 through eOne Films, CHARLIE: A TOY STORY was produced by Engine 15 Media Group, the folks behind the embarassingly terrible A CARS LIFE movies (four so far) that shamelessly target Grandparents and budget-concious consumers that might be tricked into thinking they're picking up the latest installment of the popular Disney-Pixar franchise. They were also behind CHIHUAHUA: THE MOVIE, which I'm sure was meant to look absolutely nothing like the Disney-released BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA, which of course is why my Mom accidentally picked up a copy of the former much to the disappointment of the grandkids (not mine, but others). See a pattern here?

As I've noted before, we still have LEGO STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES OUT on our DVR from when it originally aired on Cartoon Network last year. With the DVD release happening this Tuesday (pre-order it here), the folks at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment sent over some self-created marketing "Memes" to help spread the word. While I don't know if there's a copy of the DVD headed to Rock Father HQ or not, we actually picked up the previous release, LEGO STAR WARS: THE PADAWAN MENACE on Blu-ray this past Friday since the little ones younglings hadn't seen it yet. Check out the ad-memes below...

As promised last week, the folks at CollegeHumor have sent over the first installment of their three-part webseries event, DORA THE EXPLORER AND THE DESTINY MEDALLION. Starring Ariel Winter (MODERN FAMILY, voice of "Sofia" on Disney Junior's SOFIA THE FIRST) as the titular "Dora," with Adrian Gonzalez (who I'm sure was great as "Seedy Guy" in an episode of 90210 last year) as "Diego," the new clip can be seen below, right here on The Rock Father. Be warned... it's not family-friendly.

It was just about a month ago when I posted a blog in support of CAILLOU. The little guy is a longtime fixture here at Rock Father HQ, and like most parents of small children, I've seen the available episodes of CAILLOU more times than I can count. I say "available" because all of the episodes haven't been aired in the U.S., nor are they readily-available on DVD or on-demand in any kind of complete form. Now, PBS KIDS has started airing some "new" episodes of the popular show.

I have been deflecting the same question (or variations of it) every February/March for roughly a decade now: "Will we be seeing you at SXSW?" Despite working in various disciplines that are represented at the annual festival in Austin (Music, Film, Interactive), I've never gone. Each year, I answer a growing number of emails (probably 200+ this year) with variations on the same answer: "Maybe next year." I just don't do a lot of conferences (and when I do, someone else is paying), so for folks like me, it helps when someone else rocks some good coverage. This year? It's The SXSW Diaries - a five-part webseries from PBS, hosted by "pseudo-reporter" Steve Goldbloom. Let's watch...

Was the destruction of the Death Star an inside job? This is the question posed by a new "truther" documentary entitled "LUKE'S CHANGE: AN INSIDE JOB." Directed by filmmaker Graham Putnam in the spirit of the 9/11 doc, "LOOSE CHANGE," this 7-minute film explores "some questionable events and circumstances leading up to the destruction of the Death Star, through the eyes of an amateur investigative journalist," with the primary focus being "the connections between the people who created and operated the Death Star and those responsible for destroying it." Intrigued? Watch below...

Last June, I posted a story entitled "DORA THE EXPLORER and DIEGO Tear it Up in a Live-Action Film!" They didn't actually make a real film, but they did do a great fake trailer. Well, viewers wanted more, and more they shall receive. A rep from CollegeHumor just reached out to The Rock Father with the poster for DORA THE EXPLORER and the DESTINY MEDALLION, an all-new, three-part webseries event set to debut on March 19th. Actress Ariel Winter (MODERN FAMILY, voice of "Sofia" on Disney Junior's SOFIA THE FIRST) is back as the title character.

The 1996 film THAT THING YOU DO! is one of a select group of movies (STAR WARS, THE BLUES BROTHERS, BACK TO THE FUTURE, etc.) that I've re-purchased several times throughout the years. I had it on VHS... then DVD... then "Extended Edition" DVD... and now, the Tom Hanks written/directed comedy is coming to Blu-ray (out April 2 via Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment). Rated PG, you could toss around whether or not it's a "family" film, but I say go for it. Hanks is a true music-lover, and THAT THING YOU DO! is a testament to that. I'm surprised they didn't just wait three years to do a "20th Anniversary" release. Has it really been 17 years already?

Saturday, March 09 2013 22:37

Review: SCOOBY-DOO LIVE! MUSICAL MYSTERIES

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Last year, after living together for 14 years, I learned something disturbing about my wife that had somehow never emerged... She doesn't like Scooby-Doo. This came as a real surprise to me, as I'd been known to wear the occasional Scooby t-shirt over the years, but I guess we'd never really discussed it before. Too bad for my wife, since thanks to Cartoon Network and a certain 36-year-old 3½-year-old (Addie), Scooby-Doo makes frequent appearances here at Rock Father HQ.  

For my friends and readers in the Chicago area - specifically those in the Northern Suburbs - The Mystery Machine is rolling into Waukegan this Saturday as SCOOBY-DOO LIVE! MUSICAL MYSTERIES takes the stage at the Genesee Theatre for two performances at noon and 3pm. Tickets are still available through Ticketmaster, the Genesee Theatre Box Office, or by phone (800-982-2787). 

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