Sprout Channel kicks-off March with Oscar the Grouch and Giuliana Rancic, announces new programming highlights...Written by James Zahn
If you're new to THE ROCK FATHER, you might not know that I've actually written a couple of pieces for the "Parenting" section of Sproutonline, the digital extension of Sprout Channel (you can read them here and here) as a member of their "Kindness Crew." The 24-hour preschool channel has been an important part of our lives for the past four years, so it's always exciting when they have news to share, and today I have just that. Their March programming highlights begin NOW with Oscar Weekend, and wrap-up with the very-appropriate, Music Week. Take a peek at what goodies you and your little ones can enjoy together this month...
On March 25, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will begin the "Year of the Dragon" celebration by releasing DRAGONS: DEFENDERS OF BERK Part 1 on DVD with new bonus features packed-in along 10 great adventures from the world of DreamWorks Animation's HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON. We're getting the fun started a little early here on THE ROCK FATHER, with a chance to win the DVD to enjoy with your family!
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This week, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment released THE BOOK THIEF on Fox Digital HD, ahead of it's March 11th bow on Blu-ray and DVD. To celebrate the home release of this new film based on Markus Zusak's best-selling 2005 book of the same name, we're giving you a chance to win a copy of it on Blu-ray, and to delve deeper with a PDF download of a special book-to-film discussion (best-read after you've seen the film). Learn more and enter for a chance to win below!
THE HUB NETWORK just hit THE ROCK FATHER with news that the mid-season return of SABRINA SECRETS OF A TEENAGE WITCH will take place on March 15 at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT. The series returns with all-new episodes featuring voice star Ashley Tisdale (PHINEAS AND FERB, SCARY MOVIE 5, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3) as Sabrina.
Whenever I write about Caillou here on THE ROCK FATHER, I usually tend to include a little preface - a wee bit of background, if you will - about how loved the divisive little four-year-old is here at Rock Father HQ. You see, what usually happens is that a Caillou post lures out of the woodwork these... people - people that like to complain about the little guy for no better reason other than complaining. They're sorta like a clique - one comprised largely of the uninformed that's never actually watched and absorbed the show. They just say "He's whiny" (in a pretty whiny voice themselves), and then they scurry back into whatever hole they crawled out of (and then I delete their comments). Yes, this is a pro-Caillou household, and for those of you unfamiliar, that little "E/I" big in the corner? That means "educational and informational," and not any show can get it. It's a badge of honor bestowed upon certain shows by the FCC - and CAILLOU has it. My reason for the rundown today? CAILLOU'S GARDEN ADVENTURES just hit DVD via my friends at PBS KIDS and DHX Media.
With the home release of Disney's FROZEN fast-approaching (it comes out on March 18), it's hard to believe that this cinematic and cultural juggernaut just hit theatres a mere three months ago. While I've been promising a Rock Father-style in-depth look at the making of the film (it's coming - stay tuned!), today comes a preview of the bonus features to be found when the Blu-ray hits the streets. Watch as Josh Gad ('Olaf') and Jonathan Groff ('Kristoff') sing about the making of FROZEN... while not really telling you how they made FROZEN. Just take a look...
On April 15, Universal Studios Home Entertainment will release THE NUT JOB on Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD, & DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet as well as On Demand. The recent animated film stars Will Arnett (Batman in THE LEGO MOVIE, the upcoming TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES) as the voice of Surly, "a mischievous squirrel on a mission to prove himself."
Last night, MARVEL debuted the first trailer for director James Gunn's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. For those unfamiliar, this tale takes the MARVEL Cinematic Universe to new (and weirder) locales far beyond the superhero action that casual fans are used to, following the adventures of some colorful and very alien characters. Earlier this week, I previewed the new line of action toys that Hasbro was showing off at New York Toy Fair (see them here), and now, thanks to Jimmy Kimmel Live, the new trailer can be viewed below. Check it out...
While the specifics have not yet been revealed, StarVista Entertainment/Time-Life have announced a 2014 release for THE WONDER YEARS: THE COMPLETE SERIES on DVD. The hit ABC series, which starred Fred Savage, Danica McKellar, Dan Lauria, Alley Mills, Jason Hervey, Olivia d'Abo, Josh Saviano and Daniel Stern has been a frequently-requested title, as it's never been available in it's entirety.
It was only a matter of time, and that time is now... the folks over at Disney Store are ushering in a new galaxy of awesome with an exclusive collection of STAR WARS merchandise, just-launched and available now from (my affiliate) DisneyStore.com. Already stocked with 77 items (appropriate when you think about 1977... or 5-25-77), there's something for the entire family from STAR WARS RACERS (Die-cast cars based on the AT-AT, Darth Maul, C-3PO and more) to clothing for kids and grownups, banks, blasters, and plush, the new STAR WARS collection at Disney Store is well-worth a look. Here's a taste...
It's an in-between week for new family media titles, with some decent stuff hitting retail but no single "blockbuster" title to lead the charge. But that doesn't mean that the offerings aren't worth a look, as there's a trio of new DVDs from SESAME STREET along with BEWARE THE BATMAN, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE, GARFIELD, DR. SUESS and a bunch of bargain-priced reissues. And, if you'd like to "Think Spring," there's new Easter titles from PETER RABBIT, PETER COTTONTAIL, and Nickelodeon's DORA THE EXPLORER. Here's what's hitting the streets today, February 18, 2014.
As I've previously mentioned here on THE ROCK FATHER, February 25 will be a big day for fans of DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD, as the first two volumes of the hit PBS KIDS series arrive on DVD with the release of DANIEL'S BIG FEELINGS and LIFE'S LITTLE LESSONS. Now comes word that the week leading up to the release will be jam-packed with new episodes as Daniel's Big Feelings Week kicks-off this Monday, February 17 on PBS KIDS (check local listings for times). Below you'll find all the details and some brand-new clips!