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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.

Wednesday, January 15 2014 22:02

MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE: MINNIE-RELLA coming to DVD...

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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.

The Rock Father is a 2014 PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent) BloggerThis Tuesday, my friends at PBS Distribution are releasing a pair of new DVDs featuring the PBS KIDS series' DINOSAUR TRAIN and MARTHA SPEAKS. Gearing up for those, they've sent over some clips, along with one from the February 25th release of DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD: DANIEL'S BIG FEELINGS.

Check 'em all out below, right here on The Rock Father...

Sunday, January 12 2014 12:09

FREE BIRDS is Gobbling it's way to Blu-ray...

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This past November, I took my oldest to check out a screening of FREE BIRDS as part of a promotion that I was doing with Chuck E. Cheese's. Addie and her little friend dug it, and now we'll be able to re-live what just might be a new staple of the Thanksgiving season... in-time for Valentine's Day. The folks at 20th Century Fox have officially announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of FREE BIRDS for February 4, 2014. Check out the specs below, and for more upcoming releases, visit my ongoing list of what's hot for families.

This past Friday, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment officially announced a March 18 release date for FROZEN on Blu-ray and DVD. The title had already been featured in my ongoing list of upcoming home video releases for families, but now we know exactly when you'll be able to experience it at home. Having missed it in theaters (I told Addie I'd take her and it just didn't happen), we're really looking forward to it. Full specs on that release, along with updates on additional Disney releases below...

Sunday, January 12 2014 10:25

POW! 48 Years Ago Today, BATMAN Premiered on ABC...

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Holy Retro Pop Culture, Batman! 48 years ago today - Wednesday, January 12, 1966, BATMAN premiered on ABC for the first of 120 episodes of campy, Caped Crusader goodness. Like many, I grew up watching it in re-runs on WFLD Channel 32 here in Chicago, a staple of 1980s post-school viewing. As a parent, I've introduced my little ones to the series via the 1966 feature-length film on DVD, with hopes that we'll eventually see the long-awaited proper Blu-ray and DVD release... which seems to become rumored at least once a year.

Disney on IceFor my local friends here near Rock Father HQ in Chicagoland, the folks at Feld Entertainment (I'm working with US Family Guide as a Feld Family Ambassador) are bringing Disney on Ice presents Let's Celebrate! to town later this month. The show will take place at Allstate Arena in Rosemont Jan 22 - Jan 26 & United Center in Chicago Jan 29 - Feb 9. I've got all the details, along with discount ticket info for you below...

On February 25th, the folks at Shout! Factory Kids will be releasing TRANSFORMERS PRIME: ULTIMATE BUMBLEBEE as a low-priced DVD exclusive to Walmart Stores. This disc features the kid-favorite Autobot in four adventures, and retails for under ten bucks. Check out the full specs and announcement below, right here on The Rock Father...

The folks at Disney Junior have just ordered more full seasons for three of their most popular shows. DOC McSTUFFINS and SOFIA THE FIRST have just received orders for a third season, while JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES will return for a fourth. While all three are loved here at Rock Father HQ, it's DOC that's the runaway hit for us. In fact, Santa brought the sought-after Doc McStuffins Check-up Center (Just Play Toys) for my girls a few weeks back. Check out some words from the Disney Junior team below...

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