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Sunday, October 27 2013 10:44

GIVEAWAY - HOME ALONE: THE HOLIDAY HEIST on DVD

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THE ROCK FATHER - ROCK YOUR HOLIDAYSIt's almost the season to be jolly, and my friends at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment are gearing up to release their latest seasonal film, HOME ALONE: THE HOLIDAY HEIST. The fifth installment of the HOME ALONE franchise first appeared last year as an ABC Family Movie Event, and this year it comes home on October 29th, arriving on DVD just in time for the holidays. FoxConnect has teamed-up with The Rock Father to get two lucky readers hooked up with copies of the new DVD, and you can find your chance below. Ho Ho Ho!

PBS KIDSIn a season where new "Halloween specials" have been light, there's a real classic vibe that comes with CURIOUS GEORGE: A HALLOWEEN BOO FEST. Making it's television debut this Monday (10/28) on PBS KIDS (check your local listings), this first-ever pumpkin-spiced tale for the little monkey has a warmth that I haven't really gotten from recent seasonal fare. Seeing my oldest curl-up on the couch with her Curious George mask as we took in a sneak-preview here at Rock Father HQ, it reminded me of those nights as a kid in the 1980s where I'd do the same while eagerly-awaiting IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN. With that, CURIOUS GEORGE: A HALLOWEEN BOO FEST secures its place as part of 31 Days of Halloween here on The Rock Father.

On November 5, eOne Entertainment will release GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU: HIDDEN TREASURES on DVD. This new, 80-minute collection brings the beloved children's books to life as originally seen on Disney Junior a few years back. Check out a preview below...

Wednesday, October 23 2013 22:42

LEGO KidsFest Announces 2014 Tour Dates...

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LEGO KidsFestThe folks behind the LEGO KidsFest just hit The Rock Father with the full details on their 2014 Tour, which will bring a massive, traveling LEGO exhibit to seven cities across North America from February-November of next year. The interactive, hands-on event features a multitude of cool activities for kids of all-ages and grownups, too! Check out the dates and details below...

All month, my friends at Sprout have been gearing up for Halloween with their ongoing Sprout Halloween Parade, in which kids can march in place in their Halloween costumes and use the "Send to Sprout" App to submit their video to become a part of the user-generated parade. Now, we're just a week away from when the real treats start rolling on October 28, and the Sunshine Barn takes on a Halloween theme for the Sunny Side Up Show (airing live, 9am-noon ET) and the 24-hour preschool network starts airing some terrific Halloween content. Here's a preview... 

For my local readers in the greater Chicagoland Area, I have a chance for you and your family to experience a brand-new event for free. The World Pet Association is bringing the Aquatic Experience - Chicago the the Schaumburg Convention Center from November 15-17, 2013. This inaugural event is bringing everything aquatic together for the first time, creating a family-friendly environment that includes a Live Shark Encounter, Kids Aquarium Contest and much more. The folks behind the event have teamed with The Rock Father to get one lucky family set-up with a Daily Family Pass, valid for up to 2 adults and 4 children for Aquatic Experience – Chicago. The winner of the giveaway may select the date (Nov. 15, 16 or 17) and the pass includes access to all exhibits and show floor activities! Learn more about the show, and enter for your chance to win below...

As of today, there are only 69 days until Christmas. Yes, the Holiday Season is almost upon us, and the folks at Disney have just hit The Rock Father with details on some classic titles that will be released on Blu-ray for the very first time, each perfect for gifting or family viewing. MICKEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL: 30th Anniversary Edition and WINNIE THE POOH: A VERY MERRY POOH YEAR (Gift of Friendship Edition) will arrive on November 5, followed by THE LITTLE MERMAID II: RETURN TO THE SEA & ARIEL'S BEGINNING on November 19. Check out full details on each, along with some additional Disney goodies below in today's Disney Roundup...

This month, Shout! Factory in association with Hasbro Studios released TRANSFORMERS PRIME: PREDACONS RISING, a 90-minute epilogue to the recently-concluded, TRANSFORMERS PRIME. BUMBLE BEE got his voice back... MEGATRON raised an undead army (seasonally-appropriate for Halloween!)... and for the rest, you'll just have to watch. Luckily for you, my friends at Shout! Factory and Hasbro have teamed up with The Rock Father to get three readers hooked-up with some sweet prizes. So which side are you on? AUTOBOT... DECEPTICON... or PREDACON?

SOFIA THE FIRST has been a staple here at Rock Father HQ since it started airing on Disney Junior earlier this year. That said, my girls will be pretty excited to learn that the adventure is going beyond Enchanica, and onto the seas when SOFIA THE FIRST: THE FLOATING PALACE arrives next month. Premiering SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24 (7:00 p.m., ET/PT) on the Disney Channel and THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28 (7:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Junior, Sofia's first primetime special features an appearance from a true Disney legend - Princess Ariel, THE LITTLE MERMAID herself. Check out a preview below...

Halloween Specials have been a highlight of the Fall television season for as long as I can remember. I think this year has been light on that note, but the folks at DreamWorks Animation have two new titles out this Fall that feature some familiar characters with some new adventures. To celebrate the release of MONSTERS VS. ALIENS: CLONING AROUND and KUNG-FU PANDA: SCORPION STING, DreamWorks and The Rock Father are getting one lucky reader hooked up with DVDs of each, while sharing some thoughts on the Top DreamWorks characters for the season. 

When Fall arrives, one of the first things we always look forward to is new Halloween specials and video releases. While 2013 feels like a really light year on that note, one new collection that's a must-have for little ones is THE HALLOWEEN COLLECTION: Volume 2, from the excellent, and ever-expanding Scholastic Storybook Treasures line from Weston Woods/Cinedigm/New Kideo. This 3-Disc DVD Box set features 14 classic tales ripe for the halloween season, and manages to encourage learning along with bringing the not-so-scary frights.

Monday, October 07 2013 22:34

Watch: The First STAR WARS REBELS Teaser Arrives...

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Next year, Disney XD will begin airing their new original animated series, STAR WARS REBELS. Announced this past May (and covered on The Rock Father, here), the series takes place in the roughly 20-year gap between STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH and STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE... in other words, an era where an Old Trilogy guy like myself could see some familiar characters out and about. The first teaser is online, and it's just that - a teaser. Watch all 15-seconds of it below...

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