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PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent)Since today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day, I figured it was the perfect time to share with all of you a little project that we recently completed here at Rock Father HQ. With the new math-centric series PEG + CAT getting ready to make it's debut on PBS KIDS on October 7, the folks at PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Market have teamed-up to offer families some fun recipes that are both educational and healthy. But they're not just recipes - but arts and crafts projects as well - and we took on The Pirates' "Great Banana" Fruit Salad Recipe and Craft Activity. Not only did we make some tasty fruit salad from scratch, but we also created our own little "treasure chests" to keep it in as well. Let's take a look... 

PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent)On September 16, SESAME STREET will kick-off it's 44th Season on PBS KIDS with a host of new segments, one of which is COOKIE'S CRUMBY PICTURES - with each five minute piece presenting a lesson in self-regulation (a large part of this year's curriculum) with COOKIE MONSTER. While we've got just under two weeks until the Season Premiere, Cookie Monster just got an early lesson from actor TOM HIDDLESTON. Check it out...

The casting of BEN AFFLECK as BATMAN in the forthcoming SUPERMAN/BATMAN team-up might be old news at this point, but today I've got some Bat-related news that is also... old news. Sorta... But it's probably new to you!

In less than two weeks, the crew at Feld Entertainment will bring their production of Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic to the United Center from September 11-15, 2013. While I've already given you the scoop on discount tickets for your family (which you can still get), today I've got a special 100 Years of Magic Coloring Sheet to share... one that features Mickey and Minnie Mouse in their full skating glory. Click here to download the printable PDF, and if you're not yet decided on attending the show, check out the full details below...

On September 3, GKIDS and Cinedigm will release the Internationally-acclaimed family film, FROM UP ON POPPY HILL for the home market. Produced by Studio Ghibli, the film was written by studio founder Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his son, Goro Miyazaki. Check out the trailer and details below, right here on The Rock Father...

UPDATED 8/26: Fox sent over the trailer, which I've added below...

My wife and I were just discussing SHREK: The Musical the other night, in that a human being playing Shrek in a live arena is sort of a disturbing proposition. Regardless, the Broadway show was a massive hit, and now it's been captured for audiences at home in an official film shot live on Broadway under the direction of Michael Warren. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment just hit The Rock Father with full details on the forthcoming release, which will arrive on Deluxe Edition Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital HD™ or single-disc DVD on October 15. The cast includes Brian d’Arcy James (Shrek), Sutton Foster (Fiona), Daniel Breaker (Donkey), Christopher Sieber (Lord Farquaad), and John Tartaglia (Pinocchio)...

PBS KIDS VIPWhile Monday, September 2nd is Labor Day here in the 'States, it's "Neighbor Day" for the residents of DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD on PBS KIDS. In this new, half-hour episode, "Daniel learns how good it feels to be neighborly and that one kind act can lead to many. His first good deed starts a chain reaction of kindness all around the Neighborhood, culminating with the declaration of 'Neighbor Day'!" It's also a "Musical Event," and you can check out a preview below...

DOC McSTUFFINS is a big hit around these parts (although we were a little late to the party), and as such, the fact that DISNEY JUNIOR has announced that September 6th will bring the Season Two Premiere is pretty exciting. Before that happens, Doc will hit the road in The Doc Mobile, a 27-foot Custom Airstream Trailer, for a Nationwide Tour that gets started in Boston on August 18th. Learn more about the tour below...

PBS KIDS VIP BloggerIt's a known fact that I'm not a fan of ICONA POP. While The Rock Father might not love "I Love It," I do love COOKIE MONSTER, and today my big blue friend finally made "I Love It" worth listening to through his reworked cover, "Me Want It." The new, Cookie-centric version of the song comes from SESAME STREET Season 44 (premiering September 16, 2013 on PBS KIDS!), in which Cookie Monster has his own segment to help kids learn to practice self-restraint. Check out Cookie's new video below, along with a full playlist of Sesame Street Season 44 Previews... including the SONS OF ANARCHY riff, "Sons of Poetry," and the introduction of Sesame Street's newest resident, 'Mando!

PBS KIDS VIPOn September 3, PBS Distribution will bring a new collection of the PBS KIDS hit WILD KRATTS to DVD. WILD KRATTS: WILDEST ANIMAL ADVENTURES (pre-order via Target) is a 5-disc set with 555 minutes of adventure spread over 20 full episodes, each featuring animated versions of Martin and Chris Kratt. Check out the full details below, right here on The Rock Father!

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment just hit The Rock Father with full details on THE CROODS, making it's debut on Digital HD on September 15 and Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD on October 1 (Pre-Order Now from Walmart). We haven't seen this one yet, but will certainly make a point of it this Fall. Check out the full specs below...

Sprout is looking for America's Next Great Preschool Host. Could it be YOU? Now through August 31, the 24-hour preschool channel is holding Sprout's Host Hunt, a Nationwide search for a new face to join the crew on The Sunny Side Up Show - their live morning show. Interested potential hosts (could be an actor... or just a fan!) can submit a 60-second audition video with full details available here.

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