Wednesday, February 27 2013 15:42

Sprout gets musical with new series... SING IT, LAURIE!

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Sprout is getting musical. Beginning Monday, March 25, SING IT, LAURIE! - a new animated musical preschool series - will make it's debut on the 24-hour preschool network. Co-created by family recording artist LAURIE BERKNER and JOSH SELIG of Emmy-winning Little Airplane Productions, the series will showcase Berkner's voice and music, along with Grammy-nominated rocker LISA LOEB (voicing twin sisters).

Saturday, February 23 2013 21:29

Preview: Dr. Seuss' Birthday Celebration on PBS Kids...

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March 2nd would've been the 109th Birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better-known to the world as DR. SEUSS. To celebrate, PBS Kids is rolling out new episodes of THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT!, and some great interactive content on March 1st. All of the details rolled into Rock Father HQ this weekend, so I'm sharing the goodness for you below...

Those of you that are both cinematically inclined and located in the Chicago area can look forward to the arrival of SCI-FI SPECTACULAR 7, 24 hours of Science Fiction and Fantasy on the big screen. Set to take place on March 9, 2013 at the Portage Theater (4050 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60641) with the action running noon 'till noon, the lineup includes the family-favorite THE DARK CRYSTAL, screening on Saturday afternoon. Full lineup below, and children under 12 are only $10.

Thirty years out from the 1980s and everything old is new again. I honestly never thought I'd be sitting here as a parent introducing my children to the same things that I enjoyed as a kid, but flip on The Hub and there they are: CARE BEARS, MY LITTLE PONY, POUND PUPPIES, G.I. JOE, TRANSFORMERS... the Saturday Morning staples, rebooted and enhanced to modern specifications with new stories for a new generation. And then you have STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE, a character relaunched a few times, and doing great as the third season of STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE'S BERRY BITTY ADVENTURES is set to premiere this Saturday (2/23) with back-to-back episodes at 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. ET (encores Mondays, 11:30 a.m. ET).

Sunday, February 17 2013 13:46

PAJANIMALS LIVE! TOUR has been canceled...

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Well, this is disappointing. The previously-announced 50-City PAJANIMALS LIVE! PAJAMA PLAYDATE Tour (which I covered here on The Rock Father back in November) has been canceled. CID Entertainment (producers of the tour) have issued the following statement...

Thursday, February 14 2013 00:32


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With Valentine's Day officially upon us, it's prime time to throw down a little more virtual ink devoted to MADLY MADAGASCAR one last time. After previewing the special and doing a giveaway here on The Rock Father in previous weeks, it felt fitting to hold off on my official review until now.

The DVR is already set here at Rock Father HQ, as my oldest will no doubt be excited for the Season Finale of MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC on The Hub. The action takes place this Saturday, with a special morning marathon capped-off by the Princess Coronation Episode in which Twilight Sparkle will be transformed. The folks from The Hub sent over full details, along with a video preview and a little info on a brand-new episode of LITTLEST PET SHOP which will follow MLP. Check 'em out below!

Straight out of the American International Toy Fair in New York City comes news that MGA Entertainment, Inc. and Nickelodeon have partnered to launch 52 episodes of the animated preschool series LALALOOPSY.  Set to debut this Spring on Nickelodeon, this new series is based on the popular Lalaloopsy line of toys. 

I haven't smelled one in years, but I can still "smell" the original STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE dolls from the 1980s. They smelled great, and the new ones don't quite match it. That fact aside, we've been known the watch some STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE on The Hub, and now comes news that Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE: BERRY FRIENDS FOREVER (pre-order here) on DVD March 5. Details below...

Shop Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Personalized Apparel  and More at TysToyBox.comUpon it's first airing last summer, DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD became an instant hit here at Rock Father HQ. Building upon the land of make-believe established in MISTER ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD, it's been fantastic to watch my oldest daughter become enthralled in the educational, and very musical adventures of Daniel Tiger. One thing missing from the experience has been some merchandising, and now that drought has come to an end. Thanks to the folks over at Ty's Toy Box, the official Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Store has opened for business. Even better? The Rock Father has coupons!

Thursday, January 31 2013 23:47

A Valentine's Day E-Card from MADLY MADAGASCAR...

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madly 125The love-themed MADLY MADAGASCAR is now available on DVD (order yours here) and my munchkins have already been enjoying it here at Rock Father HQ. Since Valentine's Day is just two weeks away, the folks at Dreamworks Animation/20th Century Fox Home Entertainment have sent over a little e-card that you can forward to some friends.

Check out the e-card along with the trailer and synopsis for the new animated special below...

Between Ariel from THE LITTLE MERMAID and those Barbie A MERMAID TALE movies, I have my fair share of Mermaid action taking place here at Rock Father HQ. Personally, I'm more of a SPLASH fan myself, but I'm old-school. These young kids, though? They're all about the Mermaids. Despite having a reported 250 million viewers worldwide, I'd never heard of H20: JUST ADD WATER - an Australian series that runs on Teen Nick here in the U.S. - until tonight. The first three seasons are hitting DVD this March individually (a full-series box set was released last November), prior to the launch of a 26-episode spin-off series called SECRET OF MAKO ISLAND. Details below...

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