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Thursday, September 14 2017 12:26

Exclusive Clip Debut: PEG + CAT - "The Mariachi Problem"

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There's a new problem for PEG + CAT to solve, and tomorrow, September 15, 2017, they'll tackle it in an all-new episode premiering nationally on PBS KIDS! The Mariachi Problem features an appearance from the internationally-acclaimed Latin Grammy-nominated Mariachi Flor de Toloache, the first and only all-women mariachi band to hail from New York. The seven members of Mariachi Flor de Toloache play themselves in their first-ever animated appearance, and sing original counting songs as they help Cat serenade his lady love, Rosana, on a fun road trip to Mexico. The episode premiere is timed to the launch of Hispanic Heritage Month, and today The Fred Rogers Company and The Rock Father™ are pleased to give you an exclusive look at a brand-new clip!

Netflix Stream TeamThere's a new Netflix hack that just hit the scene, and it's one that parents and kids alike are gonna dig. Netflix Birthdays presents birthday songs and messages from popular kids characters including those from DreamWorks All Hail King JulienBarbieBeat Bugs, DreamWorks DinotruxLas Leyendas, LEGO FriendsLEGO NinjagoLuna PetuniaMiraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat NoirMy Little Pony: Friendship Is MagicPokemonProject Mc2Skylanders Academy, DreamWorks Trollhunters and Word Party - all available by simply searching "Birthday Songs." Check out a preview below, and keep reading for a look at how we got in on the birthday magic right here at Rock Father HQ!

Netflix Stream TeamAfter years of talking about it, Hasbro has finally brought STRETCH ARMSTRONG to life for a new generation as an on-screen hero. Today, Netflix and Hasbro Studios debuted the teaser for Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters, the first original series from Hasbro Studios to debut exclusively on Netflix. Check out the teaser below!

This is exactly the news I was hoping for. After re-launching STAR WARS with the start of a sequel trilogy that began with his 2015 film, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, J.J. Abrams is returning to close-out the trilogy. This morning it was announced by Lucasfilm that Abrams is on-board to write and direct the currently-untitled STAR WARS: EPISODE IX.

The time has come: STAR WARS REBELS returns to Disney XD for its fourth and final season beginning MONDAY, OCTOBER 16 (12:30 a.m., 3:00 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. EDT). A new trailer just made its debut at FanExpo in Toronto, and now it's available for all to view. See the new trailer and all the details on STAR WARS REBELS Season Four below!

One of our most-anticipated series' of the year finally has a premiere date. Based on the children's book series Vampirina Ballerina written by Anne Marie Pace and illustrated by LeUyen Pham Disney Junior's VAMPIRINA was developed for television by Doc McStuffins creator Chris Nee, and will premiere SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 (11:00 a.m. EDT), with two back-to-back episodes simulcast on Disney Channel and Disney Junior. The episodes will also be available on Disney Junior VOD, Disney Junior YouTube and in the new DisneyNOW app, which will also debut two additional episodes same day. New episodes will be presented every Monday and Friday in October on Disney Channel and Disney Junior. Check out the title sequence and theme song below, along with more details on this seasonally-appropriate new series!

It was this summer that my love for THE LION KING was reignited during my visit to the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. It wasn't that I hadn't been enjoying it on occasion with my girls over the past few years - quite the contrary, especially given that Disney Junior's THE LION GUARD has been in the regular viewing mix for quite awhile. I think what I'd forgotten was how magical it was at the time of its first release - the summer after I graduated high school, and a film that was really one of those "lightning in a bottle" moments. The combination of attending a celebration of the film along with being in the room for the debut of test footage from Jon Favreau's 2019 live-action version of THE LION KING just brought goosebumps. Now, with film having been reissued as part of The Walt Disney Signature Collection as "The Circle of Life Edition" (available on Digital HD and Blu-ray Combo Pack), it's prime time for audiences to experience the film again, or to introduce it to their children for the very first time.

Lucasfilm's Star Wars Rebels is a unique thing for our family when it comes to the grand scheme of Star Wars storytelling. Despite countless spin-offs in every possible medium, Rebels stands right alongside the cinematic feature films in terms of both importance and enjoyment, and for our children I expect it will remain just as memorable for them as the Original Trilogy has been for all of us. With Season Four set to debut on Disney XD this fall, the just-released Star Wars Rebels - Complete Season Three Blu-ray set is the perfect way to re-live the latest run before the series returns for its final season.

Is it normal for a human being to have a cartoon nemesis? If so, SpongeBob SquarePants is mine. I can't stand anything about him or his namesake series, to the point of it becoming a running joke.  In fact, when my wife and I took The Rock Daughters to Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America, I had to stay off to the side and pretend I was cool with Mr. SquarePants hanging with my kids. Alas, it's my duty to inform you and my pleasure to warn you that the undersea dweller who once tricked me into watching his big-screen debut if only to see David Hasselhoff (who was but a cameo) is back with a new DVD set, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Ninth Season. Details below...

There's a new group of heroes hitting the scene this week in an urban fantasy that's been described as "Manhattan meets Middle Earth." Mysticons follows the tale of four girls - each from a different walk of life - as they're transformed into legendary warriors. Together, Arkayna, Zarya, Em and Piper take an oath to battle evil and protect a magical realm in a new hero brand that the creators hope will "showcase every girl's strength, confidence and character." The animated series debuts today on Nickelodeon (4pm EST) and I've got a sneak-preview for you below!

When it comes to BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, the one I know best is the one from 1992. In fact, despite my own writing once being compared to that of Buffy's creator, Joss Whedon (and in the official BUFFY magazine, no less), I never watched the tv series, but I'd seen the movie. With Kristy Swanson forever being the Buffy for me, it's cool to see that just in-time for Halloween, the BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER 25th Anniversary Edition is coming to DVD and Blu-ray, with the film hitting Digital HD for the very first time. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment sent over the specs this morning...

Continuing an initiative to encourage young girls to explore the superpower of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) first launched during the ramp-up to Captain America: Civil War, Disney, Marvel Studios, Dolby Laboratories, Synchrony Bank, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Broadcom MASTERS and the Society for Science & the Public have announced the nationwide MARVEL STUDIOS’ THOR: RAGNAROK SUPERPOWER OF STEM CHALLENGE.

This new event launches in conjunction with the November 3, 2017 theatrical release of Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins.

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