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Wednesday, June 07 2017 21:55

Watch the New Trailer for Disney•Pixar's Coco!

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When I was visiting Pixar Animation Studios earlier this spring, I couldn't avoid being curious about a hallway that led to what is currently the "Coco Wing" - where work has been continuing on the next feature to bear the Disney•Pixar mark. It's rare to have two Pixar films in one year, but it has happened - and this year it's Cars 3 and Coco, and tonight comes a new trailer for the latter - hitting theaters just in time for the holidays. Check it out below!

Being as into Star Wars as we are around here, Wednesday afternoons are always sort of a treat when the folks at StarWars.com release new episodes of The Star Wars Show. This week, the crew takes a look at some of the interesting memorabilia on display throughout the Lucasfilm offices at Skywalker Ranch, in addition to welcoming Mayim Bialik, who I'll always remember fondly as Blossom, just because I'm one of the five people who doesn't like Big Bang Theory. But that's not all! The show also serves-up a first-look at the new Star Wars 40th Anniversary Pinball Machine from the wizards at Stern Pinball (based right here in Illinois). Take a look...

Wednesday, May 31 2017 17:54

Bring Home SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE this Summer!

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It's kind of a weird thing, but it wasn't until just a few weeks before the debut of SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE this spring that I realized it wasn't a continuation of the live-action films from the last few years. Instead, the latest take on the Smurfs is fully-animated in CGI, and I've heard good things about it. Now, Sony Pictures Animation's SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE is coming home, arriving on digital June 20 and on 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray + Digital, Blu-ray + Digital and DVD July 11 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  Check out all the details from the official announcement below!

Netflix Stream TeamNintendo is going through a renaissance right now. The Nintendo Switch is an excellent game system and an even better experience, continuing to win fans as The Legend of Zelda and Mario are once again bringing generations together. Last Fall, the NES Mini Classic Edition arrived, fast-becoming a sought-after collectible that was hard to get, yet great to play - a perfect way for kids of my generation to introduce 30 classic games to kids of our own. Though it was quickly discontinued ("never meant to be a long-term item" is the reason), rumors persist that an SNES Classic Edition is lurking down the road. Beyond gaming itself, I've previously written about the deep gaming content available on Netflix, and on July 7, that world expands with the debut of the Netflix Original Series CASTLEVANIA. Thanks to the NES Classic, I've introduced the game to my girls... but now it's time to go bigger into the legend of the Belmont clan, and even the first teaser involves blowing into a classic NES cartridge. Check this out...

It is officially 5-25-17, and that means that STAR WARS is officially 40 years old! To celebrate, the cast of HAMILTON stopped by the Lucasfilm campus at Skywalker Ranch this week to sing "Happy Birthday" to the iconic film franchise. But that's not all! For the 50th episode of The Star Wars Show, the crew over at StarWars.com have thrown down some new details about Rian Johnson's upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, in addition to sitting down with Timothy Zahn (no relation), the creator of Grand Admiral Thrawn. Check it out below...

Like the PAW Patrol, the folks at Nickelodeon are on a roll! The network sent over details on new seasons for four of their most popular series, each renewed for another year - and all four of which have scored big right here at Rock Father HQ. A fifth season of PAW Patrol, a fourth season of Shimmer and Shine and second seasons of Rusty Rivets and Nella the Princess Knight are all part of the network’s largest preschool content pipeline ever of returning hit shows and new series for the 2017-2018 season. Check out all the details below!

On June 21, Paramount Pictures will bring Michael Bay's latest Cybertronian epic into theaters, with the release of TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT. Now, in the ramp-up to the film, one of the newest Transformers is heading out on a road trip, and you just might be able to meet him in a city near you! Sqweeks is an Autobot that transforms into a Vespa scooter, and before his ego gets too big, you can track him down for a selfie. Here's where the little guy will be in the weeks ahead...

Sony Pictures' Spider-Man: Homecoming looks great - the result of a fantastic decision to share the title character between Marvel/Disney and Sony, thus placing him firmly within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That spirit of sharing also spun the other way, with Tony Stark/Iron Man playing a central role in the new film, and today comes the final domestic trailer along with what's likely the final international trailer. While both of those are fantastic, the pair of posters released look like fan art. You can see all of them below, and check out the film in theaters on July 7.

DC Super Hero Girls has really been a fantastic initiative all the way around, and something we were excited about since I first shared news about it over two years ago. Now comes word that the legend will continue to grow as the DC Super Hero Girls are getting their own all-new animated action comedy series on Cartoon Network. Warner Bros. Animation has started production on DC Super Hero Girls,  with character designs and storytelling headed up by Emmy Award–winning producer Lauren Faust (Super Best Friends Forever, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic) who's prepping the series for a 2018 debut.

Even though Disney XD's DuckTales hasn't even made it's season one debut, the series already has a season two pick-up, and now it's getting bigger. Multi-hyphenate entertainment badass Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, Moana, Mary Poppins Returns) has joined the series as Gizmoduck, "a Duckburg hero whose true identity is Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera, a brilliant young intern working for Scrooge McDuck's personal mad scientist, Gyro Gearloose." 

For the past two months, I've been following ABC's THE TOY BOX, an eight-episode competition series in which independent toy inventors battle it out for a chance to have their creations produced by Mattel, with the winning toy to be sold exclusively at Toys "R" Us. Starting with a preview post in which I took an early look at the series alongside mentor and Pixar Consumer Products Creative Director Jen Tan (read it here), each week I've been sharing previews of what's to come on Friday night. As someone who writes about and reviews toys often (both here at The Rock Father™ Magazine and also over at The Toy Insider), I see a lot of new stuff, and that's why THE TOY BOX has held such a personal appeal. In fact, over the course of the series, a few products pitched to me in early development (as far back as January of 2014) have popped up on the show. Now comes the final Friday - a double-dose of THE TOY BOX, starting with the seventh episode and ending with the final round. On Saturday morning, Toys "R" Us will become the destination to pick up the winning toy. Here's a preview...

I still can't believe that we're a decade into Paramount Pictures' TRANSFORMERS franchise. For me, it started in an era pre-kids, and because of the first TRANSFORMERS movie, I ended up becoming a part of that history by voicing several characters in a short that aired on the late G4 Attack of the Show (check this IMDb listing for Starscream and scroll down - you'll find me). Now, I'm raising a pair of TRANSFORMERS fans, and judging from the new International Trailer for TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, the latest film from Michael Bay just might be the best in the series - a chapter that completely changes things. Check it out...

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