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Netflix Stream TeamI've often said that "we're living in a Golden Age of television for kids and family" audiences, and that sentiment is one that bears repeating. Changes in culture and viewing habits have forced change among content creators, and competition has been a great thing for audiences as the quality and diversity of programming has really seen a huge uptick over the past few years. For Netflix in particular, the focus on kids and family has been a big one, and their partnerships have spawned some incredible things - from educational and entertaining, to adventurous and action-packed... and sometimes, all of the above, there's something for every taste. Here's some Rock Father Picks for the Spring of 2017!

The Rock Father™ has collaborated with Lucasfilm for the #RogueOneDigital launch.

With the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, it was confirmed that cinematic audiences were more than ready to embrace Star Wars stories beyond the "Saga" lineage and ties to the Skywalker clan. Director Gareth Edwards brought to life a compelling film spawned from the opening crawl of 1977's Star Wars: A New Hope, presenting on the big screen for the first time a type of adventure that was previously only explored in ancillary storytelling like books and games. After revisiting Rogue One now that it's come home on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere, I realized just how much the film has both captured and reignited my interest in the characters that live slightly to the side of our main heroes - an interest that directly relates to what I loved about the original trilogy growing up.

Does the suit make the man? That's the question pondered in the latest trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming - the first feature-length collaboration between Sony and Disney that finds Spidey making his way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe after making his debut in Captain America: Civil War last year. Here we find Peter Parker (Tom Holland) having some issues with authority, particularly that of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and The Avengers. Take a look...

After a San Diego Comic-Con sneak-preview last summer, the first official trailer for Warner Bros' JUSTICE LEAGUE is finally here. This long-awaited installment of the DC Extended Universe will arrive in theaters this November, uniting Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller), and while he's absent from this trailer and the marketing, you can bet we see a rebirth of Superman (Henry Cavill) at some point. After all, while he was sacrificed at the end of last year's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the familiar "S" is present on the film's official website, and it's long-been known that Kal-El never stays down for long. Check out the trailer below...

The Rock Father™ has collaborated with Lucasfilm for the #RogueOneDigital launch! #TeamRebel

RSVP for a chance to win prizes here! It's no secret that I'm a lifelong Star Wars fan, but when it comes to taking sides, sometimes the battle chooses for you. In this case, I will be representing #TeamRebel during the Star Wars #RogueOneDigital Twitter Party Battle - taking place this Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 4 pm PST /7 pm EST.  This is a LIVE VIEWING EVENT, and at 7pm ET, all participants will press "play" on their Digital HD copies of Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, immediately becoming immersed in both a galaxy far, far away, and a growing war of words (and memes!) in the Twitterverse. Hosted by @MagicalSiblings@DawnChats, lines will be drawn as various writers, bloggers and digital personalities engage in live-tweeting Rogue One as representatives of either #TeamRebel or #TeamEmpire. Don't forget, @TheRockFather is #TeamRebel! We'll be celebrating the early release of Rogue One on Disney Movies Anywhere and Digital HD, ahead of the April 4th debut on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand. Join my team on Sunday, and let's fight The Galactic Empire with the true power of The Rebel Alliance! Stay tuned for an RSVP and list of participants, but in the meantime, download Rogue One on Digital HD, and check out the bonus features below...

It's National Puppy Day, so what better day than today to debut the first trailer for a show called Puppy Dog Pals? Coming to Disney Junior on April 14 (10:30 a.m. EDT), Puppy Dog Pals was created by comedian Harland Williams, and will debut with two back-to-back episodes on Disney Channel and will also become available that day on the Disney Junior app and YouTube page. The show follows two fun-loving pug brothers, Bingo and Rolly, whose thrill-seeking appetites take them on exhilarating adventures throughout their neighborhood and around the globe. Williams also serves as consulting producer and writer and voices the role of Bob, the pups' devoted owner. Sean Coyle ("The Awesomes," "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse") serves as executive producer. Stay tuned, as I'll be checking out more from Puppy Dog Pals at the #Cars3Event next week (details here), but in the meantime, check out the trailer below!

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Heroes are all around us… Who is Your Hero?

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The Rock Father™ has collaborated with Life of Dad and Marvel for the #WhoIsYourHero initiative.

Look closely. They’re all around us…

Though some might be operating in unexpected places - many even out of the normal scope of view - there are heroes everywhere.

While the colorful characters that inhabit the pages of Marvel Comics continue making the leap to screens big and small in new installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and a host of television series’ both live-action and animated, the legendary accomplishments of these Super (or even “mystic,” looking at you, Doctor Strange) Heroes often pale in comparison to that of the real-life heroes that we encounter every day.

Back in the days when we only had one daughter, Target had a line of clothing from Gwen Stefani called "Harajuku Mini." I gobbled it up, dressing the little one in some really cute things, and one item that was handed-down for a short time was what we dubbed the "rocker hoodie." Alas, the clothing is long gone, but there's more Harajuku to enjoy, including Stefani’s animated series KUU KUU HARAJUKU. The 2D-animated series currently airs on Nickelodeon in the U.S. and on Family Channel in Canada, and on June 13, 2017, Shout! Factory in collaboration with DHX Media will release KUU KUU HARAJUKU: MUSIC, BABY!, - the series' first-ever DVD. Containing 14 episodes from Season One, initial shipments of the DVD contain a code to download the KUU KUU HARAJUKU theme song (while supplies last). KUU KUU HARAJUKU: MUSIC, BABY! is available now for pre-order at Amazon.com and ShoutFactory.com

PJ MasksIf your little ones are into PJ Masks, get ready for a big jump from the small screen to the stage! Entertainment One (eOne) and Round Room Presents have announced that PJ MASKS LIVE!, a brand-new, fully-immersive musical production, will take to the stage, touring across North America. Kicking off in September 2017, the live show is based on eOne’s top-rated animated TV series, which airs daily on Disney Junior. Catboy, Owlette, Gekko and the Baddies will delight fans of all ages with live performances featuring world-class production, familiar and original music, acrobatics, and immersive interactivity.

It's gonna be a big summer at the box office, and on June 30, 2017, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures will bring Despicable Me 3 to theaters. With two films and a spinoff (Minions) having won audiences and acclaim (especially Despicable Me 2), it's time to go bigger, and it appears that the third installment will do so on a grand scale. Check out the latest trailer below, and say hello to Gru's twin brother... Dru.

With my recent acquisition of both a Nintendo Switch and an Xbox One S, I have finally re-entered the world of video gaming on a regular basis, and it's something that I'd definitely been missing. While my gaming interests have always gone in waves, the late 90s/early 00s were notable thanks to Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. As my wife can attest, those games were a huge deal for me back then - a series that I followed for quite awhile, often spending many late-night hours busting out the kind of tricks that I always wished I could do in real-life, but sadly lacked the skill to pull-off. As my life changed, I missed out on some of the later entries, but with talk of the series soon finding a rebirth, it was pretty exciting to learn that a comprehensive documentary about the games and the cultural phenomenon around them is now in-production. Pretending I'm a Superman: The Tony Hawk Game Story is currently seeking funding via Indiegogo, and the pitch trailer is a good one. Check this out...

On March 24, Lionsgate will bring SABAN'S POWER RANGERS into theaters, and at the same time, Varèse Sarabande will unleash the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally (CD available April 21, 2017). The soundtrack features the original music by composer Brian Tyler (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Furious 7) and the exclusive track “Give It All” performed by With You, featuring Santigold and Vince Staples.

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