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Monday, November 14 2016 22:13

Holiday Wish Guide: Welcome to Monster High

MattelPresented in partnership with Mattel’s Monster High

After recently sharing some thoughts as to whether or not our children can learn from monsters (Spoiler: Yes, they can!) - the students of Monster High have secured a spot in my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide with some toys hand-picked by my resident experts, The Rock Daughters™.

Monday, October 31 2016 21:20

Can Our Children Learn from Monsters?

THE ROCK FATHER is sharing some thoughts on #KindMonsters in partnership with Mattel’s Monster High...

Over the years, there’s been a lot of discussion about popular culture as a reflection of the world around us. One aspect of that has often been explored within the realm of monsters - the characters and legends of literature and film. For the latter, horror movies are a genre of entertainment that in itself is one of the most heavily influenced by, and also reflective of the society of the times. Right now, there’s a movement taking place that’s hidden in plain sight, and some parallels can be drawn between it and those films, with monsters at the core. It’s a movement that can help families open up some teachable moments, inspiring kids to learn timely lessons about inclusion and celebrating the differences in our friends. Electrified and reinvigorated with energy rivaled by only that of Dr. Frankenstein himself, Monster High is taking on a new class.

LADY GAGA is coming to MONSTER HIGH. Confirming rumors that had been swirling for a bit, Mattel's Monster High and the Born This Way Foundation have revealed Zomby Gaga, a doll inspired by Lady Gaga to champion kindness, instill bravery, and build a world where young people celebrate their differences.    Led by six-time Grammy and 2016 Golden Globe winner Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, Born This Way Foundation was founded in 2012 to support the wellness of young people and empower them to create a kinder and braver world. Zomby Gaga, the newest ghoul to be welcomed to Monster High, will be available for pre-order starting October 17 at 9am Eastern Time.

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Curious how MONSTER HIGH began? On Saturday, August 27, Fathom Events, Mattel and Women's Forum present the premiere of WELCOME TO MONSTER HIGH: The Origin Story, coming to select theaters for a special one-day event. The movie takes audiences back to a time when monsters lived in hiding  (even from each other) because they were afraid they would be in danger if humans knew they existed. But Draculaura, the daughter of Dracula, along with her best ghoulfriend Frankie Stein, daughter of Dr. Frankenstein’s Monster, dreamt of a school where everyone was welcome and accepted for who they are. Check out the trailer and details below!

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Netflix #StreamTeamI always say that it's a sorta odd thing that we only have one true Netflix profile, despite the availability of Netflix Kids, and the fact that I, as a card-carrying writer in the Netflix #StreamTeam, should certainly have one of my own. Bottom line is that the Netflix AI (artificial intelligence) tends to think that "James" wishes to watch a completely bipolar assortment of family programming... or highlight inappropriate for kids stuff. Fact is, The Rock Daughters still dominate our Netflix profile, and the time has come once more to throw down a few choice picks for mid-October (for kids and grownups alike). Let's go traveling down the rabbit hole and off broadway, cool?

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With this week's release of MONSTER HIGH: BOO YORK, BOO YORK on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, the crew over at Mattel has released a new music video featuring YouTube dance star Taylor Hatala and her #CityGhouls friends - rockin' the streets of the Warner Bros. backlot. Check out that video below, alongside a complete playlist of music from this new "Monsterrific Musical!"

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