As a kid in the 80s, it was always kind of a thing that when October rolled around, you'd keep your eye out for the new Halloween "specials" that would land on TV just in time for the spooky season. It seemed that every year brought with it a new crop of self-contained stories that took place against a backdrop of fresh fall colors and pumpkin patches peppered with shades of orange and green. Whether it's age or reality, it doesn't seem that there's as many of those "specials" these days, but this year I found a new one that exists only in audio form.
On November 25, 2015, just in-time for the 65th Anniversary of the debut of the PEANUTS comic strip and the 50th Anniversary of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, the iconic PEANUTS Gang will make their big-screen debut. Earlier today it was announced that Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios have acquired rights to make a feature film based on the famous characters by the late Charles Schulz. As a Dad that has previously made special trips to Hallmark stores to acquire a plush SNOOPY for his daughter, you can bet that I'll be taking the munchkins to see this.
Heard any good stories about JASON ALDEAN lately? Rumor has it that he's been a popular guy for the gossip sites of late, but on the musical side of things, his new album, NIGHT TRAIN will be released next Tuesday (pre-order it on iTunes here). For those of you raising country babies (just remember what Waylon & Willie said: Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys) the folks over at Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star have released LULLABY VERSIONS OF JASON ALDEAN, which hit stores today.
Since launching The Rock Father last year, I've had a few people ask me why I've never covered MONSTER HIGH. "You have daughters..." Yes. "You love monsters..." Yes. But quite simply, my daughters are a little young to fall into the target demographic for the popular line of Mattel toys, so not having them in the house (yet), they hadn't hit the site. That changes today with the release of MONSTER HIGH: GHOULS RULE, an original CGI movie released in partnership between Mattel and Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
With the November 2 release date of Walt Disney Animation Studios' WRECK-IT RALPH fast-approaching, the viral marketing is in full-swing. Today marks the arrival of this "vintage" 1982 Litwak's Arcade Commercial for "Fix-It Felix Jr. featuring Wreck-It Ralph." Check out the 8-bit goodness below. Will you be taking your kids to see WRECK-IT RALPH this November?
It's been 50 years since THE BERENSTAIN BEARS first arrived with the publication of THE BIG HONEY HUNT, a book that launched what would become a lasting legacy of children's entertainment. While we have a few different Berenstain books here at Rock Father HQ, it's the cartoon (which currently airs on PBS Kids' Sprout) that my oldest daughter most identifies with. In the spirit of the season, the folks over at Phase 4 Films have issued THE BERENSTAIN BEARS' SPOOKY STORIES (50th Anniversary Edition) on DVD through their KaBOOM! Entertainment.