As January continues to fly by, there’s a solid set of new kids and family home video titles hitting the streets this week. From The Hub’s THE ADVENTURES OF CHUCK & FRIENDS, to new collections from perennial favorites like SESAME STREET and the PEANUTS GANG, there’s something for kids of all-ages. Check out the full rundown of this week’s new discs, right here on The Rock Father.
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Family DVD and Blu-ray Releases for January 21, 2014
THE ADVENTURES OF CHUCK & FRIENDS: TRUCKS VS. WILD (Shout! Factory Kids)
*Rock Father Pick!
Catch Spring Fever with Chuck and his pals Digger, Boomer, Rowdy ,Soku, Biggs and Handy. Chuck likes to celebrate good friends and good fun and these 10 episodes feature new adventures in titles like “Beach Blanket Uh-Oh” and “The Checkup” while reinforcing themes of staying safe and being healthy.
ANGELINA BALLERINA: ON WITH THE SHOW (Hit Entertainment)
The stage is set for big performances and lots of fun! When Ms. Mimi loses her voice, her class finds ways to communicate through music. After a musical mishap, AZ doesn’t miss a beat and discovers another way to keep tempo. Gracie learns an important lesson about finding inspiration, and Angelina and Polly set the stage for a perfect celebration for their dad! Come along as the mouselings let their creativity shine and get on with the show!
BARNEY: STORYTIME WITH BARNEY (Hit Entertainment)
Once upon a time, Baby Bop, Ryan and Daniel joined Barney on some storybook adventures! With the help of classic tales like Pandora’s Box, Sword in the Stone, and more, the Dinos and friends learn important lessons like patience, honesty and perseverance. Baby Bop must contain her excitement to understand that good things come to those who wait, Ryan sees that it’s better to be honest and play fair; and Daniel discovers that practice makes perfect! Barney shows that stories, imagination, and friends can lead to Happily Ever After!
DONKEY KONG COUNTRY: KONG-FU THE LEGEND CONTINUES (Phase 4 Films)
It’s the Annual Donkey Kong Challenge, and for the first time ever, Donkey Kong is actually being challenged for his title as Future Ruler of Kongo Bongo. No one is more surprised than an out of shape DK, who must face off with the legendary Martial Arts Fighter, Kong Fu! A challenger who not only surpasses DK in size and stature, but is backed by King K. Rool, who plans on winning the match…and the prize…the Crystal Coconut!
MY LITTLE PONY: CLASSIC MOVIE COLLECTION (Shout! Factory Kids)
In the highly popular Princess Promenade, Wysteria is beaming with pride! Her gardens are in bloom, her little Breezie friends are in town, and it’s time for Ponyville’s fanciest spring parade, the ultimate celebration of flowers! But things don’t go according to plan when Wysteria accidentally awakens Spike the Dragon, a sleepy, silly, 1,000-year-old dragon! For you see, legend holds that when a dragon is awakened, a new princess is about to be crowned! But who is the Princess of Ponyville?
If it’s all about rainbows it must be about Rainbow Dash. And it is. In Runaway Rainbow, Rainbow Dash loves the time of year when Ponyville and Breezie Blossom are all about celebrating rainbows. Meanwhile, in a new magical place called Unicornia, Rarity is being taught how to be a Unicorn Princess and the importance of making the first rainbow of the season. But Rarity embarks on an incredible ride that includes a magic wand, falling through the clouds right into the middle of Breezie Blossom, a visit to Ponyville, meeting Spike the Dragon, and a huge adventure as she tries to get back to Unicornia. She soon realizes that getting home in time to create the first rainbow of the season is not an easy thing to do – but it is fun!
In Dancing In The Clouds, the Friendship Ball is coming up, and Twinkle Twirl needs to come up with a special dance. A roller coaster ride with friends makes her feel like she’s “dancing in the clouds,” so Sky Wishes helps her make an extra special wish to come up with a dance to make everyone feel that way.
In Friends Are Never Far Away, good friends Sky Wishes and Starcatcher the Pegasus want all of their friends in Ponyville and Butterfly Island to meet. Pegasus ponies are very shy however, so the two plan a special party with music, games and a Pegasus-favorite, ice cream. The party planning doesn’t go so smoothly, but it’s quite an adventure!
PEANUTS: TOUCHDOWN, CHARLIE BROWN! (Warner Home Video)
Take to the field as Peanuts score another all-new collection of hits. It’s the big homecoming game and Charlie Brown is in the spotlight as team kicker. If that wasn’t enough, he is also an escort for the homecoming queen and her court. But when Charlie Brown finds out the homecoming queen is none other than the Little Red-Haired Girl, can he overcome his anxiety and fulfill the tradition of giving the queen a kiss on the cheek before the first dance? Good grief, find out in It’s Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown. Then, the laughs march up field with 3 episodes from The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show. In Woodstock, Woodstock is not impressed when Snoopy’s basketball lands in his new nest. Straws finds Charlie Brown and Lucy having a discussion over a glass of lemonade but it’s Snoopy who is sneaking all the sips. While Football has us wondering if Charlie Brown is falling for it again when Lucy tees up the ol’ pigskin. So gear up and get ready to go head to head with the best times around in Touchdown! Charlie Brown.
SESAME STREET: BE A GOOD SPORT (Sesame Workshop)
Learning how to be a good sport can be hard for little monsters! When Elmo takes a game of Hot Potato too seriously, he hurts Abby’s feelings. Can Leela help Elmo learn that winning isn’t everything? Then it’s on to the court for some hoops! Abby uses magic to up Elmo’s basketball game, but is being good better than being himself? Includes the Clippers’ Blake Griffin talking about “champions,” Elmo the Musical: Athlete!, plus The Worm Games, and more in over 2 hours of fun! Let the games begin!
Also available this week: CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG Reissue (20th Century Fox), THE COSBY SHOW Season 1 & 2 Reissue (Mill Creek), E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL Reissue (Universal).