Family Friendly Films and Events

DisneyNature Brings BORN IN CHINA to Stunning Bluray

Jeri Jacquin

Coming to Bluray/DVD and Digital from DisneyNature with director Chuan Lu and narrated by John Krasinski is the amazing four season journey when you are BORN IN CHINA.

In the vastness of China and the four seasons, DisneyNature follows Dawa, a stunningly beautiful snow leopard who blends into her surroundings. This comes in extremely handy when raising two adorable cubs. Teaching them to everything they needs to know about being snow leopards, they also discover the dangers when a group of snow leopards invade Dawa’s territory.

Tao Tao is a golden snub-nosed monkey who is dealing with family issues. When a little sister is born into his family, Tao Tao begins to feel a little ignored and turns to a life of mischief with the Lost Boys. That is until one lesson learned changes the tide of a grateful father!

Ya Ya is thrilled to be the mother to a very young Mei Mei, a daughter. Raising this feisty little black and white bundle seems such a joy for Mom. Mei Mei decides she wants to learn all about her surroundings and under her watchful eye, the young panda learns what it means to be just that – a panda.

Also in China are the beautiful landscapes and animals that make up the live and livelihood of this country, including the noble Red-Crowned Cranes. It is breathtaking knowing they are all born in China!

What a beautiful film and I don’t think I said ‘awwww’ quite enough times. DisneyNature always captures the stunning surroundings of beautiful animals. They do so without being intrusive and letting us all know that there is both life and death in the animal kingdom without making it graphically so.

The Bluray gives the film a continued richness of color and depth that I appreciate. These animals, like the snow leopard have stunning colors in their eyes and fur – even if the panda is only black and white. The greenery and color is equally as magical because as much as I would like to be there in person, DisneyNature has given me the next best thing.

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment began distributing under its own label in 1980 and continues to bring quality programming to kids and kids at heart. Home of the most beloved animated features including SNOW WHITE, PINOCCHIO and SLEEPING BEAUTY to name a few is what keeps families coming back for more. To see what is currently available to add to your own family library please visit. for their At Home titles!

Also, go to for a download Educator’s Guide and Activity Packet to have teachable moments that are filled with fun as well. There is so much information on the animals and fun crafts that bring the story of these beautiful animals home. 

BORN IN CHINA comes in Bluray/DVD and Digital with the ability to stream and download on a Smartphone, tablet, television or computer. The Bluray Bonus Extras include Panda Suits & Bamboo Shoots – Join the team as they struggle through an almost impenetrable bamboo forest in an effort to capture footage of pandas in the wild, and Walking with Monkeys – The shivering crew bundles up to film the adorable golden snub-nosed monkeys engaged in a surprisingly human activity.

Also included is Monsters of Camouflage – Go behind the scenes as the filmmakers set out on a quest never before achieved to find and film a snow leopard family in the wild, Wading Through the Wetlands – A crew travels to far northeast China to catch the first moments of a red-crowned crane chick’s life and finally the Everything Everything Music Video performed by American Authors.

DisneyNature through the Disney Conservation Fun has made a contribution to World Wildlife Fun, to benefit wild pandas and snow leopards which is such an amazing thing to do.

BORN IN CHINA gives us all an inside look at these amazing families filled with love, playfulness, caring, struggle, hardship and danger. The dynamics of their lives is one of family first and clearly nothing gets in the way of that – nothing!

DisneyNature has once again brought beauty from beginning to end with the animals and their surroundings. In watching what is to come I am thrilled to see their next project is DOLPHINS!

Gather up the family once again for some Disney time and share in a part of the world we once knew so little about. Becoming informed and appreciative of these animals is heartwarming and gives us all an opportunity to be part of something bigger.

In the end – from their family to ours! 

THE LION KING Roars onto Bluray 

Jeri Jacquin

This week on Bluray/DVD and Digital and directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff is the Signature Walt Disney Collection and the Circle of Life Edition of THE LION KING.

On Pride Rock a new prince is born to Mufasa (James Earl Jones) and Sarabi (Madge Sinclair). Simba (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) begins to learn the ways of the pride under the watchful eye of Zazu (Rowan Atkinson). Joined by Nala (Niketa Calame), the two young cubs explore their world.

Also watching the young prince is Scar (Jeremy Irons), Simba’s angry and plotting uncle who wants what Mufasa has. In one afternoon Scar, along with the help from hyenas Banzai (Cheech Marin) and Shenzi (Whoopie Goldberg), rid the pride lands of their king and prince.

Simba makes his way across the plains meeting Timon (Nathan Lane) and Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella) but always remembering home. Simba (Matthew Broderick) has now grown to a full size lion enjoying his days until one day he meets Nala (Moira Kelly) again. She is very upset thinking that he was dead but now needs him to return to help the pride from his nasty uncle.

After a talk with Rafiki (Robert Guillaume), Simba knows he must return and set things right for the memory of his father and the survival of the pride!

Thomas as the young Simba has the voice filled with mischief and fun. That’s what catches the kid in us all. His musical relationship with Timon and Pumbaa gave us all a new phrase into the lexicon with ‘Hakuna Matata!’ Broderick as the older Simba brings the intensity to the young lion and a past that he must face head on.

Irons as Scar is creepy, scary and awesome all rolled into one. I just love his vocal portrayal that drips with distain and sugar sprinkled on it. Jones as Mufasa could be the only one to speak for Mufasa. 

Lane as Timon is hilarious along with Sabella as the endearing Pumbaa. Together they are perfection in the film. Goldberg and Marin as the very sarcastic and self-entertaining hyenas. They made me laugh because of their laugh!

Guillaume as Rafiki is that crazy shaman who seems slightly off until you realize that it’s just his way to capture your attention and the truth about life. Atkinson as Zazu is equally endearing and quite different than most physical roles he has played.

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment began distributing under its own label in 1980 and continues to bring quality programming to kids and kids at heart. Home of the most beloved animated features including SNOW WHITE, PINOCCHIO and SLEEPING BEAUTY to name a few is what keeps families coming back for more. To see what is currently available to add to your own family library please visit. for their At Home titles!

THE LION KING on Bluray has amazing Bonus Extras that include The Recording Session – Enter the recording booth and watch never-before-seen voice recording sessions, Inside The Story Room – Rare archival footage shows the origins of five iconic scenes, Visualizing a Villain – Performance Artist David Garibaldi creates his own unique interpretation of the iconic villain Scar, The Lion King: Song Selection – All new sing-along version of the movie with ‘Circle of Life’, “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King’, ‘Be Prepared’, ‘Hakuna Matata’ and ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’.

What can be said about THE LION KING that hasn’t been said a hundred times over? This is a fantastic film filled with so many themes of love, family, togetherness, adversity, trials and redemption. This is one of Disney’s most memorable films and it will continue to be for more generations. 

It is hard to believe that THE LION KING graced theatres in 1994 and now, in 2017, twenty-three years later the film still holds firm with audiences. The best part is that on Bluray it is absolutely stunning. The picture is unbelievable and the color is so impressive! Watching the film with my granddaughter I think we were both jaw dropped and enraptured at the same time and I’d have it no other way.

The Circle of Life Edition of THE LION KING has something even more exciting inside with a Limited Edition 35-mm film strip frame that has been sourced from the film’s original digital files. Absolutely amazing!

In the end – the King has returned!

PJ MASKS Makes Anytime Time to be a Hero!

Jeri Jacquin

Coming to DVD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is Gekko, Catboy and Owelette ready to save the day with PJ MASKS – Time to be a Hero!

Are you ready for some awesome animated super heroes like you’ve never seen before? Well, PJ MASKS is just that as Greg becomes Gekko, Cannon becomes Catboy and Amaya becomes Owlette to help make things right when they go wrong. They take adventure to new heights!

Gekko’s Blame Game has the trio solving the mystery of who has taken Cameron’s car. Greg/Gekko isn’t happy about being blamed and they head out to find it only to discover that Luna Girl has it. Squaring off at the playground, they still can’t get the car! That doesn’t mean this trio is going to give up.

Catboy and Master Fang’s Sword brings the gang to Connor’s house to watch the Master Fang television show. When they learn that Master Fang’s sword is stolen, PJ Masks put on their crusaders outfits and look for clues. They see Night Ninja’s footprints and take to the streets to find the sword! Becoming frustrated, Catboy realizes he needs to calm down and trust in the friendship of the trio to rescue his friends and retrieve the sword.

Speak UP Gekko has Connor standing up in front of the class to read a poem. Connor has his voice stolen by Romeo and he’s using it against Catboy and Owlette. Listening to Gekko’s own voice say hurtful things, they are even more determined to stop Romeo who wants all their voices. Taking their voices is not about to stop these brave heroes!

Catboy vs. Robo-Cat forces Catboy to have to find Connor and Amaya on his own. Soon he discovers that Romeo has captured his friends and created two robo-copies. Now the trio must take on, well, themselves to take down Romeo’s copies.

Owlette’s Two Wrongs has Amaya upset when someone has stolen the artwork of her class. She realizes that they must discover who has done such a thing before they come back for more. They see Night Ninja taking more art and Owlette misjudges the situation letting them get away. Knowing Night Ninja is looking for more art, the gang is off to the museum to stop more art from becoming ruined and discover the real reason for all the art theft. 

Take to the Skies Owlette as the gang discover that Night Ninja has stolen the planes meant for the air show. Using Owlettes owl glider they try to stop him but it isn’t enough to stop him. They must beef up the glider if they are to stop Night Ninja from stealing more air planes and balloons from the show.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings award-winning global product and new entertainment to DVD, Bluray, and Digital HD. There amazing collection offers fans an opportunity to expand their own home libraries with the best films. To discover what other titles they have please visit 

PJ MASKS is quickly becoming an amazing sensation. How do I know this? Because my granddaughter discovered the show and doesn’t go a day without watching. She also has her own costumes for Gekko, Catboy and Owlette and dances to the theme song with total excitement. That’s how parents know this is such a special trio.

Each episode brings stories of life lessons of sharing, being true to one’s self, understanding how to be a good friend, doing what’s right and having fun with your friends. That’s what PJ MASKS has done for so many kids and parents know this is a series that they can watch together and have such a good time.

The PJ MASKS Time to Be a Hero DVD includes the episodes Gekko’s Blame Campaign, Catboy and Master Fang’s Sword, Speak UP Gekko, Catboy vs. Robo-Cat, Owlette’s Two Wrongs and Take to the Skies, Owlette. There is Bonus Content of PJ Masks Are Feeling Great! Music Video and PJ Masks Printable Activity Sheets.

In the end – bedtime is the right time to fight crime!

Magical Movie Night on DVD

Jeri Jacquin

Coming soon to DVD from SHOUT! Kids Factory and Hasbro Studios is more fun with the beloved MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS Magical Movie Night.

The girls come together to have a car wash to raise money to make repairs to Camp Everfree. Twilight has to break the news that they haven’t raised enough and another plan needs to be made. That’s when Rarity tells the girls she has the ultimate plan to raise the funds they need by entering a dance contest with a cash prize.  

When A.K. Yearling invites the Equestria Girls to the set of the Daring Do movie, the girls are totally thrilled. Rainbow Dash is just taken with the set and the props and when she meets Yearling’s niece Juniper, they get to visit more than just the movie set. She also gets to see Chestnut Magnifico’s diva behavior! A prop goes missing and Rainbow Dash feels a mystery that needs solving coming on!

Going through the magic mirror to Equestria, Sunset is back to her four-legged self meeting up with Starlight Glimmer. Wanting to visit Sunset’s world, Starlight Glimmer has the chance to see how the other half lives on two legs. At the theater for the premier, Juniper is still angry with the girls and with one wish the girls are gone. Keeping an eye on Juniper, Starlight Glimmer knows she must get the mirror to save her friends!

Once again SHOUT! Kids Factory and Hasbro Studios brings some real home entertainment for families. My granddaughter is a huge fan of the My Little Pony series and I remember her mother watching it as well when she was a little girl. That’s what’s amazing about this series; it has become generational and has crossed gender and racial lines. What other series can say that!

Rainbow Dash is always ready for a challenge, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, and Fluttershy always do what’s best for their friends. Rarity, Sunset Shimmer, and Twilight Sparkle are always at the ready with a plan – it’s whether it works is the fun filled question. 

Hasbro Studios is an iconic brand with some of the best in animation and family programming with MY LITTLE PONY, and LITTLEST PET SHOP. Since its formation in 2009, Hasbro Studios has received seven Daytime Emmy’s! 

SHOUT! Factory brings the best to fans offering up feature films, classic television series, animation and specials. For more of what they have to offer go to  

MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS Magical Movie Night is colorful animation with characters that each has their own distinct personalities. They are funny, delightful, emotional, caring and admit to making crazy mistakes. That is important to families that want quality programming for their kids that also teach valuable lessons about friendship, responsibility and a chance to make things right.

Dance Magic, Movie Magic and Mirror Magic are the episodes on the DVD along with the Bonus Feature of the fun and memorable Sing-Along. 

In the end – they always find a way to have a magical time!

KUU KUU HARAJUKU: Music, Baby Brings Characters to DVD

Jeri Jacquin

Coming to DVD from SHOUT! Factory, DHX Media and co-creator Gwen Stefani is the animated series that will have you dancing with KUU KUU HARAJUKI.

Love, Angel, Music, Baby and G are members of the band HJ5. Music isn’t their only love as they mix it up with fashion and style as well. In this magical world the girls are part of the Harajuku district of fashion and a kid culture.

G and her ‘tick tock time to rock!’ tag line is the enthusiastic lead singer in the HJ5 group. The dancer of the group who is also its fashionista is Love who creates amazing inventions. Angel brings chic and fun to the gang of gals with her 325 pairs of shoes and accessories.

Music brings edge and attitude to the group with her honesty and toughness while protecting her musical family. Baby is exactly as her name implies with her good nature and the kawaii of babies and rattlesnakes.

Finally, Rudie is the HJ5’s manager who does his best to keep the group busy with gigs. The problem is that a lot of weirdness happens when you are dealing with aliens and general Harajuku. 

Life and weirdness make it hard to finish a concert!

SHOUT! Factory has grown into a tremendous multi-platform media company. Releasing new animated features such as the exquisite Long Way North, and the epic fantasy Beauty And The Beast. Also their own original horror film, Fender Bender gives fans a good scare. For more of what SHOUT Factor has to offer please visit

DHX Media brings pure-play children’s content such as Teletubbies, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Calilou, In the Night Garden, Inspector Gadget and the award winning Degrassi franchise. For more of what DHX Media has to offer please visit 

Also available is the kawaii soundtrack to the successful series HJ5: Kuu Kuu Harajuki with the shows theme and five new songs from the television series including Dancing in the Sunlight, Change it Up and All for One.

The inspiration for this series is provided by Gwen Stefani, a Grammy Award-winning songstress. She brings the show to encourage and celebrate self-expression, imagination and individuality surrounded by street fashion and music. 

The DVD includes the episodes Totally Teen Genie, Angel’s Flight, Music Baby, Wanted Audience, Game Over, Phony Ponies, Hello Puppy, G This is Awfully Deep, Baby’s Birthday, Labor of Love, Bad Boy and Little Girl, Yummy Bear Nado, Drums of Doom, and Adventures in Housesitting.

KUU KUU HARAJUKU contains all fourteen episodes are on the DVD along with the featurette Bringing the Band to Life. This series is fun, colorfully animated and bring characters together that are different and yet are so very cool together. 

The one person I turn to when it comes to knowing whether a series works is my granddaughter. She loves animation, fun characters and music and KUU KUU HARAJUKU gets her seal of approval. Laughing, dancing and focused on each episode, she has found a group she enjoys watching again and again.

This is a series that totally encompasses loyalty, friendship, fun and a sense of humor about the challenges of being together. That is something I want all kids to embrace and with this group of animated characters it is a sure thing.

In the end – they are bringing the music and fun!


Jeri Jacquin

Coming to DVD from SHOUT! Kids Factory and Hasbro Studios is another installment of our favorite galloping friends with MY LITTLE PONY – FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: Twilight and Starlight.

Trying to make friends in Ponyville is harder than Starlight thought and thinking she has met a new friend Twilight knows her as Trixie. Not wanting to tell Starlight who to be friends with, Twilight agrees to let her figure things out for herself. 

Their friendship gets exciting when Starlight wants to be part of Trixie’s magic show. The excitement is short lived when Starlight realizes she has to do something with her Twilight which puts a strain on the important dinner with Princess Celestria.

That’s when Twilight realizes that she can not choose Starlight’s friends and clears the way for Trixie and the magic show.

Starlight gets a letter from the pony’s of her village and she freaks out when its an invitation to the Sunset Festival. When a nighttime visit from Princess Luna happens, she isn’t sure everyone at home knows how much she has changed. Taking Trixie along, Starlight hopes it will help make things easier and less stressful.

It doesn’t help and something sinister has happened but Starlight and Trixie realize things aren’t quite right. Once they realize that Chrysalis and Changelings are responsible for all of this, they need to reach the Crystal Empire and with the help of Thorax and Discord they just might be able to do it.

Knowing that Chrysalis’ throne is carved out of ancient materials that soak up the powers of the pony’s, they hope to stop the terrible take over. With no magic, the pony’s have to rely on smarts and creativity to put everything right.

Starlight is thrilled that the gang are getting medals for their bravery in saving Equestria. Twilight, Pinky Pie and the gang are preparing for the celebration with their usual flair. One surprise that Twilight isn’t happy about is that she might have to send Starlight on her way.

Thinking that perhaps sending her to the Changeling hive, Starlight could really help them adjust to their new lives. Not sure that is right she envisions her in the Crystal Palace continuing her magical studies. Someone special finally helps her make a decision based on what’s best for them all.

Trixie gets frustrated when her magic doesn’t exactly work the way she’d like for her magic act. Twilight and the girls are on a Friendship Retreat leaving Trixie and Starlight keeping an eye on the palace. Passing the time they work on spells together as Trixie wants to do everything big which also means being patience, especially when an important map goes missing. Starlight knows she has to find it before Twilight returns.

The problem is that Starlight being upset means she has to put her anger in jars or else it will transfer in Equestria. When one of the jars breaks, some of the residence get a little upset with Trixie. 

Starlight could use a little Twilight right about now! 

SHOUT! Factory has grown into a tremendous multi-platform media company. Releasing new animated features such as the exquisite Long Way North, and the epic fantasy Beauty And The Beast. Also their own original horror film, Fender Bender gives fans a good scare. For more of what SHOUT Factor has to offer please visit

Hasbro Studios is an iconic brand with some of the best in animation and family programming with MY LITTLE PONY, and LITTLEST PET SHOP. Since its formation in 2009, Hasbro Studios has received seven Daytime Emmy’s! 

Once again MY LITTLE PONY – FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: Twilight and Starlight brings fantastical storytelling and fun animation for kids (of all ages). 

The DVD includes the episodes No Second Prances, To Where and Back Again Part 1 & 2, Celestial Advice and All Bottled Up. It also includes the Bonus Feature of a Sing-Along that is always fun and gets the toes tapping! Also included in the sparkly DVD cover is that inside is a BFF Pony Magnet Picture France suitable for your own bestie.

MY LITTLE PONY continues to bring stories, friendship, laughter and, most importantly, love mixed with amazing adventures. There is so much fun in each episode and the animation is bright and just as much fun.

It’s time to bring your family together and be part of the magical adventures from the most loveable creatures of all.

In the end – it is love through friendship!

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE: Dance Berry Dance Shuffles onto DVD

Jeri Jacquin

Coming to DVD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment comes the colorful and musical fun of STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE: Dance Berry Dance.

Strawberry Shortcake’s friend Sweet wants to give her twin sister Sour a special birthday party all to herself and everyone wants to truly help make it special. Apple is upset thinking she might have ruined the day! It all turns out special as Sweet is treated to all her favorite things – except her own sister.

Apple gets upset when she can’t play berry-ball because she isn’t a berry! Shortcake also has to break the news to her that all the girls have worked hard to be where they are but Apple is determined to show she has fancy feet. Creating crazy boots means creating a crazy adventure for everyone.

The groove booties are back as Shortcake and Apple turn them into dance teaching groove booties. That’s when Plum gets the idea to teach the doggies how to dance and decide to put on a show. Buck teaches Tom-tom to dance but when the show is about to start, the pup has other plans.

Putting a dancing video on Apple’s webpage, she asks Strawberry, Plum and Cherry to help write a diddy to go with it. The problem is that the song has gone crazy and Cherry will do anything to never hear it again including making sure no one else does either. Trying to write a song for the Queen of Berryvania, the doggie ditty is stuck in her head.

The Queen brings a surprise to the group that leaves them all laughing and dancing once again!

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings award-winning global product and new entertainment to DVD, Bluray, and Digital HD. There amazing collection offers fans an opportunity to expand their own home libraries with the best films. To discover what other titles they have please visit 

The DVD includes Printable Coloring Pages along with the episodes The Berry Bitsy Dance Disaster, Doggie Dance No-Show, and Dance Puppy Dance. The Digital HD copy means you can watch the berry-girls anywhere - even television, Computer, Tablet and Smartphones.

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE: Dance Berry Dance is just delightful with its catchy music and story of dancing. It carries in its stories all the ideas of friendship, learning together, taking care of pets and understanding that everyone has their own special talents.

I think that’s what I like best about knowing that Strawberry Shortcake and her friends are still around. My daughters watched the show faithfully when they were children and now here I am watching with my granddaughter who is equally delighted by the characters, music and songs. That’s what continues to bring more and more fans on the journey filled with fun. The animation is always so vivid and colorful which lends itself to the enjoyment of STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE.

So get ready to shake your shimmy with the newest installment with STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE: Dance Berry Dance.

In the end - it’s time to shake your berry booties!

TROLLS is a Treasure to be Shared on Bluray and DVD
Speaking with the Directing Dynamic Duo Walter Dohrn and Mike Mitchell

Jeri Jacquin

Currently on Digital HD and coming to Bluray/DVD on February 7th is DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment release of TROLLS.

Cuteness, dancing and song are the absolute highlights of this animated film. It tells the story of Troll Village and the very colorful inhabitants. Surrounding them are the Bergen, very grouchy creatures who believe that they can only be happy one day a year during the Trollstice! 

Knowing it’s time to leave, the entire village escapes led by King Peppy (Jeffrey Tambor) who makes sure his beloved daughter Poppy (Anna Kendrick) is safe. Twenty years later the Trolls want to celebrate their Bergen-less life. There is one troll who isn’t happy about this. Branch (Justin Timberlake) tries to tell everyone that the party will bring their worst fears.

When it happens and the evil Chef (Christine Baranski) captures Poppy’s friends, she makes it her mission to find and rescue them – all well documented in her scrapbook. Talking Branch into going on the journey, the two go back to the Bergen’s town now being led by young King Gristle (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). 

Poppy meets Bridget (Zooey Deschanel), a scullery maid in the castle and both discover that happiness is found within as everything the Trolls and Bergen’s have experienced is about to change!

I had the amazing opportunity to speak with directors Walt Dohrn and Mike Mitchell who have brought this wonderful animated story to us. Both directors have a history in animation as Dohrn has been part of the SpongeBob SquarePants series as well as Dexter’s Laboratory when not lending his voice in SHREK THE THIRD and PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR. He is also the voice of one of my favorite characters in TROLLS – Cloud Guy!

Mitchell had directed animation before with SHREK FOREVER AFTER and THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: Sponge Out of Water. He also lent his voice in the films SHREK FOREVER AFTER, MEGAMIND, PUSS IN BOOTS and KUNG FU PANDA 3.

A animated combination of both of these gentlemen brings them perfectly together for TROLLS. I had the awesome opportunity to speak with Walt and Mike about the film, the impact on audiences, the ridiculously fantastic animation and a cast that is flawless.

Hi guys, thanks so much for taking the time to speak with me today. If my 18-month-old granddaughter could actually use bigger words together she might be the one wanting to talk with you.

Walt: We don’t use big words too much so we’d be fine with her on the line.

Mike: Yes, put her on the phone!

She would rather sing in her own way and dance than talk I think.

Walt: That is a very good way to be.

She has seen the film more times than I can count.

Mike: It really is a positive film for kids isn’t it? It is a feel good in these troubled times happy film.

Walt: We see the movie as one big party and encourage people to dance.

Mike: It was really amazing to see people in the theatres get up and dance. This movie does make you get up and dance.

Obviously you both have a love of animation in film with your history, but what made you want to get involved with TROLLS?

Walt: We adore music and we always wanted to get back to a film that tells a story using music in the way that we got to with TROLLS. That was one of the things is the excitement of telling a story through music more so than we have in the past and in a non-traditional way. The other thing that made us both excited about the project is that there were no established characters and we had a blank slate. It is the idea of these little stubby ugly-cute creatures with this big shock of hair.

Most people see trolls as these characters with orange or green hair with weird faces and kind of scary actually. TROLLS has taken the scary right out of them and made them adorable.

Walt: That was definitely what we were going for, making them contemporary. We made them cute and fun.

Mike: We updated them but kept the retro feel I think.

The one thing that took my breath away immediately was the crispness down to the fuzz on their vests.

Mike: That’s a real testament to the film. Walt and I know these CGI films have become so realistic. We wanted to take the technology and go in a different direction. We wanted to make a tree that seemed realistic but cover it in felt in such a way and make the ground carpet while make the leaves look like they were stitched by hand. Even this warm hand made fuzzy quality is a real testament to our Production Designer Kendal Cronkhite-Shaindlin took and went even further. Even the fire is made out of hair if you look very closely. Instead of skin, these trolls look like gummy bears that have been flocked in felt. It gives this a look like…I don’t know Walter, what would you call it?

Walt: A handcrafted feel and it gives the audience a more personal connection to the characters. They are more intimate and they look like items that you could easily hold in your hands. 

The whole Troll section in the store is paradise if you haven’t been to one lately. You are right, they are colorful and there is this pull to just want to hold them!

Walt: I think all those colors just ignite a part of the brain that makes you feel good. Looking at all those colors its like with my own young daughter who plays with the TROLL toys, just vivid. Getting all those colors was important to us.

Mike: It’s like a big rainbow dream.

Walt: That’s what is so amazing to have TROLLS with the technology of video streaming and Bluray is that the older audience will take a risk now and see the film. They will realize it is for them as well.

Mike: When they see it for the first time many people are surprised and tell me it is not what they expected. It has this weird irreverent comedy that is for grownups as well as for kids. 

The cast, you don’t have just a few names, you have a huge cast! It’s an amazing, were you even surprised at how many wanted to come on board with TROLLS?

Mike: Yes, it was amazing and it started with the triple threat. Every single actor starting with Anna Kendrick and then Justin Timberlake and all are tremendous actors and every single one of them has a sense of humor. They are all naturally funny, funny people!

Walt: And lastly – they can all sing! That was very important.

Mike: Zooey Deschanel can sing, she has an amazing voice. Christine Baranski is very funny and she can also sing.

Walt: You know we asked them to come in to pitch the story and talk about the characters and play them some of the music. They all fell in love with it. Justin immediately connected with the story and loved it. 

Mike: Everyone, right away, came on board because of the characters and the music.

When you hear Anna and Justin speak mixed with the facial expression of their characters, you kind of forget its Anna and Justin because of how adorable the Trolls are and their personality.

Walt: That goes to the design and animation team because they are amazing at what they do. I have never worked with the level of talent and crew as I have with TROLLS.

Taking a story like this from your brain to animation to screen and to Bluray, what is that like for each of you?

Mike: For me it was a gift because there was no story initially, just an idea. It was a creature with a shock of hair and small body. We were able to create a whole world which we did and tap into everything I love like The Muppets and Dr. Seuss. We have friends that work on the strange show called Adventure Time and the challenge was to bring some of that strange comedy into a big cgi film and craft a story with everything we wanted. It was really fun.

Walt: The day to day process working with these incredible artists was so enjoyable. I think now that it’s going to Bluray and digital streaming, it is another level of excitement to actually get more people to see the movie and hear their reactions. I get people sending me photos on Facebook with their kids looking like one of the TROLLS characters and even their pets! 

Mike: I get pictures of dogs wearing TROLL wigs! 

Walt: I mean my cat wears one.

I want to thank you both personally from the bottom of my heart for creating something that my granddaughter will be watching for years to come and I can’t wait to see what you both do next to top that.

Walt: Thank you Jeri, it was so nice talking to you.

Mike: Thanks Jeri, that means a lot.

Coming to Bluray and DVD on February 7th and currently on Digital HD is the happiest bunch of TROLLS that will totally make your day. Get ready to sing, dance and take up scrapbooking with DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainments release of TROLLS!


Jeri Jacquin

On DVD from Entertainment One and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is the sweetest family I know with PEPPA PIG: Around the World.

Peppa Pig and her brother George are ready to take a drive to the park with Mommy and Daddy Pig. When their car breaks down the only way to continue their trip is borrowing Miss Rabbit’s airplane. Mommy Pig pilots while Daddy Pig reads the map but they all end up visiting Peppa Pig’s friends on their places of holiday!

Peppa and George go to visit Granny Pig and are excited when they learn that Grandpa Pig has built them a tree house. Making a secret password, Peppa and George tease Mommy and Daddy to come in their beautiful tree house.

Peppa and family decide they want to go to the museum. They little ones learn that it is a place filled with old but important things. Peppa loves everything that has to do with kings and queens learning they didn’t have the things we do today. George wants to see the dinosaurs and imagines being one himself.

When the family takes a drive the car stops and has to be taken to Granddad Dog’s Garage. Peppa’s friend Danny also comes along and everyone is towed back to the garage for gas. Suzy Sheep’s car also needs Granddog, Danny and Peppa goes along for the ride. Granny and Grandpa Pig decide to try out the new car wash as well. This is a very busy garage indeed! 

Peppa and her family watch Mr. Potato on television as the show teaches everyone how to exercise and eat right. Peppa wants to go see Mr. Potato in town so they take a ride into town to see him open a sports center. He tells the children to draw pictures and send them in the post and Peppa gets a nice surprise.

Suzy Sheep and Peppa Pig are best friends and they share their stories of places they’ve been. When Suzy gets upset with Peppa for talking to much, Mommy Pig says she is a bit of a chatterbox and it takes all their friends to resolve who is really the chatterbox.

Grandpa Pig’s miniature locomotive Gertrude is taking Peppa and George out for a ride. When the town train breaks down, the passengers are upset because they can’t get to work. Borrowing Gertrude, Miss Rabbit gets her passengers where they need to go leaving Grandpa with the big train to fix it. 

Mommy Pig shares with Peppa pictures of when she was a baby pig. Sharing the stories of when Peppa and Suzy were babies and then toddlers, they learn that George was a baby too! 

In the garden, Peppa and George are bored and Suzy joins them. Daddy Pig takes out a box of games for the kids to play with. He teaches them the game of skittles, bat & ball and doing the limbo. 

Finally, Peppa and her friends are in school dressed up in different costumes from all around the world. Peppa is France and George is Russia might be wearing costumes but Madame Gazelle tells them that the song Peace & Harmony is something they all share. 
When conflict happens on the playground, the countries begin to behave badly!

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings award-winning global product and new entertainment to DVD, Bluray, and Digital HD. There amazing collection offers fans an opportunity to expand their own home libraries with the best films. To discover what other titles they have please visit 

Entertainment One continues to bring amazing home entertainment to fans with their own library of over 40,000 films and television titles and 45,000 music tracks. I mention those numbers because that is so impressive bringing something for everyone. For more of what they have to offer please visit 

The DVD includes the ten episodes Around the World with Peppa, The Tree House, The Museum, Granddad Dog’s Garage, Mr. Potato Comes to Town, Chatterbox 6, Grandpa Pig’s Train to the Rescue, The Olden Days, Garden Games and International Day. 

PEPPA PIG Around the World is clearly adorable on every level possible. From adventures and fun to family spending time together, PEPPA PIG continues to bring story’s that are shareable for the entire family.

With catchy songs that are easy for children to remember and sing themselves, my own granddaughter absolutely loves this series. Once she hears the opening song, no matter where in the house she is, you can be sure to hear running to see what adventure PEPPA PIG is on now.

Their families are all very different but have something amazing in common, their love of family, adventure and fun! The series is created and directed by Mark Baker and Neville Astley and we thank them for bring Peppa Pig into our homes.

In the end – PEPPA PIG and family are on an ointastic adventure across the globe!

MIRACULOUS: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir: It’s Ladybug!

Jeri Jacquin

On DVD from SHOUT! Factor Kids and ZAG is the next installment in the amazing adventures of MIRACULOUS: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir: It’s Ladybug!

When Tiki isn’t feeling well, Marinette needs to find a way to get her friend to a healer. Unfortunately it will have to wait until she gets out of school. When Marinette is pressured to help Adrien with chemistry notes, Tiki manages to fall into the hands of Chloe.

Mean girl Chloe wants to use Tiki to impress Prince Ali staying in her father’s hotel but Princess Fragrance is eager to cause havoc. Cat Noir knows there is trouble coming and makes his way to the hotel. He doesn’t know that Ladybug is also there to get Tiki from Chloe and through the smoke, save them all.

At school, a video game tournament is happening as one player looks for a worthy opponent. Adrien makes his move and ends up partnering with student Max to represent the school – that is until Marinette wins and pairs with Adrien. Max isn’t happy and that is an as Hawk Moth gets Max to do his dirty work.

It’s picture day at school and everyone wants to look their best and Chloe is causing a ruckus about her spot in the photo. Being mean to Julica, Marinette and friends try to do everything to help the quiet girl. Hawk Moth is ahead of them using her insecurities against her but Ladybug and Cat Noir do what’s right for the young girl. 

While Marinette is babysitting, her young ward isn’t happy about leaving the dolls of Cat Noir and Ladybug behind. Hawk Moth takes advantage of the child’s anger sending an Akuma making the little terror a puppeteer out to get the Miraculous. Ladybug and Cat Noir are dealing with the changes that she can make!

A mysterious invisible force is making its way through school and terrorizing Chloe. Knowing immediately that they need to transform, Ladybug and Cat Noir go to the hotel where Chloe lives to look for clues. During their investigation, Ladybug is sure that Chloe isn’t telling them everything. 

Adrien and Lila study together but Marinette is keeping a watch on them both. When she hears that Lila is spreading lies about Ladybug, she comes face to face with her about it. Hawk Moth uses her heartbreak to transform Lila into Volpina and make all her lies become truth – and not in a good way!

SHOUT! Factory brings the best to fans offering up feature films, classic television series, animation and specials. For more of what they have to offer go to  

ZAG specializes in the creation of groundbreaking 3D CGI animated kids and family film as well as television franchises. MIRACULOUS: Ladybug and Cat Noir is one of their original content with films coming soon.

MIRACULOUS: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir – It’s Ladybug! is such a wonderful series to watch. It is fun, funny, charming and full of life lessons about family, friendship, loyalty and doing the right thing. That is the kind of programming we all want our families to enjoy.

Each episode is colorful and filled with adventure from start to finish. My granddaughter enjoys every moment and wants a Tiki all her own. That’s what makes MIRACULOUS Lady Bug and Cat Noir – It’s a Ladybug! so special. Children are instantly drawn to the story, characters and fun.

The DVD includes the six episodes Princess Fragrance, Gamer, Reflekta, The Puppeteer, Antibug and Volpina. The Bonus Feature includes Animatics for Selected Scenes. Also included is an amazing and exclusive paper doll of Ladybug that can keep you company while enjoying the show.

In the end – it’s high flying adventure in Paris for Ladybug and Cat Noir!

When a playful octopus named Deep gets his undersea fish colony in trouble, the tribe’s stern leader Kraken orders Deep to go find help. Joined by his splashy BFFs—a sassy shrimp and a silly anglerfish—Deep takes an epic, colorful journey through submerged cities and sunken ships, where they meet outrageous creatures that help the trio on its way. Throughout the adventure, Deep and his buddies laugh, sing, and bond with one another, proving that friendship can be a very “deep” subject. 

The ThinkLab, UMedia, and Silver Reel present a The ThinkLab production in coproduction with The Kraken Films in association with Grid Animation Ufund with the participation of Televisión Española with the support of ICAA with the financing facilities of ICO with the support of Media.

Directed by Julio Soto Gúrpide the cast includes Justin Felbinger as Deep, Stephen Ezra Hughes as Evo, Lindsey Alena as Alice, Elisabeth Catherine Gray as Maura, Anna Vocino as Norma, and Dwight Schultz as Kraken.

DEEP will be in theaters and On Demand August 25 from Lionsgate. 



Hold onto your capes! Based on the bestselling book series by Dav Pilkey, DreamWorks Animation presents CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE. This outrageous family comedy tells the story of two overly imaginative best friends, George and Harold, who hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s the hero from their comic books: Captain Underpants. 

The epic adventure continues with 30+ minutes of action-packed special features on CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS HERO EDITION. From engaging features, such as “The Really Awesome Adventures of Captain Underpants” Motion Comic and “The Professor Poopypants (Totally Original and Supercool) Guide to Being a Villain” to riotous deleted scenes, to a lyric video from “Weird Al” Yankovic and a Q&A with the film’s stars, the hilarity never stops!
Brand-New Peppa Pig DVD, “Princess Peppa,”

Arrives October 10, 2017 with Limited Edition Plush!


Peppa Pig: Princess Peppa, debuting October 10, is packed with 12 magical “peppasodes” from the top-rated Peppa Pig TV series seen daily on Nick Jr.!

In the new DVD, preschoolers join Peppa and her little brother George as their bedtime story turns them into “Princess Peppa” and “Sir George the Brave”! Together, they meet a wizard, encounter a scary dragon and celebrate a huge party! The fun continues with a visit from the tooth fairy, a trip to a castle and a special drive to find a rainbow’s end!

Each Peppa Pig: Princess Peppa DVD also comes with an “oinktastic” surprise – a limited edition princess Peppa plush, for even more imagination-inspiring play!
PJ Masks: Hello Christmas! 

DVD, Featuring Debut PJ Masks
Holiday Special Arrives October 17, 2017

Brand-New Release Includes Limited Edition “Mystery Mask”

By day, six-year-olds Connor, Amaya and Greg go to school like everyone else. But when they put on their pajamas and activate their animal amulets, they magically transform into their dynamic superhero alter egos and become the PJ Masks: Catboy, super-fast and agile; Gekko, super strong and able to scale walls; and Owlette, with the power to fly and see great distances. In each episode, the three heroes embark on exciting adventures and work together to solve mysteries and learn valuable lessons along the way!
The animated series KUU KUU HARAJUKU follows the fun-filled adventures of the band HJ5 – Love, Angel, Music, Baby and G – through their super cute world of music, fashion and style. The inspiration for this popular animated series came from Grammy® Award-winning musician Stefani who wanted to create an animated series for girls that encourages and celebrates creative self-expression, imagination and individuality. The show’s setting is inspired by the exuberant street fashion and creative youth culture of the Harajuku district but it takes place in a magical fantasy world like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

September 26th

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My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Fluttershy is coming to DVD on September 12 from Shout! Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. 

Not every Pegasus pony in Equestria is the same. Just ask Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy. While Rainbow Dash is bold and daring, Fluttershy is quite reserved and caring. But that’s what makes Fluttershy such a wonderful friend to everyone around her, whether they’re her pony friends, like Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Applejack and, yes, even Rainbow Dash , or her non-equestrian friends, like Angel the bunny. Join in for five adventures that feature everypony’s lovably quiet Pegasus, Fluttershy.

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