Family Friendly Films and Events

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 www.shoutfactory.com.

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 www.dhxmedia.com. 

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!

MY LITTLE PONY – FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: Twilight and Starlight on DVD

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 www.shoutfactory.com.

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 www.fox.com. 

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!

Beauty and the Beast Dances and Sings onto Bluray

Jeri Jacquin

Coming to Bluray/DVD and Digital HD from director Bill Condon and Disney is the return of a tale as old as time with BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

Belle (Emma Watson) is a young girl living in a small village where everyone knows everyone. So much so that Belle is known as an unusual girl who would read than find a husband. Living with her father Maurice (Kevin Kline), he is also seen as unusual.

Also in the town is Gaston (Luke Evans), a tad self centered man who sees Belle as his prize and wants to marry her. Along with side kick LeFou (Josh Gad), it is a constant struggle to understand why she is not falling at his feet!

During a trip to the neighboring town, Maurice unexpectedly loses his way and ends up in a tattered castle. He quickly discovers that the inhabitants are a little more magical and terrifying. A Beast (Dan Stevens) roars down and puts Maurice in a tower cell.

When their horse returns to Belle, she immediately knows her father is in trouble and rides off to find him. Finding her father in a cell and meeting the Beast, Belle offers a trade to stay in exchange for releasing her father.

Maurice returns to the town and tries to convince everyone that Belle is being held prisoner by a Beast. In the meantime Belle is getting to know her surroundings and the magic that holds the castle captive. Taking care of her is the candlestick Lumiere (Ewan McGregor), the elegant clock Cogsworth (Ian McKellen), the motherly teapot Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson) and her teacup son Chip (Nathan Mack), the chiffarobe Madame Garderobe (Audra McDonald) and the ivory keys of Maestro Cadenza (Stanley Tucci).

Getting to know the Beast, Belle begins to see a different side of the creature. This thrills the residence of the castle since there is a curse with a glass encased rose and when the last petal falls they all will become unchangeable forever.

The Beast begins to feel so much more than he could have imagined and when Belle needs to be with her father, his heart gives in. But that isn’t all changing as Gaston convinces the town that the Beast must be destroyed. The two sides collide but one thing is certain, nothing will ever be the same.

It begins with heart!

Watson is charming as Belle and she certainly has made her way out of another iconic character. She twirls and sings her way though and looks to be enjoying her performance. 
Stevens voicing the Beast is gruff and unmoving at first but, of course, finds his heart and is changed.

Evans as Gaston is very funny and manages to capture the arrogance and narcissism of the marriage minded self-absorbed hunter. Gad as LeFou is clever and also funny. Kline as Maurice gets a chance to portray Belle’s father in a less absent minded way but still well done.

McGregor as Lumiere is charming, but then again he is supposed to be. McKellen as Cogsworth has that voice that clearly defines who he is. Thompson as Mrs. Potts is sweet and caring along with the adorable Mack as Chip. McDonald as Madame Garderobe needs lessons in fashion and Tucci as Cadenza plays the ivories beautifully.

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. www.movies.disney.com for their At Home titles!

The film is obviously beautiful and live-action fans will have a good time singing along whenever they like to song they already know and one or two new ditties. The costuming is stunning and the cgi is clever. The cast is fun and that is all that will matter to families ready to have a real home movie night.

The Bluray includes so many Bonus Extras including Enchantable Table Read – You’re invited to join the cast for the movie’s elaborately staged table read, complete with singing and dancing to live music, set pieces and more, A Beauty of a Tale – Explore the process of transforming a beloved animated film into a new live-action classic, and The Women Behind Beauty and the Beast – Emma Watson introduces several of the many talented women in all aspects of production who helped bring this enchanted tale to life. 

That isn’t all! Also included From Song to Screen: Making the Musical Sequences – Discover what goes into creating some Beauty and the Beast’s best-known moments, Making a Moment with Celine Dion, Beauty and the Beast Music Video & Making the Music Video, Extended Song: Days in the Sun – Learn more about Beast’s childhood in an alternate version of this beautiful song, and finally Deleted Scenes, Song Selection and so much more!

This BEAUTY AND THE BEAST pack includes a Bluray, DVD and Digital HD which means with the code you can take the gang where ever you are going and instantly stream and download all 129 minutes of fun.

In the end – be our guest!


BAMBI Celebrates with an Anniversary Edition on Bluray

Jeri Jacquin

Coming to Bluray from directors James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, David Hand, Graham Heid, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield and Norman Wright along with Walt Disney Studios is a beloved film that continues to delight us all with BAMBI.

This animated tale tell us the story of a young deer named Bambi who is born a prince in the forest kingdom. He gets to know the woodland creatures like Flower the skunk and his buddy Thumper who enjoy their new friend.

Learning his way around, Bambi learns a little of everything from all the forest has to offer. He also meets Faline, a doe who teaches him to play like a deer should. As the seasons change, Bambi and his mother are struggling to find food but are thrilled when they find a patch of spring.

That happiness isn’t to last as Bambi must now leave with his father to make his way in the forest. Eventually, Bambi returns having grown with a set of antlers to meet up with his first friends Thumper and Flower and even Faline!

Taking his rightful place as the prince of the forest, Bambi and Faline reconnect as he defends her honor. But it is once again when man enters the forest that Bambi defends all those in his domain. In that scuffle another danger to the forest happens as a fire spread wildly.

Together the creatures great and small come together because they a family and they look to Bambi to lead them!

What can be said about BAMBI that hasn’t been said since it came to the silver screen over 75 years ago? It is brilliant in its story telling, stunning in its animation when I first saw it at the age of 10 and today at the age of 56. Generation after generation continue to see this film and know immediately it is something special. Five generations of my family know it to be true.

Voice includes Hardie Albright and Donnie Dunagan as Bambi, Stan Alexander and Sterling Holloway as Flower, Peter Behn and Sam Edwards as Thumper, Cammie Conlon and Ann Gillis as Faline, and Friend Shields as the Great Prince of the Forest.

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. www.movies.disney.com for their At Home titles!

This Anniversary Edition of BAMBI that includes a Bluray, DVD and Digital HD which means you can take your favorite forest friends just about anywhere. Also, this is the first time BAMBI is available with a Digital Copy. 

The Bonus Features include Studio Stories: Bambi – Walt Disney’s Recordings, Deleted Scenes, The Bambi Effect – See how today’s animated films were inspired by the artistry and technology of Bambi, Inside Walt’s Story Meetings – Extended Edition, Bambi Fawn Facts – Forest Animal Fun Facts and so much more! 

BAMBI received three Academy Award nominations for Best Sound, Best Song and Original Music Score – personally I think they should have swept all three and I think anyone who grew up with Bambi would agree. 

When Bambi’s father appears, it is majestic and sad at the same time as the young deer learns a little more about the deer heritage. I think that is what is so wonderful about this story; the realities of the human world can be put in the animated world teaching us so much about ourselves. There is love, loyalty, friendship, dedication to family and silliness all grouped into this film.

Disney brings such rich animation and with the Anniversary Edition the film comes out brilliantly in Bluray. The music and score also bring so much to the film with its playfulness, sense of urgency and grandeur. The songs continue to remind me why I love Disney films as do million all over the world.

Thumper, Flower, Faline as well as Bambi are rich and beautiful once again. Now I have the opportunity to share, for the first time, a film that has come to mean so much to me with my own granddaughter – that makes BAMBI even more amazing and special.

In the end – an enchanting story that continues to live in our hearts!

DIGIMON ADVENTURE Tri. - REUNION Comes to DVD

Jeri Jacquin

Coming to DVD from SHOUT! Factory and Toei Animation Inc. is the reunion fans have been waiting for with DIGIMON ADVENTURE Tri. 

In the 1990’s, anime fans were introduced to a pop culture phenomenon with DIGIMON and now they are back in their full length reunion film. It has been six years and Tai is now in high school and three years since the final battles between the warring factions.

Tai (voiced by Joshua Seth) feels like all of the regular group of friends Sora (Colleen O’Shaughnessey), Mimi (Philece Sampler), Joe (Robbie Daymond), and T.K. (Johnny Bosch) are drifting away from one another. Although that’s important to a teenager in high school, something else strange is also happening. All of their electronics are behaving strangely and during a sporting event a Kuwagamon tries to destroy the city.

Agumon appears trying to digi into Greymon to fight Kuwagamon which causes more DigiDestined and Digimon groups to appear to help. Believing they had won the battle, the DigiDestined try to discover what caused all of this to happen. Tai and Matt (Vic Mignogna) visit Nishijima to try and find out what caused the distortion in space.

Izzy (Mona Marshall) tries to find ways to get easier access to their Digimons and Tai really feels as if people are going to be even more hurt. When the mysterious Alphamon appears, Tai makes a connection with Meiko (Cristina Vee), a young girl who recently began attending school. 

Matt tries to help Tai face what is scaring him and when it is revealed who is responsible for the happenings, they must all come together to stop it all from happening!

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 www.shoutfactory.com.

Toei Animation Inc. handles the most iconic animation such as Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon, One Piece and Saint Seiya. To discover more of their offerings please visit www.toei-animation-usa.com.

The Japanese language version includes the exceptional Japanese voice cast of Natsuki Hanae, Suzko Mimori, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Mutsumi Tamura, Hitomi Yoshia, Junya Enoki, Junya Ikeda, Mao Ichimichi, Chika Sakamoto, Atori Shigematsu, Mayumi Yamaguchi, Takahiro Sakurai, Kinoko Yamada, Miwa Matsumoto, Junko Takeuchi and Yuka Tokumitsu.

DIGIMON ADVENTURE Tri. – Reunion DVD and Bluray Combo Pack brings the exciting movie in both the English voice cast and original Japanese audio with English subtitles. The Special Features also include – New Interviews with the Director and Members of the English Voice Cast and an Inside Look at the Los Angeles Movie Premier. 

Fans of DIGIMON, make sure you add this DVD to your home entertainment library as this is a fantastic way remember why DIGIMON became so iconic. From the friendship between these young kids to their desire to do good for humanity, the action and adventure is frosting on the cake. From collectors, loyal fans, pop culture enthusiasts to the kid in us all.

Get ready to discover more adventure and what is expected next from a group of friends in the most unusual of world circumstances.

In the end – it is a reunion like no other!

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!

PEPPA PIG: AROUND THE WORLD Brings Giggles on DVD

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 www.fox.com. 

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 http://entertainmentone.com/home. 

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 www.shoutfactory.com.  

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!

SING Does Exactly That in an Amazing 4K, Bluray, DVD pack!

Jeri Jacquin

This week on 4K Ultra HD, Bluray3D, Bluray and DVD as well as On Demand from directors Christophe Lordelet and Gareth Jennings along with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is a story about those who have a dream to SING.

Buster Moon (voiced by Matthew McConaughey) is a koala with a dream! Given a theatre by his father, Buster has been busting his furry self trying to bring in talent that will bring people in. The theatre has fallen into some disrepair and he doesn't have money to pay anyone so he is one step ahead of falling into a pit. His one solid employee is 
Ms. Crawley (Gareth Jennings) who is probably older than the theatre itself! 

Buster has the brilliant idea to hold a contest with the winner receiving $1,000 but Ms. Crawley makes an error on the flyer putting the winnings much higher. The next day the theatre is filled with the brim with performers wanting their chance at the cash but some are actually there to be heard!

When Buster begins to whittle down the talent his top contends include Eddie (Seth MacFarlane) a mouth with a crooners song and an attitude for trouble, shy Meena (Tori Kelly) the elephant who can't seem to find her voice in the crowd, Rosita (Reese Witherspoon) who is a Mom of 25 piglets needing to remember herself in the chaos of family life, Ash (Scarlett Johansson) the rocker porcupine who discovers she is just fine making music on her own and Johnny (Taron Egerton) the singing gorilla thug who wants more than the illegal family business.

Now the show can be put together but they need help as Buster turns to his friend Eddie (John C. Reilly) to talk his rich Nana (Jennifer Saunders) into investing in the show. When Buster puts together a dry run show for Nana, it is Eddie whose shenanigans bring in angry animals to tear up the theatre bringing it down to the ground. Sometimes you have to fall down hard to get back up - when you do make sure you SING!

McConaughey as Buster is a smooth talking koala who just wants to keep the theatre that he considers to be his whole life. Jumping through hoops to make that happen, it is those same hoops that trip him up. The good news is that this isn't a koala that is going to go down easy. This character is so enjoyable and funny and if vocals are any indication, McConaughey sounded like he had a very good time doing this animated film.

MacFarlane as Eddie is everything cool in a white suit and bow tie. He can sing and schmooze the lady's all at the same time. Now if he'd just lay off the gambling things might have gone a little easier for everyone. Kelly as Meena is shy, sweet and doesn't want to let down her very proud family so finds another way to become an indispensable part of the group.

Witherspoon as Rosita is going to be very wife/Mom-relatable in that sometimes being those two important things leaves out individuality so when Rosita lets loose - look out! Johansson as Ash is a pure rocker chick who discovers that she doesn't need anyone to rely on her talents, just a belief in herself. Egerton as Johnny is such a sweet gorilla who happens to be in a family of very large and very loud criminals. He wants more in life and finding a way to make the family understand that may take a trick or two.

Reilly as Eddie is as laid back as any spoiled kid would be but at least he stays true to his life long friendship with Eddie. Now Saunders as Nana is hilarious and I just loved watching her be grumpy and stubborn. Saunders gives her character grit and a bit of no-nonsense that keeps everybody but Buster at furs length.

Other characters include: Jennifer Hudson as Young Nana, Peter Serafinowicz as Big Daddy, Nick Kroll as Gunter, Beck Bennett as Lance, Jay Pharaoh as Meena's Grandfather and Nick Offerman as Norman.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has just added an amazing film to their library and making it available for us all to experience and re-experience in our own home theatres. There are films of every genre available from scary to drama to family films. For more of what they have to offer please visit www.uphe.com.

The SING Bonus Features include the Mini-Movies Gunter Babysit as Gunter offers to watch all of Rosita’s 25 piglets for the night and tries to prove he is the best babysitter ever, Love At First Sight while during a piano lesson with Johnny, Miss Crawly becomes nostalgic about the dancing and romancing of her youth as Johnny convinces her it’s not to late to find love and sets up a profile on a dating site and finally Eddie’s Life Coach as Eddie’s mom signs her slacker son up for a digital training seminar to get his life back on track! 

There is also the Don’t Worry ‘Bout a Thing Music Video and more music to sign along to. The Making of Sing, Finding the Rhythm, Character Profiles, SING & Dance, The SING Network, The Best of Gunter, The Making of the Mini-Movies and much, much more!

SING is definitely a family film filled with every family issue imaginable! It must be said first off that the animation is absolutely gorgeous and the characters are loveable and talented. My granddaughter is a toddler who loves music and loves animation so anytime you can put those two together I can absolutely guarantee you she will be thrilled with the results and SING is no exception. The songs are recognizable yet when these characters sing them it is a whole new look, sound and feel. 

It is fanciful, very charming and there isn't anyone that isn't going to see this film for the first time or again without a smile on their face. This is a wonderful example of the work that Illumination Entertainment puts into their animated films with a resume that includes DESPICABLE ME and THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (both of which are on full rotation in my house). SING brings comedy, friendship, love and music through amazing characters that are going to be loved by everyone. 

Gather up the family and make it a night of fun as SING gets everyone toe tapping and hand clapping.

In the end - let the auditions begin!

MOANA Adds to Disney’s Vivid Storytelling

Jeri Jacquin

Coming to VOD and Bluray this March from director Ron Clements and John Musker along with Don Hall, Chris Williams and Walt Disney Animation Studios comes MOANA.

This film tells the story of Moana (Auli’I Cravalho), daughter of Chief Tui (Temuera Morrison) and drawn to the ocean. Growing up with village expectations continually keeps her away from the waves that she loves. Listening to her father about taking her responsibilities seriously she stays away from the water.

But one person knows of Moana’s love of the sea and desire to see what is beyond the waves is Gramma Tala (Rachel House) who shares the secret of the people. Deep within the island are boats once used by Moana’s people who were explorers.

When the island harvest isn’t producing what it normally does and the fish are disappearing from the cove, Moana knows she must do something to help. Along with rooster Heihei (Alan Tudyk), Moana takes a boat and hits the seas searching for demi-god Maui (Dwayne Johnson).

They work together to reunite the heart of Tehiti and save the people of Motunui Island.

Cravalho as Moana is strong willed, filled with ocean-guilt, loved by her people and carries a lovely tune. Knowing that the responsibilities come with the job of being the Chief’s daughter, Moana tries to fill the shoes. Cravalho has a lovely voice giving Disney another winning soundtrack and every time she announced that she was “Moana!” Cravalho gave us a determined and strong cry!

Johnson as Maui is absolutely everything one would want in a demi-god! He’s big, he’s hilarious, he has wavy black hair and a tattoo that literally is his conscience. Adding his vocals that are brilliant to this character, there is absolutely no one else that could have pulled this off.

I have to take this moment to talk about Heihei the chicken and yes Alan Tudyk is the sounds of this bird but you need to be prepared because I love this chicken. Yes the pigs are cute and the fishes of the sea are awesome but Heihei is the most unusually funny animal I have seen in Disney films. 

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. www.movies.disney.com for their At Home titles!

MOANA is Disney at it’s best with the themes that family’s have come to expect from this amazing company. There is love, family, humor, friendship, suspense, adventure, a serious level of cuteness with characters that kept me laughing. 

Of course you can’t have The Rock in a film where his character not only is a little narcissistic but has tattoos that remind him of that fact, a cockeyed chicken, an ocean with attitude and a young girl with determination bigger than the demi-gods pecks and not have fun. 

The animation is absolutely stunning and I have to admit that I truly loved everything ocean with its life and beauty. The songs are filled with story telling and carried mainly by Moana’s character.

The Bluray is nothing short of stunning but I’d expect nothing less! Including never-before-seen bonus and Maul Mini-Movie there are more songs and so much more. The Special Features are the song Warrior Face, Voice of the Islands – discover how the heritage of the islands influenced the story and how the people and their culture inspired filmmakers.

Not enough? How about Things You Didn’t Know About…-get to know the movie’s stars and talent through a series of rapid-fire questions, Island Fashion – find out how the costumes were designed using only materials and techniques native to the islands of Oceania, They Know the Way: Making the Music of Moana – Learn how Opetaia Foa’I, Mark Mancina and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s involvement with the movie changed their lives.

Finally, How Far I’ll Go song by Alessia Cara, Deleted Scenes and my favorite Fishing for Easter Eggs! You can also instantly stream and download with the Digital HD code included in the Bluray. 


In the end – the ocean is calling!


TROLLS is Stunning, Funny and a Winner!

Jeri Jacquin

Coming to stunning Bluray as well as DVD and Digital HD from directors Walt Dohrn, Mike Mitchell, DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is a sing-song, dance along life of TROLLS.

Troll Village is a happy place unless you’re an unhappy Bergen! The only way a Bergen can be happy is if they have swallow a troll! The only Bergen who hasn’t experienced happiness is Prince Gristle (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). On his big day all havoc breaks loose when the royal Chef (Christine Baranski) fails to bring the Prince his prize.

That’s because the Trolls have escaped to start a fearless and fun life far away from the Bergens and the Chefs banishment. Led by King Peppy (Jeffrey Tambor), his daughter Poppy (Anna Kendrick) plans a celebration that is filled with fun, decorations, music, singing and dancing – how else would a troll celebrate? 

The one troll who isn’t happy about it is Branch (Justin Timberlake) a downer troll who thinks Poppy’s celebration will do nothing but give away their location to the Bergin. But Creek (Russell Brand), DJ Suki (Gwen Stefani), Cooper (Ron Funches), Guy Diamond (Kunal Nayyar), Harper (Quvenzhane Wallis), Satin (Aino Jawo) and Chenille (Caroline Hjelt) are just a few friends who believe in Poppy.

On the outskirts of the Bergen kingdom, the Chef has been searching for the Trolls. The night of the party Branch’s prediction comes true as the party lights are a beacon for the Chef to follow and she kidnaps Poppy’s friends. Determined to get them back she and Branch (after some convincing) head toward the Bergen castle where now King Gristle lives.

There they meet Bridget (Zooey Deschanel), a Bergen who has a secret crush. Poppy decides to help the disheveled servant find love in exchange for freeing her friends. When none of them know is that all their plans may be thwarted by someone they never suspected.

But nothing stops a dancing, singing, positive Troll!

Kendrick as Poppy is delightful, funny, and just so darn cute. Her voice lends to the charming troll with a quickness of wit. Of course I am a Kendrick fan so it doesn’t surprise me that she seriously makes me laugh – a lot - in this film.

Timberlake as Branch, I mean seriously, vocally grumpy, funny, sarcastic, and facial expressions that, even though they are animated, are hilarious. I love that this is something different for Timberlake and I’m sure having a child of his own now makes this more fun than he could have realized.

Mintz-Plasse as King Gristle is a spoiled yet entertaining troll believing a myth that he defines his life by. Deschanel as Bridget is very cute and there is something to be said for colorful troll hair as a man-attractor! 

Brand as Creek seems to have made a comfortable life for himself with doing vocals in animation. Winning over hearts in the DESPICABLE ME series, he has now landed himself one again with TROLLS.

Other animated voices are Jeffrey Tambor as King Peppy, John Cleese as King Gristle Sr., James Corden as Biggie, Walt Dohrn, Smidge, Rhys Darby as Bibbly, Meg DeAngelis as Moxie Dewdrop, GloZell Green as Grandma Rosiepuff, Kandee Johnson as Mandy Sparkledust, and Mike Mitchel as Darius.

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 www.fox.com. 

DreamWorks Animation brings amazing animated entertainment to films, television specials and series for the young and young at heart audiences around the world. Names one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, DreamWorks Animations has brought iconic and beloved films such as the SHREK, MADAGASCAR, KUNG FU PANDA and HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON series along with PUSS IN BOOTS and THE CROODS. For more of what they have to offer please visit http://www.dreamworksanimation.com. 

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give TROLLS five tubs of popcorn out of five and it deserves every one of those tubs. This is a fun animated film filled with music, color, a fantastic story, dancing and silliness in mass amounts.

That’s important to me because my granddaughter is a lover of animated films that keep her little toes tapping and she is still dancing! In fact she loves this film so much that TROLLS will definitely become a mainstay in her every expanding DreamWorks library.

The characters each have their own defined personalities which is what makes TROLLS such a winner. There is something relatable for everyone along with all the elements we have come to love in animated films.

The TROLLS Bluray, DVD and Digital HD includes Party Mode – Sing, dance and laugh along with the Trolls in this engaging and interactive feature. On Bluray you can use your remote control to have fun on-screen moments!, Travel Through Troll Village – Cloud Guy narrates a fun exploration of Troll Village, The Potion for Stop-Motion is a behind-the-scenes and part stop-motion tutorial that explores the process of creating Poppy’s visually stunning scrapbook.

Also included is Creating Troll Magic as TROLLS Production Designer Kendal Cronkhite-Shaindlin leads a kid-friendly exploration of her role as production designer, TROLL 2 TROLL AS Poppy and Branch have a friendly debate on important topics such as “Cat vs. Dog”, Inside the Bunker with an in-depth exploration of Branch’s “special place” narrated by Cloud Guy and finally Deleted Scenes intros by Director Mike Mitchell and Co-Director Walter Dohrn.

TROLLS has love, family, friendship, acceptance, dancing, singing, and scrapbooking! The animation is so sharp and defined down to the wisps of troll hair, the fuzz on their felt outfits and the fluffs of their Cloud friend. DreamWorks has absolute set the bar high on every single and tiny detail adding so much visually. All of that gives kids what they love and adults a moment to be a kid again.

Gather up the kids and the kids at heart to experience everything TROLLS!

In the end – find your happy place!


Disney’s PINOCCHIO Brings Memories and Beauty to Bluray for Families!

Jeri Jacquin

This week on Bluray, DVD and Digital HD from Disney’s Signature Collection is a film that has become one of the most beloved classics in animation with PINOCCHIO!

The story is told by the one and only Jiminy Cricket (voiced by Cliff Edwards) about Geppetto (Christian Rub) is a creative man of many talents. One such talent is creating amazing puppets that almost look real. One such puppet is Pinocchio (Dickie Jones) who Geppetto wishes were a real boy. 

The wish is heard and the Blue Fairy (Evelyn Venable) helps the puppet boy come to life – sort of. Telling Pinocchio that he must prove himself to be “brave, truthful and unselfish” to become a total real boy, the Blue Fairy assigns Jiminy Cricket to be his conscience. 

That proves to be a cricket-full when Pinocchio meets Honest John the Fox and Gideon the cat. Believing he is just having fun with his new friends, he has captured the eye of Stromboli. Wanting to make money off the marionette, it becomes clear that when Pinocchio wants to go home that it isn’t going to happen.

Jiminy Cricket calls on the help of the Blue Fairy and when she asks Pinocchio why he is not in school, he lies and with it a nose growth! Promising the Blue Fairy he won’t do it again, she gentle tells him that this will be the last help he receives.

But Honest John and Gideon are still looking for misbehaving lads to take to and they once again meet Pinocchio and talk him into going along. Disaster strikes when Jiminy discovers what really happens to the boys who follow Honest John and Gideon. Escaping to home, Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket find a letter that Geppetto has gone looking for the marionette boy. 

Swallowed by the whale Monstro, Pinocchio jumps into the sea to find Geppetto and although they escape, everything changes in the crash of a wave. It is in this moment that life changes for them all!

PINOCCHIO first came to the screen in 1940 after the success of SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS. Taken from the Italian children’s story The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi it has continued the test of time. Seventy-six years later, this film has captured the imagination of each generation since it’s release.

PINOCCHIO brings through the years other milestones such as being the first animated feature to win an Academy Award for Best Music-Original Score and Best Music-Original Song for ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’. That song alone captures the heart and gives it a special hug because dreams do come true!

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. www.movies.disney.com for their At Home titles!

The Bluray includes a Brand New Version of Oswald Short Poor Pappa, the Bonus Extras of The Pinocchio Project: When You Wish Upon a Star – Today’s hottest music influencers create their own version of the iconic song, Walt’s Story Meetings: Pleasure Island – Recently discovered original artwork reveals a Pleasure Island that never made it to the big screen.

Also included is In Walt’s Words: Pinocchio – Through recordings of rare interviews, Walt discusses the magical making of this legendary classic, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in “Poor Papa” – When the storks bring Oswald’s family a special delivery, his house is soon overrun by a rambunctious brood of baby bunnies and so much more.

This film has made it through four generations of my own family and I have no doubt that it will continue on with my grandchildren’s children. There are so many themes that reach into families with love, trust, learning, mistakes and most of all forgiveness. 

Wrapping all of this wonderful story in animation that has been brought to Bluray with a sharpness that is mesmerizing means the legacy that PINOCCHIO brings will continue. This is an absolute must for everyone’s Disney home library!

In the end – when you wish upon a star you’re dreams come true!

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS Snuggles onto Bluray 

Jeri Jacquin

Our loyal and furry four legged friends (some with two legs and some with wings!) are coming to Bluray this week as directors Yarrow Cheney, Chris Renaud and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment release THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS.

Max (voiced by Louis C.K.) is a happy dog who absolutely loves his human Katie (Ellie Kemper) living in Manhattan. Spending his days waiting or napping, Max also has other animal friends like pink bowed and seriously fluffy doggy Gidget (Jenny Slate).

Excited that Katie is finally home, Max is about to get the surprise of his life when she introduces him to Duke (Eric Stonestreet). Duke isn’t exactly apartment trained and Max is not thrilled to be sharing his home so their relationship doesn’t start off well.

When the dog walker collects the group for a walk to the park, Max gets it in his head to get rid of Duke. It quickly backfires and both dogs are swooped up by animal control. The only thing that saves them is an accident created by an adorable big eared white bunny named Snowball. It doesn’t take long to realize that Snowball (Kevin Hart) has serious issues!

Accepting Max and Duke into their sewer group, the two dogs learn that there are many species of animal living below ground. Snowball wants to bring anarchy to the human-pet system and sees Max and Duke as new recruits.

Meanwhile, Gidget realizes that Max is missing and decides to take it upon herself to find him. Unlikely helpers are Tiberius (Albert Brooks) the hawk who sees everything as food, Pops (Dana Carvey) a hound who doesn’t let aged legs stop him and more.

It’s about knowing who your friends are no matter how many legs you have!

C.K. as Max is absolutely lovely! His voice is so animated and fits this furry character so well and it’s a nice change. Capturing the personality of this little dog who clearly loves his human is so heart warming. Watching the relationship grow between Max and Duke is a lot of fun.

Stonestreet as Duke is a big lug of a dog who just wants a home and somebody to love. When Max doesn’t exactly welcome him with open arms, a not-so-nice Duke comes out to play. He’s a lot like Max in that he is more bark than bite.

Slate as Gidget is hyper, funny, okay actually hilarious and serious. It’s pretty clear that Gidget is harboring feelings for Max and if anything else it motivates her more to find her friend! Don’t let the fluff and bows fool you though because between taming a hawk and taking on a psycho-bunny, Gidget is definitely a worthy pup-ponent!

Hart as Snowball is, of course, hilarious and a bit psychotic actually. I mean bunnies are strange creatures as it is and Hart gives us a reason to question their cuteness from this moment on!

Other voice cast include Jaime Camil as Fernando, Sandra Echeverria as Maria, Michael Beattie as Tattoo, Steve Coogan as Ozone/Reginald, Chris Renaud as Norman, Bobby Moynihan as Mel, Hannibal Buress as Buddy and Lake Bell as Chloe.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has just added an amazing film to their library and making it available for us all to experience and re-experience in our own home theatres. There are films of every genre available from scary to drama to family films. For more of what they have to offer please visit www.uphe.com.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS four tubs of popcorn out of five. I love the characters and so did my granddaughter who couldn’t stop laughing at Gidget’s hyperness. Translated means this Bluray will be in the player for months to come and I won’t mind it one little bit. 

Anyone with a growing family media library like so many I know are filling their own shelves with fantastic animated films like this one. There is fun, laughter, friendship and memorable characters which is what allows us all to be kids at heart with the little ones in our lives.

Several of the characters reminded me of friends’ pets and which means Illumination did their job to perfection. My own cat has an attitude and knocking things away and being a fussy eater is high on his list of things to keep me on my toes about. 

The animation by the same folks that brought us DESPICABLE ME, Illumination Entertainment clearly knows what fans of animated films want in story as well as amazing and colorful animation. This is one studio I’d love to visit just to watch their creative process and flow of ideas – okay I also want to know what they are doing next!

The Bluray/DVD and Digital HD combo also includes the special features of 3 Mini Movies, All About the Pets, Animals Can Talk: Meet the Actors, Hairstylist to the Dogs, The Best of Snowball and More! Also includes are the Bluray Exclusives of How to Make an Animated Film and Anatomy of a Scene. 

Gather up the family because your home theatre is the place to be to enjoy the absolutely entertaining and wonderful THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS.

In the end – ever wonder what your pets do when you’re not home?

KUBO and the TWO STRINGS is a Must-See for Everyone on Bluray

Jeri Jacquin

On Bluray this week and perfect for families to enjoy for the Thanksgiving holiday from director Travis Knight, Laika Entertainment and Focus Features is the stellar KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS.

Kubo (Art Parkinson) is a young man who has seen much in his young life. Hiding in a mountain with his mother, Kubo comes to learn how he lost his eye. Telling him to not go out at night, the young boy doesn’t understand until a black mist attacks. Inside the mist are two witches (Rooney Mara) who turn out to be Kubo’s Aunts.

The witches want to destroy Kubo but it isn’t going to be easy. Sacrificing herself to save her son, a magic appears and takes the boy safely away. When he wakes up, his charm has come to life with Monkey (Charlize Theron) standing before him.

Knowing that the Moon King (Ralph Fiennes) is coming for him, Kubo must piece together a suit of armor that could save him. Monkey tells him the story of his parents which he didn’t know before. On their journey Kubo and Monkey meet Beetle (Matthew McConaughey) who is so pleased to meet them both. Wanting to help with the quest to find the armor, he will do everything possible with the skill of his arrow.

Eventually, Kubo comes face to face with the Moon King but it is the boy’s bravery and courage that bring him strength and courage.

Parkinson as the voice of Kubo is so endearing and delightful. When the character is sad, Parkinson’s voice just breaks my heart and when Kubo is strong and righteously defiant, this young actor’s voice portrays that as well.

Theron as Monkey brings care and concern for Kubo. What I loved the most is Theron’s ability to reflect with her voice wit and sarcasm that actually made me giggle a lot. McConaughey as Beetle is hilarious! His questions, responses and sense of fun is the comic relief of the film without this character losing his genuine concern for his new friends.

Mara has double duty playing the evil sisters who want nothing more than to destroy Kubo and his friends are just an added bonus. Fiennes as the Moon King once again gets the opportunity to voice a bit of evil and although not quite Voldemort-ish its still pretty cool.

Other voice talent includes Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Hashi, Brenda Vaccaro as Kameyo, Meyrick Murphy as Mari, Minae Norji as Minae, Alpha Takahashi as Aiko, Laura Miro as Miho and George Takei as Hosato.

Focus Features brings a wide range of diverse films to audiences everywhere. Distinctive films such as THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB and THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING have audiences riveted. Focus Features also brings live action animation with CORRALINE, 9 and KUBO and the TWO STRINGS with the upcoming A MONSTER CALLS.

Laika Entertainment has broken amazing boundaries in the 120-year-old technique of stop-motion animation. Bringing emotional, innovative and exhilarating stories to audiences, Laika is responsible for the 2009 Oscar nominated CORALINE, as well as PARANORMAN. My personal favorite is the 2014 release of the absolutely amazing story of THE BOXTROLLS. 

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give KUBO and the TWO STRINGS four and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. This is a brilliantly done animated film that endearing, adventurous, funny and beautiful. My family loves CORRALINE and THE BOXTROLLS so it is no surprise to me that KUBO and the TWO STRINGS won us all over immediately.

KUBO and the TWO STRINGS is an absolutely amazing piece of stop-motion animation and it is sure to win award after award and it should. What Laika Entertainment brings to this genre of film is nothing short of spectacular. This story has every aspect of emotion and it was a joy to feel each of them.

The characters are wonderfully portrayed and with the voice of Theron and McConaughey, it is topped off by the heart felt vocal talents of Art Parkinson. The world of Kubo created through music and dancing paper is the reason this genre reaches into the heart of so many people.

The Bluray includes a DVD and Digital HD copy of the film with the bonus features of Kubo’s Journey, Corners of the Earth, Feature Commentary with Director Travis Knight and much more. 

The colors are vibrant and crisp and so vivid down to the hair on Kubo head as well as Monkey’s fur. Lets just say there isn’t a thing about this film that isn’t on point and fantastic. KUBO and the TWO STRINGS is a journey filled with beauty, magic and love – and that makes this film one of the best of 2016.

In the end – be bold, be brave and be epic!

FINDING DORY Swims Easy into Hearts and Now Homes!

Jeri Jacquin

Coming to Bluray from directors Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane and Disney Pixar is the highly anticipated reason to keep on swimming with FINDING DORY.

Back on the reef, Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) has made a life with Nemo (Hayden Rolence) and Marlon (Albert Brooks). Her memory hasn’t improved very much but everyone on the reef knows the little Tang’s story. 

While out with the reef with Mr. Ray and the class, Dory has a memory that sets her on fire. She remembered her parents Jenny (Diane Keaton) and Charlie (Eugene Levy) and more remarkably where she last saw them. Dory knows that she must go to them right away and turns to Marlon and Nemo for support.

Of course Marlon isn’t to keen on another big sea adventure but realizes that this is something Dory needs to do. Calling on Crush and the shelled gang, they hitch a ride to Morrow Bay in California following Dory’s memories.

Arriving at the Marine Life Institute, Dory, Marlon and Nemo become separated when she is scooped up by scientist and taken in the building. Dory is tagged and that’s when she meets Hank (Ed O’Neill), an octopus with one goal in life – to get tagged. After talking to Dory, Hank realizes this is his chance!

The two set out on an inside adventure as Dory remembers more and more bringing her closer to the last place she saw her Mom and Dad. Outside, Marlon and Nemo are discovering that sometimes you need special help from unlikely friends to get inside the Institute. Marlon’s fears for his son almost get the better of him until Nemo tells him to think like Dory which is a game changer.

Dory also finds her childhood friend Destiny (Kaitlin Olson), a whale shark that has a problem with her eyesight. That doesn’t stop her from being excited to see Dory again. In the next tank is Bailey (Ty Burrell), a neurotic white beluga whale who thinks his biological sonar doesn’t work. 

When Dory comes within fins reach of her childhood home, she learns that the search isn’t over. That’s when old friends and new friends who believe in the little blue tang won’t let her give up – because what do you do when you feel that way?

That’s right…

DeGeneres is and always will be Dory. I absolutely adore this character because of her ability to be so accepting of almost everything around her. Granted she doesn’t remember much of what’s around her but there is a grace and purity to the fact that she doesn’t remember. In that are no preconceived notions, no judgments, and no history of bad feelings and in its place is a free floating swimmers joy, love, understanding and acceptance with an added warm wrapping of friendship and family. Thanks Ellen for reminding us all that it is possible to be all those things. Thirteen years later I am proud to introduce my granddaughter to the love and hilarity that is Dory!

Brooks as Marlon is once again on the fright train but not nearly as bad as before. Once again son Nemo reminds him that fear does nothing but keep them from every bit of life – even the bird-carrying-bucket kind! Rolence as Nemo comes in strong and a little more grown up from his crazy adventure. Still adorable and still cute as a clown fish can be!

O’Neill as Hank is absolutely hilarious and as grumpy as he wanted to be, Dory managed to untangle his heart. I have a sneaking suspicion I know which character is going to be a show stealer of this film and I have no problem with that at all (she says heading to the Disney store to get the Hank stuffed animal immediately!).

Keaton and Levy as Jenny and Charlie are so cute that I couldn’t absolutely stand it. Flashbacks of Dory as a baby tang (be prepared to awwwwww yourself like crazy!), Keaton and Levy are loving and supportive of their baby girl and it carried them one shell at a time back to her.

Olson as Destiny is hilarious and thrilled to find Dory once again. She just has such a light personality that is strong but mushy at the same time. Burrell as Bailey is adorable and neurotic all wrapped up in the white beluga whale package. Just watching him panic made me laugh because that’s probably what I look like minus the ability to have sonar. 

The film includes Sloane Murray as young Dory, Eugene Levy as Charlie, Idris Elba as Fluke, and Dominic West as Rudder.

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. www.movies.disney.com for their At Home titles!

FINDING DORY is a must-have to set proudly next to FINDING NEMO. DeGeneres should be extremely happy with the end result of her little tang’s story. Seeing Dory again and again is heartwarming, very funny, and challenging but all wrapped up in love, determination and believing in herself.

Dory is such an inspiration to everyone, not just children, and FINDING DORY is an opportunity for us all to come together and experience her return. At the screening I can tell you there were more adults attending than children. That’s because FINDING NEMO appeared in 2003 and we’ve all been waiting with Ellen for her return and nothing is going to stop Dory’s followers from sharing her journey.

It has been a wait but one that is totally worth it. The animation is absolutely stunning with such rich colors and a flow that is a feast for the eyes. The story is one that needed to be told and with the addition of the new characters I can guarantee an enjoyable family time at the movies.

The Bluray, DVD and Digital HD package includes over two hours of bonus features including the theatrical short Piper which I absolutely love but there are also new mini-shorts. More extras include Marine Life Interviews as MLI residents remember our favorite blue tang, Animation & Acting – A look at the art of creating a deep and profound connection between audience and fish, The Octopus That Nearly Broke Pixar – unraveling the challenges and rewards of bringing to life Pixar’s crankiest, most technically challenging character ever, Deep in the Kept – see how far the crew went to make Dory’s world believable, Deleted Scenes and so much more.

I couldn’t be happier that my own granddaughter loves baby Dory. Seeing the brightness in her eyes as the little blue tang searches for her parents is one of delight, fun and enjoyment. Isn’t that what we have come to expect from both Pixar and Disney? Once again they have not let us down but instead brings FINDING DORY home so we can all watch again and again.

In the end – it’s an unforgettable journey that she probably won’t remember but that’s okay, she has family!


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