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Pound Puppies: A Perfect Match

Thank you Shout Factory for sending us this DVD to review!

The Pound Puppies live for finding the perfect human for every dog.  In the episode Hello Kitten, they make an exception and assist a young cat with finding their new home.  The dog pound has a secret underground base that has a computer network for matching dogs with their forever homes.  Some dogs are tougher to match up than others.  A puppy that is scared of humans warms up to them after accidently going to camp with hyper girls scouts in the episode No More S’Mores.  In the episode Beauty is Only Fur Deep talks about not judging a book by its cover when one of the dogs goes bald and gets over confident when given fake hair.  Ironically, the dog pound manager is dealing with the same issues when it comes to his toupee.  Human kindness is the theme in the episode Working K9-5.  In that episode a young paper girl is late in delivering papers, but is not given a chance to explain why until the end.   

Both my daughters and son enjoyed watching this 110 minute DVD.  It’s a great show for cat and dog lovers alike!

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Delivery Man

Thank you Time Warner for sending us this movie to review!

Delivery Man is about a meat truck driver name David Wozniak who has made several mistakes in the past and has a knack for losing money.  He’s now deeply in debt and unless he repays it, his life is in danger.  As David’s life is continuing its downward spiral, his relationship with his girlfriend is on the rocks and he finds out that he is the father to over five hundred children.  To make matters worse, the sperm donor company informs him that more than one hundred and forty of the offspring want to know his real identity. 

Despite being told by his lawyer friend, not to have anything to do with his kids, David enjoys acting like a guardian angel to several of them.  Without revealing his identity, he helps many of them launch their career, build their self esteem, and even kick drug use.   There’s a lot of variety in his children as they each have various skills and abilities.  One of them is a professional basketball player while another is unresponsive and wheelchair bound.  

While the overall message of this movie is positive, there are some issues worth mentioning that make this movie not so family friendly.  It does earn its PG-13 rating for language, sexual themes, including homosexuality, drug and alcohol use.  

In the beginning of the movie David tries to grow marijuana to help raise money to pay off his debt.  Later in the film as he gets to know one of his daughters, he saves her from overdosing on heroin.  Another one of his daughters puts him in the protective dad role as she is very attractive and gets many cat calls with her skimpy outfits.  In another scene, David is following one of his sons only to find that he is an active member in the gay community.  Sex outside of marriage is promoted in this film. Lastly, given the nature of the plot, there are several sexual innuendos about how these children were created.

While this movie does have a happy ending, it makes me glad I stopped at three kids.  I’m also thankful that I was living a Godly life before having them as well.  

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Transformers Rescue Bots: Heroes on the Scene

The Transformers Rescue Bots show is geared for a younger audience and provides plenty of action, but teaches teaches important lessons as well.   The episode Little White Lies teaches that although white lies seem harmless, they can backfire and hurt people's feelings.  Learning from our past and the importance of History class is taught in the episode The Lost Bell.   Transformers Rescue Bots: Heroes to the Rescue has five episodes and runs for 110 minutes.   Both my son and daughters enjoyed watching this DVD.  The colorful animation, action, and humor is sure to keep the attention of grade school age kids. For less than $15, this DVD is a solid buy for any Transformers fan.     

Episode List:

  • The Lost Bell
  • You've Been Squilshed
  • Little White Lies
  • Shake Up
  • Rescue Boy

 

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SlugTerra: Heroes of the Underground

Thank you Shout Factory for sending us this DVD to review!

SlugTerra Heroes of the underground is the fourth volume available for the popular cartoon show.  It features five episodes and runs for 110 minutes.  My son who is new to the series enjoyed watching the slug slingers shoot their tiny yet powerful slugs at relentless enemies.  Eli Shang leads the Shang Gang and offers a reasonable policy of giving the enemies a chance to repent before he duels them.  Sadly, nobody takes him of on his offer.  In this DVD, the Shang Gang faces off against the Hooligang, a giant ice troll, a mad scientist, thieves, cyclops and robots.  While the cute slugs were not able to win my daughter over, my son enjoyed them and all of the action packed into this DVD collection.  For less than $12, this DVD is worth every penny.

Episode List:

  • Snowdance
  • Inheritance
  • A Distant Shore
  • The Journey Home
  • Roboslugs

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Adventure Time: The Complete Third Season

Thank You Click Communications for sending us the Blu-ray for Adventure Time: The Complete Third Season!

Even though Adventure Time is in its fifth season, the third season is now available in DVD, Blu-Ray, and digitally via UltraViolet.  Having recently watched the first two seasons, I think it’s safe to say that this show keeps on getting better.  This collection comes with twenty-six episodes and will entertain both parents and children for 286 minutes.   While some of the humor goes below the belt, this show is pretty family friendly as the main hero Finn tries to be an honorable hero.  His shape-shifting dog, Jake, is goofy and farts a lot.  The Ice King still kidnaps princesses in hopes of making one of them his wife. The two-part Christmas episode featuring him and his secret diary tapes are silly and religion free.  The citizens of Ooo acknowledge a deity named Glob and their form of OMG is “Oh my Glob!”.   

My favorite episode is the heart warming Thank You which features Snow Golem and his unlikely and short friendship with a fire pup.  The runner up is the gender switching Adventure Time With Fionna and Cake.    

Here’s the complete list of all of the episodes included in this set:

1. Conquest of Cuteness
2. Morituri Te Salutamus
3. Memory of a Memory
4. Hitman
5. Too Young
6. The Monster
7. Still
8. Wizard Battle
9. Fionna and Cake
10. What Was Missing
11. Apple Thief
12. The Creeps
13. From Bad to Worse
14. Beautopia
15. No One Can Hear You
16. Jake vs. Me-Mow
17. Thank You
18. The New Frontier
19. Holly Jolly Secrets (Part 1)
20. Holly Jolly Secrets (Part 2)
21. Marceline's Closet
22. Paper Pete
23. Another Way
24. Ghost Princess
25. Dad's Dungeon
26. Incendium

My family and I enjoyed Adventure Time: The Complete Third Season and for less than $25 on Amazon it’s worth it. I look forward to future seasons!

 

 

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The Sonic Sitcom: Episode 2

Here's the next episode of our cartoon show The Sonic Sitcom:

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Transformers Prime: Ultimate Bumblebee

Thank you Shout Factory for sending us this DVD to review!

This action packed 88 minute DVD features four episodes from various seasons of Transformers Prime and Transformers Prime Beast Hunters.  Each episode features Bumblebee kicking some metallic butt even when he loses his guns and ability to transform in the two part episode Operation Bumblebee.  Fans will learn why and how BumbleBee lost his ability to talk like the other robots do. The ambitious Starscream is the main villain in Masters and Students as he tries to become the new ruler of the Decepticons.  He awakens Skyquake who still follows Megatron's orders and not Starscream's.     Megatron is back in the fourth episode Deadlock which is the third season’s finale of Transformers Prime Beast Hunters.  In that episode the fate of earth is decided as the Autobots and Decepticons fight an epic battle.  Bumblebee really shines here and isn’t disobeying orders like he has in the previous shows on this DVD.  This collection is great for any Bumblebee fan out there.  For the reasonable price of $9.99, I highly recommend it!

 

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Animated Stories From The New Testament: A King Is Born

Thank you Nest Entertainment for sending us this DVD to review!

This twenty-six minute DVD opens up with a pretty song that describes God's love for us by sending our savior. As the opening credits scrolled on, I noticed that Orson Scott Card wrote the screenplay. The story begins with Simeon telling an elderly lady (presumably Anna) that he has been promised to see the Messiah before he dies. King Herod gets wind of the Messiah's coming and vows to eliminate him. After that scene, Gabriel tells Mary that she will bear God's son and although she doesn't understand how it is possible, she complies. I was surprised to see how easy going Joseph was about this situation when Mary told him the news. In this DVD he had a dream explaining the divine pregnancy before Mary announced it. According to the Bible he was troubled by the news and later comforted by the dream and felt at peace knowing that Mary was not unfaithful to him.

Later in Mary's pregnancy, Caesar Augustus proclaims that everyone must return to their city of birth to be counted and taxed. As they near Bethlehem Mary starts to go into labor, but they have no place to stay since the inns are full. A kind man gives them shelter in a stable. Baby Jesus arrives (no gory details shown) and is visited by nearby shepherds while the wise men start their journey to meet the king.

Anna and Simeon get to meet their promised savior when Mary and Joseph present an offering at the temple. King Herod hears about Jesus' birth and tells the wise men to let him know where to find the baby. When they disobey, every baby boy pays the price (again no details are shown). Thanks to Joseph's dream warning them to leave Bethlehem, they fled safely to Egypt and raised Jesus there until king Herod died.

That is where this DVD ends and if you like Biblical stories with good voice acting, I recommend continuing the story of Jesus' life by watching Jesus, The Son of God. The animation is a bit dated since it's from the eighties, but the artwork has a Disney like style to it. While the normal price is $9.95 I have seen it for $5 on Nest Entertainment's website and for less than $12 shipped on Amazon.

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Bite-sized Reviews: Four Movies

I recently flew from Thailand back to New York after Christmas break. Being on a transatlantic flight means you have the opportunity to watch a lot of films, so I thought I would try something different for a column. Note that my opinions on them aren’t that valid because I fell asleep during three of them (plus the fact that I’m just a dumb college kid with no experience in film but let’s not go there) but here are some brief impressions with or without complete sentences.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2: This film exists for two reasons – to show off the wacky world of computer animation and to write puns about food. Has a remarkably weak villain and a sidekick I found uncomfortable to look at. Just trust me. A combination of Jurassic Park and the first movie, the sequel just doesn’t have the legs to stand on its own. The animation is fairly stunning, I’ll give it that. C

Rush: Interesting rivalry biopic, the Amadeus of Formula One (note: I’ve never seen Amadeus). Daniel Bruhl outshines Chris Hemsworth in every way, but Thor does a serviceable job despite a choppy English accent. Surprisingly little actual racing, but still manages to keep it fast and compelling. Nice pacing, integral for a racing flick. Entirely unnecessary sex scene (although I hear there are more with mine being edited for plane viewing). B

Now You See Me: Ensemble cast doesn’t make me care about them, despite their theatrics. Cool illusions and action sequences, everything is quite slick and enjoyable, and I expect nothing less from Louis Letterier. Unfortunately the movie isn’t strong enough to support its own resolution, so the result makes it as forgettable as the implications of its title, despite all the fun. Yeah, I’ve seen you, so what? B-

Man of Steel: I’m going to catch flak for this, so let me begin by revealing my bias by saying I’ve never really liked Superman but I wanted to see what was done with the reboot. The most positive thing I can say is the strength of the visuals and their design. Much of the emotional fell flat, Cavill never looks like he belongs (maybe that’s the point, but…), a lot of the plot didn’t make sense to me, and there were some scenes I found flat out silly. Utterly humorless except for one or two awkward jokes, and like many reviewers, I disliked the mindless destruction of Metropolis. I’m not saying that every movie has to be funny, but this one was grim business, and I didn’t think it was good enough for me to take seriously. Zod was a good choice as villain and Michael Shannon does well with the role but I just couldn’t put up with the rest of the movie. It might just be that it’s not for me. D+

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Kick-A** 2

Warning: This review contains references to graphic material and is not suitable for children.

Review:

If you were interested at all in the first Kick-A** film (referred to by initials from here on out), you are likely aware by now of the sequel's many issues: Gratuitous language and sexual references, highly stylized graphic violence, and the inevitable curse of sequel-itis. Despite all of its explicit content, the original KA was an enjoyable romp through superheroville with heroes that bled and swore throughout its 117 min. running time. There was a facade of realism, but it wasn't meant to be taken too seriously. Director Matthew Vaughn carefully realized his own version of New York City, creating a careful balance between the gritty vigilantes and the mafia with the fantasy of comic books, especially in the character of Hit-Girl. I bring all this information up about the first one to highlight some of the main problems that plague KA 2. 

The first problem that is almost immediately noticeable is the restricted budget. The action isn't quite as slick as it used to be, and it shows. This problem is almost painful in a later sequence partially shown in the trailers with Hit-Girl sliding around on the roof of a van. However, you can't completely fault the production crew for this issue, and newcomer Jeff Wadlow does a serviceable job with the action he's given. Of particular note is the first real glimpse the audience gets of Mother Russia and her brutality against the police. 

The second major problem that KA 2 suffers from is an inconsistency that stretches across multiple aspects. There's a forgivable amount of continuity errors from the first film, but some of it just doesn't make sense. For example (Spoilers for this and the original), the girl that Dave (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) successfully dates after spending the entirely of the first movie trying to get her to like him, is dismissed with an uncomfortable throwaway gag about people thinking that Dave and Mindy (Chloe Grace Moretz) are together. (End spoiler) There is also a persistent inconsistency in tone. When Vaughn created his vision for KA, he knew exactly what he wanted out of his characters, with all the violence in the film leading up to an intense finale with consequences. Maybe it's just poor screen-writing (the opening minutes of the film were a little painful for exactly this reason), but there were several moments of surprising sincerity and melodrama surrounding Hit-Girl that felt out of place, like it was taking its role in the superhero canon too seriously. This is contrasted with two particularly over-the-top scenes for her character that seem to come out of left field and left a bad taste in my mouth: Mindy's "sexual awakening" in noticing a boy band's music video and her revenge against the popular girl's clique. It also lends to the feeling that KA 2 has more to do with Hit-Girl's story than it does with Dave's, which wouldn't be so much of a problem if the movie didn't share its name with Kick-A**. 

All of this is not to say that KA 2 does not have any bright spots. Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloe Grace Moretz are as comfortable as ever in their roles and Jim Carrey's screen time as Colonel Stars and Stripes is criminally short. I was also surprised and impressed by some of the other casting: Donald Faison is irresistibly plucky as Dr. Gravity, and the rest of Justice Forever handle their roles formidably. I was initially put off my Christopher Mintz-Plasse's return as Chris D'Amico, but he eventually won me over in his quest for vengeance and desire to be feared. I found most of the action sequences to be well-implemented and entertaining and appreciated the diversity and creativity among both the hero and the villain’s squad.

Content:

Obviously, a film with the titular character being named Kick-A** has some clear content issues. The fact that Col. Stars and Stripes is described as a born-again Christian and his continual requests for his teammates to refrain from swearing or taking the Lord’s name in vain does nothing to mitigate the level of profanity. Mindy’s new guardian has a swear jar that is played for laughs, continually overflowing. The script is riddled with f- and s-words, and even a few c-words. No less than four characters have obscenities in their monikers, and that’s barely the beginning. Not content with only verbal crudity, there is a scene of over-the-top projectile vomiting and defecation, while entirely unrealistic, did nothing to improve my opinion of the film. 

The violence is what you’d expect from this type of film, with some of the shock value of Hit-Girl’s age being taken away with the sequel. Characters are shot, stabbed, beaten, ground, blown up, and even eaten, to varying degrees. The blood flows freely, and nobody escapes unscathed. However, the majority of the blood is designed to be unrealistic and appears as such. Most disturbingly, (Major spoilers) in trying to bait Kick-A** for capture, Dave is shown a picture of his father, who has been killed. The film then goes into a brief and violent flashback that shows his father being viscerally beaten and then hanged. (End spoilers) A character is accidentally killed in a tanning bed, and we see her bare arm hang limply over the edge of it.

In terms of sexual content, there is a moment of brief topless nudity, and a short scene played for laughs where Chris D’Amico discovers his mother’s sexual paraphernalia. Lewd sexual references are abundant, and we see two characters going into a bathroom stall together to have sex, twice. By far the most troubling point in the film, a villain threatens to rape another character, but the assault is halted when dialogue reveals that he is unable to achieve an erection. It’s meant to portray the character’s blind lust for power and revenge with all of his insecurity, but I found this particular attempt at humor deplorable. Additionally, a few of the costumed characters wear skimpy outfits while they fight.

Summary: 

In the end, those who really wanted a sequel to KA should be satisfied. The film has a plethora of issues that prevent it from being the sequel that the original movie deserved, but I would say it's better than nothing. The characters haven't outlasted their welcome and watching them in action still preserves a certain modicum of entertainment. However, the sheer amount of immoral content makes it hard to recommend, so enjoy at your own risk. If you were okay with the first movie but didn’t love it, it’s probably best if you skip it. You won’t be missing out on greatness if you end up passing up this one. As an added bonus, you are exempt from experiencing all the sordidness contained therein.

Author’s note: I had completed this review entirely and then went to preview my post and through the magic of the internet, lost quite a bit of it. I’m deeply sorry that you guys missed out on the awesomeness of the original draft.

Kick-A** 2 is rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, crude and sexual content, and brief nudity.

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My Little Pony: Classic Movie Collection

Thank you Shout!Factory for sending us this video to review!

What happens when you combine Ponies, Unicorns, Pegasus', Breezeies (bug like ponies with wings and antennae) and dragons? You get some wild adventures that teach lessons like being true to yourself, compromising, and taking responsibility for your actions.

The My Little Pony Classic Movie Collection consists of two DVD's with two episodes each. With all of the episodes combined the total running time is 114 minutes. I'm not sure why they didn't put all four “movies” on one disc.

 

Here's a breakdown of the shows included:

 

  • The Princess Promenade (2006) - Ponyville is preparing for its fanciest parade when Spike the dragon is awoken and according to tradition, a princess must now be crowned. Who will it be?
  • Dancing In The Clouds (2004) – The Friendship Ball is fast approaching and the choreography for the special dance is not ready yet! Perhaps the answer is only a wish away. 
  • The Runaway Rainbow (2006) – Rarity the young unicorn is more interested in having fun than tending to her princess duties and making rainbows.
  • Friends Are Never Far Away (2005) - The Ponies want to invite the Pegasus Ponies over for a party. The Pegasus Ponies are rather shy though. Can the Ponies and Pegasus Ponies work together to make this happen?

 

Many of these episodes are hard to find, so this collection is a good deal and essential for any My Little Pony lover. The price is a reasonable $15 or less shipped on Amazon. My daughters enjoyed these DVD's. In the words of Rarity they said “That was fun, let's do it again!”.

 

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The Animated Stories From The New Testament: The Kingdom of Heaven

Thank you Nest Entertainment for sending us this DVD to review!

Even non-believers will acknowledge that Jesus was a good teacher. Through this twenty-five minute DVD, your kids can experience and learn the meaning of the following parables:

  • The tares and the wheat (Matt 13:24-30)
  • The pearl of great price (Matt 13:45-46)
  • The ten virgins (Matt 25:1-13)
  • The sower and the seeds (Matt 13:18-23)

As if the parables were not convicting enough, seeing Jesus' audience leaving after being shamed or convicted from the teachings really drove the messages home. Each of the people leaving Jesus' teachings represent the seeds from the sower that went to the wayside (refuses to understand God's word), had shallow roots (left when persecuted), got choked by thorns (put possessions before God) and those that landed in good soil (receives and follows God's word).

 

Though the animation is a bit dated, it still looks good and you can see some artistic similarities between these and Disney films. The voice acting and singing is well done. The parable of the pearl has its own song about the man gladly selling his possessions. While the song sounds fine, if my kids were to sing it in public, they would get some silly stares.

 

The best way to get this DVD is in the Animated Passion Trilogy set which is $9.99 + shipping at Nest Entertainment's website or for $19.65 shipped at Amazon.

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If you read this, I'll give you a dollar.

Hi, all! I'm Trip.

I just thought I would give a quick introduction as the newest member of the CCG blogging team. I've been involved with the site for almost seven years and have been a moderator in the forums here for several years now. I joined the site seeking a safe online community that shared some of my interests, and that's exactly what I found. The funny thing is, I'm not even a huge gamer, but I liked the people here so much that I never left. If you're reading this, you've found a good place.

Things you should know about me: I've spent over half of my life in Asia. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean I can speak any cool languages or anything. I know, I suck. I'm an avid book reader and film viewer, so the majority of my blog posts will probably be things that I've most recently experienced in that realm. That being said, I might throw in a music review in there every once in a while. I play guitar like 263 other people that you know. I can eat an entire box of CTT (Cinnamon Toast Crunch for you casuals) without breaking a sweat. Like my log-line says, I'm currently a senior English and Writing major at Houghton College, without a single clue what to do after this semester. I joined the blogging team to test a little more of the journalistic waters and to publicly hone my craft; ccgr graciously let me on-board.

Things you shouldn't know about me: I never wear un...hey, wait a minute. Moving on.

Feel free to drop a comment saying hi if you'd like, or don't, whatever. I sincerely hope that you enjoy my blogging contributions!

- Trip

P.S. Stay tuned for my upcoming reviews of Raising Hope and Kick-A** 2!

P.P.S. Just kidding. I have no money. None. 

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Raising Hope

James Chance is adrift. He's a 24 year old high school drop out who still lives with his parents, and the longest job he's ever held is working for his father in his landscaping company. So, when a frantic woman bangs on the window of his van, what does he do? He takes her home. And so, little baby Hope is brought into the world, courtesy of Jimmy and a convicted serial killer's one-night-stand.  With a new baby to care for, Jimmy (Lucas Neff) and the Chances' lower-lower-lower-middle class family discover that they all have a little something to learn about child-rearing and the bonds that hold them together.

Show creator Greg Garcia is no stranger to blue collar comedy, and fans will be able to see many similarities between this and My Name Is Earl in style and execution. The characters are a little dimwitted but they've got street-smarts and heart in spades, and that's what matters. The cast is bolstered with standout performances, especially Cloris Leachman as the senile Maw Maw, and the young-at-heart Burt Chance (Garret Dillahunt). Really, it's nothing particularly we haven't seen before, but the combination of one-liners and the characters' chemistry is positively charming. In an early episode, Virginia Chance (Martha Plimpton) tries to tell her son that her smoking had no adverse health effects on him as a child. His response? "...I had asthma the first 17 years of my life. I've got seven permanent teeth that still haven't come in. And I'm allergic to fruit....fruit!" It's all about the delivery, and the core cast carries it well. 

One of the most remarkable things about Raising Hope is its consistency and the tendency to always balance between the extremes - none of the episodes ever fall into abysmal territory, but none quite reach the echelons of comedy genius, and that's okay. The show doesn't try to be that, instead opting for a mixture of relatability and enabling the viewers to laugh at the thickheaded antics that often propels the Chance's misfortune. Lightheartedness drives the premise forward, but it is balanced with some occasionally dark moments, such as Jimmy having to cover Hope's eyes while they watch her mother get electrocuted in the pilot. The same standard of consistency can be held in terms of offensive content. It's not particularly innocuous but certainly doesn't plumb the depraved depths for material. An episode that involves Jimmy trying to get their house off the sex offender registry so that he can get Hope into a good daycare (Burt was caught canoodling with Virginia at a young age) ends up that everyone except Burt, ends up unintentionally getting charged for sexual offenses. Crazy Maw Maw frequently takes off her shirt, much to the disgust of the rest of the Chances. 

The show is already in the middle of its fourth season, but the first three seasons remain on Netflix. In fact, I've seen the first several episodes three times now and have successfully converted all of my friends into fans. If you’re able to bypass a few of the infrequent sexual references, the show remains a consistent source of entertainment. Don't start watching it expecting to be blown away by sharp dialogue and originality, instead, watch it for the comic performances and chemistry that succeed in recreating some classic sitcom magic.

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Animated Bible Story of Jesus, The Son of God

This twenty-seven minute DVD illustrates Mary, Joseph and the twelve year old Jesus going to the temple for Passover. (Luke 2:42-2:52) The young Jesus is carrying a young lamb and Mary and Joseph shopping around and haggling for a clay pot and some bundles of wood. The family present their offering (no blood is shown) and Jesus impresses rabbi's with his knowledge of the law and wisdom. As Mary and Joseph are packing up to leave they discover that Jesus is not with them and assume that he's with his cousins. When they discover otherwise, they search all of Jerusalem only to find him at the temple doing his Father's work. As a parent I'm impressed with their attitudes and grace as I would have been an angry and emotional wreck.

 

As the movie progresses it has some beautiful singing and shows Jesus growing older and preparing for his Father's work. They depict Jesus comforting Mary after Joseph’s passing (but never show any children between Mary and Joseph as mentioned in Matt 13:55). The orchestral music is very emotional and tugs at your heart strings a bit. The voice acting is pretty solid and has aged well. While you can tell the animation is older, it still looks decent. Some of the artists that made this movie used to work for Disney and I can recognize some artistic similarities. My children enjoyed this video and I highly recommend it for children of all ages.

 

This video was sent to us from Nest Entertainment and is available for purchase at their website for $15.95 (retail price is $29.95). You can download a free activity book to accompany the DVD from their site as well.   

 

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The Sonic Sitcom Episode 1

My siblings and I have been working on a new cartoon over the past few months. It's a comedy show that's based on the Sonic the Hedgehog games. Enjoy!

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Littlest Pet Shop: Lights, Camera, Fashion!

Episode List:

  • Mean Isn't Your Color
  • Russel Up Some Fun
  • Eve of Destruction
  • Frenemies
  • Summertime Blues

This DVD collection features five episodes, a sing-along, a Zoe toy and collector card, all for the reasonable price of less than $15. Each episode is around twenty minutes long and they are entertaining, informative and teach some good lessons. One of the episodes has Blythe coming to grips

with the concept of her father starting to date. Other episodes encourage teamwork, getting along, expressing, believing in and being yourself. Not every message is a positive one though. There's a bonus sing-along to the song Fun Being Fun. While it is silly, it's promoting rebellion.


For the most part this show is family friendly and isn't obnoxiously girly. All of my kids (including my son) enjoyed this DVD and went back and watched Petacular Escapades after finishing this one. There's plenty of humor and the pets each have their own personalities and quirks. If your children like the toys or TV series, this is a worthy addition to your DVD collection.

 

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Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Edition

Mary Poppins is a timeless classic that reminds parents not to get too caught up in their jobs and ambitions and to spend some quality time with their children.  The movie begins as the Banks family is losing yet another nanny and they inadvertently place two advertisements for a replacement.  The children's advertisement draws the attention of the ideal nanny Mary Poppins and her competition is literally blown away.  Mary Poppins is polite yet stern and practically perfect in every way.  She treats the kids to whimsical adventures and brings the family closer together.  

This is the first time the movie has been released on Blu-ray and it comes bundled with a DVD and a digital copy so you can play it on many devices.  There are tons of extras including behind the scenes footage of the movie Saving Mr. Banks which tells the true story of the twenty year journey to make the Mary Poppins movie a reality.  

We had the 40th anniversary DVD and were glad to see all of the special features including the making of documentary were still included in this edition.  In addition to those features, there's a Mary-Oke Sing Along that features many song favorites including Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and Chim Chim Cher-ee.  While the text effects are nice, they are hard to follow so knowledge of the lyrics is still pretty much a given. 

The special effects in the movie still hold up well to today's standards.  I honestly can't see much improvement in the video quality, but this movie still has its charm.  My whole family loves Mary Poppins and I highly recommend adding it to your collection if you haven't already. 

 

 

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Teen Titans Go!

Note: This is a review to the first half or so of the first season. Approximately 30 episodes have aired at this point.

I remember watching the original Teen Titans when I was a kid. I was captivated by the characters and entertained by the humor and action. That being said, I was really glad to hear that all of the original voices were returning for a continuation show.

Well, actually, it's not really a continuation. The episodes in the show don't even have continuation with themselves. Instead, it's an all-comedy show about what the Titans would do on their spare time. Though it's very different from the original show, Teen Titans Go! is a really fun show that is filled with laughs.

The first thing you would probably notice that's different is the animation. Instead of the anime-like animation, Teen Titans Go! uses flash animation. When I first saw it, I thought that it was a disrespect to the original. Though it took me a while to get used to, I eventually realized that it creates many hilarious situations.

The characters are mostly the same, except they're a lot goofier. Robin in particular is much more high strung than he was in the original, making him much funnier to watch. Though Raven was my favorite in the original show, Cyborg has now become my favorite of the group, because he's the funniest. That's not to say that Raven is worse, it's just that Cyborg improved significantly to the point where he's super awesome. Also, multiple references of other DC characters (specifically Batman) show up in the show, adding to the humor. Despite some appearances from the original series characters, I think there aren't enough who return. Slade is definitely a character who I'd like to see in this show.

The good thing about this show is that, unlike many of the cartoons today, Teen Titans Go! is a comedy show that's actually funny. However, I don't like how this show has to be rated PG, especially since most of the humor isn't that adult. That being said, it seems off that there are instances where there are really crude jokes. Being as the original show was Y7 and was aimed for kids, I would have appreciated it if this show did the same. Even still, the show is very entertaining and one of the only good ones currently out there.

Final Score: 8.3/10

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Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters Season Three

This is the final action packed season of Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters. This season starts off with the Autobots scattered and badly damaged after losing their base to the Megatrons. Can they unite and defeat the Megatrons, Predacons and Insecticons? Not only do they have to save earth, but Cybertron is in danger as well. There are thirteen episodes in total which offers nearly five hours of robotic smashing fun. There is plenty of violence and robotic experimentation going on, and this show is best suited for grade school boys. My kindergartner son was sort of interested in this show, but his older cousin loved it. After you finish watching this season, make sure you check out the finale Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising. You won't be sorry!

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