Thursday, August 28, 2014

DVD-Book Review - The Magic School Bus Human Body

The Magic School Bus Human Body
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About the DVD/Book
DVD – Only Ms. Frizzle and The Magic School Bus can take the kids where no class has gone before: inside the human body! Explore everything from head to toe and in between with Ms. Frizzle, Liz and the rest of the gang in mind-blowing adventures that include For Lunch, Inside Ralphie, Flexes Its Muscles and Gets Planted.

BOOK – When Ms. Frizzle and the class visits the Hugh Mann Costume Company, they get an informative lesson all about skeletons: why we need them, the importance of all the different bones, what doctors do to fix them when they break and lots more.

DVD + Book Product Information

  • Four episodes of the hit series
  • Over an hour of one of the longest-running children’s science shows of all time
  • The Search for the Missing Bones chapter book: a 70-page book perfect for first graders and up





My Take on the Book
We love Ms. Fizzle! Not only does she make science fun, but she is the teacher that you want to have. As a parent both the book and DVD were great! I love how my kids were engaged and excited and in the end we had a great conversation with them about what they learned from Ms. Fizzle. I can say that I for one even learned some things about the human body that I had forgotten over the years. For any early elementary child this set is perfect and it allows them to engage in different ways with the material too. All-in-all I was impressed and am looking forward to future new sets!


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DVD Review - The Good Witch's Family

The Good Witch's Family
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About the Movie
Life is going well for Cassie as she settles into marriage with Middleton Police Chief Jake Russell and as stepmom to Brandon and Lori. But evil soon blows into town in the form of Cassie's long-lost cousin Abigail, who whips up wickedness like a tornado. The once peaceful Russell family bickers night and day; Jake is fired after an argument with the Mayor over a bridge expansion; and Martha, the Mayor's wife and town busy body, walks out on her long marriage. As the town divides further over neighborhood expansion, Cassie is drafted to run for Mayor. Within her once-happy marriage, her family is unraveling, and Abigail's diabolical "double, double, toil and trouble" is the apex of Cassie's misery. What's a good witch to do?

PREVIEW: http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/thegoodwitchsfamily/video/Preview/TheGoodWitchsFamily




My Take on the Movie
My wife and I have loved following the Good Witch's journey through Middleton, finding love, mystery and more and this movie just adds more fuel to the fire. What we love about these movies is that each of them keeps the suspense building and because you have come to really enjoy the characters, you get more and more drawn into the story itself. This was another great movie, which makes you start to wonder whether the Good Witch will have some luck, or magic that will be needed to get her own life back on track when her cousin blows into town. Get read for fun times in Middleton and a good family movie for all!


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DVD Review - Doc Mcstuffins: School of Medicine

Doc Mcstuffins: School of Medicine
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About the Book
Drop by DOC MCSTUFFINS' SCHOOL OF MEDICINE for five song-tastic episodes about staying happy and healthy, whether you're a girl, a boy... or a toy! Share the fun as Doc teaches the toys to patch themselves up when they're down, and shows them how visiting the dentist, seeing an optometrist and even getting an X-ray can work wonders! Banish the blurries as you help Professor Hootsburgh choose the perfect pair of glasses, get soccer star Johnny Foosball back in the game, and fix a friendly bath-time shark's cracked tooth. Then, when Doc sprains her ankle, join the toys as they rush to her rescue. But don't worry -- with rest, patience, and plenty of cuddles, she's back on her feet before you can say, "The Doc is in!"


My Take on the Book
This was a fun DVD that has Doc having some great new experiences. My youngest loves watching Doc being a great doctor and now she even says she wants to be a animal doctor (as she calls it) to help animals like Doc helps her own friends. The best part from my perspective is the family friendly messages that are placed in the plot as they are definitely messages that I want my girls learning and living. See friendship, teamwork and so much more when you watch this great new DVD!


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Blu-ray Review - Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

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About the Movie
Let the enchantment begin! Disney's Academy Award(R)-winning classic, BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS (Best Visual Effects, 1971), soars onto Blu-ray and Digital HD with an all-new digital master. Experience a dazzling blend of live action and wondrous animation from the producer, director and writer of MARY POPPINS, sure to delight the entire family. Disney legends Angela Lansbury (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST) and David Tomlinson (MARY POPPINS) star in this beloved film about an apprentice witch who reluctantly takes in three orphan children. Though her first spells create more laughs than magic, Miss Price and the children soon find themselves swept away aboard a fantastic flying bed -- their ticket to fun-filled excitement and adventure. Take the ride of your life with BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS.




My Take on the Movie
This is one of our favorite Disney movies. Not only because of the story, but also because of the actors and the music. This movie brings together so many things, from war, romance, magic, history and so much more. Add in Angela Landsbury and I am hooked and so were my kids. This re-released classic was well restored and the music sounded amazing. I also appreciated that there were different versions of the songs (and some that were not in the original) that you now can enjoy. My family has already asked to watch this twice and I will not be surprised if we will be watching it yet again sometime this week. This is a must have for your family Disney collection, or at least it is in my own household!

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Blu-ray Review - Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers

Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers

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About the Book
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Disney's swashbuckling adventure, MICKEY, DONALD AND GOOFY: THE THREE MUSKETEERS! Join Mickey and all your favorite Disney characters in this outrageously funny take on the timeless tale. Best buddies Mickey, Donald and Goofy are small-time janitors with big dreams of becoming Musketeers. They may not look like heroes, but, powered by teamwork and friendship, they soon discover they can accomplish anything if they work together. Packed with six rousing songs, this heartwarming family film is "All For Fun And Fun For All!"







My Take on the Book
All for one and one for all! Again, this was a Disney movie that my kids had not seen, but it had characters that they knew and loved. I for one have to say that Disney did a great job on this film and really brought these characters to life in a fun tale that my girls simply loved. The animation was top notch and for when this was made, the writing was made for kids and the humor was as such too. You do not always see this in the most recent Disney movies and I know that my kids really appreciated it and were laughing and loving the banter of the characters! What was also great was that this was not too long of a movie (only about an hour) so it is one we can easily take on shorter car trips and it is the perfect length! If you have never seen this you should, as you will get into the friendship and teamwork that these three characters bring to the screen!


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Blu-ray Review - Adventures of Ichabod & Mr Toad / Fun & Fancy Free

Adventures of Ichabod & Mr Toad / Fun & Fancy Free

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About the Movie
Experience two classic Disney masterpieces, THE ADVENTURES OF ICHABOD AND MR. TOAD and FUN AND FANCY FREE, together for the very first time on Blu-ray(TM). Enjoy Disney animation's humorous retelling of two unforgettable classics, THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW and THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, wonderfully narrated by Basil Rathbone and Bing Crosby, which come together in one magnificent adventure. Then have some fun with Mickey, Donald and Goofy in FUN AND FANCY FREE, as Jiminy Cricket brings to life the timeless tales of BONGO and MICKEY AND THE BEANSTALK. This was the last animated feature starring Walt Disney as the voice of Mickey Mouse. These classic films follow Disney's tradition of combining great storytelling, unforgettable characters, music and adventure to create fun you can share with the whole family. Includes Disney bonus cartoon classic, THE RELUCTANT DRAGON -- only on Blu-ray!




My Take on the Movie
These are two great Disney short movies that are fun, but have have relatively not known by all in the past, so I was glad to see them re-released for a whole new generation! In watching these I have to say that for me the story of Ichabod was my favorite as a child and is still my favorite today. I love the story, the music and the animation. This is one that I think will be a Halloween classic for years to come now that I have it in my Disney movie library! The other movies/shorts on this were also fun. My kids are always fans of Mickey so they loved seeing him in something new and they had never experienced the Wind in the Willows before either so now, not only do we have a good movie, but in telling them about the book, they now want to read the book too! As always Disney has done it right and I love that they put all these together in one collection!

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Game Review - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Nintendo 3DS


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About the Game
From the highest rooftop to the lowest sewer, no criminal is safe after the release of Activision Publishing, Inc.’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a single-player, third-person action game based on the upcoming Paramount Pictures’ film of the same name. As mad mutant mastermind Baxter Stockman rallies his army of malicious creatures and cybernetic drones behind Shredder and the Foot Clan, New York’s only salvation from their combined campaign of chaos lies in the blinding-fast, hack-and-slash martial artistry of Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo.



Developed by Magic Pockets, each Turtle brings a unique set of weapons, strengths and abilities to the fray that reflects their diverse personalities, from Leo’s cool, balanced prowess with the blade to Raph’s raw, brute-force vigor. Players can swap between these four characters at any time, adding a layer of strategic choice to every enemy and boss encounter. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles also features a variety of weapon crafting, RPG-like leveling and hidden collectible gameplay, progression and exploration mechanics.



Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is now available for Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system for $29.99 and is rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and up) by the ESRB. Its cinema counterpart opens in theaters worldwide on August 8. For all the latest Turtles stories as they evolve, check out https://www.facebook.com/TMNT.





My Take on the Game
This was a fun game! I loved that I could easily toggle between the four turtles depending on the situation and what type of enemies I was facing. I came to find, through some help from the game that I needed to use certain turtles with certain enemies, so you do get some guidance and then go from there. The game is a bit repetitive in each level for an older player, but even as an adult I still found it fun, especially if you are already a TMNT fan. You do get the ability to upgrade the turtles, making them stronger and more powerful. I liked the 3D effect too. The 3D was not just an add-on, but it did add to the game play. All-in-all this was a fun game that is very entertaining and any TMNT fan will definitely have fun. Cowabunga!


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