REVIEW – Disney Junior Doc McStuffins Mobile Clinic DVD

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Doc McStuffins Mobile Clinic Dvd

Doc Mcstuffins: Mobile Clinic

  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • ASIN: B00HDF6ZWM

Synopsis: Doc McStuffins is back to save the day and this time, she is mobile! After building a mobile clinic with her dad, Doc is able to make house calls to help toys in need when she’s away from her own backyard clinic. The Doc Mobile comes equipped with everything she needs to fix toys good as new.

Cast: Kiara Muhammad (as Doc McStuffins); Loretta Devine (as Hallie); Lara Jill Miller (as Lambie); Robbie Rist (as Stuffy); Jess Harnell (as Chilly); Jaden Betts (as Donny McStuffins); Kimberly Brooks (as Mom McStuffins); and Gary Anthony Williams (as Dad McStuffins)

Episodes:
Doc McStuffins Goes McMobile / Chip Off the Ol’ Box
Doc to The Rescue / Don’t Knock the Noggin
Out of The Box / Run Down Race Car
Rescue Rhonda, Ready For Takeoff / All Washed Up
Rest Your Rotors, Rhonda! / Keep on Truckin’

Bonus:
Get a free Doc’s Reusable Tote Bag!

I like Doc McStuffins. It’s just a nice show. I love that theshow both encourges imagination like playing with stuffed animals, but also that it encourages a vision of real work and a place in the world, like being a doctor. Doc’s role model is her Mom, a doctor, and she wants to be like her. Doc plays with her toys and takes care of them, much like you and I did and now our kids do. Her patients all have a minor sickness or illness, there’s no scary disease. But what they do have that’s scary is the common apprehensions that we had and our children now have, things like fear of pain, seeing the doctor, stuff like that. This DVD is terrific for young kids, it’s very positive.

Here’s a film clip called The Doc Mobile.

And another film clip called Stay Calm.

MORE INFO

Doc McStuffins website

Doc McStuffins on Facebook

I loved my stuffed animals. As a child I played with them constantly, talking to them, changing their clothes, and of course bringing some to bed with me when it was time to go to sleep. When I moved to New Hampshire for two years one of the few things that I brought with me was two large black trash bags of stuffed animals. I had a number of favorites over the years, but one of my all time faves was a very old Pooh (approximately 1970 if I had to guess) that my Mom gave me and I still have to this day. I still have a good number of them, I just can’t bear to let them go.

Did you (or does your child) play with stuffed animals a lot? I’d really like to know, please leave a comment!

REVIEW – Sofia The First: The Floating Palace DVD

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Sofia The First Floating Palace Dvd

Sofia the First: The Floating Palace

  • DVD Release Date: April 8, 2014
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • ASIN: B00HUS7W88
  • SRP $19.99

Bonus Episodes:

  • Tri-Kingdom Picnic
  • Finding Clover
  • Make Way For Miss Nettle

I got a big kick out of Sofia The First: The Floating Palace. I know the show does very well with young girls, but this old girl likes it too. Sofia is a young princess who has the ability to talk to animals if she is wearing her magical amulet. In this movie Sofia helps out Oona, a mermaid. After doing so, Sofia is able to be temporarily turned into a mermaid and can go see the underwater kingdom and make new friends. In typical disney fashion, there is a villain (Cedric disguised as a sea monster) that wants Oona’s enchanted mermaid comb. Mermaids are in peril. A vicious storm endangers Sofia’s whole family. Everyone will have to work together to save both worlds. By that I do mean everyone, there’s a special appearance by Princess Ariel, who we all know and love from The Little Mermaid. I swear I saw flounder in there too! Will everyone be able to get along to fight this fight? You’ll have to watch and see for yourself!  I can say that this might have been my favorite Sofia yet, because it contained the charm of typical Sofia but a bit of the danger and good vs evil of a Disney movie. This movie would be great for all Disney fans.

Here’s a film clip called The Love We Share.

MORE INFO

Sofia The First website

There’s also a  Sofia the First: The Floating Palace Story Theater app from Disney Publishing available in Apple’s App Store in the Kids category now.

Features of Sofia the First: The Floating Palace app include:

Beautiful animated and interactive storybook
A variety of characters, backgrounds, props, and music to personalize the theater’s stage
Multi-touch screen to play with a friend
Original voices from the popular Disney Junior series, “Sofia the First”
Record options to watch your performances over and over again

Did you (or does your child) ever imagine what it would be like to be a princess? Where was your kingdom? I’d really like to know, please leave a comment!

REVIEW AND #GIVEAWAY – Henry Hugglemonster: Meet The Hugglemonsters DVD

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Henry Hugglemonster: Meet The Hugglemonsters DVD

Henry Hugglemonster: Meet the Hugglemonsters

  • DVD Release Date: January 14, 2014
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • ASIN: B00FNPQW5Y

I am pretty choosy about what television I let my youngest son watch. The Disney Channel and Disney Junior are two channels that I have no problems with him watching. One of the newer Disney Junior shows is Henry Hugglemonster. The show is set in Roarsville. (Where else would monsters live?) The main character is Henry Hugglemonster, a five year old monster. He lives with his family, including his parents, big brother Cobby, sister Summer and baby brother Ivor. Henry is a very nice monster that’s always doing something or getting into something. I like that the show is what I call a “nice” show. That means it’s happy, colorful, and has positive messages about characteristics like being a good sport, being a team player and being honest. I also like that it isn’t full of the obnoxious, dumbed up or mean, insulting humor that some “children’s” shows have. I’m often surprised they’re even considered children’s shows. My son doesn’t watch them, I don’t even put those channels on. This DVD is just my speed. This is a “roarsome” DVD your child will enjoy for sure.

Episodes include:

  • “The Huggleflower/“Monster Lullaby”
  • “Astrobrix”/“The Sore Roar”
  • “Promises Promises”/“Fireworks Night”
  • “The Hugglejuice Stand”/ “The Huggledance Party”
  • “Carried Away”/“Monster in Charge”
  • “Monsterpet Pageant”/“Ivor’s First Stomp”

The DVD also includes iron-on decals, and a bonus episode Horseshoe Peck/Callie’s Gold Nugget from the new series Sheriff Callie’s Wild West.

Here’s a clip called “Stomp”.

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MUPPETS MOST WANTED – New Video Now Available!!!

Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit the Frog—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon. Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” is directed by James Bobin and produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Bobin wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller, who is also executive producer with John G. Scotti. Featuring music from Academy Award®-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie, “Muppets Most Wanted” hits the big screen March 21, 2014.

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MUPPETS MOST WANTED opens in theaters on March 21, 2014!

DreamWorks Pictures’ NEED FOR SPEED / Behind-the-Scenes Featurette Now Available!!!

DreamWorks Pictures’ “Need for Speed” marks an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, when the authenticity of the world brought a new level of intensity to the action on-screen. Tapping into what makes the American myth of the open road so appealing, the story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey for our heroes — one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, “Need for Speed” captures the freedom and excitement of the game in a real-world setting, while bringing to life the passion for the road that has made our love of cars so timeless.

The film centers around Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), a blue-collar mechanic who races muscle cars on the side in an unsanctioned street-racing circuit. Struggling to keep his family-owned garage afloat, he reluctantly partners with the wealthy and arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). But just as a major sale to car broker Julia Maddon (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save Tobey’s shop, a disastrous race allows Dino to frame Tobey for a crime he didn’t commit, and sending Tobey to prison while Dino expands his business out West.

Two years later, Tobey is released and set on revenge — but he knows his only chance to take down his rival Dino is to defeat him in the high-stakes race known as De Leon — the Super Bowl of underground racing. However to get there in time, Tobey will have to run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet that includes dodging pursuing cops coast-to-coast as well as contending with a dangerous bounty Dino has put out on his car. With the help of his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first.

“Need for Speed” is presented by DreamWorks Pictures, produced by Patrick O’Brien, John Gatins and Mark Sourian, and directed by Scott Waugh. The screenplay is by George Gatins. The story is by George Gatins & John Gatins, and, based on the video game series created by Electronic Arts. The film releases in U.S. theaters on March 14, 2014.

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DISNEY JUNIOR ORDERS NEW SEASON PICKUPS FOR HIT ANIMATED SERIES “SOFIA THE FIRST,” “DOC MCSTUFFINS” AND “JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES”

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Disney Junior, the multiplatform brand for kids age 2-7 and their parents/caregivers has ordered new seasons of its animated series “Sofia the First,” “Doc McStuffins” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates.” Disney Junior is TV’s #1 preschool-dedicated network in the Nielsen demographic, Kids 2-5. The record-breaking “Sofia the First,” which follows the adventures of Disney’s first little girl princess, and the acclaimed Emmy-nominated “Doc McStuffins,” which centers around a six-year-old girl who runs a clinic for her stuffed animals and toys, have each been picked up for a third season, while the Emmy-nominated and Annie Award-winning “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” featuring a crew of kid pirates alongside classic Disney characters Captain Hook and Mr. Smee, has received an order for a fourth season. The announcement was made today by Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide.

Kanter said, “‘Sofia the First,’ ‘Doc McStuffins’ and ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates’ do what Disney does best — tell great stories with humor and heart. We’ve seen these series connect with our audience around the world and across platforms in meaningful ways, and we have many more stories to tell. We look forward to developing new narratives that will put our charismatic princess Sofia, aspiring doctor Doc, and inspiring hero Jake into exciting new situations and locales.”

All three series have resonated with viewers across multiple generations, ranking among the Top 10 cable TV series for 2013 in Kids 2-5 and earning parent approval by also ranking in the top 10 preschooler cable TV series in Total Viewers and Women 18-49, in the U.S. Globally, the series can be seen in over 30 different languages in over 160 countries. They are also featured in the popular Disney Junior Appisode app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch and are among the most viewed episodes on WATCH Disney Junior for web and mobile devices.

“Sofia the First,” “Doc McStuffins” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” have been embraced across all Disney businesses, including Disney Parks & Resorts, which prominently features all three characters as part of the popular “Disney Junior Live on Stage!” attraction at Disney California Adventure park at the Disneyland Resort and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Disney Consumer Products has robust product lines inspired by each of the series, including award-winning toys, apparel, room décor and party supplies. Combined, the three series have over 900 book titles, including the New York Times best seller “Sofia the First,” which was released as an e-book and in the accompanying “Sofia the First: Story Theater” app, which has been ranked #1 Kids iPad app on the App Store in 43 countries worldwide. They are also featured in multiple soundtracks and DVD releases from Disney Studios and in Disney Junior magazine from Disney Publishing.

The series air daily on Disney Channel and Disney Junior. “Sofia the First” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” are produced by Disney Television Animation. “Doc McStuffins” is a production of two-time Academy Award-nominated Brown Bag Films in association with Disney Channel.

Disney Junior reflects the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney storytelling and Disney characters, both classic and contemporary. It invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for kids age 2-7. Disney Junior’s series blend Disney’s unparalleled storytelling and characters kids love deeply with learning, including early math, language skills, healthy eating and lifestyles, and social skills. In the U.S., Disney Junior is a daily programming block on Disney Channel and a 24-hour channel. There are 33 Disney Junior channels in 24 languages around the world.

Source: The November 24, 2013 premiere of “Sofia the First: The Floating Palace” ranked as the #2 telecast in cable TV’s history in Kids 2-5 and the #2 preschool cable TV telecast in Total Viewers, behind only “Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess.” This gives “Sofia the First” the Top 2 cable TV telecasts of all time in Kids 2-5 and the Top 2 preschool cable TV telecasts in Total Viewers.

THE HUB NETWORK WILL DEBUT THE WORLD PREMIERE OF STAN LEE COMIC’S NEW ANIMATED MOVIE “STAN LEE’S MIGHTY 7,” ON FEB. 1

Stan Lee's Mighty 7

Sean Astin, Jim Belushi, Mayim Bialik, Darren Criss, Flea, Armie Hammer, Teri Hatcher, Michael Ironside and Christian Slater Voice All-Star Cast

Legendary Comic Book Writer Stan Lee Stars in His First-Ever Leading Role

LOS ANGELES — The Hub Network, a destination for kids and their families, is ushering in the New Year, with the world premiere of the Hub Network Original Family Movie, “Stan Lee’s Mighty 7,” on Saturday, February 1 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The animated movie, the first as part of a trilogy from Stan Lee Comics, features an all-star cast with Sean Astin (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy), Jim Belushi (“The Defenders”), Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory”), Darren Criss (“Glee”), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Armie Hammer (“The Lone Ranger”), Teri Hatcher (“Desperate Housewives”), Michael Ironside (“Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising”) and Christian Slater (“Breaking In”). This is also the first time Stan Lee stars in a leading role. Created by Stan Lee, “Stan Lee’s Mighty 7” is produced by Stan Lee Comics, a joint venture among Genius Brands International, Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment and Archie Comics. The Hub Network has the worldwide premiere of all three movies.

In the ninety-minute movie, Lee is an animated version of himself, a legendary superhero creator, who teaches a crew of alien prisoners and their jailers, who have crash-landed on Earth, how to work together and use their powers to be superheroes. Each alien superhero has his or her own unique powers and strengths, which aid in the group’s ability to combat enemies. Strong Arm (Armie Hammer), is known for his super strength; Silver Skylark (Teri Hatcher), uses her massive wingspan to fly; Lady Lightning (Mayim Bialik), possesses super speed; Lazer Lord (Christian Slater), hurls balls of lazer energy; Roller Man (Flea), rolls into a big ball and launches at high speed; Kid Kinergy (Sean Austin), has telekinesis; and Micro (Darren Criss), has the ability to shrink in size. As for other characters, Mr. Cross (Jim Belushi), is the leader of a covert operations military division assigned to investigate UFO sightings and Xanar (Michael Ironside), is the commander of the warring aliens from the planet Taegon who enslave other planets and raid their natural resources.

About the Hub Network

The Hub Network is a multi-platform joint venture between Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) and Hasbro Inc., (NASDAQ: HAS) with a goal of entertaining, enlightening, empowering and educating children and their families. The cable and satellite television network features original programming as well as content from Discovery’s library of award-winning children’s educational programming; from Hasbro’s rich portfolio of entertainment and educational properties built during the past 90 years; and from leading third-party producers worldwide. The Hub Network’s lineup includes animated and live-action series, as well as specials, game shows, and family-favorite movies. The network extends its content through a robust and engaging online presence at www.hubworld.com. The Hub Network rebranded from Discovery Kids on October 10, 2010, and is available in nearly 72 million U.S. households. The Hub Network logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.

To find the channel in your area, please visit http://www.hubworld.com and check the channel locator at the top of the page.

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Monsters U Breakfast Blitz

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY – Play the “Beastly Breakfast Blitz” Game!!!

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY students are waiting on YOU to serve them healthy breakfasts with milk as fast as you can in the new game, “Beastly Breakfast Blitz” (http://milk.am/mugame)!

Fill every monster order before time runs out to move through new levels, and experience an entire week of breakfast in the MU cafeteria. You’ll need to be quick – these little monsters need to fuel up for scaring school with milk’s high-quality protein at breakfast!

Connect with the Milk Mustache community for tips, tools and activities including tasty morning recipes for all the little “monsters” in your family.

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Disney’s PLANES – New Trailer Now Available!!!

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From above the world of “Cars” comes “Disney’s Planes,” an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar. “Disney’s Planes” takes off in theaters on Aug. 9, 2013. For more information, check out Disney.com/Planes, like us on Facebook: facebook.com/DisneyPlanes and follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/DisneyPictures.

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DISNEY’S “MILLION DOLLAR ARM” BEGINS PRODUCTION FILM SHOOTING IN INDIA, GEORGIA AND LOS ANGELES

Burbank, Calif. (May 30, 2013) Principal photography has begun on Walt Disney Pictures’ “Million Dollar Arm,” starring Jon Hamm. Directed by Craig Gillespie (“Lars and the Real Girl,” “Fright Night”), the film is produced by Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray, through their Mayhem Pictures, and Joe Roth, under his Roth Films banner, with Palak Patel and Kevin Halloran serving as executive producers. Tom McCarthy (“Win Win,” “The Visitor”) wrote the screenplay. The film also stars Bill Paxton (“Haywire,” “Hatfields & McCoys”), Lake Bell (“What Happens in Vegas,” “It’s Complicated”), Suraj Sharma (“Life of Pi”), Aasif Mandvi (“The Daily Show,” “Margin Call”), Madhur Mittal (“Slumdog Millionaire”), Pitobash (“Three Idiots,” “Shanghai”) and Academy Award®–winner Alan Arkin. A.R. Rahman (“127 Hours,” “Slumdog Millionaire”) is scoring the film. “Million Dollar Arm” will shoot on locations in India, Georgia and Los Angeles.

Based on a true story, Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” follows JB Bernstein, a once-successful sports agent who now finds himself edged out by bigger, slicker competitors. He and his partner Aash (Aasif Mandvi) will have to close their business down for good if JB doesn’t come up with something fast. Late one night, while watching cricket being played in India on TV, JB comes up with an idea so radical it just might work. Why not go to there and find the next baseball pitching sensation? Setting off for Mumbai with nothing but a gifted but cantankerous scout (Alan Arkin) in tow, JB stages a televised, nationwide competition called “Million Dollar Arm” where 40,000 hopefuls compete before two 18-year-old finalists, Rinku and Dinesh (Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal), emerge as winners. JB brings them back to the United States to train with legendary pitching coach Tom House (Bill Paxton). The goal: get the boys signed to a major league team.

Not only is the game itself difficult to master, but life in the U.S. with a committed bachelor makes things even more complicated—for all of them. While Rinku and Dinesh learn the finer points of baseball and American culture, they in turn teach JB the true meaning of teamwork and commitment. Ultimately, what began as a purely commercial venture becomes something more and leads JB to find the one thing he was never looking for at all—a family.

The producing team of Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray, producers of such notable sports movies as “Secretariat,” “Miracle” and “The Rookie,” joins forces with veteran producer Joe Roth (“Oz The Great and Powerful,” “Snow White and the Huntsman,” “Alice in Wonderland”) to bring Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” to the screen.

Director Craig Gillespie gained widespread recognition with the critically acclaimed “Lars and the Real Girl,” starring Oscar®-nominated Ryan Gosling. He also directed “Fright Night,” starring Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, David Tennant, Imogen Poots, and Toni Collette. For television, Gillespie produced and directed the highly acclaimed Showtime series “United States of Tara.” His direction of the pilot episode earned Toni Collette both an Emmy® Award and a Golden Globe® Award.

Golden Globe® winner Jon Hamm is perhaps best-known for his nuanced portrayal of high-powered, philandering advertising executive Don Draper on AMC’s award-winning drama series “Mad Men.” His previous film credits include “Friends with Kids,” which he also produced; “Bridesmaids,” “The Town,” “Sucker Punch,” “Howl,” “Shrek Forever After,” as the voice of “Brogan,” “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” “Ira & Abby,” “Kissing Jessica Stein” and “We Were Soldiers.” He recently completed HBO’s “Clear History” with Larry David for director Greg Mottola and the BBC miniseries “A Young Doctor’s Notebook,” opposite Daniel Radcliffe, which he also executive produced.

Alan Arkin, one of the most respected artists of the stage and screen, won an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 2006 hit “Little Miss Sunshine.” For his role, Arkin also won an Independent Spirit Award and a BAFTA Award, and shared in a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast, in addition to receiving an individual SAG Award® nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. Arkin most recently earned Oscar®, BAFTA and Golden Globe® Award nominations for his supporting performance in director Ben Affleck’s Oscar®-winning Best Picture “Argo,” which also won the BAFTA Award for Best Picture.

Talented, multi-faceted actor Bill Paxton has starred in many audience-pleasing hit films, including “Titanic,” “Apollo 13,” “Aliens” “Twister,” “Mighty Joe Young,” “Spy Kids, 2&3” and “Tombstone.” He was recently seen in “The Colony,” “Shanghai Calling” and “Haywire.” On television, Paxton is well known for the series “Big Love,” for which he was Golden Globe® nominated, and recently starred in the award-winning miniseries “Hatfields & McCoys” opposite Kevin Costner.

Lake Bell wrote, produced, starred in and directed her most recent film, “In A World…,” which garnered Bell the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance this year. Bell was also seen at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in the film “Black Rock,” opening in May 2013, directed by Katie Aselton. Other film credits include, among others, “A Good Old Fashioned Orgy,” Paramount’s hit comedy “No Strings Attached,” Nancy Meyer’s “It’s Complicated,” “What Happens in Vegas” and “Pride and Glory.”

Suraj Sharma won acclaim for his portrayal of Pi Patel in Ang Lee’s acclaimed movie “Life of Pi.” With no previous experience, Lee cast Sharma for the role of Pi, following an extensive, months-long search throughout India. For his work in “Life of Pi,” Sharma earned a Critics’ Choice nomination for Best Young Actor, an Empire Award nomination for Best Male Newcomer and won the Sierra Youth in Film Award from the Las Vegas Film Critics as well as the MTV Movie Award for Best Scared as Sh**t Performance, among others.

Aasif Mandvi, well known as a correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” is an accomplished actor who will next be seen in “The Internship,” starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. Recent films include “Premium Rush,” “Ruby Sparks” and “Margin Call.”

Madhur Mittal is best known for his performance as Salim in the acclaimed film “Slumdog Millionaire,” which won the Academy Award® for Best Picture of 2008 and for which he won the Screen Actors Guild Award® for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Pitobash is a Hindi film actor known for his roles in “I Am Kalam,” “Shor in the City” and “Shanghai.” At the age of 12, Pitobash was honored with the “National Balshree Award” from the president of India in the field of creative performance. He later went on to join Bollywood as an actor.

Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” is slated for a 2014 release.

“SOFIA THE FIRST,” CABLE TV’S #1 SERIES AMONG KIDS 2-5, EXPANDS TO DAILY TELECAST AND KICKS OFF DISNEY JUNIOR’S “PIRATE AND PRINCESS SUMMER” MULTI-PLATFORM PROGRAMMING EVENT BEGINNING MONDAY, JUNE 10

New Episodes of “Sofia the First” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” to Debut Throughout the Summer; WATCH Disney Junior to Premiere Episodes a Week Before They Debut On-Air

Viola Davis, Megan Mullally and Jerry O’Connell Guest Star; Classic Disney Princess Jasmine Makes Special Appearance on “Sofia the First”

“Sofia the First,” cable TV’s #1 series among Kids 2-5, will expand to a daily telecast and kick off Disney Junior’s multi-platform “Pirate and Princess Summer” programming event beginning MONDAY, JUNE 10. The series, starring Disney’s first little girl princess, will air weekdays at 9:30 a.m. ET/PT and weekends at 8:30 a.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel and weeknights at 7:00 p.m. and weekends 5:30 p.m. on Disney Junior.

All summer long, new episodes of “Sofia the First” and hit series “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” will alternate with Friday premieres FRIDAY, JUNE 14 – FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 on both Disney Channel (9:00 a.m. ET/PT) and Disney Junior (5:00 p.m. ET/PT). Authenticated pay TV subscribers can watch the shows a week in advance on WATCHDisneyJunior.com and via the WATCH Disney Junior apps for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. WATCH Disney Junior delivers a live feed of the network online and to mobile devices, as well as on demand episodes of popular shows. Currently, the service is available on Comcast, Cablevision, Cox Communications, Charter Communications, Midcontinent Communications and AT&T U-verse.

Notable guest stars include Academy Award nominee Viola Davis (“The Help”) and Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”) on “Sofia the First,” and Jerry O’Connell (“Crossing Jordan”) on “Jake and the Never Land Pirates.” Classic Disney Princess Jasmine, voiced by Linda Larkin (“Aladdin”) and sung by Broadway legend Lea Salonga (“Miss Saigon”), makes her debut appearance on “Sofia the First.”

The “Pirate and Princess Summer” event takes place across all Disney Junior digital platforms including Disney Junior On Demand, WATCH Disney Junior and iTunes, as well as an immersive online super-site on DisneyJunior.com featuring new episode specific activities and games to “unlock” each week with a special token showcased during each episode premiere. Beginning Friday, June 14, parents and caregivers can log on to DisneyJunior.com/Summer and upload the photos of their child dressed as a pirate or princess for the chance to be featured as the “Pirate/Princess of the Day” on Disney Junior.

Among the premieres are an episode of “Sofia the First” featuring Princess Jasmine, Friday, June 14 (9:30 a.m. ET/PT); Jerry O’Connell guest starring as a pirate genie in search of a treasure wishing well on “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” Friday, June 14; Jane Kaczmarek and Teri Hatcher recur in the roles Red Jessica and Beatrice Le Beak, respectively on “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” Friday, June 21; Viola Davis guest starring as Sofia’s energetic Buttercup troop leader on “Sofia the First,” Friday, July 26; and Megan Mullally guest stars as Miss Nettle, a new fairy teacher who Sofia quickly learns is up to no good, on “Sofia the First,” Friday, August 23. All airtimes are 9:00 a.m. ET/PT unless otherwise noted.

Also this summer, a full “Sofia the First” product line including apparel, home décor, toys and much more will launch at major retailers nationwide for the first time, along with an expanded product line for “Jake and the Never Land Pirates.”

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Movies for Moms! Redbox Offers Mother’s Day Gifts

Are you readers looking for a convenient and affordable present for mom that includes a bonus “gift” for the purchaser? Redbox eGifts is offering a special Mother’s Day promotion for all of the special moms in their lives. Whether it’s for their mom, aunt, grandma or friend, Redbox eGifts is the perfect gift of entertainment that will leave them with lasting laughs and smiles.

· Visit www.redbox.com/gifts to purchase a gift pack of Redbox promo codes

· Pricing starts at $6 for five promo codes; each code is good for a 1-night movie or game rental

· Choose from a variety of specially designed Mother’s Day eGift cards and include a personalized message

In addition, when readers purchase a Redbox eGift card at www.redbox.com/gifts, between 4/29 and 5/12, gift givers will also receive a free 1-night rental for themselves! Your readers can also sign up for a monthly free rental and promotional update by texting “SIGNUP” to 727272.

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DISNEY JUNIOR LAUNCHES “DOC MCSTUFFINS: TIME FOR YOUR CHECK UP!” APP FOR IPHONE, IPAD & IPOD TOUCH

Disney/ABC Television Group’s Digital Media team has launched the “Doc McStuffins: Time For Your Check Up!” App based on the popular Disney Junior series, “Doc McStuffins.” The new activity based app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch allows players to join Doc, along with Hallie, Lambie and the rest of her friends for a fun-filled time fixing, sorting, exploring and caring for toys, dolls and more. Inside Doc’s clinic players can choose from four entertaining and engaging developmental activities.

Game features include:

• Check-Up – At Check-Up players stop by the clinic to help Doc diagnose and cure patients based on a number of different ailments and can stay for a loving cuddle from Lambie.
• Mixupitis – Help Doc make sure each of her toys have the correct corresponding parts by taking them apart and putting them back together again.
• Doctor’s Kit – This open-ended activity allows you to turn your iOS device’s camera into a virtual stethoscope, octoscope or X-Ray machine.
• Picture Stickers – Here players can use a variety of Doc McStuffins themed stickers to decorate pictures of their family and friends or favorite toys.

The Big Book of Boo Boos saves the names and diagnoses of cured patients so players can go back and look at them at anytime. Additionally, throughout the game players will be able to earn Doctor’s Notes prescribed with “lots of love,” “kisses” and “cuddles.”

The “Doc McStuffins: Time For Your Check Up!” App is available for $3.99 from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore/.

All New Episodes of The Aquabats! Super Show Coming

This June, the popular Hub Network series “The Aquabats! Super Show!” is returning with all-new episodes. The superhero band-members continue to battle evil (all-new villains!) with music and super powers unlike anything seen before. Paying homage to classic live-action series such as “Batman” and “The Monkeys,” “The Aquabats! Super Show!” features crime-fighting spoofs intermixed with animated segments.

REVIEW – Octonauts Toys Exclusively at Toys R Us

The product featured was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review as a member of Team Mom. Please note that any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

The Octonauts toys are a new line of toys available exclusively at Toys R Us.

Octonauts Toys

ABOUT OCTONAUTS TOYS

This eclectic crew of scientists and explorers, lead by Captain Barnacles, is equipped with a fleet of aquatic vehicles and underwater gadgets that come in handy when rescuing sea creatures, exploring incredible new underwater worlds and saving the day before returning safely to their home base, the Octopod! Octonauts airs on Disney Junior.

OCTONAUTS OCTOPOD PLAYSET – SRP $39.99

The Octopod looks just like it does on the television show and really brings the world of the Octonauts to life! This two-sided playset is packed with over 10 play pieces, phrases, sounds, and lots of role play fun!

This cool playset includes everything you need to reenact your own Octonauts adventures! The Octopod includes over 10 play pieces including Barnacles, Kwazii, a mini GUP-A, 3 creatures, 4 rescue tools and a clip-on Octo-alert that features phrases and sounds.

OCTONAUTS GUP-C MISSION VEHICLE & SHELLINGTON – SRP $14.99

Go on an adventure with your favorite Octonaut, Fisher-Price Octonauts Vehicle with Figure – GUP C, and their mission conquering Gup Vehicle! Included are a character, Gup specific creature, tools and unique water activations and play. The Gups are designed to work on land and in water for double the fun!

OCTONAUTS GUP-D MISSION VEHICLE & BARNACLES – SRP $14.99

Go on an adventure with your favorite Octonaut, Fisher-Price Octonauts Vehicle with Figure – GUP D, and their mission conquering Gup Vehicle! Included are a character, Gup specific creature, tools and unique water activations and play. The Gups are designed to work on land and in water for double the fun!

RESCUE ASSORTMENT BARNACLES & TULIP – SRP $9.99

Lead the crew with Captain barnacles! This action figure set comes with a Turnip water-squirter, a clamshell and sea creatures, which change color when placed in warm water.

KWAZII & THE SLIME EEL – SRP $9.99

Go on a mission with daredevil Lieutenant Kwazii and a water-squirting eeel! This set includes your very own treasure chest and sea critters that change color when placed in warm water.

MY THOUGHTS

Every morning while we’re waiting for the school bus we watch the Octonauts. I like that the show is structured to be educational while also being fun. My son seems to like the characters. He also seems to get a big kick out of when I march around the living room to the Creature Report.

Octonauts Toys

The Octopod is where most of the action takes place. It comes in three pieces, and all you have to do to put it together is snap the arms into their sockets. It’s then ready for play. It’s like a moving home base. The Octonauts live there, and it travels when they go from place to place on their missions. The Gup C and D are water vehicles that the Octonauts use once they get to the site of their mission. They then move around the area around the Octopod in a Gup. these Gups can hold a character. They can be used in or out of the water, we haven’t tried it in the water yet.

Octonauts Toys

My son has been having a blast playing with these toys. I have had a blast watching him. The Octonauts toys are perfect for all Octonauts fans. They encourage use of the imagination and allow pretend play reinforcing the lessons of the show. Or just whatever stories your child imagines up.

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J.J. Abrams to Direct Star Wars: Episode VII

J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series of Star Wars films to come from Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy. Abrams will be directing and Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay.

“It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie,” said Kennedy. “J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.”

George Lucas went on to say “I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”

“To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor,” J.J. Abrams said. “I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.”

J.J., his longtime producing partner Bryan Burk, and Bad Robot are on board to produce along with Kathleen Kennedy under the Disney | Lucasfilm banner.

Also consulting on the project are Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg. Kasdan has a long history with Lucasfilm, as screenwriter on The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi. Kinberg was writer on Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

Abrams and his production company Bad Robot have a proven track record of blockbuster movies that feature complex action, heartfelt drama, iconic heroes and fantastic production values with such credits as Star Trek, Super 8, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, and this year’s Star Trek Into Darkness. Abrams has worked with Lucasfilm’s preeminent postproduction facilities, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, on all of the feature films he has directed, beginning with Mission: Impossible III. He also created or co-created such acclaimed television series as Felicity, Alias, Lost and Fringe.

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Production Begins on DreamWorks Pictures’ WikiLeaks Project THE FIFTH ESTATE!!!

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 23, 2013) – Principal photography has begun on the WikiLeaks drama “The Fifth Estate,” it was announced today by DreamWorks Studios. The film about the controversial website stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange and Daniel Brühl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg, as well as Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi, Dan Stevens, Alicia Vikander and Carice van Houten.

“The Fifth Estate” will open in U.S. theaters on November 15, 2013 and be distributed domestically by Disney’s Touchstone label. Distribution internationally will be split among Disney, DreamWorks partner Reliance, and deals made through the studio’s partnership with Mister Smith Entertainment.

Following Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Brühl), an early supporter and eventual colleague of Julian Assange (Cumberbatch), “The Fifth Estate” traces the heady, early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing information leaks. The website’s overnight success brought instant fame to its principal architects and transformed the flow of information to news media and the world at large.

Joining DreamWorks as a co-financier on “The Fifth Estate” is Participant Media. This will be the fifth collaboration between the two companies who previously partnered on Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” the 2011 Academy Award-winning smash “The Help,” “The Kite Runner” and “The Soloist.” With a focus on real issues that shape our lives, Participant creates social action and advocacy programs to transform the impact of the media experience into individual and community action. Some of their other films include “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Good Night, and Good Luck,” “Food, Inc.,” “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “Waiting for ‘’Superman,’” “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and the current Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, “No.”

Bill Condon (“Kinsey,” “Dreamgirls,” “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”) will direct “The Fifth Estate” from a screenplay by Josh Singer (TV’s “Fringe,” “The West Wing”), based on “Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website” by Daniel Domscheit-Berg and “WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy” by David Leigh and Luke Harding. The producers are Steve Golin and Michael Sugar, with Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King joining Richard Sharkey as executive producers. “The Fifth Estate” is a coproduction between Afterworks and FBO, with Hilde De Laere co-producing for FBO. The film is supported by the Belgian Tax Shelter for Audiovisual Production.

Said director Bill Condon, “It may be decades before we understand the full impact of WikiLeaks and how it’s revolutionized the spread of information. So this film won’t claim any long view authority on its subject, or attempt any final judgment. We want to explore the complexities and challenges of transparency in the information age and, we hope, enliven and enrich the conversations WikiLeaks has already provoked.”

About DreamWorks Studios

DreamWorks Studios is a motion picture company formed in 2009 and led by Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider in partnership with The Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group. The company’s recent releases include Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. The film has grossed over $150 million at the U.S. box office and has been nominated for twelve Academy awards including Best Picture and Best Director. Other releases include “Real Steel,” starring Hugh Jackman and directed by Shawn Levy, Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse,” based on Michael Morpurgo’s award-winning book and was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, and “The Help,” which resonated with audiences around the country and earned over $200 million at the box office and received four Academy Award nominations with Octavia Spencer winning one for Best Supporting Actress. Upcoming films include the comedy “Delivery Man,” starring Vince Vaughn, the WikiLeaks drama “The Fifth Estate,” and car racing actioner “Need For Speed.”

DreamWorks Studios can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DreamWorksStudios and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/dw_studios.

DISNEY JUNIOR INVITES “JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES” FANS TO CELEBRATE JAKE’S BIRTHDAY BY SUBMITTING VIDEOTAPED BIRTHDAY GREETINGS FOR THE CHANCE TO APPEAR ON-AIR

– “Jake’s Birthday Bash” Episode to Premiere Friday, March 1
on Disney Channel and Disney Junior –

Disney Junior is inviting “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” fans to help celebrate Jake’s birthday by submitting videotaped birthday greetings for the chance to appear on Disney Channel and Disney Junior. Beginning Thursday, January 31, parents and caregivers can log on to DisneyJunior.com/JakesBirthday to download a printable birthday card for their child to decorate and showcase in a video submission wishing Jake a happy birthday. The videos will be posted on DisneyJunior.com and some will be chosen for air Monday, February 25 – Friday, March 1, leading up to the debut of a new birthday-themed episode of “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” Friday, March 1 on Disney Channel (8:30 a.m., ET/PT) and Disney Junior (5:30 p.m., ET/PT).

The “Jake’s Birthday Bash” experience on DisneyJunior.com/JakesBirthday will also feature downloadable pirate-themed recipes, crafts, party favors and a “Pin the Tail on the Croc” activity. On Jake’s birthday, Friday, March 1, the site will launch an interactive treasure hunt game where kids help Jake search Pirate Island for his hidden birthday presents.

In the new episode “Jake’s Birthday Bash,” Jake’s crewmates Cubby, Izzy and Skully surprise him with a special birthday treasure hunt. The episode will launch on iTunes in conjunction with the television premiere on March 1 as part of the “Disney Junior Birthday Bash!” bundle which features birthday-themed episodes of additional favorite Disney Junior series including “Doc McStuffins” and “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.”

Produced by Disney Television Animation, “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” consistently ranks among the Top 3 cable TV series in Kids 2-5, and for the 2012-2013 season to date, is the #1 cable TV series in Boys 2-5. The series currently airs in 163 countries and 33 different languages. “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” is executive-produced by Rob LaDuca. Mark Seidenberg is producer/story editor and Howy Parkins is the director.

Disney Junior reflects the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney storytelling and Disney characters, both classic and contemporary. It invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for kids age 2-7. Disney Junior’s series blend Disney’s unparalleled storytelling and characters kids love deeply with learning, including early math, language skills, healthy eating and lifestyles, and social skills. Disney Junior launched in February 2011 with a daily programming block on Disney Channel. In its first year, Disney Junior posted the network’s biggest yearly audience in the daypart in Total Viewers, Kids 2-5, Boys 2-5 and Women 18-49, increasing by double-digit margins among preschooler demographics over year-ago levels. On March 23, 2012 Disney Junior added a cable and satellite channel in the U.S. Disney Junior channels in Japan, India and Disney Junior Portugal launched in fall 2012, bringing the total number of channels to 33 worldwide.

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Disney Junior Celebrates Valentine’s Day with Themed Episodes of “Doc McStuffins” and “Handy Manny”

Disney Junior will be celebrating Valentine’s Day this year with themed episodes of cable TV’s #1 series for kids 2-5 “Doc McStuffins” and perennial favorite “Handy Manny.”

In the new “Doc McStuffins” episode titled “My Huggy Valentine,” Doc receives a stuffed Valentine’s Day heart named Val as a gift and Lambie gets jealous because she thinks Doc likes her new toy better. After diagnosing Lambie with “splitheartitis,” Doc reassures her that no one could ever take her place. This episode of “Doc McStuffins” premieres Friday, February 1 at 10:00 a.m., ET/PT on Disney Channel and 4:00 p.m., ET/PT on Disney Junior.

Then, in the “Handy Manny” episode, Manny wants to ask longtime friend Kelly to a Valentine’s Day party. With a little help from the tools, he finally works up the courage and asks her to attend Mrs. Portillo’s party with him. The episode titled “Valentine’s Day Party” premieres Thursday, February 14 at 10:30 a.m., ET/PT on Disney Channel and 6:00 p.m., ET/PT on Disney Junior.

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Disney Junior News

Wanted to share some of the new and exciting things coming up for Disney Junior over the next couple of weeks…

JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES

Monday, November 26 – Thursday, November 29:

All-New Episodes of “Jake and the Never Land Pirates”

(Daily at 10:30 a.m., ET/PT on Disney Channel and 5:30 p.m., ET/PT on Disney Junior)

· Monday, November 26 – Jake and crew prepare for a Thanksgiving-styled Never Land Feast and search for the legendary Golden Goblet in a new episode featuring favorite recurring celebrity guest stars Sharon Osbourne (Mama Hook) and Josh Duhamel (Captain Flynn).

New Short-Form Series “Jake’s Never Land Pirate School” Debuts

(Daily at 10:55 a.m., ET/PT on Disney Channel and 5:55 p.m., ET/PT on Disney Junior)

· Series follows Jake as he teaches young viewers at home a variety of pirate skills.

Friday, November 30:

Marathon of the new “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” and “Jake’s Never Land Pirate School” episodes (10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., ET/PT on Disney Channel and 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., ET/PT on Disney Junior)

Friday, December 7:

New winter-themed episode of “Jake and the Never Land Pirates”

(10:30 a.m., ET/PT on Disney Channel)

· Jake and crew help Percy and his penguin colony find Never Land’s legendary paradise where it remains winter all year round. Rhys Darby (“Flight of the Conchords”) guest stars as Percy the Penguin.

DOC MCSTUFFINS

Friday, December 7:

New winter-themed episode of “Doc McStuffins”

(10:00 a.m., ET/PT on Disney Channel)

· Doc teaches Chilly and the rest of the toys about the importance of staying warm when playing outside in the snow and China Anne McClain, who performs the theme song for “Doc McStuffins” and stars on Disney Channel’s hit series “A.N.T Farm,” guest stars.

DISNEY JUNIOR NIGHT LIGHT

Saturday, December 1:

New short-form series “Capture Your Story with Me Ra Koh” joins the Disney Junior Night Light block presented nightly on the 24-hour channel, Disney Junior.

(9:25 p.m., ET/PT)

“Capture Your Story with Me Ra Koh,” features award-winning child and family photographer and best-selling author Me Ra Koh sharing simple tips and tricks for taking professional-quality photographs.

Sunday, December 16

New short-form series “DADS” joins the Disney Junior Night Light block presented nightly on the 24-hour channel, Disney Junior.

(9:25 p.m., ET/PT)

“DADS,” presents a glimpse into the lives of stay-at-home dads

Also premiering in December on the Disney Junior Night Light block are new installments of:

· “That’s Fresh,” a short-form cooking show hosted by chef Helen Cavallo who shares simple, healthy recipe ideas for kids and families.

· “DJ Tales,” featuring cleverly costumed finger puppets acting out kids’ versions of classic fairytales and storybook favorites, including “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Rumpelstiltskin” and “Sleeping Beauty.”

All of the content on the Disney Junior Night Light programming block is produced by Disney Interactive Family and the block is sponsored by Babble, Disney’s leading parenting blog platform. Designed as a nod to moms and dads who are found watching television with their kids during the later nighttime hours, “Disney Junior Night Light” features short-form programming for parents to enjoy that airs interstitially between their child’s favorite Disney Junior programs. “Disney Junior Night Light” launched in September 2012 on the 24-hour channel Disney Junior and airs nightly from 9:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., ET/PT. NOTE: Content is also available on the Babble YouTube Channel and DisneyJunior.com/Nightlight.

Holiday Fun From The Santa Pups! – Bloopers and Activities

In anticipation of tomorrow’s November 20th release of Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download, here are some fun printable activities to get the kids into the holiday spirit! Whip up a batch of scrumptious reindeer sugar cookies and while they’re in the oven keep kids busy with a holiday puppy puzzler page. Then indulge in some holiday crafting by making Charity’s festive mistletoe barrette! Kick off the fun with some wacky bloopers featuring the pups, Danny Woodman and Cheryl Ladd!

download Santa Paws 2 Recipes and Activities!