BLU-RAY REVIEW – Disney The Muppets Wocka Wocka Blu-ray Value Pack

Disney The Muppets Blu-ray review

The Muppets Wocka Wocka Value Pack

  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2012
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • ASIN: B006JTS5OO

ABOUT DISNEY THE MUPPETS

On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary (Jason Segel) and Gary’s girlfriend, Mary (Amy Adams), from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze Muppet Studios and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage a telethon and raise the $10 million needed to save the studio, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate.

MY THOUGHTS

I received a copy of Disney The Muppets Wocka Wocka Value Pack. I grew up with the Muppets. My kids grew up with the Muppets. This movie was for for children of all ages, and I do mean that to include adults. The story line is seriously and adult enough that it will hold interest of adults while remaining fun and light enough that it will hold the interest of the younger audience. I found myself pulling for the Muppets to raise enough money to save the old studio from being demolished for oil. how The Muppets got jack Black to be the celebrity host of their telethon cracked me up too. I enjoyed the interaction between the human and Muppets portions of the cast, the animation is terrific. Speaking of The Muppets, viewers will be familiar with most or all of them, including Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Rizzo, Rowlf, Beaker, Swedish Chef, Animal and more. The songs are fun. the only thing I wish there had been was more time for “menamana”, a funny snog that brings back a lot of fun memories for me. The Value Pack is great because not only do we have the Blu-ray for the living room and the DVD for my youngest son’s room, but we also have the digital version for the iPad, something that is great for home and travel. Also, the Wocka Wocka version has a ton of bloopers, and who doesn’t love bloopers! Disney The Muppets Wocka Wocka Value Pack is a must have for all Muppets fans young and old.

Here’s the trailer.

And some bloopers too!

And some fun family activities too!

Download The Muppets Activities!

Download Wocka Wocka 101!

The Muppets Wocka Wocka Value Pack contains:
Blu-ray Feature Film + Bonus
DVD Feature Film+ Bonus
Digital Copy
Digital Full-Length Original Soundtrack
Scratching the Surface: A Hasty Examination of The Making of The Muppets
A Little Screen Test on the Way to the Read Through
Explaining Evil: The Full Tex Richman Song
Deleted Scenes
Audio Commentary
Disney Intermission
The Longest Blooper Reel Ever Made (In Muppet History**)

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Muppets Band-Aids And $50 Fandango GC Giveaway

Muppets Band-Aids

The Muppets have been popular for years. Back in the 80s when I was in college a friend and I used to frequently be found singing the MaNaMaNa song. As you probably know, The Muppets came out on the big screen towards the end of 2012, reminding fans young and old that Muppets are still cute and fun. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see it in the theater. The good news is, it comes out on DVD and Blu-ray very soon. But I digress. Band-Aid has come out with a new line of Band-aids featuring, yep you guessed it, The Muppets.

The new bandages feature your favorite characters – from Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy to Beaker and Statler & Waldorf – in their usual wacky and wild poses. The great thing about the new Muppets Band-Aids is that they’re colorful and fun, and that they’re suitable for boys and girls of all ages child to adult. And it goes without saying they’re great because they’re Band-Aids, which means they actually stay on when you put them on a booboo.

The Muppet Band-Aids are currently also available on Amazon.com for $7.83 and will be available at mass retailers later this year.

MORE INFO

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WIN IT!

One (1) winner will receive an array of fun kids decorated bandages, including The Muppets, and a $50 Fandango gift card so you can enjoy a movie night with the family.

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John Carter Premiere

NEW JOHN CARTER FEATURETTE

Genre: Action-Adventure
Rating: PG-13
Release Date: March 9, 2012
Running Time: 131 minutes
Disney
Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Bryan Cranston, Polly Walker, Daryl Sabara, with Thomas Haden Church and Willem Dafoe
Director: Andrew Stanton
Producers: Jim Morris, Lindsey Collins, Colin Wilson
Screenplay by: Andrew Stanton & Mark Andrews and Michael Chabon
Based on the story “A Princess of Mars” by: Edgar Rice Burroughs

From Academy Award®–winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes “John Carter”—a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). “John Carter” is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.

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Pound Puppies: Homeward Pound

Pound Puppies: Homeward Pound

In anticipation of the March 6th DVD release of POUND PUPPIES: Homeward Pound from Shout! Factory in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, here’s a slideshow of images and video clips from the episodes! Join Lucky, Niblet, Squirt and the gang as they find a pup for every person and a person for every pup!

THE MUPPETS

A frog and a pig on the red carpet? YES!

Recntly, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy attended the 84th Annual Academy Awards Ceremony to celebrate Hollywood’s most talented performers (and the Oscar-winning hit song ‘Man or Muppet’)! Heating up the red carpet in Brooks Brothers (him), Zac Posen, Christian Louboutin and Fred Leighton (her), this “It” couple made quite the scene.

More on Miss Piggy’s jewels:

1940s amethyst and diamond ring in gold (70.0 carats) –lavender is her signature color after all
1950s diamond and platinum swirl necklace (55 carats) with matching swirl bracelet (40 carats)

Celebrity hairstylist Kim Kimble (Beyonce, Shakira, Kerry Washington) put the finishing touches on Miss Piggy by adding a diamond and platinum headband (approx. 10 carats) and 1040s clip in the back.

Check out and share this slideshow showcasing Kermit & Piggy at the Oscars!

Don’t forget to bring The Muppets home on March 20th with the Wocka Wocka Value Pack, which contains the movie on Blu-ray high-definition, DVD and Digital Copy (3 discs) plus a download card which allows fans to own all the songs from the film’s hugely popular soundtrack from Walt Disney Records!

My Little Pony Friendship Express

Meet the Ponies of MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: THE FRIENDSHIP EXPRESS (Character Profiles)!!

In anticipation of the February 28th release of MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: THE FRIENDSHIP EXPRESS on DVD, we invite you to get to know your favorite pony friends!

APPLEJACK
Having grown up working hard to keep her family’s famous apple business growing, APPLEJACK has come to be known as the most down-to-earth, resourceful and dependable pony this side of PONYVILLE! A proud farm pony to the core, she’s not afraid to get her hooves dirty and to her, there’s nothing a little horse-sense and elbow-grease can’t take care of. APPLEJACK has an impeccable ability to break a situation down to its core and fix it fast and usually topped off with a wacky country anecdote told with a charming dose of country twang.

FLUTTERSHY
A graceful, fawn-like filly, FLUTTERYSHY’s gentle, serene ways make her unusually attractive to all types of forest animals, whose care and well-being are her highest priority. She’d like nothing more than to spend every waking moment caring for her animal friends in her secluded meadow cottage, and that’s because FLUTTERSHY is, well… shy. Sweet, soft-spoken and often fearful, her pony friends treasure her kindness, but have to work hard to help come out of her shell.

PINKIE PIE
To say that PINKIE PIE marches to the beat of her own drum is certainly an understatement! Giggly, playful and brimming over with energy, it’s not unusual to find this pink pony prancing and skipping joyfully through the streets looking for fun, doing cartwheels, singing a song in a silly voice and making up her own ridiculous lyrics. By far the silliest pony around, nothing makes her happier than evoking a giggle and a smile from her friends. She is the freest of free spirits, always acting on her whims, following her heart, talking your ear off and getting a laugh or two along the way.

RAINBOW DASH
Capable and athletic, RAINBOW DASH lives for adventure! When any problem should arise that involves traveling to distant lands or dealing with a magical, mysterious beast, RAINBOW DASH is the first to volunteer! Brave and bold, any pony who has ever seen this rainbow-haired Pegasus in the air has been left in jaw-dropped awe of her speed, agility, and, well, her confidence. She’s quite positive she’s the fastest pegasus pony alive, and truth be told, she probably is. Yes, she’s a bit proud, and a bit mischievous, and when the chips are down, and danger is a-brewing, RAINBOW DASH always, always comes through, proving time and time again that she is a true hero!

RARITY
RARITY could possibly be the most beautiful unicorn you’ve ever seen. As she prances down the street, her coat gleaming pure white and her royal purple curls bouncing, everypony’s head turns— and boy does she love it! A talented fashion designer, her biggest dream is to one day design for PRINCESS CELESTIA herself. At first glance she may seem a typical debutant, vain and entitled, but it’s simply not so! Generous to a fault, she’s believes so badly that the world should be beautiful she’s all too eager to simply give away the designs she works so hard on and to offer anypony a custom RARITY makeover. And should you make it through one; you’ll learn that RARITY’s greatest beauty is her heart.

TWILIGHT SPARKLE
Dutiful and intelligent, TWILIGHT SPARKLE is obsessed with one thing: studying magic! She once studied so much, she made no time for anypony else. That is until her mentor, PRINCESS CELESTIA, charged her with the study of a special kind of magic— friendship! Newly converted to the joys of having friends, she uses her knowledge and unusually powerful gift for magical spells to help her new companions in PONYVILLE. Though sometimes she gets on her “high horse” about what’s right or wrong, her eagerness to learn and lend a helping hoof endear her to her new friends in PONYVILLE, and when the going gets tough, her love for her friends transform her into a natural born leader!

PRINCESS CELESTIA

SPIKE

MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2012 Hasbro.

You can grab a copy of MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: THE FRIENDSHIP EXPRESS on DVD 2/28!!

Aquabats

The Aquabats! Super Show!

Get ready for awesomeness this Saturday, March 3 when The Hub TV network premieres the new action-packed series “The Aquabats! Super Show!” at 11am ET/8am PT. Executive produced by the co-creator of “Yo Gabba Gabba!,” the series follows the The Aquabats, a real-life popular alternative rock band, who embarks on a never ending quest to right wrongs, destroy boredom and seek justice for all! The series is an inventive blend of live-action crime-fighting spoofs, animated segments, music videos and mock commercials.

Executive Producer Christian Jacobs (co-creator, writer, and director of “Yo Gabba Gabba!”) is the band’s lead vocalist and plays the team’s fearless leader, The MC Bat Commander. Also in the cast are fellow founding member and bassist Chad Larson (aka Crash McLarson), keyboards and sax player James Briggs (aka Jimmy the Robot), drummer Ricky Falomir (aka RickyFitness) and the most recent member of the band, guitarist Ian Fowles (Eagle “Bones” Falconhawk).

Redbox Extends Free Game Rentals

merica has shown their love for video games during the last week and in return, Redbox is extending its free game rentals until Thursday, March 8. Consumers can reserve a game at http://www.redbox.com/gameweek and get the first day of rental free.

Redbox offers rentals on the newest releases across Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, UFC 3 Undisputed, Just Dance 3 and Elder Scrolls: Skyrim for just $2 a night.

Visit www.redbox.com or use the free iPhone and Android apps to locate your nearest kiosk, reserve and rent with the swipe of a finger.

Top family rentals at Redbox kiosks nationwide this week were, Puss in Boots, Dolphin Tale and Mr. Popper’s Penguins.

Below are the top rented family movies from 2/21-2/28. Find your nearest Redbox location by visiting www.redbox.com or via the Redbox iPhone® or Android mobile apps.

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Frankenweenie Poster

FRANKENWEENIE

WALT DISNEY PICTURES
Genre: Animated comedy
Rating: TBD
U.S. Release date: October 5, 2012

Voice Cast: Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell
Director: Tim Burton
Producers: Tim Burton, Allison Abbate
Executive Producer: Don Hahn
Screenplay by: John August
Based on an original idea by: Tim Burton

From creative genius Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” The Nightmare Before Christmas”) comes “Frankenweenie,” a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.

A stop-motion animated film, “Frankenweenie” will be filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D, which will elevate the classic style to a whole new experience.

In Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.

My LittlePony Friendship Express Dvd

In anticipation of the February 28th release of MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: THE FRIENDSHIP EXPRESS on DVD, here is a episode clip: “The Cherry Picking Line”.

In anticipation of the March 6th release of TRANSFORMERS PRIME: SEASON ONE on Blu-ray and DVD, here’s a new Episode Clip: “One Shall Rise, Part 1″

WAR HORSE On Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital and On-Demand, April 3, 2012

Legendary Academy Award®-Winning Motion Picture Director/Producer Steven Spielberg Presents The Critically Acclaimed Epic Adventure

BURBANK, Calif., February 21, 2012 – Legendary Academy Award®-winning motion picture director/producer Steven Spielberg presents the critically acclaimed and multi Academy Award®-nominated epic adventure “War Horse” on Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital and On-Demand, April 3. This newest home entertainment release not only enthralls viewers once again with its visually stunning and emotionally heartwarming story on the Blu-ray, but also offers an unprecedented look into the making of the film by Spielberg himself.

The extraordinary journey of courage and friendship as seen through the eyes of one unforgettable horse named Joey and his miraculous journey to find his way back home, “War Horse” is a must own contemporary classic for everyone’s home entertainment collection. Spielberg’s renowned creative passion and artistry not only shine throughout the film but are also evident in all the fascinating bonus features included exclusively on the Blu-ray disc.

The premium 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack in particular allows viewers to explore the filmmaking process and storytelling adventure though a special 60 minute documentary (named “A Filmmaking Journey”), created by Spielberg, that offers a never-before-seen inside look into the making of “War Horse.” Additional bonus features include a behind the scenes look at Spielberg’s Award-Winning “Dream Team” – the film’s scoring session with five-time Oscar-winning composer John Williams, the editing room with three-time Academy Award winning film editor Michael Kahn, the sound room with seven time Oscar-winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom, and a look through Producer Kathleen Kennedy’s lens as she shares photos she took during the filming and recounts her discovery of “War Horse.”

“War Horse,” which received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Original Score, Best Art Direction, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing, will be available to own and for in-home viewing as follows:

· 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack = $45.99U.S./$52.99 Canada
· 2-Disc DVD Combo Pack = $39.99 U.S./$46.99 Canada
· 1 Disc DVD = $29.99U.S./$35.99Canada
· High Definition Digital = $39.99 U.S./$46.99 Canada
· Standard Definition Digital = $ 29.99U.S./$ 35.99Canada
· On-Demand = Please check with your television provider or favorite digital retailer for pricing

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REDBOX NEWS

The best things in life are free, and this week that list includes video game rentals at Redbox. As a thank you to loyal customers, starting Sunday, February 26, consumers can reserve a game online at www.redbox.com/gamesweek and get the first day of rental free.

Redbox offers rentals on the newest releases across Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Just Dance 3 and Elder Scrolls: Skyrim for just $2 a night.

Visit www.redbox.com or use the free iPhone and Android apps to find your neighborhood Redbox kiosk. The week of free game rentals ends Thursday, March 1.

Looking for a fun way to start off the weekend? In celebration of Redbox’s debut of Puss in Boots (in kiosks today), Redblog is hosting a giveaway! Head over to www.blog.redbox.com and enter for a chance to win a Puss in Boots DVD or Blu-ray combo pack! Simply tell Redblog who your favorite character from the Shrek series is and why for your chance to win. Make sure to enter before tomorrow at 3pm EST.

Top family rentals at Redbox kiosks nationwide this week were, Dolphin Tale, Mr. Popper’s Penguins and The Smurfs.

Below are the top rented family movies from 2/13-2/20. Find your nearest Redbox location by visiting www.redbox.com or via the Redbox iPhone® or Android mobile apps.

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THE MUPPETS

This Sunday, February 26th, tune in to ABC for the 84th Academy Awards ceremony broadcasting live! Kermit, Piggy, Walter and all of the Muppets will be rooting for “Man or Muppet,” music and lyrics by Bret McKenzie to take home the gold statue for Best Music (Original Song).

Don’t forget to bring The Muppets home on March 20th with the Wocka Wocka Value Pack, which contains the movie on Blu-ray high-definition, DVD and Digital Copy (3 discs) plus a download card which allows fans to own all the songs from the film’s hugely popular soundtrack from Walt Disney Records!

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The Muppets Dvd Cover

The Must-Own Movie For The Entire Family Debuts

on Blu-ray ™ Combo Pack, Digital and

On-Demand March 20, 2012

Debut Release Offers Fans the Full Movie Soundtrack with DVD Release and

as part of a ‘Wocka-Wocka’ Pack for the Ultimate Muppets Experience!

BURBANK, Calif., January 19, 2012 –– One of the year’s best-loved family comedies and among the best reviewed films of 2011, Disney’s “The Muppets,” starring Jason Segel, Academy Award®-nominee Amy Adams, and favorite celebrity couple Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy — debuts March 20 on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, Digital Download and On-Demand formats. A must-own movie the entire family can enjoy, Disney’s “The Muppets” in-home release includes the DVD and music soundtrack packaged together and also offered as the ultimate Muppets experience, a ‘Wocka-Wocka Value Pack,’ which contains the movie on Blu-ray high definition, DVD and Digital Copy (three discs), plus a download card which allows fans to own all the songs from the film’s hugely popular soundtrack.

Disney’s “The Muppets” Blu-ray Combo Pack, with its flawless picture and pitch perfect sound, comes with a fantastic slate of bonus content including the laugh out loud “The Longest Blooper Reel Ever Made (In Muppet History––We Think).” The exciting release also includes the hilarious featurette “A Little Screen Test on the Way to the Read Through,” which follows Jason Segel, Kermit, The Great Gonzo, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy and others asthey get ready for the first day of production, and much more fun.

“Blu-ray is a great way to bring the Muppets into your home without having to worry about cleaning up after us,” said Kermit the Frog, commenting on the announcement. “And the behind-the-scenes extras are a revealing tell-all look at what it took to bring our movie to the big screen. It’s a must-see for fans of bloopers, flubs and slip-ups – which pretty much describes our act.”

Miss Piggy is equally thrilled at the movie’s Blu-ray release, “Now you can watch moi whenever you want! Ooh! Lucky vous!”

Additional fun-filled features on Disney’s “The Muppets” Blu-ray include a groundbreaking industry first — ‘Disney Intermission,’ a hilarious all-new feature that allows viewers to press Pause on their remote control and watch as the Muppets take over the screen and entertain until the movie resumes playing. The release also includes “Explaining Evil: The Full Tex Richman Song,” an extended version of the rollicking rap song by villain Tex Richman (Academy Award® winner Chris Cooper) who provides the hilarious backstory of why he hates the Muppets. Audio commentaries with screenwriter and star Jason Segel, director James Bobin and screenwriter Nicholas Stoller are also included.

With the Muppet’s signature irreverent comedy, songs and dancing, Muppet fans of all ages will cheer as the gang reunites to put on a benefit show to save the crumbling Muppet Studios from being razed by nefarious oil baron Tex Richman. New fans and long-time devotees will find the rainbow connection when they bring Disney’s “The Muppets” into their very own homes.

Film Synopsis

On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary (Jason Segel) and Gary’s girlfriend, Mary (Amy Adams), from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze Muppet Studios and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage a telethon and raise the $10 million needed to save the studio, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have allgone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate.

Disney’s “The Muppets” is directed by James Bobin (“Flight of the Conchords,” “The Ali G Show”) and produced by the Academy Award®-nominated team of David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman (“The Fighter,” “The Proposal”) with a screenplay written by Segel & Nicholas Stoller (“Get Him to the Greek”), who also serve as executive producers along with John G. Scotti and “The Muppet Show” veteran Martin G. Baker. Bret McKenzie, who created, co-wrote, executive-produced and starred in the hit HBO television series “Flight of the Conchords,” is the music supervisor as well as the writer/producer of three original songs. Original score is by Christophe Beck, Michael Rooney is the choreographer, Rahel Afiley is the costume designer, and James Thomas is the editor. SteveSaklad is the production designer, and Don Burgess, A.S.C., is the director of photography.

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Geek Charming Dvd Cover

Geek Charming – All New Disney Channel Original Movie Debuts February 7 on DVD & Digital Copy Packaged With A Special Collectible Charm Set!

Synopsis: When Dylan Schoenfield (Sarah Hyland), Woodlands Academy’s top girl, accidentally drops her expensive “it” handbag into the mall fountain, she is surprised that film geek, Josh Rosen (Matt Prokop), retrieves it for her. In exchange for rescuing her bag, Dylan must agree to be the subject of Josh’s documentary film. Dylan hopes the film will help her campaign for Blossom Queen – she claims that winning is her only life goal. Josh plans to make a hard-hitting expose about popularity, but, as he gets to know Dylan, he learns that the real Dylan is much more interesting than the persona she’s created. At the last minute, Josh decides that his film should introduce this awesome girl to the world, but how will Dylan react when she sees it?

The 2-Disc DVD (DVD + Digital Copy) is the ideal Valentine’s Day gift and includes 10 episodes of the Disney Channel smash hit television show “Shake It Up,” plus a special collectible charm set.

Cast:
Sarah Hyland (TV’s “Modern Family”)
Matt Prokop (High School Musical 3)
Sasha Pieterse (TV’s “Pretty Little Liars”)

Director: Jeffrey Hornaday (Shout)

DVD Bonus: 10 episodes of the Disney Channel smash hit TV series “Shake It Up”

Street Date: February 7, 2012
Rating: TV-G in U.S./G in Canada
Bonus materials not rated.
Feature Run Time: Approximately 98 minutes
Suggested Retail Price: 2-Disc DVD (DVD + Digital Copy) = $26.99 U.S./$29.99 Canada
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Sound: DVD Feature Film – Dolby Digital 2.0
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French and Spanish

My LittlePony Friendship Express Dvd

MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: THE FRIENDSHIP EXPRESS

THE PERFECT GIFT FOR EASTER AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 28 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY

THE FIRST DVD RELEASE OF THE NEWEST MY LITTLE PONY ADVENTURES!

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: The Friendship Express will arrive on DVD on February 28, 2012, from Shout! Factory in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. Featuring 5 pony-riffic episodes, Friendship is Magic: The Friendship Express will also offer bonus features such as Meet the Ponies, sing-a-longs and coloring sheets. It will also include “Yipper Caper,” the very first episode of the new Pound Puppies series.

In My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: The Friendship Express, the benevolent Princess Celestia, ruler of Equestria, selects unicorn Twilight Sparkle for a very important assignment – to learn about the most important magic of all: friendship. With her new friends, Applejack, Rarity, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie, Twilight sets out on amazing adventures, and they all learn what it means to be true friends.

The My Little Pony Friendship is Magic series is currently airing on The HUB.

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: The Friendship Express is priced at $14.97 and is now available for pre-order at Amazon.com http://tinyurl.com/bqzbu3d and the Shout! Factory store http://www.shoutfactorystore.com/prod.aspx?pfid=5257652.

Modern Family Extended Scenes Photos & More on ABC!

After the holidays, you’re probably sick of your family. Now it’s time to spend a little extended time with ours. Watch extended scenes of Modern Family only on ABC.com. For the full family experience, visit the Modern Family Memory Book which features never before seen videos, photos and scrapbook type content for fans to get a glimpse of life with the families outside of what is seen on-air.

With every new epsiode, there will be 2 – 3 exclusive photos from the set, 1 – 2 scrapbook images and a sub section to feature theme based “family” moments that are pulled from last season. The launch schedule of the extended scenes can be found below:

January 12 @ 9:30pm PT Episode 311
January 19 @ 9:30pm PT Epsiode 313
February 9 @ 9:30pm PT Episode 314

The all-new Modern Family Memory Book is available online at http://abc.tv/ModernFamilyMemoryBook.

Wipeout “Black & Blue Crew” New Webisode Series on ABC!

Here’s news on the new websiode series of Wipeout on ABC.com featuring the Black & Blue Crew.

Each week, 24 energetic contestants of all ages, shapes and sizes go head-to-head through four rounds of demanding but hilarious obstacle courses to win the title of “Wipeout Champion” and that $50,000 grand prize. In the end, only one contestant will be victorious. Everyone else will Wipeout! Meet the Black & Blue crew, a highly trained, elite group of individuals responsible for testing the obstacles on Wipeout. These extremely athletic, sometimes hilarious, and always insane men and women are masters of the course – constantly testing and re-testing until they live up to their name.

To find out what compels the Black & Blue Crew to get up in the morning only to get punched in the face, be sure to visit http://abc.tv/WipeoutBlackandBlue.

Win Discounts on Redbox Rentals and This Week’s Top Picks!

Happy Friday! Everyone loves a good deal, and why not get a discount while testing your movie smarts! Starting today, Redbox is launching Redbox Trivia. Redbox Trivia is Redbox’s first movie trivia game. You will have 60 seconds to answer five questions based on popular movie trivia, and will be rewarded a $.10 discount for every correct answer. Simply go to www.redbox.com/trivia to begin playing!

Feel free to play once a day through February 5 to test your movie trivia and be rewarded with discounts on rentals!

If you’re looking for a good family movie this weekend, make sure to check out our top rented family titles including, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Kung Fu Panda 2 and The Smurfs.

Below are the top rented family movies from 1/9-1/15. Find your nearest Redbox location by visiting www.redbox.com or via the Redbox iPhone® or Android mobile apps.

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The Muppets Road Trip Game

Muppets Road Trip

Are we there yet?          How ‘bout now?          Now?          How about now?

Those questions can only mean one thing: road trip! (With children.) And Kermit knows road trips! In the upcoming film Disney’s “The Muppets,” Kermit joins Walter (Walter), Gary (Jason Segel), Mary (Amy Adams) and—eventually—the whole Muppet gang in the car for a trip of their own, as they endeavor to save Muppet Studios from evil oilman Tex Richman. So don’t despair. The Muppets can help keep kids busy and happy with…

DISNEY’S “THE MUPPETS” ROAD TRIP GAME

See if you can spot:

  • 5 Kermit green cars
  • 1 Person who looks like a relative of Gonzo’s
  • 3 People who look like they just stepped off the Electric Mayhem Band bus
  • 4 of Miss Piggy’s biggest fans. How can you tell? Easy, they could be
    a) Singing to themselves
    b) Fixing their hair in the mirror
    c) Blowing kisses to you through the window
    d) Blowing kisses to themselves in the mirror
  • 2 Bumper stickers that are so funny, Fozzie Bear would add them to his act
  • 4 People wearing suits they stole from Statler and Waldorf
  • 3 Cars that are so patriotic, Sam the Eagle just might be driving them

Bonus:

  • Sing the chorus of “Mahna Mahna” or “Rainbow Connection” at a red light or while driving through a tunnel
  • Find a license plate from Smalltown, USA (or at least one that is red, white and blue)
  • Find the letters of Disney’s “The Muppets” in license plates

ABOUT THE MOVIE
On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary (Jason Segel) and Gary’s girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage a telethon and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate. With secret, signature, celebrity cameos, Disney’s “The Muppets” hits the big screen Nov. 23, 2011.

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A Conversation With Kermit The Frog

THE MUPPETS Kermit

KERMIT THE FROG (Kermit the Frog) returns to the big screen in 2011 in Disney’s “The Muppets.” With 56 years in show business, he boasts countless credits in television, film, stage and online, including the recent hit viral videos featuring the Muppets’ take on Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” (2009) and “Ode to Joy” (2008)—both Webby winners (an award very dear to Kermit’s heart and feet). He has been honored with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2002), and his song “Rainbow Connection” was nominated for an Academy Award® and a Golden Globe® in 1979. Kermit has appeared many times in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. He received the Key to the City from Kermit, Texas, in 2005, and holds an honorary Doctorate of Amphibious Letters from the Southampton College at Long Island University. He was the first amphibian to address the prestigious Oxford Union at Oxford University.

Kermit’s film credits include “The Muppet Movie” (1979), “The Great Muppet Caper” (1981), “The Muppets Take Manhattan” (1984), “The Muppet Christmas Carol” (1992), “Muppet Treasure Island” (1996) and “Muppets from Space” (1999). He’s also had starring roles in the TV films “Muppets Wizard of Oz” (2005) and “A Muppet Christmas: Letters to Santa.” In addition to hosting and starring in the international hit phenomenon “The Muppet Show,” which ran from 1976-1981, Kermit’s small-screen credits include “Muppet Babies” and “Muppets Tonight.” He has appeared on a host of variety shows, including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “Today” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brian.” Kermit has also been a guest on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and “Saturday Night Live,” among many others. Kermit’s memoirs—“Look Before You Leap: A Frog’s Eye View of Life’s Greatest Lessons”—were published in 2006.

Kermit resides in a swamp, where he maintains a bachelor pad.

A CONVERSATION WITH KERMIT THE FROG…

Why should audiences see Disney’s “The Muppets”?
It’s funny, upbeat and full of laughs for everyone… frogs, pigs, bears… even people.
For new fans, it’s a chance to see the Muppets in action on the big screen. And for old fans, it’s a chance to get together with old friends… and get a little crazy together.

What is Disney’s “The Muppets” about?
Well, it’s the story of this incredible Muppet fan named Walter who comes to Hollywood to meet us… and ends up having to get all the Muppets back together to put on a show and save Muppet Studios.

I guess it’s the first Muppet movie that’s really from the point of view of a fan. Jason Segel, who is a really big Muppet fan in real life, co-wrote the movie. He wanted to show what it would be like if the world’s biggest Muppet fan—along with his brother Gary (played by Jason) and friend Mary (played by Amy Adams)—came to Hollywood to meet us.

What is your role in Disney’s “The Muppets”?
I play me, Kermit the Frog. I’ve played other parts, like Bob Crachit in “A Muppet Christmas Carol” and Captain Smollett in “Muppet Treasure Island,” but I think “me” is my favorite part.

Playing a frog named Kermit might be type casting, but there aren’t a lot of great parts for amphibians, so I was happy to get the part.

In the movie—and in life, really—I’m a humble frog in Hollywood who wants to get back together with his friends and keep entertaining people.

How does your life differ from the characters you play in the films?
Well, on the big screen. I’m 16 feet tall. But in real life, it’s closer to 18 inches. So, I’d have to say the biggest difference is more height—and better lighting.

Seriously, though, my life on screen and off screen is about the same. In real life and on film, I’m surrounded by chaos, craziness, and romantic pigs—just like any other Hollywood star.

Why did you want to take part in this film?
I understand they considered other actors—George Clooney, Tom Hanks. But in the end, when it comes to playing short, green and amphibious, I’m still Hollywood’s go-to guy. According to director James Bobin, when I read for the role of “me,” I nailed it.

What is the funniest scene in the film?
I like the scene where everything goes crazy and no one knows what to do. It’s total mad chaos…..Hmm, come to think of it, that describes most of the movie.

I can’t pick JUST one scene—all the other scenes would get jealous. But I really do like the big finale. Lots of singing, dancing, laughing… and, I don’t want to spoil it, but it’s happy, too.

What was it like working opposite Jason Segel?
Jason is not only a great comedian, but as a co-writer of the movie, he’s great to work with. If you forget your lines, he can make up new ones.

Jason’s a swell guy. He really loved the Muppets before we worked together…and he still loves us after. That’s a true fan. And he has such a fantastic sense of humor. He can find funny everywhere… even in Fozzie’s act.

…Chris Cooper?
Chris plays the villain, Tex Richman, yet he’s really the nicest guy you’ll ever meet. That’s an incredible feat: being a good guy and playing a bad guy. When it comes to acting, it’s not that easy being mean.

…Amy Adams?
Amy is incredible. She’s so beautiful and talented and funny. I’d love to make every movie with her…. but Miss Piggy won’t let me.

She’s also a great actress: she can sing and dance, and she has three Academy Award® nominations. I’m hoping she gets an Oscar® for Disney’s “The Muppets.” If not, I’m willing to paint myself gold and stand on her mantle.

…Miss Piggy?
I have to say: working with Miss Piggy is always a pleasure. I have to say that ‘cause she makes me say it.

This was a different kind of movie for us. Normally, Piggy and I are together right from the start. But in Disney’s “The Muppets,” Miss Piggy is over in Paris and we have to go get her. That was challenging for me. France is tough for frogs… with legs.

What’s the deal with you and Miss Piggy? Are you still together?
Miss Piggy and I have a professional relationship. I think we’re professionals; she thinks we’re in a relationship.

Actually, Miss Piggy and I are good friends, but just friends. We like each other a great deal, but we are not romantically involved—despite her best efforts.

Describe director James Bobin.
James has a quirky sense of humor. Just watch his work on “Flight of the Conchords” and you can see this isn’t someone who sees the world like everyone else. Not being normal helps when you work with the Muppets. He’s a consummate professional—and we’re not, so we really needed him.

What is your advice for up-and-coming frogs/actors?
Never say croak.

To make a rainbow connection with Kermit the Frog, check out http://disney.go.com/muppets/portfolio/kermit/videos.html.

ABOUT THE MOVIE
On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary (Jason Segel) and Gary’s girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage a telethon and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate. With secret, signature, celebrity cameos, Disney’s “The Muppets” hits the big screen Nov. 23, 2011.

2010 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE – The Muppet Christmas Carol DVD – Kermit’s 50th Anniversary Edition

The Christmas Carol is one of my favorite movies. I’ve seen numerous different versions of it and one that I really enjoyed was this one,kermit’s 50tth Anniversary Edition of The Muppet Christmas Carol DVD is currently available on Amazon.com/Muppets (www.amazon.com/muppets). They have a great selection of Muppet DVDs, including Collector’s DVD sets: in both 3-and-5 pack sets in special, limited edition collector’s tins perfect for stocking stuffers!

Muppet Christmas Carol 50th Dvd Cover

About The Muppet Christmas Carol DVD – Kermit’s 50th Anniversary Edition

  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 29, 2005
  • Number of discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000ATQYT2

‘Tis the season for love, laughter, and one of the most cherished stories of all time! Join Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and all the hilarious Muppets in this merry, magical version of Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Academy Award(R) winner Michael Caine (Best Supporting Actor, 2000, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES; 1987, HANNAH AND HER SISTERS) gives a performance that’s anything but “bah, humbug!” as greedy, penny-pinching Ebenezer Scrooge. One fateful Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Together with kind, humble Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog) and his family, the Spirits open Scrooge’s eyes — and his heart — to the true meaning of Christmas. Filled with original music and dazzling special effects, this restored and remastered 50th Anniversary Edition of THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL will become a holiday tradition your family will treasure all the days of the year.

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