Book & Multimedia Reviews
New DVDs, TV Shows and Music for Families
New DVD's, TV Shows and Music CD's for kids! Check out the latest family TV, movie and CD releases.
SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE
Smurfs: The Lost Village follows Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history.
Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Tom and Jerry meet Charlie Bucket, a young boy who finds one of five golden tickets, hidden inside the wrappers of Wonka chocolate bars. The lucky few who find a golden ticket are invited to visit Willy Wonka’s world famous chocolate factory and win a lifetime supply of chocolate. As Charlie sets out to meet Willy Wonka, Tom and Jerry secretly accompany him. Along the way, they help him steer clear of the evil Arthur Slugworth, who tries to talk Charlie into bringing him Willy Wonka’s latest creation, the Everlasting Gobstopper. They also meet Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde and Mike Teevee, the four other kids who also find golden tickets and are invited to tour the chocolate factory with Charlie.
Saban’s Power Rangers
The epic adventure, Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, the unlikely group of teenage heroes are the only ones who can save the planet, but first, they have to band together in order to harness their super powers and become Power Rangers.
A Dog's Purpose
Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. A narrative with genuine heart, humor and a real message of love, the family film is told from the dog’s perspective. An empathetic and relatable drama, this sentimental film takes viewers on a powerful journey to experience the relationship between dogs and their owner – to love, protect, comfort and always find a way back home.
Peanuts by Schulz: Go Team Go!
This all-new collection features sports-themed cartoons from the newly launched Peanuts cable television series. This release includes 19 shorts, which are based on the legendary print comic strip created by Charles Schulz.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Moana” is the sweeping story of a spirited teenager who sets sail on a daring adventure to save her people, starring newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho as the voice of brave and tenacious Moana and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the larger-than-life demigod Maui. Families can watch hours of bonus offerings including: a new, hilarious mini-movie featuring Moana and Maui; deleted scenes; a deleted song; hidden Easter Eggs; music video; and much, much more.
The colorful, wondrous Trolls Town is full of optimistic Trolls, who are always ready to sing, dance and party. The neighboring community Bergen Town is home to the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach. During a celebration marking 20 years of freedom from their nemesis the Bergens, Princess Poppy’s friends are captured by Chef. Poppy embarks on journey to Bergen Town save her pals and restore peace in Trolls Town. She loses her joy along the way but her good friend Branch is by her side to remind her of the power of her optimism. As he helps her, he regains a little happiness of his own. This fresh, broad comedy is filled with music, heart and hair-raising adventures. The Blu-ray party mode edition includes a feature-length audience participation mode with sing-a-longs, glitter parties, cupcakes, high-fives, hug time and more!
Kidz Bop 34
Today’s biggest hits sung by kids for kids. Includes 24K Magic, Don't Wanna Know, Send My Love, This Town and many more. Available January 20.
Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory
From the Academy Award®–winning creators of Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” comes an epic undersea adventure filled with imagination, humor and heart. When Dory, the forgetful blue tang, suddenly remembers she has a family who may be looking for her, she, Marlin and Nemo take off on a life-changing quest to find them … with help from Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Bailey, a beluga whale who’s convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny, a nearsighted whale shark. Bring home the movie overflowing with unforgettable characters, dazzling animation and gallons of bonus extras.
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
Rafe has an epic imagination…and a slight problem with authority. Both collide when he transfers to a rule-crazy middle school. Drowning in do’s and don’ts, Rafe and his best friend Leo hatch a plan to expose the principal by breaking every rule in the school’s Code of Conduct. As the principal strikes back, Rafe’s world, at home and at school, explodes into hilarious chaos (both real and imagined) in this laugh-filled family comedy based on James Patterson’s best-selling book series.
Shaun the Sheep: Seasons 3 and 4
Join the adventures of the hilariously mischievous sheep that audiences of all ages love. Be sure to catch up on the family-friendly, slapstick comedy featuring Shaun and his silly farm friends. Over six hours of fun in 50 episodes across two seasons included in the 4-disc Shaun the Sheep: Seasons 3 and 4 DVD set.
Junie B. Jones The Musical Cast Album
Being in first grade means having to get used to a whole new classroom. And a whole new teacher. And a whole new bunch of strange children. But here's the worst thing of all: When Junie B. tries to read words on the chalkboard…she can’t! Is it possible that Junie B. needs glasses? Contains all the songs from Junie B. Jones The Musical. The musical is adapted from the books Junie B. Jones, First Grader (at Last!); Junie B. Jones, Boss of Lunch; Junie B. Jones, One-Man Band; and Top Secret Personal Beeswax, A Journal by Junie B. (and Me), by Barbara Park.
Scooby-Doo! Shaggy’s Showdown
Get set for a rootin’-tootin’ good time with Scooby-Doo! and the gang on Scooby-Doo! Shaggy’s Showdown. Cowboys and cowgirls of all ages won’t want to miss this brand new, western-themed mystery in which Scooby-Doo! and his friends visit a dude ranch that’s haunted by ghastly outlaw Dapper Jack Rogers. It’s the Scooby-Doo! gang like you’ve never seen before, riding horses and living like cowboys on a real western ranch.
Adventure Time: The Complete Sixth Season
Features 43 episodes from the popular series’ sixth season plus bonus content. In Adventure Time, a boy named Finn and his adoptive brother Jake, a wise, shapeshifting dog, are best friends who set out on a series of wondrous adventures in the post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo. The Land of Ooo, which is a mystical place filled with mountains, forests, winding rivers and cities, is home to several strange and unique characters. Throughout their captivating adventures, Finn and Jake encounter several of Ooo’s most extraordinary inhabitants, including Princess Bubblegum, The Ice King, Flame Princess, Lumpy Space Princess and Marceline the Vampire Queen. Their exciting journeys together throughout this whimsical landscape serve as the plot of the animated series.
The Jungle Book
Critically acclaimed, Jon Favreau’s stunning live-action reimagining of Walt Disney’s animated classic is available on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere and on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand. Venture behind the scenes with in-depth bonus features that reveal the innovative filmmaking technology used to create the richly immersive jungle world and characters; Follow the journey of the film’s only on-screen actor, charismatic newcomer Neel Sethi (Mowgli); Delve into a candid and humorous scene-by-scene audio commentary with director Jon Favreau and meet the all-star voice cast who help bring the film’s colorful characters to life, as well as the musicians who accent the adventure with a majestic music score.
The best reviewed movie of 2016, critics and audiences around the world have fallen in love with the wonderfully innovative animal metropolis of “Zootopia” and the comedic chemistry of rookie rabbit officer Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) and scam-artist fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman). It’s been called one of the best buddy cop comedies in years. Viewers can now enjoy the vibrant world of Zootopia and reunite with their favorite characters, but also discover more about the evolution of this extraordinary tale through in-depth bonus offerings. Features include candid conversations with filmmakers and artists behind Zootopia, an alternate opening, never-before-seen characters and deleted scenes and a sneak peek at some of the hidden Easter Eggs that make reference to Disney Animation’s most beloved films and characters.
Updated: July 2017
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