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New DVDs, TV Shows and Music for Families

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New DVD's, TV Shows and Music CD's for kids! Check out the latest family TV, movie and CD releases.


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Kidz Bop 34
KidzBop.com
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.




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Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory
Rated PG

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.



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Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
Rated PG

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.



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Junie B. Jones The Musical Cast Album
http://goldrichandheisler.com
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.


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Space Jam 20th Anniversary DVD
Rated PG

The world's greatest legends collide in a future universe with Jordan as a live-action hero entering a spectacular animated world. Captured by Bugs Bunny to foil a ghastly gang of space creatures, Jordan must play the basketball game of his life to save the beloved cartoon heroes from a hideous kidnapping scheme. Six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan and Looney Tunes linchpin Bugs Bunny star in the family comedy classic that introduced a whole new dimension of entertainment. The film also stars Wayne Knight, Theresa Randle and the voice of Danny DeVito. Bill Murray, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, and Patrick Ewing appear as themselves.


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The Wild Life
Rated PG

Embark on a tropical misadventure with a group of quirky animals and their human castaway, Robinson Crusoe. When savage cats invade their paradise, Robinson and the island’s animals team up to defend themselves and their home in this fun-filled movie. The perfect film for families to watch together over the holidays, this wildly adventurous animated comedy begins as Mak the parrot and his friends discover a mysterious visitor washed up on their island’s shore.



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Kubo and the Two Strings
Rated PG

A young boy with a magical gift sets out on a thrilling quest to discover his family’s legacy in LAIKA’s newest film, Kubo and the Two Strings.  Young Kubo mesmerizes the people in his village with his magical gift for spinning fantastical tales. When he accidentally summons an evil spirit seeking vengeance, Kubo journeys on an action-packed quest to solve the mystery of his fallen samurai father, discover his own magical powers, and reunite his family.



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Skylanders Academy
Netflix

The time has finally come to see your favorite Skylanders characters on the television screen in “Skylanders Academy”. Based on the award-winning video game franchise from Activision Blizzard Studios, the show follows the heroic adventures of Spyro and friends as they travel the vast Skylands universe, protecting it from evil-doers. The show features a slew of talented voices including that of Ashley Tisdale, Justin Long, Parker Posey, Susan Sarandon, and of course, Richard Horvitz as the evil Kaos.


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Adventure Time: The Complete Sixth Season
TV Show

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.


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My First Classical Albums
Naxos.com

The ‘My First’ album series from Naxos is the ideal springboard for a lifelong journey through classical music. Each selection is carefully tailored for younger listeners and includes famous tracks as well as unexpected gems. The booklet is full of information on every piece of music. Unique and imaginative, these CDs will open a door to a wonderful world that children and parents can discover together.


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The Jungle Book
Rated PG

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.


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Miracles from Heaven
Rated PG
When Christy (Jennifer Garner) discovers her 10-year-old daughter Annabel (Kylie Rogers) has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter’s healing as she searches for a solution. After Annabel has a freak accident and falls three stories, a miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired.



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Zootopia
Rated PG

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.

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LEGO® Scooby-Doo!: Haunted Hollywood
Original Movie

Get ready for hilarious hijinks in Tinseltown as Scooby and the gang head to Hollywood where they visit a legendary motion picture studio that’s haunted by movie monsters from classic old films. The Blu-rayTM and DVD releases will include an exclusive LEGO® Scooby-Doo! minifigure, while supplies last.



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I Chew
HullabalooBand.com

With a twelve-year track record of glowing critical acclaim, the beloved "free-range, organic" duo Hullabaloo brings a fresh, spontaneous approach to their 12th album for kids and families. I Chew's brief, aphoristic gems, replete with sidesplitting humor and underlying messages that focus on love, life, and community, reflect only the very best in all of us.  With the rapidity of a grand fireworks finale, these songs keep the listener slightly off balance with a surprise around every corner.




Updated: January 2017