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Buck Denver asks…Why Do We Call It Christmas? DVD Review & Giveaway

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A fun and exciting way to teach my children about popular Christmas traditions as well as the Birth of Christ has been through the “Buck Denver asks…Why Do We Call It Christmas?” DVD. This DVD as well as the rest of the series is created by Phil Vischer creator of the VeggieTales! There’s puppets, flash animations, catchy songs, and a clever story line that meshes everything one would wonder about the Holiday season altogether in an easy to understand way!

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On this DVD, viewers will learn about Christmas and the many traditional things we partake in during the month of December. Some of the things covered include where we get the word Christmas from, where Jesus was born, the story behind the Christmas tree, about St. Nicholas, and much more! I’ll admit that even I learned a thing or two!

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I’m so glad my 6 1/2 year old sat and watched the whole film. She said she liked the movie and learned a lot. I imagine though we’ll watch it a few more times before Christmas day and bring it out again next year. I will say that it’s somewhat fast paced which is right up her alley. My nearly four year old son didn’t sit through the whole thing but we’ll try again with him next year. Total runtime of the DVD is 60 minutes. Aside from the main feature there’s bonuses which include sing-a-longs, outtakes, and Christmas poems to watch.

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In addition to the DVD, there some fabulous extras found on the What’s in the Bible website to use and incorporate with watching the DVD. There’s coloring sheets, family discussion guide to back up what was learned and covered on the DVD, printable invitations, ornaments, cards, and more to print out absolutely free!

I think this DVD is best suited for children age 4-10 years old and it’s really great for the whole family to enjoy together during this time of the year.We’ve been fan of this series for several years now and recommend this title as well as the others available highly.

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NCircle Entertainment Back-to-School Review & Giveaway!

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If  you are looking for some fun as well as educational media to back up as well as introduce certain learning concepts, you’ll want to check out NCircle entertainment! The following DVD’s are perfect for children age 2 to around 6 years old and range in numerous differences. There’s music and dancing, science, exploration, ABC’s, travel, and more!

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The Wiggles: Apples & Bananas – On this DVD, The Wiggles feature many nursery rhyme songs. My kids are 6 and nearly 4 but still love the Wiggles though the group is geared more toward the younger crowd. Most of the songs my kids knew already but still enjoyed seeing each sung and acted out. The DVD is 65 minutes long and there are 22 songs total on it. Special features include a photo gallery and a episode from the Wiggle! TV Series about washing your hands.

Our favorite songs on this collection are This Little Piggy Went to Market, Itsy Bitsy Spider, and This Old Man! Overall it’s a great collection of songs and kids can learn numbers, reasoning, problem solving, communication, and literacy skills in fun musical way!

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Octonauts: Deep Sea Mission – On this exciting DVD, join the Octonauts as they explore the hidden depths of the Midnight Zone! Peso must conquer his fears to treat a Vampire Squid! Dashi and Inkling go head to head with hungry Gulper Eels! Then, Barnacles, Kwazii and crew must rescue sea creatures before an underwater volcano erupts!”

My son and daughter ages 3 and 6 years old totally adore the Octonuats! My kids really like all the exploring, rescuing, and seeing their favorite characters doing their part in protecting all sorts of animals found in the sea! They make the dark somewhat unknown of the ocean a lot less scary for kids to learn about and that’s real winner. I love the take away due to the fact my kids will start spouting off random ocean creature facts throughout the day.

This DVD is 70 minutes long, you can easily sit and watch all the episodes or break it up and watch one at a time. There are a total of six episodes and a bonus feature teaching kids more about the marine life in six Creature Reports.

As a mom and home educator, I’m liking the educational value of this DVD quite a bit! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend not just this DVD but the entire series!

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Cat in the Hat: Show & Tell Sure is Swell! – My children ages 6 and 3 years old, girl and boy, like the Show & Tell Sure Is Well DVD! There’s a Spanish language option as well as English and runtime is 60 minutes.

I like that you can choose to play a couple of the adventures one day and save the others for later. We for the first time sat and watched the DVD with five episodes from start to finish and later discussed the seasons of the year, migration, growing up and changing, and how we see with our eyes! I know they are learning because my kids are always going around telling people facts they’ve learned!

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Animal Atlas: Animal ABC’s – This DVD is a bit beyond my nearly 4 year old and 6 1/2 year old. It definitely has a good educational value though. Children not only can learn their ABC’s but will learn facts and be able to recognize specific animals. There are recognizable songs played throughout with lyrics pertaining to ABC’s and about the animals as well as insects. The imagery and animal scenes are interesting and the video quality looks good.

After going through the alphabet, simple words are spelled out and taught. So children will learn simple spelling too! My kids did enjoy seeing the animals but I’m not sure how big the returning playability will be for my kids but imagine it would appeal to kids who are still learning the things specified. Runtime is 60 minutes.

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Sid the Science Kid: The Ruler of Thumb – Sid the Science Kid: The Ruler of Thumb – On this DVD, Sid teaches kids all about how to create charts, gather data, and much more in a fun and interested way. Not just scientific facts are learned about but the tools most scientist use as well such as rulers, magnify glasses!

There are four episodes which are The Sticker Chart, The Rolie Poliee, Enough with the Seashells, & The Whale Episode. DVD runtime is 115 minutes with additional bonus content. There’s a bonus music CD that has 9 songs from the series! My 3 1/2 year old son was very interested in watching this DVD and has asked to see it numerous times. He really liked the episode on charts and wants to make one for himself!


Want it? These NCircle DVDs can be purchased their website and  other retailers.

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My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks

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My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks is releasing to DVD tomorrow! Fans of the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic series are certainly going to be excited about this addition, I know we were! This movie is the sequel to My Little Pony: Equestria Girls and stands well enough alone but I would would recommend viewing the other first so as not miss out on any important details. I imagine fans would be a little confused in wondering how the ponies turned into teenagers and are residing at Canterlot High School. So please do see the other movie first to truly appreciate this one!

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The message of working together, being redeemed, forgiveness, and teamwork are very present and easy to grasp. The nemesis in the story are of a group of creatures that took the form of human girls that were banished from Equestria. They grew stronger in their dark magic by feeding off the negativity of others and were aimed to create as much as possible. After discovering this by Sunset Shimmer, Twilight Sparkle is called upon to find a solution to stop all chaos from happening! A battle of the band competition happens and the girls with their band the Rainbooms have to work together to stop the crisis befalling the whole school by The Dazzlings!product_detail_rainbowrocks

Movie runtime is 75 minutes and there’s a plenty of great bonus features! My 6 1/2 year old daughter said she really liked the story and that all the songs were great! I couldn’t agree more. All the characters we know and love provided us with their fun loving personalities and quirks! The story is about getting along and being a good friend. I really liked in how finding a solution provided a challenge but it all ended well with teamwork and endurance! I would recommend it to any My Little Pony fan!

Bonus Features:

  • Audio Commentary
  • 8 Prequel Shorts
  • 3 Sing-Alongs

Want it? My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks [Blu-ray/DVD/Digital]is  available for pre-order at Amazon.com, ShoutFactory.com, Target.com, and Walmart.com, and will be in stores everywhere October 28. Depending on where you purchase the film different accessories or money saving offers such as a music CD, bracelets, etc.

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Adventure Time: The Complete Fourth Season Review

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The two-disc DVD and single-disc Blu-ray release of Adventure Time was recently released! Fans both old and new have something to really be excited about with this collection! I’ve heard it said that this season has many fan favorite episodes! This collection features season 4 in its entirety of 26 episodes (286 minutes of goodness) and there’s a lot of great bonus content to be happy about too!

The special features such as the 19-minute Distant Bands: The Music of Adventure Time is truly something to be seen! I think it’s great to learn more about what how the songs were chosen and what elements they thought important to include. I love hearing from creative people on how the whole choice and selection process of what songs chosen was done.  The slipcase cover is neat featuring Marceline and changing from her hair up to down is fun and something collectors will find pretty awesome.

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My household really likes Adventure Time. My kids are ages almost 4 and 6 1/2 year old and really like the fun adventure and fantasy game like elements. It’s amusing, it’s clever, and though over the top at times all nestled together perfectly. Daring quests, unicorns, Gnomes, ogres, Candy kingdoms, penguins, and interesting worlds… what more could you ask for? We’ve recently been watching back season on Netflix to see what we’ve been missing out on and aiming to start collecting all the season for ourselves.

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I asked my husband about why he likes Adventure Time. Here’s what he had to say:

It’s hard to do off-the wall story-lines with what seems to be random elements, but Adventure Time has a cohesive world with recurring characters that bind everything together.
This prevents it from being a series of random events that don’t matter.

Relationships grow, change, and make a difference later in the series. The show is mostly an anthology show, and plots don’t tend to continue past the episode, but here and there something that happens in one episode will crop up again in a later one.

Most of all, the show is strange and funny, and strangely funny.

sandwiches adventure time season 4We’d totally recommend Cartoon Network: Adventure Time the Complete Fourth Season
to any fan or collector of the series. Though the episodes stand alone well enough I would recommend seeing these from the very beginning too!

This set would make a fabulous gift for anytime but a great choice for a fan during the Holiday season! The suggested retail price of either the Blu-Ray or DVD is $17.99 and $24.99.

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Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart {Giveaway & Review}

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Jack and The Cuckoo-Clock Heart kept me captivated from beginning to end. The visual style of the movie is truly fantastic and shows the emotions of the characters though visual whimsy. The look of the film is a bit of steam punk with lots of eye candy of interesting designed gadgets and background surroundings. The story we found to be finely crafted and felt that it flows smoothly over the course of the film. I didn’t realize it was going to be more on the musical side but felt it fit exceptionally feel. A lot of thoughts, feelings, and emotions definitely will be invoked upon viewing this such film of the heart.

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I would urge parents to take into consideration the pg rating. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend it for children under the age of 13. There’s nothing particularly awful as in gore or swearing. It’s not graphic. I just believe the maturity of those who may be viewing this film be taken into consideration. It’s about love and we all know that it can get messy with our heart sending feelings to our brain we sometimes just can’t make sense of.

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The bonus features on this DVD I enjoyed. Each of the characters in the movie are broken down and explained and there’s a segment on how the movie was adapted from book. It’s always nice to see the behind the scenes to truly appreciate all the hard work that went into making such a engaging film. All features are in French with English subtitles. The runtime of the movie is 89 minutes and it didn’t feel too long or too short. I would definitely recommend seeing it and if you’ve seen A Monster in Paris you’ll pleased to know the same producers are part of this one.

Interested in Purchasing? Jack And The Cuckoo-Clock Heart can be pre-ordered right now before it’s release date on October 7th, 2014 on both DVD & Blu-Ray.

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Room on the Broom DVD Giveaway

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The Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler adaption from storybook to animated film is done quite well. I admit honestly that I couldn’t expect anything less from the creators of The Gruffalo and the Gruffalo’s Child. This film such as the storybook itself drew both my children and I into every detail in way not most animated films can’t. The animation, the music, the choice of voice actors I can tell were well thought out and meticulously chosen. I couldn’t ask for a better retelling of such a story that I’m sure most families also bring out to reading during this time of the year. Bravo, I say.

If you know nothing of this story, you must rush out and see this film and also pick up the book! The written in rhyme story is of a friendly ginger haired witch and her amusing Tabby cat whom meets and invites different animals such as a dog, a frog, and a bird for a ride on her broom. Well, let’s just say the witch is a bit more inviting than her cat. It was quite interesting how she met each of the different animals. The characters are a pretty interesting bunch! While on this joyful ride in the sky trouble brews when a big red dragon decides that he’s in the mood for a tasty witch to feast upon. Don’t worry though parents, it all ends well and good. The leading up to ending is quite drawing and the little ones will be on the edge of their seat seeing how these friends decide upon making the dragon leave them be! It’s cute, clean from violence, or any sort of language. It’s a film you shouldn’t have any worries about!

The film time is about 45 minutes with an additional 15 minutes of bonus feature. I like the film isn’t too long, just long enough for a short family movie time followed by discussion if so chosen or an ideal choice for when a friend visits. The extras include an Artwork Gallery, Live Performance from Julia Donaldson, & A Behind the Scenes look at the creation of the film. I personally enjoy the behind the scenes quite a bit and am glad these were included on the DVD.

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Interested in Purchasing? ***This DVD is available for purchase now online & in-stores.*** I’d recommend checking out Room on The Broom on Amazon.com in either DVD or Blu-ray format.

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