The last home video release of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in 2011 came complete with 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy. If your family has not obtained an updated release, this 25th anniversary edition of the animated feature offers more bonus features plus a peak at the all new live action telling of the fairy tale that has lived on for decades. The Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” new live action film will be released in theaters March of 2017. Read more
Here’s a very good animated film for the kiddies and even teens, especially gamers who have played the PlayStation video game from which the movie was taken. It’s called Ratchet & Clank and gets released on August 23, 2016 in several formats DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD. They have also bundled the three formats in a one purchase box for those that want to split the fun with youngsters. The story has a good theme about being a hero, but the sci-fi animated violence can get a bit testy for the very young. Read more
Very funny and creative The Secret Life of Pets puts together a raucous little ditty filled with some very cute characters. The story idea may not be original as it takes a premise much like that of Toy Story, but this animated film delivers a lot of twists for the more mature children. From the gang that gave us Despicable Me and Minions, the art style works here as does the similar sometimes dark comedy. Safe for most of the family, especially those that have matured, the movie spools out nicely for teens to twenties as well. Read more
Cute, fun and safe for all the youngsters from 3 up, Sofia the First: The Secret Library is now available of on DVD. One of the most popular Disney series for lasses and ladies, the animated adventures continue with four new episodes. The smooth animation is family friendly and has easy to use guides to all the adventures. Each adventure has a theme associated with a moral or a good deed like creating friendships for instance. Included in the DVD box is a Sofia the First necklace and a Disney movie Rewards code. Read more
Arriving this week to home video Zootopia should make a big splash. So far the best animated film this year and it’s perfect for everyone. The family friendly characters are cute and cuddly and you’d even give a big hug to the plushy pushy bad guys. Kids are sure to attempt to try and wear out the disc, but with summer already here, that’s a good thing. Read more
Here’s a cool option DVD for Halloween night, Under Wraps. Aimed at the youngsters between the ages of 6 and 10, the film is short enough to show after the gang returns from trick or treating. The animation, voice cast and story are fun elements and there’s just enough action and scary images to keep the target audience interested and laughing. Read more
A nice surprise for youngsters The Boxtrolls has ended the drought of animated family features for 2014. The sweet film takes youngsters on an adventure like never before. From a story based on the graphic novel “Here Be Monsters” by Alan Snow, the movie version can’t come at a better time on the eve of the month of trick or treat revelry (It’s an easy costume to make). Creative, bold, exciting and offering values that should leave lasting ideals, the movie tugs at the heartstrings while entertaining family audiences. Read more
One of the better children’s animated films coming out this year Thunder and the House of Magic opens this weekend in theaters. Family friendly the movie targets 5 through 10-year-olds, especially those who love animals. The film has able direction by Ben Stassen and Jeremie Degruson and features the big eyed animation of movies like How to Train Your Dragon. Fun for all, the movie tugs at the heartstrings and punctuates the need to love your pets.
If you have youngsters who are in their learning phase then you will want them to see Delhi Safari, a fun film that makes a lot of sense about our relationship to the animals on our planet. Told in story form, this cute film will intrigue, entertain and pass along a message that’s much needed in the world today. Now available on Blu-ray and DVD April 16, the animated film features a fine voice cast with very good direction. Read more
The long list of PIXAR films being released in 3D now includes Oscar winner UP a family favorite that touches the heart and tickles the funny bone. Released in a 5-Disc box set, the package includes a Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Discs (2), DVD and Digital Copy just in time for Holiday giving. If you already have a 3D set-up or have interest in upgrading to 3D then this would be a good time to get the whole package before it goes back into the Disney vault.
The story behind UP centers on Carl Fredricksen, an old geezer with his dog Dug, who has not left his house since his wife died. A former balloon salesman, Carl made a lot of children happy before he retired. Unfortunately the city has grown around his small house, he now sits in the middle of a metropolis between two multi-story apartment buildings and land developers have their sights set on getting the valuable land. Read more
Here are a couple of comical shorts that are guaranteed to be played over and again by your youngsters. Released in a 2 Disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack the animated miss-adventures Prep & Landing and Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice are two holiday videos filled with unique Christmas fun for the whole family. Whimsical and wacky the elf characters are the perfect medicine that should keep your elementary school children in high spirits. Read more
Whether you’ve ever heard of the video game “Fix-It Felix” or played it when you were young, Wreck It Ralph provides a fun time in this adventure for the whole family. Filled with action and comedy the animated film grabs you from the start and involves you in a tale of wonderment and hope. From sassy to sinister, clumsy to crusher the characters are likable and engaging.
Ralph (John C. Reilly) has been toiling in the game “Fix-It Felix” for years never getting the recognition he deserves for his part in entertaining youngsters. Each day as the machines get turned off and the owner of the video arcade leaves, the tenants of their tall apartment house in the video game go to the roof. Here they make a presentation to Felix (Jack McBrayer) the repairman while Ralph gets tossed off onto the ground. On this one occasion however, a private party is being held to celebrate 30 years of the game while uninvited Ralph wanders off to the pile of bricks he made from tearing down the building. Read more
The Walt Disney Studios have upped the production value of their classic animated movies to High Definition Blu-ray and are releasing them in combo packs. In some cases you get two titles for the price of one. If there was ever a time to build a video library for your children, this is it. Read more
Jumping to the top of the list of my 2012 comedy favorites is Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted opening today. The laughter filled animated adventure tops its two previous films with a very engaging story, excellent 3D and new fun characters. Don’t be hesitant to take your family to one of the brightest animated films to come out this year. See it in 3D for maximum enjoyment. Read more
There have been a lot of children’s series on the Disney Channel, but not quite like the comedy of Phineas and Ferb as they go from one adventure to the next. Seven episodes from their animated series featuring Perry the Platypus are now available on DVD. Called The Perry Files, this two-disc set provides a lot of fun for your elementary school age youngsters. Read more