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THE ROCK FATHER: THE POP CULTURE MAGAZINE FOR FAMILIES THAT ROCK.

Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway - Win CHUGGINGTON: SNOW RESCUE on DVD!

 Holiday 2014Ludorum's CHUGGINGTON just kicked-off it's fourth season on Disney Junior, delighting kids with fun and colorful adventures, while reinforcing early social readiness skills. Now, just in-time for the Holiday season comes CHUGGINGTON: SNOW RESCUE (out December 9), a new DVD collection of episodes filled with wintery goodness, including the title special, which will debut on Disney Junior this Fall. While I'm recommending this as a perfect stocking stuffer in my 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, Anchor Bay and THE ROCK FATHER are teaming up to get one lucky reader a copy to call their own. Preview the DVD and enter below!

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Watch: RED YARN - "Rattlesnake" from THE DEEP WOODS

RED YARN's THE DEEP WOODS is one of my favorite family albums of this past year, and one that made it as an "Honorable Mention" and a "Top Debut" in the 2014 Fids & Kamily Music Awards, for which I served as a judge. Tasty Americana, RED YARN mixes folky goodness with something that I love very much... puppets. Now comes the music video for "Rattlesnake," a traditional American folk song that has been adapted by Andy Furgeson for the RED YARN album. In actuality, the video is part of a larger pilot episode being pitched for a RED YARN television series. Check it out below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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Watch: Documentary Trailer for R.E.M. by MTV Arrives...

On November 24, Rhino will release REMTV, a six-disc DVD collection culled from the vaults of MTV - an outlet that unintentionally became a major partner for R.E.M. throughout their career. As part of the set, Alexander Young has crafted a feature-length documentary, R.E.M. by MTV, the trailer for which was just released today. In addition to appearing on the box set, the doc will also debut simultaneously on Palladia and VH1 Classic on November 22. Check it out below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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Giveaway: Win a GiGGo Toys Little Vintage Indian Motorcycle in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness!

In honor of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the crew over at GiGGo Toys wants to help raise awareness and funds to help find a cure! That's why a portion of sales from the Little Vintage Indian Motorcycle in PINK will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. Little Indian? Oh yes, Indian Motorcycles is an iconic American brand, and the Little Vintage Indian Motorcycle takes it styling cues from the 1948 Indian Chief motorcycle, complete with skirted fenders and an exposed engine block. This sweet ride-on features stabilizer wheels to ensure safe forward and reverse travel, while working front and rear lights paired with awesome engine sounds make it just like the real thing. Recommended for ages 2-4 (weight limit: 55 lbs), this 6-volt beast has a top speed of 2 mph and also features a safety shutoff that prevents the battery from overcharging. So how would YOU like to win one? Along with my friends, Viva Veltoro and Thrifty Nifty Mommy, THE ROCK FATHER and GiGGo Toys getting one lucky family hooked-up with a Little Vintage Indian Motorcycle in the winner's choice of color!

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WATCH NOW: MARVEL Unleashes the OFFICIAL Teaser Trailer for AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

Now THIS is how you properly deal with a leak, folks. After someone snuck a relatively high-res bootleg copy of the AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON teaser trailer to the internet earlier today (it should've come out next week), MARVEL stepped up and gave their audience exactly what they want: A prompt, official release. Tweeting "Dammit, Hydra" in concession, get your first-look at 2015's epic-looking new entry into the MARVEL Cinematic Universe below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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Listen & Watch: SIA Updates an ANNIE Classic - "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile"

ANNIEThe 2014 reimagining of ANNIE is coming to theaters this December, and today we have a new taste of what a contemporary take on the soundtrack will sound like. The first single just hit iTunes, with Australian songstress SIA serving up her version of "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile." Now, I grew up on the 1982 film (my sister and I even had the action figures for it), and my oldest (5) just did her first theatre camp this past summer doing a version of ANNIE largely based on that version. While my nostalgia is there, this is definitely ANNIE for a new generation, and I think kids are gonna love it. In fact, my little Addie says "It's really great," after hearing the SIA version. Take a listen below and share your thoughts...

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Folgers Flavors: Four New Ways to #RemixYourCoffee

FolgersTHE ROCK FATHER has partnered with Folgers for the #RemixYourCoffee promotion.

It was just over a year ago that I first paid a visit to Orrville, Ohio to spend some time at the Corporate Headquarters of The J.M. Smucker Company. There I had a chance to visit and explore the Folgers coffee lab, an experience that led to an entry about some uncanny connections to my family history, specifically my Great Grandfather, who spent much of his life as a coffee taster. I love coffee - many different kinds of coffee (a habit I've spoken of frequently here on the site), and one of my favorites is the Folgers Black Silk - a bold, but super-smooth variety. While I often drink it black, the Folgers crew recently launched their first-ever collection of "coffee enhancers" with the release of Folgers Flavors. These small, squirtable bottles let you add a splash of flavor to your favorite brew, as little or as much as you'd like, in Mocha, Caramel, Vanilla or Hazelnut flavors.

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31 Days of Halloween - Killer Kickstarter: Tote-Ems Plush Toy Monsters

For today's entry into 31 Days of Halloween 2014, we have something different - something not intended to be today's entry. In fact, TOTE-EMS MONSTER PLUSH came from out of the shadows and onto my radar via one of the darkest, most sinister places on the internet: Kickstarter. Now, I don't cover a lot of crowdfunding projects anymore (please, read this before submitting), but once in a rare while, something strikes me... or in this case, sinks its fangs in like a vampire's bite. It's a project perfectly-launched in time for Halloween, and one with a ton of potential. Toy designer David Murphy (a 15-year pro who's worked on a ton of Disney licenses including a little property called FROZEN) has created over 100 characters for his Tote-ems line, complete with full backstories for each. These little creatures have stretchy arms, a snapping function, and are ready to go wherever kids are. Watch the video below and let David give you the full scoop...

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WWE Brings SLAM CITY to Nickelodeon's NickSports Block on Nicktoons...

WWESLAM CITY is getting bigger. WWE and Nickelodeon have announced that WWESlam City™ is coming to Nicktoons, making it's entrance tomorrow night (10/22) during the NickSports programming block from 9–11 p.m. (ET) on Nicktoons.  The 26-episode animated series has been featured here on THE ROCK FATHER before, and is comprised of two-minute shorts featuring WWE Superstars including John Cena, Randy Orton, Sheamus, The Miz, Rey Mysterio, Kane and Mark Henry in a new animated world. Check out a recent short featuring Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton below...

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Hot Wheels Race Rewards: Rock the Holidays with Hot Rides and Exclusives!

2014 Holiday Gift GuideTHE ROCK FATHER has partnered with Lunchbox and Mattel for this high-octane sponsored post...

It's no secret that we're big fans of HOT WHEELS here at Rock Father HQ. In fact, I've often thrown down some virtual ink about Mattel's iconic line of diecast vehicles and playsets over in the "Rides" section of site, and if you've seen my Instagram, you've seen new additions to our collection on a regular basis. Now comes HOT WHEELS RACE REWARDS exclusively at Walmart. Quite simply, you can earn cool rewards on the HOT WHEELS you're already buying for the little ones (or yourself) - rewards like the brand-new Exclusive MONSTER JAM MONSTER MUTT that you can only get through HOT WHEELS RACE REWARDS. Buy, scan and earn. HOT WHEELS 1:64 scale diecast vehicles are a perfect stocking stuffer!

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Ready to Rock the #BedTimeBattle? The Elo Pillow is a New Weapon in the Sleepytime Wars...

eloTHE ROCK FATHER™ has partnered with Life of Dad and elo™ for the #BedTimeBattle promotion.

Technology and kids. If you've been following my online ramblings long enough, you probably know that I'm hesitantly cautious whenever new tech comes along that in some way involves the little ones. I put my money on crushing the "App Toy" trend a couple years ago - those annoying items that required someone else's technology (like a quickly-outdated smartphone or tablet) to be inserted in it to run. Once the tech was obsolete, so was the toy. I was the mean Dad that bought a new crossover without screens in the back, and I absolutely despise seeing grownups instinctively shove "devices" into their kids hands like a micro-chipped pacifier (funny enough, we really didn't do actual pacifiers with our girls, either). I've actually had other people's children tug on my shirt asking to use my phone to "play a game." No. As an adult, I'm already too tethered to my gear, so I'd rather my kids not be. But, like most things, tech can be great in moderation, and there's some fine stuff out there that serves a real purpose if you're looking in the right place. Unexpected tech, like the elo™ Pillow.

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31 Days of Halloween: Life is Better in Costume - THE BATROCKFATHER Rises to Prove It...

The Rock Father is a 2014 BuyCostumes.com #OrangeTuesday Halloween Ambassador.

Some say that "Life is Better in Costume," and those who adhere to that mantra are, indeed, correct.  It's fun to play dress-up, and fostering imaginative play with my girls is something that I've spoken of often here on THE ROCK FATHER. But you don't have to be a kid to play dress-up, and the legions of cosplayers and casual fans that gear-up for comic-cons and special events year-round are a testament to that. And, so what if Halloween is still two weeks away? There's nothing that says a grown man can't hit the town dressed as Batman (just ask Ben Affleck, who's been roaming Detroit along with Henry Cavill shooting BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE), to the surprise, delight, and in some cases, confusion of those whom he may encounter. That's why this month, THE BATROCKFATHER BEGINS RISES.

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The Filmmakers behind ALADDIN and THE LITTLE MERMAID set sail with MOANA...

In late 2016, the filmmakers behind THE LITTLE MERMAID, ALADDIN and THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG will bring a new adventure to the screen with MOANA, "a sweeping, CG-animated comedy-adventure about a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors' quest." Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, “Moana is indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself,” declares Musker. “She's the kind of character we all root for."

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