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James Zahn

James Zahn

About James: A work-from-home Dad with a pair of daughters (Released in 2009 and 2012) - James Zahn is THE ROCK FATHER™. 

Bringing over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry into the family realm, Zahn is an Illinois-based Entertainment Writer, Media Personality, Commentator, Adventurer and Raconteur. 

He is a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam, serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized brands, and consults for a number of toy manufacturers.

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as co-manager and video director for Napalm Records' PRODUCT OF HATE.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Blogcritics, Fangoria, Starlog, The River Cities' Reader. Slowfish, Oil, and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360, has been quoted in BusinessWire, CNN and Babble, in addition to making appearances on ABC News, WGN and more. In the past he served as a writer for  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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Disney•Pixar's FINDING DORY is the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2016 worldwide thus far, and with the long-awaited return to the undersea world first visited in 2003's FINDING NEMO comes a new assortment of toys and games. From Imperial Toy comes the FINDING DORY Bubble Blowin' Nemo, a simple, yet completely fun new bubble blower perfect for late summer adventure. Sent to us for review in the Toy Testing Facility at Rock Father HQ™ courtesy of The Toy Insider, this bubble blower includes a small bottle of Super Miracle Bubble Solution and a refillable tray for loading it up.

PJ MasksIt's time to be a hero! If your little ones are fans of PJ Masks (airing daily on Disney Junior here in the 'States), chances are you know that phrase well - kids by day, superheroes by night! For the past year, kids have been enjoying the adventures of Catboy, Owlette and Gekko, and this Fall they can really start to live the adventures in an all-new assortment of officially-licensed apparel and accessories that's just arrived in time for Back-to-School. Fashions for boys and girls, including hoodies, t-shirts, pajamas and more have arrived at Kohl's and Target, while backpacks and lunch kits are available at Amazon, Toys "R" Us and other retailers. 

Brooklyn's CANDIRIA are a band that more people should know about - something I've been saying for many years, going back to when I first heard their album 300 Percent Density while working for the late Sam Goody back in 2001. Fusing metal, hardcore, jazz, and hip-hop, Candiria is back with a new album, While They Were Sleeping, set for release by Metal Blade Records on October 7th. It was recorded at Spaceman Sound in Brooklyn by Tom Tierney and Alex Mead-Fox, and produced by Candiria. Check out the new single, "Mereya," and all of the new album details below...

Who knew that Emojis were gonna become such a thing? Personally, it took me years to even start using the little icons of emotional response in my digital messaging, but today they're a part of every day life, just as they tend to be for most of those who find themselves living as part of a connected world. They're everywhere we look at this point (we saw "Poop Hats" at the Lake County Fair this summer), and one of the most interesting aspects of their pop culture saturation is that they've taken hold without a tv show or movie (though one is coming) to support it - they're just already naturally in your pocket... living in your smartphone or mobile device. Kids have been giving the Emoji (which I figure is both singular and plural, a la "Jedi") personalities to back up what they already represent, but now things are getting even more detailed with Fun 2 Play Toys' new collection of EMOJIEZ - fleshed-out characters available across a variety of sub-lines. Sent to us for review in our Toy Testing Facility here at Rock Father HQ, Finley (already an Emoji enthusiast) and I took a look at a big assortment, plus did some blind bag action...

Back in June, I had a chance to get a very early look at Disney's QUEEN OF KATWE, having attended one of the first press screenings during a visit to Burbank. Based on the true story of Ugandan Chess champion Phiona Mutesi, the film is a worthy one - especially for families - in teaching kids that it is possible to achieve seeming impossible goals no matter where you come from. Disney and ESPN Films have issued some new previews and featurettes, all of which can be seen in the player below. Stay tuned, as I'll be sharing more on this one, along with a formal review prior to its big-screen opening, September 23, 2016. Get pre-sale tickets now via Fandango.

I'm not entirely sure where she'd even seen it, but last year, our oldest daughter, Addie, only had one wish for Santa: The Original Miracle Melting Snowman. It's actually pretty charming that for a girl that "has everything," she always ends up asking Santa for some relatively simple things come Christmastime. Now, it actually took me a little bit to figure out what she meant by "I want a melting snowman," but as always, Mr. Claus delivered - a 3" snowman that can "melt" before your very eyes. With my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide™ taking shape and soon to launch, I'm presenting the Melting Snowman as an early entry that's Rock Father-approved as a perfect stocking stuffer. Check out the hands-on time-lapse video below, straight from the Toy Testing Facility at Rock Father HQ!

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