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Not long into the first act of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Moana, there’s a scene where the young Polynesian princess (voiced by Auli'i Cravalho) flat-out disobeys her father. As the leader of the island of Motunui, Chief Tui Waialiki (Temuera Morrison) maintains a firm, yet humble demeanor - looking after the care of his people, though nothing is more important to him than the well-being of his daughter.

It's another big year for the TRANSFORMERS franchise, with Transformers: The Last Knight heading to theaters this summer, and plenty of small-screen animated adventures yet to come. On the toy front, New York Toy Fair presented a host of new characters, but the reveals keep coming. At the Australian Toy Fair, Hasbro unleashed a first-look at their Transformers Generations Titans Return Misfire and Slugslinger, part of the Fall 2017 deluxe assortment. Take a look at the gallery below!

Monday, March 06 2017 22:34

Music Video: The Bunny The Bear - "I Am Free"

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I've been writing about The Bunny The Bear for ages - so long that some of the writings were lost on sites that pre-date this one, though my first mention of the band here as "The Rock Father" dates back to 2011. One thing that particularly resonates (and is always reinforced thanks to social media) is that TBTB frontman Matthew Tybor became a "Rock Father" himself at almost the same time that I did - his son and my oldest daughter being the same age. In those years there has been some personal struggle, and for Tybor, the situation has at points been more dire. Those life experiences have shaped the band's latest album, The Way We Rust, and the new single, "I Am Free," is a prime example. Check out the new video and some background below...

Monday, March 06 2017 21:29

Preview - Star Wars Rebels "Double Agent Droid"

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This Saturday, the crew of the Ghost have a new issue at hand when Chopper and AP-5 team up to infiltrate an Imperial station to steal needed codes. Thing is, an Imperial specialist turns the droids against the crew to cause chaos, and that's not good. Check out this preview of "Double Agent Droid," the next all-new episode of Star Wars Rebels, airing this SATURDAY, MARCH 11 (8:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD.

As spring approaches, it's not too early to be thinking ahead to late summer - the heart of BBQ season. As those backyard parties really start to get going, looming in the distance is a really big one - and it's turning the "backyard BBQ party" into a full-blown traveling comedy and music festival.  Jeff Foxworthy and Larry The Cable Guy have teamed up to create RFD-TV presents Jeff & Larry’s Backyard BBQ Festivalcoming to multiple cities this summer, promoted exclusively by Live Nation. 

What a month for award show screw-ups, right? Not a month prior to the massive mess that closed out this year's Academy Awards, a technical problem managed to botch what should've been (and to an extent, still was) an explosive performance by Metallica with Lady Gaga. While a fan tried fixing the audio using another live recording of "Moth Into Flame" to replace James Hetfield's missing vocals (since scrubbed from most of the internet), today we have the real deal, thanks to newly-released dress rehearsal footage. Yes, it's always awkward to hear the canned "crowd noise" that bookends these things - especially devoid of audience - but I think this performance is entertaining, and it sounds great when heard as it should've been during the 59th Annual Grammy Awards last month. Check this out...

When it comes to "unboxings," I usually don't post them if it's not myself or The Rock Daughters™ doing the unboxing and reviewing. Exceptions are to be made, and this is one of those - just because the toys in question are just pretty cool. Here we have the team from DC Collectibles doing an unboxing via Facebook Live of two new sets - the Batman: The Animated Series "Expressions Pack," and the DC Rebirth Justice League DC Icons 7-pack set. Check out the video below...

Nothing at all against Emily Blunt (she's lovely and married to Jim Halpert John Krasinski), but I thought I had Mary Poppins cast perfectly back in December of 2015. My choice: Star Wars' Daisy Ridley.  Alas, my choice was overruled by the powers that be, and Mary Poppins Returns has come to life under the direction of Rob Marshall with Blunt in the title role, alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Colin Firth and Meryl Streep. Today we've got the first photo of Ms. Blunt as Ms. Poppins. Take a look!

Star Wars Rebels is truly some fantastic storytelling, and a series that our whole family enjoys watching together each week. That said, I was excited when the news hit my inbox that production is underway on the fourth season of the acclaimed animated series from Lucasfilm. The fourth season is scheduled to premiere on Disney XD later this year continuing the thrilling and inspiring galactic adventures of the Ghost crew.

Growing up, the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was the big hook for me in terms of gaming, and a system that began a long history with the famed brand. From there, I had the Super Nintendo (SNES), Virtual Boy (first-day buyer, sadly), Game Boy Color, N64, GameCube and Wii. While we skipped the WiiU, The Rock Daughters™ have the 3DS XL and there's an NES Classic here in my office. With the latter two in mind, something I've mentioned before (most recently, here) really applies -  the trip I took with our oldest daughter last November to Nintendo's North American Headquarters in Redmond, Washington, has created another pair of lifelong fans. Addie spreads the Nintendo gospel daily, and little sister follows-suit. While we were able to see a short preview of the Nintendo Switch when we were visiting Nintendo HQ, we didn't get to go hands-on... something that changed recently as I headed into Chicago proper for a preview event ahead of the official launch. With the next chapter of Nintendo's legacy about to begin, here's some thoughts after experiencing the Nintendo Switch for myself. It should be noted that these are first impressions based on a few hours of play, as I have not received a review unit to thoroughly evaluate here at HQ

With the madness of the Oscars now fading, Jimmy Kimmel is back behind the desk, and tonight he played host to the debut of a brand-new trailer for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. You wanted more Baby Groot, and Marvel just delivered. Plus, this one gives us our first live-action look at a character revealed here on The Rock Father™ Magazine in action-figure form earlier this month... Kurt Russell as Star-Lord's dad, Ego!

It's been a long time coming, but today Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has unveiled a seminal new concept in luxury - one hand-crafted for one very special customer, St Richard's Hospital Pediatric Day Surgery Unit in the auto maker's home town of Chichester, West Sussex, England. The Rolls-Royce SRH will allow children awaiting surgery to drive themselves to the operating theatre, through the Pediatric Unit corridors which are lined with 'traffic signs'. The experience of 'self-drive to theatre' aims to reduce child patient stress. See video of the car and the team behind it...

First revealed at New York Toy Fair back in 2016, the collaboration between Funko and Playmobil was a bit of an unexpected one. Playmobil is one of my favorite toy lines of all-time, producing quality, German-designed toys since 1974. Funko is a more recent success story, the Washington-based maker of Pop! Vinyl ever-expanding their footprint into the pop culture world and beyond. For Funko x Playmobil, the two toymakers have partnered for a series of 6" collectible figures that are scaled more in-line with what Funko is known for, but with the iconic Playmobil look and feel. What makes these special is that they're the first-ever pop culture licenses to appear in Playmobil form, and while they're bigger than the norm, they also serve as a preview for Playmobil Ghostbusters, which launches in May of 2017. With the first wave of Funko x Playmobil officially released, my friends at Entertainment Earth sent over an assortment of figures for review here at Rock Father HQ, and one duo that I was really excited to see was Doctor Emmett Brown and Marty McFly from Back to the Future!

Netflix #StreamTeamOver the past year or so, something has changed in our household dynamic here at Rock Father HQ... video games have become a part of daily life. Now, there have always been games present in our house, but aside from LEGO Dimensions and the late Disney Infinity, they weren't really noticed by our girls, The Rock Daughters™.  Oddly enough, despite having some of the newer consoles, it was the classics that really planted the bug. A brief session with the Atari 2600 at a birthday party last year... an infatuation with Super Mario Bros... a curiosity for the dark world of Castlevania. Mirroring my own childhood, Nintendo has become a big deal, with the 3DS XL the platform of choice.  Then, after I took our oldest daughter on a surprise trip to Nintendo's North American Headquarters in Redmond, Washington last November on the launch day for the NES Classic, the world of classic gaming just exploded here, looking toward the past with an eye on the present and future. An interest not only in the games, but also their history and legacy in other facets of pop culture manifested itself, and there's no better place to feed that quest for knowledge and entertainment than Netflix. With the much-anticipated release of the Nintendo Switch upon us, along with the announcement of Castlevania as a Netflix Original Series, here's a look at some video game-based titles to stream right now!

It's not quite spring, and already I'm writing about fall. Not a huge stretch seeing as Halloween is my favorite holiday (followed by Christmas), and while we've got a full two seasons to go until the return of autumn colors and pumpkin spice, the folks at Papercutz just sent over a look at what's lurking ahead. New Tales from the Crypt, a Scrooge McDuck x Star Wars "Great Parody," a relaunch of Gumby and new volumes of Trolls and Barbie aside, there's werewolves, ghosts, dinosaurs and even a very modern spin on some classic monsters. Check it out...