PJ MASKSLast week, I was back in New York City for the unveiling of The Toy Insider's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - a collection of 2016's hottest toys, as chosen by the editors of The Toy Insider. What's different this year is that there's a "Rock Father Pick" in the mix - one that I've chosen as a newly-minted member of The Toy Insider Parent Panel. Of the nearly 200 toys featured this year, each member of the panel was tasked with choosing their "Top Pick" (see them all here), and for me the decision was an easy one: The PJ MASKS Headquarters Playset by Just Play. Hitting stores this Fall as part of a Toys "R" Us Exclusive collection of PJ MASKS toys, I'll be going in-depth on the Headquarters right here in the virtual pages of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine very soon, but for now here's a sneak-preview of the PJ MASKS line as the Holiday Shopping Season officially gets underway!

Monday, September 26 2016 08:00

Review: Disney's QUEEN OF KATWE

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A compelling family drama with the game of chess at its center, Disney’s QUEEN OF KATWE is this year’s “sports film” under their ESPN Films banner, eschewing physical sports for that of a psychological variety. Based on the true story of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi (played here by newcomer Madina Nalwanga) and her quest to become a Grandmaster with goals to rise above her poverty-level upbringings in the slums of Katwe, the strength of director Mira Nair’s film lies firmly in the cast of mostly unknown young actors that effortlessly inhabit the true-life characters that lived the story not-so-long-ago. The youngsters are backed by Academy Award-Winner Lupita Nyong’o (STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, 12 YEARS A SLAVE) and Emmy nominee David Oyelowo (STAR WARS REBELS, SELMA) as grownups with adversarial views of what might be best for the children, particularly Phiona in general.

Friday, September 23 2016 14:13

Disney's THE BFG Comes Home for the Holidays...

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As I predicted, Disney's THE BFG is coming home for the holidays. Disney and Amblin Entertainment, in association with Walden Media, made the announcement today that the fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg will be released on Dec. 6 on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand (pre-order). Check out my review of the theatrical release here, and get all the details on the in-home release below!

Tuesday, September 20 2016 13:53

Preview: Disney Publishing's MOANA Book Collection...

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On November 23, Walt Disney Animation Studios' 56th feature film, MOANA, will hit theaters, presenting a new tale of adventure set against a beautiful South Pacific backdrop. Today comes a look at just four of the many books inspired by the film that will be making their way to retailers over the next few weeks, a sampling sent to Rock Father HQ by my friends at Disney Publishing. This is a cross-section of titles that represents something for the entire family. Check out the details and recommended ages below!

Back in June, I shared news about some big expansions coming soon to the world of LEGO Dimensions. Now, when it comes to the toys-to-life category, LEGO Dimensions is a new thing for us here at Rock Father HQ (Warner Bros. Interactive just sent us a Starter Kit and some extras - more on that soon), but it's one I've been interested in since last year. While there's a wealth of pop culture goodness that comes together in the multiplatform game, what put it firmly into my realm was the announcement that a KNIGHT RIDER Fun Pack was on the way... KNIGHT RIDER, the greatest television series of all-time, and perhaps the most-mentioned series ever here at THE ROCK FATHER Magazine. Now we have the real details, along with sets from The LEGO Batman Movie. Check it out...

Zag's MIRACULOUS: TALES OF LADYBUG & CAT NOIR continues to build an audience through regular airings on Nickelodeon, and for those wishing to enjoy the heroic adventures at home, the folks at Shout! Factory have just issued their second volume of the animated hit on DVD. MIRACULOUS: TALES OF LADYBUG & CAT NOIR - SPOTS ON! is out now (get it from Shout! Factory or Amazon), bringing home another six-episodes from the first season. To celebrate the release, Shout! Kids and THE ROCK FATHER Magazine have teamed-up (superhero style, of course) to get three (3) lucky readers hooked-up with the new DVD. Plus, we've got some free printable masks so that you and yours can live out some MIRACULOUS fantasies...

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