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Here's the Next Viral Hit: Disney Junior's "DJ Melodies" - SOFIA THE FIRST by John D. Boswell (Melodysheep)

John D. Boswell (aka melodysheep) has been featured here on THE ROCK FATHER four times in the past, all back in 2012 for his work doing remixes and mashups for PBS Digital Studios, namely massively viral hits based around READING RAINBOW, BOB ROSS, MISTER ROGERS NEIGHBORHOOD and JULIA CHILD. While he's remained plenty busy tackling everything from GAME OF THRONES to STAR WARS, ROBIN WILLIAMS, TERRY CREWS and even "Metal Songs for Kids," now he's back putting a new spin on some familiar television characters - those featured on Disney Junior. Tonight I'm sharing the first installment of "DJ Melodies," a new music video-style short-form series that premieres MONDAY, APRIL 6 on Disney Junior (6:25 p.m. and 6:55 p.m., ET/PT). Check out the infectious new mashup he's done for SOFIA THE FIRST...

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It's CHUGGINGTON Fire Patrol Rescue Day! Here's Fire Safety Tips for Kids from Firechugger Asher...

With today's release of Chuggington Fire Patrol Rescue on DVD (complete with a new TOMY Diecast Toy), the folks at Ludorum and Anchor Bay Entertainment have declared this to be Chuggington Fire Patrol Rescue Day, a prime opportunity to educate kids and remind families of the importance of fire safety and having a plan. In this new collection of Chuggington adventures, children are introduced to Asher, a "Firechugger" who brings a new element of excitement to Wilson and the gang. If my own adventure as a parent (nearly six years in already) has taught me anything, it's that kids love trains and firetrucks... and Fire Patrol Rescue puts those two together seamlessly.

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Preview: MUPPET MOMENTS are Coming to Disney Junior with Kermit, Fozzie, Gonzo and More...

On Friday, April 3, Disney Junior will debut MUPPET MOMENTS, a new short-form series of amusing conversations between Muppets and young kids about everyday topics including "apologies," "favorite foods" and "manners."   Kermit the Frog, Gonzo, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Pepe the King Prawn, Animal and other beloved Muppets will all star in the series, which will premiere on Disney Channel with four shorts on Friday (8:25 a.m., 8:55 a.m., 9:25 a.m. and 9:55 a.m., ET/PT), followed by a new short rolling out daily through Friday, May 8. Check out "Let's Eat" below, along with a hypothetical look at what would happen if the Muppets were to audition for other Disney Junior series' such as DOC McSTUFFINS, SOFIA THE FIRST, or JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES...

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Disney's Create TOMORROWLAND - XPRIZE Challenge presents a Big Opportunity for Kids 8-17...

On May 22, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures will release TOMORROWLAND, the much-anticipated new film starring George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson. To get kids involved in the spirit of invention and innovation, Walt Disney Studios, Disney Citizenship, and XPRIZE have announced a nationwide challenge for young innovators. Full details below...

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CURIOUS GEORGE Swings Into Spring... Again, with New Episodes on PBS KIDS

PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent)Starting this week, CURIOUS GEORGE Swings Into Spring... again, with encore presentations of the now-classic special, presented alongside all-new episodes of CURIOUS GEORGE premiering only on PBS KIDS. Building on the series’ curricular focus, the episodes integrate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts into George’s discoveries in intuitive and fun ways that kids will enjoy, as his new adventures take him to the Amazon, an exploration of Chinese New Year traditions and more. Details below...

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Toy Review: Hasbro's MARVEL Ultimate Spider-man Web Warriors Collection...

HasbroDisney XD's ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN: WEB WARRIORS features Peter Parker being joined by Spider-Man 2099, Iron-Spider, Miles Morales and more as Spidey spans generations for maximum heroic action. To help launch the excitement, Hasbro has issued an all-new toy collection based on the show, with multiple Spider-men available across an array of play patterns - including action figures, role play and vehicles. If you're subscribed to THE ROCK FATHER on YouTube, then you may have caught a brief unboxing video last month. If not, here it is below, along with some thoughts from The Rock Daughters and myself...

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