Monday, February 22 2016 18:12

THE GOOD DINOSAUR? These are some Good Dinosaurs...

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Over the past few weeks, we've been having a contest. Unlike a giveaway, which requires no skill, this required entrants to go old-school and actually do something... more specifically, to make something. To celebrate the in-home release of Disney-Pixar's THE GOOD DINOSAUR, we held a make-your-own Recyclosaurus contest in which readers were challenged to make their own #GoodDino using recycled materials from around the home. Honestly, all of the entrants were good dinosaurs - each with their own distinct level of accuracy (or lack of - ours included) and charm. I had a real hard time choosing the Grand Prize winner and two runners-up, so I had to defer to my wife, The Rock Mother, if you will. If I could've awarded three Grand Prizes, all three of these would've got it. And the winners are...


Grand Prize Winner: Hailey and her son. Full disclosure, Hailey is a previous giveaway winner here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, but that had no bearing on the skill of this creation. With her Mario-loving son taking part, it's little wonder that this Recyclosaurus bears not only a resemblance to Arlo, but also to Yoshi. Here's what Hailey had to say about their Good Dino:

"This was a fun homeschooling craft for my son and I! Our Arlo is made from many materials we found around our home. We then paper-mâché'd him with paper towels to give him a dinosaur skin texture before we applied paint.

Materials used: Paper and tin foil for the body/tail/neck (paper mached with paper towels dipped in water/glue mixture), popsicle sticks for legs, soda bottle caps for feet, beads for eyes, foam for nose, nail art decals for back spots, and painted with tempura paint and green food coloring for shading."

Good Dinosaur

Runner-Up: Stephanie and her daughter. Stephanie added - "Brynn is OBSESSED with our homemade Arlo! We made him from a soda bottle, yogurt stick wrapper, toothpaste box, cup and clothes pins! She loves sharing her blueberries with him and Spot!"

Good Dinosaur

Runner-Up: Jennifer and her daughter. 

A HUGE thank you to everyone who entered. Thanks to the Walt Disney Company for sponsoring the prizes, and be sure to pick up THE GOOD DINOSAUR - available to own this week!

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting 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 an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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