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THE PEANUTS MOVIE (reviewed here) was one of our favorite movies of this past year, and after an early release on DigitalHD, it's coming home on Blu-ray and DVD on March 8th. With Easter fast-approaching, I can't help thinking that THE PEANUTS MOVIE would make a great Easter Basket Filler, and with that in mind, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and THE ROCK FATHER Magazine are giving readers a shot at winning the Walmart-Exclusive Limited-Edition Gift Set. The special bundle includes THE PEANUTS MOVIE on Blu-ray Combo Pack, alongside a Snoopy Plush Toy!

THE PEANUTS MOVIE was one of the highlights of 2015, in our household ranking in the Top Five of the year, right alongside STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS,  INSIDE OUT and JURASSIC WORLD. With the film coming home on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD  (pre-order) this March, families will no doubt be taking another look at some of the tie-in merchandise that started hitting retailers during the theatrical run. Among THE PEANUTS MOVIE toys that were released is a full line of PEANUTS Lite Brix by Cra-Z-Art, including the Flying Ace Snoopy set, which we received for review. This 89-piece building set includes mini figures of Charlie Brown, Snoopy & Woodstock, and allows kids to build a light-up replica of Snoopy's famous doghouse, complete with a miniature backyard setting.

With Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox's THE PEANUTS MOVIE currently in theaters and delighting audiences (read my review), generations new and old are thinking about Charlie Brown and the PEANUTS Gang. The PEANUTS are classic, and very soon many will agree that "Christmastime is Here" (well, almost). In getting into the spirit of the season, Concord Music Group and THE ROCK FATHER Magazine are presenting a Holiday Wish Guide Giveaway for the A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS 50th Anniversary GIft Pack. Available as a Walmart Exclusive this holiday season, this fantastic collection features the timeless music of The Vince Guaraldi Trio, with the A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS CD (with its original 1965 tracklist and cover art) and the PEANUTS PORTRAITS CD packaged alongside 4 double-sided postcards featuring PEANUTS characters, and reproduction of the 1965 children’s book A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS! Check out some music, and enter for your chance to win below!

Growing up a fan of Charles M. Schulz' beloved PEANUTS series, I've written at length about Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the whole PEANUTS Gang as it relates to being an grownup - my wife and I raising two young daughters of our own. When Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox announced THE PEANUTS MOVIE (which I first wrote about back in October of 2012), what concerned me wasn't that the PEANUTS would be presented in CGI (and in 3D!) for the very first time, but how the filmmakers would approach what would be 65 years of storied history - and if, in 2015, there would be an audience for it. While we've introduced the world of PEANUTS to our children, Charlie Brown and Co. just haven't seemed as prevalent with their little friends - not like it was when we were kids and everyone loved Snoopy. Keeping the PEANUTS tradition alive is what really appealed to me when I joined PEANUTS Worldwide as a Brand Ambassador earlier this year, but like most audiences and critics, I did not get a look at THE PEANUTS MOVIE until it had its premiere screenings this past Sunday. Seeing it with an audience - in a packed theater - was the perfect way to see if Director Steve Martino (HORTON HEARS A WHO!, ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT) had successfully translated the iconic characters into a new realm of filmmaking that would resonate with younger audiences.

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When it comes to the Holiday season, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS is one of the most iconic seasonal specials - one that's a tradition here at Rock Father HQ, just as it is for millions of families around the world. This year, the folks at Just Play are bringing some of that magic into the toy aisles with a Deluxe Set of PEANUTS Holiday Figures, arriving in stores this November, following the theatrical release of THE PEANUTS MOVIE. This eight-piece set features Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally, two versions of Snoopy (one that includes Woodstock!), a Christmas Tree and a Snowman. The PEANUTS Holiday Figures Deluxe Set is a featured pick in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine!

PEANUTS Brand AmbassadorIf I could worship at The Altar of The Great Pumpkin, I probably would... right alongside young Linus van Pelt. The story of Linus and his lonely night awaiting the arrival of The Great Pumpkin has been delighting generations in IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN, and for the PEANUTS' 65th Anniversary, there's a lot of ways to bring some of that magic to life in new ways this Halloween (and Harvest) season. From cool items from Oriental Trading to THE PEANUTS MOVIE events at real-life pumpkin patches, today's entry into my annual 31 Days of Halloween here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine is all about Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and Lucy, and the whole PEANUTS gang.

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