Summertime is well underway, so if you need something to fill the spaces between the pool, summer camp, and building awesome forts outside, check out these kid-friendly titles……
First up is Bunnicula, the new animated series loosely based on the book (of the same name) many of us read and loved as kids by James and Deborah Howe. The story revolves about a vampiric bunny rabbit who instead of blood thirsts for vegetable juice, which gives him supernatural powers. In this (comedic) series, Bunnicula (voiced by Chris Kattan) teams up with his adoptive human Mina (a New Orleans teenager, voiced by Kari Wahlgren), Harold (her easy-go-lucky dog, voiced by Brian Kimmet), and Chester (her anxiety-ridden cat, voiced by Sean Astin) for otherworldly adventures with lots of laughs along the way. The series premiered in February of 2016 and is currently airing on Cartoon Network.
Bunnicula: Season One, Part One is out now from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment, which includes the first twenty episodes of the series across two DVDs. The set is now available on Amazon for $10.86 and you can get a taste of the show with the clip below.
Rating: Not Rated
Episode Runtime: 11 minutes
Next we have Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which pairs the rambunctious cartoon cat-and-mouse duo with beloved Roald Dahl icon Willy Wonka and other familiar characters. Based on a combination of Dahl’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the 1971 family film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory about a boy who wins a golden ticket to the factory tour of a lifetime, this musical animated film shows Tom and Jerry having their own adventures with Charlie, Arthur Slugworth, Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, and Mike Teevee in the wonderful “world of pure imagination.”
Coming out on July 11 from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment is the DVD of the film, which also includes bonus cartoons Here’s Looking A-Choo Kid/Superfied, Joy Riding Jokers/Cat Got Your Luggage/City Dump Chumps, No Biz Like Snow Biz, The Maltese Poodle, and Cast Away Tom. You can preorder the DVD on Amazon for $13.20 or you can purchase the film digitally right now on both Amazon and iTunes for $14.99. If you find your interest piqued, check out the film’s trailer below.
Rating: Not Rated
Film Run Time: 79 minutes
Third we have Caillou: Things That Go!. The preschool-targeted Caillou series which airs on PBS KIDS (produced by DHX Media) is about an ever-curious 4-year-old boy who is always on the search for new discoveries and fun, using his imagination to go on multiple adventures while taking the audience along as they make believe with him. The series was created in Canada in 1997 and was originally in French; a few reincarnations (complete with the introduction of an older and yet still bald Caillou) have led to the series as it stands today. Across the years the character of Caillou has been voiced by three different actors: Bryn McAuley from 1997 through 2000, then Jaclyn Linetsky in 2000 through 2003, followed by Annie Bovaird. The series also expanded into extensive merchandising outlets, including games, books, a mobile app, play sets (some of which are buildable), dolls, clothing, and more.
In this installment of the series, Caillou explores what it’s like to GO! on multiple vehicles, including a car, a boat, a plane, the subway, a rocket, a schoolboy, a bulldozer, and more. Caillou: Things That Go! includes thirteen episodes and is set to release on July 11 (you can pre-order the DVD on Amazon now for $8.99). To get a general idea of the Caillou series, check out the clip below.
Episode Runtime: 5 minutes