Win Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears on DVD!

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in Peoples Ears DVD

It’s Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears …and More African Folk Tales, hitting DVD from Scholastic Storybook Treasures. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:

Perfect for celebrating Black History Month and learning about stories from the African tradition, Scholastic Storybook Treasuresâ„¢ presents five stories on DVD, two of which have never before been released: “Not So Fast Songololo” and “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters” In the title tale “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears” — a Caldecott Medal winner and West African origin story from author Verna Ardema and illustrators Leo and Diane Dillon — a mosquito lies to a lizard, who puts sticks in his ears and ends up frightening another animal, which down a long line causes a panic. In the end, an owlet is killed and the owl is too sad to wake the sun until the animals hold court and find out who is responsible. The mosquito is eventually found out, but hides in order to escape punishment. So now, it constantly buzzes in people’s ears to find out if everyone is still angry at it. Other stories include “Hot Hippo” and “The Village of Round and Square Houses”, and the DVD includes Scholastic’s ever-popular read-along function.

The original stories have won the prestigious Caldecott Medal Award, the Horn Book Fanfare Award, and more. Combined, the original books have sold more than 150,000 copies. The Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVDs consistently win awards from the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Parents’ Choice, NAPPA and other organizations.


By | 2017-09-24T22:33:49+00:00 January 16th, 2012|Contests|1 Comment

A Conversation With Howard J. Ford, Co-Writer/Co-Director of “The Dead”

Howard J. Ford

The film in question is The Dead, co-written and co-directed by The Ford Brothers, Howard J. and Jon. We’ve mentioned it before. It’s one of the most intense zombie films I’ve seen in a while because it’s not set in some American or Britain or anywhere-else-an urban or even suburban setting. Nope, it’s set in Africa. An Africa of open country, very little in the way of shelter or resources, and desert. It’s hard enough to make it there normally. Throw zombies in the mix and holy shit, you’re having a bad day. But the Ford Brothers shot this thing on location in Burkina Faso and Ghana. So they had some bad days as well.

The film is pretty intense and has some of the scariest zombies I’ve seen in a long time. I highly recommend it for zed-fiends who want a new angle on the subgenre. The film is still rolling out across the country even now. Howard J. Ford was kind enough to chat with us on October 13th before a screening of the film in New York City. Please note: there’s very little in the way of spoilers here, because I hate that, but we do make mention of some things in the film. So if you’re a purist you might want to steer clear. But otherwise, enjoy.


By | 2017-09-24T22:35:56+00:00 October 27th, 2011|Interviews|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween V, Day 3: The Dead (2011)

The Dead

We’re used to seeing zombies in lots of settings. You know…rural America. Malls. Military bases. London. That sort of thing. We’ve had some worldwide flavor with stuff like World War Z. But if you want something new, then I would advise you to check out The Dead.

Why? Because it’s, in essence, a Romero film set (and shot) in Africa. Slow zombies…but not just slow zombies. Slow, shuffling zombies that are so quiet you can’t hear them coming. And they just keep on coming. You’ve got no food, no water, no shelter, nothing. Just them. Them, coming to gnaw on your ass to moment you shut your eyes. It’s…rather a harrowing cinematic experience. And you know you’ve got quality when some of the most nerve-racking shots are the ones in which nothing is actually happening. It’s the anticipation that’s all.

Here, check out the trailer…

By | 2017-09-24T22:37:08+00:00 October 2nd, 2011|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Win Madagascar: The Land Where Evolution Ran Wild on Blu-Ray!

Madagascar BBC Blu-Ray

It’s Madagascar from the BBC, narrated by David Attenborough. Don’t worry, he doesn’t sing “I Like to Move It, Move It.” Here’s what they have to say for themselves:

From the makers of the widely acclaimed natural history series, Life, comes a fascinating exploration of the mysterious island of Madagascar. Intimately filmed like never before, the series brings the weird, beautiful and distinctive qualities of this island to the screen for the first time. Lying just off the coast of Africa, Madagascar is a land of misty mountains, tropical rainforests and weird spiny desert scrub. It is here extraordinary wildlife has evolved in isolation to become bizarre and totally unique. Bonus features include Lemurs of Madagascar: A 40 minute special on the fascinating society of Madagascar’s most famous residents as they struggle for power and survival and Attenborough and the Giant Egg. In 1961, David Attenborough was handed a very special memento while filming in Madagascar: egg fragments belonging to the largest bird ever. Now, he returns to the island and asks whether it holds the clue to saving the country’s remaining wildlife.

You know we love Attenborough and we love BBC nature shows, so we’re happy as hell to have three copies of the Blu-Ray to give away. We’ve got three copies of the Blu-Ray to give away. Want to win one? Excellent. Here’s how that happens: you enter using the form below. Remember you can enter once a day. If we draw your name when the contest ends, you snag it! Good luck!

By | 2017-09-24T22:40:26+00:00 May 28th, 2011|Contests|2 Comments

Win Expedition Africa on Blu-Ray!

Expedition Africa Blu-Ray cover art

So yes, we’re giving away the DVD, but why not on Blu-Ray as well? Why not indeed. Remember Stanley and Livingstone? The latter lost in Africa, the former going to go look for him? The concept here is four people try to recreate the journey of Stanley using only the info that Stanley had to use. In other words, no GPS. How do you get a chance to win this? Enter using the form below–and enter once a day–and if we draw your name, you snag it. Good luck!

By | 2017-09-24T22:57:14+00:00 November 12th, 2009|Contests|4 Comments

Win Expedition Africa on DVD!

Expedition Africa DVD cover art

So what happens when four people decided to follow the trail of Stanley as he was trying to find the lost Livingstone? Especially if they’re just given what Stanley had to go on? That’s the subject of Expedition Africa, which has hit DVD from the History Channel. They’ve slapped us with a copy of the three-disc set that we can give away to one lucky person among you. How do you get a chance to win? Enter using the form below–and enter once a day–and if we draw your name, you snag it. Good luck!


By | 2017-09-24T22:57:39+00:00 November 6th, 2009|Contests|0 Comments

And We Thought We Needed to Get Some Sun…

White Giraffe

In a bit of news that made lazy cheetahs and lions everywhere rejoice, Charles Foley of the Wildlife Conservation Society has confirmed reports of a white giraffe in Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park.

“Despite intensive searching, I never saw the giraffe,” recalls Foley. “And by 1994, the sightings stopped coming in, so I assumed it had died, either at the hand of man or beast. I never stopped looking though.”

Twelve years later, Foley was rewarded for his search. While conducting an aerial survey of the park’s sub-population of elephants, a distant white reflection caught his eye. “I looked…blinked…looked again… and it was still there,” said Foley.

Found via Boing Boing.

By | 2017-09-24T23:54:27+00:00 September 17th, 2005|Stimuli|0 Comments