Headsup: Kids’ Corner #2

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of the first title featured below. The opinions I share are my own.

 

Out now are three new titles to help your kids get in some laughter and adventure:

 
Elmo's Wonderful World DVDFirst we have Sesame Street: Elmo’s Wonderful World, where the beloved muppet takes his preschool audience on an exploration of sharing, counting, kindness, playing dress up, meeting bees, and more.  Along for the ride are Elmo’s friends Smartie, Mr. Noodle, and Mr. Noodle’s dog Schmoodle.  In addition to the thirteen new Elmo’s World episodes, bonus features on this one include two episodes of Sesame Street‘s new spin-off Furchester Hotel (a fun new show featuring Elmo and Cookie Monster as they try to help the well-meaning but less-than-competent Furchester-Fuzz family run an upscale hotel), along with three classic Elmo’s World Episodes (“Frogs,” “Violins,” and “Helping”).

Sesame Street: Elmo’s Wonderful World is out now from Warner Brothers on DVD, which includes over two hours of Elmo’s World episodes.  The DVD is now available on Amazon for $9.19 and you can get a taste of the show with the clip below.

Rating: Not Rated

Episode Runtime: 5-7 minutes
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By | 2017-09-24T22:24:19+00:00 August 15th, 2017|Animation, Headsup|0 Comments

Rogue One – Movie Review

Felicity Jones - Rogue One

If you are reading this, chances are high you are at least a casual fan of Star Wars. It comes with the territory. Let’s assume you’ve come here to find out how good Rogue One is without reading spoilers. I think I can be of help.

To summarize the story briefly: Agents of the Rebellion seek out Jyn Erso, daughter of the Death Star’s architect. They want to use her to gain access to information about that rumored, terrific weapon. When they find out that the Death Star is real, a group of soldiers tries to steal the blueprints to the space station in order to find a hidden vulnerability in the design. If this is not what you expected then…where have you been the last couple of years?

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By | 2017-09-24T22:24:41+00:00 December 15th, 2016|Reviews|1 Comment

32 Days of Halloween Goes To Hell Starts Here!

Earth vs. The Spider 1958

If history has taught us anything, it’s never fight a land war in Asia. If history has taught us a second thing, it’s that you can’t keep a good franchise down. Or a bad one. Either way, down is not something franchises can remain for long. So we’re back. And here’s where we draw our line in the crypt dust and declare Year Nine of 32 Days of Halloween to be open. I said if I could just get to October, everything would be fine, much like if Antaeus could get in contact with earth he was invulnerable. So I’m eating a candy bar I’ve just grabbed from a sibling’s trick or treat bag, I’m drinking a big cup of coffee (having thrown that pumpkin spice crap out the window) and I’m watching Sweeney Todd. No, the good one with Angela Lansbury. Yeah.

As we are wont to do, we begin with a cartoon. This time it’s Trick or Treat from 1952, in which Donald Duck needs to be taught a lesson about the holiday spirit by Witch Hazel and his three nephews.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:25:03+00:00 September 30th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Headsup: Incredibuilds from Insight Editions

Incredibuilds Box ArtOut now from Insight Editions is IncrediBuilds, a 3D do-it-yourself modeling line of popular characters, monuments, and animals. Certain kits (such as some of the sets featuring Marvel, Star Wars, and Disney characters) also include a book with fun facts, photos from films, and more.  IncrediBuilds sets are eco-friendly and made entirely of wood certified by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), an international organization that sets standards for responsible forest management to protect natural resources for future generations.

No glue or tools are required for assembly, and the laser-cut edges provide nice crisp lines on the finished product (do take care to not be in a big hurry or try to put too much force on the pieces when assembling the sets or there is a good chance they may break). Instructions in the sets have decorating tips as well–no paint or decoration is included, but this can actually be an asset to creativity because you can make your model have whatever colors, finish, etc. that you wish (if you’ve always wanted a psychedelic Captain America shield, this is your chance!) For an example of how a model comes together, check out this video of the Harry Potter: Golden Snitch construction.

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By | 2017-11-11T22:57:43+00:00 September 24th, 2016|Headsup|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #241: There’s No Kangaroo Figs in Risk

ABC After School Special

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck…finally back after DragonCon and other things that provide both money and medication. Please Note: this episode was recorded before DragonCon, so this might seem like it came through the TARDIS…but if that makes it make more sense to you, then yeah, sure, go for it. Think that.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:25:10+00:00 September 27th, 2015|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

Headsup: Catching Up With Animation

Elsa and Anna from Frozen: Disney Short Films Collection Blu-Ray

First up, we have the Walt Disney Short Films Collection on DVD and Blu-Ray. It has twelve animated shorts on it, ranging from 2000’s “John Henry” to the recent “Frozen Fever.” First, the good news. They’re Disney animated shorts. They’re that thing that, no matter how many times I go see a Disney film these days, I keep forgetting they’re preceded by one of these. So, thanks to my goldfish-esque memory, it’s a delightful surprise every time. Granted, your mileage may vary as to how these individual shorts play with you personally. The further good news is that these are the Blu-Ray debuts (as far as I can tell) for some of these, such as “Henry” and “Lorenzo.” And because they’re all recent animation, they look and sound fantastic in the hi-def format. The downside is that this has a number of repackaged shorts you probably own on previous releases, although if you’re a short-form animation enthusiast, then getting the debuts will probably offset that. There are never enough extras for me, but in this case, you get a short animation featurette and super-brief intros on all of the films. Commentary tracks would have been most welcome. The brilliantly wrong “Runaway Brain” was, I had thought, supposed to be included as a BD debut, but it’s instead a digital-only release.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:25:11+00:00 September 2nd, 2015|Headsup|0 Comments

Stuff You Need to Know: Disney Expected to Announce Animated Remakes of Live-Action Remakes of Animated Films

Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 2 Blu-Ray Collection

A lot of pop culture news happens. Some of it you don’t need to know. Some of it you only need the briefest bit of it. And pretty much all of it is not urgent. Welcome to an endeavor to save you time and sanity. Enjoy.

  • And here it is: the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 2 Collection. Well…not really, that’s not it…that’s just the image that’s posted on Amazon for the pre-orders. But it’s an Amazon exclusive, so if you want the films Iron Man 3 through Ant-Man plus a “bonus disc and more” now’s your chance. Speaking of which, Ant-Man is also available for pre-order. No release date for either one yet.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:25:24+00:00 July 23rd, 2015|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments