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Pre-Order The New JoJo Siwa Monopoly

Written by 01 September, 2021

I'm not sure what the size of the market is for people who a) love JoJo Siwa and, b) love board games. But if you fall into that extremely specific demographic, you will be pleased to learn that you can now pre-order a JoJo Siwa-themed version of the classic board game "Monopoly."

And by JoJo Siwa-themed, I mean a game that replaces Community Chest cards with ones named "JoJo's Jukebox" and swaps Chance cards for "Siwa Surprises." There is custom Monopoly money and houses and hotels are renamed "Rhinestones" and "Charms." And then there is the Monopoly board artwork.

I'm definitely not the target audience for this, but if you are (or more likely, have kids that are), the game costs $39.99 and can be pre-ordered at this link. And no, I don't make any money for suggesting the game. This is just a lightly snarky public service.

You can check out images from the game below:

Last modified on Wednesday, 01 September 2021 21:19

First Look: 'Centaurworld'

Written by 14 June, 2021

Centaurworld follows a war horse who is transported from her embattled world to a strange land inhabited by silly, singing centaurs of all species, shapes, and sizes. Desperate to return home, she befriends a group of these magical creatures and embarks on a journey that will test her more than any battle she's ever faced before.

The series is created and executive produced by Megan Nicole Dong and co-executive produced by Dominic Bisignano

The main vocal cast is: Kimiko Glenn (Horse), Jessie Mueller (Rider), Megan Hilty (Wammawink), Parvesh Cheena (Zulius), Josh Radnor (Durpleton), Megan Nicole Dong (Glendale), Chris Diamantopoulos (Ched)

Centaurworld premieres Friday, July 30th, 2021 on Netflix.

Last modified on Monday, 14 June 2021 10:06

Dwayne Johnson Movie 'Jungle Cruise' To Get Disney+ Premium Access Hybrid Release

Written by 13 May, 2021

The new Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt movie Jungle Cruise is the latest Disney motion picture to receive a hybrid theatrical/Disney+ Premium Access release.

Johnson made the announcement on social media early Thursday morning, prior to Disney’s earnings call Thursday after the close of the stock market.

Jungle Cruise, inspired by the Disneyland ride, will open in cinemas and on Disney+ Premier Access, which charges a $29.99 charge on Disney+ subscribers.

The movie will becomes available at no extra cost to Disney+ subscribers several months after its theatrical premiere. 

Jungle Cruise is based on the Disneyland ride of the same name and in the film Johnson plays the wise-cracking captain of a ramshackle boat who agrees to carry Blunt’s British researcher Dr. Lily Houghton down the Amazon in search of an ancient tree with healing properties. t-The cast includes Edgar Ramírez and Jack Whitehall, with Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti.

The movie is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra directs, who also directs the upcoming Dwayne Johnson movie Black Adam scheduled for release in 2022. Michael Green and Glenn Ficarra, and John Requa co-wrote the screenplay from a story by John Norville and Josh Goldstein, and Glenn Ficarra and John Requa.

John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment produces with Johnson, Hiram Garcia and Dany Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions, and Beau Flynn of Flynn Picture Co. Scott Sheldon and Doug Merrifield are executive producers.

Last modified on Thursday, 13 May 2021 12:42

'Amphibia' Fans, Cast & Crew Unhappy Over Delay Of Season Two Finale

Written by 02 May, 2021

Fans of the Disney Channel series Amphibia have already had a difficult year.

They have a sneaking suspicion that Disney has lost faith in the animated series and fans approached the season two finale with more than a bit of dread. While the Disney Channel had announced it had greenlit a third season of the show just before the season two premiere, some of the comments from the network and from people associated with series made it sound as if there might be a bit of buyer's remorse associated with a third season. And even if season three does happen, it's likely to be the end of the show, according to series creator Matt Braly. So the cast and crew of the show had been organizing fan events and putting out their own art and promos in order to promote the event as much as possible ahead of the finale.

The season two finale had long been scheduled for Saturday, May 1st, but it was pulled at the last minute on Friday. The unofficial/official reason given by the network on social media was that it was due to a conflict with a planned "Halfway to Halloween" promotion. Based on comments from insiders, the episode was apparently pulled over a dispute about the final scene in the finale. There was some speculation about the finale being pushed to next weekend, but there was already a Big City Greens block scheduled. Disney hasn't announced a date for the finale, although two weeks out seems to be the best guess. A delay which breaks the momentum of the season and makes it even more likely the finale's ratings will be a disappointment.

If things weren't chaotic enough, Apple's iTunes seems to have not been told about the delay of the finale. So the episode was available for purchase on Sunday for a few hours. And given that it was the only place the episode was available, it has been copied and posted on scores of YouTube channels and fan web sites.

Fans of Amphibia as well as some of the show's cast have asked fans to ignore the posted videos & wait to respond about the episode until after it officially premieres. Social media is one of the commonly used metrics used by The Disney Channel when it assigns promotional support and marketing efforts. A weak season two finale could relegate a possible season three to being burned off by the network. 

If the history of these types of mistakes are any indication, their pleas for restraint will mostly be ignored. All of which will have a direct impact on the future of the show.

And it's too bad, because Amphibia is a sweet and clever series that deserves a much better fate that network afterthought.

Last modified on Sunday, 02 May 2021 16:49

'Pui Pui Molcar' Makes 'Cocomelon' Feel Like Shakespeare

Written by 03 April, 2021

Kids TV programming - particularly shows targeting the pre-K crowd - can feel more than a little insane to adult viewers. Dinosaur Train features a train which transports talking dinosaurs across time, but only in the periods in which dinosaurs existed. The star of Martha Speaks is a dog who is able to talk because she was eating alphabet soup and it accidentally went into her brain instead of her stomach. And don't even attempt to parse the backstory of The Backyardigans.

But even by the creative standards of preschool programming, Pui Pui Molear is a dizzying devil's brew of cute and creepy. It's nearly impossible to accurately describe the show if you're sober, so check out the video below and then go watch a few thankfully short episodes on Netflix.

Basically, Pui Pui Molcar is a Japanese-produced stop-action series that centers around a bunch of guinea pigs that have wheels instead of feet. They "drive" around like cars, but they're also sentient. A premise that offers up all sorts of unsettling scenes, like the one where one Molcar eats a bunch of garbage, then drives to a Molcar bathroom and poops the garbage (and its human driver) onto a strip of green grass. Oh yes, there are drivers inside the Molcars. They are human when they are inside, but when they exit the Molcar, they are suddenly toy soldier-like stick figures.

The short films have become a huge hit in Japan and for the record, the name "Molcar" is a mash-up of the word "molmot" (the Japanese word for guinea pig) and "car." But it's also important to note that the Molcar universe includes robot sharks and zombies. And that the episodes feature spoofs and creative nods to pop culture classics ranging from "Back To The Future" to "Indiana Jones."

Pui Pui Molcar is more than a bit over-the-top. But the episodes are cute, with bright colors and the goofball sounds that make it iirresistible to young kids. Although based on the number of Pui Pui Molcar memes I'm seeing on social media, the show might have a few fans over the age of 6.

Last modified on Saturday, 03 April 2021 14:17

Irish Animation Studio Gets Oscar Nod For Apple TV's 'Wolfwalkers'

Written by 24 March, 2021

A film made by Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon has been nominated for an Oscar at the upcoming Academy Awards.

The Kilkenny-based studio got the nod for Wolfwalkers in the best Animated Feature Film category – their fourth nomination in the classification in recent times and their fifth Oscar nomination in total.
The Apple Original film tells the story of Robyn, a young apprentice hunter, who comes to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last wolf pack. With much of the animation inspired by Celtic art, Wolfwalkers is considered a triumph of creative collaboration and Irish storytelling.
Written and directed by locals Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart, the animated gem was created in the medieval city of Kilkenny, where the story is also set and where Cartoon Saloon has begun hosting a new festival of visual storytelling called Kilkenny Animation.
Featuring cartoons, animation and illustration in a series of exhibitions, talks, performances, workshops and experiences that celebrate the creativity and craft of the visual image, the next festival is pencilled in for October 2021.
The Irish film will compete against OnwardOver the MoonA Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon and Soul at the 93rd Academy Awards, but with many thinking it a two-horse race between Wolfwalkers and Pixar’s Soul, this could be the Kilkenny studio’s best chance yet to finally land the coveted Oscar.

Last modified on Saturday, 27 March 2021 01:19

First Look: 'Arlo The Alligator Boy'

Written by 19 March, 2021

Upon learning that he is from New York City, Arlo, a wide-eyed boy who is half human and half alligator, decides to leave his sheltered life in the swamp and search for his long lost father. The animated musical movie, Arlo the Alligator Boy, will launch Arlo’s journey as he meets a group of misfits who quickly become his new family. Once Arlo’s adventure lands him in New York City, the series, I ❤️️Arlo, will kick off as he and his newfound crew set up shop in an abandoned seaside neighborhood and help bring it back to life.

Here is the rundown of the voice actors:
Mary Lambert
Jennifer Coolidge
Tony Hale
Haley Tjuz
Vincent Rodriguez III
Jonathan Van Ness
Annie Potts
Michael "Flea" Balzary
Michael Woodard

Arlo The Alligator Boy premieres Friday, April 16th, 2021 on Netflix.

Last modified on Friday, 19 March 2021 01:05

New On The PBS Kids Prime Video Channel: February 2021

Written by 28 January, 2021
Last modified on Thursday, 28 January 2021 03:53

Celebrate National Thank A Mail Carrier Day With 'Pikwik Pack'

Written by 27 January, 2021
Last modified on Thursday, 28 January 2021 11:44

First Look: 'On-Gaku: Our Sound'

Written by 04 December, 2020

Here is the official trailer for the GKids film On-Gaku: Our Sound which will premiere in select theaters on December 11th.

Here is the official logline of the film:

When you’re a bored teenager looking for thrills, sometimes the only thing you can turn to is rock ‘n roll. Having no skill, money, or even a full set of drums, a feared trio of high school delinquents nevertheless decide they are destined for musical glory in a quest to impress their only friend Aya, avoid a rival gang, and – most importantly – jam out. Animated almost entirely by director Kenji Iwaisawa, and featuring a lead performance by Japanese alt-rock legend Shintaro Sakamoto, ON-GAKU: OUR SOUND brings its own sound and vision to the Hiroyuki Ohashi manga from which it was adapted. With pitch-perfect deadpan humor, the film presents a highly original take on the beloved slacker comedy: a lo-fi buddy film with a blaring musical finale that will leave you wanting an immediate encore.

Last modified on Saturday, 05 December 2020 15:10