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CURIOUS GEORGE: Royal Monkey Delights on DVD

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The iconic monkey is back for another adventure!

Coming to delightful DVD, Digital and streaming on Hulu from Imagine Entertainment and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is the iconic furry fellow we know as CURIOUS GEORGE: Royal Monkey.

George is one again having as much fun as possible with his friend in the yellow hat Ted. Spending his days being, well a monkey, he is tempted even more when he sees an advertisement for Castleland.

 

Ted tells George that he’d be happy to go to Castleland once he finishes a very important meeting. Taking George to the museum is where the mix up happens.

Also in town is Philippe, a very well mannered monkey belonging to a King. Daughter Princess Isabel is feeling excited that her coronation is being held at Castleland.

The King, along with Princess Isabel and Philippe, brings a precious artifact to share at the museum. After a mishap brings a mix up, George goes with the royal family and Philippe discovers a life outside being royal and a confused Ted.

It’s definitely a royal adventure like no other for George!

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has just added an amazing film to their library and making it available for us to all experience and re-experience in our own home theaters. There are film of every genre available from scary to drama to family films. For more of what they have to offer please visit http://www.uphe.com.

Curious George is a timeless character that was first introduced to the world of children’s literacy over 75 years ago. Created by Margret and H.A. Rey in 1941, Curious George remains one of the most beloved classics in children’s literature, television and film with more than 108 episodes of the Emmy award-winning animated series on PBS and over 80 million books in print worldwide in 26 languages. In addition, Curious George has provided the inspiration for a flourishing line of education and entertaining properties, an original live musical stage show, interactive games and toys, national touring museum exhibits and an interactive attraction at Universal Studios Japan theme park. Not bad for a little curious monkey!

CURIOUS GEORGE: Royal Monkey features four new songs that are so much fun to listen to. What makes this piece so much fun is watching it with my granddaughter who delighted in every moment which in turn delighted me!

This is quite an adventure for George as well as discovering that Philippe learning that there is more to life than being waited on. CURIOUS GEORGE: Royal Monkey is full of fun, life lessons, color and song. That’s what we have come to expect from everything George.

What strikes me even more is that the film teaches youngsters of all ages that we are not so different even if the geography is. George learns to appreciate his friendship with Ted and Philippe discovers that there is something to having fun after all.

The relationship between the King and Princess Isabella is also very precious and the changes they make are only for the funner and better. There is certainly nothing wrong with a little silly in royal life, just ask George.

In the end – Curious George is making a royal debut!

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RAMPAGE Lets Loose!

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Jeri Jacquin

In theatres this Friday from director Brad Peyton and New Line Cinema is a story about a man, his friend and saving a city from RAMPAGE.

Up in space, an explosion of an experimental station sends debris falling from the sky including canisters that the Chicago based Energyn company wants back. Claire (Malin Akerman) and Brett Wyden (Jake Lacy) are siblings who want to make sure no one else gets their hands on it.

Primatologist Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson) works with animals at a sanctuary and his best friend is an albino gorilla named George. Speaking to one another through sign language, they have a connection of friendship and humor.

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Later that night George finds the canister as it opens shooting a mist into his face. The next morning Davis and his team discover that George is not only acting peculiar but has grown in size. Wanting to know what has happened to his friend, Davis meets Dr. Kate Caldwell (Naomie Harris), a geneticist who tells him what has happened.

Showing up to take George is OGA-man Harvey Russell (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) who knows everything about Davis and Kate. Russell shares with them that George isn’t the only creature on the loose – there is another! The one thing the OGA doesn’t know is that the Wyden siblings have set off a signal calling to both creatures.

Now Davis, Kate and Russell are racing against time to save George before the military makes there move. Plus – there is one other large thing they need to take care of as well.

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Johnson as Davis comes on strong and keeps it going from beginning to end. Of course he is charming, funny and has one-liners that absolutely work giving his character a fun edge. That could be considered odd since he is fighting big creatures but hey, you have to enjoy it a little bit or why else save the world with your friend George.

Harris as Kate has her own bone to pick with the Wyden siblings and at the same time wants to help Davis understand what is happening. Knowing things are out of control means jumping right in or perhaps more like jumping right out of things falling all around them.

Morgan as Russell grabs his swagger and quickly learns to believe what he is told by Davis. During the screening, the moment Morgan came on the screen the audience went buck wild. Of course the word ‘oh wow, it’s Negan’ was heard loud and clear but this character is the opposite of the bat-toting psycho. Instead, Russell is in it to help Davis and Kate because missiles aren’t friendly and downtown Chicago doesn’t need anymore renovating than necessary.

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Akerman as Claire owns a company that obviously doesn’t care one wit about the human race. She also doesn’t care about ‘liquidating’ anyone that gets in her way. Cold and calculated doesn’t even begin to cover it and brother Brett played by Lacey is just along for the ride leaving sister Claire to do all the dirty work.

Other cast include Joe Manganiello as Burke, Marley Shelton as Dr. Atkins, P.J. Byrne as Nelson, Demetrius Grosse as Col. Blake, Jack Quaid as Connor, Breanne Hill as Amy and Will Yun Lee as Agent Park.

RAMPAGE is pretty much everything you’d think – it’s predictable, a bit hokey, unbelievable with the usual destruction of a major city (this time Chicago) and yet I didn’t care not one little bit. Instead I absolutely had a good time reveling in all those points because hey, it’s Dwayne Johnson and that’s all anyone needs to know.

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George is cute and very funny and actually makes a pretty awesome partner for Johnson. I mean if you are going to play opposite The Rock, you better bring some muscle of your own. If you are looking for the bigger picture of the film it’s that George and Davis know the true meaning of friendship and don’t mind kicking a little creature butt to prove it.

This is a big-tub-of-popcorn-share-with-the-family-no-brainer-fun-adventure-action film that the whole family can see. It’s nice to just let a movie be exactly what it is, a movie that gives us all a chance to forget where we are, cheer on the big guy (either one works) and walk away feeling like a good time was had by all.

In the end – big meets bigger!

PEPPA PIG: Sun Sea & Snow Seasonally Delights on DVD

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Jeri Jacquin

This week from Entertainment One and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is one of the most beloved animated families led by PEPPA PIG: Sun Sea & Snow!

Peppa Pig’s family, Daddy, Mommy and brother George, are going on vacation but they wake up the first morning with snow on the ground. That doesn’t stop the family from going on a sea side holiday singing the whole way. Even the beach is covered in snow and instead of sand castles Daddy Pig suggests they make snow castles!

Peppa Pig and family are now in the mountains and taking up skiing. Madame Gazelle is the ski teacher teaching the youngsters the joys of the smaller slopes. Mommy Pig decides to try skiing again but when the slopes take control, the gang goes after her and Madame Gazelle is impressed.

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The sun is out and the Pig family is going to the playground together but on their way a fog sets in. Daddy Pig says he knows the way home but the fog seems to have him discombobulated! But a chance encounter with a ladder gives everyone a new perspective.

Spending time at home, Peppa Pig and her brother George are dancing in the living room. Daddy Pig is vacuuming the hallway and Mommy Pig is working on her computer. Suddenly the electricity goes out in the house which means the family will have to find creative ways to entertain one another.

Other adventures include Peppa Pig at a sleep over at the Zebra’s house, entertaining her baby brother George with a story of her own and spending time with learning about the night with Grandpa Pig. Mummy Pig makes Peppa Pig a colorful box and it becomes filled with her secrets things.

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Peppa Pig and George learn how mirrors are funny but shiny things are even funnier! In school, Pedro has a cough and Dr. Brown Bear explains that sometimes coughs can be catchy. Peppa Pig and Suzy Sheep create a secret club doing secret things in secret. A rainy day brings out of the fun in the Pig family with a game of hide the duck

This is a family that knows how to have fun!

The character voices include Cecily Bloom as Peppa Pig, Richard Ridings as Daddy Pig, Morwenna Banks as Mommy Pig, Oliver & Alice May as George, David Graham as Grandpa Pig, Frances White as Granny Pig, Meg Hall as Suzy Sheep, Bethan Lindsay as Rebecca Rabbit and narrated by John Sparkes.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings award-winning global product and new entertainment to DVD, Bluray, and Digital HD. There amazing collection offers fans an opportunity to expand their own home libraries with the best films. To discover what other titles they have please visit www.fox.com.

Entertainment One continues to bring amazing home entertainment to fans with their own library of over 40,000 films and television titles and 45,000 music tracks. I mention those numbers because that is so impressive bringing something for everyone. For more of what they have to offer please visit http://entertainmentone.com/home.

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The DVD includes 12 fun-packed Peppasodes – Sun, Sea and Snow, Snowy Mountain, Foggy Day, The Powercut, The Sleepover, Bedtime Story, Night Animals, Secrets, Pedro’s Cough, The Secret Club, The Rainy Day Game and Mirrors.

It must be said that Peppa Pig and her family are entertaining, funny, and lovely with each other. The catchy introduction song is so simple yet memorable. The reason I know all of this to be true is because my two year old granddaughter can hum the tune as well as make the little pig snorts which is actually kind of cute.

The stories are very well narrated with the character voices that are so endearing. Cecily Bloom’s giggle as Peppa Pig is quite contagious! What I find fascinating is that they are short in duration which makes it very easy for children to follow and absorb. PEPPA PIG: Sun Sea & Snow is a Parent Tested Parent Approved” winner and deservedly so.

The themes that run through this cutely animated series are friendship, family, love, respect for grandparents (and elders in general), responsibility, and caring – I mean the list is really long and wonderful.

In the end – it is Peppa Pig and family on an adventure through life!

PEPPA PIG Takes us all on a Sunny Vacation!

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Jeri Jacquin

Arriving on DVD this week from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is the family that snorts together with PEPPA PIG SUNNY VACATION.

Peppa is a little pig who loves her family. Along with Daddy Pig, Mummy Pig and her little brother George, they begin their adventures in Italy. Peppa has a difficult time keeping track of Teddy because all she can think about is her fish Goldy at home with Peppa’s grandparents.

After their trip to Italy, Peppa and the family take several family trips to Potato City and a Dinosaur Park. Peppa learns that Daddy Pig knows a thing or two about basketball and is thrilled.

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Peppa’s grandparents celebrate their anniversary and gifts are hard to come by but Peppa is convinced that what she chooses is perfect. These are a few of Peppa’s adventures with her family making their vacation time fantastically special.

The DVD includes the episodes Flying on Holiday, The Holiday House, Holiday in the Sun, End of the Holiday, Potato City, The New House, Basketball, Mr. Fox’s Shop, Grampy Rabbit’s Dinosaur Park, Lost Keys, The Aquarium and The Sandpit.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is amazing to once again bring just what fans want for their home library. Continually bringing new entertainment content for everyone’s media library, their format includes DVD, Bluray, and Digital HD. To discover more of what they have to offer please visit www.foxconnect.com.

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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give PEPPA PIG SUNNY VACATION four tubs of popcorn out of five. This is exactly what I love about the creative storytelling through simple animation. The characters are adorable and the constant children giggling makes me laugh.

Peppa, her family and friends have so many lessons about life, differences, friendship (especially with a goldfish), fun, love, and silliness that extends to the adults as well. The stories are not long in the telling but the flow from one episode to the next is done very well.

I truly enjoy discovering children’s home entertainment that I can share. I honestly didn’t know much about Peppa and her family but after watching these episodes, it is clear that this adorable pig family is one that I want my own grandchildren to enjoy again and again.

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This is such an amazing DVD and I have to say that my granddaughter loved every minute of the color, the animals and the music. I imagine she will be singing the song in no time! Take time with your own family and enjoy the family of another kind.

In the end – it is a summer of fun with Peppa Pig!

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