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THE SIMPSONS: The Nineteenth Season Going Strong on

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Jeri Jacquin
Coming to DVD from its 19th (yes I said 19th) season is one of the most hilarious animated series on television from creator Matt Groening and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment with THE SIMPSONS: The Nineteenth Season.
The Simpsons had a very humble beginning in 1987 as a short on the equally hilarious Fox series with Tracey Ullman Show. It jumped from a half hour Christmas special in 1989 and regularly on 1990. For those of us who hate age-math, just know that in those 19 years all the laugh lines we have are 95% caused by this animated family we have come to embrace as our own.
Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and baby Maggie along with Grampa Simpson introduced us to characters that most of us could pin point as someone in our own. Who could realize that 19 seasons later, these characters would still be with us and, more importantly, still going strong with no signs of stopping (which those of us who love to laugh truly appreciate!)
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The season begins with Homer being very upset that he isn’t rich after saving boss Burns from dying. It takes only one flight on a jet with an awesome dinner to feed his already insecure insecurities. Next, Homer becomes an opera singer after an accident but he can only do it lying down!
Louie is a tow-truck driver who becomes friends with Homer and gives him a tour of the tow-truck life. Maggie has become too attached to Marge so she thinks a school to learn independence might not have been the best idea. Marge decides to be friends with a guy in prison and it doesn’t turn out exactly how she planned.
Going into Halloween, the Simpsons do it up right with parodies of movies and their take E.T. GOES HOME with Bart finding alien Kodos, MR. & MRS. SMITH as Homer and Marge team up to assassinate Kent Brockman, and HECK HOUSE with Ned Flanders asking God for bad powers and the ability to teach about the seven deadly sins.
Homer is in deep do-do when not knowing the color of his wife’s eyes while Bart’s popularity is threatened when Millhouse takes over with a life without parents. Marge decides the world needs a gym for regular sized women and Homer’s insecurities lead him to a little knife work from the local plastic surgeon.
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Sideshow Bob still has it in for the family Simpson but it all goes a slide side-ways when Bart makes it impossible for Bob to get what he needs to survive. Of course this turns everyone against Bart. Homer is dealing with no memory and Marge, Bart, Maggie and Lisa seems to be missing along with his memory. Then Homer sets off election mayhem with a fast-food burndown, Ralph Wiggum being a joke and then it turns out not to be so funny after all.
Homer reminisces about being a musician big giving it up for Marge and all because he found her diploma. Valentine’s Day turns into a little bit of a ride down famous couple lane when Homer and Marge become Bonnie and Clyde, Lady and the Tramp along with Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. Bart has to rethink hid pranks when realizing that someone might be causing them all to go wrong.
Marge thinks Homer may be cheating so makes a call to a reality show to track him down and get answers. Lisa and Bart are fearing they may be sent to the big house for murder! Chazz Busby accepts Lisa into his ballet school and her dancing feet get better with a strange odor around.
Mayor Quimby is after anyone late on their taxes and sultry seductress Lurleen Lumpkin is back and Marge is not in a forgiving mood. When Bart’s 4-H Club friend Lou is being considered for hamburger, he tries to find a way to keep her – forever! Making a family film turns big time for Lisa as they all head to the Sundance film festival where her work is adored. Homer’s Mom Mona is back and informs her son she is done with protesting but her final act turns out to be more of a protest than ever.
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Finally, Lisa is Krusty the Clown’s newest replacement and Sideshow Mel tells that story. Bart and Homer have other fun plans deciding to be the ones to find the Kissing Lincolns penny.
Special guests include Steve Buscemi, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ted Nugent, Matt Dillon, Stephen Colbert, Maya Rudolph, Placido Domingo, Lionel Richie, Maurice LaMarche, Alan Moore, Jack Black, Dan Clowes, Kelsey Grammer, Keith Olbermann, David Hyde Pierce, John Mahoney, Jon Stewart, Dan Rather, Weird Al Yankovic, Kurt Loder, Terry Gross, Topher Grace, The Dixie Chicks, Beverly D’Angelo, Zooey Deschanel, John C. Reilly, Jim Jarmusch, Drew Carey, Lance Armstrong and Glenn Close.
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.
The DVD includes the Special Features of 4-Disc Set Containing The Complete Nineteenth Season With All 20 Episodes listed below, “A Plea for Santy” by Matt Groening, Special Language Feature, Thank You Audio Commentary on Every Single Episode with Writers, Actors and Directors.
Episodes include He Loves to Fly and He D’ohs, The Homer of Seville, Midnight Towboy, I Don’t Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Treehouse of Horror XVIII, Little Orphan Millie, Husbands and Knives, Funeral for a Friend, Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind, E Pluribus Wiggum, That ’90s Show, Love Springfieldian Style, The Debarted, Dian “N” for Nerder, Smoke on the Daughter, Papa Don’t Leech, Apocalypse Cow, Any Given Sundance, Mona Leaves-a, and All About Lisa.
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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.
Creator Groening has had an amazing career as a cartoonist, writer, producer, animator and, in many cases added his own voice to The Simpsons. His work has brought home a slew of awards including Primetime Emmy(s) Award(s) for Outstanding Animation as well as Outstanding Character Voice-Over, Outstanding Achievement in Animation, Outstanding Original Music, Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Cartoon and TV Show, People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Comedy and Favorite TV Family and Favorite Animated TV Show, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing, Teen Choice Award, TCA Award, TCA Heritage Award, Satellite Award, British Comedy Award, GLAAD Media Award and Peabody Award. Many of these awards have been won several times over.
That all being said and kudos by the way, The Simpsons have been in my home from the very beginning. It has affected our humor in a major way and brought us into the world of merchandising buy outs. My sons had to have Bart Simpson tee-shirts, what can I say. The show was constantly on in our house and anytime there was a marathon you could find this family front and center with snacks and pajamas at the ready.
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The amazing thing about The Simpsons is that we all feel like they are a part of us in a way that no other animated series ever has. We know them inside and out and still we tune in and laugh ourselves into a tizzy. We know Homer is just a walking disaster area, we know Marge is a saint in the way she deals with her family even if she makes a mistake a time or two, we know Lisa won’t ever let herself be put in a box with labels, and we know Maggie is never going to give us more than the smacking sound of her pacifier.
What we know even more is that Bart is always going to be Bart and in a way gives us all hope to be the best naughty versions of ourselves. He is the prankster we all strive to be and has given us over the years one liners that are still in use 19 seasons later. That’s something to be awesomely proud of.
Watching THE SIMPSONS: The Complete Nineteenth Season together with my family is a continual journey for our animated friends and this family is thrilled to be a part of seeing it again and again. It is equally pretty cool to have it now as part of our home entertainment library in the “frikken awesome animated stuff” section.
So prepare for the next season by bringing on the iconic 19th season with Homer, Marge, Lisa, Bart, Maggie and the rest of the Springvillians because their home is our home.
In the end – do’h!

ZOOTOPIA Brings Cuteness Home on Bluray!

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Jeri Jacquin

This week on Bluray from directors Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush and Walt Disney Pictures is the story of believing in the city of ZOOTOPIA.

Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a bunny who wants to break out of the bunny farm. Her dream has always been to become a law enforcement officer. Going to the academy, Judy becomes the first bunny officer and can’t wait to protect and serve. The problem immediately is Chief Bogo (Idris Elba) who decides that Judy would be better at meter maiding than solving crimes.

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The biggest crime in Zootopia is the disappearance of many of its citizens and people want action from Mayor Lionheart (JK Simmons). Judy wants to be part of it all so keeps her eyes and ears open. On her rounds she meets Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a fox who is living up to the reputation of being sly. When Judy realizes she’s been had by Nick she isn’t pleased.

That’s when Mrs. Otterton comes to the station imploring the Chief to help find her husband. In a bit of fast talking, Judy is given a few days to discover new information. The smart bunny turns to Nick who seems to know his way around town and the people in it. Judy also enlists the help of Assistant Mayor Bellwether (Jenny Slate) to track Mr. Otters last known whereabouts.

Judy and Nick become involved in a case that takes them to dangerous places but nothing will stop them from discovering who is responsible!

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Goodwin as Judy portrays a delightful bunny that has big dreams. Even with her parent’s supports, everyone is concerned that she might be jumping into something big. Of course they are right but Judy is a strong and independently minded bunny who doesn’t mind proving herself.

Bateman as Nick is an awesome choice. There are lines Nick delivers that could only have been done by Bateman. Nick is living the fox stereotype but learns that there are choices everyone makes – live how everyone expects or live to be the best of yourself.

Elba as Bogo underestimates his new bunny rookie and that is his first mistake. I like his characters grumpiness for some reason, its funny! I have to throw in a big giggle for LaMarche who plays Mr Big. The whole idea of his character is hilarious and I couldn’t stop laughing.

Simmons as Mayor Lionheart is under the gun to find the missing citizens. I love anything Simmons does so you won’t get a bad thing out of me. Slate as Bellwether is the assistant who doesn’t get much credit for her hard work, especially when the King of the beasts is your boss. She is excited that Judy is on the force!

Other cast include: Octavia Spencer as Mrs. Otterton, Alan Tudyk as Duke Weaselton, Tommy Chong as Yax, Raymond S. Persi as Flash, Maurice LaMarche as Mr. Big, and Shakira as Gazelle.

Disney has once again brought delightful characters and put them with amazing animation. I do have to say that the scene with Flash the Sloth is going to put adults into a huge giggle fit and might not make to many people happy at the DMV. It’s that kind of humor that brings parents to watch films with their kids.

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Keep your eye out for Mr. Big because I certainly couldn’t get enough of that scene. The adults loved the name Duke Weaselton and FROZEN fans will get the joke. Shakira as Gazelle doesn’t get a lot of screen time but she manages to end the film in her own musical way.

The story line has nice twists and turns and it was pretty cool. Disney brings together every animal you can think of and show how it is possible for everyone to live together. There is diversity in Zootopia and even when a few of the animals are called ‘predators’ and things go wrong, everyone comes together to set things right.

The Bluray, DVD and Digital HD have amazing bonus features such as Zoology: The Roundtables as Ginnifer Goodwin hosts an in-depth look at the movies characters, animation, environment and more; The Origin of an Animal Tale following the stories development from its beginning, through a big story shift that turned the film upside down!

Also included in the bonus features is Research: A True Life Adventure as the filmmakers travel the globe to find inspiration for the diverse characters and the amazing city of Zootopia; Z.P.D. Forensic Files and finding the films hidden Easter Eggs, Deleted Characters that didn’t make the cut, Deleted Scenes and so very much more!

ZOOTOPIA is truly another amazing Disney film that is destined to be a classic which means the home media library of fun has a new addition.

In the end – welcome to the urban jungle!

ZOOTOPIA Brings On the Cuteness!

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Jeri Jacquin

This Friday from directors Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush and Walt Disney Pictures is the story of believing in the city of ZOOTOPIA.

Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a bunny who wants to break out of the bunny farm. Her dream has always been to become a law enforcement officer. Going to the academy, Judy becomes the first bunny officer and can’t wait to protect and serve. The problem immediately is Chief Bogo (Idris Elba) who decides that Judy would be better at meter maiding than solving crimes.

The biggest crime in Zootopia is the disappearance of many of its citizens and people want action from Mayor Lionheart (JK Simmons). Judy wants to be part of it all so keeps her eyes and ears open. On her rounds she meets Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a fox who is living up to the reputation of being sly. When Judy realizes she’s been had by Nick she isn’t pleased.

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That’s when Mrs. Otterton comes to the station imploring the Chief to help find her husband. In a bit of fast talking, Judy is given a few days to discover new information. The smart bunny turns to Nick who seems to know his way around town and the people in it. Judy also enlists the help of Assistant Mayor Bellwether (Jenny Slate) to track Mr. Otters last known whereabouts.

Judy and Nick become involved in a case that takes them to dangerous places but nothing will stop them from discovering who is responsible!

Goodwin as Judy portrays a delightful bunny that has big dreams. Even with her parent’s supports, everyone is concerned that she might be jumping into something big. Of course they are right but Judy is a strong and independently minded bunny who doesn’t mind proving herself.

Bateman as Nick is an awesome choice. There are lines Nick delivers that could only have been done by Bateman. Nick is living the fox stereotype but learns that there are choices everyone makes – live how everyone expects or live to be the best of yourself.

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Elba as Bogo underestimates his new bunny rookie and that is his first mistake. I like his characters grumpiness for some reason, its funny! I have to throw in a big giggle for LaMarche who plays Mr Big. The whole idea of his character is hilarious and I couldn’t stop laughing.

Simmons as Mayor Lionheart is under the gun to find the missing citizens. I love anything Simmons does so you won’t get a bad thing out of me. Slate as Bellwether is the assistant who doesn’t get much credit for her hard work, especially when the King of the beasts is your boss. She is excited that Judy is on the force!

Other cast include: Octavia Spencer as Mrs. Otterton, Alan Tudyk as Duke Weaselton, Tommy Chong as Yax, Raymond S. Persi as Flash, Maurice LaMarche as Mr. Big, and Shakira as Gazelle.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give ZOOTOPIA three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. Disney has once again brought delightful characters and put them with amazing animation. I do have to say that the scene with Flash the Sloth is going to put adults into a huge giggle fit and might not make to many people happy at the DMV. It’s that kind of humor that brings parents to watch films with their kids.

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Keep your eye out for Mr. Big because I certainly couldn’t get enough of that scene. The adults loved the name Duke Weaselton and FROZEN fans will get the joke. Shakira as Gazelle doesn’t get a lot of screen time but she manages to end the film in her own musical way.

The storyline has nice twists and turns and it was pretty cool. Disney brings together every animal you can think of and show how it is possible for everyone to live together. There is diversity in Zootopia and even when a few of the animals are called ‘predators’ and things go wrong, everyone comes together to set things right.

In the end – welcome to the urban jungle!

The Gang is Back with TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS: Adventures in Time and Space

 

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Jeri Jacquin

On family fun DVD this week from SHOUT! Kids Factory and Hasbro Studios is the next installment of the Bots we all love with TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS: Adventures in Time and Space.

Now it’s time for Chase, Heatwave, Blades and Boulder to go further than they ever thought they would together. Once again Earth is being tested and they only way to save everyone is by travelling away through time and space.

Each character brings their care and concern over the fate of not only Earth but one another – that is why they are our heroes!

Hasbro Studios is an iconic brand with some of the best in animation and family programming with TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, and LITTLEST PET SHOP. Since its formation in 2009, Hasbro Studios has received seven Daytime Emmy’s!

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SHOUT! Factory brings the best to fans offering up feature films, classic television series, animation and specials. For more of what they have to offer go to www.shoutfactory.com.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS: Adventures in Time and Space four tubs of popcorn out of five. Once again Shout! Kids Factory and Hasbro Studios bring family entertainment to all of our home libraries.

Every adventure continues to bring home lessons of loyalty, friendship and selflessness as Chase and his Bot friends do what ever they must to protect Earth. That is what makes the Rescue Bot series one that I am thrilled my grandchildren love to watch.

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The animation is seriously cool which bring the storylines such richness. As a fan of almost all things animated, Shout! Kids Factory and Hasbro Studios get it right each and every time bringing the series home for families to enjoy together again and again.

The DVD includes the episodes: It’s A Bot Time, Unfinished Business, Switcheroo, Time After Time and The Last of Morocco. Executive produced by Jeff Kline, TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS features the vocal talents of LeVar Burton, Lacey Chabert, Steve Blum, Maurice LaMarche and legendary Peter Cullen who voices the iconic Optimus Prime.

In the end – they are bringing home a new adventure!

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