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THE JUNGLE BUNCH Brings Fun and Family to DVD

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to DVD from writer/director David Alaux and SHOUT! Kids Factory is the story of family, friendship and protecting the home of THE JUNGLE BUNCH.

It is another day in the jungle or is it? Tony the sloth (Frantz Confiac), Natasha the tiger (Marie-Christine Darah), Goliath the rhino (Alain Dorval) and Ricky the porcupine (also called The Champs) are chasing Igor the koala (Richard Darbois) through the jungle. Igor is up to no good and attempting to ruin the jungle for all who live their.

When he succeeds all the animals must find their own way. Natasha finds herself the foster-mother of Maurice (Philippe Bozo), a young penguin who takes to jungle life. Her ward has plans of his own as he grows to create a new team that fights for justice.

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Mom Natasha isn’t too thrilled about Maurice’s goal but he sets out into the jungle to find others who want to be aprt of it. He brings his team including Junior the fish, Miguel the gorilla (Pascal Casanova), Gilbert the tarsier (Laurent Morteau) and Batricia the bat (Celine Montsarrat) and call themselves ‘The Jungle Bunch’.

Igor has been busy as well on his secluded island, he wants to get back and take on The Champs once again. When he discovers there is another justice fighting team in town he is equally thrilled. Especially when he learns Maurice is Natasha’s son.

The Jungle Bunch knows their new mission is to save the jungle and everything they love about their home. When Igor kidnaps Junior, it is Natasha that wants to put The Champs back together to save him. Feeling left out, Maurice realizes that he must do what ever it takes to rescue his family but with a little help from his friends.

Other characters include Emmanuel Curtil as Al the Toad, Paul Borne by Bob the Toad, Michel Mella as Fred the warthog, Jean-Philippe Puymartin as Snake, Barbara Tissier as Ping, and Alexis Tomassian as Pong.

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SHOUT! Factory has grown into a tremendous multi-platform media company. Releasing new animated features such as the exquisite Long Way North, and the epic fantasy Beauty And The Beast. Also their own original horror film, Fender Bender gives fans a good scare. For more of what SHOUT Factor has to offer please visit www.shoutfactory.com.

The characters are all delightful and, well, animated! This is a story about many things but mainly that differences don’t seem to matter one bit to these jungle creatures. They love who they love and that includes Natasha taking in Maurice and Maurice taking in Junior.

The story of Igor being cast out because of the harm he wants to cause is believable in that the other animals would ban together to put him in his place. There is also a generational issue that I found a great theme to talk about. Natasha protecting her son caused her to say things that she should have thought about more carefully. Taking to heart the words of his mother was tough and a lesson to parents – even parents who have grown children.

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It is a treasure when there is an animated film that actually brings family and community together like THE JUNGLE BUNCH. The actors truly bring the animals to life with their vocal performances. Oh don’t worry, there is plenty of fun to be had and my own family laughed a lot at the antics.

So gather up your own jungle herd with a big bowl of popcorn and enjoy a film that brings so much of everything we love animated films for!

In the end – things are getting wild!

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THE BOXCAR CHILDREN: Surprise Island Brings Animated Family Adventure to Bluray and DVD

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Jeri Jacquin

On Bluray & DVD this week from directors Dan Chuba and Mark Dippe along with Legacy Classics and SHOUT! Kids Factory comes a story of family and a summer like no other for THE BOXCAR CHILDREN: Surprise Island.

Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny are spending the summer on a private island that belongs to their grandfather. Every day they do something special together like make cabinets for their cabin and making lunches together. They also meet young Joe who is a mystery to many people on the island.

Out wandering they take to the beach and soon run the beach looking for clams and exploring. Chasing sandpipers they soon discover a platform in the water. Violet and Benny meet Joe who shows them amazing things about the ocean. Wanting to know more, Henry decides to create a museum from their exploration.

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Joe volunteers to help them learn by getting books from the library. They begin to create an amazing collection of items from the island and continue to explore even more about the island finding an unusual cave. They tell Joe who is as excited about what is inside.

When Grandfather returns, he sees that the children not only have made the cabin a home but turned the upstairs into a wonderful museum. A man named Mr. Browning arrives looking for a friend when the kids offer him something to eat.

And quickly the kids discover that their friend Joe has a surprise for everyone but what a joyous surprise it is!

The cast is voiced by Joey King as Jessie, Talitha Bateman as Violet, Griffin Gluck as Henry, Carter Sand as Benny, Gil Birmingham as Mr. Browning, Stephen Stanton as Captain Daniel, Dane DeHaan as Joe, J.K. Simmons as Dr. Moore, and Martin Sheen as James Alden.

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.

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Legacy Classics is dedicated to family entertainment and educational tools based on classic and award-winning children’s literature. The Boxcar Children, written by Gertrude Chandler Warner, has sold over 70 million books world-wide. Most do not know that there are over 150 books in the series that reaches over 1 million kids!

The DVD of THE BOXCAR CHILDREN: Surprise Island includes the Special Features of Interviews with Cast & Crew, Interview with the Composer, and Behind-The-Scenes Interview with the Sound Editing and Mixing Team. Also included is a Watch-Anywhere code that allows you to experience the film on your PC, Mac, iPhone, and iPod and a fantastic book mark showing the wonderful cover of THE BOXCAR CHILDREN: Surprise Island.

THE BOXCAR CHILDREN: Surprise Island is a beautiful film with a deep connection to a simpler life and a hunger for learning. These are kids who are very close and take care of each other. The story sweeps the viewer in quickly because the relationship between the siblings is one of mutual respect and love.

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The characters in the story gave me plenty of reason to giggle, smile and remember what it was like to spend summers on the beach with my own siblings. The animation is vivid and extraordinary to tell this touching story.

This film is absolutely a must have for the home film library and a story I want my own grandchildren to watch again and again. These are important stories to be told and they are made sweeter by a studio that takes such amazing care in the way a story is presented to those of us who love the books.

THE BOXCAR CHILDREN: Surprise Island has so much to teach us all about beauty, family, love and support along with believing in a few life surprises.

In the end – on a small island they find big adventure!

MY LITTLE PONY Friendship is Magic: Spring Into Friendship Brings Color and Fun on DVD

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to DVD from SHOUT! Kids Factory and Hasbro Studios is the next batch of adventures from our favorite hoofed friends with MY LITTLE PONY Friendship is Magic: Spring Into Friendship.

When Rainbow is invited to a party at Princess Celestia’s castle in The Ticket Master is becomes clear there is a dilemma. As much as she wants to go, so do all the other ponies and each one tries to do something special to show how much they want to go. Stressed out, Rainbow makes a decision that surprises them all showing how selfless one can truly be and rewarded just the same.

Rarity in Sisterhooves Social, her parents need to go out of town for a few days leaving sister Sweetie Bell in her care. Discovering that trying to keep a little sister occupied while keeping everything in order is a big job. Making Sweetie Bell feel unloved, Rarity learns that perhaps she may have been wrong about so many things.

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Just for Sidekicks has Spike taking care of Angel while Fluttershy works on celebration plans at the Crystal Empire. That gives him an idea that he can collect more jewels by babysitting the pets of the other Pony’s. His real plan is to pawn the pets off on the smaller Pony’s so he can get back to doing what he really wanted to be doing – baking a cake. Spike is in for more than he ever bargained for!

Princess Twilight Sparkle (Part 1) has Twilight learning how to be a princess in her first Summer Sun Celebration. What she doesn’t expect is a black vine coming after Princess Celestia! Even more surprising is that the sun and the moon are both sharing the sky. Twilight must return to Ponyville and get the Elements of Harmony along with her friends to try and find answers. Trusting Zecora puts Twilight in front of Princess Luna who isn’t quite right.

In Princess Twilight Sparkle (Part 2) Twilight discovers that Luna’s new look has come about by the potion. More importantly, she discovers that it all began with a visit to the Everfree Forest. Knowing that she and her friends must also go in the forest, they seek out the Tree of Harmony only to discover it also is covered in a strange vine. Of course there is one thing Twilight doesn’t know that someone back in Ponyville does. Will they all make it to the Summer Sun Celebration?

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

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.

MY LITTLE PONY Friendship is Magic: Spring into Friendship is a delightful look at the power of friendship, being loyal, the importance of family and the importance of giving ones word. Those are pretty wonderful lessons to see, especially when My Little Pony’s are the ones showing us all how.

The DVD includes the episodes of The Ticket Master, Sisterhooves Social, Just for Sidekicks, Princess Twilight Sparkle Part 1, and Princess Twilight Sparkle Part 2. There is the fun Bonus Feature of the Sing-Along and if that isn’t enough, how about the Spring into Fun with special Egg-Decorating stickers!

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MY LITTLE PONY has been a staple of programming in my family’s home for so many years that I’m thrilled it continues today with the grandkids. The storytelling is funny and colorful with so many elements of animation that are captivating.

These characters have become so iconic that you’d have to be from another universe not to recognize them. The best part of this franchise is that it is for everyone to enjoy. One of the best experiences is to sit with a young child and watch to see the wonder through their eyes.

I still do this with my own family because when you know something has made such an impression of goodness and fun – you definitely want to share it!

In the end – these Pony’s know how to spring into friendship!

 

MY LITTLE PONY Friendship is Magic with Holiday Hearts on DVD

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Jeri Jacquin

On DVD from SHOUT! Kids Factory and Hasbro Studios comes stories to begin the holiday season with MY LITTLE PONY Friendship is Magic – Holiday Hearts.

Staring with Applebuck Season it is apple harvest time and Applejack’s big brother McIntosh is hurt. Refusing the help of her friends, Applejack believes she can do it on her own. It doesn’t take long before she realizes that maybe she was wrong. All of her friends know that it is all too much and don’t hesitate to let her know they are there for the farm.

Winter Wrap Up has Twilight Sparkle wanting to be a part of the Ponyville fun when everyone prepares for spring and by not using magic. Struggling to be a part of the no-magic event, she worries about being able to truly help. Hearing the other leaders are having trouble keeping things straight, Twilight might have just found what she is non-magically good at.

In Castle Sweet Castle Twilight Sparkle doesn’t want to tell the others that she doesn’t feel at home at the castle. Wanting to help their friend, the others plan to redecorate but keep running into wanting to do it in their own style. Knowing Twilight misses the Golden Oak Library, the group comes on a plan to truly make the castle her home.

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During Hearth’s Warming in Hearthbreakers, Pinkie Pie wants to invite her friend Applejack to spend time with her family at Pie rock farm. Both families discover that the way we spend holidays and have traditions is different in every family. With the two families differences, the Apples leave but Applejack wants to make things right for the holidays.

A Hearth’s Warming Tail has Twilight reading to her friend Starlight the story of A Hearth’s Warming Tail as Snowfall Frost is a unicorn that doesn’t like anything good, including Hearth’s Warming. Coming up with a brew to get rid of the holiday she instead has to deal with three spirits to help her understand what the holidays truly means.

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Finally, in Not Asking for Trouble, Pinkie Pie is asked to be a part of the holiday in Yikslurbertfest. In this yak holiday, Pinkie and the yaks do the customary stomping ritual and it causes a disaster when snow covers the village! Trying to get Prince Rutherford to get help, he’d rather wait until the snow melts. Well, Pinkie Pie isn’t about to let that happen asking her friends to help get rid of the snow which garners the thanks of a Prince becoming an official honorary yak.

It’s just another holiday season for the Pony’s!

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.

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

MY LITTLE PONY Friendship is Magic – Holiday Hearts includes the episodes Applebuck Season, Winter Wrap Up, Castle Sweet Castle, Heartbreakers, A Hearth’s Warming Tail, Not Asking for Trouble along with the bonus feature of a Sing-Along for even more fun. Also included are Christmas present tags!

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I have to say that Applejack is one of my favorite pony’s but my granddaughter will tell you her favorite is Twilight Sparkle. That is what makes this series so amazing; everyone in the family can have their favorite and enjoy the series together.

The best part of this DVD is that each episode one again brings the most beautiful animation along with stories that are filled with holiday fun and friendship. MY LITTLE PONY Friendship is Magic – Holiday Hearts is a fantastic edition to anyone’s home entertainment library. It has to be there if you want fun, friendship and magic!

In the end – gather around for pony holiday tales!

MY LITTLE PONY Friendship is Magic: Fluttershy Floats onto DVD

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to DVD from SHOUT! Kids Factor and Hasbro Studios is the iconic and loveable MY LITTLE PONY Friendship is Magic: Fluttershy.

The gang is excited when they learn that the famous photographer Photo Finish has seen Rarity’s fashion work! Setting up a fashion photo shoot, Rarity asks Fluttershy to be her model. Not sure that it’s what she wants to do, Fluttershy agrees because her friend has asked. Immediately Photo Finish makes it clear that she isn’t interested in Rarity’s fashions but Fluttershy as a model. It makes Rarity sad when Fluttershy becomes instantly famous and doesn’t know her friend is sad too. The girls work together to be truthful with one another and put a stop to the madness that is straining their friendship.

Fluttershy visits her parent’s home and learns her little brother Zephyr is returning to live. Immediately he treats his parents badly and Fluttershy gets grumpy about the way he is acting. She tries to convince her parents to speak up and make Zephyr responsible for his own actions. They agree and when he leaves Fluttershy is shocked to go home and find her brother already moved in. Doing her best to show him what it takes to be a responsible pony; Zephyr does his best to mess things up. Fluttershy tries one last time to help her brother fight his fear and succeed.

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A game of Buckball excited Rainbow Dash and joining a team sounds like fun to the other ponies. Going up against the Appaloosa team, Apple Jack trains them to put together a good team. Surprised at what a natural Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy are at the game, Apple Jack needs more players exactly like them. Snails turns out to be an awesome surprise! The team learns more about each other and what it means to be a team and have good sportsmanship.

Apple Jack and Fluttershy are asked by Rainbow Dash to go to Las Pegasus. Twilight tells them they need to help the Princess of Friendship. They are met by Mr. Gladmane and shown around his impress place of business. Fluttershy finds Flim and Flam and immediately sees their friendship problem. Apple Jack refuses to help the two and seeks out others who may need help. When they learn Mr. Gladmane is up to no good, Fluttershy and Apple Jack team up with Flim and Flam to bring out the truth in Las Pegasus.

Finally, Fluttershy has to take bunny Angel to Dr. Fauna when he has a little accident. The doctor’s office is bursting at the seams with animals that need tending. No one seems to know where they are all coming from and they won’t leave once they’ve been treated. It doesn’t take long before Fluttershy realizes she might have given Dr. Fauna so much praise and spread the word. The animals came and are feeling safe in her care. Fluttershy realizes that her dream is to open an animal sanctuary. All the ponies know someone who can help that dream come true.

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

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.

The DVD includes the episodes Green Isn’t Your Color, Flutter Brutter, Buckball Season, Viva Las Pegasus and Fluttershy Leans In. Also included is the Bonus Feature of a Sing-Along and trust me it is catchy and fun!

What else can possibly be said about these iconic ponies that hasn’t been said before? My family has been watching MY LITTLE PONY since my own girls were children (now are grown adults). The best part is watching my daughter’s daughter watch MY LITTLE PONY and play with the iconic toys. That is how amazing this show is and continues to be.

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With ever changing story lines, the MY LITTLE PONY universe grows, expands and we continue to embrace them. That is an accomplishment beyond any stretch of the imagination. To bring beloved characters further and further into our homes with love, family, color, light, and lessons – that is what quality family programming should be.

Get ready to go on Fluttershy’s adventure with MY LITTLE PONY Friendship is Magic: Fluttershy on DVD.

In the end – in the words of Fluttershy ‘sometimes you have to do things even though you might fail’!

 

 

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MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS Magical Movie Night on DVD

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming soon to DVD from SHOUT! Kids Factory and Hasbro Studios is more fun with the beloved MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS Magical Movie Night.

The girls come together to have a car wash to raise money to make repairs to Camp Everfree. Twilight has to break the news that they haven’t raised enough and another plan needs to be made. That’s when Rarity tells the girls she has the ultimate plan to raise the funds they need by entering a dance contest with a cash prize.

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When A.K. Yearling invites the Equestria Girls to the set of the Daring Do movie, the girls are totally thrilled. Rainbow Dash is just taken with the set and the props and when she meets Yearling’s niece Juniper, they get to visit more than just the movie set. She also gets to see Chestnut Magnifico’s diva behavior! A prop goes missing and Rainbow Dash feels a mystery that needs solving coming on!

Going through the magic mirror to Equestria, Sunset is back to her four-legged self meeting up with Starlight Glimmer. Wanting to visit Sunset’s world, Starlight Glimmer has the chance to see how the other half lives on two legs. At the theater for the premier, Juniper is still angry with the girls and with one wish the girls are gone. Keeping an eye on Juniper, Starlight Glimmer knows she must get the mirror to save her friends!

Once again SHOUT! Kids Factory and Hasbro Studios brings some real home entertainment for families. My granddaughter is a huge fan of the My Little Pony series and I remember her mother watching it as well when she was a little girl. That’s what’s amazing about this series; it has become generational and has crossed gender and racial lines. What other series can say that!

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Rainbow Dash is always ready for a challenge, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, and Fluttershy always do what’s best for their friends. Rarity, Sunset Shimmer, and Twilight Sparkle are always at the ready with a plan – it’s whether it works is the fun filled question.

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

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.

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MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS Magical Movie Night is colorful animation with characters that each has their own distinct personalities. They are funny, delightful, emotional, caring and admit to making crazy mistakes. That is important to families that want quality programming for their kids that also teach valuable lessons about friendship, responsibility and a chance to make things right.

Dance Magic, Movie Magic and Mirror Magic are the episodes on the DVD along with the Bonus Feature of the fun and memorable Sing-Along.

In the end – they always find a way to have a magical time!

MY LITTLE PONY – FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: Twilight and Starlight on DVD

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to DVD from SHOUT! Kids Factory and Hasbro Studios is another installment of our favorite galloping friends with MY LITTLE PONY – FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: Twilight and Starlight.

Trying to make friends in Ponyville is harder than Starlit thought and thinking she has met a new friend Twilight knows her as Trixie. Not wanting to tell Starlight who to be friends with, Twilight agrees to let her figure things out for herself.

Their friendship gets exciting when Starlight wants to be part of Trixie’s magic show. The excitement is short lived when Starlight realizes she has to do something with her Twilight which puts a strain on the important dinner with Princess Celestria.

That’s when Twilight realizes that she can not choose Starlight’s friends and clears the way for Trixie and the magic show.

Starlight gets a letter from the pony’s of her village and she freaks out when its an invitation to the Sunset Festival. When a nighttime visit from Princess Luna happens, she isn’t sure everyone at home knows how much she has changed. Taking Trixie along, Starlight hopes it will help make things easier and less stressful.

It doesn’t help and something sinister has happened but Starlight and Trixie realize things aren’t quite right. Once they realize that Chrysalis and Changelings are responsible for all of this, they need to reach the Crystal Empire and with the help of Thorax and Discord they just might be able to do it.

Knowing that Chrysalis’ throne is carved out of ancient materials that soak up the powers of the pony’s, they hope to stop the terrible take over. With no magic, the pony’s have to rely on smarts and creativity to put everything right.

Starlight is thrilled that the gang are getting medals for their bravery in saving Equestria. Twilight, Pinky Pie and the gang are preparing for the celebration with their usual flair. One surprise that Twilight isn’t happy about is that she might have to send Starlight on her way.

Thinking that perhaps sending her to the Changeling hive, Starlight could really help them adjust to their new lives. Not sure that is right she envisions her in the Crystal Palace continuing her magical studies. Someone special finally helps her make a decision based on what’s best for them all.

Trixie gets frustrated when her magic doesn’t exactly work the way she’d like for her magic act. Twilight and the girls are on a Friendship Retreat leaving Trixie and Starlight keeping an eye on the palace. Passing the time they work on spells together as Trixie wants to do everything big which also means being patience, especially when an important map goes missing. Starlight knows she has to find it before Twilight returns.

The problem is that Starlight being upset means she has to put her anger in jars or else it will transfer in Equestria. When one of the jars breaks, some of the residence get a little upset with Trixie.

Starlight could use a little Twilight right about now!

SHOUT! Factory has grown into a tremendous multi-platform media company. Releasing new animated features such as the exquisite Long Way North, and the epic fantasy Beauty And The Beast. Also their own original horror film, Fender Bender gives fans a good scare. For more of what SHOUT Factor has to offer please visit www.shoutfactory.com.

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

Once again MY LITTLE PONY – FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: Twilight and Starlit brings fantastical storytelling and fun animation for kids (of all ages).

The DVD includes the episodes No Second Prances, To Where and Back Again Part 1 & 2, Celestial Advice and All Bottled Up. It also includes the Bonus Feature of a Sing-Along that is always fun and gets the toes tapping! Also included in the sparkly DVD cover is that inside is a BFF Pony Magnet Picture France suitable for your own bestie.

MY LITTLE PONY continues to bring stories, friendship, laughter and, most importantly, love mixed with amazing adventures. There is so much fun in each episode and the animation is bright and just as much fun.

It’s time to bring your family together and be part of the magical adventures from the most loveable creatures of all.

In the end – it is love through friendship!

MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: Exploring the Crystal Empire for Families on DVD

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Jeri Jacquin

The beloved Pony’s are back on February 7th with SHOUT! Kids Factor and Hasbro Studios release on DVD of MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: Exploring the Crystal Empire.

Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Rarity, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie and Spike are ready to discover the Crystal Empire. Princess Twilight Sparkle takes her friends to the arctic kingdom with adventures to follow.

Starlight Glimmer isn’t happy with Twilight Sparkle and changes Star Swirl and using time travel back the race getting the cutie marks. Thinking they had stopped the change from happening, Twilight and Spike return to Equestria only to find that King Sombra is dealing with troubles. Star Swirl continues to cause problems but Twilight and Spike know how to make it stop.

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The problem is it causes them to be stuck in a loop that is making things worse for Equestria. Their last hope is to show Starlight what she is doing to Equestria. Surprisingly, Twilight and Spike learn what is causing Starlights pain and they all learn a valuable lesson about friendship.

Now Twilight Sparkle excited to attend the Crystalling for Princess Cadance’s new arrival at the Crystal Empire. Starlight is uneasy because she doesn’t want anyone to know of the problems she has caused. Seeing Sunburst she isn’t sure how their friendship has changed. Twilight discovers that the Princess’ baby has magic that might hurt the Empire if not controlled.

The Crystal Heart protects their land and when the foal accidentally shatters it, Twilight and friends must discover how to fix it. Starlight turns to her friendship with Sunburst and together they make the Empire safe again.

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When Twilight and friends visit the Crystal Empire once again, they meet the Thorax who faces unfair views by others. Spike decides to give the Thorax a make-over and introduces him to the Princess’ foal now named Flurry Heart and the baby adores the re-named Crystal Hoof.

When Crystal Hoofs secret is discovered, the opportunity to discover what the true meaning of friendship is for all the ponies.

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

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.

MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: Exploring the Crystal Empire DVD contains the episodes The Cutie Re-mark Part 1, The Cutie Re-mark Part2, The Crystalling Part 1, The Crystalling Part 2 and The Times They Are A Changeling. Also special is the added Sing-A-Long which my granddaughter loves!

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The ponies are so iconic that it has become generational. I remember watching my own kids (yes boys and girls) watching the series and now my granddaughter is captivated by each and every one of the ponies.

There are songs to be sung and lessons to be learned from these amazing ponies and it is done is a colorful and fun way. The stories continue to teach and its seeing them over again is worth every moment.

From colorful ponies on adventures to gentle teachings about friendship and how to treat one another, MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC is a must-have in the family home entertainment library.

In the end – it is time to explore the Crystal Empire with magical adventures!

MIRACULOUS: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir – Be Miraculous on DVD

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to DVD from Shout! Kids Factory is the next installment of the hit series that has captivated kids of all ages with MIRACULOUS: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir – Be Miraculous.

Marinette has just started school in Paris and what she doesn’t know is that a little butterfly kwami named Nooroo is about to change her life! Hawk Moth has Nooroo and is forcing evil powers on people around Marinette.

Master Fu also has a kwami named Wayzz who knows what is happening with Nooroo. Looking to find Ladybug and Cat Noir’s Miraculouses he meets Marinette and Adrien giving them the Miraculouses. Just in time too because classmate Ivan has fallen under Hawk Moth’s spell turning the unsuspecting boy into giant monster Stone Heart.

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Wanting to stop Paris from destruction proves difficult when a mistake makes their job harder. The Eiffel Tower is where the showdown occurs as Ladybug and Cat Noir understand their mistake and put Hawk Moth’s spell in check!

But Hawk Moth isn’t about to give up that easy when Marinette learns Nino has a crush when they are at the zoo. Otis and Kim are also there and after a nasty encounter the evil villain turns Otis into Animan who shape-shifts into any animal.

Marinette is grounded for missing school because her parents don’t realize she is Ladybug! Missing the chance to see her friend Simon compete on a show called The Challenge; she also misses Hawk Moth’s influence turning an upset Simon into a Simon Says.

Vincent is a fan of rocker Jagged Stone and when he discovers that he will be at the Grand Paris hotel tries to get a picture. Turned away Hawk Moth uses Vincent’s anger to create the Pixelator, which has a head-mounted camera to take pictures of people with evil results. This isn’t the only time Jagged Stone causes the creation of trouble as Guitar Villain causes a lot of big headed trouble.

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Finally, Chef Wang Cheng visits Paris to be in a cooking competition and being Marinette’s uncle means she and Adrien can watch. Chloe is on the judge’s panel and after making fun of Chef Cheng he becomes angry and Hawk Moth steps in to create Kung Food with results even Chloe couldn’t have imagined.

Ladybug and Cat Noir is a seriously fun, cool, interesting and adventurous series that has something for everyone. The stories are very family oriented with lessons on friendship. It is brilliantly done and literally never a dull moment. That’s what makes a series such as this a huge hit with kids (and let us not forget big kids too!)

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.

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MIRACULOUS: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir – Be Miraculous is beautifully smooth animation filled with vivid colors. This series is a top show on Nickelodeon and becoming a worldwide phenomenon. I couldn’t agree with it more as I am drawn to a series that offers problem solving, friendships, family loyalty and love. Can’t go wrong with those things at all.

Don’t get me wrong, there is also fun, laughs, jokes and a fair amount of cute which is such an adult thing to say right? Hey, I don’t mind saying there are moments between Marinette and Adrien that are down right adorable. There is also the sweet butterfly kwami and fighting the bad guy which are other elements that are a plus for this series.

The DVD includes the seven episodes Ladybug & Cat Noir (Origins, Part 1), Stone Heart (Origins, Part 2), Animan, Simon Says, Pixelator, Guitar Villain and Kung Food.

In the end – they bring awesome excitement!

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