Apple’s “Dads” premieres globally on Apple TV+ on June 19

Apple’s “Dads” premieres globally on Apple TV+ on June 19

AppleTV+ invited me to join a round-table video chat withBryce Dallas Howard to talk about her new documentary DADS. This is Bryce’s first major film directorial debut. Pulling together a collection of very famous faces and regular Dads that you’ve seen a playground near you.  It really is a heartstring pulling documentary, spliced between interviews and footage from when Ron Howard was becoming a dad as well.

Check out the trailer – if you’re expecting your first child or just want some belly laughs about the common things all dads stress over its a great watch. I  got to ask Bryce about what she was giving her dad Ron for Father’s day… I  think documentary sums it up pretty nicely.

“Dads” is a heartfelt and humorous documentary that celebrates the joys and challenges of parenting in today’s world. Featuring six extraordinary fathers from across the globe, this film offers a firsthand glimpse into the trials and tribulations of modern-day parenting through revealing interviews, rare home-movie footage, viral videos, and hilarious and thoughtful testimonials from some of Hollywood’s funniest celebrities, including Judd Apatow, Jimmy Fallon, Neil Patrick Harris, Ron Howard, Ken Jeong, Jimmy Kimmel, Hasan Minaj, Conan O’Brien, Patton Oswalt, Will Smith and more. Making her feature directorial debut, Bryce Dallas Howard also offers an intimate look at the dads in her own family, including remarkable interviews with her late grandfather Rance, her father Ron and her brother Reed.

“Dads” is part of Apple’s exclusive, first-look deal with Imagine Documentaries. The film is produced by Nine Muses Entertainment, in association with Dove Men+Care.

Animal Crossing New Horizons is the game helping build community between kids

Animal Crossing New Horizons is the game helping build community between kids

Welcome to our new reality of work from home and at home schooling, one piece thats been missing for kids is socialization.  Thankfully the release of Animal Crossing New Horizons [Amazon] couldnt come at a better time.  This version of Animal Crossing really pushes the user to build a digital community of friends (dont worry the friend codes are like 20 digits, so really the only way to connect with friends is by having their codes – this game is still fun if you play it alone without connecting with friends too).

You start by building your own island, build it into your own island paradise. Then you can share it with your friends, up to 8 friends can virtually hang out on the same island. Add a facetime call between friends and you’ve created a great virtual playdate.

There are virtual crafting activities, spend digital nook miles that offer up unique experiences (that is an additional cash into system), grow virtual fruit which adds into the virtual economy experience.  There is tons of experiences to enjoy in the game but at the core its about teamwork and spending virtual time with your friends and assisting them to build up their houses too.

Learn more about Animal Crossing New Horizons at https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/animal-crossing-new-horizons-switch/

Thankfully Nintendo sent me a review code to try out the game and personally my kids have been obsessed with the game, My son whos turning 12 seriously has over a dozen friends playing and they do daily virtual parties and visit each other island (so many kids are joining them they need to have multiple islands to party on).

Disclosure: Nintendo provided a download code to review Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Celebrate Easter with Peter Rabbit on Sony Pictures Kids Zone

Celebrate Easter with Peter Rabbit on Sony Pictures Kids Zone

Sony Pictures Entertainment has a new YouTube Channel called Sony Pictures’ Kids Zone. Kids Zone features lots of family-friendly bonus features including our beloved character Peter Rabbit.

Just in time for some STAY AT HOME Easter Sunday fun, you have your kids dance with Peter…

or a fun make your own McGregor garden project. (Totally a craft/gardening project to do together with the kids)

Along with great Peter Rabbit Activity Pages, Easter Bingo, Coloring Pages that can be found on the Pinterest page.

 

Sonic The Hedgehog is out of this world

Sonic The Hedgehog is out of this world

Based on the global blockbuster video game franchise from Sega, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG tells the story of the world’s speediest hedgehog as he embraces his new home on Earth. In this live-action adventure comedy, Sonic and his new best friend Tom (James Marsden) team up to defend the planet from the evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) and his plans for world domination. The family-friendly film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.

The trailer is really fair for you to learn pretty much everything you need to know as a parent about the film. I loved it, my kids loved it (ages: 11, 6, and 4).   I also grew up playing Sonic on my Sega genesis so there is a bit of nostalgia for this to me too.

Thanks to Paramount Pictures my family was invited out to the attend the world premiere out in Los Angeles. We stayed at the The Hollywood Roosevelt WOW if you ever want to stay at a classic hollywood establishment hotel – I highly recommend this one – you can tell there are stories and history in every hall. We started the weekend off by attending the media junket featuring Producer Toby Ascher, Director Jeff Fowler, Jim Carrey, James Marsden and Ben Schwartz. Want to watch this incredible look at inside a media junket?

The next day was the family blue carpet premiere that was AWESOME. We got a tour of the Paramount lot, set visit to Dr. Phil and a tour of the props from some of their most iconic movies over the last few years.  We walked over to all the family fun activities that were setup for the premiere.

Here’s some photos from amazing trip.
Spies In Disguise is sneaking in homes on Digital, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD

Spies In Disguise is sneaking in homes on Digital, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD

Join the spy team of Will Smith and Tom Holland who are on the mission of a lifetime in SPIES IN DISGUISE. Bring home the adventure on Digital, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD on March 10.

In this high-flying animated comedy, super spy Lance Sterling (Will Smith) and scientist Walter Beckett (Tom Holland) are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is none of the above. But this unlikely duo must team up for the ultimate mission to save the world when a “biodynamic concealment” experiment transforms Lance into a brave, fierce, majestic…pigeon!

Add SPIES IN DISGUISE to your digital collection on Movies Anywhere, or own it on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on March 10.

Digital & Blu-ray Bonus Features:

  • Super Secret Spy Mode
  • Infiltrating Blue Sky Studios
  • The Top Secret Guide to Gadgets
  • “Then There Were Two” Music Video
  • “Freak of Nature” Music Video
  • Making the Soundtrack“Then There Were Two”
  • Making the Soundtrack “Freak of Nature”
  • “Lunch Break” (Available on Digital Only)
  • Gallery
    • Color Keys and Moment Paintings
    • Character Designs
    • Locations
    • Props and Gadgets Concept Art

 

 

FLCL: PROGRESSIVE & ALTERNATIVE COMBO PACK – comes home to Blu-Ray/DVD

FLCL: PROGRESSIVE & ALTERNATIVE COMBO PACK – comes home to Blu-Ray/DVD

The Cult Anime Series FLCL: PROGRESSIVE & ALTERNATIVE is out now on Blu-Ray & Digital. The wait is over! Adult Swim’s popular anime series FLCL: Progressive and FLCL: Alternative, both release for the first time ever as a Blu-ray combo pack from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Based on the original anime series written by Yōji Enokido and from director Kazuya Tsurumaki, the collection propels Haruko and her yellow Vespa back into action with 12 episodes from FLCL: Progressive and FLCL: Alternative. The Blu-ray Combo Pack is priced to own and comes with digital format as well.

From the legendary anime studio Production I.G and Adult Swim, FLCL: Progressive & Alternative Combo Pack will include a 15-minute never-before-seen documentary that dives into the making of both seasons featuring interviews with voice talent and crew. Additional special features include a “Meet the Creators” piece focused on the new era of show creators, a segment about “The Pillows” relationship with the series, a glimpse at the English voice actors behind FLCL together, and a look into the production of FLCL: Alternative.

The highly anticipated sequel to the 2001 original FLCL, FLCL: Progressive tells the story of 14-year-old Hidomi and her classmate, Ide, as the war between Medical Mechanica and Fraternity continues. Now in the form of their teacher, Haruko Haruhara returns alongside another otherworldly being, Jinyu, a gorgeous Chrysler Bel Aire and her yellow Vespa to unleash their hidden potential.

FLCL: Alternative, the third and final season centers on the misadventures of 17-year-old Kana and her friends, Mossan, Hijiri and Pets. Living a seemingly normal life, the group’s lives are flipped upside down when Mecha falls from the sky and arrives with the guitar-wielding Haruko Haruhara. Once again determined to take out Medical Mechanica, Haruko works to awaken Kana’s N.O. channel before the relentless iron takes over the world.

BLU-RAY COMBO PACK SPECIAL FEATURES

  • The Making of FLCL: Progressive & Alternative: An in depth look behind the scenes featuring interviews with the cast and crew.
  • Meet the Creators
  • The Pillows
  • English Voice Actors
  • Production: Behind-the-Scenes

Also out now is Funko Pop featuring Haruko who is ready to fight the Medical Mechanica And Fraternity. If you love FLCL you might want to pickup this four pack of characters, which includes Naota Nandaba, Haruko Haruhara, Mamimi Samejima and Canti. As one knows Funko Pop has a unique styling of its characters and these really line up to that great anime art feel of FLCL.