‘The Railway Children’ Proves A Success In Its Domestic Debut

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Finding presentations in this day and age that will not only bring families together but entertain adults as well as children, is a difficult task. As a matter of fact, It seems today that bringing the family together to watch anything, whether on television or on disc, is next to impossible. Finding something that will entertain the whole family at the same time is just as much of a feat. That being the case, Film Movement has potentially done the impossible with its soon to be released theatrical adaptation of author E. Nesbit’s beloved children’s book The Railway Children. Originally released on DVD overseas in 2016 from the York Theatre Royal’s stage adaptation, that presentation is scheduled to make its domestic debut April 3 via Film Movement. There is plenty to like about this presentation beginning with the story at the tale’s center. This will be discussed shortly. The presentation put on by the play’s cast does its own part to make this presentation enjoyable. It will be discussed later. The play’s production values (most notably its audio and cinematography) play their own collective role in the play’s presentation, too. Of course, there is one extra surprise connected to those values that will be discussed along with them. That item, along with the noted production items, the cast’s work and the story itself are each important in their own way to the whole of this presentation. All things considered, this domestic debut of The Railway Children‘s 2016 stage play proves to be a wonderful presentation for the whole family regardless of families’ familiarity with the story.

Independent movie studio Film Movement’s forthcoming domestic DVD debut of the 2016 stage adaptation of author E. Nesbit’s book The Railway Children is a miracle of a presentation. It is a work that is certain to not only bring families together, but also to entertain the whole family. That is a telling statement. It proves to be such a powerfully entertaining presentation in part through its central story. The story follows three children — Bobbie (Roberta), Phyllis and Peter — as they move from their opulent life to the Yorkshire countryside after their father is wrongly imprisoned on accusations of spying against the British. the story takes place around the time of World War I. There is an obvious statement made at one point against certain governmental styles when the children help a French-speaking Russian refugee who is searching for his wife and daughter. This critic will admit to having never read Nesbit’s original book. However, the addition of that statement to the story is something that will reach most older audiences and generate its own share of discussion among said audiences. It’s a statement that sadly is just as relevant today as it would have been in the time of the story. That’s because there are regimes around the world that would — and do — jail people for speaking their minds even today. Getting back on the subject at hand, the children’s story, that follows their daily activities as they wait for their father’s return is accessible for adults and children because it is told by the children. Speaking of this presentation, the telling of the story by the children plays into their overall performance, another important part of the play’s presentation.

The cast’s presentation of the story is so important to discuss because it does so much to pull audiences into the story as the story itself. The cast — Rosalind Lailey (Bobbie), Beth Lilly (Phyllis) and Izaak Cainer (Peter) — tell the story to the audience while at the same time acting out the scenes. That balance of breaking down the fourth wall while also putting on a performance in each scene is to be commended. That is because the cast so easily moves back and forth between the two scenarios that somehow audiences are still able to maintain suspension of disbelief. It truly pulls audiences that much more into the story. It’s an enjoyable, unique approach. Staying on that note, Lailey, Lilly and Cainer are deserving of their credit for their work, not just the way in which they balance fantasy and reality. Lailey truly makes Bobbie a sympathetic character as she prays for the return of the children’s father. Her reaction when she reads in the newspaper that their father had been foudn guilty of spying (not to give away too much here) is such a painful moment. That is meant in a positive way. Lailey really makes audiences feel for Bobbie in this moment. At the same time, Bobbie’s more joyful moments such as when the Russian leans he will be reunited with his family (again, not to give away too much), will put a smile on anyone’s face. Cainer and Lilly are just as entertaining as they support Lailey. Cainer’s take on Peter offers its share of laughs. One of his best moments comes as he has to handle Bobbie thinking Peter was giving his locomotive to her. It’s a slightly emotional moment, but funny, too. It’s funny because so many audiences can relate to such a sibling scenario. Even Lilly offers her own entertainment as she breaks that fourth wall right before the play’s intermission, staying in character the whole time as she tells the audiences it was a good time to take a break. It’s a minor moment, but adds so much just because she stays in character even there. For those who might be worried, the intermission is omitted here, replaced expertly by a fade out and fade in at the intermission’s start and end respectively. Keeping all of this in mind, it becomes clear why the work of the play’s cast is so important to its overall presentation. One would be remiss to ignore the part played by the rest of the supporting cast here. The supporting cast does just as much in its time on stage as the primary cast. Again, their addition to the play shows even more why the cast’s work is so important in keeping audiences engaged and entertained. All things considered here, the work of the cast is without argument, critical to the enjoyment of this play, even on screen. When it is coupled with the story itself, the two elements go a very long way toward making this presentation worth the watch. It still is not the last of the presentation’s most important elements. The production values round out its most important elements.

Considering that this plays was presented in a railway museum’s theater, audio and video were of critical importance. The cast didn’t seem to be wearing mics at any time here. If they were, then those behind the scenes are to be commended for having made them invisible to the naked eye. Regardless of mic or no, those behind the scenes are still to be commended for their work in making the sound audible for home viewers. The manner in which the cast delivers its lines — thanks to those individuals’ work — makes watching this play on screen feel almost as if one is there in person watching from some VIP box. The addition of the equally expert directing and cinematography gives home viewers the best seat in the house as so many angles are used throughout the play. Those who attended the play in person had a very limited range of vision, so having so many angles provides an even fuller experience for home viewers. It makes watching the play here on DVD even better than being there in person. That is not to say that being there likely wasn’t enjoyable in its own right. That should not be misinterpreted here. Rather, it enhances the experience that much more, and together with the solid audio engineering, makes the experience, in terms of production, completely enjoyable. Add in the inclusion of an actual engine — the same engine used in the book’s 1970 cinematic adaptation no less — and the experience becomes even more enthralling. Seeing that engine enter the theater as part of the story is just something special — again — even on screen. It adds so much with those minute appearances. Keeping all of this in mind, it should be obvious by now why the production values of The Railway Children are just as critical to its presentation as the work of the play’s cast and the play’s story. When all three elements are joined, they prove without any doubt that The Railway Children is a work that the entire family will enjoy.

Film Movement’s upcoming domestic home release of The Railway Children on stage is a work that is a must see for any and every family. That is due in no small part to the family friendly story, which touts the positives of kindness, friendship and devotion to family. The cast’s work on stage is just as important to the play’s presentation. Both the main and supporting cast offer plenty to appreciate here, as has been noted. The play’s production values are also key to its presentation. They make the viewing experience just as good, if not better than, being there. Each element is critical in its own way to making this presentation so enjoyable. All things considered, they make this domestic release of The Railway Children on stage a work that, again, the entire family will enjoy. It will be available in stores and online April 3. More information on this presentation of The Railway Children is available online now at:

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Shout! Factory, GKids Partner To Release Updated Take Of Classic Brothers Grimm Story

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Shout! Factory’s partnership with GKids is producing yet another home release for both companies this winter.

The Girl Without Hands is currently scheduled to be released Tuesday, Feb. 20 in stores and online.  The movie, based on the classic tale from the Brothers Grimm, will be available on DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo pack.  It follows a young girl who is being chased by the devil yet is protected by the grace of God.

The story is not one that would be suitable for younger viewers, despite being released via GKids as it deal with the girl’s hands being cut off and being pursued by the devil, but rather for older audiences.  It does have a positive ending, though.

This take on the Grimms’ classic story debuted at the ACID section at the most recent Cannes film festival and was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Cesar Awards, a French film honors festival.  It won the Jury Prize at the Annecy International Animation Festival, which is a French festival celebrating animated films.  It features the voice talents of Anais Demoustier (ThereseThe Snows of KilimanjaroSweet Evil) and Jeremie Elkaim (Declaration of WarHand in HandMarguerite & Julien).

Along with its main feature, The Girl Without Hands will also feature a handful of bonuses including an interview with director Sebastien Laudenbach and some of his own short films.  It also features a “making of” featurette and a trailer for the movie.

The Girl Without Hands will retail for MSRP of $22.97 on DVD/BD combo pack and $16.97 on DVD, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced cost of $18.97 (DVD/BD) and $13.97 (DVD) via Shout! Factory’s online store.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

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PBS Shares Another Important WWII Story In New “AmEx” Episode

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PBS and Public Media Distribution are set to share another new story from World War II with the masses next week.

The story in question is that of the development of a once top secret tech that helped the Allies win the war, and it comes in the form of American Experience: the Secret of Tuxedo Park.  Set for release next Tuesday, Jan. 16 on DVD and Digital HD, the 55-minute program tells the story of the development of the first radar.

The story starts in the fall of 1940, when Hitler’s forces were preparing for an all-out assault on Britain.  America was still neutral at this point in the war, but British Prime Minister Winston Churchill knew American help was needed to prevent the Nazis from advancing.  He sent a small group of scientists to the United States, who then met with Wall Street tycoon — and himself a scientist — Alfred Lee Loomis.

The two sides met at Loomis’ private laboratory at Tuxedo Park, just outside of New York City.  Loomis used his connections and his finances to help develop the first working radar, which would ultimately play a critical role in the Allied forces’ defeat of the Axis powers.

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Based on author Jenny Conant’s book Tuxedo ParkA Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science That Changed The Course of WWIIAmerican ExperienceTuxedo Park will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be pre-ordered at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store.  It can also be ordered as a bundle with Conant’s book at a price of $32.99.  Audiences can view a trailer for this episode online now here.

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Public Media Distribution To Release New Adaptation Of Author’s Classic Book Next Month

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PBS will take families on a special trip next month with its new DVD We’re Going On A Bear Hunt.

Based on author Michael Rosen’s book by the same name, the DVD will be released Feb. 13.  The story presented in the new DVD follows siblings Stan, Katie, Rosie, Max, the baby, and their dog Rufus as the group goes in search of bears. The journey is not without incident as the group has to go through snowstorms, mud and even dark forests in that search.

The 25-minute program features the voices of Olivia Coleman (BroadchurchThe Night ManagerHot Fuzz), Pam Ferris (MatildaCall The MidwifeHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and Mark Williams (Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsHarry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceHarry Potter and the Goblet of FireHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and will retail for $9.99.  It can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store.

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt has sold more than 11 million copies since its original publication in 1989.  It was illustrated by Helen Oxenbury and published in the UK by Walker Books.  Simon & Schuster published the book in the United States.

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Public Media Distribution Re-Issuing ‘Room On The Broom’

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There’s always room for more…on the broom.

Public Media Distribution announced Tuesday that it will re-issue the small-screen adaptation of author Julia Donaldson’s book Room on the Broom this summer.  Released via Magic Light Pictures and Orange Eye and featuring the voices of Simon Pegg (Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Trek Beyond), Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, The Last King of Scotland, The Fall), Rob Brydon (Cinderella, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Huntsman: Winter’s War) and others, the DVD will retail for MSRP of $12.99.

The movie’s story follows the journey of a witch (voiced by Anderson) and her pet dog (voiced by Martin Clumes – Shakespeare in Love, Kipper, Doc Martin) as they try to recover some lost items.  Along the way, the pair is joined by a kindly bird, cat and frog, who help save the witch from a dragon.

The new re-issue comes with the same bonus material included in the DVD’s previous 2013 release.  Those bonuses include a behind-the-scenes featurette, live performance from Donaldson and art gallery.

Room on the Broom can be ordered direct from the NCircle online store at http://www.ncircleentertainment.com/room-on-the-broom/843501008041.  To find out about even more releases from NCircle Entertainment, parents can go online to http://www.facebook.com/NCircleEntertainment or the company’s official website, http://www.NCircleEntertainment.com.

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Junie B. Jones Cast Album Is A Wonderful Introduction To Musicals For Young Audiences

Courtesy: Next Decade Entertainment

Courtesy: Next Decade Entertainment

Author Barbara Parks’ Junie B. Jones books are among the most beloved works in the world of children’s literature today.  They are to children today what perhaps author Beverly Cleary’s Ramona series was to this critic’s childhood generation – so it makes sense that considering the success of Parks’ books, they would be translated from the page to a bigger stage.  In the case of Parks’ beloved character, the stage in question was that used by thespians in theaters nationwide some years ago and has run strongly ever since.  An hour-long Broadway Junior ™ performance for middle-school students will make its debut this spring.  Before that performance makes its debut, Next Decade Entertainment, Inc. will release a special cast recording of the Junie B. Jones’ stage presentation on CD.  It goes without saying that there is plenty to appreciate about this recording beginning with its featured highlights.  That will be discussed shortly.  The varied musical styles presented throughout the 15-song, 30-minute “soundtrack” are just as important to note here as the featured highlights.  That will be discussed later.  The work of the show’s cast, as presented here, rounds out the recording’s most important elements.  Each element is important in its own way to this recording.  All things considered, Junie B. Jones: The MusicalCast Album proves to be a recording that audiences of all ages and types will enjoy.

Junie B. Jones: The Musical – ­Cast Album is a fun glimpse into the hugely popular stage adaptation of author Barbara Parks’ equally popular literary series.  While not the musical’s full recording, it is still a recording that audiences of all ages and types will enjoy.  That is due in part to the highlights featured in the recording.  The highlights include Junie meeting a new friend on the ride to school on her first day of first grade, the revelation from Junie’s new teacher that she might need glasses, the fun of a kickball game and lots more.  Throughout it all, Junie learns some very important life lessons.  Those lessons are made easily accessible for the play’s young audiences, too.  That is thanks to the work of the play’s award-winning songwriting team of Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler.  Goldrich and Heisler’s musical arrangements and lyrics do their own part in making the story believable. Veteran actress and thespian Lori Casteel does just as much in her portrayal of Jones to make the story (and Junie) believable.  Her work will be discussed later.  Getting back on the topic at hand, the highlights that are presented in this recording are more than enough to entertain audiences who might not be lucky enough to experience Junie’s first day of first grade live.  At the same time, those who have experienced the musical in person will enjoy this recording just as much as those who haven’t seen the show.  That being said, the highlights featured in this recording are key in their own way to the recording.  Collectively speaking, they are just one of the recording’s key elements.  The varied musical styles presented throughout the half-hour recording are just as important to note in examining this recording as its featured highlights.

The highlights of the Junie B. Jones musical featured in the show’s new cast album are, collectively speaking, are important in their own way to the recording’s overall presentation.  They are not its only key element.  The varied musical styles presented throughout the half-hour record are just as important to note in examining this recording as the musical’s highlights.  The record starts off with something of a poppy doo-wop style arrangement in ‘Top Secret Personal Beeswax.  The horns, guitars and drums couple with full on backing chorus to make this catchy number a fun composition.  Jones’ declaration as she writes, that what she writers is her own personal beeswax adds even more enjoyment.  Again that is due to Casteel’s work.  She makes Junie so believable as she sings.  The march-style arrangement presented in ‘Sheldon Potts’ Halftime Show’ is another example of the importance of the record’s musical styles.  It is a full-on march arrangement that instantly conjures thoughts of a marching band, which of course is the intended effect.  What’s more, being that this is a musical, audiences familiar with their musical history will get images of scenes from The Music Man, too.  That probably wasn’t the intent in developing the song’s arrangement and lyrics, but it does happen.  In turn, it becomes just one more example of what makes the musical styles presented in this record so important to its presentation.  The semi-Dixieland style arrangement at the center of ‘When Life Gives You Lemons’ is yet another example of the importance of the show’s varied musical styles.  Its arrangement conjures thoughts of songs crafted both by legendary musician Dr. John and equally well-known composer Randy Newman.  Between that arrangement and the record’s other arrangements (both noted and not), it becomes clear that the arrangements presented throughout this record are just as important to its presentation as its highlights.  Even with the variety and reach that they display, the arrangements presented here are not the record’s last important elements to note.  The work of the show’s cast in each song is just as important to note as the songs’ varied arrangements and the show’s highlights.

The highlights presented throughout this recording and the equally varied musical arrangements presented throughout the Junie B. Jones: The MusicalCast Album are both key in their own way to the recording’s presentation.  The highlights paint a wonderful, thorough picture of the story presented on stage.  The recording’s various musical styles and their arrangements are just as important to note as the show’s featured highlights.  While both elements are important in their own way to the recording, they are just two of its key elements.  The work of the show’s cast rounds out its most important elements.  Given, the cast is all adult.  Yet even being grown-ups, there is something about the group’s performances that makes each actor wholly believable.  That is rare especially in this day and age whether on the stage or on TV, but somehow the cast pulls it off here.  The way in which the performers present their lines makes each performance translate so well even in an audio-only setting, too.  That is a tribute to their work as well as those responsible for the show’s audio engineering.  When this outstanding element is set alongside the recording’s various musical styles and its featured highlights, the end result is a recording that is just as enjoyable as experiencing Junie B. Jones: The Musical in person.  They combine to make this recording a musical experience that audiences of all ages and types will enjoy.  With any luck, it will also serve to be just the first of a lifetime of musical experiences for its intended youthful listeners.

Junie B. Jones: The Musical Cast Album is the next best thing to experiencing the long-running stage presentation for audiences of all ages.  With its wonderful highlights, its equally enjoyable varied musical styles and arrangements, and its award-worthy performances by its cast, this recording is certain to entertain any listener.  With any luck, the combination of those elements will make this recording just the first in a lifetime of musical experiences for its intended youthful audiences.  It will be available next Friday, January 13 in stores and online courtesy of Next Decade Entertainment.  More information on this record is available online now along with lots of Junie B. Jones games, activities and more at:

 

 

 

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Phineas McBoof’s Adventures Should Be In Every Family’s Music Library

Courtesy: Doctor Noize, Inc.

Courtesy: Doctor Noize, Inc.

Late last month Doctor Noize and his fellow musicians, Th International Band of Misunderstood Geniuses, released the group’s latest adventure from Phineas McBoof.  The album, Phineas McBoof Crashes The Symphony was the seeming finale in the ongoing story of the world-renowned musical monkey.  If it was indeed the final movement (bad pun fully intended) in Phineas’ musical story then it was quite the ending.  Luckily for those that might be new to Phineas and his adventures, the first two “chapters” in his adventures are also available.  And they are available not just on CD but also in print.  The story’s first chapter is titled The Ballad of Phineas McBoof and the second “chapter” The Return of Phineas McBoof.  For those that might be new to adventures of Phineas and his band mates, both chapters are just as enjoyable as the latest.  This applies both to the stories’ print and musical platforms.  This critic will attempt to explain why in as much depth as possible and as clearly as possible beginning with each chapter’s story.  The presentation style of each “chapter” is just as important to note as its story.  That will be discussed later.  Last but most definitely not least of note in examining these two stories is the visual imagery that is used in the stories’ print platforms.  It plays just as much of a role in each chapter as each chapter’s story and the manner in which each is told.  Each element is clearly important in its own right to the whole of these two chapters in McBoof’s story.  Altogether they make the first two “chapters” of Phineas McBoof’s story just as enjoyable for listeners as its latest (and last?) entry.

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Courtesy: Doctor Noize, Inc.

The first two “chapters” in the story of Phineas McBoof and the International Band of Misunderstood Geniuses are not new releases for 2016.  That goes without saying.  For those that might not be so familiar with the adventures of the musical monkey and his fellow animal band mates though, these two chapters make a great introduction to the group and its adventures.  That is due in part to the story presented within each chapter.  Each of the story’s first two chapters tells one part of how the band came together.  In “Chapter One,” The Ballad of Phineas McBoof , listeners learn that the whole story came to be because Phineas had become tired of the rock star life that he led.  Doctor Noize points out that Phineas wanted something new because his stardom had left him in fact feeling trapped.  So he set out to start over so to speak, leading him to meet the first members of his new band—Backbone the Octopus, Bottomus the Hip Popotamus, Riley the Robot, Lenny Long Tail, and the Ooh Gah Boo Gus.  The Return  of Phineas McBoof continues that story, introducing Sidney The Beak, Luciano Frogerati, Jose, and Placido the Flamingo.  At the second “chapter’s” conclusion Phineas once again disappears, which sets up the story’s latest installment, and likely its last.  The story is in itself fun throughout both “chapters” That is because of just how original it is both in the realm of children’s music and in the realm of children’s literature.  Speaking of those two realms they “play” into the next important element of each chapter, its presentation style.

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Courtesy: Doctor Noize, Inc.

The story that is presented in the first two “chapters” of Phineas McBoof’s tale is in itself plenty of reason for families to add them to their home music libraries.  It is the story of how Phineas and his band mates came to meet and form their musical collective.  While the story presented in each “chapter” is entertaining in its own right the story itself is just one of those installments so enjoyable.  The manner in which each “chapter” is presented—its presentation style—is just as important to note here as the story.  Each installment is presented both in musical and print platform.  The two platforms compliment each other perfectly.  The print platforms tell the story in a style that would make Dr. Seuss proud if he were alive today.  That is proven in the rhyme scheme used within each book and the very words that are used including the characters’ names.  The books’ musical companions complete the experience.  That is because they take the tales told in the story’s books and expand on them even more with an even fuller telling of the story complete with various musical genres and pop culture references (including references to Thelonius Monk, Ringo Starr, The Beatles, etc.).  Each presentation in itself does its own share to entertain listeners of all ages.  The pair works together to keep listeners completely entertained throughout each tale.  Even as entertaining as the story’s dual presentation style is in its bigger picture, that dual presentation style is still not all that makes the first two “chapters” of Phineas’ story so enjoyable.  The imagery that is presented in the story’s literary platforms rounds out the story’s most important elements.

The story that is told through the first two “chapters” of Phineas McBoof’s tale is in itself more than enough reason for listeners of all ages to check out these two tales.  They form a solid foundation for the final “movement” in Phineas’ adventure.  The two different ways in which the story is told in each “chapter” makes Phineas’ adventure all the more enjoyable.  It is told both in print and through music.  Both platforms expertly complement one another, making the story even richer.  While the story’s dual presentation offers a certain sense of completion for listeners, it does not make Phineas’ story one hundred percent complete.  The illustrations that are used in the story’s literary presentations complete the adventures presentation.  It is clear that the artwork that is presented in each book was crafted wholly via computer.  On the surface that might not seem very creative.  But in a deeper sense, it actually is very creative.  Parents might recognize the artworks style as being very similar to that used in the classic Super Nintendo game Donkey Kong, Jr.  It is an artistic style that has been very rarely used since the days of that game (and video game system) if at all.  The world created through the artwork is rich and vivid.  The scenes that are presented are, in whole, expert visualizations of the given scenes, too.  They do a wonderful job of bringing those scenes to life.  That is especially the case when taking in the story’s broader musical presentation.  Audiences will not just see the scenes come to life, but advance in their own minds.  This brings everything full circle.  It makes suspension of disbelief all the easier for audiences and in turn makes the story all the more entertaining and engaging.  Keeping all of this in mind, The Ballad of Phineas McBoof and The Return of Phineas McBoof prove themselves to be wonderful additions to any family’s home library and a wonderful start to the tale of Phineas’ adventures.  This applies whether audiences already own McBoof’s latest adventure or not.

Cory Cullinan (a.k.a. Doctor Noize) has crafted in The Ballad of Phineas McBoof and The Return of Phineas McBoof a solid foundation for the adventures of the famed musical monkey.  That is due in large part to the story presented in each tale.  Each one is a fun tale of how Phineas and his fellow musicians first met and set out to write the greatest song ever.  The story’s dual presentation makes the overall story so rich.  That is because its print and musical platform compliments the other with its own original elements.  The illustrations that are used in the story’s literary form complete the experience.  They make the story truly come to life and pull audiences in both in reading the story and experiencing it musically.  Each element is important in its own way to each “chapter” of the story.  Altogether they bring both chapters together to make them one whole experience that the whole family will enjoy regardless of their familiarity with the adventures of Phineas McBoof.  Both “chapters” are available now and can be ordered on record and in literary form now at Doctor Noize’s official website.  More information on those “chapters” and Phineas’ latest adventure is available online now along with all of Doctor Noize’s latest news at:

 

 

 

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