Peg + Cat’s New Movie Is An Out Of This World Hit For The Whole Family

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Late this past May, PBS Kids and Public Media Distribution released Peg + Cat’s new movie Peg and Cat Save The World on DVD.  The approximately hour-long movie is a fun and educational presentation that the whole family will enjoy time and again.  That is due in part to the story at the center of the movie.  It will be discussed shortly.  The musical numbers are just as important to note as the story, even as surprising as that might seem.  The lessons that are tied into the movie round out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right, as will be displayed here.  Altogether, the elements noted here make Peg and Cat Save The World one of this year’s top new children’s DVDs.

Peg + Cat: Peg and Cat Save The World is one of this year’s top new children’s DVDs.  That is due in no small part to the story at the center of this hour-long movie.  The story is a spoof of every big budget interstellar disaster flick that has hit theaters in the past five to ten years.  Whereas those movies were all centered on the threat of killer asteroids hitting Earth, this movie sees Peg and her furry blue friend Cat having to save Earth from being flattened by their giant porcine friend Pig.  Pig threatens Earth after eating some chips (that happen to be triangle – Pig’s favorite shape) that make him planet size.  He ends up floating into space and eventually makes his way back to Earth, inadvertently threatening its very existence.  What’s even funnier is that the series’ writers spoof not only so many interstellar disaster flicks here, but they even take a moment to pay homage to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey as Pig floats back toward Earth.  Obviously the story has a happy ending, which won’t be revealed here for those who haven’t yet seen the movie.  The manner in which the ending happens is funny in itself.  Keeping all of this in mind, it becomes clear why this family friendly movie’s story is so important to its overall presentation.  It is only one part of what makes the movie so fun for the whole family.  The songs that are incorporated into the movie are just as important to discuss as its story.

The songs incorporated into Peg and Cat Save The World are so important because they are in themselves spoofs of so many well-known compositions.  Early on in the movie, Peg and Cat spoof Meghan Trainor’s ‘All About That Bass’ with a song called ‘All About The Shapes.’  At another point in the movie, the two friends are joined by Sandra Oh, who voices the President of the United States for their own take on ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic.’  The fun doesn’t stop there, either.  As Peg, Cat and their friends work to keep Pig from flattening Earth, they all join in for the movie’s own spoof of the timeless classic ‘We Are The World’ that sees Cat get his own solo; a moment that will have audiences of all ages laughing.  These three moments in themselves do plenty to make Peg and Cat Save The World entertaining.  When they are joined with the movie’s family-friendly story, which again is also a spoof in itself, the pair together makes the movie even more entertaining.  They are not the movie’s only important elements to discuss.  The lessons tied into the movie are just as important to note as the movie’s story and songs.

The lessons tied into Peg and Cat Save The World are so important to note in this discussion because they continue the tradition established by the series so long ago.  A lesson about patterns is taught as Peg and Cat try to link a pattern sung by Pig to a similar audio pattern picked up on radar in the President’s triangle office (yes, triangle office, which is apparently just below the oval office.  That joke in itself makes for plenty of laughs).  It also clearly teaches a lesson about shapes as Peg and Cat work to figure out how to keep Pig from flattening Earth.  From rectangles to spheres and other shapes, the story in this movie presents every possible basic shape for its young audiences.  So not only is the movie entertaining for the whole family, it is also educational for its younger audiences.  That solid balance of entertainment and education makes it a movie that ensures engagement by audiences of all ages, and in turn no less entertaining with each watch.  Keeping that in mind, the movie proves to be, once more, one of this year’s top new children’s DVDs.

Peg + Cat: Peg and Cat Save The World is one of this year’s top new children’s DVDs.  Not only that, but it is also a wonderfully entertaining watch for grown-up audiences.  That is thanks to a story that spoofs every interstellar disaster flick to ever fill the nation’s theaters in the past 10 years or so and songs that spoof a group of songs that only older audiences will know.  The lessons tied into the story are certain to educate children just as much as the story is certain to entertain them. Keeping all of this in mind, the whole of those elements proves once more why Peg and Cat Save The World is such an enjoyable offering from PBS Kids and Public Media Distribution. They combine to make it one of this year’s top new children’s DVDs.  More information on the DVD is available online along with lots of Peg + Cat activities, games, printables and more at:

 

 

 

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ESPN To Mark College Football’s 150th Anniversary With Year-Long Celebration

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ESPN and its family of networks will celebrate college football’s history in a very big way in 2019.

Network officials made the announcement Thursday in a press release that revealed the ESPN networks will spend all of 2019 celebrating what will then be college football’s 150th anniversary.  The release states the networks will spend the year’s first seven and a half months presenting content “examining and celebrating” the sport’s rich history.  It adds the examination and celebration will be done through presentation of the games, traditions, developments and people that shaped the game.

The content provided over the noted time span will be presented on ESPN’s digital, mobile and social outlets.  The next 150 days that follows, which lead up to Jan. 13, 2020, will feature a vast range of stories from college football’s history.  The whole effort will be headed by longtime college athletics administrator and former Big 12 Commissioner Kevin Weiberg.

Weiberg said of the effort that he was looking forward to the celebration and being part of the anniversary.

“I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to coordinate a nationwide celebration of college football’s 150th anniversary in 2019,” Weiberg said.  “It’s wonderful to have great partners like ESPN to showcase the rich history and traditions of college football while also putting a spotlight on the opportunities it provides young people to pursue a college degree and to develop the skills needed to succeed in life after football.”

John Skipper, ESPN President shared Wieberg’s anticipation.

“We are extraordinarily proud to celebrate a sport that has such a great influence on numerous generations,” Skipper said.  “Our year-long exploration will showcase college football’s rich history, which is indelibly rooted in the fabric of American culture, and explore the current and future state of the sport.  Fans can expect a comprehensive storytelling approach, presented creatively across the breadth of the ESPN platform.”

Audiences can view a trailer promoting the year-long celebration online now here.

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Shout! Factory TV, Twitch Team Up For ‘Starcade’ Marathon

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Shout! Factory TV has teamed with Twitch for a very special marathon.

The companies have partnered for a 6-day marathon of the classic television series Starcade.  The classic 80s series, which originally aired on TBS – then WTBS — made gaming a popular spectator sport ages before it rose to its current popularity. Contestants would play a variety of video games in each episode for the chance to win featured arcade games for themselves.

Shout! Factory TV and Twitch’s upcoming marathon begins Aug. 28 at 11 a.m. and will run through Sept. 3. It will feature every episode available from the series’ original run, most of which have not been aired in more than a decade. Geek & Sundry’s Erika Ishi.

Starcade was hosted by Mark Richards and Geoff Edwards.  It was created through a partnership between James Caruso and Mavis E. Arthur and produced by JM Production Company.

Audiences can see a trailer for the upcoming marathon online now here.

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Time Life To Release Two New Classic ‘Late Show’ Sets Next Month

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Time Life is taking audiences back in time with two new Late Show Starring Johnny Carson box sets next month.

Johnny & Friends: The Complete Collection will be released Sept. 19 and the Vault Series: Volumes 1 – 6 will be released Sept. 26.  The prior collection will be spread across 10 discs.

The first six discs, which make up Johnny & Friends, will feature 28 full-length episodes from the landmark late night talk show.  The Ultimate Carson Collection, a three-disc compilation collection, is also included in the set.  The discs included in the collection are: The Best of the 60s & 70s, The Best of the 70s and 80s and the Best of the 80s and 90s.

Carson’s final show is included in the compilation set along with Ed Ames’ famous tomahawk toss, tiny Tim’s wedding, party crashing with Dean Martin and Bob Hope among much more.

The collection’s 10th and final disc is a collection of Christmas episodes in their entirety.

Johnny & Friends: The Complete Collection will retail for MSRP of $99.95.

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The Vault Series: Volumes 1 – 6 is a six-disc collection exhibiting what makes Carson one of the greatest television personalities to this day.  It includes Carson’s 10th Anniversary Late Show special, which aired Oct. 2, 1972, a collection of birthday episodes, which aired on Oct. 23, 1974, the 11th Anniversary Show from Sept. 7, 1973 and much more.

The Vault Series: Volumes 1 – 6 will retail for MSRP of $59.95.

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Shout! Factory Re-Introducing Audiences To ‘Ned and Stacey’ This Summer

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Shout! Factory is resurrecting a former Fox sitcom on DVD.

Ned and Stacey is coming to DVD Sept. 26 in stores and online via Shout! Factory.  The short-lived series ran for two seasons on Fox from 1995 – ’97.  It follows the misadventures of married couple Ned (Thomas Haden Church – Wings, Spiderman 3, Sideways) and Stacey (Debra Messing — Will & Grace, The Starter Wife, Along Came Polly) as the perfectly polar opposites make their mismatched marriage work.

The series’ premise sees Ned, the uptight ad exec, needing a wife in order to climb the corporate ladder.  Enter Stacey, who marries Ned because she needs a place to live.  From the pair’s unlikely beginning to the constant ups and downs of their unstable relationship to its intriguing finale, the series’ full 46-episode run is here.

Along with the full 46-episode run, the new box set will also include a 20-minute look back on the series with Church and Messing.  Audio commentary from series creator Michael J. Weithorn is also included in the series’ pilot episode as an additional bonus.

Ned & Stacey: The Complete Series will retail for MSRP of $44.99. It can be pre-ordered online now at a reduced price of $35.99 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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Shout! Factory Kids, Nick Jr. Partner For New Kuu Kuu Harajuku DVD

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Shout! Factory Kids has teamed with Viacom and Nick Jr. to ring audiences another new collection of Kuu Kuu Harajuku episodes.

Kuu Kuu Harajuku: Super Kawaii is currently scheduled to be released Tuesday, September 26 on DVD in stores and online. The set features 12 more episodes from the series’ debut season.  Pre-orders are available now via Amazon and ShoutFactory.com.

This time out, the young ladies of HJ5 have to turn Music back to herself when she turns into her alter ego, Muzaka in “Music Zoo.”  “Oh G” sees one of Pigment’s paintings come to life, leading the ladies to have to get things back under control.  In “Control + Alt + Dimension” Love ends up in an alternate dimension and has to get back to her own world.

These are just some of the episodes featured in the series’ latest release.  Nine other episodes fill out the disc.  As an added bonus, the collection also features interviews with the series’ voice vast.

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ESPN’s Marty Smith Getting His Own Show

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ESPN personality Marty Smith is getting his own monthly show.

The veteran reporter’s new program SportsCenter PresentsMarty Smith’s America will launch Wednesday, Aug. 2 on ESPN2. The hourlong program will see Smith conducting interviews with notable sports newsmakers each week.

Smith said of the program that it stemmed from Smith’s desire to profile people and their stories more.

“Everyone has a story,” Smith said.  “This life is about relationships and sharing those stories.  My team and I thoroughly enjoy telling them, through the prism of building lasting relationships.  Work hard.  Be kind.  Have passion.  That’s us.  We have a unique style and energy.  We genuinely care about the people we cover – not just the stories they provide.”

ESPN Senior Vice President Rob King said the series will see Smith interviewing his subjects in out of the ordinary settings such as “pond swimming with Nick Saban and hooping it up with Alan Iverson, and examining their different viewpoints on practice, reporting from the back of a race car and challenging Cam Newton to a game of flag football.”

The series’ debut episode will see Smith spending a day with Newton at a charity kick ball game in Charlotte, N.C. in “Kicking It With Cam.”  It will also see Smith join soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in China in “All Access with CR7 in China.”  “The Trojan Horse,” also included in the series’ debut episode, follows Smith as he spends a day with USC quarterback and pre-season No. 1 overall draft pick Sam Darnold on the USC campus in L.A.

NBA star LeBron James is also profiled in the series’ debut episode, but not in his own words. Smith sits down with James’ best friend and business manager Maverick Carter in “The King Maker,” also included in Marty Smith’s America.

As if all of the stories set for the series’ debut is not enough for audiences, former college football star and Major League Baseball hopeful Tim Teabow will serve as Smith’s co-host on the series’ premiere.

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