Up to date information about children’s entertainment – film, TV, DVD and more…. from founder and president of KIDS FIRST! Ranny Levy

October DVD Releases

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate FActory Blu-ray (October 6) KIDS FIRST! Top 100 List
Legendary Candy Man Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) stars in the splendiferous movie that brings to the screen the endlessly appetizing delights of Roald Dahl’s classic book. Coated with flavorful tunes and production design that constantly dazzles the eye, this effervescent musical never fails to enchant young and old. On a whirlwind tour of Willy’s incredible, edible realm of chocolate waterfalls, elfish Oompa-Loompas and industrial-sized confections, a boy named Charlie (Peter Ostrum) will discover the sweetest secret of all: a generous, loving heart. And viewers will rediscover all the timeless magic as it was meant to be seen.

Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Wubbzy’s Christmas Adventure. (Oct 20)
The holidays are coming, and everyone in Wuzzleburg is getting ready for Winter Wonder Wubb Club fun! In this all-new Wubbzy collection, everyone’s favorite bendy-tailed buddy pitches in to decorate The Figgity-Fig Tree, fix Walden’s snow sculpture and even solve the mystery of the Snow Shoo-Shoo! There s plenty of singing, dancing, hoopty-horns and slippery-sledding too, all in the DVD that celebrates the ultimate Wow! Wow! season of caring, sharing and friendship! DVD.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. (Oct. 13)
Inspired by the famous holiday book by Dr. Seuss, audiences are introduced to a magic world called Whoville that is populated by the Who’s who absolutely adore Christmas. This classic Christmas story has built-in meanness by the Grinch counterbalanced by Cindy Lou Who – who has her own doubts about the holiday, believing that the true meaning of Christmas may have become lost amidst the holiday rush and the hubbub. Ultimately it delivers a little magic that places it among other holiday favorites.

Miracle on 34th Street. (Oct 6)
Six-year-old Susan doubts childhood’s most enduring miracle, Santa Claus. Her mother told her the “secret” of Santa a long time ago, so Susan does not expect to receive the most important gifts on her Christmas list. But after meeting a special department store Santa, who is convinced he is the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all–something to believe in. Blu-ray.

March of the Penguins (Oct. 27)
March of the Penguins is narrated by Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby) and chronicles the lives of the emperor penguins and their remarkable journey to find a mate and start a family. The film is an all-age, true-life adventure touched with humor, with breathtaking photography that puts you in the middle of the drama of devoted parent penguins who, in the face of fierce polar winters, take turns guarding their eggs and trekking to the ocean in search of food. They will risk starvation and attack by dangerous predators, under the harshest conditions on earth, all to find true love and guard their adorable chicks.

Elmo’s Animal Adventures (10/6/09)

Help Elmo and Tilly find Little Bo Peep’s missing cow by following clues and working together as a team. Use animal facts to help Elmo & Abby succeed in the “Find The Amphibian Game” and join Elmo in a camping adventure as he learns that sharing is fun and discovers the different types of food that animals eat. Includes special appearances by Cameron Diaz and Patricia Arquette. Fun and educational.
Thomas & Friends™: Sodor Friends Holiday Collection (Oct. 13)
There’s fun around every turn in these joyful wintertime adventures! Catch the holiday spirit as Thomas & Friends prepare for the grand opening of the Toy Workshop. Laugh and play along as Percy tries to fool his friends into believing he’s Jack Frost. And hold on tight for some of Thomas’ most thrilling races and rescues in this heartwarming holiday collection.
Barney™: Tee-riffic Holiday Collection (Oct. 13)
Bundle up with your best friend Barney for this special collection of wintertime favorites! Take a musical journey to the North Pole with Barney, BJ™, and Baby Bop™ in “Night Before Christmas.” Sing along to your favorite Barney tunes in the fun-filled game show, “Can You Sing That Song?” And join Barney, Bob the Builder, Thomas & Friends and more for the magic of “Winter Wonderland” in this tee-riffic holiday gift set!

Bob the Builder™: Building Crew Holiday Collection (Oct. 13)
Just in time for the holidays, discover why “the fun is in getting it done” in these action-packed, fun-filled adventures! Join Bob and the Can-Do Crew as they rescue their friend from a winter storm in “Bob’s White Christmas.” Then it’s time to build a log cabin and smooth the ice rink for the Winter Games. Finally, come along as Bob and Scoop hunt for buried treasure — and make some amazing discoveries — in this one-of-a-kind collection that’s the perfect holiday treat for Bob the Builder fans.

Bob The Builder: Christmas to Remember (Oct. 13)
The Movie. Bob’s Can Do-Crew is busy decorating for the holidays and building a concert stage for rock stars Lennie and the Lazers. And guess who is coming home for Christmas? Bob’s twin brother Tom, all the way from the Arctic Circle! Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned. Spud is up to his usual pranks, Lennie can’t sing, Bob forgot his Santa costume and it seems Tom won’t be home after all. Much to Bob’s surprise, Elton John and a mysterious appearance by Santa make it a special Christmas to remember!

HIT Ravorites: Frosty Friends (Oct 6)
Bundle up with your favorite preschool pals in fun-filled wintertime tales with HIT Favorites: Frosty Friends flurrying onto DVD October 6, 2009 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment. Join Barney™, Bob the Builder™, Pingu™, Thomas & Friends™ and Kipper™ as they enjoy playful adventures in the snow. Learn the true meaning of Christmas with your best friend Barney, build a snowman with Bob, go sledding with Kipper, whistle down the tracks with Thomas and laugh along as Pingu plays hilarious tricks on his friends.

Barney: Christmas Star. (Oct 13)
‘Tis the season to be jolly and celebrate Christmas with Barney and his friends. Join the holiday fun as they trim the Christmas tree in the snow covered park. But something is missing – the shiny, gold star for the treetop! So it’s “over the river and through the woods” to grandmother’s attic to search for the missing star. Imagine all the treasures they discover – little drummer boys and an antique typewriter that’s perfect for writing a letter to Santa. After re-enacting the classic poem, “The Night Before Christmas,” the children celebrate with friends and family as Barney places the Christmas star atop the tree.

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