Barbie The Pearl Princess, is now available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD. In her 28th movie to-date, Barbie stars as Lumina, a mermaid with magical powers who dreams of becoming a princess. With the help of her friends, she begins a quest of self-discovery, unlocking her destiny and realizing that anything is possible with the power of friendship. Along with the new film, a line of Barbie The Pearl Princess-themed dolls and toys is currently available at major retailers.
When Monster High‘s Draculaura is led to believe she’s the rightful heir to the vampire throne, she and her best ghoulfriends are whisked away to Transylvania for a royal coronation to die for. But they soon discover the hunt for the queen is not over yet. The Ghouls must locate an ancient artifact known as the Vampire’s Heart in order to discover the identity of the true Vampire Queen. Mattel‘s new line of Monster High: Frights, Camera Action! dolls features Hauntlywood versions of favorite glam ghouls ready for their Black Carpet debut. The dolls feature “gore-geous” accessories.
The film is an adventure that will lead them from the Tower of Londoom, to a haunted river boat in New Goreleans and finally to the glamorous boo-vie lots of Hauntlywood. Monster High: Frights, Camera, Action! comes to Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD with UltraViolet on March 25, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
The latest movie featuring Barbie is set for home video release next March. In Barbie: The Pearl Princess, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment, the famous fashion doll from Mattel stars as Lumina, a mermaid who dreams of being a princess.
As long as Lumina can remember, she’s had the magical power to make pearls dance and glow. Along with her best friend Kuda, a pink seahorse, she embarks on an adventure to a mer-kingdom, where Lumina uses her powers to help her friends prepare for the Royal Ball—and to unlock her true destiny.
Barbie: The Pearl Princess will be released on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on March 11.
DHX Media has selected Cupcake Digital Inc. to develop a new series of kids’ apps featuring the characters from Yo Gabba Gabba!. Cupcake Digital will create deluxe activity apps designed for kids ages 5 and under.
The first Cupcake Digital Yo Gabba Gabba! app will launch this winter, as part of DHX Media’s comprehensive Yo Gabba Gabba! marketing and licensing strategy, which kicks off with the first live holiday tour and A Very Awesome Yo Gabba Gabba! Christmas DVD, featuring two original episodes, “A Very Awesome Christmas Special” and “Christmas.”
The app is inspired by the tune “There’s a Party in My Tummy.” The app will feature DJ Lance Rock and Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex, and Toodee. The activities within the app offer a variety of creative and imaginative ways for kids to learn about healthy foods and encourage kids to try them. The app will be available day-and-date on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and the Barnes & Noble for Nook store.
Entertainment One Family announces the U.S. expansion of the Peppa Pig brand. Based on the Nick Jr. animated television series Peppa Pig, the licensing deals will mark the brand’s U.S. debut in several categories: games and puzzles, backpacks and lunch kits, health, beauty and accessories, novelty gear, and magazine publishing.
The deal includes TCG‘s Tumble & Spin memory game and Fast Forward‘s Peppa Pig backpacks and lunch kits for children ages 2 to 6. Added Extras will produce a line of hair accessories, bath and hair products, lip balm, and costume jewelry. Underground Toys will produce an assortment of collectible gear for Peppa fans of all ages.
In addition to the new licensing deals, the brand will launch the following line extensions: Redan Publishing will dedicated an issue of their interactive magazine to Peppa Pig for children, Fisher-Price will release new Bedtime Peppa plush dolls and Muddy Puddles Bathtime Peppa toys, and an assortment of new board, softcover, and hardcover books will be launched in this year by Scholastic and Candlewick Press. Entertainment One’s new DVD Bubbles will include ten fun-filled episodes featuring wholesome entertainment for the entire family. All products are set to be released throughout the remainder of this year and 2014.
Shout! Factory Kids, in collaboration with Nerd Corps Entertainment, announced the release of Slugterra: Slugs Unleashed, an all-new DVD collection based on Nerd Corp’s animated action series. The DVD includes 5 episodes and bonus content including a look behind the scenes of Slugterra, plus bonus animated Slugisodes.
Slugterra is set underground where the ammo is alive, and every cavern holds a new adventure, a new battle, and new slugs to be discovered. The plot revolves around Eli Shane and his desire to be the greatest slugslinger in Slugterra, and to protect Slugterra from enemies while he father is missing. Episodes include: The Slug Run, Shadows and Light, Dawn of the Slug, Club Slug, Endangered Species, and the DVD bonus features include a look behind the scenes and additional Slugisodes. Slugterra: Slugs Unleashed is available in stores June 18.
On July 31, New Video will release The Magic School Bus: The Complete Series, which features 52 episodes and includes activities and brain busters for parents and kids. This set also features a 3-D lenticular cover; a guide for kids with teasers, trivia, and experiments; and a parents’ guide with lessons and learning options.
Released just in time for Back to School activities will be four Magic School Bus singles, The Human Body, Super Star Power, Takes a Dive, and Takes Flight. Also available will be two three-packs from the series, Blast Off! From Sea to Space and Field Trip Fun and Games, both of which include episodes that have never been released on DVD.
New Video will support the brand with a national marketing and publicity campaign, which includes trade media outlets, partnerships with licensees and science foundations, paid online and social media advertising, outreach to parenting press, mommy bloggers, parenting organizations and play in the top 10 radio markets, and more. The campaign is designed to generate several million consumer impressions this summer and fall.
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Scholastic Storybook Treasures is releasing My First Collection Featuring Splat the Cat, encouraging toddlers towards a love of reading. The DVD set includes 14 stories adapted from books, spanning three discs.
In the title tale, adapted from a book written and illustrated by Rob Scotton, Splat is nervous about his first day of school and so he brings his mouse pal, Seymour, along. He quickly learns that cats are supposed to chase mice! The DVD series also includes The Story about Ping, The Napping House, and additional stories that rhyme and focus on furry friends and feather friends. Celebrity narrators include Tim Curry (Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties) and Mary Beth Hurt (Lady in the Water).
The popularity of Silly Bandz, Crazy Bands, and Stretchy Shapes make stretchy rubber band bracelets the “it” accessory around wrists. Now the accessory craze is bouncing from wrists to DVD players, with the May 31 release of the animated film Bands on the Run, produced by National Entertainment Media.
The film follows a group of bands as they journey to a toy store. Edison (light bulb shape), Roxie (rock star), Daisy (flower), Ray (TV), and Amelia (airplane) accidentally fall off a delivery truck on its way to the store. At first it seems like the bands will never make it to their original destination, but then Edison gets the “bright” idea to follow the toy truck and the group happily finds its way to the store—and onto the wrists of children.
Ten limited-edition bands of the characters are included in the 50-minute DVD as well as other bonus features. The DVD retails for $14.98.
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