Thursday, June 9, 2016

TOM AND JERRY: BACK TO OZ Arrives on DVD on 6/22 -- Enter to #Win 1 of 2 DVD Copies Now! #Giveaway



ALL-NEW ANIMATED FAMILY FILM
TOM AND JERRY: BACK TO OZ
  

IS AVAILABLE ON DVD FOR THE FIRST TIME
JUNE 21, 2016
FROM WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

DVD Will Include Bonus Material

"Get set for another “oz-some” adventure with animation’s favorite tussling twosome, Tom and Jerry in Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s (WBHE) newest original film, Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz. Available in stores June 21, 2016, this entertaining family film follows everyone’s favorite cat and mouse as they return to the captivating Land of Oz for another exciting adventure with Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Lion and their companions. Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz will retail for $19.98 SRP.

Tap your heels together three times and prepare to journey over the rainbow once again, for another delightful adventure with the cantankerous cat and the mischievous mouse in Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz. The Wicked Witch of the West may have been defeated but it’s not long before a new villain emerges and threatens the magical Land of Oz! Only Tom and Jerry’s brilliant antics are clever enough to take on this new adversary.

When the Gnome King and his army surface from beneath Oz and capture the Good Witch, the wizard turns to Tom, Jerry and Dorothy for help.  He brings them back to Oz to help stop the evil monarch, who has threatened to take control of Emerald City. Having wreaked havoc throughout Oz, the Gnome King and his army need one thing to finalize their conquest – Dorothy’s ruby slippers! It’s up to Tom and Jerry to use their quick wits and clever schemes to save Oz. Dorothy’s cherished friends, the Lion, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and her little dog Toto too, join in their valiant efforts. Will the Gnome King take over Emerald City or will Tom and Jerry’s hilarious high jinks save the day? The result is a rip-roaring, fun-filled, magical adventure Tom and Jerry fans won’t want to miss!

The Wizard of Oz and its beloved characters have captured the hearts of fans for generations. With this fun new film, viewers will be able to reconnect with everything they love about Oz but in a whole new story,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing. She added, “Tom and Jerry are loved by kids and adults alike. We’re delighted to release another beautifully animated film that features the hilarious adventures of these two beloved, iconic cartoon characters.”

Originally created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, Tom and Jerry emerged during Hollywood’s golden age of animation and became one of the most popular cartoon series in existence. The shorts focused on the never-ending rivalry between Tom the cat and Jerry the mouse. The plots of each short usually center on Tom’s attempts to capture Jerry. Jerry however, is clever and quick on his feet, thus ensuring that Tom hardly ever manages to catch him.

Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz is the second animated Tom and Jerry film based on the classic Wizard of Oz book series. The first film, Tom and Jerry & the Wizard of Oz, was released by WBHE in 2011. The Wizard of Oz is one of the most recognizable brands in family entertainment. Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer’s 1939 film adaptation starring Judy Garland not only became one of the best-known interpretations of the classic novel but also originated some of the most unforgettable music of all time. Additional films in the Tom and Jerry film series from WBHE include Tom & Jerry: Robin Hood and his Merry MouseTom and Jerry Meet Sherlock HolmesTom and Jerry: The Lost DragonTom and Jerry’s Giant Adventure and Tom and Jerry: Spy Quest."

The Credits

About Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. WBA’s TV series include Be Cool Scooby-Doo!Bunnicula, Justice League Action, Teen Titans Go!The Tom and Jerry ShowWabbit – A Looney Tunes Production for Cartoon Network, Mike Tyson Mysteries for Adult Swim and the forthcoming Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix. As the home of the iconic animated characters from the DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films — including the DC Universe Animated Original Movies — for DVD. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy Awards®, 35 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation). 

Academy Award(s)® & Oscar(s)® are registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.

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I am excited to offer 2 lucky readers the opportunity to win a copy of this upcoming DVD release.  To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!



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The Reality of Evil -- There's No Way to Camouflage It


In Theaters This Friday!


Evil has been with us, and in our entertainment, since the dawn of time. First plays, now movies and TV shows, always have to have a bad guy – a corrupt cop, a supervillain bent on world domination, a violent criminal or murderer. In earlier, some would say simpler, times, the dark character in entertainment was clearly one audiences were meant to root against. It was easy, or at least easier, to know our heroes from our villains.

Today, though, it can be a little tougher. Far beyond the reluctant anti-hero, some of the characters we’re supposed to find admirable have qualities that just a generation ago would have firmly planted them in the bad-guy camp. From a sexy devil with charm and a heart (Fox’s hit series LUCIFER), to all variety of films (the TWILIGHT series) and TV shows (pretty much anything on The CW), characters who used to headline horror films – vampires, zombies, werewolves, witches – are now the stars we’re supposed to want to emulate.

That’s why it’s refreshing when a film like THE CONJURING 2, in theaters nationwide Friday, comes out. Like the first film, a big hit that took in $318 million at the U.S. box office alone, the sequel vividly portrays the nature of evil – as something destructive and ugly and to be defeated, not embraced. The “bad guy” in this case isn’t a guy – or gal – at all, but a demonic spirit that torments a British family and must be overcome by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, reprising their roles from the original film).

The Warrens make sure the Hodgson family, the targets of the supernatural entity, understand it is a malevolent force out to destroy them. As a statement from the real Ed Warren stated at the end of the first film, the new one makes very clear that: “Diabolical forces are formidable. These forces are eternal, and they exist today. The fairy tale is true. The devil exists. God exists. And for us, as people, our very destiny hinges upon which one we elect to follow.”

A film like THE CONJURING 2, with its forthright depiction of spiritual evil, is a great opportunity to talk with friends about the true nature of the dark forces that inhabit our world. Here are a few questions to get that conversation going:

·        Do you believe in good and evil? In the spiritual realm? In the human realm?
·        If you do believe in evil, what do you believe is the source of it?
·        If you do believe in evil, how do you think it can be defeated?
·        What do you think about the trend in entertainment to make heroes out of characters that have traditionally been villainous?

·        Do you plan on seeing THE CONJURING 2? Why or why not?




Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Dump Truck Duck Book Blog Tour Stop -- Book Review, Author Q&A and Book #Giveway

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.



Dump Truck Duck is Megan Bryant's first picture book, and Kirkus called it "a fine addition to the truck shelf," praising its "bouncy rhythms and catchy rhymes" that "will entrance truck-loving tots."



I have been helping out at my youngest daughter's preschool and pulling books from our bookshelf to share with the kids.  One book that my daughter picked to share with her friends was a new book that we received last week, and one that we have read over and over again over a dozen times, at bedtime and throughout the day.  Have you heard of "Dump Truck Duck" by Megan Bryant?  If you haven't and have a child who loves trucks, then you will want to pick up this cute book to share with them.

When it comes to trucks, you oftentimes think of boys being fans.  But, I have to say, my girls go crazy for trucks --- firetrucks, bulldozers, dump trucks, you name it.  The bigger, the better, my youngest says, when I ask which is her favorite. :-)

It took a matter of minutes from the time I opened up the package and put this book on the counter for my girls to ask me to sit down and read it to the.  And, when I did, they were all smiles from the cover to the last page.  They loved not only the story, but also the cute illustrations that showed the duck at work, turning a dirty lot into a beautiful park and playground.

In addition an easy flowing story, the author used playful rhymes that keep even the youngest of children entertained and engaged.  My daughter's preschool class has children in it that range from age 3 up to age 5 1/2.  Each and every child, both boys and girls, became instant fans of this book, as soon as I started to read it.  The girls loved the cute duck, and then found themselves falling in love trucks and rooting the duck on when his truck breaks down and he works to fix it. 

As I was reading this story, the kids would get excited when they heard me read.."But ducks can take it. Ducks are tough!" Each and every time they heard this, they would yell it back to me and give me their best duck face while flexing this muscles.  It was really cute, and made for a even more enjoyable read and story sharing time.

I have since brought this book home, and continue to share it with my girls, who show no signs of getting bored with it.  And, when I am not reading it to them, they are picking it off the shelf and flipping through the pages, telling each other their own rendition of the story based on the illustrations and what they remember me reading to them.  

So, if you are looking for a cute children's book that both boys and girls with love, then you will want to check out "Dump Truck Duck" today.  You will be glad you did! :-)

In addition to being able to review a copy of this cute children's book, I was also given the opportunity to interview the author, Megan Bryant, as well as have a copy of the book to giveaway to one lucky reader (read on to learn how to enter to win this book for that special child in your life)

Inspired by Savannah Author Q&A with Megan Bryant

Dump Truck Duck

o   Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?

Dump Truck Duck is a rhyming story about a crew of plucky ducks who use their tough trucks to reclaim an abandoned junk yard, transforming it into a beautiful park. When I was a little girl, I had a button collection, which I'd spend hours sorting and organizing. My daughter inherited my passion for buttons, and while we were sorting through our buttons one day, two particular buttons fell into my hand: a duck button and a dump truck button. The title Dump Truck Duck immediately popped into my mind, and I thought, That would be so funny—a bunch of ducks in hardhats, working at a construction site. I turned to my daughter, who was three years old then, and asked, “Would you like to read a book called Dump Truck Duck someday?” She nodded vigorously and said, “Mommy, go write that book. Go write that book right now!” Her enthusiasm told me that I was onto something.

o   How did you get interested in writing this particular genre?  

I've always wanted to write a jacketed hardcover picture book; I think I was just waiting for the right story to come along. I'm lucky to write for several age groups, all the way from board books for babies to novels for young adults. Picture books hold a very special place in my heart; I personally find them to be one of the most challenging formats to write, so I'm very proud of Dump Truck Duck for making it into the world!

o   Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books? 

My favorite books are the ones I call "friend books"--the kind that you can return to again and again, whether you're happy or sad, tired or troubled, and find comfort and reassurance. A very short list of some of my current "friend books" would include Waiting by Kevin Henkes, Kate DiCamillo's Because of Winn-Dixie and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series, and anything by Madeleine L'Engle.

o   What's a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal? 

I have an office in my home, which is where I do the bulk of my writing. It's extremely important to me to have my own space for creative pursuits--a place where I can close the door on everyday life and fully immerse myself in the project at hand. I write almost every day, usually between 9 AM and 1 PM and again from 8 PM to 10 PM--though when I'm under deadline, I add an afternoon shift in there, too. Since I have young children, I'm very grateful for the flexibility I have with my schedule. When I'm writing a novel, my average word count is about 3,000 words per day--though that can range from 1,000 words if I'm just getting started on a new project to 6,000 words if I know exactly where the story's going. Those high word count days are exhilarating--sometimes I feel like I'm flying!

o   What is the hardest part of writing for you?

I find self-promotion to be really challenging. I'm shy by nature, and I was raised to be modest about my accomplishments and talents, so promoting my books doesn't always come easily to me. However, I feel strongly that it's an author's responsibility to do everything in her power to promote her book. A writer's job doesn't end when the manuscript is accepted; my publisher has worked so hard to make Dump Truck Duck the best book it can be, and as part of the team I want to do everything I can to spread the word! Even though it's a challenge, I appreciate that self-promotion gives me the opportunity to push myself beyond my comfort zone by setting up events, publicity, and promotional opportunities.

o   What’s the best thing about being an author

When there is a story locked away in your heart, it longs for freedom. It demands your attention, wakes you up in the night, becomes a constant nagging ache that pulls at you no matter what else you try to do. To not tell that story, to deny that urge, can be physically painful. Being an author means having the key to release that story and send it out into the wide world, where it always wanted to be.

o   What are you working on now?  

A whole bunch of exciting projects! I'm finishing revisions on my YA novel, Glow, which will be published next year, and I'm almost done with the first book in my new chapter book series, Pocket Genius, which also releases in 2017. In addition, I'm about halfway done drafting my first nonfiction picture book.

o   What advice would you give aspiring writers?

Dream small--really! There's so much about publishing that's out of an author's control--which agent will show interest in your query letter; whether or not an editor will like your manuscript; which journals will review it; what sort of conferences you'll be invited to speak at; and ultimately, how well your book will sell. Once I started setting goals that were within my power to meet--is this idea fully developed; is this manuscript the absolute best I can make it--I found so much more peace along the often bumpy and frustrating path to publication.

o   What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?


Well, no one has ever asked me if I’d like to be part of the first colony on the moon. The answer is absolutely, unequivocally YES—on one condition: that I get to come back to Earth after a few years. There’s way too much I love about our wonderful world to say good-bye to it forever, even for the chance to live in space!

And, here are other stops on the Dump Truck Duck Blog Tour which have happened in recent days, so that you can visit and see what other bloggers thought of this wonderful children's book from Megan Bryant...



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Thanks to the author, Megan Bryant, one lucky reader will win a copy of her new release, "Dump Truck Duck", to share with that special child in their life.  To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

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More About the Author:

Megan E. Bryant is the author of more than 170 books for children. Her books Mythlopedia: Oh My Gods! and Mythlopedia: She's All That! were VOYA Honor Books. She lives in North Carolina.  

You can learn more about Megan and other books she has written by visiting her official website - http://meganebryant.com/.


Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.