Wednesday, December 4, 2013

New Family-Friendly Holiday Movies from Cinedigm Worth Checking Out (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent screener copies by the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.

“The Hive: A Very Buzzbee Christmas”  (SRP $12.95)

Pint-size viewers will have a lot to bee excited about this holiday season when The Hive, the animated TV series for preschoolers on Disney Junior from Bejuba! Entertainment, comes to DVD and digital for the first time! “A Very Buzzbee Christmas” features nearly 90 minutes of high-flying hijinks starring the tiny, stripy Bee family – Pappa Bee, Mamma Bee, Buzzbee, Rubee and Babee – as they buzz around the sky, take part in Honeybee Hive’s Harvest Festival of Lights and await the arrival of Pappa Christmas. The adorable new release captures all the most buzz-worthy themes of the popular series, including spending time with family, making friends, and finding out about the world and how it works.  Buzzbee Teaches: Holiday and Tradition; Teamwork; Compassion.

10 Episodes:

1. Postman Buzzbee

2. Buzzbee the Magician

3. Scooter Bee

4. Pappa Gets Fit

5. Buzzbee’s Secrets

6. Lord Bartlebee and the Teddy Bee

7. Festival of Light

8. Babee’s First Christmas

9. The Night Before Christmas

10. Buzzbee and the Snowbee


“The Secret World of Santa Claus: Elves in Toyland” (SRP $14.95) 


“The Secret World of Santa Claus: A Present for Santa” (SRP $14.95)

Kids and families will count down to Christmas with the DVD debut of the beloved international sensation, The Secret World of Santa Claus! The two special two-disc sets each feature a dozen episodes of the timeless animated series. In “The Secret World of Santa Claus: Elves in Toyland,” Santa, his reindeer and trusty elves sleigh into a land full of enchantment. But when they arrive, they find the meddlesome Gruzzlebeard has cast a wicked spell on the toys, making them come to life. With Christmas fast approaching, Santa and his elves must undo the maleficent magic before it’s too late…!

And in “The Secret World of Santa Claus: A Present for Santa,” children work with Santa’s elves to make him a gift so he won’t be the only person on the planet who never receives presents on Christmas. While they’re hard at work, the dastardly Gruzzlebeard unleashes hungry termites that nearly eat Santa’s house, along with his trademark suit with special powers! Santa is very distressed, but when he awakens to a big present outside, courtesy of the children, he discovers all hope is not lost.

“Enchanted Tales: The Night Before Christmas & The Christmas Elves” (SRP $9.95)

“Enchanted Tales: The Night Before Christmas & The Christmas Elves” brings two of the most beloved classic holiday tales to colorful animated life in a pair of complete 48-minute movies on one DVD! “The Night Before Christmas” presents a whimsical holiday surprise package bursting with comical elfin escapades, musical fun and inventive fairy magic. The festive tale is followed by “The Christmas Elves,” which centers on a kindhearted, orphan boy and his loyal cat as they discover the true spirit of the season in a Yuletide tale of musical, magical holiday cheer. The multi-award-winning Enchanted Tales series, produced by Golden Films and distributed in more than 80 countries around the world, has already delighted millions of young viewers through Comcast and Hulu.


My Thoughts:

One of my favorite things about Christmas, besides the lights, decorations and being able to spend time with family and friends who we don't see that often during the year, is getting to watch great family-friendly holiday movies with the girls.  When I was growing up, they didn't have television channels airing nightly holiday movies...oh, how I wished they did, as I would have been in heaven.  Instead, I would gather around the television with my brothers and parents Sunday nights to walk a Hallmark holiday movie, which my mom would always cry at.  During the week time, while waiting for these holiday shows to come on, my mom would play 1-2 movies we had recorded over the years on VHS.   :-)  I still have a handful of them to this day, including all the Claymation ones.

But, now years later, there are so many Christmas movies available for purchase, or airing nightly on television, starting as early as the day after Halloween.  So, I am able to get my holiday movie fix, while enjoying quiet time with the girls, all snuggled up on the couch. :-)  I wish you could see our growing holiday DVD collection, which the girls love to go and pick a movie from each day.  We started a tradition this year, where each night after dinner, the girls get to choose a holiday movie each to watch before bed.  Arabella is on a Barbie kick right now, so she oftentimes chooses the same holiday episode to watch.  When it comes to Savannah's choice, she loves waiting to see if new DVDs arrive in the mail, and will oftentimes ask to watch one of these.  So, recently, when I received a handful of Christmas movies from Cinedigm, Savannah was all smiles.  What movie to choose first, was her predictament.  She fell in love with the covers of each, especially The Hive one.  And, since receiving, I can report that we have watched all of the above DVDs a handful of times so far.  

Usually my husband is good with watching a movie like this once, but he has fallen in love with these holiday movies, and will sit and watch them over and over again with us.   We have been making a point to watch an episode a night from The Secret World of Santa Claus DVD sets we received, as they allow you to countdown to Christmas, as you eagerly await for Santa to arrive.  Being a fan of holiday classics, I have to say that my favorite of all the DVDs sent to review was the Enchanted Tales: The Night Before Christmas one.  My father used to read this classic story to us on Christmas Eve before having to head to work.  It is one of my favorite holiday childhood memories.  And, each and every time I hear the story read or see a movie rendition of it, I can't help but smile.

If you are looking for wholesome family-friendly holiday movies to add to your families growing DVD collection, why not consider the above holiday titles from Cinedigm?  I know you and your family will enjoy watching them, just as much as we have...for year to come. 

About Cinedigm:

Over the past decade, Cinedigm has led the digital distribution revolution that continues to transform the media landscape. In addition to its pioneering role in transitioning movie theatres from traditional film prints to digital distribution, Cinedigm continues to advance worldwide cinema modernization with its suite of software products allowing exhibitors and distributors to manage their newly digital businesses with efficiency, insight and certainty. And, as the leading distributor of independent content in the world, Cinedigm collaborates with producers and the exhibition community with unequalled transparency to market, source, curate and distribute quality content across all digital platforms to targeted and profitable audiences.

Disclosure:  I was sent screener copies by the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.

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