Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sesame Street: Learning Rocks Available on DVD and Digital July 22! -- Review and #Giveaway (3 winners)

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



With Special Celebrity Appearances by Run DMC, Anna Faris, Dax Shepard, Michael McKean and Donald Glover




So much for the girls taking a nap today.  Instead, they saw me move the Sesame Street: Learning Rocks DVD we received in the mail this AM, and kept asking to watch it.  As soon as the DVD started playing, the girls went from rubbing their eyes and being tired to getting their second wind and dancing around the living room, without a care in the world.  Oh, how I miss those days that you could lay down for 10-15 minutes and then get a second wind.



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Synopsis:



"It’s time to rock n’ roll!  Sesame Street and its lovable monsters help kids learn how to solve problems using music.  Enjoy these melodic moments when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, release Sesame Street: Learning Rocks on DVD and digital July 22, 2014 for $14.98/$9.99 SRP. 

When famous rocker Virgil Von Vivaldi (Michael McKean, playing a spoof of his This Is Spinal Tap character) shows up on Sesame Street, it is up to Elmo, Abby, Zoe and friends to use their creativity to make a new rock band for Virgil.  The catch?  Virgil’s wants his “rock” band to be made entirely out of rocks!  Elmo and friends take on this fun challenge and set out on a quest to find the perfect rocks for Virgil.  They identify each rock they come across and study its characteristics to decide how it can be best used in the band.  First, they find a tiny pebble that they realize is too light to be the lead singer, but can be the tambourine player instead.  Elmo then spots a heavy rock that he determines will play the gong.  Zoe then meets Rocco, whom she identifies as a basalt rock, a type of igneous rock that was formed by a volcano.  Because basalt rocks have many holes, he too cannot be the lead singer, but can be the bass player.  Next, Elmo finds a limestone with fossils in it that will be the flute player.  Zoe finds a shiny rock called obsidian that can play the oboe. Then, Abby finds marble that is sparkly and colorful and can play the mandolin.  Still in search of a lead singer, Abby changes Vergil into a smooth, sparkly rock called a gem.  With all the pieces in place, it is finally time to rock on!"


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The DVD includes another full episode that features Donald Glover from the hit show, "Community" that my husband and I watch, who plays the rock star LMNOP (a spoof of the musical duo LFMAO).  He is all set to perform for the kids on Sesame Street, but has lost his equipment.  Instead of cancelling the performance, Telly and friends must work fast to create replacements in time for LMNOP's big show.  

Here is the fun clip showing how Donald Glover got create by using a lampshade as a microphone and a cardboard box and elastics for a guitar.  


Very creative and fun, and his "Figure It Out" tune sure is catchy, don't you think? :-)


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This upcoming DVD release also contains a fun story about Elmo discovering a grasshopper and stars rapper Rev Run (from Run DMC) showing it how to “hop this way.” Families will also find special appearances from actress Anna Faris,actor Dax Shepard, as well as bonus segments “Abby’s Flying Fairy School” and “Elmo The Musical.”

Elmo thought that there was no rock on Sesame Street, but he was wrong.  And, thanks to this new upcoming DVD release, kids will not only learn about rock, but see how musically talented their favorite characters on Sesame Street are, when they get a little help from their celebrity friends. :-)  Even though I used to watch Sesame Street as a child, I don't remember the different celebrity appearances that were made.  But, now that I sit down and watch the series, now in its 44th year, I find msyelf enjoying seeing actors and actresses I love watching on TV and big screen stopping by Sesame Street.  It is like a little entertainment for parents, as children enjoy the storylines featuring their favorite puppet friends. :-)

I have to admit, even though it has been a long week so far, I found myself tapping my feet to the catchy rock songs, before the girls pulled me off the couch to dance and sing along with them.  And, now, as they drift off to sleep, I can't get "Figure It Out" and other catchy songs from this upcoming DVD out of my head. :-)

I can't want to hear what you and your children think of this new DVD, which will surely come in handy for rainy days and long car rides this summer and beyond. So, don't forget to make a point to pick it up or pre-order it now, as it releases on DVD on July 22nd. 

--GIVEAWAY--

Thanks to the kind folks at Warner Bros. Home Entertainmet, three (3) lucky readers will win a copy of the new Sesame Street: Learning Rocks to share with their child(ren).  To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!



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About Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, the landmark television program that reaches millions of children every day in more than 150 countries. The Workshop’s mission is to use the educational power of media to help children everywhere reach their highest potential. Delivered through a variety of platforms, Sesame Workshop develops research-based content – including television programs, books, games, mobile apps and community engagement initiatives – that supports early childhood learning, helps prepare children for school, and addresses developmental needs. The Workshop’s programs are tailored to the needs of specific regions and focus on topics that help young children and families develop critical skills for lifelong learning. For more information, visit us at www.sesameworkshop.org.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution, interactive entertainment, technical operations and anti-piracy 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, as well as directly to consumers through WBShop.com.

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

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