Shaun the Sheep: Shear Heat DVD review

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The troublesome farmyard gang is back as Shaun the Sheep™ returns on DVD on 21st July 2014. From Aardman, the acclaimed creators of Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep™ Shear Heat follows Shaun and his pals as they get up to yet more mischief!

Comprising of ten short episodes, viewers are welcomed back to Mossy Bottom Farm to follow Shaun, Bitzer and the rest of the gang as they embark on a series of fun-filled adventures. Including hilarious episodes such as Shaun the Fugitive, Bull Vs Wool and The Hang Glider, this animated series promises to keep the kids laughing all summer. As well as a range of exciting behind-the-scenes features, the DVD also includes the teaser trailer for Shaun the Sheep The Movie, which is being released on February 6th 2015, and an in-pack colouring sheet.

Episodes included on this DVD:

·         Shaun the Fugitive

·         Mission Inboxible

·         The Rounders Match

·         Film Night

·         Bull Vs Wool

·         The Piano

·         The Snapshot

·         Prickly Heat

·         The Hang Glider

·         The Shadow Play

Extra Features:

·         Behind the Scenes: Rigging

·         Behind the Scenes: Animating Shaun

·         Behind the Scenes: Sheep Maintenance

·         While the Animator’s Away

·         Shaun the Sheep: Movie Teaser Trailer

About Shaun the Sheep

Shaun the Sheep, Aardman’s family favourite TV series, is recognised the world over for its slapstick humour, distinctive look and strong, quirky characters and enjoyed across multiple media platforms. First appearing in Nick Park’s 1995 Academy Award winning Wallace & Gromit film ‘A Close Shave’, Shaun then went on to star in his own series which launched on BBC One in 2007.   The first Shaun the Sheep Movie is currently in production with feature film partner Studio Canal and scheduled for release in Spring 2015.

Comprising of 10 short episodes of the well loved British Animation it promises to be 70 minutes of pure laughter. My youngest enjoys the theme song and in between each episode he dances around the living room to the music, as soon as the episode starts he sits down and giggles away. Their favourite episode on the DVD is Film Night, where Shaun and Bitzer the dog are sitting down in a shed watching funny clips of themselves getting hurt or embarrassing moments in which the other is not amused at!

There are many appearances from the best loved Shaun the Sheep characters including Timmy, Bitzer, The Flock, The Farmer and the naughty pigs throughout the 10 episodes. The relationship between Bitzer and Shaun the Sheep is friendly and fun to watch. Bitzer is often found in the farmyard with a clipboard taking his job as sheepdog quite seriously when the farmer is around but once in the company of Shaun he will join in, if it suits him, with his wayward antics. Shaun the Sheep does not follow the Flock and is quite mischievous. Shaun often finds himself in tricky situations like the time in ‘Shaun the Fugitive’ when he tries to pinch cake for all the Flock but gets caught out by the Farmer and Bitzen as he is covered in cake. With his fun Nature it proves hard for the Farmer to stay mad with him.

Oliver, my youngest, is 3 and says that Shaun is naughty but funny.

This DVD is ideal for children aged 3 to 10, although with no words and only music the older of the age group would most probably under stand the humour a bit more than younger children. As a parent i would happily enough sit down with the children and watch the DVD with them as each episode is short and funny.

Be sure to join in the fun this summer as Shaun the Sheep – Shear Heat arrives on DVD on 21st July.

We was provided with a promotional copy of the DVD for the purpose of this review.

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Shaun the Sheep Spring Cleaning DVD Review

Shaun is baaaack…and creating havoc once more

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SHAUN THE SHEEP™ SPRING CLEANING ON DVD FROM 7th APRIL 2014

“Everyone’s favourite farmyard friend is back, as Shaun the Sheep™ returns on DVD on 7th April 2014. From Aardman, the acclaimed creators of Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep™ Spring Cleaning follows Shaun and pals as they get into more mischief than ever before around the farmyard.

Featuring ten short episodes, viewers are welcomed to Mossy Bottom Farm to follow Shaun, the leader of the flock, Bitzer and the rest of the gang as they embark on madcap adventures. In the comical episodes, the flock run into skateboarding trouble, take on a vicious pet rabbit and try out window cleaning on the farm. As well as a range of exciting behind-the-scenes features, the DVD also includes one episode, never-before-seen on TV, where Bitzer gets into trouble for trying out graffiti art!

Episodes included on the DVD:

  • The Shepherd
  • Hard to Swallow
  • Bye Bye Barn
  • The Skateboard
  • The Rabbit
  • The Stand Off
  • The Coconut
  • You Missed a Bit
  • Let’s Spray
  • The Crow

Extra Features:

  • Shaun the Sheep: How to Animate Shaun the Sheep using Animate
  • Behind the Scenes: Animators
  • Behind the Scenes: Directors
  • Behind the Scenes: Golly

We was sent a copy of the DVD to review, we was away over the Easter holidays so the boys have spent the past week watching the DVD and have now become big Shaun the Sheep fans, especially the youngest one who asks to watch the DVD every day.

Shaun the Sheep first appeared in the Academy Award winning Wallace & Gromit film ‘A close shave’, Shaun then went onto star in his own series which was launched on BBC one in 2007. The characters are quirky and funny and are very loveable.

When the boys watched the DVD the house was in complete silence until they erupted in laughter, every episode is comical and fun for all the family to enjoy.

My eldest’s favourite part of the DVD is in the the first episode when Shaun is training up for the sheepdog trials; when they turn up to the trials, it is pouring down with rain and they are the only ones their to enter, they quickly think that they are going to be awarded with the giant trophy but instead are presented with a little tiny one. Jak thought that this was hilarious and says that it is definitely his type of humour. The youngest likes the baby sheep, Timmy, who is always spitting out his dummy, he is in fots of giggles each time he sees it

The DVD runs for 70 minutes, with 10 episodes each running for about 7 minutes each long. It seems quite long but my youngest who is 2 and a half managed to sit through it without losing interest in the DVD.

I have been given a few Shaun the Sheep activity sheets for you to download including

  • Blitzer dot to dot
  • Colouring in sheets
  • Shaun’s face mask
  • Timmy’s face mask
  • Shirley’d face mask

You can download them here to print off Shaun The Sheep Spring Cleaning Activity Sheets

We was sent a copy of the DVD for the purpose of this review

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Postman Pat makes a special delivery to DVD

The nations favourite postman has been signed, sealed and delivered to the shelves of the shops in the shape of a DVD box. For the first time, you can now join Postman Pat and Jess the black and white cat in new digitally enhanced episodes from the complete 1980s and 1990s original TV Series. Postman Pat is also back in brand new episodes of ‘Special Delivery Service’ from series 2, with deliveries more challenging than ever before!

Postman Pat loves to help out his friends and family, strangers and even animals, he always has a smile on his face and is very friendly. He lives at Forge Cottage with his wife, Sara and son, Julian. Postman Pat delivers mail through out the busy village of Greendale but is almost always relied upon to resolve a problem or two.

The complete Series of One and Two have been released on to DVD, so you can now watch the first ever episodes of Postman Pat

Episode Synopses 

Series One: Postman Pat’s Finding Day, RRP: £6.99

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It’s Katy and Tom Pottage’s birthday and there are many parcels for them, but Katy is distressed as she has lost her favourite doll, Sarah-Ann. During his rounds, Pat asks everyone if they have seen Katy’s lost doll, but without success. Finally, Pat stops off at Sam Waldron’s mobile shop and decides to buy Katy a box of chocolates to cheer her up, and there on the shelf is the missing doll. Pat and Jess return the doll to Katy and stay for her birthday party, where Pat has tea and cakes and Jess has a saucer of milk.

Series Two: Postman Pat in a muddle, RRP £6.99

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Pat puts his glasses down on the Post Office counter just as Ted Glen brings in a huge parcel and puts in down on the counter – right on top of Pat’s glasses, breaking them. The glasses are now bent and crumpled and Pat does not have a spare pair! He borrows an old pair from Mrs Goggins, and Ted offers to drive him on his rounds but everything gets muddled, and Pat delivers the wrong letters to the wrong people. He accidently delivers a catalogue through the wrong door – into a barn – and then clambers up a ladder and drops through a trapdoor! Luckily Ted and Alf hear him and get him out. Back at the Post Office, Mrs Goggins finds that the glasses were broken and were not Pat’s but the Reverend Timms’ old ones which he was not going to throw away anyway. Pats glasses are safe and he can clearly see again.

Special Delivery Service; Series Two : Chinese Dragon, RRP £6.99

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It’s ‘Chinese Day’ at school and the children are really looking forward to a day of special Chinese themed celebration, helped by Michael. As a special surprise Michael has ordered a real Chinese Dragon costume which Pat picks up at the sorting office to deliver to the school. On the way though, naughty horse Pumpkin gets the dragon’s head stuck on his own and as he canters off into the fields the locals are terrified that there’s a REAL dragon on the loose. Thank goodness Pat is there to calm everyone down, bring Pumpkin home AND deliver the dragon to the children.

The boys and I were invited along to a special screening of the Postman Pat DVD’s, where we got to watch an episode from the first ever production of Postman Pat along with some newer versions. I knew the youngest would love watching it but wasn’t sure about the eldest, but I needn’t have worried as he sat there as still as the younger children did and after he said he thoroughly enjoyed them. Jak said his favourite was the SDS episode (newest versions) as it has an helicopter, quad bike, 4×4 and a very modern sorting office making the episodes all the more exciting. I found myself smiling and laughing away with the other children in the room as I watched helpful Pat save the day.

All DVDs are available at Amazon

we was invited along to the screening for the purpose of this post, no payment has been received

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Shrek the Musical DVD Review

Have you had the chance to go and watch Shrek the Musical? Did you love it that much that you want to watch it again and again? Or maybe you just haven’t had the time to go and watch it in the theatre

Well, Now you can have the best seat in the house and bring the magic home with you on a Deluxe Edition Blu-ray and DVD, Shrek the musical was filmed live on stage with 10 cameras, flawlessly capturing the magic of the performance making it available to everyone to watch.

Shrek the Musical tells the story of a swamp-dwelling ogre who goes on a life changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his land. The ogre who loves the solitude in his swamp, finds his life interrupted when many fairytale characters are exiled into his swamp by order of the fairytale-hating Lord Farquaad. When they tell him they have no where else to go Shrek tells them that he will go ask Farquaad to send them back.

Shrek and the wise cracking Donkey travel to Farquaad’s palace. In order to become a king, Lord Farquaad enlists the help of the green ogre Shrek to go rescue the Princess Fiona  from a tower fortress being guarded by a fire-breathing dragon so he can marry her. Though Shrek isn’t looking for any friends, he and Donkey do develop a bond on their quest, and once he meets Fiona, the nasty Ogre begins to develop tender, romantic feelings for the first time even though he knows she’s promised to another, Shrek learns that friendship and true love aren’t only found in fairytales.

“The musical is based on the story and characters from William Steig’s book Shrek!, as well as the DreamWorks Animation film and features a book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner, David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Olivier Award winner Jeanine Tesori, and is directed by Tony Award Nominee Jason Moore. Shrek the Musical is produced by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Production ltd.”

I knew from the start that this DVD would be a huge hit with my boys, Jak has performed a number of the hits from the show in his Theatre productions with theatre school, So I knew for sure that he would enjoy watching it, as well as the other two boys who love to sing. The boys sat down to watch the Musical DVD, with popcorn in hand and a blanket wrapped round them on the living room floor (they couldn’t get near enough to the screen!)

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And this is where they stayed until the Musical had finished!

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The boys were mesmerised! They sang along with the songs that they knew and laughed at the parts that were funny.

I asked the boys a few questions on the DVD;

Who is your favourite character and why?

Joseph: Donkey because he made me laugh

Jak: Pinocchio because he was extremely funny and I liked how his nose grew as he lied

What was your favourite part of the musical?

Joseph: It was the part when Donkey tried to become friends with Shrek and he sang  ‘Dont let me go’

Jak: It was the part when Shrek sang to Princess Fiona in the wedding scene and she turned into an Ogre

What is your favourite song from the Musical?

Joseph: Dont let me go

Jak: ‘I know it’s today’ as this is the song i sang in my theatre show

What is your overall opinion of the Musical?

Joseph: I would give it 10/10

Jak: I really enjoyed the DVD and would love to see it live as i think it is a five star musical.

Shrek the Musical on DVD is enchanting, magical, witty and very enjoyable for the whole family. The Songbook is an extra on the DVD  where the show comes to life and you can sing a long to your favourite songs from the show.

The DVD is available from 2nd December ’13 on Blu-ray priced at £24.99, £19.99 DVD and £9.99 Digital

We was sent a copy of the DVD for the purposes of this review

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Scooby Doo Adventures DVD Review and giveaway

All new scooby doo Puppet movie!

Get ready to experience the worlds famous scooby doo  and the crew like never before , in an original movie with a brand new puppet format . Zoinks!

Scooby doo! Adventures The Mystery Map DVD sees new-look Scooby and the gang embark on a mad, pizza-fuelled dash to find pirate Gnarlybeards hidden treasure. Confronting more than a few chilling obstacles along the way, watch as the slobbering hound and his band of crime busting puppet pals sniff out clues , only to have the map stolen by the frightening phantom parrot! RUH-ROH!

The gang must track down the mysterious, frightening Phantom Parrot who has the map to pirate Gnarlybeards hidden treasure. Scooby sniffs out the map’s clues, which lead him right to the spooky pirate ship, but once on board , what will Gnarlybeard be willing to do to protect his booty?

Scooby doo Where Are You?!

 

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The following is written by Jak, 11 years old:

“Last week i watched ‘Scooby Doo Adventures: The Mystery Map’ with my best friend, Josh ( We had a sleep over 😉 ).  The DVD is suitable for ages 2-12 and is 45min long. We found the movie very funny and unique. This video has the authentic feel of the muppets and the animated series of the crime fighting, myth bustin’, and pizza eating gang.”

The film is one to watch with the whole family, the animations are great. The boys sat and watched as part of a sleepover and all i heard were giggles all the way through. As the film is only 43 minutes long it is ideal for the younger children especially if they find it hard to sit still for long periods of time.

As a child i loved watching the Muppets and Scooby Doo so i think that it is brilliant that the both of them have been combined to produce this fun filled family film that can be watched again and again. The DVD would make a fabulous Christmas stocking/present!

The new format DVD, Scooby doo! Adventures: ‘The mystery Map‘, is available from 21st October 2013.

We was sent a copy for the purpose of this review and was generously given another one to giveaway

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The Lorax Like & Plant with Woodland Trust

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All kids like to get muddy for a good cause, and this National Tree Week they have an even better reason! As The Lorax is released on 3D Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital Download, Universal Pictures (UK) has teamed up with The Woodland Trust to create the first ever Facebook ‘Like and Plant’ app and have committed to plant a tree for every ten likes that The Lorax Facebook page receives during 12th and 25th November.

Dr Seuss’ The Lorax tells the story of the grumpy yet charming creature, The Lorax, and warns against mindless progress and the danger that it poses to the earth’s natural beauty.

In partnership with The Woodland Trust’s Nature Detectives Club, kids can sign up and join in the fun. To track the number of trees planted, and see if the target is reached, watch the tree counter app on The Lorax Facebook page. The Woodlands Trust is the UK’s leading charity championing native woods and trees. It has 300,000 members and supporters, it aims to protect native woods, trees and wildlife for the future and to inspire everyone young and old to enjoy and value woods and trees.

In addition to the Facebook page, people can get involved in person by planting their own tree at Woodland Trust’s events around the country, or attending other National Tree Week events. You can also register your own tree-planting event with the Tree Council, so you can get all your family and friends involved! Penny Pulfreyat the Woodland Trust said “We are delighted to be a part of this imaginative partnership between The Woodland Trust and The Lorax, and can’t wait to see how many trees are planted as part of the scheme. The Lorax is a film that highlights issues that The Woodland Trust is passionate about, so everyone should get involved, like and share the page and help protect our environment.”

Don’t miss the must-see kids film of the year The Lorax, available to buy on 3D Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital Download on 19th November. Dr seuss’ the Lorax is an adaption of dr.seuss’ classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. A Boy goes on a journey to search for the one thing that will enable him to win the heart of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the grumpy yet charming Lorax.

For more information or to view the ‘Like and Plant’ Facebook app please visit www.facebook.com/theloraxuk and for more information about the Woodland Trust, please visitwww.woodlandtrust.org.uk

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POP Party 10 CD Review

The boys love their music and dancing away to it. Jak attends theatre group every week where he has singing, dancing and acting classes, Joseph loves to sing away to Thomas the Tank and Moshi Monsters on the I Pad and Oliver loves to dance around the living room to what ever has a tune. It was wanting to sing a long with songs by reading the lyrics that helped Jak out in his reading when he was in Reception, he wanted to sing in the karaoke so much that he was determined to learn to read the words on the screen.
We go on holiday every year to a holiday park where Jak always enters the Talent contest and every time he sings his favourite song, this year he got through to the park finals of Park Resorts singing ‘Living on a Prayer’, he really enjoys it and is forever singing away to a song that is in the charts, his favourite song at the moment is PSY ‘Gangnam Style’, he is driving me insane with it! he sings it on the way to school, on the way back from school, at the dinner table and in bed, basically whenever he can, he also likes to do the dance moves to it and is forever You Tubing the video to watch it so he can learn the moves.

We was offered to review a childrens Pop CD and as the boys like music i agreed to do the review, we had no idea what sort of Cd we would be receiving but I was sure that whatever the music was they would enjoy listening to it. They was over the moon to discover that the CD was POP Party 10!

One look at the back of the CD and i knew it would be played again and agian as it had quite a few of the boys favourites on it, including ‘Gangnam Style’! It is packed with chart topping smash hits and some well known bands and singers.

1. PSY – Gangnam Style

2. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe

3. Maroon 5 – Payphone

4. Tulisa – Young

5. One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful

6. Justin Bieber – Boyfriend

7. Cheryl – Call My Name

8. Ne-Yo – Let Me Love You

9. Jessie J – Domino

10. Will.I.Am Feat. Eva Simmons – This is Love

11. Fun Feat. Janelle Monae – We Are Young

12. The Wanted – Chasing the Sun

13. Rihanna – Where Have You Been

14. Cover Drive – Twilight

15. Olly Murs – Dance With Me Tonight

16. Katy Perry – Part of Me

17. Stooshe – Black Heart

18. Conor Maynard – Can’t Say No

19. Alyssa Reid – Alone Again

20. Rizzle Kicks – Mama Do The Hump

21. JLS – Proud

22. The Saturdays – 30 Days

Not only is POP Party a Music Cd but it is also has 13 Music videos to watch on the DVD so your child can learn the dance moves to some of their favourite songs like ‘Gangnam Style’ and ‘Domino’.

And it doesn’t stop there either you will also receive lyric cards so you can sing along to the songs too! Brilliant for those who like a bit of karaoke (you will never sing the wrong words again lol )

20121109-064458.jpgWe had a mad half hour in our house yesterday where we put on the CD and danced and sang away to all of the songs, there wasn’t one song that we didn’t (as a family) not enjoy, There is such a great selection of music to suit all, Oliver my 15 Months old really enjoyed bopping away to ‘Call me Maybe’ and even cried when the song had finished. Jak was dancing to ‘Gangnam Style’ and thanks to the DVD he now knows all the moves really well, which he is teaching his little brothers to do too! Even i found myself singing away to the songs using the lyrics card, we all had lots of fun listening to the CD and thing it will get used lots of times over the christmas holidays as it is packed to the brim with feel good tunes.

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It was a big hit with Jak and he gives it a massive thumbs up.

You can buy this CD compilation from Universal Music for £10.99

This CD will make a fabulous stocking filler for christmas 2012, it will keep children, teenagers and adults entertained for hours.

We was sent a copy of the CD to review, all of the words and opinions are of my own.

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