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Don't Miss September 2015

Family-friendly movies and games everyone's talking about.

Donald McDermott

Live Action Fairy Tale
One of the most beloved fairy tales of all time is ready to come to life on the small screen when Disney’s Cinderella comes to DVD. A modern classic that shines with beauty and imagination, this delightful live-action film follows spirited young Ella along on a magical adventure that includes a bullying stepmother and stepsisters, a royal ball, a handsome prince, fairy Godmother, and one loose glass slipper. Disney’s Cinderella will be available for purchase on September 15. Pre-order your copy today!

Hotel Hijinks
A family get-together brings centuries-old vampire Vlad to town, along with some secrets and drama, as he visits the estranged son he hasn’t seen in years in Hotel Transylvania 2 (Sony Pictures). The animated sequel sees the ancient houseguest turn everybody’s life upside down, from Drac and his daughter Mavis to hotel regulars such as Frank, Wayne Werewolf, and Murray the Mummy. Featuring the vocal talents of Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Selena Gomez and Mel Brooks, Hotel Transylvania 2 opens in theaters nationwide on September 25.  

Another exciting NFL season is about to get underway, and that means the long awaited release of a brand new video game for gamers and football fans of all ages! Madden NFL 16 will keep players on the edge of their seats with the most up to date player rosters, amazing action and state of the art graphics that will make you believe you are watching an actual NFL game! This season’s new release also comes with incredible upgrades, like Total Control Passing, Receiver/Defender Controls, Integrated Broadcast Graphics, Skills Trainer, a chance to build an NFL Team of your own with Connected Franchise Mode, and much more! Available in stores and online now, EA Sports presents Madden 16 for the Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One game systems.

Shakin’ It Up
Two girls from Brooklyn create a gaming empire in Game Shakers, Nickelodeon’s newest live action comedy, premiering September 12 at 8:30pm. Created by TV hit-maker Dan Schneider, the new series centers on middle-school students Babe, a girl who dreams big, and Kenzie, a girl who can code. Together they create the biggest mobile game of the year and team up with rap superstar Double G, his son Triple G and schoolmate Hudson to launch their own gaming empire. For more information, or for Game Shakers games, videos and full episodes, Nickelodeon fans can head to Nick.com.

Still Curious
Everyone’s favorite mischievous little monkey is back to his inquisitive ways in Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle. In this animated, adventure-filled feature-length movie, Curious George takes a trip to space but crash-lands in the jungles of Africa, leading to an unforgettable journey with new animal friends. Available in stores and online now from Universal Studios, Curious George 3 features the voices of Angela Bassett and John Goodman, along with music by the Plain White T’s.

On The Side
SideChef, the award-winning step-by-step cooking app, challenges kids to get in touch with their own inner chef. The Kids Summer Cooking Contest encourages participants to choose a dish to make from more than 30 breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and snack recipes. Take a picture of each original creation and share it on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag, #SideChefKids. Then register online at www.sidechef.com/kidscookingcontest. The first fifty entries will receive a special apron just for kids, and the two families who cook the most recipes will win a customized gift that include a personalized lunch box, a $100 gift card to their grocery store of choice and delicious homemade treats from SideChef. Entries will be accepted through October 20, 2015.

Fast and Fur-ious
The popular lasagna loving, Monday hating feline is back and behind the wheel in Garfield Kart. Created exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS game system by Ravenscourt, the exciting new release invites you to join Garfield, Jon, Odie, Nermal and the rest of their friends on a series of fast, funny, and unforgettable races. Fans will be kept busy for hours on end with hundreds of collectables and customization parts to unlock, daily challenges to face and advanced driving skills to master. Garfield Kart is available for purchase now and is rated E for Everyone.

Another Run
In this next chapter of the epic “Maze Runner” saga, Thomas and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet - searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Based on the second book in the 4-novel series, their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD’s vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all. 20th Century Fox brings Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials to theaters on September 18.

A Howling Good Time
Just in time for Halloween, everyone’s favorite wolf pack is back for a spooky all new adventure in Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave. Lionsgate Home Entertainment presents this animated thrill ride filled with humor and heartwarming moments when Runt the Omega wolf cub sneaks off to explore the haunted Saw Tooth Cave. Along the way he comes across a young wolf who’s been driven from her pack for being different, musters all of his courage to help her, and learns the joys of lending a paw to a friend in need. Copies are available in stores and online now.

Sun, Surf and Soundtrack
This summer, Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell and Grace Phipps picked up where they left off and reprised their characters in the wildly popular Disney Channel original movie, Teen Beach Movie 2.  Anyone in your family who loved the movie is sure to love the newly released soundtrack Just as much...if not more! Featuring 12 original songs from the movie and three bonus tracks, the rocking and rollicking soundtrack from Walt Disney Records includes favorites such as Best Summer Ever, Right Where I Wanna Be, Twist Your Frown Upside Down, and Gotta Be Me.

Donald McDermott is a co-editor.