Don't Miss July 2012

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

Donald McDermott

App-tastic

Super Duper presents two new colorful apps for Apple products. Eye-catching and simple to use, the Has & Have Fun Deck and Opposites Fun Deck apps include illustrated images found in the Super Duper Fun Deck print versions as well as audio of all text on the Fun Deck cards. Each one gives parents and educators the tools to keep track of students’ progress and monitor results. For information, visit www.superduperinc.com.

Animal Antics

Based on the animated film, Madagascar 3: The Video Game puts players in the role of their favorite characters. A unique combination of action, adventure and circus mini-games accompany Marty, Gloria, Alex and Melman on their journey home to New York. Available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii.

A Tangled Web

Shy teenager Peter Parker embraces his incredible destiny in The Amazing Spider-Man (Sony Pictures). The reboot of the classic story has Parker struggling to deal with high school, his first love, his new powers and a mysterious briefcase that may hold the key to his parents’ disappearance. Opening July 3, the highly anticipated flick stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans.

Undersea Dora

Dora returns for an awesome adventure in Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Rescue in Mermaid Kingdom. The DVD release from Nickelodeon Studios features a chance to rescue Benny from Coconut Island and a journey through a moonlit storybook world.

Break the Ice

Lovable animal pals Diego, Manny and Sid are back for their greatest venture yet in Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D (20th Century Fox). Opening July 6, the tale includes ruthless pirates, a brave new world and exotic aquatic creatures. Find out what happens when the boys find themselves separated from the herd and set adrift on an iceberg. The hilarious film boasts the vocal talents of Ray Romano, Denis Leary and John Leguizamo.

Spy Stories

Introduce your little ones to a secret agent with nerves of “teal” by picking up Phineas and Ferb: The Perry Files. The combo DVD pack captures Perry’s greatest missions, a digital copy and a special character activity kit. Bonus features include a special spy recruiting video and virtual tour inside Perry’s personal play bus.

Darkest Knight

Christopher Nolan takes the director’s reigns again for The Dark Knight Rises. The third installment in the wildly popular Batman franchise finds Gotham City’s masked protector up against super villains Bane and Catwoman. Opening July 20, the movie stars Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy and Christian Bale as the legendary caped crusader.

Be Brave

Join Merida and other popular characters as you run, jump and battle your way through the rugged landscape of mythical Scotland in Brave: The Video Game. Spinning off Disney Pixar’s animated summer hit, the game is designed for the Xbox Kinect, PlayStation 3, Wii and Nintendo DS. The title is rated E for Everyone.

Seuss is Loose

Warner Home Video serves up laughs and lessons in Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham and Other Stories. The recently remastered TV classic introduces outrageous characters, important messages and timeless tales for the family. Available now on DVD and Blu-ray.

Conquering Pokemon

Become a warlord and command warriors in Pokemon Conquest. The cutting-edge game for the Nintendo DS takes the Pokemon saga to another level. The game is rated E for Everyone. Pick up a copy in stores or online.

This column appeared in the July 2012 issue.