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Don't Miss June 2012

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

Donald McDermott

Daring New Flick

A rebellious young princess looking to make her own path in life accidentally causes chaos for her kingdom in Brave (Walt Disney Pictures). The animated tale takes audiences to ancient Scotland as Princess Merida relies on nothing more than her archery skills and courage to set things right. The movie opens in theaters on June 22.

Father’s Day Magic

Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift for the basketball fan in your life? Tickets to the Broadway show Magic/Bird are sure to be a slam dunk. Featuring classic NBA footage, the captivating show follows the rivalry of basketball Hall of Fame legends Larry Bird and Earvin “Magic” Johnson and their journey from the NBA draft to the Olympic Dream Team. Catch Magic/Bird at the Longacre Theater, 220 W. 48th St., NYC. For tickets and information, call (212)239-6200.

Animal Magnetism

Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Gloria the hippo and Melman the giraffe are still fighting to get back to the Big Apple in Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (Dreamworks). This time around, the four friends find themselves on a different continent as part of a traveling circus. Opening on June 8, the film features the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Gabba Gabba Spies

Special guests, great music and exciting adventures abound in Yo Gabba Gabba: Super Spies. The DVD release from Paramount Home Media Distribution offers four episodes from the award-winning children’s series that viewers of all ages are sure to love!

Fast and Furious

Get behind the wheel of more than 50 of the most amazing modern and classic models ever assembled in Ferrari Legends. Atari presents this edge-of-your-seat game for Xbox 360 and PS3. The title includes a choice of multiple racing types, online competition and 36 circuits designed for a spectacular gaming experience.

Award-Winning Collections

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings two silver screen legends and Academy Award winners to DVD with The Frank Sinatra Film Collection and The John Wayne Film Collection. Each set is the perfect gift for the upcoming holiday.

Searching for a Star

JOON and Stardoll join forces to present the Search for the Next Natural Beauty Star. To enter, girls and their parents may visit www.joongirl.com/stardoll-shop and buy a specially priced JOON Natural Beauty Star package. Upon purchase, they receive a Stardoll virtual gift and a link to the JOON Natural Beauty Star registration page. The contest is running now through June 22.

Purr-fect Pleasures

Kids keep their clients happy and the money coming in when they play Paws & Claws: Pampered Pets Resort by THQ. Rated E for Everyone, the game lets little virtual shop owners manage their pets’ food supply, wash and groom them, pamper them with massages and upgrade the business. Pick up the title for the Nintendo 3DS in stores.

On the Rise

Cable network The Hub presents the brand new animated show Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters. Based on the popular Duel Masters trading card game, the amazing action-fantasy series has your youngsters on the edge of their seats during each episode. To find out more, visit www.kaijudo.com.

Stars on Sesame Street

Warner Home Video and Sesame Workshop come together to present Singing with the Stars on DVD. The special release features performances designed to educate children about the joys of song and dance. Celebrity guests include Alicia Keys, the Dixie Chicks, Andrea Bocelli and Adam Sandler, as well as some of your favorite friends from the Sesame Street crew.

This column appeared in the June 2012 issue.