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Don't Miss September 2013

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

Donald McDermott

Back to Oz

One of the most iconic films of all time is back on the big screen for a special one-week only showing of The Wizard of Oz. Originally presented in 1939, the film tells the timeless tale of a Kansas girl’s magical journey over the rainbow. Don’t miss your chance to see The Wizard of Oz on the big screen in 2D and in stunning 3D beginning September 20. A special DVD release follows on October 1.


Just in time for the start of football season, EA Games proudly presents Madden NFL 25. Featuring 30 new moves, a precision modifier, and state-of-the-art graphics, the anniversary edition of the wildly popular video game gives kids of all ages the chance to become their favorite players on their favorite teams. Madden NFL 25 is available now for the Playstation 3 and XBox 360 game systems.

Dear Diary

The Hallmark Channel’s popular Walden Family Theater Series continues with Dear Dumb Diary. Based on the Scholastic children’s book series from author Jim Benton, the family flick follows a spunky young girl with an active imagination, who tells all her secrets to her diary and sometimes even slips into her own fantasies. Dear Dumb Diary airs on September 6. Check you local listings.

A Second Serving

After the disastrous food storm, Flint Lockwood returns home to help clean up his island in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. The follow up to the 2009 animated hit follows Flint on a delicious adventure when he discovers that his food machine has been creating mutant foods like hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, and apple pie-thons. The film will be served to audiences on September 27.

For the Birds

One of the most popular mobile games ever comes to your home game system as Activision presents the Angry Birds Trilogy. Available for the XBOX 360, Playstation 3 and Wii game systems, the new game offers hours of slingshot firing fun while strengthening precision and coordination. Pick up your copy in stores or online today.

Under the Sea

Walt Disney Pictures introduces one of its greatest treasures to a brand-new generation by presenting The Little Mermaid. This beautifully restored animated classic tells the story of Ariel, a mischievous mermaid who is fascinated with all things human. Featuring award-winning songs and edge-of-your-seat action for the entire family, The Little Mermaid floats back into theaters on September 13, and it will be offered in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.

Storybook Treasures

Just in time to get kids back to school and prepared for the classroom, Scholastic Storybook Treasures, Inc., offers two new DVD releases. Choose from Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late...and More Stories from Mo Willems, or Children Make Terrible Pets...and More Stories About Family. Featuring pigeons, bunnies, dinosaurs and more, both DVDs are available in stores and online.

King of the Hill

Exhilarating jumps, fun tricks, eye-catching scenery, and colorful bikes and outfits are all part of the fun in Hill Bill. Balloon 27’s fun-filled new app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch encourages players to become a motorcycle riding daredevil. Start as a beginner and travel through 60 levels on your way to becoming a master. For more information, visit www.balloon27.com.

Ballet Basics

Acclaimed Russian Prima Ballerina Diana Vishneva brings her talent and enthusiasm to children in an all-new educational DVD. AllyCat the Ballet Cat uses a group of wonderful, multi-ethnic young dancers to introduce children to ballet while inspiring them to get moving and stay active. Order your copy today at www.arzura.com.

New on DVD

Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution ease your preschooler’s transition to the new school year by presenting an array of all-new DVDs. Choose from exciting titles such as Dora & Blue’s Clues Double Feature: Dora’s Musical School Days & Blue’s Big Musical Movie; Let’s Learn: Colors; Nickelodeon Favorites: First Day of School; Team Umizoomi; and many more. All titles are available now.

This column appeared in the September 2013 issue.