PAW Patrol: Brave Heroes, Big Rescues

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PAW Patrol is one of Nick Jr.’s most popular new shows aimed at the kindergarten and elementary school set, packed with all the harmless action and cornball jokes that kids and immature DVD reviewers can’t help but snicker at. Brave Heroes, Big Rescues is the fifth themed collection of PAW Patrol episodes, and it doesn’t really change anything about the show’s formula or characters. Most episodes go like this: the six PAW Patrol canines (klutzy firefighter Marshall, aquatic expert Zuma, construction oaf Rubble, police officer Chase, recycling guru Rocky, and high-flying Skye) kill time until a citizen yelps for help, while ten-year old handler Ryder waits back at high-tech HQ with a curiously accurate animated breakdown of the situation before sending his pups to the rescue. At no point is it explained how their operation is funded, or why Marshall can heat up the siren on his fire engine to look for a lost backpack.

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As with past volumes (including the last one, Meet Everest) this 92-minute collection feels a little skimpy. Six episodes are included here: “Pups Save Jake”, “Pups Save the Parade”, “Pups Save a Mer-Pup”, “Pups Save a Friend”, “Pups Save a Stowaway”, and “Pups Bark With Dinosaurs”, all of which originally aired as part of the show’s second season during 2014-15. They’re presented more or less in random broadcast order, and the newest of the bunch (“Pups Bark With Dinosaurs”, one of two “double-length” or 22-minute episodes) is over six months old already. That’s odd, considering PAW Patrol is a few months into its third season and this loose collection of episodes has no obvious theme that would prevent newer episodes from making the cut. Either way, the real first-world problem here is that four of the included six episodes are standard 11-minute shorts, which brings down the “bang for your buck” value of this disc. A lesser kids’ show probably wouldn’t get away with it, but $15 for 90 minutes of entertainment is a stiff price for all but the most enthusiastic fans. Aren’t poor parents shelling out enough for the toys already?

After a few ads, warnings, and logos, Paramount’s DVD opens with colorful menu designs that are easy to use…but honestly, do we really need four separate selection screens for seven episodes? This one-disc release arrives in an eco-friendly blue keepcase with a matching slipcover and two promotional inserts. No bonus features are included.

‘Frozen 2′ release date rumors: Plot written, new female villain expected

It is spring season but it feels like winter for “Frozen” fans with news that “Frozen 2” is already in the works.

It was confirmed by the voice behind Princess Anna, Kristen Bell in an interview with E! News, “They’ve just written it and they’re still doing tweaks, but I think we should be recording this month.” The news is music to the ears of little girls all over the world who sang along to Princess Anna and Queen Elsa in the movie “Frozen.”

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“Frozen” was a phenomenal hit for Walt Disney. As if the $1 billion global box office revenue isn’t proof enough of its success, it bagged two Academy Awards and was made into a Broadway musical. Three years after its release, it is still continuously winning the hearts of moviegoers of all ages.

This smash turnout caused the delay in making “Frozen 2,” according to Kristen Bell. “That’s why it took them so long to even announce that we were doing a second one. Generally when you have a first successful movie you want to make a second one. It took them a while because they wanted to figure out what story they needed to tell and what would be important and engaging and I think they found it,” she revealed in the same interview with E! news.

A sequel to “Frozen: has been buzzing ever since. Fans have clamoring for a new story of the loving sisters Anna and Elsa, who proved that blood is thicker than water even when frozen – pun intended. Because of the strong following to “Frozen”, fans came up with different theories that might be included in “Frozen 2“.

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A new female villain is expected in “Frozen 2″. Since it was Queen Elsa who played a protagonist and antagonist at the same time in the first movie, rumor has it that it will be Princess Anna this time. Queen Elsa was able to overcome her fear of her own powers with the help of her sister in “Frozen.” Wouldn’t be it exciting if Princess Anna will have her own powers as well? That is what many fans are speculating. It would be an interesting plot twist for the sisters to find their way to each other if the tables were turned. Fans are indeed into coming up with exciting theories.

Disney has yet to announce the official release of “Frozen 2.”

5 Reasons Zootopia Is Still Making A Fortune At The Box Office

For the past three weekends, Disney’s Zootopia has ruled the box office roost, bringing in a surprising amount of moviegoers and box office dollars. Sure, it’s one of Disney’s best films in the past decade or so, but it’s safe to assume that nobody thought the story of a rabbit and a fox cracking down on crime would be such an off season juggernaut. Which asks the question of how exactly this came to be, a question that we intend to answer five times over. Here now are the five reasons we think Zootopia has been the apex predator of the cinematic food chain.

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There’s A Lack Of Competition For Family Box Office
If The Little Prince had maintained its March 18th release date, you might have seen a bit of competition standing against Disney’s Zootopia. But with no other children’s films to speak of, and the law of diminishing returns ravaging The Divergent Series: Allegiant’s opening weekend, Zootopia has had no problem dispatching of monsters, bumbling spies, and any other upstart that’s tried to take the crown. With a film like this guaranteeing at least double the ticket money, when factoring in one parent into the equation, Zootopia couldn’t help but be a hit. Though it helps that the adults are enamored with the film’s style as well.

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There’s Too Many Gags To Catch In One Viewing
You can’t write off Zootopia as strictly a children’s film, no matter how many times you try. Part of the reason that the film crosses over so well with adult audiences is the fact that the film has so many jokes to catch up with. Between the gags sprinkled in the dialogue, as well as the easter eggs and sight gags that are more accessible to everyone, there’s a lot to take in while laughing. So, of course, some intrepid viewers have probably seen Zootopia a good three or four times in order to catch something a friend of theirs noticed.

What’s not to love about Paw Patrol—if you’re a kid?

There are two kinds of children’s shows: the ones childless people have heard of, and the ones that are truly for children. Paw Patrol is the second kind. A computer-animated Canadian series about a boy named Ryder and his team of problem-solving dogs in a generic town known as Adventure Bay, Paw Patrol hasn’t inspired a cult of adult fans like My Little Pony; it doesn’t wink to parents the way SpongeBob SquarePants did. But since 2013 it’s been winning the hearts and minds of kids on TVO in Canada, Nickelodeon in the U.S., and, increasingly, around the world. “It’s probably the biggest kids’ show going right now,” says Frank Falcone, president and creative director of Guru Studio, which provides the animation.

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One seemingly unrelated news story after another testifies to the fact that Paw Patrol is everywhere. In February, a Liverpool chain of pubs tried to hold an “unofficial Paw Patrol event” during school holidays, though it reportedly had to be cancelled when Nickelodeon objected to the unauthorized use of its characters. That same month, Popsugar reported that a three year-old in Brooklyn tried to wrap his favourite slinky toy around his neck: it had pictures of Paw Patrol characters on it.

Last year the show’s producer, toymaker Spin Master, sent out a Paw Patrol tour bus that made the rounds of events like U.S. state fairs—events that, like the show itself, don’t get a lot of publicity but attract a lot of children. And during the Christmas season last year, the Guardian reported that Paw Patrol toys were becoming a hot item, with “some parents paying double or triple the normal price” to get them in time for the holiday.

The conventional wisdom is that successful kids’ entertainment needs to work on two levels, the way Pixar movies create journeys that are fulfilling for children and adults. But while the computer-animated Paw Patrol may look a bit like a Pixar movie, it often leaves grown-ups baffled, and there’s a cottage industry of online pieces expressing dismay at its existence. Craig Silverman took time out from his main job as editor of Buzzfeed Canada to write a 19-part piece on “why Paw Patrol is a terrible kids’ show,” starting with the fact that all the adult characters are idiots: the only reason Ryder and the dogs have so many problems to solve is because of people like Capt’n Turbot, a captain who “should have his boating licence revoked due to extreme stupidity.”

Others have attacked the stereotypical portrayal of (and lack of merchandising for) its first female character, Skye—she rides a pink helicopter. There is now a second she-pup, Everest; still, E.R. Catalano, who writes the humourous parenting blog Zoe vs. the Universe, wrote a tongue-in-cheek piece about the effect the show was having on her daughter: “I was concerned Zoe was sexist since she seemed to prefer the male dogs to the female ones!”

Above all, the show is so toyetic—yes, that is a real word—that some animators may have been initially suspicious of the concept: “To be honest, when it came in our door, no one at our studio really wanted to touch it,” says Falcone, whose studio also animates and produces the show Justin Time. “They thought it was kind of trashy looking, and it was from a toy company, and there was nothing pure about it in their eyes.”

But there is at least one thing pure about Paw Patrol: it aims at preschool children and tries to be a show for them. It rarely winks at the adult audience. Many kids’ shows do, and the more grown-up material a children’s program has, the more likely it is to get favourable reviews. But on Paw Patrol, the dialogue is simple and easy to understand, and the episodes follow a clear pattern.

The formulaic nature of the stories, which more sophisticated kids’ shows disdain, is part of what appeals to the core audience. “Preschoolers need a certain element of repetition,” says Laura Clunie, Spin Master’s vice-president of entertainment. “We don’t want to be predictable, we want them to have new adventures. But within that, in the beginning you’ll have the pups playing around, they’ll have a relaxing moment, and then something happens which draws their attention. Ryder will call them up to the tower, they know their mission, and then they go out and make it right. That’s the shell that we follow.”

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Children may not like material that is aimed over their heads. Sesame Street has gotten great press for doing parodies of grown-up shows like Mad Men and Game of Thrones. But as Jessica Pressler reported at Vulture this year, the producers of the show discovered that actual children were going through “fatigue” with adult humour. “The kids never got the parodies,” the senior vice-president of Sesame Workshop declared, ordering the writers to deal more with subjects that are relevant to preschoolers.

“They don’t care,” adds Drew Magary, who wrote for Deadspin about watching Paw Patrol with his kids. “Obviously it doesn’t matter to them if that one episode of Sesame Street was an elaborate Godfather parody. That means nothing to them.” Catalano adds: “I think it is strictly for kids—no meta-absurdity for parents to enjoy except for what we create ourselves.”

What a show like Paw Patrol relies on instead is simple jokes. “It’s mostly visual humour, and cute moments between the pups,” Clunie says. The dialogue depends as much as it can on catchphrases, such as, “No job is too big, no pup is too small!” in addition to devices like alliteration (“Those gulls have got to go!”), which are easily understood and easy to translate into other languages.

Even some parents enjoy the fact that the sonic and visual styles are friendly, charming kids rather than overwhelming them. Magary explains that he tries to steer his kids “to gentler stuff” like Paw Patrol, because “I think stuff that’s more hyper with lots of quick cuts and loud noises mess with their heads.”

In addition to not overwhelming kids’ senses, the series tries to reassure parents by teaching lessons about good values and friendship. Tara Tucker, a vice-president at Spin Master, says that the parents who like it “are fans of the show because of the positive messaging.” The show will never teach cynicism or irony the way some kids’ shows do.

But even the lessons seem more directly aimed at kids than the morals on more acclaimed series. Falcone says the formula of Paw Patrol stories is based on the concept of teaching kids to assemble the right tools for a project. “Someone’s in trouble, usually another animal, and they have to gather, analyze what the problem is, and then deploy the right dogs to go solve that problem,” he says. “Ryder is the vessel character: you look at him and say, ‘If I were that character, I would choose these three dogs.’ ” When asked what the series is teaching his kids, Magary replies: “I dunno, teamwork and stuff. That’s all good.” But the setup of the show—a kid with an unlimited budget, cool gadgets, and puppy friends—is as much a fantasy as a lesson.

None of this means parents have much reason to love the show, and some are worried about it. The top consumer review of the show on the parents’ advocacy site Common Sense Media calls it “a construction out of the mind of a market researcher,” while another calls it “carefully engineered to appeal to little-boy interests.” But children might wonder if it’s so bad that a show is crafted to appeal to them, not their parents. The message that all adults are incompetent, and only children and puppies can solve problems, is bound to strike a chord with them.

The sense that older people just don’t get it may be enhanced by the way the producers connect the stories to modern-day technology. Ryder often communicates through what looks like a smartphone, and the stories operate on the basis that the characters are in constant contact through screens. When kids’ shows deal with technology, they sometimes pander to parents by making smartphones look evil or distracting; on Paw Patrol, tech literally saves lives.

Clunie says this choice was “not from a product placement point of view,” but just an attempt to portray a world that modern kids would recognize: “You’ll have Ryder with a tablet, and it stands to reason that he needs to use it to communicate with the pups, and call them to him, and adduce information. It’s used to help the audience understand where we’re at in the story and how we’re going to move forward.” Many kids’ shows seem like they’re set in the past—including Sesame Street, which takes place in an inner-city neighbourhood from the 1960s. Paw Patrol is mostly non-nostalgic.

All of this means grown-ups will mostly have to scratch their heads and wonder why their children are demanding puppy-related toys. “I can’t explain it,” Magary says of the success of this and other cute Canadian cartoons, like Caillou. “Frankly, I was hoping you Canadians had answers for me.” The only answer may be that it’s not for you, it’s for them. Parents are learning to resign themselves to that. “It’s a relatively benign influence,” Catalano says of the show’s impact on her daughter. “For instance, the dogs were treated to pizza at episode’s end and she turned to me and said, ‘Can we have pizza tonight?’ As long as they’re not trying meth, I guess I’m okay with that!”

Paw Patrol: Brave Heroes Big Rescues (DVD) Review

Ever since the series debuted on Nick Jr., I’ve been a fan of Paw Patrol, as there’s just something cool about it that makes you want to watch no matter how old (or young) you are. Nickelodeon also seems to enjoy the show as much as the viewers do, as they’ve released yet another collection of the pups and their heroic deeds with the : Brave Heroes Big Rescues DVD. Featuring nearly 90 minutes of edutainment for young and old alike, it’s another great release for families to add to their viewing collection.

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There’s plenty of puppy powered action in the episodes featured here, such as in “Pups Save Jake” and “Pups Save the Parade” where Jake and Chase go exploring in a cave which starts out fun enough but takes a turn for the worst when Jake’s ankle gets stuck between some rocks. Luckily Chase and the gang are there to come to the rescue. Then in the second episode, Adventure Bay’s Parade Day seems to be going well until Alex ends up placing too many balloons on Katie’s bathtub float, causing Cali and Chickaletta to fly away to dangerous heights that makes for a job only the Paw Patrol can handle.

“Pups Bark with Dinosaurs” is a fun episode that has the gang checking out a big excavation dig in the jungle along with Cap’n Turbot who is looking for dinosaur fossils. They end up finding more than they bargained for when they dig up some fossilized eggs that hatch into a few baby pterodactyls that cause all sorts of trouble around Adventure Bay. Of course it falls to the Paw Patrol to round them up and find a safe place for them before the town is completely overrun with trouble. There’s a few more episodes featured here that capture just as much fun and adventure as the ones mentioned above, and are sure to have viewers cheering for the pups.

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Speaking of featured content, those looking for any extras or special features won’t find any on this release. But thankfully as with the previous Paw Patrol collections, the episodes look and sound great for a DVD release. And with the content running at 90 minutes, it’s just the right length for both kids and their parents to watch together.

The Paw Patrol: Brave Heroes Big Rescues DVD is a great gift for young ones or those young at heart that enjoy watching a simple yet entertaining show. It might be lacking special features, but it more than makes up for it with its special blend of fun characters and exciting adventures that you’ll want to rescue to be with your other Paw Patrol releases.

Stars of popular children’s TV show Paw Patrol are coming to Northern Ireland this summer

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Stars of popular children’s TV show Paw Patrol are coming to Northern Ireland this summer.

Chase & Marshall from Nickelodeon’s hit children’s TV series will be making their debut appearance at the Dalriada Festival, Co Antrim on July 16 and 17.

The heroic pups will be appearing during meet and greet sessions at intervals on both days during the festival to be sure to bring the kids along to see them and don’t forget your camera.

This year’s festival at Glenarm Castle promises the the strongest, biggest and best festival line-up to date.

From Andrew Strong, to the Highland Games V Strong Man Competition and an eclectic mix of entertainment for all the family in between, the Dalriada Festival at Glenarm Castle has something for everyone.

Day passes are on sale now and with 33% discount on all day passes purchased before March 22, you’d better be quick.

And not to mention kids go FREE with paying adults.

For more information or to book tickets visit the Dalriada Festival website.

Did Disney’s marketing of “Zootopia” do justice to the film?

When a film makes over $70 million in an opening weekend, it is hard to argue that the marketing team behind a movie did a subpar job. In all fairness to Walt Disney Animation, the trailers and tactics used for this movie worked on a level, by creating a fun and seemingly harmless atmosphere around the film. This likely increased the level of interest in kids, or families with children, but the fact of the matter was, there had not been a movie targeted to children since “Kung Fu Panda 3” in January.

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However, the critical success of the film snuck up on many Disney fans, myself included. Among friends and other people I had talked to, most thought the movie was going to be “Dreamworks quality” or a return to the early 2000s for Disney. Some thought the ceiling for the movie, based solely on its marketing, was going to be more in line with “Bolt,” a film that is fun, but ultimately does not come up in conversations about great Disney movies.

After this week though, it is hard to argue that case anymore. With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 99%, a Metacritic score of 78%, and a $73.7 million opening weekend box office, the film is an unbelieveable success for Disney Animation. With “Moana” still on the horizon, it is hard to argue against the idea that Disney Animation is in Renaissance 2.0 mode, with “Wreck-It-Ralph,” “Tangled,” “Frozen,” and “Big Hero 6” representing a run in Disney history that stacks up against any decade in Disney history (and we’re only 6 years in).

Still, the subject matter of “Zootopia” and the genre choices were the most shocking about the film. With many thinking that the movie would be a simple “talking animals movie,” it instead mixed elements of mystery, crime comedy, and solid commentary on the current state of police activity. The film found a way to walk the tightrope between portraying police officers in a negative light, while maintaining that some bad apples do not create a broken system. Its mystery elements harkened back to “The Great Mouse Detective” and “The Rescuers,” but held onto comedy aspects one would expect to find in a film like “Ocean’s 11” or “The Big Lebowski.”

This is no doubt a very different film than we expected, and we have to place some of the blame on Disney. It’s possible they didn’t realize that their film would resonate so strongly with young adults or with the politically charged climate in America right now. Yet, the film that was sold to us lowered expectations to the point that many thought the film would be Disney Animation’s first misstep in its run. What we got were cute scenes of sloths, that ultimately had little to do with the film as a whole.

The problem that the marketing presents though, is that it tells audiences that unless Disney embraces the schtick of “The Minions” or low stakes animation stories, that audiences won’t show up. I think audiences are more grown up than that. If we knew it was a mystery/noir film with comedy, audiences still would have shown up. We would have loved to see a Disney that would lampoon itself, make pop culture jokes, and engage with the zeitgeist. These are the elements that will let this film endure, and some members of the audience were already saying this is their favorite Disney movie in years.

These aspects of the film will be what we remember, and the marketing campaign will fade away with time. Still, it would be nice for Disney to treat its audience with some respect, as opposed to going for the lowest common denominator to bring in audiences. Even though Disney has always been for kids, they don’t have to treat their entire audience like one.

Zootopia” is currently in theaters. It stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence, J.K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer, Tommy Chong, Shakira, and Alan Tudyk.

Disney’s ‘Zootopia’ is surprisingly tech-centric with references to ‘Zoogle’ and ‘Zuber’

Technology rules the animal kingdom in Disney’s “Zootopia.”

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The box office monster is the first movie we’ve seen from Disney Animation Studios that reflects the tech-centric world we live in today. Species of every genus are constantly on their phones, and characters rely on their digital devices to get work done.

Zootopia” stands out in its genre, however, for never making a big show of its tech. It exists as a background layer that supplements the plot, rather than driving it.

By comparison, “Wall-E” depicts humans like tubs of lard with eyes glued to their devices. (To its credit, the film raises environmental awareness and is super cute.) “Inside Out” just about skewers Silicon Valley. The dad in the movie runs a startup called “Brang” and wears the startup uniform — a logo t-shirt that says “What did you brang?”

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Zootopia,” alternatively, mimics the way tech functions for the rest of us. Here are the 9 references that made it into the movie.

Paw Patrol: Brave Heroes Big Rescues Available March 1

Is your little one a Paw Patrol fan?
The PAW Patrol pups are out with a new DVD release! Paw Patrol: Brave Heroes, Big Rescues is available on March 1, 2016.
Produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, the DVD retails for $14.99.
PAW Patrol: Brave Heroes, Big Rescues includes the following episodes:

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• Pups Save Jake/Pups Save the Parade – Jake and Chase explore a deep cave, but their adventure takes a turn when Jake ends gets his ankle stuck between some fallen rocks. Ryder, Rubble and Marshall need to get to the cave and save him. The Adventure Bay Parade Day goes awry when Alex puts too many balloons on Katie’s bathtub float and Cali and Chickaletta float away.
• Pups Save A Mer-Pup – At a beachside camping trip, the PAW Patrol spots a Mer-Pup in trouble. The team transforms into Mer-Pups under the magical Mer-Moon to save their new underwater friends.
• Pups Save a Friend/Pups Save a Stowaway – Feeling like he has four left paws and that his clumsy ways are constantly messing up his friends’ fun, Marshall decides to take a break from the PAW Patrol and goes off to the woods. The pups notice Marshall is gone and jump into action to find him and bring him back to the Lookout. In Pups Save a Stowaway, the PAW Patrol are on a road trip in the Paw Patroller to the Icy Tundra to help Jake count penguins. Little do they realize, Cali has been packed up as an unsuspecting stowaway. In an effort to get home, Cali finds herself on Everest’s plow and the pups have to rescue a kitten.
• Pups Bark with Dinosaurs – The Paw Patrol is on a big excavation dig in the jungle with Cap’n Turbot looking for dinosaur fossils when they unearth three fossilized eggs. The eggs hatch and the three baby pterodactyls begin running around Adventure Bay. The PAW Patrol is on the case and soon all the prehistoric creatures are found.

Poplar Linens signs deal to launch Paw Patrol home textiles range

Poplar Linens, a leading global home textile sourcing company who has been in existence for over sixty years with base in Ireland has signed a deal to launch a range of Paw Patrol home textiles across the UK and Ireland.

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Poplar Linens works with brand partners to supply the retailer industry direct, and its existing clients include Asda, Tesco, Matalan, Sainsbury’s and John Lewis.

‘The Paw Patrol brand has grown exponentially since the airing of the animated series, receiving two international accolades for 2016 – an Annie Award and a Canadian Screen Award,’ read a statement from Poplar Linens.

As a result of its popularity, retail demand for licensed products has also seen a rapid increase. Poplar Linens have now secured the licence to meet customer demand for their UK and Ireland retail partners.

Popular specializes in connecting brands with retailers and on delivering high volume, commercially driven products to the marketplace. Their services are a one-stop-shop for retail buyers in the UK and beyond.

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Poplar continually monitors the market place for the latest trends and developments. They are an agile company that can respond to rapid changes in consumer tastes. Innovation is a cornerstone upon which they operate their business.