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Amazon Kids Lost In OZ: Review


     Amazon’s Lost in Oz- WOW. This amazing Amazon Origin “web series” premiers (full season) today, August 4th and the first thing I am going to say is- watch it. I am going to write a full review including background and my own opinion but the short of it is- its Ozsome (get it?). Boy girl, adult or child you are going to love it, so what are you waiting for?
     For those of you that are kind enough to still be reading, thank you, and here is the “long of it”. Amazon kids have created a truly unique take on the original Oz series written by Frank Baum, where tween Dorothy Gale gets a ride to Oz when she opens a magical book that she finds underneath her floorboards back in Kansas. Dorothy is thrown green tornado first into a modern-day metropolitan called you guessed it Emerald City with her dog Toto. Not to be down long Dorothy does not wait to try and find her way back and the change of scenery only makes her to the occasion! Lost in OZ take on Dorothy is an intelligent quick-witted girl who knows how to get herself out of some tight situations. A good thing too because challenges are almost immediately thrown at her. 
During her stay, she learns that her Mother Evelyn Gale has been to OZ and even has friends there! Evelyn somehow sends a message to her old friend Cyra who then sends her daughter pointedly named West to find Dorothy and the adventure begins!

    Dorothy Learns that not only does she have a problem but so does Emerald City, who is going through a major magic shortage.  This shortage is not only effecting the city, but also throwing a major problem into her plans to get home. Together with her new friends West the witch and Ojo the over-sized munchkin the threesome decides that the only one who would really help Dorothy would be Glinda the Good Witch.  Sounds easy, right? Wrong! It seems that Glinda has had some trouble of her own and is missing! Boy oh boy it seems that Dorothy and Oz are both in a heap of trouble-but for us it means excellent entertainment! Dorothy and her friends, more of which are picked up among the way are off on an adventure of a lifetime and we are along for the ride!
    The shows plot has everything you need for fun filled adventure, but it is the characters and the new modern day OZ that really make it worth watching. Small changes like the yellow brick road being turned into the Yellow Brick Train Line bring this old classic into the modern age along with other small details like the Crystal Ball Cell phone like gadgets used by the teens tweens and in-betweens, a magical nightclub and more bring the OZ of past renditions into a world that is closer to the world our children know and can relate too. Dorothy who is sometimes unpredictable and impulsive with her actions is complemented nicely with her travel mates. West is a witch in training that has something to prove- to herself and the people around her leading her to some troublesome and moral dilemmas. Ojo the over-sized munchkin wants to help everyone, and may even be considered a people pleaser, is fighting not only the bad guys that they encounter but the role of going into the family business instead of striking out on his own. Reigh the lion is a computer geek and conspiracy theorist who helps the gang via remote most times, adds some cautionary tips and trips to the gangs’ plans. The poor scarecrow has lost his memory and is trying to get his mind back to help the others save Glinda and OZ! Add all of this with amazing eye-catching graphics and dialogue that is not only age appropriate but intelligent witty and comical at times and you have the makings of a great show!

    We were so honored to have been offered a private screening of the show and although we have not finished it (but will be tonight!) have been enthralled in the world, story and characters. This will be a crowd pleaser and is a must see for anyone promising to keep fans of the land of Oz interesting and bring forth interest to those who have yet to be exposed. Great job Amazon we cannot wait to see where this series takes us! 

Lip Sync Battle Shorites, Coming soon to Nick!

     BURBANK–Aug. 1, 2017– Nickelodeon announced today that multi-faceted entertainer Nick Cannon will take the mic as host of Lip Sync Battle Shorties, a spinoff of Spike’s Emmy-nominated global phenomenon, Lip Sync Battle. Joining him to provide commentary on each performance is breakout star and social media sensation JoJo Siwa, who will serve as Cannon’s sidekick. The 10-episode series, which features real-life kids lip-syncing pop songs in celebration of their favorite artists, will premiere in early 2018, with Halloween and holiday specials set to air later this year.

     “I'm excited to host the first season of Lip Sync Battle Shorties.  It’s always a pleasure to work with my family at Nickelodeon.  It's going to be a lot of fun watching the kids lip-sync their favorite songs and perform like their favorites artists,” said host Nick Cannon.

     “Nick Cannon grew up on Nickelodeon and into one of the best hosts and comedic actors on TV. Along with his passion for music

Ant Man Sneak Peak!

Crayola® Introduces Silly Scents™, Bringing Playful Smells And Fun Colors To Back To School

Crayola® Introduces Silly Scents™, Bringing Playful Smells And Fun Colors To Back To                                                                             School

EASTON, Pa., July 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Crayola, the brand that has not missed the first day of school in over 100 years, is rolling out a new line of scented art tools that will bring added silly fun, creativity and dimension to kids' school projects and artwork.

    Combining nose-tingling scents in a cool, colorful line of crayons, markers and colored pencils, Crayola Silly Scents art tools come ready to scribble and sniff. All products within the line feature vibrant and bold colors that are non-toxic and come in a whimsical pack adorned with Silly Scents characters.

"As a company all about color and innovation, we're excited to introduce Silly Scents, our newest line of scented art tools that will be sure to surprise and delight kids and kids at heart," said Kim Rompilla, Director, Platform Marketing at Crayola. "Featuring fun quirky scents like Root Beer, Pop Corn and Cotton Candy, each aromatic crayon, marker, or colored pencil immediately turns any coloring project into a scented experience, bringing creativity to new heights."

Highlights from the Silly Scents line-up includes:

Crayola Silly Scents Markers: Available in fine and broad line with a variety up to 28 scents, Crayola Silly Scents Markers are washable and feature vibrant colors and sweet-smelling scents ranging from Strawberry, Cotton Candy and Root Beer. Recommended for children ages five and up for a suggested retail price of $4.99 – $7.99.

Crayola Silly Scents Twistables™ Colored Pencils: Featuring 12 unique scented colored pencils,

Crayola Silly Scents Twistable Colored Pencils feature bright colors which are ideal for school projects and detailed art work. Twistable barrels provide durability and strength and sweet scents like Green Apple, Cherry and Grape to delight the senses. Recommended for children ages five and up for a suggested retail price of $4.99.

Crayola Silly Scents Twistables Crayons: Available in 12 and 24 count, Crayola Silly Scents Twistable Crayons include scents like Fruit Punch, Licorice and Coconut and contain a range of brilliantly colored, scented tools with a twist-up barrel that eliminates the need to sharpen tips or peel labels, fostering continuous creativity. Recommended for children ages five and up for a suggested retail price of $4.99 – $7.99.

Madame Tussauds Is getting Hot Hot Hot With Romeo Santos New Likeness!


    Ahead of his Highly Anticipated Album Release, Santos Officially Opened the First Ever Latin Themed Experience at Madame Tussauds New York, Uniting the Figures of Iconic Spanish Language Singers: Romeo Santos, Selena Quintanilla, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez
and Selena Gomez

[New York, NY – July 19, 2017] Madame Tussauds New York is turning up the heat this Summer, launching its first dedicated Latin music experience, ‘Sabor Latino,’ featuring “King of Bachata” Romeo Santos, Selena Quintanilla, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin and Selena Gomez.

Attend The 5th Annual Muddy Puddles Annual Mess Fest With Peppa Pig!


     More than 3,000 Children and Families to Attend ‘Woodstock for Kids’ in Honor of Ty Louis Campbell – with Giant Mud Pit, Ziplines, ‘Slopstacle’ Course, Food Fights, ‘Slime Times,’ Splatter Paint, and Much More! Event Encourages ‘Kids to Be Kids’ in Honor of Those Who Can’t

WHAT:             The Muddy Puddles Project 5th Annual Mess Fest! Hosted by the Muddy Puddles Project for childhood cancer research, the can’t-miss event honors Ty Louis Campbell, who lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 5. Ty loved kids’ TV character Peppa Pig and dreamed of jumping in muddy puddles, just like Peppa, when his cancer was cured, but he never got the chance. In remembrance of Ty, the special event is devoted to letting “kids be kids” in honor of those who can’t. Attendees of all ages are encouraged to laugh, play – and get messy! – at this “Woodstock for kids” for an amazing cause!

Among the highlights of the 2017 Mess Fest are:

·         A special visit from the one-and-only Peppa Pig, star of the hit preschool series on Nick Jr. – who loves jumping in muddy puddles!
·         Thousands of adorable kids in action with ziplines, climbing walls, “slopstacle” course, splatter paint, “slime time,” pie tosses, food fights, and much more
·         A giant mud pit for muddy puddle jumping – of course!

WHO:              More than 3,000 kids and families to attend, plus special guest, Peppa Pig!

WHEN:            Saturday, August 5, 11am-4pm (rain or shine!)

WHERE:          Kiwi Country Day Camp, 825 Union Valley Road, Mahopac, NY 10512

WHAT ELSE: The Muddy Puddles Project was created as a fundraising platform for the Ty Louis Campbell (TLC) Foundation for childhood cancer research to improve the survival rates for all children diagnosed with cancer. Parents everywhere participate by taking photos of instances where they let their children have some extra messy fun, and share the photos, along with uplifting stories, with the MPP Facebook Community. A series of Muddy Puddles Project Mess Fest events and Welly Walk fundraisers take place each year, and supporters are encouraged to host their own!

Celebrate Friendship Day With My Little Pony!

Hasbro’s MY LITTLE PONY Franchise Invites Fans around the Globe to Celebrate the Magic of                                                                Friendship

           The Global Brand Commemorates International Day of Friendship on
July 30th with Engaging Digital Experiences, Fun Snapchat Lenses, and Family Friendly Events

Celebration Also Includes Release of Product Line Inspired by Characters & Adventures from Upcoming Lionsgate Release of MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE

    With more than 30 years of rich storytelling founded in the values of kindness and acceptance, the MY LITTLE PONY franchise from Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) continues to illustrate the power of friendship and fun that resonates with fans around the world. To celebrate this year’s International Day of Friendship on July 30th, the MY LITTLE PONY franchise is kicking off a global social movement with the release of two beautiful video montages and on-ground events around the world that focus on the socially relevant message of friendship.

“Friendship transcends age, gender, geography and background,” said Tyla Bucher, VP Franchise Lead, My Little Pony, Hasbro. “As we work to celebrate friendship across every aspect of the MY LITTLE PONY brand, we’re proud to continue to support and celebrate the International Day of Friendship. We hope this program brings people together as they are reminded of how special and important friendship is to everyone around the globe.”

   Launching on July 30th in the U.S., Hasbro will support a weeklong custom Snapchat Lens that brings the Mane 6 right to the Snapchat community. Lenses offer Snapchatters the ability to apply real-time effects and sounds to their selfies – the Mane 6 will become part of the communication on Snapchat in an interactive, fun, and personal way. In this case, Hasbro is supporting an interactive World Lens – when users flip their camera away from their face to the rear-facing lens, the Ponies’ homeland of Equestria appears. Users can move their camera around to see their favorite characters brought to life on their device.

    Making the most of International Day of Friendship, the MY LITTLE PONY brand is also hosting friendship day events around the world in 12 different markets including the United States, Italy, Brazil, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Russia, Mexico and Singapore. In the U.S., every pony is invited to the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN to enjoy a “Celebration of Friendship” featuring multiple experiential MY LITTLE PONY themed events. Fans in Italy, Taiwan and Singapore will celebrate friendship with fitness as Friendship Runs are planned in all three markets. In Brazil, everypony will celebrate Dia Da Amizade with an outdoor event and Friendship Bus Tour. Generosity is key in the UK, where fans will give the gift of friendship with a special Buy One, Give one promotion in partnership with a local charity and BFF accessories designers Pop & Suki.