‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ to Be Unleashed on Digital Dec. 14, Disc Feb. 1

The family film Clifford the Big Red Dog will be available to purchase on digital Dec. 14 and on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 1 from Paramount Home Entertainment. 

In the film based on the book series, when Emily discovers her little red puppy named Clifford has grown to 10-foot-tall overnight, she turns to her eccentric Uncle Casey for help. But when a mad scientist tries to capture the larger-than-life pup, it takes the entire neighborhood to hide Clifford as they race across the city.

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Bonus features on digital and Blu-ray include:

  • “Part of the Pack,” a behind-the-scenes look at the movie with interviews from cast and crew;
  • “Acting Is for the Dogs,” in which viewers meet the puppeteers who brought the giant red pup to life;
  • “The Magic of Bridwell,” in which viewers see where Clifford’s big adventure began from creator Norman Bridwell’s early drawings for the Scholastic book series to Clifford’s worldwide fame;
  • “Tips & Tricks for Taking Care of a 10-Foot Dog”; and
  • deleted scenes.

Apple TV+ Orders Kids and Family Series ‘Surfside Girls’

Apple TV+ has ordered the 10-episode live-action kids and family series “Surfside Girls.” 

From WGA Award winner and Daytime Emmy Award nominee May Chan (“An American Girl Story: Ivy & Julie 1976,” “Avatar: The Last Airbender”), the series is based on the best-selling Top Shelf Productions (IDW Publishing) graphic novel series of the same name by author Kim Dwinell.

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“Surfside Girls” stars Miya Cech (“Rim of the World,” “The Astronauts”) and YaYa Gosselin (“We Can be Heroes,” “FBI: Most Wanted”) as Jade and Sam, two best friends who jump in to save their town. Sam and Jade are psyched to spend their summer riding the waves and catching the rays. That is until they meet a ghost. The girls dive head-first into a mystery about a pirate ship and the cursed treasure that allegedly lies beneath Surfside’s beloved Danger Point bluff. After meeting a pirate ghost named Remi, Sam wants to help him break the curse while Jade is determined to find a scientific explanation for the existence of ghosts. To solve the mystery, Sam and Jade will need to combine their very different approaches of logic and imagination. Together, they are determined to connect the clues, solve the mystery and save Surfside.

Animated ‘Birds Like Us’ Available on Digital, On Demand and DVD Jan. 25

The animated family film Birds Like Us will debut digitally, on demand and on DVD Jan. 25 from Lionsgate.

Academy Award winners Alicia Vikander, Jeremy Irons and Jim Broadbent lend their voice talents to the film that explores the journey of an unlikely group of animals trying to make their way back home. Trapped in a village ruled by the meddling Kondor (Irons), Huppu the bird (Vikander) dreams of having the freedom to hatch her own egg. Suddenly, she, Kondor, and their friends are blasted to a distant land, and they must trust in a wise, eccentric bat to guide them on a strange, dazzling odyssey back to the tree they call home.

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Animated ‘Bongee Bear and the Kingdom of Rhythm’ Due Theatrically and on Digital Dec. 3 From Level 33

The animated musical Bongee Bear and the Kingdom of Rhythm will be released in theaters and for digital purchase and rental Dec. 3 from Level 33 Entertainment.

In the film, in a land known as the Kingdom of Rhythm, young bear Bongee vows to protect the young Princess Katrina with his life. When the evil witch Bandrilla casts a spell on the people of the kingdom, Bongee sets out with the aid of his friend Myrin to break the spell and return singing and dancing to the land, while Bandrilla and her henchmen, Barnabas and Ivan, do all they can to stop them.

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Bongee Bear and the Kingdom of Rhythm features the voices of Rob Paulsen, Dom DeLuise, Ruth Buzzi, Debi Derryberry, June Lockhart, Julian Sands, Danica McKellar, Daryl Sabara, Jess Harnell, Jeff Bennett, Bill Farmer, Phil Proctor, Tatyana Yassukovich and Richard Van Vleet.

 

Animated ‘Kung Food’ Due in Theaters and On Demand Nov. 19 From Level 33

The animated family film Kung Food, based on the animated TV series, will be released in theaters and on demand Nov. 19 from Level 33 Entertainment.

In the film about a magical world inhabited by living food items with hidden talents, Super Bao, an innocent and passionate steamed stuffed bun, dreams of becoming a great hero like his ancestor. In order to realize this dream, he must use his martial arts skill to battle the evil Pirate King and keep him from obtaining the powerful Five-Flavor Stone before he can use it to destroy the World of Foods.

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‘Tom and Jerry Cowboy Up!’ Riding Home Jan. 25

The full-length animated family film Tom and Jerry Cowboy Up! is set for release digitally and on DVD Jan. 25 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, the film finds the cat and mouse duo in the Wild West where they help save a ranch from the hands of a villain. The rivals team up to help a cowgirl and her brother save their homestead from a greedy land-grabber. Jerry’s three precocious nephews join in the action, and Tom rounds up a posse of prairie dogs.

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Tom and Jerry Cowboy Up! features the voice talents of George Ackles as The Marshal, Sean Burgos as Bumpy, Trevor Devall as Duke, Chris Edgerly as August Critchley, Georgie Kidder as Scruffy, Justin Michael as Bentley, Kaitlyn Robrock as Betty, Isaac Robinson Smith as Zeb, Kath Soucie as Tuffy, Stephen Stanton as Virgil, Fred Tatasciore as Clem, and Kari Wahlgren as Duffy and Jane.

Animated ‘Mosley’ Available on Demand and Digital Dec. 10, DVD Dec. 14

The animated film Mosley will be released in theaters, on demand and digitally Dec. 10, and on DVD Dec. 14 from Saban Films and Paramount Home Entertainment.

Featuring the voices of Lucy Lawless, Rhys Darby, Temuera Morrison and John Rhys-Davies, the family adventure follows a species of creatures known as “thoriphants” who rebel against their life of servitude and embark on a treacherous journey to find the fabled city of Upright. Discovering he belongs to a heroic tribe of two-legged giants, Mosley is determined to prove he is more than just a farm animal.

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CW Movie ‘The Waltons’ Homecoming’ Due on Digital and DVD Dec. 14

The Waltons’ Homecoming, a feature-length film commemorating the original holiday film that launched the long-running family drama series “The Waltons,” will be available for digital purchase and on DVD Dec. 14 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment following its broadcast premiere on The CW Nov. 28.

The film stars Logan Shroyer (“This Is Us”) as John Boy Walton, Bellamy Young (“Scandal,” “Prodigal Son”) as Olivia Walton, Ben Lawson (“Firefly Lane”) as John Walton Sr., and Richard Thomas (“The Americans,” “The Waltons”) reprises his role as the adult John Boy and narrator.

The Waltons’ Homecoming is set in the 1933 Depression Era and is told through the eyes of John Boy, the 17-year-old eldest child of John and Olivia Walton. His mother expects John Boy to help her raise his sisters and brothers, and his father expects him to follow in his footsteps to help support the family but secretly, John Boy wants to be a writer. Times are hard enough in 1933, but to make matters worse, it looked to be the Waltons’ first Christmas without John Sr. When Olivia receives a letter that John Sr. is planning to make it home for Christmas after all, the family is thrilled and races to prepare for his homecoming. But when a storm threatens his arrival on Christmas Eve and John Sr. is nowhere to be found, Olivia sends John Boy out into the night to find his daddy — a journey that will change John Boy’s life forever.

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The Waltons’ Homecoming also stars Marcelle LeBlanc as Mary Ellen Walton, Christian Finlayson (The Gifted) as Jason Walton, Tatum Sue Matthews as Erin Walton, Samuel Goergen as Jim Bob Walton, Callaway Corrick as Elizabeth Walton, Alpha Trivette as Grandpa Walton,  Rebecca Koon (“The Walking Dead”) as Grandma Walton, Jacinte Blankenship (Just Mercy) as Rose Dooly, Arianna Rosario (West Side Story) as Maggie Sikes, with special appearances by legendary musicians and singers Marilyn McCoo as Sister Harriet and Billy Davis, Jr. as Brother William.

Kartoon Channel! Gets New Spanish-Language Content

Genius Brands International has announced a new Spanish-language content service for children — ¡KC! En Español — on its streaming platform Kartoon Channel!

Kartoon Channel! also announced Oct. 5 that it is now available on Pluto TV.

With ¡KC! En Español, Kartoon Channel! expands its current  platform to serve the Latino children’s community in North America. The new Spanish-language children’s program service will reside on the main Kartoon Channel! platform and function as a sub-brand of Kartoon Channel!, similar to Kartoon Classroom!, which premiered in September 2020. The offering will launch with Genius Brands’ “Rainbow Rangers,” in addition to “Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab,” “Mi Perro Chocolo,” YouTube’s “Spanish Tree TV” and “Stan Lee’s Mighty Seven.”

“Not only is this the right entertainment and cultural move for Kartoon Channel!, but it also makes good business sense too,” Jon Ollwerther, president of Kartoon Channel!, said in statement. “Today, 26% of kids in the U.S. under the age of five are of Latinx heritage, a number that is only expected to grow. Further, 83% of Latinx audiences are streamers, versus 73% of non-Latinx audiences. Finally, digital ad-spend focused on the Latinx audience in the United States has more than doubled from 2015 to 2020 and the market today is estimated at over $1.5 billion. We look forward to this becoming an important and growing contributor to the business of Kartoon Channel!”

“Following the success of our educational sub-brand Kartoon Classroom!, ¡KC! En Español was the obvious next step for us,” Michael Riley, Genius Brands International’s chief diversity officer, said in a statement. “We’re proud to announce this new offering during Hispanic Heritage Month and to better serve the Latinx community, now in English and en Español.”

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Genius Brands International’s digital network Kartoon Channel! is a family entertainment destination. Kartoon Channel! delivers  content across multiple platforms, including Comcast, Cox, Dish, Sling TV, Amazon Prime, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Android TV, Android Mobile, Google Play, Xumo, Roku, Tubi, Samsung Smart TVs and LGTVs. Kartoon Channel! can also be streamed on TVs and mobiles device by downloading the app, or on desktops by visiting www.kartoonchannel.com.

Family Drama ‘Wonder’ Due in Target Exclusive Blu-ray Steelbook Nov. 16

Lionsgate will release the family drama Wonder in a Target exclusive Blu-ray Steelbook Nov. 16.

The real Auggie Pullman (photo from August Pullman Twitter account)

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, Wonder follows the story of the Pullman family, whose youngest child, Auggie, is a boy born with a facial deformity, a combination of Treacher Collins syndrome and a hemifacial microsomia. When Auggie enters mainstream elementary school for the first time, his extraordinary journey in the fifth grade at Beecher Prep unites his family, his school and his community.

Nominated for the 2017 Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling award, the film stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. The release features all new artwork from artist Flore Maquin.

Special features include a commentary track, several featurettes and a music video.

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