Family Drama ‘Gigi & Nate’ Due on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 15

The family drama Gigi & Nate arrives on Blu-ray plus digital and DVD Nov. 15 from Lionsgate.

Directed by Nick Hamm (Driven, The Journey, The Hole), Gigi & Nate is inspired by actual events.

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In the film, Nate (Charlie Rowe) suffers a near-fatal illness and is left a quadriplegic just weeks before departing for college. As Nate tries to adjust to his new life challenges, his mother (Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden) helps him bring home an unlikely service animal Gigi — a curious and intelligent capuchin monkey. Nate and Gigi form an unbreakable bond, but when it’s threatened by a group trying to outlaw capuchins, Nate’s family rallies behind him to help him regain what he needs most: hope.

Special features include a photo gallery and the theatrical trailer.

 

Family Comedy ‘8-Bit Christmas’ Due on DVD Oct. 18, Digital Nov. 1

The family comedy 8-Bit Christmas will be released on DVD Oct. 18 and for digital purchase Nov. 1 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

A humorous look back at the adventures of childhood, the film stars Neil Patrick Harris (A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Matrix Resurrections, “The Smurfs” films). Set in suburban Chicago in the late 1980s, the story centers on 10-year-old Jake Doyle’s herculean quest to get the latest and greatest video game system for Christmas.

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Special features include a making-of featurette and a character series.

The Max Original is also available via streaming on HBO Max.

Family Adventure ‘Maika: The Girl From Another Galaxy’ Due on Digital Sept. 6 From Well Go

The Vietnamese family-friendly adventure Maika: The Girl From Another Galaxy will debut on digital Sept. 6 with a new English dub from Well Go USA Entertainment.

In the film, after losing his mother to illness and his best friend to an unexpected move, a grieving 8-year-old boy investigates a mysterious falling star, discovers a crashed spaceship and makes a new friend, an alien girl named Maika with awesome powers (although she does need a little help with her earthly social skills). Together, they embark on a zany, fun-filled adventure while taking on the bad guys and helping Maika find her way home.

From award-winning writer and director Ham Tran (Journey from the Fall), the film stars Phu Truong Lai, Diep Anh Chu, Tin Tin, Ngoc Tuong and Kim Nha. 

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The film, which premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival in the kids section, is Vietnam’s first children’s sci-fi feature and the country’s second-ever entry to the sci-fi genre. The family-friendly adventure is based on a 1970s Czechoslovakian television series that became a cultural sensation in Vietnam throughout the 1980s and ’90s, to the extent that the titular character has been cited as influencing consumer behaviors ranging from children’s haircuts to baby name choices.

During its theatrical window, Maika: The Girl From Another Galaxy was selected as an official Common Sense Selection for Families from Common Sense Media. The film also has been named a final nominee for Shine Global’s inaugural Children’s Resilience in Film Award, an accolade that honors filmmakers who highlight and celebrate the power of children globally.

 

Classic ‘E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial’ Due on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital Oct. 18 for 40th Anniversary

Director Steven Spielberg’s 1982 blockbuster E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial will be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and 4K digital purchase Oct. 18 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment for its 40th anniversary.

The release of the four-time Academy Award winner, including an award for Best Original Score from legendary composer John Williams, includes more than 45 minutes of new bonus features, including a retrospective of the film and its lasting legacy and a featurette with Spielberg reflecting on his career and the making of E.T. 40 years later.  The release also includes all the original bonus features, including deleted scenes, a cast and filmmaker reunion, a discussion with John Williams about the iconic music from the film, and more.

The family friendly story follows the journey of a lost alien and the 10-year-old boy he befriends, Elliot (Henry Thomas). The film also stars a young Drew Barrymore and Robert MacNaughton as his siblings who come together with Elliot to help E.T. find his way back home. 

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Three premium limited editions will be available at select retailers for a limited time only:

  • E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Gift Set (4K UHD plus Blu-ray plus digital), which includes the movie, collectible tin tote, thermos, booklet and certificate of authenticity (Amazon exclusive);
  • E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 40th Anniversary Limited Edition (4K UHD plus Blu-ray plus digital), which includes movie and collectible BendyFigs figurine (Walmart.com exclusive); and
  • E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Steelbook (4K UHD plus Blu-ray plus digital), which includes a newly designed Steelbook (Target exclusive).

Animated ‘We Baby Bears: The Magical Box’ Arriving on DVD Oct. 25

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will bring We Baby Bears: The Magical Box to DVD Oct. 25.

The release includes 20 episodes from the first season.

The original Cartoon Network animated series “We Baby Bears” follows siblings Grizz, Panda and Ice Bear on whimsical adventures in their magical box in search of a place they can call home. Along the way, they meet new friends, learn a few lessons and discover that “home” can mean wherever they are, as long as they’re together.  The series stars Connor Andrade (“Amphibia,” “Blaze and the Monster Machines”) as Grizz, Amari McCoy (“Puppy Dog Pals,” “T.O.T.S.”) as Panda, and Max Mitchell (“Lego City Adventures,” “T.O.T.S.”) as Ice Bear.

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A spinoff of the Cartoon Network series “We Bare Bears,” “We Baby Bears” launched earlier this year across 114 markets in 37 languages and is a top performing series across Cartoon Network and HBO Max, generating 122 million global views on YouTube, according to Warner. Produced by Cartoon Network Studios, “We Baby Bears” is executive produced by Daniel Chong, Manny Hernandez and Calvin Wong.

We Baby Bears: The Magical Box is also available to own on digital and is streaming on HBO Max.

Family Adventure ‘Guardians of Time’ Headed to On Demand, Digital and DVD Oct. 11

The family adventure Guardians of Time will be released via on demand, digital and DVD Oct. 11 from Lionsgate.

In the film, when Sybil, her kid sister Alex, and two cousins discover a magical book in the family manor, it opens a hidden door into the forest of Keoherus. As the powerful Warriors Four, the girls must now locate secret temples and solve intricate puzzles to gather crystals that will allow them to control time. When Alex is captured by an evil force, they must rescue her and find a way home — or stay trapped in Keoherus forever.

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Family Adventure ‘Ghoster’ Available Via Digital and DVD Oct. 11

The family adventure Ghoster will be released via on demand, for digital purchase, and on DVD Oct. 11 from Lionsgate.

In the film, Elizabeth and her father inherit a nearby estate — but find it haunted by a kindly young phantom named Ghoster. He begs for Elizabeth’s help undoing an ancient dragon’s curse that has trapped him in the manor. Joined by the caretaker’s handsome son Mateo, they must enter a magical painting and solve dangerous puzzles to undo the hex and free the trapped souls of Ghoster’s ancestors.

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‘The Bad Guys’ Headed to Digital, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD June 21

DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys will be released for digital purchase and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD June 21 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. 

Based on the Scholastic children’s graphic novels, the film follows five infamous friends — Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula. After years of countless heists and being the world’s most-wanted villains, the gang is finally caught. Mr. Wolf brokers a deal to keep them out of prison and the Bad Guys set out to fool the world into believing they’ve gone good.

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The voice cast includes Academy Award winner Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Marc Maron (“Glow”), Craig Robinson (“Hot Tub Time Machine” franchise), Anthony Ramos (In the Heights), and Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) as the bad guys, alongside co-stars Zazie Beetz (Joker), Lily Singh (Bad Moms), Emmy winner Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), and Richard Ayoade (Paddington 2).

The Bad Guys  collector’s edition extras include a new original short, deleted scenes, interviews with cast and crew, Mr. Snake’s frozen pops recipes, character drawing tutorials, feature commentary with filmmakers, and more.

RuPaul to Join ‘Zombies 3’ Debuting on Disney+ July 15

RuPaul will join the cast of Zombies 3, the third story in Disney Branded Television’s musical franchise, which will premiere globally July 15 exclusively streaming on Disney+.

The threequel, which introduces a new group of mysterious outer space aliens to the diverse student body of zombies, cheerleaders and werewolves at Seabrook High, will make its Disney Channel debut on Aug. 12 with a special encore premiere featuring additional bonus footage and a brand new “lost song” musical number.

Multi-talented actor/host/recording artist RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”) joins the cast as the voice of “The Mothership,” a comedically passive-aggressive UFO that brings the aliens to Earth.

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Zombies 3 stars Milo Manheim as zombie Zed and Meg Donnelly as cheerleader Addison, who are beginning their senior year at Seabrook High in the town that’s become a safe haven for monsters and humans alike. Zed is anticipating an athletic scholarship that will make him the first zombie to attend college, while Addison is gearing up for Seabrook’s first international cheer-off. Then suddenly, extraterrestrial beings arrive in Seabrook, provoking something other than friendly competition. The movie also stars Chandler Kinney as Willa, Ariel Martin as Wynter, Pearce Joza as Wyatt, Carla Jeffery as Bree, Trevor Tordjman as Bucky, Kylee Russell as Eliza, Terry Hu as A-spen, Matt Cornett as A-lan, Kyra Tantao as A-li, James Godfrey as Bonzo and Kingston Foster as Zoey.

Apple TV+ Announces Summer Kids and Family Slate

Apple TV+ has announced summer premiere dates for a slate of new original series, specials, shorts and returning shows for kids and families.

Due June 24 is a special and shorts for “Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show.” Jack and his friends set out to solve a kindness mystery: Who’s behind the random acts of kindness popping up all over town? Plus four shorts where Jack interviews real kids about their acts of kindness in their hometowns, and gives them a DIY bird feeder kit they can hang up as a symbol of being a Kindness Ambassador. “Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show” is co-created and executive produced by McBrayer and Santomero. The series is produced by Emmy Award-winning 9 Story Media Group (“Blue’s Clues & You!,” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood”) with animation by its Oscar-nominated studio Brown Bag Films (“Doc McStuffins,” “Vampirina,” “Karma’s World”). 

Available July 8 is season one of “Duck & Goose.” Inspired by the New York Times bestselling books by Tad Hills, “Duck & Goose” is a preschool series that celebrates the unique friendship of Duck and Goose, two best feathered friends that don’t always see beak to beak. That is until they discover that embracing and appreciating each other’s differences can help them think up entirely new ideas to help solve everyday challenges, both big and small.

Season one of “Best Foot Forward” premieres July 22. Based on the book Just Don’t Fall by real life paralympic athlete, author, motivational speaker and comedian Josh Sundquist, the live-action series follows 12-year-old Josh Dubin as he goes from homeschool to public school, eager to experience everything middle school has to offer! But along the way, Josh also faces a brand-new set of challenges, including how to get an entire school of kids to see past his prosthetic leg, and get to know him for who he is. With the support of his parents and the help of his best friends, Kyle and Gabriella, Josh learns, laughs and grows, eager to come back every day for more. 

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Season one of “Amber Brown” premieres July 29. Based on the best-selling book series by Paula Danziger, with more than 10 million copies in print, “Amber Brown” is an unfiltered look at a girl finding her voice through art and music in the wake of her parents’ divorce. Directed and written by Bonnie Hunt (“Life with Bonnie,” “The Bonnie Hunt Show”), the series stars Carsyn Rose (“The Rookie,” “Cousins for Life”) and Sarah Drew (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Cruel Summer”) with an ensemble cast including Darin Brooks (“Blue Mountain State,” “The Croods: Family Tree”) as Max, and newcomer Liliana Inouye (“The Slows”) as Brandi Colwin. 

Season two of “The Snoopy Show” bows Aug. 5, with new adventures with the happy-dancing, high-flying, big-dreaming beagle, who’s joined by best friend Woodstock and the rest of the Peanuts gang.

The “Peanuts Classics” platform debuts Aug. 5. The Peanuts gang is featured in classics from Mendelson/Melendez Productions including “A Charlie Brown Celebration,” “He’s a Bully, Charlie Brown,” “He’s Your Dog, Charlie Brown,” “It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown,” “It’s Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown,” “There’s No Time For Love, Charlie Brown,” “Why, Charlie Brown, Why?,” “You’re in Love, Charlie Brown” and “You’re The Greatest, Charlie Brown.”

The new “Peanuts” special “Lucy’s School” debuts Aug. 12. In the special, the Peanuts gang is anxious about starting at a new school in the fall, inspiring Lucy to start her own school instead, but teaching isn’t as easy as it sounds. “Lucy’s School” is a love letter to teachers and an appreciation of what makes teaching such a noble and fulfilling profession. It explores the fear of change, and shows Lucy facing and overcoming her fears with the support of her friends.

Season one of “Surfside Girls” premieres Aug. 19. From WGA Award winner and Daytime Emmy Award nominee May Chan (“American Girl: Corinne Tan,” “The Astronauts”), and based on the best-selling graphic novel series of the same name by author Kim Dwinell, the live-action series is about best friends Sam and Jade as they solve supernatural mysteries in their sleepy California beach town. These best friends must combine their polar-opposite strengths of imagination and logic in order to solve the seemingly supernatural mysteries that hide just beneath the surface of their town. 

Season one of “Life by Ella” bows Sept. 2. In the series, Ella returns to school with a brand new perspective, excitement for what the future holds, and a major seize-the-day mentality. With her best friend by her side, she is ready to tackle everything she was too afraid of before and determined not to let the minutia of fake friends and social media status distract her.