Ben 10 Omniverse

 

Ben 10Beginning in a few months (September), The Cartoon Network will roll out another season of Ben 10, called Ben 10 Omniverse. This is the fourth installment of the Ben 10 series. In this series, Ben is a more mature 16-year-old. He actually travels back in time to assist himself as a 10-year-old boy. Both of them will be traveling side by side in the series.

Derrick J. Wyatt, who animated Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated and Transformers: Animated, designed the concept art and characters for Ben 10: Omniverse. The new cartoon style looks more like an anime character, as Ben 10’s body appears a little bit taller and thinner. This design was first unveiled at 2012 UK Toy Fair.

Ben 10 started from scratch and its popularity has grown over these past 7 years, surpassing the likes of Cartoon Network staples, including Green Lantern, Teen Titans, and Batman. Studios have been struggling for some time to reinvent these other comic book stories. However, Ben 10 is now the network’s hottest franchise, selling billion of dollars worth of merchandise and setting record ratings.

So what’s the plot line for this new series? No one knows exactly for sure, but what we do know is that Ben is able to transform into 10 aliens now. He can also drive, date, and stay out late, so parents: Watch out! He seeks to explore a secret alien city with his Grandpa Max, but must fight aliens from the past. A new enemy seeks to destroy him….and the list goes on. One question remains: Are you ready for it?

In case you missed it, a sneak peak at the new Ben 10 series aired during Ben 10 Week (March 19, 2012 – March 24, 2012)!

Have You Seen The Avengers Yet?

AvengersThe Avengers movie is out and has something for everyone in the mix.  Whether you’ve been a longtime fan of Marvel comics, or are just starting out, this movie is a must-see. Although, I have to say, if you haven’t seen any of the prequels yet, you may have some catching up to do.

The Avengers originally started out as Iron Man, Thor, Wasp, Ant-Man, and the Hulk. One by one all of the superheroes joined forces to fight Loki. After the Avengers fought off Loki, the heroes chose to continue to fight crime side by side. Wasp was the one who came up with the name “Avengers”. Eventually the Avengers added Captain America to the mix, after finding him trapped in ice and reviving him.

The Avengers of the recently released movie include Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, and Captain America, with the addition of Black Widow and Hawkeye. Some of the individual Avengers have their own movies that have come out over the years. Catching up on these prequels will enlighten your understanding of the new Avengers movie.

What’s great about the new Avengers movie is that, not only does it appeal to men and boys, but it appeals to women as well. Joss Whedon, who wrote and directed Buffy the Vampire Slayer, also wrote and directed The Avengers, giving it enough blood and guts for the men and enough powerful women, plot, and heart for the ladies.

Comic book characters and superheroes in particular, like those from Marvel, have a long history with the toy industry. Kids love getting action figures, clothes and other merchandise associated with their favorite superheroes. Our sister company, All Aboard Toys, has an excellent selection of Iron Man toys to feed your kids’ Avengers addiction.

Maryoku: A Yummy Idea

Maryoku

Perhaps one of the cutest cartoon shows that I’ve ever seen is Maryoku Yummy. Maryoku lives in a dream world called the Nozomu, in which reside tiny beings called wishes. The wishes resemble tiny little marshmallow rectangles with a little swirly cue on top, which is reminiscent of Cindy Loo Hoo from Whoville in The Grinch.

Every time a child makes a wish, the tiny being travels to the land of Nozomu. Maryoku is a wish-sitter (or Yummy), which is a full time job. Maryoku likes to travel with her friends Ooka and Fij Fij throughout Nozomu, meeting with other friends and solving everyday problems. Other wish-sitters also watch the wishes, caring for each one and teaching them life lessons along the way. When a real wish is granted, the wish being shimmers and shines.

Saint Etienne composed the music for this adorable cartoon show, which the band described as, “Teletubbies meets Spirited Away”. (Indeed, watching it I was reminded of the fantastical, whimsical colors that were used by Hayao Miyazaki in Ponyo.)Maryoku Yummy was created by American Greetings. When it premiered, it came with a line of merchandise geared towards children and tweens. The tween merchandise was also featured in 600 U.S. Limited Too and Justice stores.

Maryoku Yummy still airs on The Hub, Thursdays at 10:30 am and 11:00 am EST.

Fun in the Car with Curious George

Curious George
For all of you parents out there, maybe you remember when your parents used to take you out for a Sunday drive in the family vehicle, while singing songs and bonding. Of course, things didn’t always run so smoothly in the back seat if you and your siblings didn’t have some fun things to do while you drove. If you’re like me, you love to go on road trips, but may have a hard time in choosing activities to keep your kids occupied. Thankfully, Curious George has plenty of fun to offer your kids in the car.

Although we don’t sell songbooks (this might be a relief for some of you), we currently have a Curious George Super Sticker Activity Book that comes with 500 stickers. This book is geared towards ages 4-8, and includes over 45 activities. There are counting games, drawing challenges, 8 search-and-find scenes, holiday-themed activities (with stickers), 4 sticker puzzles, counting and matching activities, and did I mention stickers? All for your little one.

If you are one of those families that is blessed with a portable DVD player, then we have even more options for you. We have Curious George DVDs like Curious George: A Bike Ride Adventure and Curious George Goes Green. I guarantee that your kids will love these DVDs!

If your child is old enough to read, we have books that will correlate with activities that you may already be doing this summer, including Curious George at the Baseball Game as well as Curious George Goes to Costumer Party. These are fantastic books that you can take along on a family car ride, as well.

So stave off the boredom and the antsy energy with some of these fun items. Then don’t forget to stop for an ice cream and a stretch of the legs every so often!

New Chuggington DVD: Wilson and the Ice Cream Fair

Chuggington has once again made tracks with the newest DVD release, Wilson and the Ice Cream Fair! This DVD recently released on May 15, just in time for summer!

Wilson and the Ice Cream Fair

In the episodes on this new DVD, Wilson is assigned to deliver a massive amount of ice cream to the ice cream fair. He must also deliver the ice cream without all of it melting! He also assists Frostini in creating a new flavor of ice cream for the mayor.

Wilson continues on his adventures by visiting the ice cream factory with friends Brewster and Koko. Old Puffer Pete and young trainee Mtambo also assist Wilson in his expeditions. Wilson journeys to the ice caves, and even helps with a rescue at Safari Park!

Chuggington is geared towards ages 2-7. Important life lessons can be learned from these wonderful DVDs, including responsibility, cooperation, friendship, and fun.