Kindergarteners are naturally bouncy and curious, but you’d be hard pressed to find a more lovable gang of ‘em than Betsy and her pals, the PBS animated show about their adventures at Lakeshore School.
For kids, it’s a chance to see that starting school is a little bit scary for everyone, but mostly the gateway to fun and adventure. For parents, it’s half an hour of peace while your kid blisses out to some wholesome PBS programming. Heh. Also, check out the voice talent on board—plenty of actors even us “old folks” will recognize from show past, like Tom Bosley, Fred Willard, and even Sally Struthers. And Nancy Cartwright (the voice of Bart Simpson) does three of the characters, too.
My son thinks this week is better than Christmas, and it’s not because of a deep love of turkey. No, he’s practically vibrating with excitement because on Wednesday, Ben 10: Alien Swarm (warning: link has sound) is coming to Cartoon Network and fulfilling all of his Ben 10 fantasies. Well, he hopes so, anyway.
Me, I’m a sucker for old school—I prefer the cartoon to the live-action franchise. But even I have to admit that the trailer looks pretty enticing for the tween/teen boy set:
And while some of us like to gear up for a day of thanks with endless football games, who am I to judge a smallish boy who is thankful for aliens and intergalactic intrigue?
Want more? There’s a great article about the upcoming movie over at Animation Insider, and of course we have everything a Ben 10: Alien Force fan could possibly want in the Ty’s Toy Box Ben 10 Store, too. And I’m not telling you what to do, but the holidays are coming up. Just sayin’.
I have a thing for the toys from my youth that come back in new incarnations. I don’t know whether it’s nostalgia or the opportunity to tell my kids I had something like that “back in my day” or what, but it just tickles me.
What tickles me even more is when an iconic toy from my youth shows up somewhere very now. And that’s what’s going to happen this coming Thursday (November 19th, 2009) —Teddy Ruxpin is going to appear on NBC’s 30 Rock.
(I think it goes without saying that I’ve already set my DVR.)
Whether or not you’re a fan of 30 Rock (although, seriously, that show is hilarious), I think we can all agree that once you’ve done a stint as, um, guest bear on a hit NBC comedy, you’ve arrived.
Of course, here at Ty’s the Teddy Ruxpin Store is ready for everyone, holiday shoppers and Tina Fey fans alike. We don’t discriminate. And if you can present a Teddy to a child you love with a comment about how you remember when he first came out (or that you saw him on TV just recently) (or both!), well, so much the better. But whatever works for you.
(But, um, Teddy? If you could get me Tina Fey’s autograph…?)
I don’t know about you, but for me, pretty much after Halloween passes, it’s just a blink of the eyes before we’re at New Year’s. It happens every year, and every year I’m confused by it. This year I’ve decided to embrace it; I officially declare it to be Holiday Season, now, and while that may still irk me a little (it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, after all), at least maybe I’ll be less surprised when Christmas arrives.
I have a little crush on Olivia. I can’t help it; she’s simply adorable, and she gives me an excuse to call my children piglets. (What? Oh, like you’ve never done that.)
I love everything about her, and although my children have outgrown her, a bit, I still love her official website and playing with all it has to offer. Did you know that Olivia creator Ian Falconer comes from a background in art (that explains the sparse but so demonstrative illustrations, yes?) and came up with Olivia based on his niece? It’s true, and I learned it on the website.
And now there’s a slew of new merchandise in the Olivia the Pig Store here at Ty’s Toy Box, just in time for the holidays.