Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

The Lorax had a grand opening which exceeded anyone’s expectations for the new film.  It opened with a grand total of $70,720,485!  It was showcased on a multitude of regular and IMAX screens, with the IMAX screens accounting for 8% of the total weekend revenue.  Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas opened with $55.1 million.  In 2003, The Cat in the Hat opened with $38.3 million.  In 2008, Horton Hears a Who! opened with $45 million. This film opened on the birthday of Dr. Seuss, who would have turned 108 this year.

The book starts out with a boy encountering a greedy “Once-ler” to find out why the world is in such bad shape. The book is told from the Once-ler’s point of view.  The Once-ler told the boy how he had cut down all of the Truffula trees in order to make inventions out of them and sell them for a profit.  The orange colored, ecologically conscious Lorax tried to convince the Once-ler not to cut down so many trees. The Once-ler ignores him, and continues to cut the trees down because they are so profitable. Soon, there are no Truffula trees left. The forest is devastated, the Once-ler’s business goes bankrupt, and all of the animals of the forest are forced to leave.

All that’s left is one small Truffula seed, which the Once-ler gives to the boy, so he can go plant it and start a new Truffula forest.

The movie, however, is slightly different from the book. All of the characters are mostly the same, however, the boy, named Ted in the movie, has a love interest.  The desire that his love interest wants to see a real tree serves as his main drive in acquiring knowledge about trees, as the city has none left. His grandmother encourages Ted to visit the Once-ler, who lives outside the city walls, to find out more information about trees.  The town mayor, Mr. O’Hare, closely watches any move that the boy makes, and discourages him from going outside of the city walls. The Once-ler eventually gives Ted the last Truffula seed to plant within the city walls in remembrance of Nature. The mayor finds out about this and tries to stop Ted from planting the seed.  However, Ted takes an earthmover to ram down a section of the city wall, revealing the horrific landscape beyond.  The townspeople defy the mayor and agree to let Ted plant the seed.

Has your family seen The Lorax or read the book? Which do you like better, and why?


2012 Monster Jam World Finals

Dennis Anderson, grave digger truckSo maybe you’re like me and loved to play with those little trucks and cars when you were little.  Each car and truck had its own unique design.  But of course, my brothers and I fought over the cars, because we each wanted to have the fastest car or the biggest truck.  Sometimes we even had to put the cars and trucks away, they caused such an uproar.

If you were a fan of cars and trucks when you were little, or are just now starting, it’s never too late to relive your childhood fantasy.  You can now watch trucks come alive with Monster Jam 2012! (Talk about your toy trucks and cars on steroids!)  These powerhouse vehicles keep gettin’ bigger and badder every year.  Just ask Dennis Anderson, the driver of Grave Digger:

Monster Jam: What are your expectations for the 2012 Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam World Finals? 

Dennis Anderson: I go into every Monster Jam World Finals with the mentality to bring home the trophy, but I will be happy if one of us Andersons brought home the hardware! We are also expecting the biggest and baddest encore ever in the history of Monster Jam. 

Monster Jam: What are some of the most memorable Grave Digger moments in the last 30 years? 

Dennis Anderson: All of my Monster Jam World Finals wins, Adam Anderson taking over my seat in Grave Digger when I was injured, Adam coming back to the Grave Digger team and driving The Legend and last but not least Ryan Anderson introducing Son-uva Digger with his awesome back flip at the 2011 Monster Jam World Finals. 

Monster Jam: What is so special about the Monster Jam World Finals?

Dennis Anderson: There is something there for every Monster Jam fan… The Young Guns Shootout – a true battle of up and coming superstars to the sport, will go head to head in an exclusive Racing battle during the Friday night Double Down! The Young Guns Shootout will feature eight drivers who have two years or less experience driving in the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam, and will make for an exciting addition to an already eventful night for sure. 

Monster Jam: In your eyes over the last 30 years how has the sport of Monster Jam changed? 

Dennis Anderson: Monster Jam is very competitive.  Monster trucks have become more durable and every driver has top notch equipment.  Every team runs their equipment so hard and the obstacles and jumps keep getting bigger and bigger.  The biggest change for me at least is that the new generations of drivers are just running harder and harder and keep raising the bar which ultimately makes Monster Jam so much better for the fans. 

Sounds awesome, right? This event is happening March 23-24 at Sam Boyd Stadium, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Stay tuned for the competition-I may even tune in myself!


Kickin’ it Yo Gabba Gabba Style

Yo Gabba Gabba is a unique show in and of itself. It has great appeal to a multitude of people and spans many culture, languages, and barriers.  But what makes this show so amazingly popular?  Is it the live action puppets? Or the indie rock music? Or those cool 8 bit looking graphics? It’s a combination of all of these things and more.

The Yo Gabba Gabba Live Show toured 55 cities and performed 130 shows in 2011.  Not bad for a show that’s already in its fourth season.  Usually it takes at least 20 years for a brand to catch on to all age groups.  Not only has this show caught the attention of preschoolers, toddlers, and adults alike, but it’s caught the attention of 20 and 30 somethings.

The show also has many retro elements in it, making it look like a show from the 70s. Retro is back in style and so is Steve Urkel.  This day and age it’s cool to wear just about anything, especially if it’s mismatched.  Perhaps that’s why adults and hipsters everywhere are embracing their inner child and rockin’ the Yo Gabba Gabba shirts.  Click on the link and then select “adult” under the “clothing” tab. We also have styles for your little tike too.  You can even put their name on it.

Rock on!

Dolls help to stimulate social and emotional development

Caillou is one of those characters from which your children will never stop learning.  There is a new and important lesson in every episode.  The episodes are geared specifically towards preschoolers in their developmental stages as they grow up.

This brings me to spotlight a few of our Caillou products that actually help to stimulate social and emotional development in young children.  We have our Laugh and Learn books that teach children many important things about growing up. A few of the book topics include potty training, a day at the farm, and going to the doctor’s office. These books help to explain many important events in a child’s life, and can help ease the transition into growing up.

We also have a plush 13” Caillou doll that you can dress. This is a must-have for any avid Caillou fan! It comes with removable clothing and two tools.  Your child will be able to recreate any scene from a Caillou episode, and feel like Caillou is right there on the journey with them.  They will also remember the important lesson that is associated with it.

My favorite is the adorable 14” Caillou farmer doll. This doll comes with a blue rake and shovel accessories.  The head, feet, and hands are made out of vinyl, which is super easy to clean. This doll is made with extreme attention to detail. There is even a Caillou Ecology Club logo on the overalls for all of you biologists-in-training!

All of these products will help stimulate your child’s learning process. Why not purchase one today? If you have a question about any of the products, feel free to leave a comment below or contact us directly.

Your One Stop Shop for Party Supplies

Does your child have a birthday coming up? Are you helping someone plan a birthday party for his or her child? It can be frustrating to find everything that you need in one location.  Let Ty’s Toy Box be your one stop destination for all your party supply needs!  If you order from Ty’s Toy Box, you won’t even have to leave the house.

Ty’s Toy Box was created to meet the demand for finding rare toys and party supplies. We have a vast selection of Yo Gabba Gabba party supplies, Caillou, and Super Why, to name a few. We have Yo Gabba Gabba wall decorations, piñatas, and even the glasses that DJ Lance himself wears (Don’t be surprised if your kids act just like DJ Lance with them on!).

For Caillou party supplies, we actually have a Dinosaur Edible Icing Cake Topper! We also have a lovely Caillou Centerpiece. Party favors include sticker sheets that come with 6 scenes from Caillou.  Who doesn’t like stickers? It’s a fun favor that’s sure not to disappoint!

You can make each child feel super awesome when they receive their Super Why Birthday Invitation.  We also have birthday yard signs that will announce your child’s party, which can be personalized.  Last but not least, help your little man make his Superhero entrance with our Super Why! Birthday Boy to the Rescue! Red Super Tee!  This comes with a removable cape, to make him feel extra special and let everyone know it’s his big day.

Who are you gonna make feel special today?