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.

Greg Page back on stage (with The Wiggles)

 

In January, the Wiggles announced that Greg Page, the original Yellow Wiggle, is returning to perform with the children’s entertainment group.  Greg had been struggling with illness for about 5 years.  Sam Moran was filling his place in Greg’s absence, and has offered to step down to allow Greg to return.

Greg will be reuniting with former band members Jeff Fatt, Murray Cook, and Anthony Field.  The Wiggles will be rolling out a new CD, television content, and DVD, as well as beginning to tour on a local and international level.  The tour will start in Australia in March and will kick off later this year in the UK and USA.

Manager Paul Field said, ““We thank Sam for his wonderful contribution to the group for the past five years. He joined at a difficult time for Greg and the group, and we’re so grateful for all he has done.” Field also said that the group will continue to make Hot Potato Studios available to Sam for future endeavors.

Sam says, “”I am very proud of my five years as the Yellow Wiggle and the group’s continued success with me as their lead singer.” However, Sam is also looking forward to other opportunities. “I have enjoyed every minute of my nine years touring with the group, but I now look forward to new opportunities and more time spent with my wife and two- year-old daughter,” he added.

With that said, I can’t wait until the Wiggles come to town!  They are supposed to tour Canada in October and November of 2012!  Keep posted for future upcoming tour dates.  They will announce their full schedule in August of this year.

New Chuggington Dvd: Brewster’s little helper

 Brewster’s Little Helper is the newest installment in the Chuggington series. Your preschool-aged children will be honking their horns along with their favorites “trainees,” Brewster, Wilson, and Koko.  The series is composed of 6 episodes.  They are Brewster’s Little Helper, Koko Takes Charge, Brewster Knows Best, Zephie’s Zoomaround, Nurse Wilson and Wilson And The Paint Wagon.  In the title episode, Brewster’s Little Helper, Zephie, is determined to show Brewster that she can pull her own weight. She tries to accomplish all of the tasks that Brewster gives her in the day, however, she is completely overwhelmed by them. She winds up getting into trouble because she cannot complete the chores correctly. Brewster helps her with her tasks and gets her back on track.

These episodes are extremely fun to watch and also provide positive messages at the same time. Preschoolers learn the importance of friendship, teamwork, responsibility, patience, and creative thinking. Be sure to get your copy of Brewster’s Little Helper today! Of course, if you haven’t already caught up with all of the other DVDs, be sure to check out our selection of Chuggington DVDs today.

Dino dan continues to expand

Dino Dan

Attention all you Dino Dan fans!

Nick Jr (US), TVO (Canada), and TVA (French Canada) have all placed an order for a second season of Dino Dan.  Toronto-based Sinking Ship Entertainment is scheduled to produce 52 more 11-minute episodes of Dino Dan starting this March.

The TV networks decided to order more seasons once they heard that the Dan franchise was expanding its merchandise in retail stores and online. In March, Sinking Ship Entertainment is also scheduled to produce an iTunes app, which ties in with the dinodan.com site.  A second Dino Dan DVD is scheduled for production, as well as a mass-market launch of seven new toys.  Be on the lookout for these exciting new guys!  Dino Dan’s licensing is managed by The Licensing Shop.

Season one has already been sold to more than 100 countries by distributor Breakthrough Entertainment.  The new episodes of season two will go into production this spring, and will be airing in Canada by the fall.

Continue to check our website for more merchandise in the future. In the meantime, check out our Dino Dan toys.  Creator and Sinking Ship partner J.J. Johnson states, “We’re sure that this season Dan’s imagination is going to take kids on an even greater dinosaur journey.”

 

The “lost continent” of Laramidia

Perhaps you are new to Dinosaur Train, or perhaps you are a long time fan. Either way, you should note that the Jim Henson Company released Dinosaur Big City last year.  Dinosaur Big City is a one-hour Dinosaur Train movie, which kicked off Dinosaur Train’s second season.

The first season taught children about paleontology, natural history, and science.  The second season will focus on natural phenomena and exploring the outdoors.  “Big Dinosaur Week” will be featured, and so will the “Dinosaurs A to Z” song.

The movie itself is based on scientific research.  Scientific advisors were sought to help present the research and make the history of dinosaurs more appealing and exciting to young children.  The movie takes place in “Laramidia,” a part of the North American continent, during the Late Cretaceous period.  The “lost continent” of Laramidia was formed when a shallow sea covered the middle part of North America, separating the eastern and western portions of the continent.  The climate was swampy and subtropical and situated in what is now thought to be modern day Utah.

Despite its small size, enormous amounts of dinosaur fossils were found in Laramidia, representing a great diversity of dinosaurs.  Dr. Scott Sampson, a dinosaur paleontologist, evolutionary biologist and author of Dinosaur Odyssey: Fossil Threads in the Web of Life, explains that many species of specifically large dinosaurs existed in this part of North America; a mystery that many paleontologists are still trying to unravel.

The movie itself was incredibly fun and educational. I will give a synopsis in one of our later blogs. In the meantime, feel free to check out our online toy store for some cool stuff. And of course, be sure to pick up a copy of the DVD itself.