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The Carol Burnett Show: Carol’s Crack Ups

 

Carol's Crack Ups

Attention all Carol Burnett Show fans! A brand new DVD collection is available today (April 15, 2014) featuring 17 uncut episodes on a 6-disc DVD collection. The new collection is called The Carol Burnett Show: Carol’s Crack Ups.

This spectacular selection of specially-produced extras – many never before available in a wide retail release - is available for classic TV aficionados and comedy lovers, not to mention Carol Burnett Show fans.

Carol, the 2013 winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, personally selected the 17 hilarious episodes in The Carol Burnett Show: Carol’s Crack Ups, from her extensive archive.  They all feature one of the show’s fan-favorite hallmarks: sketches so funny that they tested the strength of even the most seasoned cast members — Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, Tim Conway and later Dick Van Dyke. Among other unforgettable moments, enjoy Harvey Korman cracking up with Tim Conway in numerous sketches, and, see Carol try to hold back the laughs as Vicki Lawrence took the stage as her timeless character, Mama.

Across 6 spectacularly-loaded DVDs, consumers will crack-up along with Carol and crew in UNCUT episodes as they originally aired on television.  Showcasing some of the most acclaimed and beloved moments from the legendary series from television’s Golden Age, the set includes classic sketches such as  ”The Family,” “Carol and Sis,” “Alice Portnoy,” “The Charwoman” and “The Old Folks,” along with sidesplitting parodies and favorite segments including “TV Commercials,” “Terminal Hospital,” Rebecky and Raised to Be Rotten.  And, adding to the crack ups are guest stars galore, including such luminaries as Carl Reiner, Charo, Roddy McDowall, Ruth Buzzi, Andy Griffith and many others.

Fans of classic TV comedy will also enjoy hours of  StarVista’s acclaimed and extensive special programming featuring interviews, cast commentary and bonus sketches such as Valerie Harper and Tim Conway’s installment of “As the Stomach Turns”; George Carlin’s dentist sketch; the therapy session with James Garner and Ken Berry; plus the interrogator routine with Tim, Harvey and Lyle; as well as two brand new featurettes never-before-available: “Tim Conway: Chief Cracker Upper” and “Tim on the Street.”

I received this set to review. This collection has it all. From hysterical sketches to musical numbers and even Carol’s one-on-one time with audience members while she’s on stage. There is a little bit of everyone’s favorite things about the Carol Burnett Show.

I am a fan of the Carol Burnett Show and I used to watch it all time when I was younger. Some of the episodes I saw on the DVD collection I have seen before, but many of them I have not.

It was fun to see the special guest stars that appeared on the series over the years. People like Ruth Buzzi, Roddy McDowall, Dick Van Dyke, Carol Reiner, Helen Reddy and Richard Crenna.

My FAVORITE episodes are the ones where someone starts laughing and can’t stop. Harvey Korman got the giggles a lot on the show, as did Carol Burnett. Tim Conway was usually the culprit. He usually had the others cracking up.

One episode that comes to mind that is included in this DVD collection has Harvey Korman as a doctor turned male nurse and Carol is his assistant. Both Carol and Harvey couldn’t keep a straight face through most of the skit. I believe it was Terminal Hospital.

This must have collection for any Carol Burnett fan or classic TV van includes;

17 UNCUT Episodes on 6 DVDs

More than 2 hours of bonus programming, including:

Five specially-produced featurettes: “Almost Live”, ”Breaking Up Is Hard…Not To Do”, “We Love You, Harvey”, “Tim Conway: Chief Cracker-Upper” and “Tim on the Street”

Bonus Sketches: “As the Stomach Turns,” “Two-Man Sub,” “The Interrogator,” “The Oldest Man:Fireman,” and others

Exclusive interview: Tim Conway

The collection retails for $59.95.

All of the episodes/features are from the early-to-mid 7o’s.

Young and old alike can appreciate this timeless humor. I had my kids (teenagers) watch one of the DVDs with me an even they were laughing. If you have teenagers you know that they are not easily impressed. To see them laughing at skits that I used to laugh at when I was their age (and younger) is a great site.

My husband is my age and he was never really into Carol Burnett when he was younger. He remembers his mom and dad watching the show and laughing hysterically but he didn’t have any interest. He’s watched some of the this collection with me and even he finds them just as funny as his parents did many years ago.

The Carol Burnett Show: Carol’s Crack Ups is being released by StarVista. They did an excellent job of improving the image and sound quality of these episodes. Some of the opening sequences (the animated beginning where Carol is a cartoon maid) are a bit “old” looking, but the actual show/episodes look amazing.

Look for The Carol Burnett Show: Carol’s Crack Ups where DVDs are sold.

Are you a fan of the Carol Burnett Show? Do you have a favorite skit or guest star? Feel free to share your thoughts.

PHOTO CREDIT/SOURCE: LA Times

PHOTO CREDIT/SOURCE: LA Times

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

 

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Hanging out with celebrity (and real life) Moms from hit ABC television shows

 

ABC Cocktails with Moms

From Left to Right – Alexis Carra (“Mixology”), Patricia Heaton (“The Middle”), Frankie Shaw (“Mixology”) and Ming-Na Wen (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”)

I’ll admit it. I get a bit giddy when I know I’ll have the opportunity to interview a celebrity. I can get so star struck that I forget the questions I want to ask. I’ve even been known to stumble over my words.

Never in a million years would I ever think that I would one day have the opportunity to meet famous people.

Most of the time I get to meet celebrities in what I call “controlled situations”. Usually it’s at a press junket with other media/press people and we can only admire the celebrity from afar and if we’re lucky we have the opportunity to ask the a few questions directly. The celebrities are also super busy and don’t have time to stop for a photo. It’s not that they don’t want to – it’s more so that they are just so busy and they can’t stop.

DON’T GET ME WRONG!!!! I love and appreciate every opportunity I get. :-)

On a few occasions I have been lucky enough to attend after parties for red carpet premiere events. There you can have the chance, if you are lucky, to steal a few moments with your favorite celebrity. You have to keep in mind that there are usually a dozen or more people fighting for the opportunity so you consider yourself very lucky when you have the chance to chat with your favorite celebrity – even if it’s just for a few minutes.

Most recently I attended the red carpet after party for Muppets Most Wanted. I had wanted to meet Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais but they were the stars of the night and it was impossible to get within ten feet of them. That’s OK. I did get to meet and briefly talk to some people I was anxious to meet. One of them was Josh Groban. Swoooooooooooon!!!! I love his voice. He has the most beautiful singing voice. I had imagined him as a kind, soft spoken person. In real life he’s just that. I was blessed to have a few minutes to chat with him about music and the influence it has on children. He even posed for a picture with me.

I took my picture with Josh Groban but I didn't like how I looked so I cropped myself out of it.

I took my picture with Josh Groban but I didn’t like how I looked so I cropped myself out of it.

Prior to this event I also attended the after party for Frankenweenie where I had to opportunity to have a very long conversation with Tom Kenny (the voice of SpongeBob and many other characters). I had interviewed him on the phone and truly enjoyed talking to him. It was wonderful to have that opportunity again.

When I meet a celebrity the conversation is always about their television show, movie or new book. I never have a chance to ask them what I really want to ask them. Still, it’s always a thrill to meet someone that I admire. :-)

When I was out in Los Angeles a few weeks ago, ABC gave me and several other wonderful bloggers the opportunity of a life time – to have cocktails and a casual conversation with several fabulous women who play moms on television (most are moms in real life too). The ladies were looking forward to meeting and chatting with us as we were with them.

Imagine… sitting around chatting with your favorite celebrity while enjoying appetizers and cocktails (I was drinking water and soda). We could talk about anything. We didn’t have to focus primarily on a show or movie. We could finally ask questions we really wanted to know the answers to. How awesome is that?

In attendance was…

  • Patricia Heaton (“The Middle”)
  • Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs”)
  • Jami Gertz (“The Neighbors”)
  • Toks Olagundoye (“The Neighbors”)
  • Amanda Fuller (“Last Man Standing”)
  • Malin Akerman (“Trophy Wife”)
  • Frankie Shaw (“Mixology”)
  • Alexis Carra (“Mixology”)
  • Ming-Na Wen (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”)

I have to admit I was super excited to meet the ladies, especially Patricia Heaton because I LOVE “The Middle”. I have also adored Jami Gertz forever (Lost Boys, “Still Standing”) and I think Wendi McLendon-Covey is so funny. I loved her in Bridesmaids. Malin Akerman was also someone I was looking forward to meeting (actually I looked forward to meeting everyone). She was the guest stars of the talk show “The Chew” last year when I was in the audience.

To make things easier the bloggers were broken up into groups and the ladies were rotated around each group so that everyone had a chance to take with the ladies. Sadly it didn’t work out exactly as planned. I never had the chance to meet Malin, Frankie, Alexis or Ming-Na.

 Patricia Heaton The Middle

The first lady I had the opportunity to chat with was Patricia Heaton. She was great in “Everybody Loves Raymond”, but like her best as Frankie from “The Middle”.

Patricia is a mom. She has four sons. They range in age from 15 – 21. One of her sons is the same age as my son (her youngest) and she has another son that is the same age as my daughter.

Patricia and I had the opportunity to chat, one-to-one, for a good 5+ minutes. It was surreal! Here I was talking to one of the stars of one of my top 5 television shows. It took me a good minute or two to get over the initial shock, then it was super easy to talk to her – as if I’ve known her for years. Suddenly she wasn’t Frankie from “The Middle”. She was Patricia – mom, wife, actress.

Patricia told me that she and Eden Sher (her TV daughter Sue from “The Middle”) are very close and they do a lot of things together. She told me that she considers herself Eden’s mentor. She told me that actress Linda Lavin was like a mentor to her. Patricia and Linda stared in the series Room for Two back in the early 90′s.

I learned a little bit about her TV sons too.

Charlie McDermott (Axl on “The Middle”) is very shy. I found that hard to believe, but she told me it was true. It wasn’t until we met him on the set of “The Middle” that I realized that he really was very shy. It’s hard to believe that, especially since many of the episodes he’s running around in just his boxer shorts.

Patricia told me that Atticus Shaffer (Brick fro “The Middle”) is a fan of “The Walking Dead”. So it Patricia! For Christmas she gave Atticus a gift basket filled with “The Walking Dead” action figures and books. This was good to know because I had a chance to chat with Atticus a few days later and I had mentioned that I knew he was a “Walking Dead” fan and we chatted about how much we love the show.

The Middle Patricia Heaton

Patricia Heaton (“The Middle”) and Me.

I still can’t believe that I met Patricia Heaton! Every time I watch “The Middle” I can’t help but think back to the Cocktails with Mom opportunity. Visiting the set of “The Middle” was equally as awesome.

After Patricia I had the chance to have a lengthy conversation (at least 10+ minutes) with Wendi McLendon-Covey. Wow! Wow! Wow! She is super sweet and SO EASY to talk to. Maybe I was more relaxed after talking to Patricia, but I wasn’t “star struck” with Wendi like I thought I’d be – even though I was overjoyed to meet her.

The cool thing about talking with Wendi is that she was more interested in asking ME questions then the other way around. She was interested in learning more about my blog and my family. It seemed like “I” was the celebrity being interviewed. LOL!

Wendi McLendon-Covey ("The Goldbergs") and me.

Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs”) and me.

Wendi and I talked about how times have changed since we were kids and how the world is a more scary place. She doesn’t have children yet (her cats are her babies. :-)). She tells me that she would probably be very cautious about everything her kids did like I am (I gave the example of how I used to watch them walk downstairs to get the mail – and it’s only 3 short flights of steps downstairs).

I also had the opportunity to meet and chat with Jami Gertz. I have liked her since I saw her in the movie Lost Boys. She also stared in one of my favorite sitcoms, “Still Standing”. The show is no longer on the air but I can catch it in syndication from time to time.

Jami Gertz ("The Neighbors" and me.

Jami Gertz (“The Neighbors” and me.

When our daughter was little she looked a lot like Jami’ daughter on the show, Tina. Her TV daughter (Soleil Borda) is about the same age as my daughter too (Soleil is two years older than my daughter). I told Jami about how my daughter was Soleil’s doppelgänger. She thought that was pretty cool.

Jami’s personality and mannerisms are the same as they are on TV. Her perkiness is the same in “real life” and she was always smiling.

Jami stars on the ABC series “The Neighbors” along with another lady who was at the event who is also fro the series, Toks Olagundoye.

I’ll be honest. I never really watched “The Neighbors” before. I would flick on it from time to time, but I never really watched an episode form beginning to end. After chatting with Jami and Toks I have made it a point to watch the series every opportunity I get. It’s silly and funny. It’s about aliens trying to adapt to living on Earth. Jami and her husband are non-aliens who are friends with their alien neighbors. It’s funny because the aliens take things so literally. Toks plays the alien Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

Toks Olagundoye ("The Neighbors")

Toks Olagundoye (“The Neighbors”)

Lastly I had the opportunity to chat with Amanda Fuller. She plays the role of Kristin Baxter on the ABC series “Last Man Standing”. She’s Tim Allen’s oldest daughter on the show. She’s been acting since 1993 and has appeared on dozens of televisions shows and movies. She mentioned that this is not the first time she’s played a teen mom (on the show she had a baby when she was a teen). She’s been a teen mom a few other times on TV.

My husband and I watch “Last Man Standing” every week so it was a thrill to meet Amanda too.

Amanda Fuller ("Last Man Standing")

Amanda Fuller (“Last Man Standing”)

Sadly I didn’t have the chance to meet or chat with the other ladies at the event.

All of the ladies were more than happy to pose for photos, but individually and as a group.

Combine with yummy appetizers and cocktails, this was an amazing evening.

I want to personally thank ABC for putting this event together. It was one of the highlights of my trip to LA. It was amazing to have the opportunity to chat with these lovely women one-on-one and in a group about anything we wanted to (within reason of course – ha ha). Having the opportunity to get to know these ladies gives me a new appreciation for their television series. Now every time I see them on TV I smile and think back to Cocktails with Moms. It was a once in a life time experience that I’ll never forget.

“The Middle” airs Wednesdays at 8:00 EST / 7:00 CST. Facebook & Twitter.

“Last Man Standing” airs Fridays at 8:00 EST / 7:00 CST. Facebook & Twitter.

“Trophy Wife” currently on hiatus. Facebook & Twitter.

“Mixology” airs Wednesdays at 9:30 EST / 8:30 CST. Facebook & Twitter.

“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” airs on Tuesdays (a 2-hour event scheduled for 4/14/14 @ 8:00 EST / 7:00 CST).  FacebookTwitter.

“The Neighbors” currently on hiatus. Facebook & Twitter.

“The Goldbergs” airs Tuesdays at 9:00 EST / 8:00 CST. Facebook & Twitter.

To learn more about the shows or to watch full episodes visit http://abc.go.com/.

PHOTO CREDIT: ABC

PHOTO CREDIT: ABC

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. My travel expenses to the event were covered.

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On the set with ABC’s hit television show “Grey’s Anatomy”

 

Grey's Anatomy GFX

PHOTO CREDIT: ABC

A few weeks ago, when I was out in Los Angeles, the blogger group I was with had the opportunity to visit the set of ABC’s hit television series “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Recipient of the 2007 Golden Globe Award for Best Drama Television Series and nominated for multiple Emmys, including Outstanding Drama Series, “Grey’s Anatomy” is considered one of the great television shows of our time. The high-intensity medical drama, now beginning its tenth season, follows the personal and professional lives of a group of doctors at Seattle’s Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.

“Grey’s Anatomy” stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd, Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens, Jr. as Richard Webber, Sara Ramirez as Callie Torres, Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt, Jessica Capshaw as Arizona Robbins, Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery, Sarah Drew as April Kepner, Camilla Luddington as Jo Wilson, Gaius Charles as Shane Ross, Jerrika Hinton as Stephanie Edwards and Tessa Ferrer as Leah Murphy.

I’ll be honest. I haven’t watched the show in a very long time. I watched it in the beginning but I’ve since moved on to something else. Therefore I’m a little behind as far as some of the characters and storylines are concerned.

I am more than well aware who “McDreamy” and “McSteamy” are (even though “McSteamy” is no longer on the show).

PHOTO CREDIT: ABC

PHOTO CREDIT: ABC

Jessica Capshaw

Our host for the afternoon was Jessica Capshaw. She plays pediatric surgeon, Dr. Arizona Robbins on the show. She took us around the set and pointed out some great points of interest. She was also happy to answer any questions that we had. Jessica’s mom is actress Kate Capshaw. Her step father is Steven Spielberg.

Jessica met us in a breezeway in between sets. On one side was the set for the “Dream House” and the other side was home to the hospital set. I thought she said there was a musical number shot in the breezeway, but I’m not 100% sure. A true Grey’s fan might know.

There were MASSIVE doors to the hospital set. I have never seen doors that big before.

Door

The first stop on our tour was the set was the “Dream House” of Dr. Meredith Grey and Dr. Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd. Meredith created a house out of candles in the fourth season finale of “Grey’s Anatomy”. The show went on to create a real life Dream House for the couple.

Dream House made out of candles. PHOTO CREDIT: ABC

Dream House made out of candles. PHOTO CREDIT: ABC

The couple share the home with their adopted daughter Zola and son Bailey. The Dream House is filled with A LOT of baby and children’s toys and accessories.

Dream House 1

Dream House 2

Dream House 3

Notice the “Green Screen” on the other side of the window?

Dream House 4

Dream House 5

Dream House 6

Dream House 7

Just above the bed in the couple’s bedroom, in a small shadow box frame, is the Post-It note that their wedding vows were written on. How sweet!

I couldn’t get close to it. I’m “vertically challenged” (short) and I didn’t want to kneel on the bed to get close enough to it.

Post-It

It was a beautiful house, if it were real house. The Dream House is merely a set. You can see all the lights and cables above your head and the green screen in the background.

Cameras

Lights

After we had the chance to walk around the Dream House set we took a walk across the breezeway to the hospital set.

The hospital set was pretty cool. You felt like you were inside a real hospital. The only things missing were patients and hospital staff.

For all you “Grey’s Anatomy” fans, see if you can recognize any of these sets from the show.

Hospital 1

Hospital 2

Hospital 3

Hospital 4

Hospital 5

Hospital 6

Hospital 7

I had to laugh when I came across a random body part on the hospital set. There was a room that looked to be a wash room (where the surgeons go to wash up before surgery) and/or some kind of supply room. In a large sink was a random body part (an arm) just lying there covered in fake blood.

Arm

After checking out the hospital set we walked across the lot to another building where we had the opportunity to chat with Props Master Angela Whiting, Costume Designer Mimi Melgaard and Sarah Drew who plays Dr. April Kepner on the show. Justin Chambers (Alex Karev) and Camilla Luddington (Jo Wilson) make a brief appearance just to say “hello”.

PHOTO CREDIT: ABC

Camilla Luddington (Jo Wilson) and Justin Chambers (Alex Karev)
PHOTO CREDIT: ABC

In the room we were in there was a rolling cart that had actual props from the “Grey’s Anatomy” set on it. Since Grey’s is about a hospital a lot of the props were related to the body. I must forwarn you that some of the props are VERY realistic looking. If you happen to follow me on Instagram you might have seen me post some of these.

Blood

Heart

Intestines

Props 2

Props

When we were talking to Prop Master Angela Whiting she showed us another prop – a pair of blood scissors. They are from a specific episode. Since I don’t regularly follow the show I’m not sure of their significance but I’m sure a real “Grey’s Anatomy” fan might recognize them.

Scissors

Angela also shared with us that they keep all the props used in case they are needed again for another episode, even props like badges that belong to cast members who are no longer on the show. You never know when they might be needed in a flashback sequence. I found that interesting. I would have never thought to do that.

Costume Designer Mimi Melgaard was kind enough to bring along several outfits that were used on the series. Do you recognize any of these?

Outfit 1

Outfit 2

Outfit 3

Outfits

wedding dress

Just like with the props all of the costumes/outfits are saved and stored in case they are needed again. I can’t imagine how many they must have. Hundreds! I would love to “raid” that closet. LOL!

Over all it was a very interesting experience. It renewed my interest in the series. We even received an autographed “scrub” top signed by “Grey’s Anatomy’s” creator Shonda Rhimes. How awesome is that!

Shonda Rhimes

“Grey’s Anatomy” airs on ABC Thursdays at 9:00 PM (EST) / 8:00 (CST). You can catch full episodes, clips and more on the official website, http://abc.go.com/shows/greys-anatomy. You can also check out the show’s official Facebook page and official Twitter page. You can also check out the hashtags #GreysAnatomy and #ABCTVEvent to see what other bloggers had to say about the set visit.

Are you a fan of the series? Do you have a favorite character or storyline? Feel free to share your thoughts. I love to hear from my readers.

PHOTO CREDIT: ABC

PHOTO CREDIT: ABC

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. My travel expense were covered.

 

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The Tom and Jerry Show Premieres on the Cartoon Network Wednesday, April 9, 2014 @ 5:30 PM (ET/PT)

 

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Attention Tom and Jerry fans! A brand new Tom and Jerry series premieres on the Cartoon Network this coming Wednesday (April 9, 2014) evening at 5:30 PM (ET/PT).

My husband and I are both long time Tom and Jerry fans. We’ve been enjoying the cat and mouse antics since we were children. We even own several Tom and Jerry DVDs.

My family enjoys several shows on the Cartoon Network. Even though my kids are teens they still watch the channel. My daughter thinks Adventure Time is funny. My husband and I also have a few favorite shows that we enjoy watching on the channel.

Now our favorite cat and mouse duo are back and with an all new series.

The Tome and Jerry Show is a fresh take on the famous “frenemies”.

The Tom and Jerry Show will feature two back-to-back episodes. Each episode is approximately 11 minutes long making up the half hour series.  The original cartoons were only around 5-6 minutes each.

The series will take Tom and Jerry to fantastic worlds such as a mad scientist’s laboratory and a witches cabin, as well as their suburban home location.

You’ll be surprised to hear that the voice talents of Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) and Simon Helber (“Howard” from The Big Band Theory) are a part of the new series.

Cartoon Network Tom and Jerry Show

I had the opportunity to view two episodes from the new series.

Spike Gets Skooled“ - Tom gets Spike sent to obedience school, and Jerry is left without a protector. When Spike returns, Tom tries hard to get Spike to revert to his old ways. Jerry fights back to make sure that Spike keeps his cool.

Cats Ruffled Furniture” - Tom is under strict orders to not wake the Witch sisters, but Jerry is set on getting Tom in trouble. When Tom uses the magic spell wand and makes all of the furniture come alive, he must get the help of Newt to make everything go back as it was.

My husband is a probably a bigger fan than I am so I made sure he watched the episodes with me.

We both found the episodes to be funny. They featured the typical slapstick humor that we would expect from Tom and Jerry. Laugh wise my husband and I both chuckled while watching the episodes. They were both funny and we enjoyed the storylines too.

The animation is a bit different than what we expected. Although the cartoon is very bright and colorful, the images seem kind of “flat”. They remind me of animation “cells” before the detail is added in. The new version doesn’t have much details like fur or texture. I’m not saying it’s a “bad” thing – it’s not. I’m just pointing out that the animation style is a lot different than the classic Tom and Jerry many of us grew up with.

Whether you are a diehard Tom and Jerry fan or you’d like to introduce the duo to a new generation, be sure to check out the new Tom and Jerry Show on the Cartoon Network, April 9, 2014 at 5:30 PM (ET/PT). Please check your local TV guide for the channel.

Are you a Tom and Jerry fan? Do you think you will be checking out the new series? Feel free to share your thoughts.

Here is the series promo for your enjoyment.

 

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.  

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Team TURBO Video Game & Sugar Cookies Recipes

 

Turbo FAST

It was recently announced that Netflix and DreamWorks Animation has teamed up to create three new original series that will air only on Netflix. The new series are set to debut late in 2014. The new series are Puss in Boots, King Julien and Veggie Tales in the House.

Last year Netflix and DreamWorks introduce the series Turbo FAST. It’s based on the hit animated film Turbo about racing snails.

I wrote about Turbo Fast last year. If you would like to read my original post you can find it here – Turbo Fast – A new series coming to Netflix.

Turbo FAST is an outrageous, high-octane ensemble comedy series teaming the world-famous super-powered snail Turbo with his posse of adrenaline-junkie buddies to form the Fast Action Stunt Team (FAST). Together, they amp up everything to the extreme: extreme adventure, extreme challenges and extreme excitement. No matter how wild things get, the Fast Action Stunt Team always has each other’s backs. Snail Up! Anytime, anywhere, only on Netflix.

The series is such a success that five new episodes have been created. The first one aired on April 4th. You can still view it on Netflix in case you missed it. In total 26 episodes have been ordered.

Netflix also has the film Turbo available for it’s U.S. and Canadian customers. Latin America customers will get Turbo later on this spring.

Does anyone in your home enjoy the Turbo FAST series? If so, here is a fun way to enhance their experience.

Turbo Game

Hop in the driver’s seat with the newest online adventure game, Savannah Slalom.

Strap in for racing adventure in the great outdoors with Savannah Slalom — the newest HTML5 adventure game from Turbo FAST. Help Smooth Move race across the savannah, dodging hungry meerkats like Savannah Slalom as well as giant boulders and pick up diamonds for extra life or catch power ups from your pal Chet. Optimized for both Web and mobile, Savannah Slalom offers continuous racing gameplay, letting you earn points to level up as you go. Want to make it to the other side? Step on it!  Play for free NOW at http://Savannah.TeamTurboFAST.com.

If that wasn’t cool enough, check out these fun Turbo FAST inspired cookies that you can re-create with your family.

Turbo FAST cookies

All you need is food coloring, basic sugar cookie dough, toothpicks, mini marshmallows, colorful candy of your choosing, icing…and your imagination!  Check out DreamWorks Animation’s Pinterest page for inspiration: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/39969515417476354/.

I LOVE the cookies! They are so creative. They even look easy enough to make. I’m sure children will have fun decorating them too.

For more information about the series visit TeamTurboFast.com and Netflix.com/Turbo.

Are you a fan of the series? What about your child/grandchild? What other DreamWorks film or character would you love to see come to the small screen as a Netflix series?

Netflix Turbo FAST

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. Any opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Little House on the Prairie – Season One & Pilot Movie Deluxe Remastered Edition on Blu-ray/DVD (giveaway ends 4/12/14)

 

Little House on the Prairie Season One

I am a long time fan of the hit television series Little House on the Prairie. I remember sitting down to watch it with my sister when we were little. I even dressed like someone from back in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s time for Halloween one year (my mom made an awesome costume for me). I even read some of the books. I think I still have one of the books in our bookcase.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the pilot movie. FORTY YEARS! I suddenly feel very old. Sigh…

The series has been newly restored with high definition picture and sound quality. Season one, including the pilot movie, is now available from Lionsgate Home Entertainment on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.

One of the most cherished TV series of all time, Little House on the Prairie continues to capture new generations of fans around the world by sharing its timeless themes of love, morality and rich family values. This American classic can now be experienced like never before with the Little House On The Prairie – Season One Deluxe Remastered Edition on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital Ultraviolet) and Digital HD. To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the pilot movie premiere, the beloved series has been completely restored and remastered and will be available in high definition for the first time from Lionsgate Home Entertainment and NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products.

Not seen since their original TV broadcast, all twenty-four season one episodes are now presented complete and uncut, newly restored and remastered for optimal picture and sound quality. Plus, you’ll discover where the Little House on the Prairie TV legend began—with the original, full-length pilot movie that introduced the Ingalls family to millions of viewers around the world.

Here is a trailer for the new release.

 

I received a copy to review. I was super excited for the set to arrive.

I have seen the pilot movie before but its been ages. There were part of the film that I don’t recall, such as Caroline’s parents and the girl’s aunt, uncle and cousin saying good bye to them before they left for Kansas. I also don’t remember the part where their dog, Jack, was thought to have drowned.

Even though I have seen the pilot before (but don’t remember parts of it) I felt like I was watching it for the first time. It’s been so long since I saw it.

Little House on the Prairie

I love that the collection goes in sequence. You can see how their whole lives unfolded in Walnut Grove. After the pilot movie the first episode shows how the family came to settle in Walnut Grove and make friends with Mr. Olsen, Mr. Hanson and Doc Baker. The next episode is about the girls going to school for the first time and meeting the nasty little girl Nellie and her even nastier mother Harriett.

I love that you can watch sequentially or skip to your favorite episodes. There are 24 in total, plus the pilot movie. There were 9 seasons in total (203 episodes in total, not including specials/movies). This collection is just for season one. I hope to get most of the seasons on DVD some day. I wasn’t really fond of the show when it became Little House: A New Beginning and most of the original characters were gone from the show.

This collection also includes the original screen tests for Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert (she was so young and cute!) as well as part one of a special documentary The Little House Phenomenon: A Place in Television History which was is an interesting look at how this show became such a beloved series.

The quality of the picture and sound is amazing. They did a fabulous job remastering it without taking away from the show’s original charm. You can see the difference in the images below.

Little House Remastered

The Blu-ray set retails for a suggested retail price of $38.99 and the DVD set for $29.98.

Look for Little House On The Prairie – Season One Deluxe Remastered Edition where ever movies are sold.

I have a copy of Little House On The Prairie – Season One Deluxe Remastered Edition on DVD to give to a lucky reader, compliments of Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on April 12 2014 at  11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number  generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and  will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me about your favorite Little House on the Prairie episode – OR – your favorite Little House on the Prairie character and why?

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Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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