The Move From Cartoons #StreamTeam


Do you remember when your kids first started watching shows or movies that were not cartoons? In our house for many years, if it was not a cartoon, it was boring.

But that has started to change as our boys get older.

Now they like shows or movies that have real people and real stories rather than the world of cartoons.

Just this past weekend we watched the first Harry Potter movie from beginning to end. Both our boys (4 and 7) stayed engaged the whole time.

That would not have happened even 6 months ago.

It sure makes watching TV with the kids a lot more enjoyable. You can only watch so many Paw Patrols or episodes of Pokemon before you leave the room.

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Parents, Kiss Bedtime Battles Goodnight with A Little Help from #Netflix


New DreamWorks Animation Dinotrux ‘5 Minute Favorites’ Launch November 4 only on Netflix

Check out a preview of your new ‘secret weapon’ for bedtime battles here.

Beverly Hills, Calif., Nov. 4, 2015 – Parents, get ready for your victory lap because your bedtime-stalling kids just met their match. It’s no secret kids will say everything from the outrageous – “I hate the inside of my eyelids” – to the hard-to-argue-with “I’m starving-dying of thirst-need to pee” excuse to avoid bedtime o’clock. Now, with the help of Netflix and DreamWorks Animation, grown-ups can stop the kids’ shenanigans while making some mischief of their own.

With today’s launch of five-minute-long ‘favorites’ of the hit series Dinotrux from DreamWorks Animation, parents can offer up an ENTIRE SHOW – that’s 300 whole seconds, kids – to motivate little ones to get ready for bedtime, pronto. Kids will think they’re getting away with murder, but parents will get the last laugh when the show ends after just five minutes and the kids are tucked in on time. Parents: 1, Kids’ Bedtime Stalls: 0.

While short on time, the new Dinotrux 5 Minute Favorites are big on kid-approved action. Netflix and DreamWorks Animation engineered the new shows knowing exactly what kids love most: rewatching their favorite scenes. Parents know when kids like a show, they really like it. And ask to re-watch their favorite scenes over, and over, and over again. The three new 5 Minute Favorites, launching today on Netflix, showcase favorite scenes following the rapid adventures of Ty-Rux and Revvit as they demonstrate important lessons of teamwork and friendship – even among the unlikeliest of pairs. To watch on Netflix simply search for 5 Minute Favorites.

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Born To Be Wild Kratts

If you have a son (of daughter) in the age range of 4-5, I bet you know about the always caffeine-powered Kratt Brothers. The show is called Wild Kratts and the two stars are brothers, Chris and Martin. It plays regularly on PBS and on TVO and maintains about 10% of our PVR at all times.

Harrison always had an interest in nature and animals, but since discovering Wild Kratts, he has become a junior Jack Hanna. His knowledge has skyrocketed and the facts he shares I sometimes need to reference with the Internet to make sure he is not making it up. By the way, he never is.

He knows more about the wild life of Madagascar than I ever did. His love of sharks, bears and other creatures is beyond amazing.

For those who are not familiar with the television show, it follows the adventures of animated versions of brothers Chris and Martin Kratt, hosts of such educational shows as “Kratts’ Creatures” and “Zoboomafoo.” Ah yes, Zoboomafoo, I remember you from my days working at YTV.

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In the show, the animated Kratts encounter wild animals during stories of adventure and mystery, while they use live-action to introduce each episode. Basically they do the educating about the animals in person, then switch to cartoon mode to tell a story. The one I remember from the other day, they were teaching kids why it is bad to harm sharks and why it is wrong for people to make fin soup.

It does not stop with a TV show. Oh no.

There is also an online game that Harry plays on the PBS Kids website. From what I can tell, you have several “creature powers” that you have to choose from to figure out a level. If you need to climb a tree, you need to know what creature has the power to do that and so on.

He would play all day if we let him. He also gets to play this at school. Playing on the computer seems to be a reward for good behaviour. It’s funny when I pick him up, the first thing out of his mouth is how many creature powers he used that day.

From my side of things, the show is very educational. Sure, the brothers always seemed hopped up on jungle juice, but when dealing with kids, you need that kind of energy. Also, the show was not made for my enjoyment. I will say, if you do sit and watch an episode with your kid, you will learn something.

You will also be able to play a popular game that Harrison likes to play. It’s called “what is faster than a cheetah?”

The funny part is, there is no animal you can say that is faster. Even when I make up creatures.

So I would recommend the crazy Kratt Brothers if you are looking for a fun show that has almost every aspect that you could want in a show for your kids.

Harry was definetly born to be Wild Kratts.

Video: Texas Rising Trailer

I have never been a big watching of The History Channel but thanks to watching Vikings, I have gotten into a few of their series. Last week, the network gave a first look at their next big series and I was instantly hooked.

It’s called Texas Rising and stars Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Trevor Donovan, Olivier Martinez and Christopher McDonald.

Without going on, here is the trailer that aired during Vikings.

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What do you think? Are you going to watch?

Video: FOX’s Dads’ Trailer: Seth Green And Giovanni Ribisi Deal With Daddy Issues

Yay a show all about dads is finally hitting the TV next season. But wait, it is by Seth MacFarlane. So the point of it is not to show the truth but to make jokes and hopefully be funny.

The show features Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi and follows two thirty-something guys whose fathers make life far more difficult than is strictly necessary.

The dads, played by Martin Mull and Peter Riegert, are pretty much everyone’s nightmare of a middle-aged parent. And they’re pretty well matched in their awfulness.

At first I was hoping this was going to be about dads who parent or stay-at-home dads but after watching the trailer, it just seems more of the same old thing. Boo hoo my dad is a jerk. Let’s make funny jokes about how mean my dad is.

It is 2013. This is the best they can do? I guess it will fit right into MacFarlane’s usual fan base but for me it looks like crap.

See for yourself.

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