Calling all Hayao Miyazaki fans! The acclaimed Japanese filmmaker’s animated film My Neighbor Totoro is turning 25 this year. The whimsical movie tells a tale of friendship and sisterhood that the whole family will enjoy. And the Disney version features the voices of real-life sisters, Elle and Dakota Fanning. To celebrate its anniversary, Disney and Studio Ghibli are releasing it—along with another Miyazaki classic, Howl’s Moving Castle—on Blu-ray for the first time ever on May 21.
We are excited to announce that Disney and Studio Ghibli are also letting us give away a Miyazaki Blu-ray gift basket, containing these two films along with The Secret World of Arrietty, Whisper of the Heart and Castle in the Sky, a $200 value. To enter, just leave a comment at this post. You can comment once a day between now and the end of the day on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. You can also read the official rules, or find additional information about the films here.
And be sure to check out this fun clip of My Neighbor Totoro:
UPDATE: This contest is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Bonnie! Please check your Facebook “other” message folder to claim your prize. Thanks for playing, everyone!
The Australian music group, The Wiggles, has been entertaining millions of children around the world for over 20 years. This year, they’re announcing three new cast members, including the first female Wiggle. Emma Watkins joins as the Yellow Wiggle, Lachlan Gillespie as the Purple Wiggle, and Simon Pryce as the Red Wiggle. Anthony Field, the founder of the The Wiggles, remains as the Blue Wiggle.
To introduce the new Wiggles, the quartet is on an international tour called “Taking Off!” and they will visit 35 U.S. cities starting in August. In addition to the tour, the group has also released a new CD and DVD. (To find a concert in your local area, click after the jump for confirmed tour dates.)
Watch a video of the new Wiggles performing “Do the Propeller!”, a song from their CD:
Our celeb correspondent (and Entertainment Tonight cohost) Nancy O’Dell recently had the chance to chat with actress Jennifer Garner. Jennifer’s new Disney movie, The Odd Life Of Timothy Green (Rated PG), is out this weekend, and the star and mom of three was super-psyched to share the modern-day fairy-tale with us. Here’s what she had to say about it:
Are we all going to cry when we see it? Do I need to bring tissues with me?
“I took two mom friends to an early screening before it was done, and they both–even during the happy scenes–cried their heads off. I watched them more than I watched the movie because they were so funny. But in a good way–it made them realize how much they love their kids and their lives. It’s reaffirming. It really is something that everyone who reads Parents magazine should make a point of going to see. If it doesn’t make you cry, call me and I’ll give you a dollar.”
Read more about the movie in the full interview from the September issue by clicking here.
Plenty of artists have been discovered on YouTube (ahem, Justin Bieber), launching wildly successful careers. Despite her young age, 2-year-old Makena knows it’s finally her time to shine. The tot sings her little heart out to Adele’s “Someone Like You”–and we think it’s the best cover yet!
True love (or a need to have a clean mate) is evident in this week’s webtastic pick. Well, at least from one end. The snowball on the right looks sleepy, and has good reason to be—the life of an adorable, fluffy critter can be a hard one!
Add a pint-sized puppy and an adorable wide-eyed tot, and you get this too-cute-to-be-real high-quality home video. And If this doesn’t make you want to get an English Bulldog pup, then I don’t know what will. Watch the duo as they go about their day…being cute.
Make sure to read our Tech Savvy Parents blog by Leticia Barr — she has some family- and budget-friendly ideas for celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday with fun online activities. March is also National Reading Month, so get your kids hooked on books with classic Seuss favorites such as The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and Horton Hears a Who! Or plan a trip to the colorful Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure in Universal Orlando — where favorite characters, scenes, and places from the books come to life.
Update: Play a matching game online, The Many Languages of Dr. Seuss, to see if you can match the English versions of his book titles with the translations in other languages. You may need to print the image out and use a pen or pencil to draw lines between the titles. After you’re done, find the answers at www.smartling.com/seuss.
What are your favorite Dr. Seuss books? Which ones do your kids love?
There’s nothing worse than a crying baby. Wait–there’s nothing worse than a crying baby on a long car ride. You’re in a confined space with no Spongebob Squarepants or Yo Gabba Gabba! episodes in sight (assuming you don’t own a fancy-schmancy car that has a built-in television screen), so life seems to be pretty much over by that point.
What is a frustrated parent to do? Take a cue from this mom, who cleverly plays Florence + The Machine’s hit song “Dog Days are Over” to soothe her son, Embry. And he just won’t stop wiggling and dancing in his seat. Cute!
Will you be popping in a dance tune anytime soon to calm your little one? Do you have a funny/adorable way to cure your kid’s crying?