Keep the whole family further entertained this holiday season with original short Christmas films (animated and live action) released by Shorts International. Each of the films are G-Rated, average 10-15 minutes long, and are produced by a variety of filmmakers from America, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Spain.
“Once Upon a Christmas Village,” an animated cartoon about a village trying to preserve the magic of Christmas, is voiced by actors Tim Curry and Jim Belushi. “Mr. Bojagi,” a live action film about a mysterious man with a mind-reading machine, stars legendary British actor Brian Blessed. Other films include ”Santa’s Little Helper,” about a young woman who finds love with the help of Santa’s elf, and “Santa’s Camels,” about Santa asking camels to help deliver toys to children in the Middle East.
Watch a trailer featuring clips from various movies below:
Has your child ever wanted to star in a video featuring Dora the Explorer and Diego?
Kideo.com (a play on “kids” and “video”) gives kids the fun opportunity to upload their photos and customize them in videos that feature popular cartoon characters such as Dora, Diego, Spider-Man, Barney, Care Bears, and more.
Creating the videos are free, but keeping them involve pulling out your credit card–a streaming video costs $7.99, a download costs $9.99, and a DVD costs $19.99. For a child who loves watching cartoons over and over again, this might be a unique and worthwhile gift for the holidays!
Diaper Research Tracks Infant Estrogen Levels The method, previously used in nonhuman primates, will allow researchers to learn more about the association between estrogen levels in human infants and their long-term reproductive development as well as the development of sex-specific behaviors, such as toy preference or cognitive differences. What’s more, the method will also allow researchers to look at how early disruption of the endocrine system affects long-term maturation, a growing concern among researchers and physicians. [Medical News Today]
Everyone’s favorite karate-chopping panda is making his way back to the big-screen this coming May in the sequel to Kung-Fu Panda. And we have a sneak peek of the new animated film. Check out the teaser trailer now!
So what do you think? Is this going on your must-see list? Or is it a wait-and-see?
In the last video postcard from Disney’s Baltic cruise, Sally Lee and her family take in Russia and Finland–and all the fun offered back on the boat. Check out the vid now or the previous installments by clicking here and here.
Back to school season is fast approaching and now is a great time to think about how you might volunteer in your child’s classroom. Every study I’ve read shows that kids do better academically when their parents are actively involved in their schoolwork and education. Of course not everyone has the time and energy to be class parent or even assistant class parent. But we all have talents that a teacher can put to good use. Love to knit? Bake? Golf? Make model airplanes? Scrapbook? Go share your special skills with a classroom full of kids. Last year my husband Rob went into my nine year old daughter Gracie’s classroom to teach the fourth graders all about his particular passion: filmmaking. The kids were thrilled. So thrilled, that this year Rob is going back to run an after-school program on filmmaking for kids. Check out one of Gracie’s movie: She’s demonstrates how to build a stick chair in about a minute!