Sunday, October 13, 2019

ADDAMS FAMILY MOVIE COLLECTION GIVEAWAY

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Their creepy and their kooky 
Mysterious and spooky 
Their all together ooky 
The Addams family

Just in time for Halloween, Paramount Pictures has released for the first time on Blu-ray a 2 movie bundle of The Addams Family motion pictures from the 1990s. Starring Anjelica Huston (The Witches), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), Christina Ricci (Casper), Raul Julia (Moon over Parador) and Jimmy Workman (Star Trek: Insurrection), watching The Addams Family [1991] and Addams Family Values [1993] are sure to provide you with an evening full of laughs. Have yourself a spook-tacular family movie night by adding these comedies to your home entertainment video library. The Addams Family and Addams Family Values are both rated PG-13 for spooky humor.

Their house is a museum
When people come to see 'em
They really are a screaming
The Addams family



For some Halloween fun, this dad blogger is hosting ageekdaddy.com giveaway where one lucky winner will be inviting this kooky family into his or her home by winning THE ADAMS FAMILY 2-MOVIE COLLECTION on Blu-ray courtesy of Paramount Pictures. To toss your name into the hat for a chance to be randomly selected for this TERROR-ific prize, simply retweet this original giveaway message on Twitter and/or complete the entries on the rafflecopter form below. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Saturday, October 26, 2019 to be eligible for the random prize drawing. Must be a United States resident over 18 years old to participate in this promotion. Good luck!


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THE ADDAMS FAMILY

When long-lost Uncle Fester reappears after 25 years in the Bermuda Triangle, Gomez and Morticia plan a celebration to wake the dead. But Wednesday barely has time to warm up her electric chair before Thing points out Fester’s uncommonly “normal” behavior. Could this Fester be a fake, part of an evil scheme to raid the Addams fortune?

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ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES

 It’s love at first fright when Gomez and Morticia welcome a new addition to the Addams household — Pubert, their soft, cuddly, mustachioed baby boy. As Fester falls hard for voluptuous nanny Debbie Jilinksy, Wednesday and Pugsley discover she’s a black-widow murderess who plans to add Fester to her collection of dead husbands.


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Pick up your own copy of THE ADDAMS FAMILY/ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES 2-MOVIE COLLECTIONS COLLECTION [BLU-RAY] from Best Buy. If you purchase the movie through an affiliate link on ageekdaddy.com this blog receives a small commission at no additional expense to you. Enjoy having the Addams Family over to your house for some spooky Halloween fun!



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Friday, October 11, 2019

HALLOWEEN IN GREENFIELD VILLAGE

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My family had a TERROR-ific time attending the first night of 2019's annual Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village event at The Henry Ford. This year's festivities take place on the weekend evenings of October 11 - 13, 17-20 & 24-27, 2019 leading up to Halloween. You are sure to enjoy wandering through a haunting landscape filled with costumed characters and Halloween decorations illuminated by more than 1,000 hand-carved Jack-o-Lanterns. Don't hesitate to make advance reservations if you want to go because the dusk to 10 pm time slots for this ticketed event do sell out.

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Children and parents alike are invited to follow a pumpkin-lit path that weaves through the historic structures that makeup The Henry Ford's Greenfield Village. There are ten stations doling out goodies to trick-or-treaters along the Jack-o-Lantern trail which takes about an hour to traverse. Candy including Dum Dums Suckers, Laughy Taffy, M&M's, Milky Ways, Skittles, Snickers, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and Twizzlers are what is primarily given out.

My wife and I sorted through everything before the kids dove into their trick or treat bags to filter out what they couldn't have due to their food allergies and this dad blogger ate whatever wasn't safe. Sometimes you just have to take one for the team! We all agreed the favorite treat given out during the evening were the bags of Better Made Potato Chips. We love Better Made because their products don't have any issues for us to worry about for our kids' food allergies and taste great.

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Ever wonder if any of the buildings in Greenfield Village are haunted? The ghosts and ghouls emerge from the shadows for Halloween fun! Scarecrows come to life, specters try to scare you, monsters go bump in the night, dancing skeletons provide some merriment and a headless horseman gallops around during Greenfield Village's Halloween festivities. Spirits even take over the classic carousel!

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This year parts of the trick-or-treating trail had a Wizard of OZ theme. You could get your picture taken with Dorthy, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, or the Wicked Witch. A haunted forest filled with flying monkeys had to be walked through before you could get to the city of OZ for a chance to chat with the Wizard himself in his throneroom. Instead of following a yellow brick road for your adventure it was an orange path of pumpkins.

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There were a variety of interactive elements to participate in during our evening of spooky fun at The Henry Ford's Green Village Halloween. The clairvoyant Madam ZaZa told our fortunes while she gazed into a crystal ball. We walked across a troll bridge filled with fog and lit up with black lights. Had a chance to try on Dracula's coffin for size. My daughter's favorite part of our Greenfield Village Halloween was the Broom Hilda's flying lessons. She had a good time jumping on a giant sized broom and getting some tips about how witches fly on them.

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In addition to the scares and treats being given out for Halloween at The Henry Ford's Greenfield Village there was also plenty of entertainment going on throughout the evening. The Top Hat Side Show was amazing filled with magic tricks, sword swallowing and fire spitting. I could have spent all evening hanging out there but my kids dragged me away because they didn't want to miss out on trick or treating. My son's favorite part of the night, beyond getting candy, was watching 1930s era Halloween cartoons that were being shown on a silver screen near a Gobblin' Stop that was selling deserts and beverages. Those cartoons really were a treat to view!

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At other spots they had Halloween themed musical performances by groups with names such as The Transylvania Trio and Potion Sisters.  There also were sessions where spooky stories where being read by flashlight in the dark of night to audiences who braved these dramatic presentations of Hansel & Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood and The Tell-Tale Heart. Even the Grim Reaper got in on the action making an appearance at a bon fire.

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My favorite part of the night though was The Pirate Revue. A rowdy bunch of drunken pirates were hanging around by Greenfield Village's lagoon.  They were telling jokes, singing and engaging in some sword play. Ahoy mateys, if ur ever wanted be a pirate this was the place to be! Definitely a highlight of our Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village that this dad blogger really appreciated.



The best part of Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village though was seeing my children having a lot of fun while the whole family was having a good time together. This event at The Henry Ford is an evening out where everyone in the family can enjoy themselves. While there are some scary aspects of this Halloween event for the most part it is more light hearted spooky fun than horrifying so that all ages should be comfortable participating.

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Have yourself a Happy Halloween with a visit to Greenfield Village! Tickets for Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village are $17 for anyone over 2 years old for general admission or members of The Henry Ford get a discounted price of $14. For more information, go to thehenryford.org 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

TOY STORY 4

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We're going to be having a rootin tootin good time enjoying ourselves during a Toy Story 4 family movie night. Disney PIXAR Toy Story 4 is available now on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital to add to your home entertainment video library. Rated G this is a great movie for all ages and the home video release includes over an hour of bonus segments including deleted scenes, featurettes and more!

In this new adventure, Bonnie takes Buzz, Jessie, Slinky Dog, Woody and the rest of their gaggle of come-to-life toys along with her on a family road trip. Along the route they encounter the toys encounter new friends and foes as well as stumble upon a long lost companion from days gone by. Through a series of encounters and escapades, the toys discover that change doesn't have to be a bad thing. This movies is both a conclusion and the start of a new chapter in these toys story.



While sequels eventually begin to get stale, Toy Story 4 is a refreshing story that is just as good as the first film. It is a movie that had my kids laughing, tearing up and feeling as if the film's characters are truly real. A wonderful flick for watching while munching on a big bowl of popcorn during a family movie night that parents will love just as much as their kids. Toys Story 4 is a movie that my family is sure to be watching over and over again making it a great addition to our movie library. That is why Toy Story 4 gets a nod of approval from this dad blogger.

Whether you are going to visit in-laws for the holidays are taking a summer family vacation, watching Toy Story 4 via moviesanywhere.com through a mobile device is a perfect way to entertain kids in the backseat of your car on a road trip so they aren't constantly asking "are we there yet." Get the movie plus print out these Car Ride Bingo cards have some Toy Story fun during your travels:













Yippee ki yay Bullseye! Adventures with the Toy Story gang are always fun! For more info on entertaining ways to enjoy the characters from this film franchise to infinity and beyond head over to toystory.disney.com.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

RETURN TO VADERS CASTLE

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IDW Publishing's STAR WARS ADVENTURES comic book series is filling October again with spooky tales from a galaxy far, far away. Last year the publisher released a limited series of its Middle Grade reading level Star Wars comic book titled TALES FROM VADER'S CASTLE that had a scary vibe to stories that were released each week leading up to Halloween throughout the month of October. Based upon its popularity, this year you can RETURN TO VADER'S CASTLE with more chilling Star Wars stories to add some Sci-Fi fun to your Halloween festivities.

Each week's comic book in the RETURN TO VADER'S CASTLE mini-series will feature a tale featuring a different Star Wars villain. The slate of villains include Asajji Ventress, Darth Maul, Governor Tarkin, Jabba the Hutt, and of course the Dark Lord of the Sith. Each story is narrated by a creepy henchman of Darth Vader as he interrogates a prisoner held in the Lord of the Sith's personal fortress located on the hellish lava world of Mustafar.

The first issue involves the young crew of a scrap hauler who become marooned on a garbage world. While exploring the place they begin to mysteriously disappear one by one. What is lurking amongst the junk that covers this planet-wide trash dump?

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It is Darth Maul! The Sith warrior whose body was cut in half by Obi Wan Kenobi in The Phantom Menace. Miraculously his body fell into a garbage heap which was transported here. Maul's strength in the Force kept him alive and he constructed a spider-like robotic body from trash he tinkered with in the dump. What are his plans for the captured crew members? Maybe he is hoping they can help him escape the planet? Or maybe he is just planning on having them for dinner?

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While many comic books are written for teen and adult audiences, these STAR WARS ADVENURES stories are written specifically for the Middle Grade reading level of children in third through eighth grade. A perfect intro comic book series for elementary and middle school aged kids! STAR WARS ADVENTURES comic books like this RETURN TO VADER'S CASTLE mini-series are specifically meant to be appealing and age appropriate for young readers. STAR WARS ADVENTURES is a favorite read of my 10 year old twins and as a parent I appreciate never having to be wary of content they may come across in the paces of these comic books.

While TALES FROM VADER'S CASTLE and RETURN TO VADER'S CASTLE are targeted to young audiences, this Star Wars fan dad blogger enjoyed reading these Halloween themed comics himself. So all ages can appreciate and enjoy flipping through the pages of these Star Wars comic books.

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I'll absolutely be swinging by my local comic book shop each week this month to pick up a copy of each newly released story in the RETURN TO VADER'S CASTLE limited series. IDW Publishing's STAR WARS ADVENTURES: RETURN TO VADER'S CASTLE has earned a geek daddy nod of approval for providing some spooky fun for Star Wars fans tied into Halloween. Interesting stories that are kid appropriate complimented by great artwork make these comic books a wonderful addition to Halloween festivities. I hope producing these comic books becomes an annual tradition for IDW Publishing because this dad blogger's family really enjoys them.

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Also remember to stop by a local comic book shop on Saturday, October 26, 2019 for Halloween ComicFest. Participating locations will be giving away a selection of FREE comic books with a variety of titles suitable for young readers. They will also be some comic books distributed aimed for teens and adults as well. So Halloween ComicFest will have something for everyone in your family to enjoy.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

YESTERDAY

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What if you woke up one morning to find that overnight the whole world had forgotten something you cherish? Would you utilize that knowledge to enrich yourself with fame and riches or would that be immoral? That is the dilemma Jack Malik encounters in the theatrically-released movie YESTERDAY which is now available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital to add to your home entertainment video library.

Jack is a struggling songwriter and musician who dreams of hitting it big although no one seems to care for his original songs and the audiences at his gigs are sparse. Then after a mysterious global blackout, he seems to be the only person om Earth who remembers the existence of the Beatles and their music. When Jack begins to perform the Beatles songs he becomes an overnight sensation with the success he has always desired within his grasp.

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Jack is terrified though that there are others out there who remember the Beatles and will out him as a fraud. He also struggles with the moral dilemma of stealing other artists work as his own. Plus his new found fame creates a divide with long time relationships as his musical career creates a divide between him and his best friends. Jack ponders whether celebrity and money really are the keys to his happiness in life.

We watched YESTERDAY for a family movie night the other evening and my wife told me this is her favorite film of 2019. She appreciated the originality of the movie's story and the musical performances that play a central part of the plot. We both agreed Himesh Patel provides an outstanding performance as Jack and his singing throughout the film was top notch. I liked that this was a family-friendly movie that served as a nice introduction to the Beatles music for my 10 year old twins.

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The positive messages and themes about ethics, integrity and the value of friends and family also stand out earning YESTERDAY a geek daddy nod of approval. The film approaches some heavy topics with levity providing plenty of laughs in this rock 'n' roll romantic comedy. Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) has added another hit to his film resume with YESTERDAY.

The home entertainment video release of YESTERDAY has some wonderful bonus segments. These include deleted and extended scenes, live performances at the iconic Abbey Road Studios, an alternate opening and ending, and several featurettes with the filmmakers and cast that delve further into the movie's story. Parents beware though that there is a deleted scene featuring a naked Jack running across a room after a one night stand that probably would have given YESTERDAY an R rating. With that scene left out, the movie has been rated PG-13 for suggestive content and language.



For more information about YESTERDAY go to www.uphe.com/movies/yesterday

Saturday, September 28, 2019

SCOOBY DOO RETURN TO ZOMBIE ISLAND

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The Halloween season is here and this geek daddy had some spooky fun by having a Scooby-Doo family movie night.  We baked up some Scooby Snacks with Pillsbury sugar cookies that feature the zany Great Dane on them and popped the all new original animated film SCOOBY-DOO! RETURN TO ZOMBIE ISLAND in the dvd player. Zoinks! This movie had my kids laughing through out it at the hijinks the Mystery Inc gang of Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby get caught up in a brand new adventure.

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Shaggy and Scooby believe they are going on a relaxing, all expenses paid vacation to a tropical island. Fred, Daphne and Velma promise this vacation will be mystery free with all their attention being on having fun in the sun. When they arrive at their destination it looks strangely familiar?

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The Mystery Inc gang soon discover their free trip to paradise has a price to it when zombies attack their hotel. They've unknowingly returned to Zombie Island! Now they have to finish solving a mystery that they encountered in an earlier adventure.

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Will Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc gang finally solve the mystery behind Zombie Island? Or will the become permanent inhabitants of the island becoming zombies themselves? Sorry this dad blogger isn't going to tell you. You'll have to pick up SCOOBY-DOO! RETURN TO ZOMBIE ISLAND from Best Buy yourself to find out. Note that buying the movie through a link in this post will be supporting this blog as ageekdaddy.com receives a small commission from these affiliate links at no additional expense to you.



Available on DVD and Digital from Warner Bros Home Entertainment, SCOOBY-DOO! RETURN TO ZOMBIE ISLAND has a vocal cast that includes Frank Welker who has voiced Fred Jones in all the animated versions of Scooby Doo for 50 years as well as contributes the voice of Scooby in this animated film. The cast also includes Grey Griffin (Daphne Blake), Matthew Lillard (Shaggy Rogers), and Kate Micucci (Velma Dinkley).  It has a run time of 1 hour 20 minutes. This movie has not been rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.

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Zombies are in fad right now but you most likely aren't going to be letting children watch The Walking Dead or World War Z so SCOOBY-DOO! RETURN TO ZOMBIE ISLAND is a flick in this genre that you can feel comfortable letting your kids see.  It is full of the goofy hijinks and gags that Scooby-Doo is known for that had my kids laughing throughout the movie. My fifth grade twins really enjoyed this movie despite not having seen the original Zombie Island Scooby-Doo adventure this is a sequel to.

Parents should be aware though that this movie isn't like the classic Scooby-Doo cartoons. Unlike those cartoons where the spooky creatures are always unmasked as people pretending to be specters and ghouls in this movie the monsters are portrayed as being real. There may be scenes that are too intense and scary for very young viewers so parents may want to be wary of preschoolers and kindergarteners seeing this animated flick. From my own family's experience though SCOOBY-DOO! RETURN TO ZOMBIE ISLAND gets a geek daddy nod of approval for providing a spooky fun movie night elementary school, tween and teen aged kids are sure to enjoy.

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For more Scooby-Doo fun go to stage.wbkidsgo.com/en-gb/scoobydoo for activities, video clips, and games that will have kids going jeepers.

Friday, September 27, 2019

MISTER ROGERS MUSICAL TRIBUTE ALBUM

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Generations of children grew up watching Fred Rogers on television through the 895 episodes of Mister Rogers Neighborhood that he hosted and produced.  While he is known for being the face of the longest-running children's television series, did you know that he composed the songs performed on the show as well. In fact, with a college degree in music composition he considered himself a musician rather than an actor. During Fred Rogers lifetime he wrote more than 200 songs.

Just in time for November, which is being designated as THANK YOU MISTER ROGERS MONTH, a musical tribute album to the late-Fred Rogers is being released on October 25, 2019.  THANK YOU MISTER ROGERS MUSIC AND MEMORIES features re-imagined renditions of classic songs from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood as well as some other gems uncovered while the albums producers delved through Fred Rogers' catalogue of 200+ songs. A number of well-known musicians and other public personalities perform Fred Rogers' songs on this album including Kellie Pickler, Vanessa Williams, Rita Wilson, Lee Greenwood, The Cowsills, Jaci Velasquez, Jim Brickman, Jon Secada, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., Micky Dolenz, Tom Bergeron, and Sandi Patty.

The album includes a variety to musical styles in its performances supporting the spirit of inclusiveness that Fred Rogers promoted through his show.  Cuban-born pop artist Jon Secada  including Spanish lyrics put to the tune of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.” TV spokesperson Tom Bergeron, best known for hosting “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and “Dancing with the Stars,” makes his singing debut with a jazzy rendition of “Some Things I Don’t Understand.” Actress Rita Wilson delivers a touching performance of “Sometimes People Are Good,” a sentiment also reflected in her husband Tom Hanks’ on screen portrayal of Fred in the biopic A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. While a voice from the past, Micky Dolenz from The Monkeys provides his own take on "Perfectly Beautiful Day."



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Thank You, Mister Rogers Month is a time set aside to honor Fred Rogers’ legacy by encouraging people to act on his simple but eloquent message, “Be kind.”  Listing to this musical tribute album is a great way to put that spirit in your heart and provide inspiration to be your better self. For more information about this musical tribute album go to thankyoumisterrogers.com