Giveaway: ‘Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Never Beast’ Blu-Ray & DVD Pack

LEGEND OF THE NEVERBEASTBefore I gave birth to a daughter, I’d never heard of the Bechdel test. It’s a measure of how often two female characters talk to each other in films and books about subjects other than men. More than half of all contemporary films fail the test, and — sadly — that includes most children’s movies. Yes, even in films for kids, girls are stuck talking about guys … if they get to talk it all. That’s why, whenever Disney pushes out another one of its Tinker Bell movies, I’m first in line to grab a Blu-Ray for my daughter, and their latest edition, Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Never Beast, is no different.

TINKERBELL AND THE LEGEND OF THE NEVERBEASTYes, they’re movies about fairies, a creature that’s often denigrated for being of little substance and only adding to the problem of little girls being forced into old-fashioned gender roles. But the fairies of Neverland aren’t just fairies. They’re hard-working young women, celebrated in this special series for their individual talents. Tinker Bell is best known because of her appearances in varied forms in Peter Pan re-makes over the years — and because her name graces each film in this series — and her ability to “tinker” with bits and bobs to create mechanical masterpieces is encouraging for any parent trying to open the door to the STEM subjects for their daughter. [Read more…]

Giveaway: 1 Year Free Netflix

Netflix GiveawayAlright, raise your hand if there is one person on your holiday list who is impossible to buy for. Welcome to the club! Now for some good news … did you know Netflix does gift cards? Problems solved, huh?

See, even if you’re not a “gift card” type because you believe there’s not enough thought put into them (your 12-year-old niece would disagree, but po-tay-to, po-tah-to), these are perfect. They’re specific to a service that you know is something just about everyone can use. And hey, if you really want to go all out, you can always buy them something to watch their new Netflix on (I wouldn’t say no … hint, hint).

But before you hit up the store for some Netflix gift cards, how about entering a giveaway for a year of free Netflix? That’s right, I said a YEAR OF FREE NETFLIX:

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Disclaimer: As a member of the Netflix Stream Team, I receive free Netflix, and this gift card was provided by the company. I am not otherwise compensated, and all opinions are my own.

Giveaway: Frozen Sing-Along Edition Blu-Ray DVD Combo

Frozen Sing AlongIf there’s one thing we have all learned in the past year or so it’s this: you can’t watch Frozen without singing. Sure, you can try. But then someone else in the room will start humming, and pretty soon … well, let’s just say it was time for Disney to produce Frozen — the Sing-Along Edition — because it just won’t do to have the person next to you spouting off the wrong lyrics (darnit, it’s do you wanna BUILD a snowman).

Available on Blu-Ray and DVD as of November 18, plus Disney Movies Anywhere on VUDU, it’s the same old story of girl freezes entire town, girl runs off to be alone, girl runs after other girl that we all know and love only better: the words to all the songs play across the screen!!

You know you want it … and Disney has given Inside Out a copy to give away. [Read more…]

Giveaway: LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

LEGO BatmanIf there’s one thing I can count on in my family, it’s that when a new LEGO video game has hit store shelves, my husband and kid will both be lined up to get their hands on the newest title. The LEGO games are one of the few on the market that cross the generation gap, allowing LEGO-obsessed (and gaming-focused) parents to bond with their kids.

So with LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham set to hit stores on November 11, I can pretty much assume Veterans’ Day (and beyond) will be spent battling the bad guys in Gotham to celebrate Batman’s 75th Anniversary. I mean, look at the array of Bat suits available in this game!

Arctic Suit

Electricity Suit

Sensor Suit

Bruce Wayne

How awesome, right? Now, good news for you … Inside Out has a copy of LEGO Batman 3 to give away (winner picks console):

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Giveaway: Giada De Laurentiis ‘Recipe for Adventure’ Boxed Set

recipe for adventureWhen I was a kid, reading was a means of escape. We didn’t have television in our house, and the internet was but a glint in Al Gore’s eye (kidding, kidding). All I had was books to take me away on an adventure. But in a day when kids can just grab Mom’s smartphone and visit anywhere in the want to go — virtually anyway — it’s more necessary than ever to get them hooked early on imagining their own way around the world through the stories on the pages.

One of my favorites of late? Food Network chef Giada de Laurentiis’ Recipe for Adventure book series for kids — one part adventure to foreign lands, one part culinary education. Like a gourmet version of the popular Magic Treehouse books, they follow a kid named Alfredo and his sister on foodie adventures around the world, and each comes with recipe cards so the kids can cook up something sweet from their travels.

The first four books are now available in a box set that comes with a chef’s hat and new recipe cards (plus adventures in Paris, Naples, Hong Kong, and New Orleans), and Inside Out has partnered with publisher Penguin to give one box set away!

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Giveaway: ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Diamond Edition Blu-Ray

Sleeping Beauty Aurora Prince PhilipFor years, Disney has fed us tales of heroes and heroines, where good triumphs over evil, and that’s all kids need to know. Then came this summer’s Angelina Jolie powered hit, Maleficent. And everything turned topsy turvy. Which makes the release date of Sleeping Beauty on Diamond Edition Blu-Ray, set for October 7, somewhat curious.

Sleeping Beauty is, of course, the film that first introduced us to the evil fairy who cursed Aurora to die when her finger was pricked by a spinning wheel. In the ’50s tale, the story was simple. Maleficent = bad. Aurora/Briar Rose = good. And good, naturally, triumphed in the end.

I won’t spoil the ending of the other, more recent film, but making the villain the title character of a film naturally indicates that their story will have at least a little more depth. And now Disney is opening its vault to return us to the classic, although bonus features treat us to some back story on the art of creating villains (not just Maleficent but Cruella too) plus never-before-seen scenes that give us more insight on the woman who was Maleficent.

At the risk of going all after-school special, it’s like Disney is setting us up to sit the kids down for a good old good vs. evil and shades of grey therein chat.

The good news? You can get a copy of the Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack right here … Disney has given us two copies to give away! [Read more…]

Giveaway: ‘Boxtrolls’ Original Soundtrack

Boxtrolls soundtrackThe Boxtrolls stomped into theaters this past weekend, carrying with it a quirky story of unusual family, and the sort of animation that we just don’t see enough of in the day of slick over-produced family fare. The story of Eggs, a human raised by underground trolls who collect trash and love them some boxes, fared well at the box offices, and the soundtrack has been spinning in my house all the while.

Composed by Dario Marianelli, an Italian composer who has never before done an animated feature film score, the music of the Boxtrolls is fun and lively … but not in the way that you think. None of the bells and whistles and obnoxious rhymes that typically translates as FUN (yes, all caps) children’s music shows up on the soundtrack that is largely — gasp — instrumental.

Got kids who are Boxtrolls crazy? Good … because Inside Out has a copy of the soundtrack to give away! [Read more…]

Giveaway — ‘Toy Story of Terror’ Toy Pack & Blu-Ray/DVD

Toy StoryThe general rule of thumb is that the farther movie makers get from the original, the worse the spin-offs will be. But somehow Disney has managed to flaunt the rules. Toy Story was good. Toy Story 2, better. As for Toy Story 3, well, who didn’t bawl at big, soppy tears when Buzz and the gang almost went down that incinerator? They had us … hook, line, and sinker.

And now Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Rex, and even Mr. Pricklepants are back in an adventure perfect for Halloween (yes, it’s almost here … no, I can’t believe it either): Toy Story of Terror.

Dun. Dun. Dun!

Made for TV, its been released by Disney this week on Blu-Ray and DVD. And I’ve partnered with them to secure a Toy Story prize pack for one lucky Inside Out reader! [Read more…]

Giveaway: LEGO Ninjago Nindroids Nintendo Game

Lego Ninjago Nindroids video gameWhoever figured out that LEGO and video games should come together ought to get a medal, or at least a giant cookie. The company known for making kids think and create while having fun tends to bring both of those qualities to the gaming world with an added bonus — not a single pointy brick for parents to step on during the night. Win!

Their latest edition? LEGO Ninjago Nindroids, a game that dropped for the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita on July 29, bringing the brand’s popular animated TV show, LEGO Ninjago Rebooted, to little kid’s hands everywhere.

The premise: players, er ninjas, defend New Ninjago City from the the evil Overlord and his robotic army of Nindroids. Now for the cool part — kids can hack into computers, solve puzzles and play mini games with “technoblades.” See what I mean about getting creative and exercising the brain?

And YOUR kiddo can do just that … because we’ve got a copy to give away, courtesy of the folks at LEGO. Just hit up the Rafflecopter: [Read more…]

Giveaway: Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments

Dad's Book of Awesome Science ExperimentsWhen I first started piling things on the bottom steps, it was simply because I was sick of running up the stairs every time I found something that really belonged in one of the rooms on our second floor. The hope was that anyone — anyone besides me — would see something that belonged to them on the way up the steps, grab it, and carry it to its rightful place in the house. Anyone who has kids knows this was wishful thinking on my part. Stacking my daughter’s things on the lowest steps has not made our house any cleaner or made her any more likely to put things away.

It has, however, become a sort of litmus test for what really interests her. Take, for example, what happened when I placed Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments on the bottom step. Written by my pal and former Babble.com co-worker Mike Adamick, the book had just arrived in the mail, and I hoped it would pique the interest of an 8-year-old who is always begging us to do more “projects” with her. I didn’t, however, have a chance to say anything to her before the book disappeared completely. [Read more…]