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How to Enjoy Halloween 2021 Knowledge Kids Style!

16 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Streaming online for free within Canada till Oct 31st

Halloween’s nearly here and quite often, there’s something to fear because not all forms of entertainment are tailored for young ones to enjoy. Knowledge Kids has fixed that with a specially curated run of fun that’s no doubt going to be educational too.

Some select shows worth noting are Molang: “The Ghosts’ Castle, Haunted House, and The Pumpkin”; Kate & Mim-Mim: Lil’ Boo and Kiva Can Do! (Can Boo), two Dragon episodes (not from the How to Train your Dragon series) and with The Monster Halloween. Furry-mania took over this list with Clifford the Big Red Dog and Paw Patrol. There’s more than a handful of episodes that’s tailored for the each. Of the former, there’s “The Halloween Costume Crisis” and “Clifford’s Howl-O-ween.” Of the latter, there’s “Pups and the Ghost Pirate,” “Save the Trick” and “Treaters and The Werepuppy.”

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Legendary Comics to Examine Kong and Me

26 Mar

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Legendary Comics
Release Date: March 30, 2021

The children’s book, Kong and Me, is an introductory look at the relationship of Jia (played by newcomer Kaylee Hottle in the upcoming Godzilla vs King Kong movie), a young girl living on Skull Island, and the mighty ape. This optimistic look at the two firmly establishes a bright and cheery world they live in. It’s a perfect contrast when compared to the previous films for newcomers–especially kids who want to see big furry apes on the screen–to this franchise.

While everybody is still waiting for the Isla Nublar to reopen with all its dinosaurs to go on parade, Skull Island is looking quite safe in this colourful novella. Not everything has to be dangerous, grey and bleak.

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There’s No Need to Be Afraid of The Big Bad Fox

15 Jul

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Release Date: July 16, 2019
GKIDS and Shout! Factory

The Big Bad Fox (Le Grand Méchant Renard et autres contes…) is a delightful, hilarious children’s book by Benjamin Renner and it’s animated counterpart is just as whimsical. The breezy watercolours featured in this hand-drawn work was very meditative. The poke at simple life was just as illustrious to the work I also recall in the printed Winnie the Pooh books.

The film released two years after the publication (2015) and what it offers are three shorts within a variety show format featuring Pig (Justin Edwards), Rabbit (Adrian Edmonson), Duck (Bill Bailey) and the titular Fox (Giles New, Pirates of the Carribean movies). More barnyard creatures pepper the background and this parable has a lot to offer to keep the kid in me entertained for years to come. This work is all ages friendly!

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The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear Sails Away on VOD!

6 Dec

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

The cinematic adaptation of Jakob Martin Strid‘s Den Kempestore Pere (The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear) may well have some fans of children’s works wonder how it stands to Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach? Both shine as solid pieces of family entertainment. The Danish work is getting distribution in North America courtesy of Uncork’d Entertainment and is available on VOD services like iTunes and Google Play.

This delightful work is comparable to Hayao Miyazaki‘s Castle in the Sky, Laputa. This filmmaker was the key animator to notable early works like Animal Treasure Island and Puss in Boots, and for this newest film, it may have drawn some inspiration by it. When two anthropomorphic kids, Sebastian (Alfred Bjerre Larsen), an elephant, and Mitcho (Liva Elvira Magnussen), a cat, find a message in a bottle, revealing where J.B. (the Mayor of Sunnytown) disappeared off to, they embark on a wondrous adventure (in a pear).

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