Shout! Kids have four new releases that cover classic characters, a feature film and the hottest new show of the season. This is a fine time to be a kid or an adult cosplayer. Josie was excited to unbox the goodness and dive into the fun.
Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir is the hot new import from France on Nickelodeon. How hot is it? Already saw two sets of folks at a local comic con dressed as Ladybug and Cat Noir. My daughter is already demanding her birthday cake feature the characters. What makes this animated series a sensation? Marinette Dupain-Cheng is a ninth grader with two secrets. First is that she uses an Miraculous to transform herself into Ladybug to fight crime. Her second secret is a crush on school boy Adrien Agreste. What she doesn’t know is that he also uses Miraculous to become the feline Cat Noir. The duo keep crossng paths in cleaning up Paris. This collection contains “The Bubbler,” “Mr. Pigeon,” “Stormy Weather,” “Timebreaker,” “Copycat,” “The Pharoah” and “Lady Wifi.” The bonus features include episode animatics, sing-alongs and interviews with cast & crew.
Albert Up, Up and Away! is a CGI feature film based on the children’s book about making up for mischief. Albert is too smart for his own good. After prank goes extremely wrong, he’s forced to come up with a scheme to get him on the good side of his town. Part of the plan involves being the captain of a hot air balloon. However this plan goes wrong when he’s conned by a crook into doing something really wrong. Can Albert smarten up and not be the patsy? It’s a fun film although my daughter has an issue with mischievous boys.
Power Rangers Wild Force: The Complete Series is the series that followed Power Rangers Time Force in 2002. Cole Evans arrives in Turtle Cove to discover an island floating in the sky. This mystical place is home to Princess Shyla and more Zords. Cole and a few others become the new version of the Power Rangers as they battle Master Org and his crew. The big episode of this season is a massive reunion of past Red Rangers. It’s an awe inspiring sight to see so much red on the screen. The 40 episodes keep the five Rangers extra busy.
Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation brought the live action version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies to the small screen. After three cinematic adventures, the box office was dipping so it made sense to use all the outfits to create a TV series. The animated version of TMNT was a hit. There was more to this series than showing the four brother reptiles battling and eating pizza. There was the introduction of a new turtle that made them more than a boys’ club. Venus De Milo arrives just in time to have them battle against Dragon Lord. Being live action has an added bonus with two crossover episodes from Power Rangers In Space. If you’re a fan of the original movies, the series is a fine continuation of the action although there’s no visit from Vanilla Ice. All 26 episodes are here along with a snappy music video.
Joe Corey is the author of "The Seven Secrets of Great Walmart People Greeters." This is the last how to get a job book you'll ever need. He was Associate Producer of the documentary "Moving Midway." He's worked as local crew on several reality shows including Candid Camera, American's Most Wanted, Extreme Makeover Home Edition and ESPN's Gaters. He's been featured on The Today Show and CBS's 48 Hours. Dom DeLuise once said, "Joe, you look like an axe murderer." He was in charge of research and programming at the Moving Image Archive.