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Nickelodeon vs. Disney: Who’s the Family TV Champion?

It’s mid-March, which means everybody has gone bracket-mad, and you can’t throw a rock without hitting a website that’s running some sort of nutty WHO IS THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME face-off series. Not that I’m complaining, necessarily — pop culture cage matches are fun, and anyway, we’re going to get in on the action by helping out with this year’s KidVid Tournament. And sometimes these things are good for discussion, too. Case in point: The Hunt for America’s Finest Cable Channel, currently going on over at TV.com.

Over the weekend, the tournament arrived at the kiddie part of the dial and asked readers the all-important question: What’s the Best Children’s Network? Of course, this being one small part of a much larger contest, you only have two channels to choose from: Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel. Which made me wonder — how many of us are really choosing between those channels on a regular basis?

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I wonder not only because there are plenty of other options to choose from on the TV dial, but we have a lot of other choices in general — Netflix, Apple, and Amazon will give you whatever you’re in the mood for by the byte, and if you use those options in conjunction with programming stored on your DVR, then you may not even be aware which channels are responsible for your children’s favorite shows. Put another way: we sort of create our own channels at this point, don’t we?

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This isn’t an indictment of TV.com’s tournament, just an observation and a way of asking you for your thoughts. Do you have a Nick vs. Disney preference, or are you digitally sampling from the PBS/Hub/CN/Nick/Disney/whatever buffet?

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DVD Review & Giveaway: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse – Space Adventure

As the parent of a two year old, it should come as no surprise that Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is a morning staple in our household.

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Space Adventure has been available on my cable’s “OnDemand” feature for a month or two now, but it’s finally getting a proper DVD release.

Space Adventure follows the usual cast of characters as they launched into orbit to find a treasure in space.  Since they’re off in space, they run into alternate universe versions of characters with Martian Mickey, Pluto from Pluto and Moon Men Chip & Dale — plus Space Pirate Pete (my daughter’s favorite) and his helper, Quoodles, a female Toodles.

As with most Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episodes, it kept my daughter enthralled the entire time.

While Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Space Adventure doesn’t break any new ground, it is still a fine edition to any Disney DVD collection. With Christmas right around the corner, this is a no-brainer for a stocking stuffer for children ages 2 to 5.

Added perk: The bonus material on the DVD features a brand new episode called “Goofy’s Thinking Cap,” which my daughter enjoyed just as much, if not more than Space Adventure.

Details: Space Adventure comes with two discs (DVD + Digital copy for your iPad/pod/phone, etc.) Dolby digital sound and it comes in three languages – English, Spanish and French.  Total run time is 70+ minutes with Space Adventure running 45 minutes in length.

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Watch the New Trailer for Studio Ghibli’s “The Secret World of Arrietty”


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We love us some Studio Ghibli around here, and we’ve been waiting with bated breath for their latest offering, The Secret World of Arrietty, to make it to these shores. For awhile, it seemed like Disney was going to pass on an American release for Arrietty, leaving fans to import UK Blu-rays, but they’ve come to their senses: it’ll arrive in a theater near you on February 17, 2012.

Studio Synopsis:

Residing quietly beneath the floorboards are little people who live undetected in a secret world to be discovered, where the smallest may stand tallest of all. From the legendary Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Ponyo) comes The Secret World of Arrietty, an animated adventure based on Mary Norton’s acclaimed children’s book series The Borrowers.

Arrietty (voice of Bridgit Mendler), a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents (voices of Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (voice of Carol Burnett).

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Like all little people, Arrietty (AIR-ee-ett-ee) remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to “borrow” scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts. But when 12-year-old Shawn (voice of David Henrie), a human boy who comes to stay in the home, discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship blossoms.

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If discovered, their relationship could drive Arrietty’s family from the home and straight into danger.

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The English language version of The Secret World of Arrietty was executive produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, and directed by Gary Rydstrom.