Family Values Entertainment News, Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved – 12.10.10
Moms Speak Out
Check out this week’s Moms Speak Out question of the week and let your voices be heard:
“What is your favorite holiday tradition?”
Speak up and make a difference! If there’s a question you’d like to have discussed, let’s hear it. Please email me your Moms Speak Out comments and suggestions!
Quiet on the Set
Can you believe we are smack in the middle of December and almost welcoming in 2011? Wow, I just can’t believe how fast this year has gone by! It’s always around this time of the year I reflect on how grateful I am for my family, friends, work and all the positives in my life.
This upcoming Wednesday I am so excited to be a guest on Lifetime’s The Balancing Act (7am ET/PT) once again and I will be sure to give you the link next week in case you miss the live show. I am so honored to work with the wonderful people at The Balancing Act and look forward to all your feedback!
One of the things I love most about the holidays are the family traditions. Remember to take a look at our Moms Speak Out section above and let your voices be heard about your favorite family tradition during this time! As they say out here in Hollywood, “lights, camera, action!”
Starting this week I will be featuring a family movie DVD once a month instead of weekly.
If you are interested in finding other family friendly movies on DVD, here is a good place to start.
This week offers some great options for TV shows from the Parent Television Council for holiday fun viewing. Here are my favorite picks: First, A Christmas Carol is a classic holiday movie to get the whole family in the spirit; second, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, is a great movie that offers plenty of room for adventure and imagination and a perfect way to prep you for the movie pick this week (too see a full interview from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader with some of the cast members, click here).
Here are some other family friendly options for the week:
Friday, December 10, 2010
Farewell Mr. Kringle, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel A jaded journalist receives an assignment to write a story about a Christmas-themed town, much to her disappointment. Once there, she sets her sights on discrediting the town’s resident Santa, but his enthusiasm and kind spirit soon change her outlook.
Christmas Carol, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) TCM Faithful adaptation of the Dickens classic tale of a miserly old scrooge who is visited by spirits on Christmas Eve.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC C.S. Lewis’ magical tale comes to life in this film adaptation about four British children who encounter mythical creatures and do battle with an evil witch to save Narnia.
Meet Me in St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) TCM Judy Garland introduces the song, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” in this classic film about a turn-of-the-century St. Louis family excitedly awaiting the World’s Fair.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
An Old-Fashioned Christmas, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel A young American and her elegant grandmother spend Christmas in Ireland, where they visit an earl whose fortune is dwindling. But the earl’s plotting wife has a plan to restore the family’s wealth that involves a romance between the American and the earl’s son.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Mariah Carey performs “Oh Santa!” and helps the team build a new home for a Florida family and decorate it for the holidays.
Monday, December 13, 2010
America’s Cutest Dogs 2010, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Animal Planet A countdown of the Web videos featuring dogs.
The Princess Bride, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) AMC Buttercup is being forced to marry the evil Prince Humperdink. Will her true love Wesley find her and stop the wedding in time?
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Linus and Lucy’s little brother, ReRun, tries to avoid the Van Pelt family’s holiday craziness by staying with Snoopy and his own sibling, the desert-dwelling Spike.
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family Live-action version of the classic holiday story, starring Jim Carrey as the cold-hearted creature trying to stop Whoville’s Yuletide celebration.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Happy Feet, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Tap-happy romp about a penguin colony that finds its mates through song, and an outcast who can’t carry a tune but can dance like Fred Astaire.
Finding Nemo, 8:30 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family Best Animated Feature about a clown fish who hooks up with a ditzy blue tang to search for his missing son.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
The Incredibles, 8:30 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family A family of superheroes who have tried to adapt to “normal” life come out of retirement.
White Christmas, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) AMC Irving Berlin’s music, and the singing-dancing talents of Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen and Rosemary Clooney are featured in this holiday treat.
To see the complete list of shows recommended by the Parents Television Council and/or to learn more about this great organization, please visit www.parentstv.org
I am so excited for this week’s movie pick because this series is one of my favorite book collections and I love seeing it come to life on the big screen! Get ready for a great adventure to let your imagination run wild! Enjoy!
Release Date: December 10, 2010
MPAA rating: PG for some frightening images and sequences of fantasy action
Starring: Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Ben Barnes, Will Poulter, voices of Simon Pegg and Liam Neeson
Recommended age: 5+
Overall PTC Traffic Light Rating: Green
Violence: Swordfights, fistfights, fantasy violence
Behavior: Mild bad attitude by boy
This third installment of The Chronicles of Narnia finds the two younger Pevensie children, Edmund and Lucy, forced to room with their relatives in wartime Britain – including their priggish, self-righteous cousin Eustace. But a magical painting brings all three children to the magical land of Narnia, where they renew their acquaintance with their friends King Caspian and the swashbuckling mouse Reepicheep, Caspian is on a quest to discover the fate of seven nobles who were friends of his father and recover the magical sword each one bears, in order to stop a great evil that threatens his world. Along the way, Caspian, Edmund, Lucy and Eustace have to overcome their greatest temptations…or face the consequences for Narnia, and themselves, if they fail.
There is little content to concern parents in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. On a couple occasions people killed or aged by magic are shown. The movie also contains a large amount of fantasy action, with sword- and fistfights between Caspian’s men and various opponents. Also present are fantastic monsters like dragons and sea serpents, some of which might be frightening to very young children. Eustace displays a bad attitude in the early part of the movie, constantly complaining, bullying others, and causing trouble; but his behavior is consistently presented in a negative light.
C.S. Lewis’ Narnia books are a masterpiece of literature, filled with fantasy, magic, and adventure for children, and ironic wit and thought-provoking Christian allegory for adults. The movies are relatively faithful adaptations, though less overt in their apologetics and more interested in the fantasy setting. But they do preserve the powerful messages present in the books: Caspian, Edmund, and Lucy all struggle with temptation, while Eustace fails, but later redeems himself. Along the way, all learn the importance of loyalty, courage, and most of all, faith.
The Parents Television Council and The National Board of Mothers® are proud to award The Voyage of the Dawn Treader with the National Board of Mothers® Seal of Approval. We recommend this film for all viewers over the age of five.
It’s a wrap! I hope you enjoy this week’s picks and find new ways to enjoy family traditions. As always I am here for you and would love to hear any feedback or suggestions you may have, email me at Family Values Cinema. See you next Friday!
Founder, National Board of Mothers®
Patty is first and foremost an experienced mother both to her teenage daughter, and to her Labradoodle Romeo. With a great passion for wholesome entertainment, Patty spearheaded the National Board of Mothers to establish a rigorous review process ensuring that your family’s treasured time is enjoyed with Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved products. Patty is most currently known for forging new ground with family friendly entertainment as the Founder of not only the National Board of Mothers, but also Family Values Cinema. You can read more about Patty and family friendly entertainment here or email her with any questions.
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