Family Friendly Friday – 12.17.10 (Guest Post)

Family Values Entertainment News, Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved – 12.17.10

Moms Speak Out

Check out this week’s Moms Speak Out question and let your voices be heard. With Christmas just around the corner, I have to ask:

“If you could have one Christmas wish, what would it be?”

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 
The countdown to Christmas has started.  Without a doubt, this is my favorite time of year and my favorite holiday.  I absolutely love Christmas and how it gives you the chance to wish for the stars, so every year I make a wish for my family.    For me, Christmas also means quality time with my loved ones and an opportunity to take a time out in the midst of my self-inflicted entrepreneur addiction. 

Speaking of work, were you able to catch Family Values Cinema on Lifetime’s The Balancing Act this past Wednesday? If you missed it,you can watch Family Values Cinema and the National Board of Mothers highlighted on The Balancing Act TV segment. I am so proud of this segment and look forward to all your feedback!

Remember to take a look at our Moms Speak Out section above and let me hear about your Christmas wish! 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.

Do you have a favorite family movie you want to share? Send me a suggestion and I will talk to our team at the National Board of Mothers about reviewing it to be Mom Reviewed and Mom Approved.

If you are interested in finding other family friendly movies on DVD, here is a good place to start.

This week offers some many great Christmas options for TV shows from the Parent Television Council for fun holiday viewing. Here are my favorite picks which happen to not be holiday themed as there are so many of those to choose from in that category: First, Toy Story & Toy Story 2 both are being shown this weekend and are fun animations; second, The Princess Bride, is hands down one of my favorite family movies of all time, teaching us how great love conquers all.

Here are some other family friendly options for the week:

Friday, December 17, 2010Yes, Virginia, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) CBS An 8-year-old girl in 1897 New York tries to discover if Santa Claus actually exists and writes a letter to a newspaper editor as a last resort to find the answer. 
An Old-Fashioned Christmas, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel A young American and her refined grandmother spend Christmas in Ireland, where they visit an earl whose fortune is eroding.  But the earl’s scheming wife has a plan to restore the family’s wealth that involves a romance between the American and the earl’s son. 

Saturday, December 18, 2010
Toy Story, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family Computer-animated tale of a rivalry between two dolls: a cowboy named Woody and a space ranger Buzz Lightyear. 
I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Linus and Lucy’s littler brother, ReRun, tries to avoid the Van Pelt family’s holiday craziness by staying with Snoopy and his own sibling, the desert-dwelling Spike. 

Sunday, December 19, 2010
The Santa Clause 2, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Tim Allen returns as Santa, who discovers his run as Kris Kringle will end if he doesn’t find a Mrs. Clause. 
Toy Story 2, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family Buzz and the gang try to rescue Woody when he’s kidnapped by an evil toy collector in this computer-animated sequel. 

Monday, December 20, 2010
The Ultimate Gift, 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel Low-key heartwarmer about a spoiled heir who must find true meaning in his life before he can acquire his inheritance. 
Miracle on 34th Street, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) AMC Edmund Gwenn won an Oscar for his portrayal of the department-store Santa who goes on trial to prove he’s the real Kriss Kringle in this heartwarming Christmas tale.   

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Belle prepares a holiday celebration against the wishes of the Beast in this made-for-video sequel to the 1991 Disney animated hit. 
The Christmas Choir, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel A run-in with a homeless man inspires a recently dumped workaholic to organize a choir at a local shelter with help from a nun. 

Wednesday, December 22, 2010
The Polar Express, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Animated Christmas fable about a skeptical 8-year-old boy who’s whisked to the North Pole by a mysterious train conductor. 
A Home for the Holidays, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) CBS The 12th annual event to raise awareness of adoption features musical performances by Katy Perry, Melissa Etheridge, Maroon 5, Ricky Martin, and Nelly. 

Thursday, December 23, 2010
How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 8:30 p.m. (Eastern) ABC The Grinch plots to ruin the Hoo’s Christmas by stealing all their toys and decorations, but instead learns a lesson about what Christmas is really about.
The Princess Bride, 8:00 (Eastern) AMC Evil Prince Humperdink arranges to have his fiancée, the beautiful Buttercup, kidnapped; but the Dread Pirate Roberts shows up to rescue the Princess.

To see the complete list of shows recommended by the Parents Television Council and/or to learn more about this great organization, please visit

This week we have a fun animated classic coming to the big screen and I think everyone in your family will enjoy it!

Yogi Bear
by Christopher Gildemeister

Release Date: December 17, 2010
MPAA rating:
PG for some mild rude humor
Tom Cavanagh, Anna Faris, T.J. Miller, voices of Dan Ackroyd and Justin Timberlake
Recommended age:
Overall PTC Traffic Light Rating:
Very mild innuendo
Mild toilet humor remarks
Rule breaking

Cartoon favorite Yogi Bear is back in this live-action 3-D picture. Talking bear Yogi is constantly stealing picnic baskets from visitors to Jellystone Park, to the consternation of park Ranger Smith and Yogi’s pal Boo Boo. When the unscrupulous Mayor Brown decides to sell the park’s logging rights, Ranger Smith must pull together with Yogi, Boo Boo, and a nature-loving documentary filmmaker named Rachel to save the park from destruction…in Yogi’s typical crazy style.

There is little content to concern parents in Yogi Bear. Some mildly crass remarks and innuendos are heard, such as a flustered Ranger Smith telling Rachel, “I can handle you for that;” Rachel’s discussion of using “bird poop” to write on tree bark; Yogi talking about Boo Boo’s problem with baked beans: “for a little bear, he makes a big stink;” and Yogi’s advice to Ranger Smith on how to attract Rachel: “urinate on her to mark her as your territory.” Yogi also dances to the tune “I Love Big Butts,” spits into the camera (in 3-D), and eats a worm, which later crawls out of his nose. The above constitute nearly all such content in the movie, however, so there is actually very little given the film’s 80-minute running time. The movie is also filled with slapstick such as Yogi tripping, crashing into trees, and, of course, stealing visitor’s picnic baskets, but this is presented in a light-hearted way faithful to the TV cartoon.

Yogi Bear is a fun picture filled with manic comedy and action, sure to amuse younger children.

The Parents Television Council and the National Board of Mothers® does not recommend this picture for viewers under age five.

It’s a wrap! I hope you enjoy this week’s picks and find a few moments to day dream about your Christmas wish. As always I am here for you and would love to hear any feedback or suggestions you may have, so please 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.

Disclaimer: This is a weekly guest post on behalf of Family Values Entertainment. I am not being compensated for this post, but links included in this post may be affiliate links. Read more about my relationship with Family Values Cinema here.

Angie Vinez (2893 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.

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