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Sesame Street's perfect 'Hunger Games' parody is here -- VIDEO

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We now know for sure: The Sesame Street writers are huge Hunger Games fans.

Yes, the Sesame Street crew is finally taking on The Hunger Games, or, excuse me, The Hungry Games, and Cookieness Evereat is ready to win. But sadly, the arena competition isn’t just about Cookie Monster in a wig eating cookies. Instead, it’s a silly send-up of everything in the Games, from the ticking clock to Peeta, or rather, Pita bread.

Watch The Hungry Games: Catching Fur below, and may the cookies be ever in your flavor: READ FULL STORY

Barbie's dreams come true when she meets a pony -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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The one thing girls love as much as Barbie? Ponies.

So it’s no surprise that Mattel has combined the two in Barbie’s newest DVD adventure, Barbie & Her Sisters In A Pony Tale. The 27th (!) Barbie movie features Barbie and friends taking riding lessons, solving mysteries, and discussing the finer points of pony care.

When Barbie and her sisters set off on an adventure to the Swiss Alps, they’re excited to spend the summer at a riding academy. Barbie can’t wait to find a new horse to bring back to Malibu, and Stacie is eager to prove she’s an amazing equestrian. The sisters’ vacation has a few snags (their aunt may have to sell the stable!), but when Barbie discovers a mysterious horse in the woods, things take a turn for the magical.

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New 'Frozen' trailer features singing: 'That's no blizzard, that's my sister' -- VIDEO

This Thanksgiving, Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, and Jonathan Groff will join voices forces for Disney’s latest animated tale, Frozen, which tells the story of Elsa (Menzel) — a quite literal Snow Queen.

After accidentally revealing her chilly powers and turning her kingdom to snow and ice, Elsa runs away. Her sister, Anna (Bell), quickly enlists the help of mountain man Kristoff (Groff) to retrieve Elsa and bring back summer. Along the way, there are talking snowmen, wolves, and most importantly, musical moments. After all, the only thing prettier than this cast is the sound of their voices.

Watch the new trailer for Frozen, now complete with singing, below:

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'Despicable Me 2': DVD release date, plus Minions mini-movie clip -- EXCLUSIVE

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What’s even more despicable than the sequel to Despicable Me?

That’d be Despicable Me 2 on DVD and Blu-ray, which comes packed with 45 minutes of bonus features — including three mini-movies starring Gru’s despicable lovable, gibberish-spouting Minions. Get a glimpse at one of the new shorts, “Panic in the Mailroom,” in the clip below.

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'Little Mermaid' Blu-ray: Howard Ashman explains the moment you fell in love with Ariel -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Younger generations might take Disney animation for granted today, but The Little Mermaid maintains a special place in the heart of moviegoers who were around to experience it in theaters in 1989. Who Framed Roger Rabbit had opened the industry’s eyes just the year before to the renewed potential of animation, but Disney, which had barely survived a hostile takeover a few years earlier, hadn’t attempted a fairy tale — its bread and butter — in 30 years. The Little Mermaid wasn’t just a return to form; it represented an entirely new artistic template that melded superior storytelling with Broadway-caliber music, courtesy of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.

The duo came to Disney’s attention after their off-Broadway hit, Little Shop of Horrors, and Ashman, in particular, gave voice to this new Disney spirit. “Howard was from a different world,” says co-writer and co-director John Musker, who along with Ron Clements, was part of a new wave of ambitious young Disney animators. “He was kind of a chain-smoking theater guy. And we were non-smoking, California, low-key, animation guys, and it was an interesting mix of our sensibilities. Howard was kind of mentor for us, in terms of the way he approached the songs and his thinking behind the songs.”

The Little Mermaid became a box-office hit and earned two Oscars for its music. Menken and Ashman went on to work on Beauty and the Beast, the first animated film to score a Best Picture nod, and they’d started writing songs for Aladdin when Ashman died in 1991 from complications related to AIDS. He was only 40 years old.

In the new Diamond Edition Blu-ray for The Little Mermaid, which comes out on Tuesday, Disneyphiles can view rare footage of Ashman as he gives a lunchtime lecture to the staff during the making of that pivotal film. In it, he explains the essential importance of what he calls the girl’s “I Want Song” — the crucial tune where the heroine “plunks herself down on a tree-trunk somewhere to sing about what she dreams about.”

“It’s a really unique document nowadays because there isn’t that much footage of Howard and certainly of Howard explaining his working process,” says Musker. “It’s a really great clip.”

Click below to see an exclusive portion of Ashman’s lecture and the voice of Ariel, Jodi Benson, as she explains working with him on Mermaid‘s “I Want Song,” “Part of Your World.” READ FULL STORY

Happy Birthday, Roald Dahl: 5 favorite movie adaptations and their magical messages

Happy Birthday Roald Dahl!

Dahl, author of many a splendiferous tome, was always a champion for those without a big voice but with monstrously-sized dreams. Whether it be a teeny child genius, a wily fox, or a truly rotten character like the terrifying Trunchbull, the Grand High Witch, or Veruca Salt, Dahl sculpted a universe that brought the fleeting magic of childhood and our nemesis parents, to life.

The author, who died in 1990, would have been 97 years old today. Welsh-born and raised by Norwegian parents, Dahl developed his love for tall tales from his mother’s stories and his dad’s diary-writing habits. For the first decade and a half of his career, he wrote primarily stories for adults, according to his official website, before penning children’s classics such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The BFG, The Witches, and more. He died Nov. 23, 1990, when he was 74.

So do your part to commemorate this wonderful author, whether it’s by talking about your favorite Dahl book, throwing your own Roald Dahl Day celebration, dressing up as one of his indelible characters, and this goes without saying, diving into one of his books (and don’t dare look up until you’ve hit the final page).

To celebrate here are 5 of his book-to-movie adaptations and their memorable messages:
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'The Little Mermaid' returns to theaters with a new-millennium twist: iPads allowed

Now you can literally be part of Ariel’s world with Disney’s new The Little Mermaid app. The animated classic will play in select theaters beginning Sept. 20 with a new rule: tablets allowed.

Disney created an app called Second Screen Live especially for The Little Mermaid, in which viewers can “interact with the film, play games, sing along, find new surprises, and compete with the audience,” according to their website. It seems that Disney has caught on to the trend of how we tend to watch movies and TV these days anyhow — while constantly checking our devices. Apparently, viewers will be able to watch Ariel, Flounder, and Sebastian while playing against other moviegoers on their device. Now if only the app included Prince Eric’s phone number …

Here’s Disney’s trailer for The Little Mermaid Second Screen Live:
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Smurfs get spooked in 'The Legend of Smurfy Hollow' -- EXCLUSIVE

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It’s so scary, they just might blue themselves.

Two months after their second feature film debuted, everyone’s favorite cerulean creatures are back in a Halloween-ready new adventure. The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow is a 22-minute “mini-movie” that combines CGI with traditional animation and follows the blue dudes as they face a new foe: the infamous Headless Horseman. Voice actors from The Smurfs 2, including Alan Cumming, Hank Azaria, and Fred Armisen, are on hand as well, reprising their roles from the film.

Get a glimpse of the sitcom-size short below:
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'Alpha and Omega 2': Get a sneak peek at the sequel, which will be released on...

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Hear that? It sounds an awful lot like the call of the wild.

Lionsgate is releasing a sequel to its 2010 animated film Alpha and Omega — the story of two wolves, “alpha” Kate and “omega” Humphrey — on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD, digital download, and VOD Oct. 8. It’s the first in a series of new Alpha and Omega adventures to be released for home viewing.

This first sequel, Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure follows Kate, Humphrey, and their three cubs: Stinky, Claudette, and Runt, who mysteriously disappears in the opening act. It’s up to the pup’s family to find him — discovering the true meaning of the holidays along the way.

Get a glimpse at the  new film in the exclusive clip below.

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Get inside the real Disney world with fan-made movie map

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Disney movies can take you all over the world … especially if you want to travel through the United States and Europe!

A charming Reddit user, F. David Robbins, created a map of all the places where Disney movies are set. Based on some research, some guesswork, and some background knowledge, he placed all 51 Disney animated films in their geographically accurate homes. But what about mythical places?

“For Atlantis, well, that’s a pretty obvious case of no one knows where Atlantis is located,” he wrote on Reddit. “The movie (to my knowledge) never explicitly states where it is, so I went with the prevailing theory behind it’s disappearance. Honestly though, I could have put it anywhere on the map and it would have been ‘wrong.'”

Where would you like to see the next Disney animated movie set? Personally, I’m pleased as punch about the 10 movies set in England alone. Rule Brittania!

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