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#Playlikeahero with GoldieBlox

posted by Nell Minow

From Goldieblox: What if all the action heroes who saved the world, day in and day out… were girls? Only 12% of protagonists in major Hollywood films are female. Even in the background, in crowded wide shots, women only make […]

A New Ad Shows What Barbie (Yes, Barbie!) Can Do for Girls

posted by Nell Minow

This ad for Barbie (yes, Barbie!) is captivating. It’s not about the dream house — it’s about the dreams.

Amazon Will No Longer Sell “Boys Toys” and “Girls Toys” — Just “Toys”

posted by Nell Minow

There is only one person who should decide which toy is fun — the person who plays with it. Not the manufacturers or the retailers. President Obama wisely pointed this out by refusing to accept the labels on toys at […]

Marvel/Disney — Where are the Natasha Dolls?

posted by Nell Minow

Jenna Busch and the wonderful folks of Legion of Leia and Heroic Girls are asking an important question: #wheresnatasha? Remember last year when the #WheresGamora hashtag called out the lack of Gamora toys in the Guardians of the Galaxy toy […]

Toys That Impair Imagination: The Over-Licensing of Children’s Toys

posted by Nell Minow

It’s always tempting to give children toys from the movies and television programs they love, and some of them are high-quality or even educational. But Melissa Atkins Wardy has a very good argument that the licensing of media tie-ins has […]

What’s the Worst Toy of 2013?

posted by Nell Minow

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has come up with another list of the most dreadful and appalling children’s toys of the year.  Take a look at these horrible products and cast your vote for the CCFC’s TOADY award. 2013 […]

Goldieblox Rocks! Hurray for Girls Who Think and Build

posted by Nell Minow

Hurray for Goldieblox for knowing that girls want to think and invent and problem solve and that they don’t always want everything to be pink and princessy!  The company was created by Debbie Sterling, a female engineer from Stanford University.  I […]

Dr. Toy’s Recommendations for Vacation Play

posted by Nell Minow

Dr. Toy’s Best Vacation Children’s Products for 2012 report is now available to parents, teachers, caregivers, grandparents, and others responsible for children.  As children enjoy the summer, these toys will help them play safely with toys that stretch their imaginations and curiousityat home, […]

Don’t Trust the Toy Lady

posted by Nell Minow

The LA Times reports that back to school reports on a number of national and local newscasts have included commentary from “a young mother and ‘toy expert’ named Elizabeth Werner,” described as “perky and positive-plus” in her demonstration of seven […]

The Other Toy Story

posted by Nell Minow

It’s a shame that a movie about the enduring pleasures of imagination and re-purposing and recycling treasured toys is also one long infomercial for more than 300 new products specifically tied to “Toy Story 3.” Susan Linn of the Center […]

What’s the Worst Toy of the Year?

posted by Nell Minow

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has announced its nominees for the TOADY award (Toys Oppressive And Destructive to Young Children). Anyone can vote to select the worst from candidates that include a Halo toy for children promoting a violent […]

Wild Things Giveaway!

posted by Nell Minow

I am very excited about this week’s DVD and Blu-Ray release of “Where the Wild Things Are,” one of my top 10 films of 2009. And I am also excited about the chance to give away some “Wild Things” goodies! […]

Contest: LEGO DVD!

posted by Nell Minow

LEGO® comes to life in its first all-new feature-length DVD movie. Meet builder and explorer Clutch Powers and his team of LEGO®experts as their adventure leads them from LEGO® City to the Space Police prison planet to the medieval world […]

‘Nerd’ Barbie?

posted by Nell Minow

While Ken is walking his little dog in Palm Beach, Barbie is crunching code as a computer engineer. Wired reports that the latest Barbie has a laptop and a bluetooth earpiece. Created in cooperation with the Society of Women Engineers […]

What Happened to Ken?

posted by Nell Minow

And while we’re on the subject of makeovers, what is happening to Ken? Barbie’s beau has had to endure some humiliating looks since he arrived on the scene in 1961. Of course his function is primarily as arm candy for […]

Stop Marketing of PG-13 Movies to Young Children

posted by Nell Minow

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood is circulating a petition to protest the marketing of GI Joe action figures promoting the new PG-13 movie “GI Joe.” Yes, GI Joe was a toy for decades before the movie. But these action […]

Slate’s Proposed Future Toy-Inspired Blockbusters

posted by Nell Minow

Slate’s movie critic, Dana Stevens, invited readers to propose “Transformers”-like summer blockbusters inspired by action figures and other toys. The result was hilarious. My favorites were “Night of the Cabbage Patch Kids–This Time, Your Vegetables Will Finish You” and “Lego […]

Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium

posted by Nell Minow
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:November 16, 2007
DVD Release Date:March 4, 2008
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: November 16, 2007
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2008

There’s nothing harder to get right in a movie than whimsy. And there are few clumsier crashes when it goes wrong. What could have been a charmingly whimsical children’s book becomes an arch and sugary movie, its failures of tone […]

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