Archive for November, 2007

Mr Bean’s Holiday

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

OVERVIEW: Mr. Bean’s Holiday is the worldwide box office hit and a must-own DVD on November 27! Rowan Atkinson returns to the role he made famous as the bumbling, chaos-causing, social misfit Mr. Bean. In this hilarious comedy, Mr. Bean is heading to the south of France for a simple holiday in the sun. His journey to the Riviera soon becomes one of mischief and mayhem. Laugh-out-loud funny and yet still heart-warming, this is a Mr. Bean adventure that audiences of all ages will want to watch again and again.

PRELIMINARY BONUS FEATURES*:

· Over 22 Minutes of Hilarious Deleted scenes.

· French Beans: Mr. Bean’s Holiday was filmed in some of the most beautiful parts of France – from the Champs d’Elysee in Paris, to Provence in the south of France. Follow the filmmakers as they head south on their journey to Cannes.

· Beans In Cannes: The filmmakers were given unique access to the red carpet at Cannes. This feature takes a special look at filming at the world’s most famous international film festival.

· The Human Bean: Take a look at the man behind the character as cast and crew give their views on Rowan Atkinson and how he has impressed them with his approach to the role.

SYNOPSIS: Rowan Atkinson returns to the iconic role that made him an international star in ‘Mr. Bean’s Holiday.’ In his latest misadventure, Mr. Bean–the nearly wordless misfit who seems to be followed by a trail of pratfalls and hijinks–goes on holiday to the French Riviera and becomes ensnared in a European adventure of cinematic proportions. Tired of the dreary, wet London weather, Bean packs up his suitcase and camcorder to head to Cannes for some sun on the beach. Ah…vacation. But his trip doesn’t go as smoothly as he had hoped when the bumbling Bean falls face first into a series of mishaps and fortunate coincidences, far-fetched enough to make his own avant-garde film. Wrongly thought to be both kidnapper and acclaimed filmmaker, he has some serious explaining to do after wreaking havoc across the French countryside and arriving at his vacation spot with a Romanian filmmaker’s precocious son and an aspiring actress in tow. Will Bean be arrested by the gendarmes or end up winning the Palme d’Or? It’s all caught on camera as Atkinson again applies his awkward athleticism to a comedy of errors in “Mr. Bean’s Holiday.”

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Watched most of it. Not my cup of tea, but a few of the kids managed to watch it all.

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There are a few additional copies to giveaway. Since Moody Mama marks its fifth year, whoever donates $5 or more will be entered to win this dvd. Donations will be used to fulfill wishes from the Christmas tree.

 

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: At World’s End

Monday, November 19th, 2007

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN:
AT WORLD’S END

 

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Just when he’s needed most, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), that witty and wily charmer of a pirate, is trapped on a sea of sand in Davy Jones’ Locker. In an increasingly shaky alliance, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) and Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) begin a desperate quest to find and rescue him. Captain Jack’s the last of the nine Pirate Lords of the Brethren Court who must come together united in one last stand to preserve the freedom-loving pirates’ way of life. From exotic Singapore, to World’s End and

beyond, from Shipwreck Island, to a titanic battle, this adventure’s filled with over-the-edge action, irreverent humor and seafaring myth and magic. Everything has led to this twisting, turning, wild swashbuckling ride in this final chapter of the Pirates Of The Caribbean trilogy.

 

DISC 1

Feature Film Presentation

Bloopers of the Caribbean – hilarious outtakes of cast and crew

 

DISC 2

Anatomy of a Scene: The Maelstrom – a detailed breakdown of one of cinema’s most complex and impressive action set pieces

Keith & the Captain– A revealing look at the dynamic relationship between living legends Keith Richards and Johnny Depp

Tale of the Many Jacks – an in-depth look at the mind-blowing FX that went into creating multiple Captain Jacks

Hoist the Colours – reveals the inspiration for the “Hoist the Colours” original composition

Masters of Design – five individual documentaries highlighting the talented design teams behind this immense production

#1: Jim Byrkit: Sao Feng’s Map

#2: Crash McCreary: The Cursed Crew

#3: Rick Heinrichs: Singapore

#4: Penny Rose: Teague’s Costume

#5: Chris Peck: The Code Book

 Inside the Brethren Court – a closer look at the legendary Pirate Lords and their costume designs, origins and unique personalities

The World of Chow Yun Fat –the man behind devious Captain Sao Feng, international sensation Chow Yun Fat, and his meteoric rise to fame

            The Pirate Maestro: The Music of Hans Zimmer – meet the renowned composer who                     created the film’s rousing score

 

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Loved it, of course. Whole family loves to watch Captain Jack and the gang.

Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive Vol. 3

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive
Volume 3
Available on November 27, 2008

 

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BURBANK, California, November 05, 2007 – The quest for the five long-lost jewels of the Corona Aurora continues in Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive, Volume 3 coming to DVD on November 27, 2007 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. The latest installment in a five-volume set includes seven episodes of the exhilarating live action series plus an exciting interactive game and behind-the-scenes interviews with the Rangers themselves.

The intrepid Power Rangers step up their global search for the Corona Jewels in this action-packed collection. The five genetically enhanced teens must prevent villainous brothers Moltor and Flurious from finding the Blue Sapphire and using it to further their plan for world domination. The courageous superheroes journey to Mexico, where their mission attracts the attention of a host of evildoers intent on claiming the gemstone as their own.

Adding to the growing army that stands between the gemstone and the Rangers is the arrival of the powerful Fearcats. With the Thunder God Thor and his legendary hammer at their sides, the Rangers face an ambush of secret weapons, powerful robots and seemingly unstoppable foes in a battle that will decide the fate of the entire universe.

 

Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive Volume 3 includes the next exclusive installment of two unbeatable bonus features. Reserve Ranger Training Course gives players a chance to accompany the Rangers as they recover one of the jewels in a simulator training course. In Ranger Profiles, the heroes themselves talk about their backgrounds, their unique weapons, vehicles and special genetic enhancements, and share the powerful lessons that their lives as Rangers have taught them.

 

POWER RANGERS: OPERATION OVERDRIVE VOLUME 3 BONUS FEATURES:

Reserve Ranger Training Course: Level 3 - Blue Jewel

Ranger Vehicles: Get the lowdown on each Power Ranger’s unique, specially designed vehicle in exclusive personal interviews.

The long-running action-adventure series airs over 65 times a week in more than 40 territories worldwide and inspired the best selling action figure brand of all time. The POWER RANGERS OPERATION OVERDRIVE franchise promotes the power of teamwork and the importance of standing up for what is right, as well as self respect, self-esteem and self-confidence.

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Kids have always loved Power Rangers, but this one was a little hard to … follow? Swallow? Not sure I can put my finger on it. The others were colorful and appealed to the kids no matter how old they were, and this one tried for more story line, I think. Kids still watched it, but they immediately took it out when it was done, didn’t watch the bonus features, and haven’t mentioned it since. Just odd for them. Especially for Power Rangers.

 

Peter Pan in Return to Never Land

Monday, November 19th, 2007

A Feast of Fun, Fantasy and Flight for the Entire Family

Peter Pan in Return to Never Land

Pixie Powered Edition

 

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Special Edition of Contemporary Animated Classic with
All New Bonus Features Comes to DVD on November 27, 2007

 

 

BURBANK, Calif., October 31, 2007—“Faith, trust and pixie dust” take wing when Walt Disney’s magical classic animated adventure continues in Peter Pan in Return to Never Land Pixie-Powered Edition, available on DVD on November 27, 2007 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. This follow up to Disney’s beloved tale is packed with even more wonder, imagination and magic! Available for a limited time only, Peter Pan in Return to Never Land Pixie-Powered Edition is a can’t miss treat that arrives just in time for holiday gift giving.
Wendy is all grown up with a daughter of her own, but Jane is a practical girl who has no use for her mother’s fanciful tales of pirates and flying boys. When Captain Hook whisks her off to Never Land to get Peter Pan to return is treasure, she finds herself the first Lost Girl ever. Without some “faith, trust and pixie dust,” Jane won’t be able to find her way home and Tinker Bell’s glow might fade forever! Peter, Tink, Jane and Hook are joined by the Lost Boys and some surprising new characters in an enchanting Pixie-Powered adventure. Extras include a trip into Tinker Bell’s shimmering magical world, Pixie Hollow, an all-new fairy-dusted Tinker Bell Game and much more.

PETER PAN IN RETURN TO NEVER LAND BONUS FEATURES:

• Tinker Bell’s Challenge: Quest for the Light Game – In this all-new interactive feature, Tink’s light is in danger of being extinguished! Players face a series of challenges that earn them enough “faith, trust, and pixie dust” to save her.

• Magical Fairies Moments – It’s a world full of magic as Tink takes viewers into her secret realm—Pixie Hollow, home of the Fairy people!

• Lost Treasures: Deleted scenes add even more fun and excitement.

Peter Pan in Return to Never Land is priced at $29.99 SRP in the U.S. and $36.99 SRP in Canada.

 

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This one was bound to thrill, and it did. Kids are watching it for the second time, as a matter of fact. Cute story.

Titanic: 10th Anniversary Edition

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

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Synopsis: Leonardo DiCaprio and Oscar-nominatee Kate Winslet light up the screen as Jack and Rose, the young lovers who find one another on the maiden voyage of the “unsinkable” R.M.S. Titanic. But when the doomed luxury liner collides with an iceberg in the frigid North Atlantic, their passionate love affair becomes a thrilling race for survival. From acclaimed filmmaker James Cameron comes a tale of forbidden love and courage in the face of disaster that triumphs as a true cinematic masterpiece.

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It’s a favorite around here. We have all editions of Titanic, and this one was just as welcomed. Kids aren’t really all that interested, but that’s to be expected. MD and I love it.

Bratz: The Movie

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

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On behalf of Lionsgate Home Entertainment, we are pleased to announce the DVD release of the first-ever live-action feature, based on the popular Bratz dolls, Bratz: the Movie on November 27th! Bratz: the Movie tells a story of friendship, empowerment and pursuing your passion through a unique mix of song, dance, and of course, fashion! The DVD is loaded with fabulous extras girls will love including over 50 minutes of featurettes that look at the casting process, fashion and style of the girls, behind-the-scenes of the production, music and dancing from the film, plus deleted scenes, and the music videos “Fearless” and “Rainy Day.” Both moms and girls alike will be adding the new DVD to the top of their Holiday list.

SYNOPSIS

The Bratz girls—Yasmin (Nathalia Ramos), Jade (Janel Parrish), Cloe (Skyler Shaye) and Sasha (Logan Browning) - have been best friends forever and even made a pinky promise to always stick together. But when they become students at Carry Nation High School, they find that social cliques — and the domineering school president, Meredith — are determined to tear them apart! Even though they love following their own dreams, the girls really miss each other. Before long, they realize they can pursue their own passions and be friends, so they set out to end peer pressure forever. Through song, dance, and, of course, fashion, they teach the whole school the true meaning of empowerment, honesty, and most importantly, friendship.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Seven deleted scenes
  • Two music videos: “Fearless” and “Rainy Day”
  • Over 50 minutes of 12 featurettes

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The kids and I sat down to watch this. The older boys weren’t thrilled with it, but I didn’t expect them to be. It was a cute show, and seemed to hold the attention of the 6yo girl. The boys roamed in and out, and never seemed to connect with the movie.

Overall though, it wasn’t bad.

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The Bratz Are Helping To Send Four Girls To College With A $60,000 Scholarship Contest!

 

On behalf of Lionsgate Home Entertainment, we are pleased to announce they will be awarding $60,000 in college scholarships in promotion of the Bratz: The Movie DVD release on November 27th! A total of four scholarships will be awarded, each worth $15,000, though an essay contest asking girls, “What are you most passionate about in life and how would you use this scholarship to help you grow?”  The Bratz are best friends, but also have individual passions such as singing, chemistry, soccer, and dance.  The scholarships, named for each of the Bratz — Yasmin, Cloe, Sasha, and Jade – will be awarded to children that embody a passionate spirit for life. The Bratz Scholarship Contest is closely aligned with the positive values represented in the film, including a storyline where these “BFF’s” compete in a talent show for their very-own chance to win a college scholarship!  Details on prizing and how to enter will be included inside the DVD available today, November 27th.

 

CAPTAIN N & THE NEW SUPER MARIO WORLD

Friday, November 16th, 2007

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 Available for the First Time
In A 2-DVD Set NOVEMBER 13, 2007 FROM
SHOUT! FACTORY 

 

In 1991, NBC amped up their Saturday mornings by combining two of their animated powerhouses into one half-hour time slot with Captain N & The New Super Mario World.

Based on the hit video game of the same name, The New Super Mario World completes the animated adventures of Nintendo’s iconic heroes – the Super Mario Brothers (Mario and Luigi), Princess Toadstool, and their dinosaur friend Yoshi, who band together on Dinosaur Island to fight King Koopa and the Koopa kids.

And in Captain N: The Game Master, ordinary California teenager Kevin Keene becomes Captain N, the hero of Videoland – a universe where Nintendo video games are real!  Captain N and his dog Duke join the N Team, which consists of fellow crime fighters Princess Lana, Simon Belmont, Kid Icarus, and Game Boy.  Come along for the ride as the N Team dukes it out against Mother Brain’s most heinous henchmen: King Hippo, the Eggplant Wizard, Count Dracula, and Dr. Wily.  Their ultimate quest is to fulfill an ancient prophecy and bring the evil villainess Mother Brain to justice once and for all!

Captain N & The New Super Mario World originally aired for one season on NBC in the fall of 1991.  Each half-hour episode was split into two unrelated segments.  Captain N aired on its own for 2 seasons before being paired with Super Mario World for its 3rd season.  Super Mario World followed closely on the success of previous Mario Bros. cartoons The Super Mario Bros. Super Show and The Adventures  of Super Mario 3.  Captain N & The New Super Mario World 2-DVD set will be available on November 13, 2007 for $29.99 SRP. 

 

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Kids are watching this right now. Even the 12yo is watching. He seems to like it. I happen to think it’s cheesy as hell, but they are transfixed to the screen.

 

My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Super Sleuth Christmas Movie

Friday, November 16th, 2007

 

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Tis the season for a timeless tale of Christmas cheer! So grab your hat, put on your mittens, and join Tigger, Pooh, Darby and all your favorite friends from the 100-Acre Wood for this very merry movie filled with holiday magic and wonderful surprises. Christmas comes tomorrow, and Pooh and his pals can hardly wait! But they might wind up waiting much longer than just one day when Santa’s magic toy sack goes missing — along with a little lost reindeer. Now it’s up to the problem-solving “Super Sleuths” to work together and follow the clues to reach the North Pole in time to help Santa deliver his presents. Along the way, they’ll meet new friends, make new discoveries and share in the true spirit of Christmas. Overflowing with unforgettable songs and your favorite beloved characters, MY FRIENDS TIGGER & POOH: SUPER SLEUTH CHRISTMAS MOVIE is fun the whole family will treasure.

 

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Here are some fun activities for the kids :

Coloring Sheet

Activity Sheet

 

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Kids watched this earlier. The little one couldn’t wait, and didn’t move the entire show. The 8yo and 6yo seemed to love it just as much once it got going. The 6yo thanked me for buying her favorite movie. What she doesn’t know……..

 


Shrek the Third

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

The Year’s Biggest Animated Film Gets Even Bigger with
New Ogre-Sized Bonus Features and Shrek-tacular Prizes

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Hear ye! Hear ye! Prepare for king-sized laughs as DreamWorks Animation’s newest adventure in the largest theatrical animated franchise ever gets the royal treatment on DVD and HD DVD on Tuesday, November 13th. “The best Shrek yet” (Pat Collins, WWOR-TV), Shrek the Third has earned over $785 million in worldwide box office and secured a spot as the largest domestic animated film opening and the third-largest debut in cinema history. Shrek the Third chronicles the continued adventures of Shrek, Fiona, Donkey and Puss in Boots from Shrek* and Shrek 2 with new characters including a magical, misguided Merlin, an awkward Arthur, a powerful posse of Princesses and a bundle of unexpected arrivals. As the all-star cast and characters you love return for another all-new royal adventure, the biggest comedy of the year becomes the must-have home entertainment event of the holidays.

The Shrek the Third DVD and HD DVD presentations are ogre-loaded with bonus material, giving viewers the chance to join the whole Shrek family for hours of entertainment and activities. Everyone with two legs (or four) can master the “Donkey Dance” with the help of Donkey’s wildly entertaining step-by-step instructions. In “Shrek’s Guide to Parenthood” viewers receive wise and wacky parental advice from Donkey, Puss in Boots, Pinocchio and Gingy. In addition to cast profiles, “Lost Scenes,” “Big Green Goofs” and much more, Shrek and Donkey provide “How to Be Green” environmental tips for kids. The DVD includes a wealth of exciting DVD-ROM features, such as “Shrek Shmash-Ups,” which allow aspiring filmmakers of all ages to choose and mix scenes from all three Shrek films and put them to music, as well as many more Shrek-tivties including printables, games and more.

The HD DVD includes a number of interactive and web-enabled features. “The Animators’ Corner” is an all-new, interactive, picture-in-picture experience featuring storyboards relevant to the scenes on screen, plus branching to the “Lost Scenes;” “The World of Shrek” is a movie guide that provides biographies of key characters and the actors who voice them; “My Menus” are customizable character-themed menus; “Shrek’s Trivia Track” features pop-up fun facts; and “Donkey’s Digital Coloring Book” is an interactive coloring book that allows viewers to digitally paint their favorite scenes.

“Get Shreked!” Instant Win Game
Every customer who purchases a specially-marked Shrek the Third DVD and properly redeems a game piece will win a prize, revealed by peeling off a sticker on the package. Five grand-prize winners will receive a “HP Digital Home Makeover” worth $3,500, which includes a HP 42-inch MediaSmart LCD HDTV, HP Pavilion Slimline PC, HP 22-inch widescreen flat-panel monitor, HP 300GB Personal Media Drive, HP Photosmart Home Photo Center and HP Photosmart Digital Camera. Additional prizes include HP Pavilion Entertainment Notebook PCs, Xbox 360 game consoles with HD DVD players and LG Mint Chocolate Phones with $250 that can be used towards the purchase of wireless phone services. All other customers will win either 25 Snapfish photo prints or a Snapfish personalized photo sticker sheet.
1 See additional instant win game disclosures below.

DreamWorks’ SHREK® Debuts at 81st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
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This Thanksgiving, DreamWorks Animation’s giant ogre flies in from Far Far Away and takes over Manhattan as Shrekâ makes his grand debut, flying high in the 81st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Paradeâ on Thursday, November 22nd. Beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET, fans can watch as Shrek flies down the streets of New York City for the first time, delighting over
3.5 million spectators and more than 50 million television viewers nationwide. Shrek marks the start of the holiday season at the Parade and serves as Macy’s Official 2007 Holiday Ambassador. An exclusive Shrek holiday plush toy will be available beginning November 1st at all Macy’s stores nationwide and on macys.com. Fans can purchase the plush Shrek for $14.95 with any purchase of $35 or more.

Synopsis:
Get ready for Thirds – the greatest fairy tale never told continues with a brand new, hilarious comedy of royal proportions. When his frog-in-law suddenly croaks, Shrek embarks on another whirlwind adventure with Donkey and Puss in Boots to find the rightful heir to the throne. Everyone’s favorite cast of animated characters returns, along with a magical, misguided Merlin, an awkward Arthur, a powerful posse of Princesses, and a bundle of unexpected arrivals. Only Shrek can tell a tale where everyone lives happily ever laughter!

DreamWorks’ SHREK THE THIRD DVD & HD DVD

The Shrek the Third DVD and HD DVD presentations offer not only a fantastically entertaining movie but also a swamp full of bonus content for fans of all ages:

  • Shrek’s Guide to Parenthood - Donkey, Puss in Boots, Pinocchio and Gingy offer their priceless parenting tips for Shrek & Fiona!
  • Meet the Cast & Behind-the-Scenes featurette
  • Lost Scenes
  • Tech of Shrek
  • Hilarious Donkey Dance music video
  • Big Green Goofs
  • DreamWorks Animation Video Jukebox
  • DreamWorks Kids – This Way to Play - Fun and creative bonus features for kids, including:
  • Learn to Donkey Dance: You’ve seen his video, now Donkey teaches the moves
  • How to Be Green: Shrek and Donkey give kids fun and simple tips on how to be environmentally friendly every day (from conserving water and energy to building your very own worm farm)
  • Merlin’s Magic Crystal Ball: Let Merlin answer all of your deepest questions
  • Worcestershire Academy Yearbook – Take an interactive flip through Artie’s yearbook, where you can meet 30 of his classmates and hear sound bites of yearbook quotes and dedications
  • Shrek Shmash-Ups: Shrek’s take on popular “mash-up” technology. Mix scenes from all three Shrek movies with music and more to create your own short film!
  • Royal Tournament Games: Captain Shrek’s High Seas Adventure, Shrek’s Eyeball Dropper, Gingy’s Dreamz and more games featuring your favorite characters
  • Additional Shrek-tivities (including games, printables, weblinks and more)


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Whole family camped out to watch this, and everyone loved it. In fact, the little ones took it to their room to watch it again. The older boys have already talked about having their friends come over to watch it this weekend. Big hit around here.

Mork & Mindy - The Third Season

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

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Synopsis: Mork & Mindy was a spin-off from an episode of Happy Days seen in February 1978, in which an alien from the planet Ork landed on Earth and attempted to kidnap Richie. So popular was the nutty character created by Robin Williams that Williams was given his own series in the fall of 1978, and it became an instant hit. Mork was a misfit on his own planet because his sense of humor (he was heard to call the Orkan leader, Orson, “cosmic breath”). So the humorless Orkans sent him off to study Earthlings, whose “crazy” customs they had never been able to understand. Mork landed, in a giant eggshell near Boulder, Colorado. There he was befriended by pretty Mindy McConnell, a clerk at the music store run by her father, Frederick. Mork looked human, but his strange mixture of Orkan and Earthling customs–such as wearing a suit, but putting it on backwards, or sitting in a chair, but upside down–led most people to think of him as just as some kind of nut. Mindy knew where he came from, and helped him adjust to Earth’s strange ways. She also let him stay in the attic of her apartment house, which scandalized her conservative father, but not her swinging grandmother, Cora.

Actors: Robin Williams, Ralph James, Pam Dawber, Tom Poston

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MD and I enjoyed watching this for awhile. It was fun to remember watching them as kids. Unfortunately, the thrill didn’t last long. Maybe that was because neither of us were avid M&M watchers in the first place? I liked it, but I could take it or leave it back them. Nothing’s really changed now.