Don't Miss July 2013

Family-friendly movies and games everyone's talking about.

Donald McDermott

Still Despicable

Gru, the bad guy with the good heart, is back with all of his minions when Universal Pictures presents Despicable Me 2. The animated sequel follows Gruís adventures as he is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help them deal with a dangerous new super criminal. Despicable Me 2 opens in theaters on July 3.

Talk of the Town

Your child can construct buildings, set shop hours, and make important decisions as the mayor of his very own town in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The delightful new game for the Nintendo 3DS offers the ideal way for young players to make choices and explore their creative sides. Rated E for Everyone, Animal Crossing is available wherever games are sold.

Turbo Charged

DreamWorks Animation brings us the ultimate underdog story in Turbo. The high-octane animated feature tells the story of a snail who dreams of becoming the fastest in the world. Featuring the voice work of Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, and Michael Peña, Turbo zooms into theaters on July 17.

Babar Times Three

Discover the magic and wonders of Babar, the elephant king, in a three-DVD collection. Based on the childrenís books by Jean and Laurent de Brunhoff, the Babar: Adventure Pack offers three times the fun and three times the excitement while Babar and friends learn important life lessons. The set is available for purchase at www.target.com.

Classic Ranger

In honor of The Lone Rangerís return to the big screen this month, Classic Media has released three DVDs from the 1950s that feature the legendary masked man. Starring Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels as his faithful sidekick, Tonto, The Lone Ranger: Hi-Yo Silver, Away!, The Lone Ranger: Who Was That Masked Man?, and The Lone Ranger: Kemo Sabe are available on DVD now.

Get on the Bandwagon

Award-winning ďkindieĒ musician Joanie Leeds is proud to present her fifth CD release for kids. Featuring the singerís signature soulful voice, Bandwagon offers a collection of original songs that are sure to thrill adults while reaching out to kids in a friendly way. Order your copy now at www.joanieleeds.com.

A Friendly Reminder

BigDay Reminder is a new app that is sure to help busy moms. Available free for iPhones, the app is designed to help keep track of birthdays, anniversaries, and all upcoming life events. Best of all, once the app is downloaded, there is very little additional work required to keep even the busiest mom in the loop. Find out more at www.bigdayreminder.com.

True Blue

The perfect blend of live action and animation comes together this summer in The Smurfs 2. In the follow up to the 2011 hit, evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties, which he hopes will finally let him capture the powerful Smurf essence. The Smurfs 2 opens July 31.

Kong Returns

All of the runs, jumps, and climbs that made Donkey Kong a classic are back in stunning 3D. Rebuilt and optimized specifically for the Nintendo 3DS system, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D features more than 70 levels, wireless play, a variety of game modes, hidden secrets, and plenty of barrel-rolling fun. Pick up your copy in stores and online today.

A Clubhouse Quest

Join Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, and all their friends from Disney Juniorís The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse in a brand-new DVD journey. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: The Quest for the Crystal Mickey! follows your favorite Disney characters on the ride of a lifetime to keep the clubhouse from losing its magic. Available now, the DVD comes complete with several bonus features families will love.

This column appeared in the July 2013 issue.