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"Mickey's Monster Musical" arrives just in time for the Halloween season.
"Mickey's Monster Musical" arrives just in time for the Halloween season.

There's nothing scary about "Mickey's Monster Musical" but plenty of fun

Scary? No. Fun? Yes.

When Disney Junior put together "Mickey’s Monster Musical" together for the Disney Channel, there was a pretty obvious, large unwritten rule that nothing should be actually horrific about it. However, for Halloween, Disney loves to dress up and offer something a bit spooky.

If Mickey, Minnie and Pluto off on a picnic and having to walk to a dark house because the Toonmobile broke down seems scary, then this new DVD offering in time for the Halloween season isn’t for your family.

But that’s the only thing close to frightening in the film. The show follows the same format of "Mickey’s Club House," with a problem to solve and asking the audience for help with calling out which tools to use. Instead of Minnie’s "Doodles" computer helper, we have a special monster "Boodles" that tries to scare someone new every time she’s called.

The friendly "Count Mickula" greets our wayward guests and in the meantime solicits help in finding who is making mystery banging noises in the house. There’s a monster Goofy, as well as a ghostly Donald and Daisy to meet along the way,

The car gets and upgrade, Minnie and Mickey make new friends, and we all get to do the monster boogie before it is all over.

The DVD also features two other episodes of "Mickey’s Club House." There’s the "Pirate Adventure," featuring treasure to be found, as well as more singing and dancing in "Mickey’s Farm Fun-Fair."

Altogether, it is just under two hours of excitement and fun for the littlest members of the family. And, like most Disney DVDs, this one features the Fast Play, where if the child knows how to set the player, the movie will play automatically just after the previews.

More likely than not, the children probably know how the DVD player works better then the adults in the household. 

"Cinderella" was released on DVD, Blu-ray and digital HD on Sept. 15.
"Cinderella" was released on DVD, Blu-ray and digital HD on Sept. 15.

Ball, slipper and magic come to life in "Cinderella"

When lighting, textures and scenery pop on a screen – especially in a familiar tale that we’ve envisioned ourselves – we can be transported. In the case of Disney's "Cinderella," we feel like we are there, interacting with the characters at the royal ball, waiting for the clock to strike 12 times.

The live action version of the film was released on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD download on Sept. 15.

Known for her work on "Downton Abbey," actress Lily James lives by courage and kindness to bring Cinderella to life. We feel her agony at the loss of her mom, then her dad, and how she tries to endure even as her stepmother and step sisters come to see her as merely their servant.

What director Kenneth Branagh brings to films like this – the same way he did in the first "Thor" film – is that the fantastic world seem livable with characters we are able to endear ourselves to.

Can mice turn into horses and a pumpkin to an ornate coach for a ride to the castle? In the magic presented here, we can believe it.

Cate Blanchet dons classic looks to bring a different sinister yet believable woman scorned as the stepmother. Well-known character actors Stellan Skarsgard and Helena Bonham Carter seem to enjoy delving into make believe, a well-worn land where they get to play animated characters of the Grand Duke and the Fairy Godmother respectively. As a nice aside that never was more than one dimensional in the classic animated version of the tale, "Game of Thrones" actor Richard Madden rounds out the Prince. Here, he’s more rounded out as a full character as he tries to learn from his father, wonderfully portrayed by Derek Jacobi, before sickness takes its final toll.

The dynamic between the King and his son make the need to find a bride at the ball actually make more sense … if that is even achievable in a fairy tale.

The extras included on the Blu-ray will delight those who like to know how a movie is made. The small features show how the production was mad…

Former FOX 6 reporter Jen Lada will launch a new ESPN radio show, "Jorge & Jen," starting tonight.
Former FOX 6 reporter Jen Lada will launch a new ESPN radio show, "Jorge & Jen," starting tonight.

Former FOX 6 sports reporter Jen Lada launches national ESPN radio show

Since joining ESPN almost a year ago, former WITI-TV FOX 6 sports reporter and anchor Jen Lada has appeared on a number of radio and TV shows for the network.

Starting tonight at 8 p.m. locally, Lada is launching a new national radio show on ESPN radio called "Jorge & Jen," co-hosted by Jorge Sedano.

With more than 15 years of radio broadcast experience, Sedano hosted "Sedano & Stink" with Mark Schlereth when he joined ESPN in 2013. Since March, he has hosted "The Sedano Show" at 6 p.m. on the syndicated network.

The placement of "Jorge & Jen" in the later time slot means more exposure on more stations that switch to the national shows when they don’t have local shows of their own. That means, Lada, who was a regular contributor on 540 ESPN, will have a chance at a much larger audience.

After moving on from FOX 6, Lada was an anchor and reporter in the Chicago area for Comcast SportsNet. Being in a Top 5 market, she was able to gain the national exposure needed for a gig with cable television’s largest sports and entertainment outlet.

"Jorge & Jen" is part of a new lineup for ESPN, starting today on ESPN affiliated radio stations,, the ESPN app, SiriusXM, Apple iTunes, Slacker Radio and TuneIn. The show will air on 540 ESPN, except when local and national play-by-play coverage pre-empts it. 

The rest of the schedule is (CDT):

5-9 a.m.: Mike & Mike

9 a.m.-noon: The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz

Noon-3 p.m.: Russillo & Kanell

3-6 p.m.: The Right Time with Bomani Jones

6-8 p.m.: Jalen & Jacoby

8-10 p.m.: Jorge & Jen

10 p.m.-1 a.m.: The Freddie Coleman Show

1-5 a.m.: SportsCenter All Night with Jay Reynolds

The "Mike & Mike" show broadcast from Wisconsin this morning in Green Bay, getting ready for the Packers’ Monday Night Football game on ESPN. There’s no doubting that Lada will be talking about the Green and Gold on her show this evening.

"Star Wars Rebels" might help you hold off your anticipation of "The Force Awakens."
"Star Wars Rebels" might help you hold off your anticipation of "The Force Awakens."

Animated "Star Wars" DVDs help build excitement for "The Force Awakens"

We have to wait several more months before "The Force Awakens" unleashes itself upon the world, likely nabbing pretty much every box office record in the galaxy in the process. 

In the meantime, there’s plenty of "Star Wars" related home entertainment to keep our spare time engrossed in the universe. One such offering, "LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles," came out on DVD last week. The animated adventures take viewers to the light-er side where bricks come to life as some of the famous heroes.

In four episodes, Yoda and the ghost of Obi-Wan unearth sacred crystals called Holocrons. The Jedi masters send out a call to Han, Luke, Leia, C-3PO and others to gather the mysterious, glowing bricks.

While the writing has enough light-hearted jokes to keep the youngest viewers entertained, there’s enough peppered in to amuse adults as well. The jabs are not as crass as the Emmy-winning "Star Wars" projects done by the writers and animators at "Robot Chicken," but they still hold their own.

For example, in one segment, the ghost of Qui-Gon Jinn answers Yoda’s call for help. The problem for Yoda and Obi-Wan: They don’t need him. Yoda keeps Qui-Gon preoccupied by trying to open a jar of pickles. In the best imitated voice from Liam Neeson from the "Taken" movies, the ghost proclaims that he has "a particular set of skills."

While you don’t need to know every character in the many worlds of "Star Wars" to enjoy the film, it will help to know who Jek-14 is. The film also does a nice callback to previous other LEGO films, including the one where a young "Ian" is someone else everyone knows but has a wonky nametag.

Bonus: Check out the DVD special features for an alternate ending to one of the episodes where everything goes Darth Vader’s way.

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