Archives for March 5, 2018

Lily’s Driftwood Bay: Season 1 – Great Plot, Hours of Fun Adventures

Welcome to Lily’s Driftwood Bay. Lily is six years old and lives with her dad and her best friend, who is a seagull named Gull, in a little hut on the beach. Across the way is Driftwood Bay, a special island that exists in Lily’s imagination.  Every day the sea washes up a new treasure which sparks Lily’s imagination about what might be happening on Driftwood Bay. Join Lily and her friends, Salty Dog, Bull, Nonna, Hatsie, Wee Rabbit and Lord Stag as they sail to Driftwood Bay where wonderful adventures await! Along with each adventure is a valuable lesson learned in each story from learning to tell the truth to saying sorry to asking for help. Embark on new adventures with Lily and friends as they travel to Driftwood Bay. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Dariana A. comments, “Each episode on this DVD has a great plot that brings you along the adventures in Lily’s imagination. These episodes keep it very interesting and there is never a dull moment. It teaches good lessons in fun ways.” Izzy C. adds, “Lily’s Driftwood Bay, Season 1 is filled with hours of fun adventures in short, easy-to-watch episodes. I can’t lie, when I put in the DVD for the first time I actually watched 16 shows in a row! It was pretty epic!” Rachael V. wraps it up with, “Watching Lily’s Driftwood Bay: Season 1 gives me hope for future generations. Lily is always so kind to those around her and her life is filled with simple adventures that are genuinely interesting, shedding light on the fact that life doesn’t always have to be busy to be enjoyable.” See their full reviews below.

Lily’s Driftwood Bay: Season 1

By Dariana A., KIDS FIRST Film Critics, age 12

Lily’s Driftwood Bay: Season 1 is an amazing DVD. It’s a fun way to teach kids about exploring their curiosity and discovering new things. The show takes its viewers into the world of Lily’s fantasy. Each episode on this DVD has a great plot that brings you along the adventures in Lily’s imagination. These episodes keep it very interesting and there is never a dull moment. It teaches good lessons in fun ways.

Lily’s Driftwood Bay focuses on a world in Lily’s imagination called Driftwood Bay. Lily finds new treasures on the seashore everyday that spark her interest. She then travels in her imagination to Driftwood Bay where friends like Salty Dog, Lord Stag and Wee Rabbit help her find out what the object is and what it’s used for.

My favorite thing about this show is the accents of the characters. All have British accents, which I love because it gives a different vibe to the show. Each adventure you take with Lily, teaches you a valuable lesson in such a fun way. This is truly a kid’s dream film, because it shows a 6-year-old having fun in her own world, just like any other kid. My favorite episode would have to be Starfish in the Sky. That episode is about when Lily finds a telescope on the seashore and wants to look at a constellation in the sky that looks like a star. At the end of the episode, everybody comes together to see the starfish and it is nice to see all of the characters in one spot. The show is really interesting and shows Lily’s day to day life as well as the lives of her friends in Driftwood Bay. My favorite character has to be Salty Dog. He is such an amazing character and is always there for Lily. Salty is the one to drive the boat to take Lily to Driftwood and the one who tells her about the stars in the sky.

The message of this show is to not be afraid to ask others questions about things that interest you, just like Lily who asks her friends questions all the time. I recommend this DVD for ages 4 to 8 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. This DVD is available now, so check it out.

Lily’s Driftwood Bay, Season 1

By Izzy Cruz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9

Lily’s Driftwood Bay, Season 1 is filled with hours of fun adventures in short, easy-to-watch episodes. I can’t lie, when I put in the DVD for the first time I actually watched 16 shows in a row! It was pretty epic!

The entire series takes place on a hidden, quiet beach with tall grass and a cute little house. Lily and her father live in a little house there. Past the grass, there is a small shore where gentle waves wash up onto the sand. Sometimes the water washes up random items that were floating out at sea. A seagull named Gull watches out for new treasures every day. Gull finds Lily every time a new little treasure washes onto the beach. She gets excited when she sees Gull and the two of them run off to inspect the treasure.

Across the way is Driftwood Bay, an imaginary island. This special island is where Lily’s stories come to life. I will explain just how that happens. Every episode focuses on a brand new treasure. Sometimes the item is a piece or a part that broke off of something bigger. Sometimes it is a common item like a jar. Lily’s imagination always takes off into a fun story whenever a new item comes along, no matter what it is. Lily and Gull take a boat over to the island and that is where every adventure story happens.

There are more than two main characters. Her friends are Salty Dog, Bull, Nonna, Hatsie, Wee Rabbit, and Lord Stag. Lord Stag is somewhat full of himself and has very high expectations of the group. The rest of the group are helpful, but they always get themselves stuck in a pickle. Then it’s left to Lily and Gull to save the day.

The animation is sweet and really unique. I find it interesting. It has 2D paper animation and also uses real life objects. It’s called “Mixed Media.”  This is a great series for young children. It’s not scary at all and there are no villains, so even toddlers can watch it. The short episodes make it good for young kids who can’t watch longer shows.

I give this DVD 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for kids ages 3 to 9. Moms can watch this with their kids because the animation is so intriguing. Lily’s Driftwood Bay, Season 1 is available now on DVD everywhere so, check it out.

Lily’s Driftwood Bay: Season 1

By Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror

Watching Lily’s Driftwood Bay: Season 1 gives me hope for future generations. Lily is always so kind to those around her and her life is filled with simple adventures that are genuinely interesting, shedding light on the fact that life doesn’t always have to be busy to be enjoyable. Lily is an adorable little 5-year-old whom I adore for things like how respectful she is to her father. It is so touching to see a single father raising a daughter represented so positively. In this season, there is an episode called Goodbye Seabird and it is particularly touching and heart-breaking. In this episode, you learn a little bit about Lily’s mom. What makes it so special is that not many children’s shows acknowledge death, especially the death of a parent. The art is extremely cute. It looks like mixed media using colored pencils and paper cut-outs. The music is charming and blends well with the scenery. I highly recommend this for ages 3 to 6 and give it 5 out of 5 stars!  Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

“Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour” Launching 50 Show National Tour Beginning March 14

Launching March 14 in Southern California, the high-energy “Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour” will perform 50 shows across the country. Inspired by favorite Disney Junior series, the interactive concert tour includes songs from Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Sofia the First, Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins, The Lion Guard, as well as newest hit series Vampirina and Puppy Dog Pals. The live concert will also include a brand-new interactive experience featuring Disney Junior’s highly-anticipated series, Muppet Babies, launching in early 2018.

Check out the official announcement via Billboard here: billboard.com/articles/news/8030058/disney-junior-dance-party-tour-dates

The tour will make stops at marquis venues including Rosemont Theatre (Chicago), The Fox Theatre (Atlanta) and The Grand Ole Opry (Nashville). A complete list of venues and dates are listed below.

Join hosts, Dee and Jay, and the DJ Dance squad as they welcome Mickey, Minnie and other Disney Junior characters on-stage to perform popular songs including “Hot Dog Dance” from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, “Time For Your Check Up” from Doc McStuffins, “Zuka Zama” from The Lion Guard and “Happy Helpers” from Mickey and the Roadster Racers. It’s going to be a dance party you won’t want to miss!

“We are delighted to collaborate with Red Light Management to bring some of Disney Junior’s biggest hit series to the stage for kids and families nationwide to enjoy in a truly immersive concert experience,” said Jennifer Rogers-Doyle, Vice President, Franchise Management, Disney Channels Worldwide.

“The ‘Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour’ is going to be the premiere family concert event of the year and for many years to come. The production is absolutely stunning and working alongside Disney and Amy Tinkham to create this show has been an incredible experience and an honor,” says executive tour producer Jonathan Shank. “Parents and children are going to truly love this show. There are new songs, greatest hits and some mashups, which are really fun!”

Disney Visa Cardmember presale tickets, as well as VIP meet-and-greet packages, will be available starting Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 12:00 p.m. EST, with Disney Junior Facebook pre-sales starting Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 10:00 a.m. (local time). Public on-sale tickets for “Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour” begin Friday, Nov. 17. Parents can go to disney.com/disneyjuniortour to get more information and to purchase tickets. Additional dates to be announced.

VIP package offers include an after-party and meet-and-greets following each performance. Kids and families will also have the opportunity to enjoy breakfast with characters including Mickey, Sofia and Doc on weekend show days. Performances during the week will include a special VIP offering, an afternoon tea featuring appearances by Princess Elena, Princess Sofia and Minnie Mouse.

“Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour” Dates:

March 14 / Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza / Thousand Oaks, CA

March 16 / Fox Performing Arts Center / Riverside, CA

March 18 / The Grove of Anaheim / Anaheim, CA

March 21 / Majestic Theatre / San Antonio, TX

March 22 / Smart Financial Centre / Sugar Land, TX

March 24 / Fox Theatre / Atlanta, GA

March 25 / Belk Theatre at North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center / Charlotte, NC

March 27 / The Tennessee Theatre / Knoxville, TN

March 28 / Grand Ole Opry House / Nashville, TN

March 30 / Saenger Theatre / New Orleans, LA

April 3 / Gaillard Center / Charleston, SC

April 5 / King Center / Melbourne, FL

April 7 / Florida Theatre – Jacksonville / Jacksonville, FL

April 8 / BJCC Concert Hall / Birmingham, AL

April 10 / Tivoli Theatre / Chattanooga, TN

April 11 / Durham Performing Arts Center / Durham, NC

April 12 / Lyric Theatre / Baltimore, MD

April 13 / Count Basie Theatre / Red Bank, NJ*

April 14 / Old Dominion University – Ted Constant Convocation Center / Norfolk, VA

April 15 / Benedum Center / Pittsburgh, PA

April 17 / Kodak Center for the Arts / Rochester, NY

April 18 / Bergen Performing Arts Center / Englewood, NJ

April 19 / The Vets / Providence, RI

April 20 / Tower Theater / Upper Darby, PA

April 21 / Warner Theatre / Washington, DC*

April 22 / May Performing Arts Center / Morristown, NJ*

April 24 / Palace Theatre / Albany, NY

April 25 / Santander Performing Arts Center / Reading, PA

April 26 / Altria Theater / Richmond, VA

April 27 / FM Kirby Center of Performing Arts / Wilkes-Barre, PA

April 28 / The Goodyear Theatre at East End / Akron, OH

April 29 / Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences / Charleston, WV

May 1 / Orpheum Theatre / Minneapolis, MN

May 3 / Fox Theatre / Detroit, MI

May 4 / Clowes Memorial Hall / Indianapolis, IN

May 5 / Rosemont Theatre / Chicago, IL

May 6 / Taft Theatre / Cincinnati, OH

May 8 / Riverside Theatre / Milwaukee, WI

May 10 / Peabody Opera House / St. Louis, MO

May 11 / Orpheum Theatre / Memphis, TN

May 12 / Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie / Grand Prairie, TX

May 15 / Paramount Theatre / Denver, CO

May 17 / Comerica Theatre / Phoenix, AZ

May 18 / Cox Pavilion / Las Vegas, NV

May 19 / City National Civic / San Jose, CA

May 20 / Fox Theatre / Oakland, CA

*denotes 2 performances

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About Disney Junior:
Disney Junior reflects the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney storytelling and Disney characters, both classic and contemporary. It invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for kids age 2-7. Disney Junior’s series blend Disney’s unparalleled storytelling and characters kids love deeply with learning, including early math, language skills, healthy eating and lifestyles, and social skills. In the U.S., Disney Junior is a daily programming block on Disney Channel and a 24-hour channel reaching over 71 million U.S. homes. In total, there are 37 Disney Junior channels in 27 languages around the world.

About Red Light Management:

With offices in New York, Los Angeles, Charlottesville, Nashville, Atlanta, Bristol and London, Red Light Management is one of the most innovative artist management companies in the industry. Founded by Coran Capshaw in 1991 when he began managing the Dave Matthews Band, RLM’s roster now also includes Phish, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Alabama Shakes, Victoria Justice, Magic!, Lionel Richie and many more. RLM is a leader in live family entertainment having produced the national touring productions of Peppa Pig Live and The Octonauts, along with the Fresh Beat Band Live concert. RLM is known for taking an entrepreneurial approach with its diverse roster of clients. Its managers are also at the forefront of defining the expanding role of personal management in the music and entertainment business. The company’s capabilities include a broad expertise in artist development, touring, commerce, festivals, licensing, branded entertainment, tour production services, artist-driven philanthropy, and more.

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