Archives for September 21, 2015

Gumby: The Complete 50s Series – A Throwback that Still Charms


Gumby: The Complete 50s Series comes with a Gumby bendable toy. What’s not to enjoy about that? Gumby and Pokey, television’s legendary claymation, live one great fantasy after another in a timeless world of magic and wonder. This fun-loving duo can dive into any book for adventures near and far, from Toyland to the Wild West, to the moon and back. Gumby, an everyman hero, who captivates our hearts, always leaves a place better than how he found it. As the theme song says, “If you’ve got a heart, then Gumby’s a part of you.” The complete Gumby Show has been re-mastered from its original camera rolls and soundtracks with the brilliant colors and full-length formats as first aired in the 1950s. These imaginative, surrealistic, stop motion animated masterpieces bring back this classic series that will delight both children and adults. Some trivia: Each show called for 60 artists and technicians animating about two minutes of film for every eight working hours. Gumby and his peeps were moved up to 9,000 times in a six minute show. That’s dedication!

Gumby: The Complete 50s Series

By Denise B., KIDS FIRST! juror   (Yes, this is me!)


This series really took me back to my childhood. Although I wasn’t born when Gumby first aired, I remember watching the show as a young child. This one is fully re-mastered with the original 50s soundtrack and is just like the classic claymation cartoon that I remember. There are not a lot of special effects and modern day bells and whistles but if there were, it wouldn’t be Gumby. The extras are entertaining and interesting. My favorites are the Photo Gallery and the First Pilot Episode with no sound. The pilot episode was never aired so I was quite thrilled to watch it. My 11-year-old son said he prefers sound but he’s used to more modern day cartoons.  In the photo gallery the music is a fun and lively touch. Other extras included the making of the spot, which is interesting although very brief. Also it includes Gumbasia, a theatrical short featuring similar claymation charactors that Clokey created in 1955. It is just a bunch of different playdough shapes moving to music but I like it because it is unique and adds something to the DVD.  I give this 4 out of 5 stars because of its entertainment value.

By Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13



After more than 60 years since Gumby was first created, we are brought back to the good times of the original, and my opinion the best of the iconic Gumby and Pokey characters. Gumby is all about fun and comedy. You watch Gumby not for drama or romance. There is lots of action and fantasy, since it is all about Gumby’s fun adventures. Art Clokey (creator of Gumby) does a fantastic job writing fun and unique episodes.


I love each of the characters for the fun and silly adventures they undertake and how unique each one is. Even small characters have their own personality which I love. Not many shows today pay so much attention to each character. I think Art Clokey has done a mind blowing job making these shows. He created some cool special effect techniques such as one episode with a rocket ship where he has scratched each frame so it looks like flames. Techniques like this were used in films for decades afterwards. The stop motion animation itself is very smooth and impressive, particularly since it was made 60 years ago!


My favorite episode is the first one, when Gumby goes to the moon and his Dad needs to save him. I love it because it starts off Gumby’s career and is kind of the birth of Gumby. This also includes the rocket special effects mentioned above. The episode is really a joy to watch, not to mention that it was so symbolic for those times when everything was about space travel.


People that enjoyed Gumby growing up will be happy to share their passion with a new generation. After all, Gumby is meant for kids. Ages seven to eighteen would probably enjoy the series more than younger kids and would be able appreciate the beauty of the clay animation. I give it five out of five stars because, what they did was way ahead of their time with the special effects, unique stories, wonderful characters and more. Can’t wait to see what’s next in store for Gumby! (They are creating some entirely new episodes)




New Book Builds Self-Esteem & Confidence So Kids Can Go to School Without Being Cooked!

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Jim Malloy teamed up with illustrator Hannah Stephey and published The Look Cookers, an entertaining, and creative adventure story for children which shares a  strong message that it is okay (and in fact fun) to be shy. This wonderful tale illustrates that challenges can be overcome with a little courage and imagination.


Matthew is a normal boy in every way but he is shy. He does not like eye contact.


In his lively imagination, he envisions that anyone who looks at him has special powers – they are the Look Cookers.

This is a delightful story about a young boy who has a mission to overcome his shyness. I highly recommend this at a back-to-school book for young children. The story is creative and a must-read and the illustrations are quite detailed and really bring this children’s story to life!

For more information visit

About the Author& Illustrator

Jim Malloy began telling stories to his young children, James and Sara, as a way to entertain them at bedtime.  With every new nighttime opportunity special stories sprang to life from his active imagination. Jim overcame shyness as a child and today enjoys a career that often requires public speaking – and eye contact. Jim has held Director/Senior director marketing positions in the publishing world for over 26 years including Readers Digest, Meredith Corporation and Rodale, Inc.  It is from those experiences as a child and an adult that The Look Cookers emerged. And now fromFairfield, CT, he shares with families everywhere his top-secret advice.

Hannah Stephey, is both an illustrator and graphic designer with Superjellyland, her own studio in Chambersburg,Pennsylvania.  A lifelong artist, she has created images for events, books and cartoons.

Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book to facilitate this post. Publicists for Jim Malloy provided info and images.

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Celebrates 10th Annual Halloween Event, “SEA SCARE”

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The best family Halloween party around is back and only at CMA! Sea Scare, now celebrating its 10th year, is washing ashore with lots of thrills and chills on Saturday, October 24th from 7 to 10pm. See the Aquarium in a different light as it is transformed into an underwater world of chills, thrills and gills. Come in costume and join in the masquerade of ghouls and goblins, trick-ortreat throughout the aquarium at different themed treat stations and enjoy loads of fun and spooky entertainment.

Visit the Aquarium’s Aquatic Nursery for fun crafts and sea creature feedings. Stop by the Exploration Center for some treats, participate in bioluminescent crafts and learn about deep-sea creatures that lurk in our oceans. Enjoy the Marine Research Library for some creepy creations and spooky stories. Don’t forget to enter the Sea Scare Costume Contest for your chance to win some spook-tacular prizes. Sea Scare brings back all your favorite attractions like “Trick-or-Treat Trail” where guests can enjoy some sweet treats, try your luck at some of our carnival-style games at “Seaside Boardwalk”, visit “Skull Alley,” an exhibit brought to you by the Aquarium’s Collections Department, where you’ll get a close look at some real skulls of the ocean world and some…. not of this world, enjoy some exciting crafts in “Craft Corner”, or dance the night away at the “Zombie Beach Party”.

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We also have some exciting Tricks and Treats to celebrate Sea Scare’s 10th Anniversary and the Aquarium’s 80th Anniversary. Plus, Aquarium Members get a special Early Entry into the event at 6pm. So come in costume and join in on the masquerade of ghosts and goblins, it’s sure to be a frightfully good time for the whole family! Apparitional activities, creepy crafts, dreadful demonstrations, and eerie entertainment all await you at “San Pedro’s Best Family Halloween Party,” Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s 10th annual “SEA SCARE”, Saturday, October 24th from 7 to 10pm, Aquarium Members get a special early entry into the event at 6pm.

Get your tickets early, this event will sell out! Pre-sale admission is $5 for Adults and $1 for Children, day of event admission is $7 for Adults and $3 for Children, Aquarium Members are free with valid membership card. Pre-sale tickets are available for purchase at the Aquarium’s Gift Shop or online at, processing fees may apply online. Parking is $1 per hour and free to members of the Friends of CMA. The Aquarium is located at 3720 Stephen M. White Drive in San Pedro and is a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks with support from Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. CMA is open to the public and displays local marine life of Southern California, with hours on weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Visit for more information or call (310) 548-7562.

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Credit: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. Media comps were provided to post. No other compensation was received.

Global Genes Presents the 4th Annual RARE Tribute to Champions of Hope Awards Saturday, September 26 @ Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa Huntington Beach Bryce Dallas Howard, Jason Ritter, Lindsey Shaw, Christina Grimmie and Kris Allen Among the Many Joining Forces to Support the Fight Against RARE Disease

Global Genes’ 4th Annual Rare Tribute to Champions of Hope Awards Gala


Saturday, September 26, 2015


Blue Carpet Arrival: 5-6:30pm
Awards Show:


Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa Huntington Beach 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92648



Global Genes™ hosts the 4th Annual RARE Tribute to Champions of Hope Gala, recognizing those who are uniquely attacking the challenges they face in the fight against rare disease. Over 300 individuals and organizations worldwide were nominated by their peers for a RARE Champion of Hope award for their notable efforts in rare disease advocacy, science, collaborative sciences, medical care and treatment. From the extraordinary list of nominees, members from the Global Genes Board of Directors, Medical and Science Advisory Board, and other key partners, selected the recipients to be honored at the 4th annual Tribute event. The annual blue carpet event brings together scientists, advocates, patients and supporters of the global rare disease community for an evening of unforgettable honors, presentations and performances.


The 2015 gala will be a star-studded event with award presentations by actress and producer, Lindsey Shaw (Pretty Little Liars), TV personality and broadcast journalist, Kit Hoover (Access Hollywood LIVE), and 11x Ironman champion and Pan Am Games winner, Lisa Bentley. The evening’s program will include special performances by winner of the 2015 Macy’s iHeart Radio Rising Star Contest, Christina Grimmie, 2013 Teen Choice Award Web Star Winner, Cimorelli, break out recording artist Aleem, and a special musical guest to be unveiled at the gala.

Many celebrity guests plan to attend the event in support of rare disease including Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World), Emmy nominee, Jason Ritter (Gravity Falls, Girls), American Idol season 8 winner and Platinum Recording artist, Kris Allen, Max Charles (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, American Sniper), Melanie Lynsky (Two and A Half Men), Madison Mclaughlin (Supernatural), Camryn Howard (Straight Outa Compton) philanthropist, author and actor Travis Flores, and many more still to be announced. Rare disease patient advocate and syndicated radio talk show host, Scot “Froggy” Langley will be the master of ceremony for the evening of festivities.


Credit: Global Genes.

Create a Tailor-Made Box of H.O.P.E. and Love Or choose my favorite! Featuring Hope In A Box for Mom!

Hope In A Box For Mom

Let’s face it! Being a Mom is very rewarding but it is also a tough job! No matter if you are a stay-at-home Mom or a Mom who goes off to work every day….all Moms need hope and love! Sometimes it is also tough finding a gift for Mom. I tend to agree on this one since it really is a job in itself to shop for my Mom.

Truth be told…It can be a struggle at times to find the perfect gift for that someone special, whether it’s a husband, wife, student or dear friend.  With Hope in a Box, you can create an inspirational and unique gift for any occasion, whether it’s a birthday, an anniversary, Christmas or simply to show you care. Hope in a Box has a wide selection of products that serve as a gentle reminder to have faith in God and H.O.P.E. (Hang On Pray Everyday).

I received the Hope In A Box for Mom – Give mom some time to relax, get cozy on the couch, gather her thoughts and reflect on her blessings with this package of love: a super soft fleece blanket to keep her comfortable, a coffee mug to keep her warm and a set of greeting cards to catch up with old friends. I absolutely love this one! The blanket is just perfect for snuggling up on the couch with a cup of coffee or tea and a good book. The coffee mug is perfect for that cup of coffee or tea and I love writing to my friends. I have to admit in the age of email and texting, I don’t write to my friends often enough. With these note cards, I know that I will make an extra effort to do so! 

Hope in a Box was created by a husband and wife team who found hope for their family’s trials and tribulations through prayer and perseverance. The H.O.P.E. line of products and H.O.P.E. gift boxes have been developed to remind us to ‘HANG ON’ to the promises made by God and ‘PRAY EVERYDAY’.

I have featured Hope in a Box in the past but they are one of my favorites so was quit happy to feature them again! What I like that you can customize your own Hope in a Box by choosing from a variety of H.O.P.E. products to create a very personalized and creative gift. Or, choose from several already made:


Hope In A Box for Dad – If your dad is always on the go, go for a package that reminds him of God’s presence at all times: a custom-designed brushed nickel charm keychain, a cool hat and t-shirt spreading the message of H.O.P.E., and a coffee tumbler to keep his beverage warm and keep him inspired while he’s out and about.

Hope In A Box for Student – Your student will love this combination of H.O.P.E. products.  Daily they will be reminded of you every time they take a note, pack their sling backpack for class, look up an assignment on their iPad, see the message of inspiration on their wrist, or mark a class assignment with their bookmark… all great items to keep them focused at school and focused on faith!

All 3 of these pre-packaged Hope In A Box choices are just $49 with FREE USPS Priority Mail Shipping!!  Find more pre-packaged choices at or customize your own.

Hope in a Box’s desire is that its products can be everyday reminders to turn to God in all circumstances.  They not only inspire the person using the products but also helps spread H.O.P.E. to others. 25% of all profits go to life, marriage, and family affirming ministries that offer hope.

I have to say the Hope in A Box for Mom is my new favorite!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received to post. Photo Credit: Hope In A Box.

The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Unveils the New Anubis Paintball Adventure Over 200 Monsters, Mummies & Freaks Will Find Their Way On Board the Infamously Haunted Ship

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Fear lives here at The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor as the torrid history of the haunted ship rises from the deep October 1 – November 1, 2015. In addition to Dark Harbor’s horrific new maze, Lullaby, that tells the tale of the ship’s youngest soul, Scary Mary, the annual fright festival is thrilled to unveil the all-new Anubis Paintball Adventure.


Those who dare will venture into the tombs of Anubis, the Greek Egyptian jackal-headed god of mummification and the afterlife. In Anubis’ underworld, guests will test their skills in an LED 3D paintball battle against the most terrifying gaggle of mummies, monsters and myths.


The brand new Lullaby maze will take guests on a frightening voyage with Dark Harbor’s youngest soul, Scary Mary, who has haunted the Queen Mary ever since her horrific drowning in the poolroom in 1952. Dark Harbor will also welcome the new Side Show of Freaks and Oddities and the Side Show Bar that will bring guests up close into the grotesque world of freaks.


The Ringmaster, The Captain and their band of spirits including Samuel the Savage, Graceful Gale, Half-Hatch Henry and Scary Mary will be joined by over 200 grizzly monsters and ghouls that will be plotting terrifying tricks and treats throughout the season of fear. Dark Harbor’s signature haunts Deadrise, Soulmate, B340, Circus and the Voodoo Village will be wrought with more horrific monsters than ever before.

Dark Harbor brings the true torrid tales of The Queen Mary to life, offering one of the most authentically terrifying experiences available. The annual event begins October 1 and continues to inflict fear on select dates through November 1. Ticket prices start at just $20 online, with Fast Fright, VIP Passes, and lodging packages available. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit

Credit: The Queen Mary.

Are YOU ready for Halloween?

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New Features at 7th Annual LA Printers Fair @ The International Printing Museum, Carson , CA Sat. Oct. 3rd 2015

7th Annual LA Printers Fair,  Sat. Oct. 3rd, 2015  10:00 am to 4:00 pm
at The International Printing Museum
315 W. Torrance Blvd, Carson, CA 90745   310-515-7166  
Admission is $10  Kids under 12 yrs $5
Come and peruse a wide range of vendors of Paper, Ink & Graphic Arts, Rare Books,
Printing Presses and Equipment on sale. The Printers Fair showcases the art of letterpress printing and paper in historical and contemporary forms.
Vendors items include book arts, letterpress printing, paper, printmaking, handmade announcements & invitations, posters, limited edition books and more. There will also be “The Largest Letterpress Swap Meet in the West” with letterpress supplies, wood and metal type, ink and presses including Windmills, platens and rare Vandercooks. Printing demonstrations and tours for visitors throughout the day in the Museum’s galleries!
NEW THIS YEAR!!!  3-D PRINTING DEMO! Also various artists from the LA Printmaking Society demonstrating a variety of printing techniques as well as guest artist Master Paper Maker Colin Browne putting a modern edge on the ancient Art of Papermaking….circle that date and come to the Fair!!
Ample free parking. 
For tickets and vendor information go to:
Credit: The International Printing Museum.