Entertainment » Vol. 17

For the Grandkids

By Lynn N. Capri and Joseph Anthony

Zoobies Introduces 3 New Fun and Cuddly Characters!

With the celebration of their three year anniversary, Zoobies is releasing three new friends that are sure to delight kids everywhere. Debuted at the New York City Toy fair last week, new to the collection are Poco the Pup, Patch the Pony, and Furbie the Feline.

zbs_poco_pupZoobies are one of the most innovative and fastest growing plush animal phenomenon on the market. Their three-in-one design makes it possible for kids to bring their favorite stuffed animal, blanket, and pillow on trips, to sleepovers, or just around the house. The cute and cuddly plush animal becomes a comfy pillow by unfastening the velcro latches, and a cozy blanket unfolds from the zippered pouch found on the belly of the animal. While other toys on the market can turn from stuffed animal to pillow or are blankets featuring plush animal heads, no other product has the versatility of Zoobies.

Brothers and creators Reid and JC Smoot decided to take their customers desires to heart when creating the three new additions to the Zoobie line. Poco the Pup, Patch the Pony, and Furbie the Feline are based on the top three requested animals and will make fun new additions to any Zoobie lover’s family.

Not interested in the common animal? There is a Zoobie for everyone. Choose from collections such as Safari, Bug, and Wildlife. Their bright colors, soft textures, and adorable designs are a hit with kids and babies who love to snuggle.

Also in store for the new year are several more licensed Zoobie and book combo sets. After the success of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which sold out in only five business days, they have decided to release combos featuring Peter Rabbit, Paddington, Oliva, and Spot.

Zoobies are made with parents as well as kids in mind. All products are created to CPSIA standards–meaning they don’t use chemicals or materials that could be harmful to children. Their superior quality craftsmanship can be traced to their diligence in monitoring production at the factory, and their outstanding customer service comes from their dedication to making sure every order is properly fulfilled, on-time, and consistent.

In the last three years Zoobies has grown internationally and now distributes to 60 countries, as well as adding nearly 2,500 stores in the US. Zoobies have won over 40 industry awards including the iParenting Media Award, the Green Parents’ List Award, and the Creative Child Product of the Year Award, and have been featured in print publications such as Entrepreneur, Parenting, and Redbook.


A Town Called Panic

A town Called Panic

A town Called Panic

Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar’s Panique au Village (A Town Called Panic) is a gleefully simplistic, frenetic stop-motion animated film about a group of toys who embark on a surreal journey when a birthday surprise for their friend goes horribly wrong.  There’s no real moral lesson to the story, but it’s creative, funny, and does not pander to the audience.  Younger viewers will be drawn to the talking animals and bright colors, and, since the film is subtitled in French, it’s a great way to introduce kids to the sound of a foreign language and to really watching a film to discover plot, character relationships, etc without the benefit of familiar words.  Although the Oscar-nominated film does seem to drag a bit towards the end, the crude but somehow delightfully fitting animation provides enough fun that the young ones may be captivated enough by the overall action and gaiety not to notice.  As the film’s tag-line says, “A Town Called Panic is zany, brainy, and altogether insane-y!”  This gem is oozing with cult possibilities for young and old alike.


Kitchen Appliances with Attitude: Check out the new lines of fun kitchen creations from Pop Art Toaster

5-in-1 Tasty baker

5-in-1 Tasty baker

Entice those picky young eaters with Pop Art Toaster’s newest Toy Story 5-in-1 Tasty Baker ~ and express your adult side with their delightfully sarcastic Morning Bytes toaster.

The 5-in-1 Tasty Baker by Pop Art Toaster is an ingenious way to create lasting memories of the family enjoying fun and creative snacks, desserts and meals. It’s fast, easy to clean, and bakes more than 5 delectable baked goods in shapes and designs that are irresistible to young eyes and tastebuds.

The Mickey 5-in-1 Tasty Baker brings the fun of the original Disney Mickey Mouse cast to the table. It’s able to bake six different kid-sized shapes: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, and Pluto. Bake any liquid batter into playfully shaped cakes, pancakes, waffles, quick-bread, muffins, donuts and even eggs! Kids won’t put up a fuss at mealtime when it means spending time (and then devouring!) their favorite characters.

Toy Story 3 is in theatres and of course it’s another huge hit, just like its predecessors.  Indulge the little ones’ imaginations and their stomachs with the Toy Story 5-in-1 Tasty Baker. Throw a Toy Story birthday party they’ll never forget, with individually sized cakes in the shapes of Buzz, Woody, Alien, Lotso, and Rex. The Tasty Baker cooks in one third the time of a conventional oven, leaving more time for enjoying the treats.

The Pop Art Toasters have had amazing feedback from parents and grandparents caring for autistic children, too.  Kids are more likely to be engaged in their meals and end up eating more of what’s on their plate. The cook book comes with delicious recipes and ideas for using the stencils in new ways. Spice up a hamburger bun with a fun image or put a smiley face on your pancakes.  Make healthy foods into shapes with the 5-in-1 Tasty Baker that will even get them eating whole wheat pancakes. Even gluten free recipes cook perfectly in the 5-in-1 Tasty Baker.


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