googlea875c0213e6e807d.html] Fandads: September 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

Viewing Vacation Pictures on my Television with the Amazon Fire TV #sponsored

Disclosure: The Fandads were provided with an Amazon Fire TV Stick for this post. Thanks to Amazon for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 

When I was younger, I would remember friends wanting to show me pictures of what they did on their summer vacations. I remember it being either an exciting thing or a tedious thing. Depending on where they went it was fun to look at their pictures, but imagine 4 or 5 people huddled around a photo album looking at printed pictures of different sizes. Come to think of it now, it wasn't that much fun to do.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Why my favorite part of Captain Underpants came after the movie finished

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with a copy of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie for review. All thoughts, opinions and laughs are our own. 

Back in the days when I used to work at Waldenbooks, getting the newest Captain Underpants book was a big deal. I remember children coming into the store with their parents excited to get the books and I would smile at the insanely hilarious titles of each book. Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets. Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wedgie Woman. Captain Underpants and Revolting Revenge of the Robo-Boxers. I think I was just as excited as these children when a book came out, but for me it was more about seeing the titles of these fun books.

Recently Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie was released on Blu-ray and my children and I could not wait to see it again. We were lucky enough to be invited to an advance screening of the movie and I think I was more excited than my children. My daughter has never read the books so she was not that interested in seeing the movie. I remember pointing the books out to her whenever we would go to a bookstore and she would just shrug. She wasn't interested in seeing a man run around in his underpants. I can tell you that that all changed after we saw the movie and now my daughter wants to read all of the Captain Underpants books.

If you are not familiar with the Captain Underpants books it is about two boys, George and Harold, who are the best of friends. The two are always causing mischief in school and together they make a comic book titled: Captain Underpants. The boys finally get caught one day and with the help of a hypnotizing ring they hypnotize their principal, Mr. Krupp, into believing that he is Captain Underpants.

The movie basically follows the first book and the third book in the series. The movie gives us the origin story of Captain Underpants and show us the deep friendship between George and Harold. This friendship is fantastic to see on the big screen. There are not that many movies that I can think of recently that shows the great friendship and love two boys can have for each other. Their friendship reminds me of friends that I had when I was younger. Friends that were inseparable and we would play from sun up until sun down. Harold and George brought me back to my childhood and that is one reason that I loved this movie.

The other reason I loved this movie came when the movie finished. No, I was not happy that it was over, it was one of the songs that played at the end that made the room a little dusty for me. I remember my friend Scotty from Dads Who Change Diapers mentioned it in a post about how the song "A Friend like You" by Andy Grammer struck a cord with him. I don't remember hearing the song at the screening we went to. I think we were rushing out to avoid a tantrum and probably just walked out as the credits started rolling.

When watching the movie at home with my children we watched it all the way to the end and when this song came on, I lost it a little. The great thing about Captain Underpants is not Captain Underpants, it is the friendship between George and Harold. These two boys have a friendship that I think most males had when they were younger. We all had that friend that we would hang out with 24/7 and never get tired of just being around them. It is refreshing to see a friendship like this in a movie where so many young eyes will be watching it.

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is a fun movie for the kids, but it also packs a lot of emotion and tells a great story about friendship.

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Lego Ninjago Movie Review

Disclaimer: The Fandads were invited to a screening of the LEGO Ninjago Movie, all thoughts, opinions and laughing are our own. 

Imagine if your father was an evil villain who was always trying to capture the city that you lived in. Now imagine that everyone knew that he was your father. Yeah, going to school would be a bit of a bummer with everyone scared of you and the high school cheer team creates a cheer especially for you. School wouldn't be the best place to be, but at least you have your small group of friends to cheer you up and help fight off your evil dad because you are ninjas.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Keeping the environment safe during SepticSmart Week

As a dad, there was one moment in both of my children’s lives that I was dreading and that was potty training. I mean, the concept of it sounds easy: take your child to the bathroom and have them sit on the toilet and viola, potty training is done. But is that ever really the case?

Hofbräuhaus Chicago is the place to celebrate Oktoberfest this year

Disclaimer: The Fandads were invited to attend the opening of Oktoberfest. All thoughts, opinions and full stomachs are our own. 

Last Friday the Fandads were invited to celebrate the beginning of Oktoberfest at Hofbräuhaus Chicago in Rosemont, IL. This is the second time that we were invited to this event and it was a lot of fun and let us tell you about it if you have never been.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

5 Wonder Woman Moments We can not wait to rewatch!

With the Wonder Woman movie coming out on Blu-ray today there are a few moments that my daughter and I can not wait to rewatch. I mean the entire movie is fantastic, but there are a few key scenes that stick out in our minds. Let us share them with you. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Hasbro takes over Providence at #HASCON

HASCON has come and gone and it seems like there was a great time had by all that experienced the 3-day event from Hasbro. While the Fandads were not able to attend, we do have some awesome news regarding upcoming Transformers exclusives and some great pictures from the event to share with you. Let's begin! 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Silicon Valley Season 4 Giveaway

Disclaimer: HBO is providing the Fandads with a DVD copy of Silicon Valley to giveaway to their readers in exchange for promoting the release of the new season. The Fandads will be sending the prize to the winners at the end of this contest.

I am not as computer savvy at the fellas on Silicon Valley, but I love watching all the hijinks that Richard and the crew of Pied Piper go through each and every week. If you have been following us here at Fandads, you know that we are fans of the show and have another opportunity for you to catch up with our latest giveaway. The fourth season of Silicon Valley, the “incredibly funny” (Uproxx), Emmy®-nominated HBO comedy series from Mike Judge and Alec Berg, will be available tomorrow on Blu-ray™ and DVD.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean Digital Giveaway #PiratesLife

Hey friends we have another fun giveaway for you this week and it involves pirates, zombie sharks and explosions. Have you guessed what movie it is? Yes, it's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell no Tales. So how can you win a digital copy of this movie? Keep reading to see how you can enter.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Hascon Final Scheduling is Released!

Last month we told you about an awesome event coming up with Hasbro and the final programming schedule has been released and it looks like it will be a great time! For those of you in the Providence, Rhode Island area make sure you try to make it to HASCON with your family. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Thoughts from the Son of Immigrants

The picture above is from a tree at the neighborhood park that was blown down during a windy rainstorm that hit the city not too long ago. As you can see, the tree was uprooted and the branches were broken as the once mighty tree now laid on its side waiting for the city to come and chop it up. So what does this tree have to do with anything parenting related? Let me tell you.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Wizard World 2017 in the Books

Disclaimer: The Fandads were given a pass to attend Wizard World Comic-Con. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Wizard World Comic-Con 2017 came and went and the Fandads were there on Sunday to take in as much as we could. I usually try to hit all days of the show, but this year I had prior engagements and could only attend Sunday's events. Even though it was only one day, my family and I took advantage of it and had some fun. Let me share some of the highlights with you.