Language-Learning Tools for Kids

Digital aids give toddlers an edge in Mandarin and other languages

The statistics supporting bilingual education are hard to argue with—improved problem-solving and social skills as well as higher test scores mean that foreign languages set kids up for success across the board. The sweet spot for second language acquisition comes early on, so exposure in the first few years is critical. While scouting this year’s New York Toy Fair, we came across several innovative companies …

Dirty Hands: The Art and Crimes of David Choe

The award-winning David Choe documentary now available on DVD

Now available on DVD for the first time, the biographical documentary “Dirty Hands: The Art and Crimes of David Choe” has been released through exclusive collaboration with Upper Playground. The painter, muralist, graffiti artist, and graphic novelist is best known for his unabashed personality and raw artwork that draws on his mental and physical desires—all of which make for an entertaining and captivating experience. Released …

Captain Planet and the Planeteers: Season 1

The DVD release of the '90s eco-superhero cartoon

Can you name the early ’90s TV show that featured appearances by Whoopi Goldberg, Martin Sheen, Meg Ryan, Malcolm McDowell, Phyllis Diller, Neil Patrick Harris, Danny Glover, Jeff Goldblum and Elizabeth Taylor? Pop-culture aficionados will recognize the line-up from “Captain Planet and the Planeteers,” a Saturday morning cartoon, conceived by Ted Turner in an attempt to marry environmentalism with superheroes. Only spanning a few seasons …

Oscilloscope DVD Subscription Giveaway

by Ariston Anderson Like a cheese-of-the-month club, Beastie Boy turned indie film mogul Adam Yauch's new subscription service delivers 10 new releases from his own Oscilloscope Laboratories to your doorstep over the course of a year. Calling it the "Circe of Trust," either you're in it or you're out when it comes to trusting the slightly off-center film distributor's lineup of films. "There's a real …

The Mighty Boosh DVDs

by Ariston Anderson Last month's release of the cult British show In season two, the setting shifts to a south London flat that serves as home base for the pair's regular adventures to faraway places, discovering the deep sea transexual Old Gregg, tracking down the infamous yeti, battling a demon grandmother and building a community of coconut people on an abandoned island. The final season …