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New Preschool DVD and Blu-ray Releases for November 2011

If you are looking for a holiday gift for your preschooler, November is the month to start (or finish) your holiday shopping. There are a ton of family-friendly movies hitting the market in the next few months, including some box-office blockbusters, animated favorites and even some old friends. Check out these preschool DVD and Blu-rays being released in November 2011.

All synopses and descriptions provided by studios.


Bye-Bye, Pacifier! Big Kid Stories with Elmo


Elmo shows preschoolers how to deal with difficult emotions and encourages them to learn new things in Bye Bye, Pacifier! Big Kid Stories with Elmo – helping kids through important milestones such as giving up a pacifier, learning to ride a tricycle and getting a first haircut.

Bye Bye, Pacifier! Big Kid Stories with Elmo provides young children with encouragement, comfort and laughs on their journey to becoming a “big kid.” Featuring three stories that every child and parent can relate to, including a tale from Elmo on how he gave up his binky, this DVD will help kids feel confident in saying goodbye to their pacifiers too! Additionally, the DVD contains all-new animated content and Elmo belts out a brand new tune entitled “Big Kid Too.” DVD extras include a 19-page PDF story and activity book and the classic clip “Proud.”
  • Run time: 50 mins
  • Release date: November 1
  • Studio: Sesame Street
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Cars 2


Star racecar Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship to exciting new places in 'Cars 2' when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world's fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. Torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret spy mission, Mater's action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world. Adding to the fast-paced fun is a colorful new all-car cast that includes secret agents, menacing villains and international racing competitors.
  • Run time: 106 mins. + extras
  • Release date: November 1
  • Studio: Disney/Pixar
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Toy Story Trilogy


For the first time ever, experience the entire Toy Story trilogy in one 10-disc Blu-ray Combo Package! Relive the magic of all three films -- from the moment Woody met Buzz to the warm and wonderful conclusion of their adventure with Andy. Features the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris),John Ratzenberger, Wallace Shawn, Ned Beatty and more.
  • Release date: November 1
  • Studio: Disney/Pixar
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G-Force


TBuckle up for thrilling edge-of-your-seat action and laugh-out-loud fun in Disney’s family comedy adventure G-Force. Just as the G-Force — an elite team of highly trained guinea pigs — is about to save the world, the F.B.I. shuts the secret unit down. But these next-generation action heroes — Darwin, loyal team leader; Blaster, weapons expert with attitude to spare; Juarez, drop-dead gorgeous martial arts diva; and tag-along Hurley — won’t be stopped. Armed with the latest in high-tech spy equipment, and with the F.B.I. on their tails, the fur flies as they race against the clock to save the world.
  • Run time: 88 minutes
  • Studio: Walt Disney
  • Release date: November 8
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Meet The Robinsons


Brace yourself for an eye-popping new dimension of imagination and surprises when Disney's fun-filled family adventure blasts off the screen and touches down in your living room. Get ready to Meet the Robinsons -- in amazing Disney 3D! Join Lewis, a brilliant young inventor who sets off on a time-traveling quest to save the future and find the family he never knew. With the help of the wonderfully wacky Robinson family, Lewis learns to keep moving forward and never stop believing in himself. Experience this futuristic funfest as it leaps to life right before your eyes!
  • Run time: 95 mins. + extras
  • Walt Disney Video
  • Release date: November 8
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Dreamworks Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury/Book of Dragons Double Pack


The Dragons are back in the exciting next chapter to the Academy Award®-nominated film, DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon. The epic story of Hiccup and Toothless continues as they take flight in a thrilling, all-new adventure to discover an island of never-before-seen dragons. Explosive action and fire-breathing excitement collide in this exhilarating story. Includes: DreamWorks Dragons: Book of Dragons and DreamWorks Dragons: Online Video Game.
  • Release date: November 15
  • Studio: Dreamworks
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Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas Special Edition


ICelebrate the most magical time of the year with this Special Edition of the irresistible holiday classic inspired by Disney's Academy Award(R)-winnng masterpiece, Beauty And The Beast (1991: Winner -- Best Song, Best Original Score; nominated for Best Picture). Share the wonder as Mrs. Potts (Angela Lansbury) recounts another "tale as old as time" about a Christmas past that almost wasn't -- thanks to the scheming of former court composer Forte (Tim Curry), now a gloomy, holiday-hating pipe organ, determined to keep Belle and Beast apart forever. Only a true Christmas musical could possibly thwart his dastardly plans. Reuniting the original voice cast, this spectacular gem sparkles with exciting bonus features, delightful songs, spellbinding visuals, and enduring themes of hope, friendship and love.
  • Run time: 72 minutes + extras
  • Release date: November 22
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
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Chicken Little 3D


Experience a fantastic world of action and adventure in Disney's hilarious egg-stravaganza, Chicken Little. Bursting with laughs, this "perfect family film" (Access Hollywood) soars higher than ever in this breathtaking new format! When the sky really is falling and sanity has flown the coop, who will rise to save the day? Be part of the excitement as Chicken Little and his hysterical band of misfit friends hatch a plan to save the planet from alien invasion.
  • Run time: 81 minutes plus extras
  • Walt Disney Home Video
  • Release date: November 8
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Dora the Explorer: Dora Celebrates Three-Pack


Enjoy all of Dora’s favorite holidays and fiestas in this new three-DVD box set, Dora the Explorer: Celebrate with Dora. The special box set includes Dora’s Christmas!, Dora’s Halloween and Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure, all in one gift-able collection!
  • Run time: 291 minutes
  • Nickelodeon Home Video
  • Release date: November 15
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Horton Hears a Who


Horton, a big-hearted elephant, tries to protect tiny people of Whoville who live on a speck of dust and only he can hear. Based on the popular book by Dr. Seuss.

  • Run time: 26 minutes
  • Warner Home Video
  • Release date: November 22
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Ice Age: a Mammoth Christmas


Have you herd the news? Your favorite sub-zero heroes are back in a holiday adventure for the whole family! When Sid accidentally destroys Manny's heirloom Christmas rock and ends up on Santa's "naughty list," he leads a hilarious quest to the North Pole to make things right and ends up making things much worse. Now it's up to Manny and his prehistoric posse to band together and save Christmas for the entire world!
  • Run time: 26 mins. + extras
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • Release date: November 26
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