Though it came out in theaters on the first day of autumn, Dolphin Tale’s heartwarming story of a little dolphin that could is still perfect entertainment in this season of caring and sharing (and for home viewing, the DVD is set to release on December 20). Based on the true story of Winter, a rescued dolphin that lost its tail due to injuries from a crab trap and then learned to swim with a special prosthesis, Dolphin Tale follows Winter’s rehabilitation at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and her inspiration in the life of a young boy named Sawyer. The young introvert finds a cause worth living for once he meets the resilient dolphin and learns to open up to others in his life as well.
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Whether you’re old enough to have seen it the first time in theaters (1994) or you’ve got grade-school-aged or older children who’ve never seen it before you're sure to enjoy the 3D version of The Lion King which has roared back to life after a special two-week engagement in theaters earlier this fall. Released on Blu-Ray and DVD shortly thereafter, the beloved Disney classic still crackles and pops with Academy Award-winning music (“Can You Feel the Love Tonight”) and the story of Simba, a young lion cub who’s sent into exile after his father is sabotaged. While the young hero searches for his destiny while waiting to be king, many creatures of the animal kingdom come alongside in friendship and song to help him reclaim his proper place.
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Though it released in theaters this past summer, this new story with timeless characters is now available on DVD. Kids of all ages will love the adorable Winnie the Pooh, a self-described bear of “very little brain” who’s always in search of the next pot of his beloved “huny.” Inspired by A.A. Milne’s children’s literary classics, Winnie the Pooh finds Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Owl, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo and Christopher Robin together again in Hundred Acre Wood. The adventure begins with a search for Eeyore’s lost tail. But soon, a misread note left on Christopher Robin’s door saying that he’ll be “Back soon” leads the animals to believe that he has been captured by a creature called a “Backson.” What to do? It’s a charming and fun quest that will bring the friends together as they learn to face their fears and help one another along life's journey.
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10. RIO

From the makers of the Ice Age films, Rio transports viewers to the sunny locale of Rio de Janeiro and the lush rainforest of Brazil. Released in theaters this past spring and now available on DVD, Rio comes to life with a star-studded cast (voice talents of Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan) telling the story of Blu, a macaw who thinks he’s the last of his kind. When he leaves the comforts of his cage in small-town Minnesota and heads to Rio, he soon meets his match in Jewel, a high-flying female who isn’t exactly impressed. But together they’ll soon embark on the adventure of a lifetime, filled with snappy 3D technology, engaging musical sequences and plenty of offbeat humor to keep kids and parents entertained.
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