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🎬🎶MAKING MUSIC! | Ozomatli | PBS KIDS

October 19, 2019 | Articles, Blog | No Comments

🎬🎶MAKING MUSIC! | Ozomatli | PBS KIDS


– We are Ozomatli! – And you’re watching PBS
KIDS Rocks, Behind the Scenes. (trumpet blows) (drums beating) (saxophone tuning) – Okay! Here we go. Four, three, two, one. (exciting music) ♪ How tall are you ♪ ♪ How high can you jump ♪ ♪ How much do you weigh ♪ ♪ How fast can you run ♪ ♪ If you need to answer ♪ ♪ All of these questions ♪ ♪ Measure it ♪ ♪ Here are some suggestions ♪ ♪ Use a ruler and see
how tall you are ♪ – For us the song
writing process has always been
really collaborative. We create grooves, we throw
them out to each other, we see who responds. – There’s a collaborative
process between, you know, everybody in the band as
well as the people at PBS. And some of the ideas
actually came from PBS. Are you faster than a turtle, I remember that one coming back. So we put it in the song. ♪ Can you run faster
than a turtle ♪ ♪ Turtle, turtle ♪ ♪ Measure it ♪ (claps) – That’s fun. – Being that we’re so
many guys in the band, we’ve always had to
understand that the collective and the whole is so
much more important than just the individual parts. – One of the thing
that keeps us together is our love of music. (upbeat music) ♪ What do great apes and
humans have in common ♪ ♪ Opposable thumbs ♪ ♪ Our fingers are
opposite from and ♪ ♪ Touch the thumb ♪ ♪ Opposable thumbs ♪ ♪ If you text, throw
something to me ♪ – [Raul] Writing for a younger
audience really allows you to kind of get to
different characters. I think for us it puts you in
perspective of being young. – [Wil-Dog] We learn
so much from doing it, it’s like I don’t
even remember learning about opposable thumbs. (laughs) You know, like who
has opposable thumbs? Oh, it’s only apes
and us, that’s it. – [Jiro] And that’s the
way the song starts. ♪ The list goes
on and on and on ♪ ♪ What do great apes and
humans have in common ♪ ♪ Opposable thumbs ♪ ♪ We can bend ’em,
stretch ’em, snap ’em ♪ ♪ They’re awesome ♪ ♪ Opposable thumbs ♪ (production clatter) – Writing music for PBS
KIDS was a great experience for us as a band. We had never really
written music for kids and so it kind of opened a
door for us into that world. – [Producer] Four,
three, two, one! ♪ We’re talking pronouns ♪ ♪ We’re talking pronouns ♪ ♪ Pronouns, him ♪ ♪ Pronouns, us ♪ ♪ He, them, we, she, us and it ♪ ♪ Are pronouns ♪ ♪ So let me explain ♪ ♪ It’ll take thirty seconds ♪ ♪ To play this game ♪ – It’s interesting
how once the melody and the message,
it’s put to music, it not only makes the
lesson go a little deeper in your brain but it
kind of like, makes it, kind of stick there for a while. ♪ Play with him and her ♪ ♪ I mean Buddy and Tiny ♪ – There’s lessons that I
learned in elementary school that were in the melody
of a song, you know, that it just sticks. – The ABC song is a
perfect example of that. The melody, rhythm, and
it’s like everybody knows the ABC’s. ♪ The pronoun sound is
the name of the game ♪ ♪ We’re talking pronouns ♪ ♪ We’re talking pronouns ♪ ♪ Pronouns ♪ (crew cheers) – [Announcer] Check out
more Ozomatli music videos on the PBS KIDS YouTube channel and the PBS KIDS video app.

🎬🎶MAKING MUSIC! | Weepies | PBS KIDS

October 11, 2019 | Articles, Blog | No Comments

🎬🎶MAKING MUSIC! | Weepies | PBS KIDS


– Hi! We’re The Weepies. – And this is PBS Kids
Rocks Behind the Scenes. (guitar strumming) (laughs) (drumbeat music) – I could’ve been a drummer. – 3, 2, 1. (upbeat drum music) ♪ Navigation ♪ ♪ Gets you where you wanna go. ♪ ♪ Navigation ♪ ♪ It’s how you find
your way back home. ♪ – [Deb] When we were
provided the opportunity to write for PBS Kids Rocks, it was important for
us to write songs that weren’t just teaching at. ♪ How do you find your way
back home from school ♪ ♪ Go past the blue house ♪ ♪ And through the park ♪ ♪ That’s navigation ♪ – It was a great opportunity to try to pass information
along in a form we know. The reason we’re excited
about “Navigation,” is it seemed an
obvious question, that we couldn’t answer. What is navigation? And I think Deb might’ve said, ♪ It’s how you find
your way back home ♪ And it wrote itself after that. Deb came up with a great riff. And anytime that Deb comes
up with a great riff, I pretty much, I say that was a good days work. ♪ Navigation ♪ – Nice. Great! Good! – What do you need? – Yeah, yeah! – More zazzle? – More zazzle! More pizazzle! – Pizazzle, that’ll work! We have kids ourselves and we sing to them. – They love music! And they’ll tell us if
they like something. – They’re the most
honest critics. – Yeah. – That have ever been. The honesty on kids faces often is easier to
gauge how you’re doing. That was it! Excellent job! Thanks! ♪ Oooh, gravity always
brings me down ♪ ♪ Whoah! ♪ ♪ Gravity always
brings me down ♪ ♪ Drop a cup ♪ ♪ Drop a ball ♪ ♪ Drop your shoes
and they will fall ♪ ♪ Something pulls
them down, you see ♪ ♪ And that force
is called gravity ♪ – [Steve] We actually
wrote two songs for gravity and the first one
was so technical. And also, I got it
wrong evidently. And the second one was
Gravity Always Brings Me Down and I said, “Is that right?” I checked with the scientists. They were like,
“That’s correct!” And I was like, “Okay! We’ll go with that one!” ♪ You see what it does ♪ ♪ That’s why apples
fall from trees ♪ ♪ Why the rain
falls from above ♪ ♪ I wish I could
jump up to the moon ♪ ♪ But gravity keeps
me here in my room ♪ ♪ Gravity always
brings me down ♪ ♪ Oh, gravity always
brings me down ♪ – [Producer] Nice! Yeah, I think we got it! Cool! That’s great! – [Announcer] Check out
more Weepies music videos on the PBS Kids YouTube channel and the PBS Kids video app!

🎶MUSIC! | Gravity Always Brings Me Down | PBS KIDS


Three, two, one… ♪ Oh. ♪ ♪ Gravity always brings me
down. ♪ ♪ Woah. ♪ ♪ Gravity always brings me
down. ♪ ♪ Drop a cup. ♪ ♪ Drop a ball. ♪ ♪ Drop your shoes and they will
fall. ♪ ♪ Something pulls them down you
see, ♪ ♪ and that force is called
gravity. ♪ ♪ Gravity always brings me
down. ♪ ♪ Woah. ♪ ♪ Gravity always brings me
down. ♪ ♪ Gravity. ♪ ♪ But you can’t see but you see
what it does. ♪ ♪ That’s why apples fall from
trees, ♪ ♪ and why the rain falls from
above. ♪ ♪ I wish I could jump up to the
moon, ♪ ♪ but gravity keeps me here in
my room. ♪ ♪ Gravity always brings me
down. ♪ ♪ Woah. ♪ ♪ Gravity always brings me
down. ♪

Order of War review

October 7, 2019 | Articles, Blog | 100 Comments

Order of War review


Order of War for the PC review Here’s something you don’t see every day, Square Enix making a World War II strategy game which covers real historical events and not a role playing game which involves pointy eared characters in some fantasy land. Order of War focuses on the end of World War II and is set in the 40s as you push back the German Axis from France or play as the German army trying to repel the Red Army from the East. A couple of years back Company of Heroes did a good job of telling this story so how does this RTS shape up? Well it turns out that Square Enix seem to have made a rather good game. In typical RTS style you point and click your way around the map, swooping round the objectives as you command your soldiers, tanks and artillery to push forward and hold ground. You can also call in air strikes and bombing runs when the situation allows it and of course have to play to the strengths of the resources you’ve been given. For example, foot soldiers can launch surprise attacks on artillery by moving through the trees or can entrench themselves for better protection. I’m not very good at RTS games but it’s good to see the game also caters for players like me. In the early stages each level is divided up into smaller objectives and you’re shown exactly what to do. Your commander even sends in more troops if you’re running low. And if you need some thinking time you can pause the game and still give orders to your troops to get the upper hand. You can watch the action from above or zoom right in, and at the touch of a button the game goes into cinematic mode where you can see the fight in great detail. A nice touch indeed. The music is also excellent although the accents of your commanders can be a little over-the-top at times. With the single player campaigns and online and skirmish modes, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. If you’re a World War II boffin and you like your strategy games, then this one’s definitely worth a look. Order of War gets an excellent 8 out of 10. You’ve been watching a review from Gamesweasel If you want to get the show each week which includes video game reviews, news, previews, competitions and special features head over to gamesweasel.com for our video podcast Gamesweasel TV –

🎬🎶MAKING MUSIC! | Old Crow Medicine Show | PBS KIDS


– [Group] Hi, we’re
Old Crow Medicine Show. – And you’re watching,
PBS Kids Rocks, behind the scenes. (folk music) – [Man] Three, Two, One. ♪ When I go out
with my allowance ♪ ♪ I don’t spend it all at once ♪ ♪ Not on whiffle balls
or rubber snakes ♪ ♪ On pumpkin pie
or chocolate cake ♪ ♪ I slip it in my piggy bank ♪ ♪ Then count out every dime ♪ ♪ I can tell it all adds up ♪ ♪ I’ve got a mathematic mind ♪ – This project is been
so meaningful for us. A lot of our fans have kids now, so it’s really part of
other people’s families. And our audience is, it’s part
of their kid’s families now. ♪ My lucky stars I got
a mathematic mind ♪ ♪ I’ve got a mathematic mind ♪ ♪ I use math all the time ♪ – Gosh, why wouldn’t you
wanna make music for PBS kids? – Right.
– It’s one of the coolest programs to get to be apart of. – PBS for me growing up was my window into a world that
was outside my neighborhood. I remember sitting at home learning about kindness
and mindfulness from Mr. Rogers, learning
about counting from the Count. – The one I remember is.. one, two, three, four, five,
six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, 12.
– 10, 11, 12 – We’re kinda young at heart,
if you haven’t noticed. ♪ Mathematic mind ♪ (clapping) – Yeah! – I’ll kinda ham it up with him. – Yeah, yeah. – Throw it back to the camera.
– Either play it together or– – When Old Crow writes a song we think about traditions in country music that
we’re drawing from, and in rock & roll,
and in the blues. And then we make
our own kinda story. When we’re writing
songs for PBS Kids, we’ve been given an assignment, write a song about
the concept of zero. ♪ Stick me by you’re
favorite number ♪ ♪ And I’ll take you to the top ♪ ♪ That’s not to shabby ♪ ♪ No ♪ ♪ I’m worth a lot
more than they say ♪ ♪ Cause when it all adds up ♪ ♪ A little zero goes
a long, long way ♪ – So we wrote a song about
a little zero (laughing). It was so fun. – Five, four, three, two, one. (folk music) ♪ Oh I’m just a little zero ♪ ♪ Going nowhere by myself ♪ ♪ I’m just an empty circle ♪ ♪ Who needs a little help ♪ – Zero’s got the blues. He’s empty inside. But he’s infinite
at the same time. – We always loved the
underdog in this band, and in many ways we
kinda are the underdog. We just probably shouldn’t of
made it in the music business. – We’re the zero’s. Nashville’s full of big numbers, that we were put next to. ♪ Zero is the hero of the hour ♪ ♪ Whoever thought that
I had this kinda power ♪ ♪ I’m not just a little zero ♪ ♪ So come give me a shot ♪ ♪ Stick my by your
favorite number ♪ ♪ And I’ll take you to the top ♪ ♪ That’s not to shabby ♪ ♪ No ♪ ♪ I’m worth a lot
more than they say ♪ ♪ Cause when it all adds up ♪ ♪ A little zero goes
a long, long way ♪ (folk music) – [Director] Cut! Yeah! – [Narrator] Check out
more Old Crow Medicine Show music videos on the PBS
Kids YouTube channel, and the PBS Kids video app.

NATURE CAT | Brooks The Baltimore Oriole | PBS KIDS


Squeeks: Wohoo!
Hal: Yippie! Hooray! Nature Cat: Friends,
rabbits, country dogs. Lend me your-
Brooks: Ow!! Wait, you guys hear that? Brooks: Ow! Ow! Ow! Hal: Uh oh, baby, sounds
like someone’s hurt! What do we do, Nature Cat? Nature Cat: We must
help, of course! Come on gang! Brooks: Ootch! Oo! Ow! Ow! Ow! Nature Cat: Good morrow,
my avian friend. My name’s Nature Cat and these
are my esteemed colleagues, Squeeks, Daisy and Hal. Hal: Hi, little
birdie. I’m Hal! Is there anything
we can do to help? Brooks: Oh thanks Hal,
but I don’t think so. I’m Brooks, by the way. I’m a Baltimore Oriole,
if you were wondering. Hal: Thanks, I actually
was wondering, just then, that’s what I was
doing. Wondering. Squeeks: Ey yo Brooks, what’s
up with the wing, man? Brooks: (Sigh) Wouldn’t you know
it, I flew into one of those pesky windows. I couldn’t see the glass. We birds have such a terrible
time with window glass. Squeeks: Oh man,
that’s a total drag. What’cha think Dais? Daisy: One moment, please… Daisy: Okay…Brooks,
a few questions. Can you hold your
wing out like so? Brooks: No.
Daisy: Uh huh… And on a scale from 1 to
10, how bad is the pain? Brooks: Uh? 7? Daisy: A, 7, okaaaay.
Mmhm, mhm, mhm. Ohh. Nature Cat: What is it, doc? Daisy: In my professional
opinion you have hurt your wing. Brooks: How long before
I can fly again, Doc? With proper rest, I’d say you’ll be up and
flying in about, a few weeks. Brooks: A few weeks! I can’t wait that long! The days are getting shorter and the weather’s
beginning to change. I need to get to my
winter home in the south! Daisy: Well, you can
stay with me, Brooks. I have plenty of room. Brooks: Thanks Doc, but what
would I eat all winter? Squeeks: Well, how
about some…cheeese?! Check it out! I’ve got cheddar, and gouda, and Monterey
Jack, emmental, brie, and…for good measure
of course…a stracciatella. Brooks: Thanks Squeeks, but uh,
cheese is not really my thing. Hal: How about some of my extra
special, extra yummy bones? Brooks: Oooh, thanks, Hal. Eh, but I think I’ll pass. Nature Cat: But we just
put up the bird feeders and filled them to the
brim with bird seed. Won’t they help feed
you through the winter? Brooks: Awe, thanks guys. Bird feeders really
do help us birds. But, I eat insects, fruit
and nectar from flowers. And that food is harder
to find in the winter. That’s why I go south. It stays like summer
when it’s winter here, so I can find food
I like to eat. Brooks: Besides, it’s harder
for me to handle the cold. I’m not like my feathered
friend up there. Daisy: Oh, would you look
at that little cutie! Brooks: Cute?
Are you kidding? He’s awesome! Snow, ice, wind, hail! He can handle anything! Chickadees were
made for winter! Chickadee: You know me!
Tough as nails! Hrrr! Brooks: Yeah, for
the past few weeks I’ve been feasting on insects and fruit to get ready for
my long flight south. Need lots of extra energy to
build up my muscles and grow these flight feathers, see! Brooks: I’ve molted
away the old ones. Nature Cat: What
mean you by molted? Brooks: Oh you know, kinda like
how you shed your fur. Yeah, see these babies.
They’re brand, spanking new! Hal: Ooooo, they’re so new and
shiny and feathery and pretty and all at the same time! Brooks: Yeah but it’s no use. All my preparations
were for nothing. I’ll never fly South now. Brooks: Hey! Maybe
I don’t have to fly! Maybe, I can walk instead!
Yeah let’s see… (mumbles to himself) Brooks: …and it
will only take me… 15 years to walk
all the way there… Oh no, that’s not such
a good idea, after all! Daisy: Hang on, Brooks. Maybe I can find you
a bus to take ya South. Where did you say you’re
were headed again? Brooks: Honduras. Yeah that’s where I’ve been
going all these past few years. Nature Cat: Honduras? Not familiar with that town. Is it across the woods?

WET review

September 29, 2019 | Articles, Blog | 86 Comments

WET review


WET review for the X360 and PS3 As soon as you load up WET you know exactly what you’re getting in terms of style. If you’ve seen Kill Bill, Grindhouse or any other exploitation movie, the style is instantly obvious. The game even has a flashy film grain effect over it throughout which you can thankfully turn off in the menu so it doesn’t give you a headache. You play as Rubi Malone, a fixer who solves people’s problems. The pre-title action begins with you retrieving a heart in an ice box which is for some London geezer’s father. The afore-mentioned geezer then goes missing so you’re hired by “Mr New Heart” to go and find him. Of course, things aren’t that simple and you’re double-crossed, which leads to lots of shooting and stabbing people with your sword. Bethesda make a big deal about you being able to shoot doing acrobatics and if you’re jumping, sliding or running up walls when you shoot, the game slows down so you can target more than one bad guy at a time. As you gain XP you can then buy more upgrades that let you shoot whilst hanging off ledges and swinging off poles too. There are moments where you move through the levels and also arenas where you must destroy ‘spawn doors’ and collect multipliers whilst killing everyone in sight. And to mix things up a bit there’s even a couple of sections on the highways as you jump from car to car and shoot enemies who are shooting back at you. My problem is that I’ve just been spoiled by the intensely satisfying combat of the new Batman game. In comparison the combat here feels really clunky. It all goes a bit Max Payne as you jump around in slow-motion but for some reason the combat is rarely satisfying. Even slicing and dicing people at close range just doesn’t seem to feel like it ‘connects’. The platforming sections don’t seem to go that smoothly when you consider Rubi is a lithe young lady who should be able to string together her moves a bit more seamlessly. Presentation, however, will please fans of pulp movie genres. There’s a great soundtrack, good voice acting and some genuinely well scripted moments. It’s a pity the gameplay doesn’t live up to more recent 3rd-person action adventures. WET gets an average 5 out of 10. You’ve been watching a review from Gamesweasel If you want to get the show each week which includes video game reviews, news, previews, competitions and special features head over to gamesweasel.com for our video podcast Gamesweasel TV –

Molly of Denali | All-New Adventures! | PBS KIDS

September 26, 2019 | Articles, Blog | No Comments

Molly of Denali | All-New Adventures! | PBS KIDS


VO: Get ready for Alaska-sized
adventure on PBS Kids with Molly of Denali. MOLLY: We need to find out
what’s going on. VO: Molly’s on a mission. And with the village’s help, cutting edge -uh- technology, TRINI: What’s that? MOLLY: Grandpa’s phone? TRINI: How do you text? VO: and some help from her
friends, sort of, TOOEY: Mission accomplished! VO: every mission is an
adventure. Molly of Denali. All new adventures start Monday October 7th on PBS Kids and
the PBS Kids video app.

Mini Ninjas review

September 23, 2019 | Articles, Blog | 100 Comments

Mini Ninjas review


Mini Ninjas review for the X360, PS3, Wii and PC Just because a game’s for kids doesn’t mean it has to be hurriedly put together. Luckily, it seems that quite a bit of care and attention has gone into making Mini Ninjas which means kids are going to have a fair amount of fun with it. In the game, the land has been ravaged by violent storms and the leader of the town has sent his best ninjas one by one off to solve the problem. The problem is, they never came back so it’s up to Hiro, the youngest of the ninjas, to find his buddies and stop the terrible storms and the samurais from burning down the villages. Combat’s a simple case of hitting, blocking and stunning enemies if they choose to block you. You also have Kuju magic available which can be used to find secret shrines or fight enemies with fireballs or tornadoes. You can even possess the little animals around the land to sneak past samurais or even attack them. Hiro also has a big white hat which can be used to guard against arrows or as a boat. It’s all very cute and colourful and running about the land feels very fresh if you know what I mean. There’s also a fair amount of platform gaming as Hiro shimmies along ledges and balances on beams. Once you find your fellow ninjas you can then hot-swap them into the battle and use their abilities. There’s a big chap with a hammer called Tofu or something and a little girl with a flute amongst others. My problem with this game is, even though it’s for kids, it just feels a bit shallow and easy. Combat is rarely difficult unless you’re later in the game and haven’t levelled up enough so there’s no real sense of danger throughout the game. You sort of go through the motions; albeit very slick ones with tight controls and smooth graphics. It would also have been nice to have some extra 2 player game modes in there for more family fun. Still, it’s a good game and even though there’s swordplay, no-one dies. All the enemies you fight turn into frogs, rabbits and foxes etc when defeated. Aaaaaah bless! Mini Ninjas gets a good 6 out of 10. You’ve been watching a review from Gamesweasel If you want to get the show each week which includes video game reviews, news, previews, competitions and special features head over to gamesweasel.com for our video podcast Gamesweasel TV –