ALL EPISODES OF CHESPIRITO AVAILABLE DURING FESTIVAL INFANTIL
In time for summer break, the third annual edition of Festival Infantil just kicked off and it includes all the episodes of the family-favorite Chespirito and also of El Chavo Animado. Festival Infantil is a TV marathon where Xfinity TV users have an all-access pass to hundreds of hours of the best kids and family content and it runs till July 2. Popular shows and movies from networks such as Vme Kids, Univision, Kids Central, and Discovery Familia are also part of the marathon and they will be available through Xfinity On Demand and on-the-go through the Xfinity Stream TV app.
And what a better way to have kids practice their Spanish than to show them the most popular Latin-American comedy program from recent times. Check out this amazing video from Anima Estudios where they got together all the Chespirito characters played by Roberto Gómez Bolaños, the show’s creator, and present them in the best style of El Chavo Animado:
During Festival Infantil, you and your family can also enjoy:
Hundreds of hours of free movies and shows in Spanish including the family-favorite films Open Season, Stuart Little and Next Karate Kid from Cine Sony; Discovery Familia’s DOKI and Luna; Kids Central’s Fishtronaut, Franny’s Feet, and Dragon; Sprout’s Ruff-Ruff Tweet & Dave, Nina’s World and Terrific Trucks; and Vme Kid’s new show Louie plus favorites such as Tayo, Dougie se Disfraza, El Mundo de Rosie, and many more!
Premieres of two original Baby First en Español feature films, Harry y Su Gran Aventura en el Circo & Harry y Su Gran Conteo de Cumpleaños on the XLEC.
Also available during Festival Infantil (and throughout the entire year) is Xfinity’s Kids Zone, a destination provides a safe space for children to watch TV independently while parents can get peace of mind knowing the content has been deemed age-appropriate. The Kids Zone feature, a truly bicultural experience that is available in customers’ language of choice, also provides parents exclusive access to Common Sense Media’s age-based ratings and reviews in Spanish, directly on the TV.
On the surface, the young and beautiful Clara Barron (Karla Souza) seems to have everything- a great job as an OB-GYN; a great house in LA; and a big fun-loving Mexican family. But, the one thing Clara doesn’t have figured out is her love life. Pressured by a family wedding in Mexico, Clara asks a co-worker to pose as her boyfriend for the weekend festivities – only to be caught by surprise when her ex-boyfriend (and family favorite) suddenly shows up after disappearing from her life completely. Torn, Clara must decide between going back to the past or open her heart to new and unexpected possibilities. In an adventure full of laughter, she learns that sometimes it takes the whole crazy family to help you find crazy love.
Monday, February 13
HOUSTON – AMC Studio 30 – ELSIWMHOU
DALLAS – AMC NorthPark 15 – ELSIWMDAL
EL PASO – Cinemark Tinseltown USA and XD – ELSIWMELP
PHOENIX – AMC Westgate 20 – ELSIWMPHO
CHICAGO – AMC Showplace Cicero 14 – ELSIWMCHI
MIAMI – AMC Sunset Place 24 – ELSIWMMIA
NEW YORK – AMC Empire 25 – ELSIWMNYC
SAN DIEGO – AMC Mission Valley 20 – ELSIWMSD
LOS ANGELES – AMC Burbank 16 – ELSIWMLA
SAN JOSE – AMC Eastridge 15 – ELSIWMSF
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While supplies last. Once all allotted passes are redeemed, the code will no longer be valid. Supplies are limited. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Limit up to two (2) passes per person. Seating is first-come, first-serve basis. Employees of all promotional partners and their agencies are not eligible. Void where prohibited. Refer to screening pass for further restrictions. SEATING IS LIMITED, SO ARRIVE EARLY. PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE A SEAT AT THE SCREENING.
YOU’RE KILLING ME SUSANA, A ROMANTIC COMEDY STARRING GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER GAEL GARCÍA BERNAL TO BEGIN U.S. THEATRICAL RUN IN LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK ON FEBRUARY 17, 2017 AND EXPAND THEREAFTER
You’re Killing Me Susana (Me Estás Matando Susana), a romantic comedy from Mexico starring Golden Globe winning actor Gael García Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle, Neruda), will begin its U.S. theatrical run on February 17, 2017 in Los Angeles and New York and expanding thereafter to 10 additional cities. Hola Mexico Distribution will release the film here, following its 2016 premieres at the Guadalajara International, Chicago International and Mill Valley Film Festivals and its theatrical run in Mexico this past August. Produced and directed by Roberto Sneider (Tear This Heart Out) from a screenplay by Luis Camara and Sneider based on the novel Deserted Cities(Ciudades Desiertas) by José Agustín, the film co-stars Verónica Echegui, Ashley Grace, Jadyn Wong, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson and Adam Hurtig.
Samuel Douek, president of Hola Mexico Distribution, said, “We believe U.S. audiences who are fans of Gael from such films as The Motorcycle Diaries, Babel and No and more recently his TV series Mozart in the Jungle will love him in You’re Killing Me Susana(Me Estás Matando Susana), where he’s a charming rogue in the tradition of Hugh Grant in Bridget Jones’s DiaryandAbout a Boy. It’s a funny and entertaining date movie for adult filmgoers.”
In You’re Killing Me Susana (Me Estás Matando Susana) Bernal stars as Eligio, a narcissistic Mexico City soap opera actor who one day is shocked to discover that his wife Susana (Echegui) has picked up and left him without uttering a word. After learning that she has enrolled in a writing program at an Iowa university, he decides to go after her and persuade her to return to him. Arriving in what appears to be the middle of nowhere during a winter storm, Eligio feels like a fish out of water and is disappointed to find that Susana has already moved on with her life. Slowly it begins to dawn on him that it’s going to take a lot more than his usual boyish charisma and sweet talk to win her back.
About Hola Mexico Distribution
Hola Mexico Distribution seeks to bring some of the highest quality films from Mexico and Latin America to audiences across the United States. Established as the distribution arm of the Hola Mexico Film Festival after a successful theatrical run of the film East Side Sushi in 2015, Hola Mexico Distribution also distributed the Hola Mexico Tour in 2016, a traveling film festival featuring 10 of the best Mexican films from the 2016 Hola Mexico Film Festival in Los Angeles. Hola Mexico Distribution is set to release You’re Killing me Susana, starring Gael García Bernal, in February of 2017; and will soon unveil next year’s slate. For more information, visit: Hola Mexico Distribution
Hispanic Heritage Month is recognized annually in America from mid-September through mid-October. It is a month where recognition is given to all Hispanics living in this country, especially those who have made a positive impact and contribution to society while embracing their culture. With the increase of the Hispanic population in America and the generational growth we have seen that it has become difficult to keep our children grounded and maintain our traditions, values and cultures. Yet it is imperative for Hispanic families to instill in their children these traditions at an early age. As a proud Latina it is my diverse culture of which I am most proud of. It is this pride that I too will share with my children someday.
So how do we effortlessly pass on and instill our customs and traditions to our children? There’s various ways, but one of the first places to start is to inculcate the use of our language. Speaking to our children in Spanish at a young age will not only give them a competitive advantage in the long run, but it will organically immerse them into our culture. Nowadays, there are many tools that can help us really inculcate the use of Spanish in our homes – from bilingual books, to educational videos, mobile apps, and even Hollywood films. When it comes to movies, those that are dubbed in Spanish are a great resource. Learning to listen is essential to comprehending another language and by viewing a film in Spanish our children will absorb not only our culture but the language.
With that in mind, on October 14 Pantelion Films is releasing the animated film, La Leyenda Del Chupacabras. This film not only promises to entertain families from all over the United States, but also to be a good tool for our children in experiencing one of our culture’s well-known folktales in Spanish. The storyline follows the character of Leo and his friends as they embark on a new adventure and encounter the well-known mythical creature of El Chupacabras. Abandoned to their fate, Leo and the rebels must fight the El Chupacabras and escape the convent they are in. As Leo struggles to survive he will discover the secret behind El Chupacabras and will have to make the most difficult decision of his life. The film will be available in select cities with subtitles.
You can view the trailer here:
This film by Anima Studios is one of many animated series that focus on popular Latino folktales including La Leyenda De Las Momias and La Leyenda de la Llorona. These films are definitely a perfect tool to practice the use of Spanish language and also provide a look into our culture, plus they’re super cute!
What are other ways you instill the use of Spanish and your Hispanic background to your kids?
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Comcast’s annual Xfinity FreePass Latino gives customers a two week all-access pass, at no additional cost, to discover and re-watch hundreds of Hispanic movies. From September 26 through October 9, 2016 FreePass Latino will be available across all Xfinity platforms including, Xfinity On Demand, Xfinity.com/Latino and via the Xfinity Go app.
This year, Comcast has partnered with Pantelion Films, Hollywood’s first Latino studio, and will make available several of the most popular movies at no additional cost during the two weeks of FreePass Latino. These titles include the highest-grossing Spanish-language film of all time, Instructions Not Included; the first Spanish-language animated film to be widely released in the U.S., Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos; Casa de Mi Padre, featuring Gael Garcia Bernal and Will Ferrell; and Ladrones, starring telenovela superstars Fernando Colunga and Eduardo Yañez. And with the recent updates to Comcast’s state-of-the-art set-top box, the X1 platform, consumers can more easily navigate and access these films via the Voice Remote Control. This voice-activated feature allows consumers to simply say phrases in Spanish or English, like “Eugenio Derbez,” “Peliculas Mexicanas” or “Pantelion” and they will be taken to a screen with a list of all the appropriate titles associated with their request.
Don’t miss your chance at catching up with some of Pantelion Films’ best movies during this Hispanic Heritage Month. The following rental titles will be available to watch at no additional cost between September 26 and October 9 during Xfinity’s FreePass Latino. Find them under the “FreePass Tops Picks” folder.
ZOOMOO, THE WORLD’S FIRST INTERACTIVE KIDS CHANNEL DEVOTED ENTIRELY TO ANIMALS AND NATURE, NOW AVAILABLE IN THE U.S. EXCLUSIVELY ON DIRECTV
DIRECTV’S ONLY CHANNEL IN SPANISH FOR PRESCHOOL-AGE AUDIENCES ALREADY AVAILABLE IN 23 COUNTRIES WITH WORLDWIDE AUDIENCE OF 140+ MILLION
ZOOMOO CHANNEL AND FREE COMPANION ZOOMOO APP OFFER A FULLY INTERACTIVE MULTIPLATFORM EXPERIENCE
January 6 – 2106 – Following its highly successful launches in Mexico and throughout Latin America, ZooMoo, the world’s first children’s channel devoted entirely to animals and nature, is now available in the U.S. exclusively on DIRECTV, now part of the AT&T family. Available to nearly a million homes throughout the country, ZooMoo is now the only channel in Spanish for pre-school age children and their parents available to DIRECTV Spanish base package subscribers on channel 432.
Designed to foster a lifelong love for animals and nature through a safe and unique television experience that is both entertaining and educational for young viewers and parents alike, ZooMoo interweaves puppetry, animation, and the world’s best natural history footage available in HD to tell stories about the animal world.
The channel is complemented by a free downloadable App to provide a one of a kind multiplatform experience that allows ZooMoo channel viewers to automatically collect animals they encounter on the TV screen and bring them to life on their tablet or smart phone with games, music, puzzles and other activities.
Karin Simoncini, ZooMoo’s head of programming and production said, “As a Latina mom of young children I’m personally thrilled that we at ZooMoo are partnering with DIRECTV to bring ZooMoo to Spanish-speaking audiences in the United States, where today, according to Pew Research Center, there are nearly twice as many Hispanic preschoolers as non-Hispanics in the U.S. DIRECTV deserves to be commended for its commitment to offering this audience a fully interactive ‘all animals, all the time’ entertainment experience that will be educational and incredibly engaging.”
“DIRECTV is passionate about offering high quality children’s programming to its Spanish-speaking customers in the U.S.,” said Emma Brackett, vice president of Content and Programming, AT&T. “We’re proud to be the exclusive provider of ZooMoo and a leader in entertainment to audiences of all ages.”
The standalone revolutionary ZooMoo App, which when synced to the channel enhances the interactivity by also turning smartphones and tablets into an extension of the channel, was recognized earlier this year with a Parents’ Choice Approved Award Seal of Approval from the Choice Foundation in the United States. In bestowing the award, the Foundation lauded the ZooMoo App as “a safe, intuitively-designed and entertaining way for young children to learn facts about animals and habitats, as well as the importance of caring for them.” EducationalAppStore.com echoed a similar endorsement in its review calling the ZooMoo app “one the most professionally, thoughtful, intelligent apps out there…deeply engaging…edutainment in its finest form…cannot be recommended highly enough.”
ZooMoo was developed by its CEO and former president of Fox Networks Group, David Haslingden. In 2012 he identified a niche in the market for children’s channels. “ZooMoo was born out of research that indicated that preschool-age children are hardwired to be interested in animals – 80% of their dreams are about animals – and that if early on they don’t develop a sense of respect and caring for the natural environment they are at risk of never developing such attitudes. We saw a tremendous need to show children the wonders of the animal world and seized the opportunity to create a bespoke channel specifically for 3-6 year olds that unlike any other channel provides a foundation for lasting knowledge and growth by fostering the love and caring for animals and nature,” said Haslingden.
Supported by the rich tradition of natural history programming by international producers Beach House Pictures and NHNZ, ZooMoo is brought to life by a creative team personally assembled by Haslingden comprised of 45 producers, animators, graphic artists and computer programmers in dedicated production hubs including Mexico, New Zealand, China (Beijing), Singapore and Brazil.
Already seen in 23 countries with a worldwide audience of more than 140 million, ZooMoo’s programming comprises 7,000+ separate animal stories and more than 500 hours of original content. ZooMoo’s signature, wholly original animal stories have been scheduled into unique one hour blocks under a structure developed in consultation with a team of leading childhood learning specialists from New Zealand’s University of Otago led by Professor Jeff Smith, Ph.D.
ZooMoo’s leading cast consists of funny, furry puppet characters who help young children develop a knowledge and affection for animals, leading to a lifelong love of conservation, including:
· Flash, an engagingly good-natured photographer, dedicated, dependable and very charming, he is a keen adventurer with genial humor and a constant can-do attitude who explores the world and often ends up in unknown places in “Lost” and travels to different habitats to find out what animals are really thinking in “Look Who’s Talking?”
· Piglet, a high-energy blast of boundless, breathless enthusiasm, who invents amazing solutions in her awesome workshop and explores the planet in her “Adventure Machine.”
· Owl, who’s smart, wise, particular and slightly precious, as he guesses which animals Flash has sent him in “Download This!”
· Ninja Gorilla, who uses his astounding ninja super-powers to turn everyday objects into amazing balloon creations in “Ninja Pop.”
· Baby DJ, a little monkey with headphones, bling and a cheeky grin whose mission is to turn the tables on all things animal and get everyone up dancing.
ZooMoo’s U.S. operations are headed by Los Angeles-based General Manager Julio Sobral, a longtime Fox Networks Group executive, alongside Miami-based Marketing Manager Alvaro Krupkin, former director of creative services and production for Telemundo Cable Networks.
The ZooMoo channel made its worldwide debut in Brazil in September 2013. In September 2014, DIRECTV began offering ZooMoo to customers in Argentina, the Caribbean, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Uruguay.
X1 En Español: Xfinity Customers Can Now Access First-Ever Spanish-Language TV Interface
By: Javier Garcia
Today the majority of U.S. Hispanics consider themselves bicultural– with 55 percent identifying as a mix of both Latino and American. This is impacting the types of entertainment they watch in the home and according to Horowitz Research, it’s more about cultural relevance of programming than language. However, Spanish is still the predominant spoken language in bicultural homes, as it remains a component of family culture long after English proficiency is gained.
As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re making some changes to our next-generation X1 platform designed to offer bicultural Hispanics an immersive viewing experience centered on language choice and greater flexibility to discover and watch their favorite programming.
First and foremost, we’re thrilled to announce that the X1 interface is now available in both Spanish and English. This new experience lets our Latino customers find and discover their favorite programming in the language of their choice and helps bridge the content divide for millions of Spanish-speaking households within the Comcast service area.
And we’re not stopping there. When the interface is set to Spanish, our voice remote will soon be updated to recognize commands spoken in this language, so our Spanish-dominant customers can more easily navigate the guide and find programming. We’ve also added new features and filters within the guide, including one-touch access to turn on/off the SAP feed via the video toolbar, to help viewers more easily discover Spanish-language and SAP-enabled content available on Xfinity On Demand.
And just in time for the start of soccer season, we’ve significantly updated our X1 Sports app to track more soccer leagues and will soon add an “Extras” experience that allows soccer fans to follow the game and stay updated with all the latest in-depth stats and analysis right on the TV screen.
We are constantly innovating to build products and services that change the way people consume entertainment and communicate, and encourage our Latino customers to get in on the action today by accessing the programming of their choice, wherever and whenever they want, in whichever language they prefer.