September 6, 2012 |
The stop-motion action is nonstop and deliriously bent in "Toys in the Attic," a 2009 Czech feature that has been retrofitted with an English-language voice cast led by Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack and Cary Elwes. Jiri Barta's blend of live action and handmade and computer effects puts a "Toy Story" slant on "The Perils of Pauline" by way of "1984" and any number of dystopian nightmares. But the plot is the least of it in a film whose transporting aesthetic is a tattered brocade of industrial grunge and oldfangled whimsy.
November 16, 1999 |
Teacher Leelee Chou, 27, flipped through the catalog and saw a part of childhood she had missed--a Korean doll in traditional hanbok dress. Chou, whose ancestry is half-Chinese and half-Korean, grew up in an upper-middle-class white neighborhood in Upland. "As a kid, I played with Barbies. It was subliminally ingrained in me that this was beauty. This was to be valued.
April 5, 2012 |
McDonald's Corp. can keep selling Happy Meals with toys to California children after a San Francisco judge threw out a proposed class-action lawsuit seeking to ban the practice in the state. The Center for Science in the Public Interest said it will discuss with its co-plaintiff - a California mother - whether to appeal. The group did not seek damages for its fellow plaintiff, though it alleged that she “suffered a monetary loss” because of McDonald's toy-marketing ways.
January 7, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS -- Fisher-Price is saying "game on" for kids exploring the nexus between virtual and physical play as it furthers its entry into that golden in-between space. Running from about $20 to $50, its new age-appropriate line of Apptivity products for kids from infant to preschoolers include, essentially, Otterbox-infused cases that are both kid-proof and kid-friendly and related activity apps. Although calling them cases really doesn't quite do them justice. FULL COVERAGE: CES 2013 For the tiny techie, there are six new interactive nursery rhyme apps that can be used in conjunction with the Laugh & Learn Apptivity Storybook Reader -- a sturdy hard-case, book-shaped cover that will turn the pages of the nursery rhyme app when opened.
June 26, 2009 |
A Los Angeles-area toy importer has agreed to pay a $665,000 fine for importing and selling toys with high levels of lead and for violating other federal child safety standards, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said. The commission announced Thursday that it had reached a settlement with OKK Trading Ltd. of the City of Commerce. The company's website says it is one of the nation's largest wholesale direct importers of dollar-store toys, stationery and seasonal merchandise.
August 18, 2009 |
A Los Angeles firm agreed to pay $31,500 to settle allegations that it imported and sold toys that were hazardous to young children, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said. TGH International Trading Inc. brought more than 11,000 toys into the U.S. from March 2005 to June 2006 that contained small parts that presented a choking hazard to children. Many of the hazardous toys were seized at the Port of Long Beach by federal officials before they could reach store shelves, the agency said, and those that did reach stores were recalled.
December 15, 1989 |
So here you sit. The Shopping-Days-Left-Till-Christmas countdown has reached single digits, and your list is still littered with blanks and question marks. And that's just the adults. You haven't even thought about all those kids yet, and you hate elbowing your way through those crowded toy store aisles. So here's the good news: Relax. No need to panic. It's not one of those years where there's one must-have toy. No Teddy Ruxpin. No ET. No Transformers. No Rubik's Cube.
November 8, 2011 |
This holiday season, Sears and Kmart are testing virtual shopping walls at malls to empower smartphone owners to buy toys on the go. The walls, which feature pictures of toys for sale from Sears and Kmart along with bar codes attached to each item, will be placed temporarily at select malls, bus shelters, subway stations, airports and movie theaters around the country. While waiting for a bus or browsing the mall this season, shoppers can scan a code with their smartphones to buy a particular toy right on their device.
November 22, 2013 |
Ellen DeGeneres and a few good men (and kids) braved whipping winds, frequently departing aircraft and the threat of rain Friday at Van Nuys Airport to symbolically load up a plane and kick off a Toys for Tots campaign partnered with Duracell, aiming to see as many as to 1 million batteries donated to needy kids this holiday season. "With Christmas, as you get older, it's about the joy you get from giving and seeing the reaction of the other person," she said Friday amid the volunteer corps of Marines and children.
April 6, 2008 |
About 122,000 Rock N Ride plush rocker toys, manufactured in China by Tek Nek Toys International, were recalled because the rocking base can be unstable, according to the Texas-based company and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. For more information, call (888) 686-2728.