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Rumble: The Art and Making of the Movie | The Addams Family 2 Blu-ray | Pokémon X Converse
Rumble: The Art and Making of the Movie | The Addams Family 2 Blu-ray | Pokémon X Converse

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Stuff We Love: A Li’l Post-Holiday Retail Therapy

The Addams Family 2 Blu-ray

Back in a Snap: Everyone’s favorite spooky family is back in a cursed cross-country adventure! MGM and BRON Creative’s The Addams Family 2 finds Morticia (Charlize Theron) and Gomez (Oscar Isaac) distraught by a growing distance from their growing children and decide to hit the road with Wednesday (Chloë Grace Moretz), Pugsley (Javon Walton), Uncle Fester (Nick Kroll) and the whole gang crammed in their haunted camper for one more miserable family vacation. Blu-ray bonuses include the featurettes “We’re Altogether Addams,” “Courage to Be Kooky” and the “Road Trip Checklist.” Available Jan. 18. (Universal, $25)

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Tower of God: The Complete Season

Anime Ascension: “At the top of the tower exists everything in this world, and all of it can be yours. You can become a god.” … So opens the premise of Tower of God, the Crunchyroll Original adaptation of the popular WEBTOON tale about a girl named Rachel who climbed the tower in order to see the stars, and Bam, the boy who needed nothing but her. The complete series Blu-ray packs 13 episodes onto two discs in both English and Japanese audio, plus promos, trailers and an exclusive poster. Available Jan. 18. (WB, $45)

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Rumble: The Art and Making of the Movie

From Page to Monster Wrestling Ring: Climb over the ropes and prepare to get body slammed by the animation artistry behind Paramount’s new animated feature with Rumble: The Art and Making of the Movie. Featuring exclusive commentary from the creative team, plus a foreword written by voice star Terry Crews, this no-holds-barred collection of sketches, concept art, storyboards and stills will give you captivating insights into the creative process, guided by Noela Hueso (The Art of the Croods). (Titan Books, $40)

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Monster on the Hill (Expanded Edition)

Plus, IDW imprint Top Shelf has issued a 200-page, full-color softcover Expanded Edition for Rob Harrell’s graphic novel Monster on the Hill, which inspired the movie. The story is set in a fantastical 1860s England, where every township has its tourist-attracting monster — except for Stoker-on-Avon. It’s up to an eccentric doctor and plucky street urchin to give their local dumpy demon a monstrous makeover! The re-release includes a new 10-page epilogue. ($20)

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The Art of Czech Animation

Puppets & Politics: Admirers of Central & Eastern European animation auteurs know there is a lot to unpack behind the strangely powerful, beautiful and bizarre films of Trnka, Barta and Švankmajer. While audiences may intuit the emotional themes, author Adam Whybray (Univ. of Suffolk) offers a deeper dive in The Art of Czech Animation: A History of Political Dissent and Allegory — billed as the first comprehensive English-language account of the national animation scene from the 1920s to the present, with an emphasis on the films’ unique philosophical tradition. Available Jan. 27. (Bloomsbury Academic, $40)

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Poké Ball Chuck Taylor All Star

Gotta Catch ‘Em All! Celebrate 25 years of Pokémon with the new Converse collection, featuring limited edition footwear and apparel for the whole family. Available from select int’l retailers now, on converse.com U.S. Jan. 7. (Pictured: Poké Ball Chuck Taylor All Star.)

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Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan

Prism Pals: Inspired by Silly Symphonies and ’90s toon aesthetics, Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan is a family-friendly, accessible 2.5D adventure platformer which blends RPG, creature collecting and puzzle elements as players help Billy return color to a monochrome world. Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam and Nintendo Switch from Skybound Games. ($30)

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Inner Minion by Joya – Bob

For the Spoiled Sidekick: NYC-based design/scent studio Joya has reimagined Illumination’s iconic characters as a chic limited-edition candle collection, Inner Minion. Available in Kevin ($270), Stuart ($260) and Bob ($250, pictured), the beeswax candle carries notes of jasmine, cedar leaf, sweetwater, patchouli, amber, musk and a hint of banana. (joyastudio.com/hbx.com)

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