Monday, March 9, 2015

Family Movie Night with Russell Madness #RussellInsiders #FamilyMovieNight

This weekend, we had an extra special family movie night courtesy of Fox Home Entertainment. Russell Madness will be officially released  this week, but we got to get an early look at this fun film while enjoying tasty recipes from Minute Rice. Plus we had some ice cream for dessert! We're going to share our fun night, but first, here's a little info on the movie:

Get ready to “Russell!”  Fandango, the nation’s leading moviegoer destination, and Air Bud Entertainment are proud to announce an all-new movie from the creators of the beloved ‘Air Bud’ and ‘Buddies’ franchise -- RUSSELL MADNESS.  Debuting in theatres February 21, 2015 as part of the Fandango Family Screening Series, and on home entertainment in Spring 2015 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, the hilarious, all-new family adventure is the first feature film from newly-launched Air Bud Entertainment, the creative force behind the #1 live-action, direct-to-video movies in the family category.  The exciting action-packed adventure introduces ‘Russell,’ an adorable TALKING Jack Russell Terrier who accidentally becomes a professional wrestling superstar, on the way to discovering the true power…of family.   The official RUSSELL MADNESS movie trailer launched today and can be viewed at:
RUSSELL MADNESS stars John Ratzenberger (‘Toy Story,’ ‘Cars,’ TV’s Cheers), Fred Willard (TV’s Modern Family) David Milchard (TV’s Convos with my 2-Year Old), Mason Vale Cotton (TV’s Mad Men and Desperate Housewives), McKenna Grace (TV’s Crash and Burn and The Young and the Restless) and John Hennigan (former WWE star) along with the voices of talking animal stars including Will Sasso (TV’s ‘MadTV’ and ‘The Three Stooges’) and Sean Giambrone (TV’s The Goldbergs).  RUSSELL MADNESS is directed by ‘Air Bud’ and ‘Buddies’ veterans Robert Vince, written and produced by Robert Vince and Anna McRoberts.

We started out evening with a nice Super Easy Tuna Casserole using out Minute White Rice. This is the recipe we used, compliments of Minute Rice.


1 can (10 3/4 oz.) condensed cream of mushroom soup
2 cups milk
1 cup frozen peas
2 cups Minute® White Rice, uncooked
2 cans (6 oz. each) tuna fish, drained and flaked
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded


  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix soup, milk and peas in medium saucepan. Bring to boil on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Add rice and tuna; mix lightly. Spoon into 2-quart casserole dish; sprinkle with cheese.
  • Bake 20 minutes or until heated through.
  • Substitute 1 package (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry, for the peas.

Once dinner was over, we had some ice cream. We really wanted to run to Cold Stone Creamery, but we discovered the only local store doesn't open until May (this happens a lot in a seasonal tourist town), so we had to settle for some other ice cream as we sat down to watch the film. However, we will definitely be running out to get a Hunk's Banana Split Decision as soon as they open on Memorial Weekend! If yours is open, you can grab a coupon for $2 off the DVD or Blu-ray!

Russell Madness is a really cute film loaded with lots of laughs and a little adventure. It's a great family film that fans of wrestling are really going to enjoy, but its also a great choice for animal lovers. The movie starts out with a family trying to open up an old wrestling ring. In the midst of a match, a dog named Russell wonders in and takes down a big wrestler. Things get even more interesting when the dog has a talking monkey named Hunk for a manager.

 Things get a little hairy when a promoter tries to con the family out of their livelihood, and the whole team has to pull together to save the day. This is a great kid's movie. My  kids range in age from three to fourteen, and they all enjoyed it. It's definitely a great choice for family movie night, and highly recommended. Grab a copy for yourself in stores nationwide or online at Amazon.