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Disney’s Moana is available TODAY on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD

 

I have a confession to make. I can sing along to EVERY song on Disney’s Moana’s soundtrack. My boss downloaded it off iTunes and the kids we work with (kindergartners) request to listen to it EVERY DAY. They like to listen to it during playtime as well as nap/rest time.

My husband even likes a few of the songs from the soundtrack. After we saw the film in the theater he downloaded “How Far I’ll Go.” After we watched the film again he downloaded Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s song from the film, “You’re Welcome.”

Disney’s Moana is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.

Moana stars the voice talents of newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho as the voice of Moana, Dwayne Johnson as the voice of Maui, Temuera Morrison as Moana’s no-nonsense father, Chief Tui; Rachel House as Moana’s trusted Gramma Tala; and Nicole Scherzinger as Moana’s playful and strong-willed mother, Sina.

This film is AMAZING! I was in awe of it the first time I saw it. The story… the spectacular animation… the fun songs… it’s an all around great film.

Moana has always been attracted to the ocean, ever since she was a toddler. Something called her to the sea – even though her father, the chief, strictly forbid it. He said there is nothing but storms and dangers beyond their coral reef.

Moana was being groomed to take over the island one day as their new chief. Moana wanted to do what was right, and cared for her island’s people, but she couldn’t shake the feeling that the ocean was calling her.

With the help of her “crazy” grandmother, Moana learns that her people used to be sailors who’d travel the ocean looking for new lands. That all stopped after a demi-God named Maui stole a stone known as the “Heart of Te Fiti.” Ever since then bad things happen out in the sea, including a horrific fire/lava monster who wants nothing more than to get the Heart of Te Fiti.

The only way Moana can save her island from certain doom is to locate the demi-God Maui and have him return the Heart of Te Fiti to it’s rightful place.

Against her parent’s wishes Moana sets sail to find Maui and complete her quest to return the Heart of Te Fiti and restore peace and harmony to the ocean once again. This quest is easier said than done when Moana finds out just how un-helpful Maui can be.

On their journey the duo, along with Moana’s pet chicken, face many dangers including dangerous coconut people and a gigantic crab.

Will Moana be able to return the Heart of Te Fiti back to it’s rightful place and return people to the ocean again? Or will she fail her quest? To find out you nee to pick up or download Moana. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

The story line is wonderful. The characters are very likable. The songs are so infectious that you’ll find yourself singing along to them too.

I honestly cannot think of one negative thing about this film EXCEPT wee little ones might find the fire/lava monster a bit scary. Aside from that, this is an ideal family friendly movie that will appeal to all ages, both young and old.

The animation in this film is incredible. It’s so realistic! You’d swear you are going to get splash by ocean water as you are watching it – it looks THAT real. The Disney animators really outdid themselves on this amazing film.

Of course there are plenty of great bonus features worth checking out. I almost always recommend checking out the bonus features because you’ll learn to appreciate the film more, as well a learn some cool things you might have missed when you watched the film.

Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & Digital 3D/HD/SD:

  • Theatrical Short Film: “Inner Workings” – With introduction by the filmmakers, is the story of the internal struggle between a man’s pragmatic, logical side and his free-spirited, adventurous half. Created by a small team at Walt Disney Animation Studios in a unique, fast-paced style that blends CG and traditional hand-drawn animation, the short explores the importance of finding balance in daily life.
  • Maui Mini-Movie: “Gone Fishing” – When Maui decides it’s time to take charge of the ocean and catch his next meal, Moana must show him the error of his ways … with a little help from her friends!
  • Voice of the Islands – An in-depth look at how Pacific Island people and cultures inspired the filmmakers to create the story of “Moana.”
  • Things You Didn’t Know About …
    • Meet the stars of “Moana” in this dynamic Q&A featuring Dwayne Johnson, newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho, and famed animation directors Ron and John.
    • Meet the musical team behind “Moana” in this fascinating Q&A featuring Opetaia Foa‘i, Mark Mancina and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
  • Island Fashion – Find out how costume designer Neysa Bové took on the unique challenge of creating costumes using materials and techniques native to the islands of Oceania.
  • They Know the Way: Making the Music of “Moana” – Musicians Opetaia Foa‘I, Marc Mancina and Lin-Manuel Miranda take us on a personal journey through their involvement in the movie and how it changed their lives.
  • Fishing for Easter Eggs – Dive deep into the ocean and fish for the Easter Eggs hidden by the animators at Walt Disney Animation Studios.
  • The Elements of … – This series of four mini-docs explores the technical achievements behind some of the ground-breaking effects used in the film.
    • Mini Maui – Meet “Mini Maui,” Maui’s tattoo sidekick. Animated by legendary hand-drawn animator Eric Goldberg, we explore how the 2D world collides with CG animation to bring the demigod’s tattoos to life.
    • Water – In the movie, the ocean is a character. This piece explores how the water is given a personality, along with the technical feats of creating a believable ocean landscape farther than the eye can see.
    • Lava – Te Kā is a creature made of lava, smoke and fire. This piece dives into the challenges of making an animated creature of massive scale brought to fiery life by character, technical and effects animators.
    • Hair – One of the greatest technical achievements of the film was the animation of the beautiful, curly hair on Moana and Maui. Take a look at the hair-raising detail that goes into animating each strand, adding performance to the movie that has never been seen before.
  • Deleted Song: “Warrior Face” – With introduction by songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda.
  • Deleted Scenes – Ron and John introduce the following deleted scenes:  Race the Wind/Ties that Bind; Discussing Moana’s Future; Under the Sea; Grandmother’s Warning/Legend of Maui; Education of Moana; Father, Daughter, Boat; and Canoe Race.
  • Music Video: “How Far I’ll Go” – Performed by Alessia Cara.
  • “How Far I’ll Go Around the World” – Multi-language reel of the song “How Far I’ll Go.”
  • Audio Commentary – With directors Ron and John.

DVD:

  • Theatrical Short Film: “Inner Workings,” Music Video: “How Far I’ll Go” and Audio Commentary

The “Easter Egg” bonus feature was really interesting. The “Easter Eggs” are really hard to find but I did pick up on Sven from Tangled when he appeared in Moana. That was the only one. The other ones go by too quickly or are too tiny to notice. Kudos to those people who are able to pick them all out.

There are a lot of bonus features. I haven’t had the opportunity to watch them all, but I plan on it. I tend to skip commentary (I’m not a fan) but I do love all the behind the scenes features, deleted scenes and I found the “Things You Didn’t Know” feature fun too (it’s a Q&A with the cast and crew).

Moana is a must see film. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see it yet, I strongly recommend it.

Below you’ll find some movie related crafts for your enjoyment. Simply click on the image to save on to your computer and print out at your convenience.

Download Moana Island Crafts
Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Disney’s classic Pinocchio now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD

 

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I have always been a huge fan of Disney films, for as long as I can remember.

My mom always took me to see the the latest Disney film whenever one was released. I was also very fortunate that our local movie theater would play a different Disney film every week during summer vacation. That gave me the opportunity to see Disney films that were released before I was born on the big screen – classics like Snow White (1937), Fantasia (1940), Dumbo (1941) and Bambi (1942) – to name a few – on the big screen in the movie theater. I am forever grateful that my mom took me to see every single movie, every summer, until the theater closed down.

Another film I was fortunate to see in the theater was Pinocchio (1940).

To be honest, I cannot remember the last time I’ve seen Pinocchio. It might have been close to 30 years. I remember the story very well, I just can’t remember when the last time it was that I saw it.

Pinocchio is available TODAY on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download.

Pinocchio is the story of a wooden puppet who needs to prove himself in order to become a real boy.

The film stars out with Gepetto in his workshop. Gepetto creates toys, clocks and other items out of wood. One of his most favorite pieces is a puppet he named Pinocchio. Pinocchio is so realistic looking that Gepetto talks to him like he was a real boy.

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One night a Blue Fairy shows up at Gepetto’s shop while he is asleep and makes Pinocchio come alive. She tells Pinocchio that she can turn him into a real boy but only after he proves himself to be brave, truthful and unselfish.

In addition, she turns a vagabond cricket named Jimney into Pinocchio’s conscience to help him figure out what is right from wrong.

Gepetto awakens to find that Pinocchio has come to life, and he is over joyed.

Gepetto sends Pinocchio off to school and along the way he meets up with a no-good fox and cat who trick Pinocchio into going to work at a theater. From there Pinocchio is faced with one temptation after another, finding himself in bad situations.

All Pinocchio wants is to find his way back to Gepetto and do what it takes to become a real boy.

Will he make it back to his father? Will he ever prove to the Blue Fairy that he can be brave, truthful and unselfish? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Pinocchio. Look for it where ever movie are sold.

I was in awe of the film as I was watching it. It’s 77 years old – yet the animation is still stunning and wonderful. The film was just as magical as it was the first time I saw it.

I forgot how many songs came from this film including When You Wish Upon a Star, Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee and Give a Little Whistle

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There are some great bonus features also included.

Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere:

Walt’s Story Meetings: Pleasure Island – The Pleasure Island scene in “Pinocchio” had much more development than what is seen in the film. Join Pixar’s Pete Docter and Disney historian and author J.B. Kaufman as they explore artwork recently discovered in Disney’s animation research library revealing some of the attractions, gags and games, which Disney animators created for this iconic location of the film, that never made it on screen.

In Walt’s Words – “Pinocchio” – Hear Walt himself discuss the making of “Pinocchio” through archival recordings and interviews.

The Pinocchio Project: “When You Wish Upon a Star” – Music influencers Alex G, Tanner Patrick and JR Aquino from Disney’s Maker Studios, a global leader in short-form videos, gather in a creative workspace to create their rendition of the film’s signature song, “When You Wish Upon a Star,” and produce a fresh new music video.

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in “Poor Papa” – This recently restored and scored 1927 short features Oswald the Lucky Rabbit who gets multiple visits from the stork and is forced to attempt various methods to help stop the onslaught of baby deliveries.

Classic Bonus Features – These offerings from prior home entertainment releases include hours of bonus material, such as the making of “Pinocchio,” deleted scenes, sing-alongs, storyboards and theatrical trailers.

*Bonus features may vary by retailer

Back when these movies were being filmed, I’m sure they never considered making bonus content like today’s movies do. That is why I was pleasantly surprised to find so many wonderful bonus features with this film.

I LOVE all the background on this film, from found storyboards to hearing Walt Disney discuss the film in his own words. It’s great to know that all this material was saved for people to enjoy for years to come.

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in “Poor Papa” is also a fun bonus feature. It’s a “must see.” It will show you just how far along animation has come.

If you and your family are fans of Disney films, then adding Pinocchio is a must. This is a timeless classic that everyone can enjoy – both young and old alike.

Below are some fun craft projects you might want to try out in honor of the film’s release. I especially love the light up box one. I am going to make that one for sure.

Click on the images to retrieve the instructions and necessary info. to make each project.

Download Pinocchio Night Light Display
 

Download Pinocchio Handcrafted Wood Puppet
  Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Get ready for Disney’s 2017 movie slate

 

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I enjoy going to the movies with my family, or just with my husband (date night). There are several movies coming out this year that I am anxious to go and see, several of which are from Disney.

Check out the 2017 movie slate from Walt Disney Studios.

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March 17, 2017 – Beauty and the Beast (Walt Disney Studios)

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The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic Beauty and the Beast, a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

 

I cannot wait to see this film!!!!

I have to admit, when I first heard that Disney was making a live action version of this film I was a bit put off by the idea. After all, why try and re-do a masterpiece? It wasn’t until I saw the first teaser trailer that I quickly changed my tune. Now I cannot wait to see this film. It looks amazing!

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April 21, 2017 – Born in China (Disneynature)

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Narrated by John Krasinski (“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” NBC’s “The Office,” “Amazon’s “Jack Ryan”), Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure film “Born In China” takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. Following the stories of three animal families, the film transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film. A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey who feels displaced by his new baby sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard—an elusive animal rarely caught on camera—faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet. Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery, the film navigates China’s vast terrain—from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest—on the wings of red-crowned cranes, seamlessly tying the extraordinary tales together.

 

I love DisneyNature films. I’ve seen all of them (I even own most of them). They are incredibly beautiful films. They are very “eye opening” too. If you haven’t experienced a DisneyNature film yet, I would highly recommend it.

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May 5, 2017 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Marvel Studios)

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Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.

 

I loved the first film. I am looking forward to the next “volume” in the franchise.

Not only are the Guardian of the Galaxy films packed with action, they are also very funny.

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May 26, 2017 – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Walt Disney Studios)

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Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.

 

I can’t believe there is another film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. It’s been such a long time since the last film (2011). It looks like Captain Jack is up to his old tricks.

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June 16, 2017 – Cars 3 (Disney / Pixar)

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Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!

 

Cars is probably the only film my son ever wanted to see when he was little. He’s not a fan of movie theaters (he never has been) but when he was a little boy and saw the trailer for Cars in the movie theater he was super excited about it and would ask how long until the film came out until the day we took him.

The film looks so realistic now, based on the teaser trailer. We can’t wait to see it.

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November 3, 2017 – Thor: Ragnarok (Marvel Studios)

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In Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!

Thor: Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi and returns Chris Hemsworth starring as Thor and Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as Loki. They are joined by Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and Karl Urban, with Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins.

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November 22, 2017 – Coco (Disney / Pixar)

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Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist “Monsters University”) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”), Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017.

And… one of the biggest films I cannot wait to see…

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I am a HUGE Star Wars fan (two of our cats are named after Star Wars characters – Padmé and Anakin (“Annie” for short).

I am still saddened by the sudden passing of Carrie Fisher. I am curious to see how her role of General Organa is going to play out now that she is gone.

Seriously… I cannot wait for the new Star Wars film!

What Walt Disney Studios film (or films) mentioned in this post are you excited to see? Feel free to share your thought. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of site readers. Any opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Coming to theaters Earth Day 2017 – DisneyNature’s Born in China

 

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Coming to a theater near you on Earth Day, 2017 (April 21, 2017) is a new film from DisneyNature – Born in China.

Born in China is the seventh theatrical release for Disneynature. Other DisneyNature titles include Earth, Oceans, African Cats, Bears, Monkey Kingdom and Chimpanzee. The are among the top seven highest grossing feature-length nature films of all time. That’s pretty amazing. Based on trailer for Born in China, I have a feeling this film will join their ranks too.

Check out the trailer for yourself.

 

Here is a brief synopsis.

Narrated by John Krasinski (“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” NBC’s “The Office,” “Amazon’s “Jack Ryan”), Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure film “Born In China” takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. Following the stories of three animal families, the film transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film. A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey who feels displaced by his new baby sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard—an elusive animal rarely caught on camera—faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet. Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery, the film navigates China’s vast terrain—from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest—on the wings of red-crowned cranes, seamlessly tying the extraordinary tales together.

That baby Panda is SO CUTE!

I have seen all the other DisneyNature films and I have loved them all. I am super excited to see this film.

If you would like to learn more about this film, visit Nature.Disney.com/Born-in-China. You can also follow DisneyNature on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Tumbr and Instagram. You can also check out the hashtag #BorninChina on social media.

What do you think about this film? Are you planning to see it when it comes to a theater near you?

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of site readers. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Move Review: Disney’s The BFG

 

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Now available on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Download and Disney Anywhere is Disney’s The BFG. The “BFG” stands for “Big Friendly Giant.”

I am a fan of Roald Dahl’s work like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach and the Fantastic Mr. Fox. But to be honest, I have never heard of The BFG until I leaned that Disney had made a major motion picture based on the book. I looked up Dahl’s work and there are a lot of books I am unfamiliar with – in addition to The BFG.

The film was directed by the legendary Steven Spielberg. Dahl, Disney and Spielberg together in one project? This has to be good.

I admit when I first saw a teaser trailer for The BFG I was like “eh.” I didn’t seem that interesting. It wasn’t until I saw the full trailer that he film really caught my attention.

Here is the film’s theatrical trailer (remember, it’s now available for home viewing).

 

Wow! Just wow! This movie blew me away.

The BFG is the story of a young orphan girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) who lives in an orphanage in London.

One night she wakes up in the middle of the night. She peers outside the window and sees a giant figure on the street. Frightened, Sophie retreats to her bed. But it’s too late, the giant beast she witnessed outside saw her too. In fact, he reaches in the window and snatches Sophie.

Sophie finds herself in the clutches of not a beast – but a giant man (voiced by Mark Rylance). Giants have been known to eat people – especially children.

Sophie is brought back to his cave.

He introduces himself as Big Friendly Giant, but Sophie refers to him as BFG.

BFG doesn’t want to eat Sophie. Other giants eat children, but not him. Sophie also learns that she must stay with him because he can’t take any chances of her letting other people know that he exists.

Sophie learns that BFG has the ability to capture and release dreams from a magical pond.

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BFG is a harmless, friendly giant who, like Sophie, is lonely. They soon form a friendship and special bond with one another. It’s as if they are kindred spirits.

Their happiness is short lived when other giants who are bigger than BFG and very mean, find out that BFG is hiding a human. They want to find Sophie so that they can eat her.

BFG is able to hide Sophie from them, but for how long?

Sophie also learns that the other giants age BFG’s last human friend and that the giants are set on eating the children of London.

Sophie devises a plan to stop the other giants, but she needs the help of the Queen of England. She needs to convince the queen that such giants exist and that the people of London are in trouble before it’s too late.

Can Sophie and BFG stop the other giants from eating anymore people? Will anyone believe that giants exist – especially the Queen of England? To find out you need to pick up a (or download) a copy of  The BFG, now available where movie are sold.

I loved this film. I wasn’t sure if I would or not – but I did.

Visually, the film was amazing. I especially like how Sophie – played by an actual person – fit into the animated and computer generated background so seamlessly. It’s as if there was no line between reality and fantasy. It all fit together perfectly.

I love the friendship that formed between Sophie and BFG. As I said earlier, it was as if they were kindred spirits. I fell in love with BFG. He was such a kind and gentle soul. I want my own BFG! LOL!

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I would consider this a family friendly film. I think there is enough in this film to entertain and delight both young and old alike. Some scenes might be a bit scary or intense for little children, but for the most part I think this is a family friend film.

Even though the ending wasn’t what I expected it would be, the film did leave me with the “warm fuzzies.” It made my heart smile. My husband and teenagers even enjoyed the film.

The film does come with plenty of bonus features worth watching.

BLU-RAY & DIGITAL HD:

Bringing “The BFG” to Life – Ruby Barnhill (Sophie) hosts a phizz-whizzing journey through the making of “The BFG.” This behind-the-scenes documentary details the film’s progression through interviews with Roald Dahl’s daughter Lucy Dahl, screenwriter Melissa Mathison, executive producers Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Kristie Macosko Krieger, and numerous members of the talented cast and crew.

The Big Friendly Giant and Me – Sophie wasn’t the first “bean” in Giant Country—many illustrations were created as if drawn by a little boy who was there long before Sophie.  This charming, in-world short will bring the drawings to life with animation and narration, recounting the friendship and the dreams shared between the boy and the Big Friendly Giant.

Gobblefunk:  The Wonderful Words of The BFG – A whoopsey-splunkers tutorial on the meaning of the gloriumptious gobblefunk in “The BFG.”

Giants 101 – Jemaine Clement (Fleshlumpeater) and Bill Hader (Bloodbottler) introduce us to the loathsome giants in “The BFG,” along with movement choreographer/motion capture performer Terry Notary, who collaborated with the actors and Director Steven Spielberg prior to filming to develop their movements and character traits.

Melissa Mathison: A Tribute – An homage to Melissa Mathison, the extraordinary, Oscar®-nominated screenwriter of “The BFG” and “E.T.,” whose talent and heart were as immense as the giants in “The BFG.”

DIGITAL/VOD:

John Williams: Scoring A Dream – A journey through the film’s concept art and memorable moments, interwoven with the sights and sounds of legendary composer John William’s scoring session.

DVD:

Gobblefunk:  The Wonderful Words of The BFG and Melissa Mathison: A Tribute

If you only watch a few of the bonus features I would recommend Bringing My BFG to Life and The Big Friendly Giant and Me. Both of those bonus features give you great insight into how they brought this wonderful movie to life on the big screen. It’s a fascinating behind the scenes look at this delightful film.

If you would like to learn more about this film you can check it out on social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also visit the official website, Movies.Disney.com/The-BFG      

I also have some FREE movie themed activities you might be interested in. Simply click on the image below to save and print them out.          

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Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.                         

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Movie Review: Pete’s Dragon

 

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Now available on Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand, Disney Anywhere and Digital HD is the life action Disney film, Pete’s Dragon. 

I have been a long time fan of Disney films, ever since I was a young girl. One of my all time favorites is the film Pete’s Dragon. I wanted to have my own Elliot (dragon) as a kid. Who wouldn’t want a best friend that was a dragon? LOL.

I was excited when I heard that Disney was making a live action version of a beloved film. Many of the live action films have turned out pretty amazing. I am similarly excited to see Beauty and the Best next year.

I wanted to see Pete’s Dragon in the theater but we missed out on the opportunity. I was thrilled to receive a copy of the film to review.

Pete’s Dragon stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence, and Robert Redford.

A young boy named Pete is driving through the Pacific Northwest with his parents when they get into an accident. His parents are killed and Pete is all alone. He almost succumb to a pack of wolves if it wasn’t for a dragon named Elliot that comes to his rescue.

Elliot takes Pete under his care. He acts as Pete’s parent figure.

Elliot and Pete live a quiet, happy existence in the woods. Pete is a bit of a wild child, having been raised in the woods with no human contact. Regardless of that fact, Pete is still a sweet boy.

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No one has ever seen Elliot, except an old man in town, Mr. Meacham (Redford), is the only one who has supposedly seen the dragon when he was younger. The rest of the townspeople see Elliot as a myth.

Pete and Elliot come across lumberjacks tearing down the forest. They go to investigate. Pete is seen by a young girl named Natalie (Laurence), who is at the site because her father is the foreman. Natalie chases after Pete (after all, what is a young boy doing in the forest?). During the chase Pete is accidentally knocked unconscious.

The site foreman, Jack (Bentley) and his girlfriend Grace (Dallas Howard) take the boy to the hospital. Once he recovers they bring him home to stay with them until they can figure out who Pete really is.

In the meantime, Elliot has no idea what happened to Pete and is very worried about him. He visits the lumberjack camp and it accidentally seen by Jack’s brother Gavin (Urban).

Knowing that a dragon lives in the forest, Gavin creates a hunting party to go into the wood and capture the beast. Meanwhile, Elliot venture into town to find Pete. Elliot is relieved to find Pete and that he is OK. He then retreats back into the forest. Unbeknownst to Elliot, the hunting party is still after him.

Pete is settling in with Jack, Grace and Jack’s daughter Natalie, but he still longs to be back with Elliot in the forest. Not fully believing that Elliot is real, they take Pete back to the forest to meet him. Unfortunately Gavin and his posse are also in the forest, spot Elliot and tranquilize him. They have finally captured the beast.

What will become of Elliot now? Will Pete be able to rescue the dragon who once saved his life? To find out you need to pick up a copy of the film Pete’s Dragon. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

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This is not a total remake of the original film. It has similarities, of course, but it’s not a remake. This Elliot is more realistic looking and they don’t break out in song and dance.

The cinematography is breathtaking (I want to live in that forest!). Plus the animation used to create Elliot is flawless. He looks so realistic, right down to the strands of fur.

I love this movie. Dare I even say that I like it MORE than the original?

This is heartwarming film for the whole family to enjoy. But be forewarned – you’ll need tissues to wipe your tears (happy tears of course).

Of course there are bonus features to check out. I have to admit that the night we watched the film we didn’t get a chance to watch the bonus features (we were exhausted from a long day). I do plan on watching them in the very near future.

Here is a brief synopsis of the bonus features provided by the studio.

BLU-RAY & DIGITAL HD:

  • Notes to Self: A Director’s Diary – Director David Lowery narrates the personal diary he kept through the filming of “Pete’s Dragon” in this intimate and fascinating look at the movie’s making.
  • Making Magic – Discover fun facts about what went into designing this spectacular, lovable dragon.
  • “Disappearing” Moments – The director shares a montage of the film’s “lost” scenes.
  • Welcome to New Zealand – Experience the wonders of New Zealand and learn why it’s a magical place to visit … and to make a movie.
  • Audio Commentary – Gain an insider perspective from director David Lowery, co-writer Toby Halbrooks and actors Oakes Fegley and Oona Laurence.
  • Music Videos “Nobody Knows” by The Lumineers and “Something Wild” by Lindsey Stirling featuring Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
  • Bloopers

DVD:

  • Making Magic

The film is rated PG and has a run time of 103 minutes.

If you would like to learn more about the film you can visit it’s official website. In addition you can also check out the film on social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Below are some fun free printables you can save and print out to enjoy with your family. Simply click on the photo.

Have you seen Pete’s Dragon? If so, what did you think about it? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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