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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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Creating memorable moments during the holiday season


*This post was brought to you by Disney. All opinions are my own.

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I cannot believe that it’s already the holiday season. It feels like only yesterday we were hanging out at the beach. Now we’re prepping for the holidays and making up holiday shopping lists.

Our kids are teenagers now, so the holidays have a new “feel” to them (it was more fun when they still believed in Santa).

Instead of spending money on clothing and other things they want/need, we are thinking about spending most of our holiday budget on taking the kids out to dinner in New York City, catching the holiday show at Radio City Music Hall then swinging by the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center before heading home. Our kids are on board with the idea too. I think we all feel the same way at this point – it’s all about spending quality time with one another.

Even having a family movie night at home (which we do often) is special to us. It’s nice to still be able to snuggle on the couch with our teens and enjoy a movie together complete with hot chocolate (with extra marshmallows) and popcorn. Maybe even a freshly baked treat.

One movie we plan on watching is the new version of the classic Disney film Pete’s Dragon. I am a huge fan of the original (I even have an Elliot on my desk). I can’t wait to see the new film.

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Pete’s Dragon might be targeted towards younger children, but parents and teens can enjoy this wonderful family film about friendship, love, family, courage and perseverance. I have a feeling it might be a bit of a tear-jerker, so I plan on having plenty of tissues on hand. Pete’s Dragon is a magical adventure, which makes it the perfect family film to watch and enjoy during the season where most of us choose to still believe in magic.

I love this time of year. I have so many wonderful memories centered around the holidays. I may be forty-something, but when it comes to the holidays, I feel like a little kid again.

I can’t even look at candy canes or a box of crayons without my mind instantly being transported back to my youth. Candy canes remind me of all those time Santa Claus would ride on the back of a firetruck and drive up and down the streets in my neighborhood handing them out to all the children. Crayons remind me of my Christmas stocking. Santa always brought me a new box of crayons and coloring books. I have always loved to color, and still do.

When we decorate for the holidays there are plenty of special decorations that hold a lifetime full of memories.

My desk is decorated with decorations from my childhood, like the ones my mom kept in the formal living room (the kind of decorations children shouldn’t touch). I also have a little Elf, which is the very first Christmas gift I ever purchased. I gave it to my mom. My sister helped me to afford it (I didn’t have enough money to buy it).

Some of the decorations from the formal living room that the kids (me!) were not allowed to touch or play with I now have and display them for my kids to see and enjoy.

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My Desk (circa 2010). The elf my sister helped me to buy is on the middle shelf near the photo.

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The nativity set my mom set out year after year.

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My desk (circa 2010). The ornaments on the middle shelf are all from my childhood and belonged to my parents. They bring back such wonderful memories.

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Some of the decorations from the formal living room that the kids (me!) were not allowed to touch or play with. I have them now and display them for my kids to see and enjoy.

As a mom, I have tried to make the holiday season equally as special and memorable for my kids. It warms my heart when we go through the decorations, and my kid will recall a special memory that they are reminded of when they look at them. One day I hope to pass those decorations on to them to share with our future grandchildren.

A fun thing that we do each year is giving our kids a new ornament. Some are personalized, some are not. That tradition started with my mom. It’s a tradition I passed on to our kids.

When I was young, my mom used to buy me a new ornament each year for our family Christmas tree. Some are personalized (and dated). Others she let me pick out myself.

Her logic was that by the time I moved out, I would have plenty of ornaments to decorate my own tree. That is exactly what I did when my husband and I got married. Our first Christmas tree was decorated with all those ornaments my mom gave me over the years.

One year, my mom was in the hospital for the holiday. So as not to break with tradition my uncle bought me a new ornament that year. I still know exactly which one it was and every year I hang it on my tree I remember when my uncle presented it to me.

My uncle gave me this ornament when my mom was in the hospital during Christmas time. It has to be about 40 year old by now.

My uncle gave me this ornament when my mom was in the hospital during Christmas time. It has to be about 40 year old by now.

I think many people have lost track of what the real meaning of the holiday season is. It’s not about buying the latest and greatest blow-up decoration for your home (to compete with the neighbors), or buying the “must have” toys of the season. The holiday season is about spending time with family and friends and creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Pete’s Dragon is available on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere.  I can’t wait for family movie night!

In addition, Disney Movie Rewards has a special promotion going on when you purchase the film through DMR. In addition to the film you can also purchase the ‘Elliot Gets Lost’ children’s book from the film at an exclusive price ($9.99).

If you would like to learn more about the film you can visit the official webpage, Disney.com/PetesDragon.  You can also check out the film on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The official movie hashtag is #PetesDragon.

Have you seen Pete’s Dragon? If so, what did you think about the film?

What do the holidays mean to you? Do you have special memories and family traditions?

My family - they are what makes the holidays special.

My family – they are what makes the holidays special.

Kimberly

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“Experience” Disney’s Moana at a Dolby Cinema at AMC Theater

 

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The movie going experience has changed A LOT since I was a young girl. Some things have stayed the same – like popcorn and candy from the concession stand. But seeing the movie it’s self has changed so much over the years, including how movies are made.

It’s common knowledge that movies made these days are high-tech, made with an arsenal of computer software and technologies to bring movies to life. Even animated movies have come a long way.

When I was a young girl, my mom would take me to a local movie theater every week during the summer to see Disney films. Each week the theater would bring back an old Disney film (and charge 1/2 price for tickets). That allowed me to see such classics as Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella (made before I was born) on the big screen.

Animated films have changed so much. They are no longer “flat” animations. Today’s animations are so realistic that you would swear they were shot in real life.

Yesterday my husband and I got to “experience” and animated film – Moana. Our daughter couldn’t join us because she had to work and our son felt weird going with just us (plus he worried it was a “girly film,” which it is not).

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When I say “experience” the film, I mean that we felt like we were IN the film, thanks to the amazing Dolby Cinema at AMC Theater we saw the film in. If you have never seen a film at a Dolby Cinema you are missing out on an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G movie going experience.

Our local Dolby Cinema theater is at the AMC Theater at the Westfield Mall (aka Garden State Plaza) in New Jersey. When you walk into the lobby you are greeted with a grande foyer worthy of a major Hollywood Event.

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We picked up our tickets, courtesy of Disney for the purpose of reviewing the film. Then we were greeted by a representative from Dolby Cinema who gave us handy drawstring bags and fun pins.

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Once inside the theater it’s self, I got the feeling I was about to embark on a spectacular movie premiere (even though it was just a regular mainstream movie). The theater is HUGE with a super sized screen.

Dolby Cinema at AMC Theaters have THE BEST SEATS in any movie theater. They are large and roomy (great for “plus size” people like myself) and recline. That’s right – they recline! The buttons are conveniently located on the arm, along with a cup holder for your beverage.

I tried to take video of the theater and photos of the seats, but the theater was dark. This was the best I could get.

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I must forewarn you – the seats are so comfy you could easily fall asleep. LOL!

The theater is built so that you can recline your seat and there is still plenty of people to walk up and down your aisle.

A magical thing that the seats do is that they “vibrate” (for lack of a better description), depending on the action going on during the film. That sense of movement makes you fee like you are right there in the film as the action is happening.

The movie appears crystal clear on the big screen. It’s so crisp that you can see every tiny detail – right down to the strands of hair on the characters heads. It’s mind blowing!

The colors are bright and bold and “true to life.”

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When it comes to Dolby, you know it’s all about the sound quality. You cannot beat the sound quality of a Dolby Cinema movie theater.

When you combine the sound, the quality of the picture and the impressive reclining chairs – your movie going gets taken to a whole new level. You just don’t watch a movie – you EXPERIENCE a movie in the best way possible.

Given the opportunity I would watch every film at a Dolby Cinema at AMC Theater.

If you like a list of Dolby Cinema locations currently opened, and those opening soon can be found on the Dolby Cinema at AMC webpage. You can also sign up for the Dolby Cinema newsletter to keep up to date on upcoming films and special events.

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On to the film…

I have been excited to see Moana ever since I saw the first trailer for it.

Moana is the story about a young girl (Moana) who lives on an island with her parents, grandmother and many other families. Her father is the chief and Moana is being groomed to take over for him one day.

Ever since she was a toddler, Moana has always been intrigued by the ocean. It’s as if it calls her. Her parents on the other hand, especially her father, want her to steer clear from the ocean. The only safe place for them is on the island and within the reef. The world past the reef is dark and dangerous.

Moana tries to do the right thing, but as she gets old the sea seem to be calling for her more and more. Her grandmother is aware of this and tell her that the ocean chose her.

Things start to take a turn for the worse on the island. Coconut trees are dying. There is no more fish and the residents are worried that an ancient curse has finally found their island.

With her grandmother’s help, Moana knows that she needs to step up to save the island by locating a demigod named Maui and taking him to an island to return a special stone that he stole many years ago, which is the reason for the curse to be spreading throughout the world.

Moana is not an experienced sailor but she takes on the challenge to help her people.

Tenacious teenager Moana (voice of Auliʻi Cravalho) recruits a demigod named Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to help her become a master wayfinder and sail out on a daring mission to save her people. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker, produced by Osnat Shurer, and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i, “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Tenacious teenager Moana (voice of Auliʻi Cravalho) recruits a demigod named Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to help her become a master wayfinder and sail out on a daring mission to save her people. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker, produced by Osnat Shurer, and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i, “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Moana does find Maui (voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) as well as a plethora of challenges along the way including evil coconut critters who want the stone Moana is trying to return.

Will they succeed? To find out you need to go and see Moana, playing at Dolby Cinemas and other movie theaters across the country.

We LOVED the movie! Loved it! Loved It! Loved It! It had it all – heart, humor, adventure, love, friendship, challenges… you name it. It even has a fantastic sound track. Even late last night my husband told me that one of the songs (How Far Will I Go) was stuck in his head.

The animation is so incredibly realistic! WOW! I was super impressed by how incredibly visual the film is. From the water to Moana’s toenails… they all look so real!

I loved all the characters in the film. Of course Moana (voiced by Auli’i Cravalho) and Maui were two of my favorites, but other characters like Pua the pig and Hei Hei the chicken also stole my heart. So much so I told my husband I want a stuffed/plush Pua and Hei Hei for Christmas.

MOANA - (Pictured) Pua and Hei Hei ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

MOANA – (Pictured) Pua and Hei Hei ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

There is an evil character in the film – a lava monster. That is the only character that I think might be a wee bit scar for little ones. There are a few scenes with that character too. The lava monster reminded me of the evil devil like creature at the end of the film This is the End. 

This is a film not to be missed in theaters. You have to experience Moana to truly appreciate all it’s beauty. The best way would be at a Dolby Cinema and AMC Theater. If you don’t have one near you, you still should go and see the film. If I were to rate it from one to five stars I’d give Moana 20 stars! It’s that good.

More more information visit the film’s home page Movies.Disney.com/Moana. You can also check out the film on Facebook and Twitter. In addition you can follow Disney Animation on Instagram and Tumblr. The official hashtag is #Moana.

You can also check out the hashtags #DolbyCinema and #ShareAMC to read others reactions about seeing the film at a Dolby Cinema theater.

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Kimberly

*I received free tickets and compensation to see the film. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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