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New! Disney Princess Mystery Boxes from Pley.com

 

Disney Princesses are extremely popular. Not a day went by at school where I work that I didn’t see a child wearing a Disney Princess outfit or top, or wearing Disney Princess accessories.

In our class we did Show & Tell. EVERY DAY at least one little girl brought in something Disney Princess related to share with the class.

I have to admit, if I was younger I would probably be totally into the princesses too. I was when I was little (Snow White and Cinderella were my favorites). Even as an adult I find a lot of princess things adorable and something I wish I had to play with when I was younger.

Monthly subscription boxes are also very trendy these days. In fact, I subscribe to three of them (Horror Block, Bam Box and Pop in a Box). I get super excited when I see one of the boxes have arrived and I can’t wait to tear into them.

Children enjoy receiving mail too – most especially packages. Imagine their delight to receive a monthly subscription. Even better, what if that monthly subscription featured Disney Princesses?

The company Pley (Pley.com) now offers a monthly subscription program staring the beloved princess characters.

Each month your child will receive 5-8 exclusive items and activities featuring one of the Disney Princess characters.

I received a Disney Princess box from Pley. Inside I found the following goodies.

It’s a nice sized box.

Look closely at it. You’ll notice that there are cut out on the box. That is because the box magically transforms into something your child can play with. I thought it might be a crown due to the shape of the cut outs, but I was very wrong.

More on that later in this post.

As soon as I opened the box I could see the long, red hair of Ariel from The Little Mermaid. Ariel is my husband’s favorite Disney Princess (I think it’s the red hair – LOL). She’s also our daughter’s favorite Disney Princess.

As you can see from the print on the inside of the box it does not transform into a crown. It looks like something else.

Inside the box I found a lovely Ariel doll. She the same size as a standard Barbie doll. She has pose able arms and beautiful, long red hair just begging to be brushed.

Also inside the box as a pair of Little Mermaid pajamas.

These are VERY NICE, quality pajamas. They are soft to the touch. They featured banded arms and leg bottoms so that they don’t roll up.

The pants feature Ariel and Flounder. The top features both characters and the number 89.

This set already came to great use. I donated it to the classroom where I work. We need changes of clothe for when children have accidents or spill something on themselves. One of my little girls had an accident and these pants fit her perfectly. It didn’t matter that they were pajama bottoms. They looked like leggings.

At the end of the day I gave her the top to take home with her so she had the matching set. My student and her mom were thrilled by the unexpected gift.

Also included in the box was a cute set of Little Mermaid sunglasses (they had some “bling” on them too) and a cute little Flounder figurine that goes great with the Ariel doll.

Notice the little “diamonds” on the side of the glasses near Ariel. How cute!

Now for the box. The box, as it turns out, is Erik’s ship from the movie. It’s a really cool thing to do to make the box into a toy as well. Unfortunately we didn’t see any directions for it. My husband and I both tried to put it together but had no luck. We can sort of visualize how it will look, but we can’t get the pieces to work for us. So… the ship is a “work in progress.” Once we finally figure it out I’ll update this post with the picture.

I think the Disney Princess monthly subscription from Pley.com is an awesome idea. What little girl wouldn’t enjoy getting princess toys and more on a monthly basis.

The boxes are actually shipped out every other month – so it’s more like a bi-monthly box. But that is still just as awesome.

The boxes start out at $24.99 for one box, or $22.99 per box, depending on the length of your subscription.

This would make a magical gift for a child’s birthday, Christmas, getting great grades at school or “just because.” Imagine the excitement on your child/grandchild’s face when they open the mailbox to find a box with Disney Princess written on it. It will totally make their day!

Pley.com has other subscription boxes as well. You can learn more about them on their website.

For more information click on the image below.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with Pley.com to bring you this information. I received a free box to review. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Disney’s Classic Film, Bambi, is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download (fun freebies too!)

 

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I have been a long time fan of Disney’s films. I still remember Sunday evenings when the Wonderful World of Disney would air on television. My dad (paternal grandfather who raised me) was not a fan of the show. He would rather watch baseball or another sport (we only had one television back then). Lucky for me my mom (paternal grandmother who raised me) was also a fan of Disney, so we won out each time.

I was fortunate enough to see many of the classic Disney films in the big theater, decades after they were initially released.

A local movie theater used to show classic Disney movies all summer long. Each week there was a new film. My mom and I had a standing date for the movies once a week, each week, all summer long just to see the Disney films. Oh how I miss those days.

Let’s face is – Disney had A LOT of films that can be seen as “classic” – Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Dumbo, Peter Pan… the list goes on. Added that to the list is the animated film Bambi. 

Bambi has always been one of my most favorite Disney animated films. It’s heart breaking at times, but over all it is an enjoyable movie with delightful characters that you can’t help but fall in love with – Flower, Thumper and of course Bambi.

Disney has re-released this classic film as part of their signature collection to be enjoyed again and again by a whole new generation.

Bambi was released in 1942 during World War II and took over five years to make due to its exquisite hand-drawn artwork and attention to detail. Beloved by generations, Bambi holds the No. 3 spot on the American Film Institute’s “10 Top 10,” honoring the 10 greatest animated films of all time. The timeless tale features an adorable young deer named Bambi who explores the wonders and challenges of the woods with his playful pal Thumper, the lovable skunk Flower, and wise Friend Owl – and ultimately fulfills his destiny as prince of the forest.

The film celebrates is 75th Anniversary this year. Seventy five years – WOW!

This beautiful film is the story of a young deer named Bambi. He lives in the forest with his mother. The forest is not a safe place for deer, but Bambi’s mom does what she can to protect her young son.

As Bambi grows up he makes friends with some of the woodland creature who live with him in the woods including Thumper the rabbit and Flower, the sweet little skunk.

One day tragedy strikes and Bambi’s world is turned upside down.

Will Bambi be able to survive on his own? What will become of him? To find out you need to pick up or download a copy of the film. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

Bambi is one of the saddest Disney films. It ranks right up there with Dumbo as a really sad Disney film. But don’t worry, it has a happy ending.

For a film that was created over 75 years ago, the animation still impresses me today as it did when I was a young girl. Disney was certainly ahead of it’s time when it came to animated films.

Because this film has been “tweaked” to make it suitable for modern age and technology, I find that the current version is very sharp and colorful.

This film been released in the past. With the updated version there are new bonus features as well as classic bonus features. They are all worth checking out.

BRAND NEW:

  • THE BAMBI EFFECT – “Bambi” was full of innovations for its time. Let’s take a look at how those past innovations affected future Disney animated titles all the way up to today.  
  • STUDIO STORIES: “BAMBI” – Recordings of Walt Disney. Listen in on intimate moments where he discusses the challenges, pitfalls and triumphs during the production of “Bambi.” 
  • DELETED SCENE: BAMBI’S ICE AND SNOW – Bambi coaxes Thumper and his brothers and sisters to come play on the ice during the first snow. 
  • DELETED SCENE: THE GRASSHOPPER – A grasshopper confronts Bambi and Thumper and finds himself in quite a predicament. 
  • BAMBI FAWN FACTS – Think you know everything there is to know about Bambi and his forest companions? Well, it’s time to discover some fun real-life facts about the creatures that live in the forest he calls home. 
  • OSWALD THE LUCKY RABBIT: “AFRICA BEFORE DARK” – Oswald Short.  
  • CELEBRATING TYRUS WONG (DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE) – A heartfelt look at the man who played a key role in the success of “Bambi.” Much like Mary Blair and Eyvind Earle, Tyrus Wong had a unique signature style all to his own. The soft water-colored backgrounds and beautiful palettes in “Bambi” were inspired by Tyrus’ concept art paintings.

CLASSIC:

DELETED SCENES – Two Leaves, Bambi Stuck on a Reed, Winter Grass, Twitterpated

THE MAKING OF BAMBI: A PRINCE IS BORN

STORY: TELLING THE TALE

CHARACTERS: DRAWN TO NATURE

ACTORS: GIVING VOICE TO ANIMALS

ART DESIGN: IMPRESSIONS OF THE FOREST

MUSIC: NATURE’S SYMPHONY

HISTORY: BACK TO THE BEGINNING

  • TRICK OF THE TRADE (Excerpt)
  • INSIDE THE DISNEY ARCHIVES
  • THE OLD MILL: ANIMATED SHORT
  • ORIGINAL THEATRICAL TRAILER
  • THE GOLDEN AGE

*Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer      

There are literally hour of bonus materials worth checking out. I did watch the new bonus features. I LOVE all the behind the scenes looks at how this incredible move came to be. I also appreciate deleted scenes that have never been seen until now. It’s all worth checking out.

Bambi would make a wonderful gift, as well as a movie your whole family can enjoy for Family Movie Night.    

Below are some wonderful downloads you can save, print out and enjoy with your family. Simply click on each image to download the free printables.

>Download Bambi Backyard Camp-Out
Download Bambi My First Garden
Download Bambi Backyard Camp-Out
Have you seen Bambi? Who is your favorite character?

Which is your all time favorite Disney animated film? Feel free to comment and 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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Movie Review: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

 

Available TODAY (June 6, 2017) on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download is the live action version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

The film has a stellar cast including Emma Watson (Bell), Dan Stevens (Beast), Luke Evans (Gaston), Josh Gad (LeFou), Ian McKellen (Cogsworth), Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts), Ewan McGregor (Lumiere), Kevin Kline (Maurice), and Stanley Tucci (Cadenza), to name a few.

I am not a big fan of remakes and “updated versions” of films. Sometimes movie are better left “as is.” After all, you can not improve on a classic… or can you?

Disney has had much success with doing live action versions of their classic films including Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty) and Jungle Book. All of these films have done very well in theaters, as well as home viewing (Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download).

Disney has other live action versions of their classic films in the works including Mary Poppins, Mulan, Little Mermaid, Cruella De Vil (101 Dalmatians) and The Lion King, to name a few.

Beauty and the Beast is one of my all time favorite Disney animated films. When I heard they were making it into a live action film I had mixed emotions. How in the world could they improve upon such a beautiful classic? I have to admit I was intrigued, especially when I heard that Emma Watson was going to play the role of Belle. Who even knew she could sing?

I received a free screener of the film to review. I received it on Friday and watched it that very same night. I had planned on seeing it in the theater but every time we made plans something always came up to prevent us from going.

The live action version follows the same story line as the classic.

Belle (Watson) lives in a small village with her father Maurice (Kline). Bell is a “book worm” who loves to read and dream about having adventures in far off places. All she really knows is the tiny village she lives in.

People in the village thing Belle is a bit odd. Belle loves to read and has no interest in getting married, much to the dismay of Gaston (Evans) who has his sights on making Belle his wife.

One afternoon Maurice sets off to sell his wares at another village. He tells Belle he’ll return the next morning.

On his travels Maurice is attacked by a pack of wolves. He seeks protection inside what he thinks is an abandoned castle. Unbeknownst to him there are “people” who live there, as well as a mean and nasty “beast.”

When Maurice fails to return home Belle goes off looking for him. She also comes across the castle where she finds that her father is being held captive by the beast. In exchange for his freedom, Belle offers herself to be the beast’s captive. Maurice is set free and Belle is stuck in the castle with beast (Stevens).

Over time, Belle learns about the terrible curse that was placed upon the beast and the rest of the people/things that reside in the castle (the people were transformed into objects like a clock, wardrobe, ottoman and feather duster).

In order for the curse to be broken, the beast must know what true love is, as well as earn the love of another. Could Belle be the one? Can the curse be broken before it’s too late? To find out you need to pick up or download a copy of Beauty and the Beast. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

I loved, loved, LOVED this film! I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like it, but I ended up loving it.

The film is AMAZING! The filmmakers did a wonderful job keeping the live action film in line with the animated version. They didn’t veer off that much. Even the songs are the same (with a couple of new songs).

Emma Watson was the perfect choice for Belle. After seeing the film I cannot imagine any other actress playing that role. It was as if it was made for her.

They did a great job with beast, although I think he does look a little like the folk lore creature “Krampus.” When you watch the bonus features you’ll see Stevens wearing an odd costume, including having to walk on odd feet so that the film makers could give Beast goat-like hooves.

The song and dance numbers blew me away. Gaston’s song and dance number was especially enjoyable. That was one of my favorite songs from the animated film.

The theme song, “Beauty and the Beast,” brought me to tears. The reenactment was breath taking.

Even the cinematography was out-of-this-world-amazing.

There are plenty of great bonus features worth checking out.

BLU-RAY & DIGITAL HD:

  • Enchanted Table Read – Join the cast for the movie’s elaborately staged table read, complete with singing and dancing to live music, set pieces and more.
  • A Beauty of a Tale – Explore the process of transforming a beloved animated film into a new live-action classic.
  • The Women Behind “Beauty and the Beast” – Emma Watson introduces several of the talented women in all aspects of production who helped bring this enchanted tale to life.
  • Making a Moment with Celine Dion – Celine Dion shares what it’s like to sing “How Does a Moment Last Forever” – and be a part of the legacy of “Beauty and the Beast.”
  • From Song to Screen: Making the Musical Sequences – See what goes into making some of the best-known moments from “Beauty and the Beast.”
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extended Song: “Days in the Sun” – Learn more about Beast’s childhood in an alternate version of this beautiful song, introduced by director Bill Condon.
  • “Beauty and the Beast” Music Video – Award-winning artists Ariana Grande and John Legend perform a moving version of this iconic song.
  • Making the Music Video – Go on set to capture the magic as it happens in Ariana Grande and John Legend’s “Beauty and the Beast” music video.
  • Disney Song Selection – Jump directly to all your favorite songs and sing along with the movie.

DVD:

  • “Beauty and the Beast” Music Video

I haven’t finished watching all of the bonus features (yet) but I did check out A Beauty of a Tale (a behind the scenee look at the film including interviews with cast and crew), Deleted Scenes and From Song to Screen: Making the Musical Sequences. I appreciate the film so much more knowing what went on behind the scenes to bring it to life.

I plan on watching the other bonus features when I have a chance (most likely when I watch the movie again – I can’t wait to see it again!).

Something else that might be of interest is the Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Summer Reading Program.

You can encourage your kids to read this summer with a special Beauty and the Beast sponsored reading program with prizes!

Win prizes this summer by joining the 2017 Summer Reading Adventure!

WHERE: at www.dogobooks.com the largest website dedicated to kids’ reading and book reviews by-and-for children.

WHEN: May 26th to September 15th, 2017

HOW:

  1. Sign-up at www.dogobooks.com and create your avatar!
  2. Select books to read from a Reading List of 45 books
  3. Read books and write reviews of 30 words or more
  4. Win Prizes! (While supplies last)

SIGN UP AT  http://bit.ly/BATBSummerReading

Did you see the film Beauty and the Beast? If so, what did you think about it? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

I also have some fun activities you can download and enjoy with your family.

Simply click on the image (below) to save and/or print them out.

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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Star Wars: Rouge One is available TODAY on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Download

 

Available today on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download is the much anticipated spin-off from one of the biggest movie franchises around the world – Stars Wars: Rouge One.

Let me back track a bit.

I remember seeing the original Star Wars film (A New Hope) in theaters when I was a young girl. Yes… I’m that old. LOL!

I was HOOKED the moment I saw the opening credits, let alone the entire film. From that moment on a die hard Star Wars fan was born.

I was in love with all of the films including The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Fast forward to when the prequels came about. I’ll admit that I didn’t want to see the new films. To me they were no really Star Wars films, even if they features characters and story lines from the original films.

I missed the first film in theaters (The Phantom Menace). But my husband and I did watch it when it came out on DVD (we picked up a copy). It wasn’t that bad.

When the next film came out (Attack of the Clones) we went and saw it in the theater. When we saw that film we became fans of the prequel movies as well as the originals (Revenge of the Sith is our favorite of the prequels).

We have seen the most recent film (The Force Awakens) because we are curious to see what has happened to our beloved characters after all these years. We cannot wait for the next film in the franchise, The Last Jedi, which is due in theaters in December of this year.

This brings me to Star Wars: Rouge One. 

I will admit that I had no interest seeing this film in the theater. I didn’t see it as a true Star Wars film, even though it features the same kind of story line and similar characters. There was just something about it that didn’t sit well with me.

As time went on friends and family members would rave to me about how awesome the film was. But the time curiosity got the best of me the film was no longer showing in any of our local movie theaters. I had no choice but to wait until it was available on Blu-ray or DVD.

Today is that day. The film is now available in those mediums, as well as digital download.

Normally when I do movie reviews I write a synopsis based on what I saw on the movie screen. This film was a bit confusing. I honestly have to watch it again because I can’t remember the names (or spellings) of some of the key characters. Plus there was a lot of action going on that I lost track of some of the story line.

Former scientist Galen Erso lives on a farm with his wife and young daughter Jyn. His peaceful existence comes crashing down when the evil Orson Krennic takes him away from his beloved family. Many years later, Galen is now the Empire’s lead engineer for the most powerful weapon in the galaxy, the Death Star. Knowing that her father holds the key to its destruction, a vengeful Jyn joins forces with a spy and other resistance fighters to steal the space station’s plans for the Rebel Alliance.

I was surprised to see familiar characters including Princess Leia, Tarken, Organa, C-3PO, R2-D2 and the big guy himself, Darth Vadar.

Actress Felicity Jones stars as Jyn.

I liked the film. I thought it had a lot of great action and cool special effects, but I still haven’t gotten into it yet. I know it’s a Star Wars film, and it has familiar characters, but I don’t love it like I do the other films in the franchise… not yet anyway. I think I need to watch the film again to really get into it. I think I’m a bit “jaded” because I love the other Star Wars films so much.

There are a lot – and I do mean A LOT – of bonus features. To be honest I found them to be even more entertaining than the film. I LOVE all the behind the scenes features. I think is so fascinating how they make all the magic happen on the screen.

A Rogue Idea – Hear how ILM’s John Knoll came up with the movie’s concept – and why it’s the right film to launch the Star Wars stand-alone films.

Jyn: The Rebel – Get to know Rogue One’s defiant, resourceful survivor, and hear what it was like for Felicity Jones to bring her to life onscreen.

Cassian: The Spy – Diego Luna shares insights into his complex, driven character, who becomes a hero through selflessness, perseverance and passion.

K-2SO: The Droid – Explore the development of this reprogrammed Imperial droid, from initial pitch and character design through Alan Tudyk’s performance.

Baze & Chirrut: Guardians of the Whills – Go deeper into the relationship between these two very different characters, with Chinese superstars Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen.

Bodhi & Saw: The Pilot & The Revolutionary – Forest Whitaker and Riz Ahmed reflect on Saw Gerrera, the broken Rebel leader, and Bodhi Rook, the Imperial pilot who defects.

The Empire – Meet a dangerous new Imperial adversary…and cross paths once more with the most iconic villain of all time.

Visions of Hope: The Look of “Rogue One” – The filmmakers describe the challenges and thrills of developing a bold new look for the movie that can fit within the world of the original trilogy.

The Princess & The Governor – See what it took to bring the vibrant young princess of “Star Wars: A New Hope” – as well as one of her most memorable foes– – back to the screen.

Epilogue: The Story Continues – Filmmakers and cast celebrate Rogue One’s premiere and look forward into the future, to the Star Wars stories yet to be told.

Rogue Connections – Uncover Easter eggs and film facts hidden throughout the movie that connect “Rogue One” to the Star Wars universe.

If you have the opportunity to check out the bonus features I highly recommend it. The “Easter Egg” bonus feature is especially interesting and is a great way to see how this film IS connected to the Star Wars franchise.

Speaking of bonuses, I have a fun bonus you can download and enjoy with your family.

For more information you can visit the film’s official website. You can also check the film out on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Did you see the film? 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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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

 

Pinocchio

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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