Holiday Activity Sheets & Recipes from The Boxtrolls on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD 1/20/15



If you read my blog on a regular basis you have probably read a few posts about the film The Boxtrolls. The movie will soon be released on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download on January 20, 2015.

Quirky, mischievous and good-hearted, the Boxtrolls are unique creatures who have lovingly raised a human boy named Eggs in a fantastical charming cavern below the bustling streets of Cheesebridge. But when the evil Archibald Snatcher schemes to capture Eggs’ family, it’s up to Eggs and his feisty new friend Winnie to save the Boxtrolls.

Based upon the book Here Be Monsters! The Boxtrolls voice cast also includes Academy Award® nominee Toni Collette, Jared Harris (Mad Men), Nick Frost (The World’s End), Richard Ayoade (The Watch), Tracy Morgan (30 Rock), and Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead).

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Bonus Features Exclusive to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Pack 

    • Play with Commentary by Directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable
    • Baby In The Trash
    • Eggs In The Underworld
    • Man On A Horse
    • Trubshaw’s Inventorium
    • Cheese Shop
    • Tea And Cheese 

Bonus Features on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Pack and DVD


The tremendously talented cast members of The Boxtrolls discuss what it’s like to voice an animated puppet, what each actor brought to his/her role, whether their personalities were similar to their characters, and more.


The directors, producers, and creative supervisor of character fabrication Georgina Hayns share the challenges of crafting characters who are inside a box.


The directors and producers are joined by Brian McLean, director of Rapid Prototyping, to discuss how the animation studio LAIKA creates the faces for their puppets.   The big story here – literally! – is how Snatcher’s face changes shape due to his cheese allergy.


Discover how LAIKA combined traditional stop-motion animation with visual effects in order to create the beautiful ballroom dance sequence – and  how costume designer Deborah Cook met the challenge of creating costumes that could flow during a dance scene.


Standing 5 feet tall and weighing over 75 pounds, the Mecha-Drill is the largest stop motion puppet/prop ever created by LAIKA.  Follow its creation from design to completion. 


To get you excited about the film’s release here are some activities and recipes for you to download and enjoy. Simply click on each graphic to download the content.


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Celebrate MGM’s 90th Anniversary with six classic family films (giveaway ends 1/3/15)


MGM 90th Anniversary

MGM studios is celebrating it’s 9oth Anniversary. MGM stands for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in case you didn’t know that.

Ninety years is a very long time. Happy Anniversary MGM!

MGM studios is responsible for giving us many amazing, memorable and classic films such as Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, Singin’ in the Rain, Ben Hur and more recent titles like The Hobbit trilogy movies, Sky Fall and 21 Jump Street. 

MGM also brought us timeless family classics such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Princess Bride.

I love Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I have ever since I was a child. There was just something so magical about a car that could fly. I would imagine the places I would go if I had a flying car. Oh the adventures I would have!

Princess Bride is a very popular film. I am embarrassed to say that I have never seen it all the way through. I have seen bits and pieces of it but I have never been able to sit down and enjoy the movie from start to finish. One day I am FINALLY going to see the film in it’s entirely. That is a “goal” of mine.

Here is some more information about these and other classic family movie titles from MGM Studios.

93433_front (1)Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls — start your engines. You’re about to take an incredible ride with one of the most wonderful family films of all time! With its clever tunes (including the OSCAR®-Nominated title song*), marvelous cast and enchanting storyline, this delightful romp is lots of fun and simply “toot sweet” to pass up! Dick Van Dyke stars as eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts, who creates an extraordinary car called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It not only drives — but also flies and floats — as it leads him, his two children and his beautiful lady friend, Truly Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes), into a magical world of pirates, castles and endless adventure.

97172_frontAll Dogs go to Heaven

Set in 1939 New Orleans, this colorful, song-filled story centers on Charles B. Barkin, a roguish German Shepherd with the charm of a con man and the heart of a marshmallow. Out for revenge against his double-crossing former partner, a cigar-chomping pit bull known as Carface, Charlie finds himself guardian to a lonely little orphan named Anne-Marie. Her astounding ability to talk to animals leads this unlikely pair on an adventure packed with thrills, laughs, tears and true love.

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The Secret of NIMH

Get ready to meet some runaway rodents with an earth-shattering secret! Suspenseful and heartwarming, this beautifully animated odyssey stars Mrs. Brisby, a mild-mannered mother mouse with a plan to move Heaven and Earth (or at least her house and home) to save her family from Farmer Fitzgibbon’s plow! Along the way she gets some help from a lovelorn Crow, a busybody neighbor mouse and a fearsome Great Owl. Unfortunately, Mrs. Brisby will need an engineering miracle to hoist her home, and for that she must face a mysterious rat, fend off a ferocious cat and claim a magic amulet! But when Mrs. Brisby discovers the astounding secret of NIMH…it could change her life forever! This timeless tale of love, courage and determination will transport the whole family into an enchanting world where the bravest hearts live in the meekest of mice.

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95511_largeThe Princess Bride

When the beautiful maiden Buttercup (Robin Wright) hears that her true love Westley (Cary Elwes) is dead, she reluctantly agrees to marry the loathsome Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon). After Westley returns to rescue Buttercup, the two begin an epic adventure filled with fencing, fighting, giants, monsters, miracles, true love and hilarity! Featuring an all-star cast, including Mandy Patinkin, Billy Crystal and Christopher Guest, The Princess Bride is an almost inconceivable delight from Oscar® Nominee Rob Reiner and Oscar®-Winning screenwriter William Goldman.

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97195_frontLegally Blonde

She’s a California sorority girl who’ll do anything to keep her man. Even if it means going all the way to law school! Reese Witherspoon (Election) stars with Luke Wilson (Charlie’s Angels), Selma Blair (Cruel Intentions), Matthew Davis (Pearl Harbor) and Victor Garber (Titanic) in a knock-out comedy with a heart of gold and hair to match!

Elle Woods (Witherspoon) is a California blonde with couture clothes, fabulous friends and the hottest boyfriend on campus. So when Warner Huntington III (Davis) suddenly dumps her and heads for Harvard Law School, Elle takes matters into her own perfectly manicured hands. She enrolls too! Now getting Warner back should be a snap, right? Wrong! Elle’s about to begin the toughest fight of her life for love, honor, justice and respect for blondes everywhere!

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95488_largeThe Pebble and the Penguin

Can the perfect pebble help a bashful penguin find his true love? Based on the real-life mating rituals of the Adeli penguins in Antarctica, this “charming” (The New York Times) animated adventure comes to Blu-ray for the first time. Hubie (Martin Short) is a hopeless romantic in love with Marina (Annie Golden), the most beautiful penguin in all the land. But the evil penguin Drake (Tim Curry) also wants Marina andwill stop at nothing to get her. With help from his new friend Rocko (James Belushi)–a penguin determined to fly–Hubie must thwart Drake’s plan and win Marina’s heart!

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Have you seen any or all of these films? If you have, perhaps you might want to try your hand at this trivia game. See how many you get right.


I got four out of six correct. How did you do?

For more information and other fun goodies from MGM check out their Tumblr page – http://www.mgm90th.com. You don’t have to have a Tumblr account to enjoy their page. They have a lot of fun GIF’s and more. You can even shop for movies there.

MGM Studios would like to give a lucky reader three of their classic family films – The Princess Bride, The Secret of Nimh and All Dogs Go to Heaven

MGM Movie Giveaway

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on January 3, 2015 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package OR what is your all time favorite MGM film?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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The hit musical “Annie” is coming to theaters on December 19, 2014 (giveaway ends 12/27/14)


Annie Movie Poster

Whenever I think of the story of Annie I think of a little girl in a red dress with wild red hair singing “It’s a hard knock life for us...”

That is all about to change this Friday (December 19, 2014) when a new Annie film comes to theaters across the country. It’s the same beloved story but with a few new twists and turns.

Annie stars Jamie Foxx as Will Stacks (the “Daddy Warbucks) and Quvenzhané Wallis as the lovable and precocious Annie. The film also stars Cameron Diaz, Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale.

Quvenzhané Wallis is an up and coming young star who has been seen in such films as 12 Years a Slave and Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Annie is a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they’d be back for her someday, it’s been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan. But everything’s about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in.

Here is a clip from the film as well as the trailer for your enjoyment.



Cameron Diaz is an odd choice for the mean foster care lady, but it works.

The film looks really good and I can’t wait to see it. My kids are not really familiar with the story of Annie so it will be fun to introduce them to the popular story.

There is an interesting Family Study Guide available for you and your family if you wish to download it. There is also a great resources list from Scholastic for Educators and Librarians.

Look for Annie at a theater new you.

For more information you can visit the official movie website, www.Annie-Movie.com/Site.  There you can watch the trailer, learn about the cast and crew, see photos and more. You can also follow the movie on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (links found at the top of the movie website).

Annie Prize

I also have a wonderful Annie prize package to give to a lucky reader. The prize package consists of…

  • Annie Stickers
  • Annie Fuzzy Socks
  • Annie Child Size T-shirt
  • Plush Sandy Dog
  • Annie Activity Book

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only (18+) and will end on December 27, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package and/or if you plan on seeing the film?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas on Tuesday, December 16th on NBC


Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas

Chances are if you celebrate the Christmas holiday, or even if you don’t, you have seen the popular holiday film Elf staring Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Ed Asner and Mary Steenburgen.

Elf came out in 2003. Only in the past few years has the film become so popular.

My family is a fan of the film. We have been since the first time we saw it many years ago. We even quote lines from the film from time to time (“Son of a Nutcracker!”).

In one part of the film Buddy the Elf sings to his father… “I’m here with my dad and we never met. And he wants me to sing him a song. And, um, I was adopted but you didn’t know I was born. So, I’m here now, I found you, Daddy. And, guess what? I love you, I love you, I love you!”

It cracks us up all the time. :-)

Premiering on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 on NBC is a new holiday animated film called Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and based on the holiday favorite film Elf and  the hit Broadway musical,  Elf:  Buddy’s Musical Christmas, is a stop-motion hour-long animated musical special featuring the voices of Jim Parsons as Buddy, Ed Asner reprising his role as the voice of Santa, Mark Hamill as Walter and Kate Micucci as Jovie.  The voice cast also include Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Gilbert Gottfried, Fred Armisen and Steve Higgins.


I had the opportunity to screen the holiday special before it airs.

I have never seen the Broadway musical, so I am not sure how that compares to the film.

In Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas the story line is similar to that of the film with just a few differences here and there. Buddy is a human who thinks he’s an elf and lives in the North Pole. Santa tells him he’s really a human and that his father lives in New York City so Buddy heads off to the city to find his father. He meets his grumpy father, half brother, stepmother and a sweet young lady named Jovie.

Unlike the real action film, this stop motion animation features a lot of songs – and I do mean a lot. There were quite a few songs sung throughout the hour long special. I’m assuming these are songs from the Broadway show.

I watched the show with my husband (my kids were off doing their own thing at that time). I didn’t tell my husband who did the voices for any of the characters. I wanted to see if he could guess them. He knew right away it was Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory) as Buddy and Ed Asner as Santa. He never picked up on Mark Hamill as Walter. I would have thought he would since we are huge Star Wars fans.

This is a super cute animated special that the whole family will enjoy.

The animated Buddy is adorable. He’s build really weird but that adds to his quirkiness.

Be sure to mark your calendars and set your TIVO to NBC on December 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM (EST) / 7:00 PM (CST) for Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas. 

Screen Shot Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas


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

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Ring in the new year and celebrate the holiday with King Julien and Netflix


New Years 2015

It’s hard to believe that the New Year is only a few short weeks away. I’m still trying to finish up our holiday shopping let alone think about how we’re going to celebrate the new year.

We’re homebodies so most likely we’ll be home on New Year’s Eve. We tend to watch all the festivities on television and count down with the ball dropping just before midnight.

One day we’ll go to Times Square and celebrate the new year there. I did that once. I celebrated the end of 1995 and the begining of 1996 in Times Square with a friend of mine. I was happy to see 1995 go. It was a horrible year. I also toasted to 1996 in hopes that it was a better year. It was! I met my husband in February 96′ and we eloped in October of 96′. :-)

Maybe this New Year’s Eve we’ll get our grove on a “move it, move it” with King Julien. In case you are not familiar with the fuzzy little mammal, King Julien is the self-proclaimed “Lord of the Lemurs” from the island of Madagascar.

This coming December 19th the first five episodes of a new original Netflix series, All Hail King Julien, will air. King Julien is joined by his favorite sidekicks, Maurice and Mort too. Viewers will also be introduced to a new cast of colorful characters.

The series hasn’t aired yet but I plan on watching it as soon as it’s available. I’ll post my review at a later date. In the mean time, if you are in the mood to watch those crazy critters from other Madagascar movies and sorts, here are a few suggestions.


1. Merry Madagascar
2. Madly Madagascar
3. The Madagascar Penguins: A Christmas Caper

To get you in the holiday spirit Netflix has a lot of holiday movies and shows for young and old alike. Here are a few suggestions from Netflix.

For the little ones;

Hoilday Kids

1. Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
2. Mumfie’s White Christmas
3. In Search of Santa
4. VeggieTales: Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving

For teens and adults;

Holiday Adults

1. Love Actually
2. The Office: S02E10 Christmas Party
3. Christmas with the Kranks
4. Arrested Development: S02E06 Afternoon Delight

My personal favorites of the ones mentioned are Christmas with the Kranks, Love Actually and Merry Madagascar. Other personal suggestions include Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas, The Muppet Christmas Carol, White Christmas and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Of course seeing the Christmas Spectacular in person is the best way to enjoy that show.

All of these titles are available on Netflix.

I wonder if King Julien will have a holiday special? Maybe not so much for Christmas, but certainly for New Year’s Eve. You know how King Julien loves to party. Perhaps we’ll invite him into our home this New Year’s Eve and enjoy a few episode in between Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and other festivities.

For more information about Netflix visit www.Netflix.com.

How do you like to ring in the New Year? Do you like to party like a rock star like King Julien, or do you prefer a cozy, quiet evening at home?

All Hair King Julien


*I am a member of the Netflix Steamteam. I received a free membership and other goodies in exchange for my participation. There is no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Jingle All The Way now available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD (giveaway ends 12/18/14)


Jingle All The Way 2

Ho-Ho-Ho… ‘Tis the season for plenty of fun holiday movies and television shows. There are the holiday classics – It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Story, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman to name a few. There are also movies that are destined to be holiday classics too (if they are not already) such as Elf, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Jingle All the Way. In fact, Jingle All The Way has a second film, appropriately entitled Jingle All The Way 2.

Jingle All The Way 2 is NOT a sequel but rather an entirely different film, but with the same kind of plot about a father trying his best to get his child the #1 toy on their holiday wish list.

Fill your stocking with a new holiday classic that will have the whole family laughing when Jingle All The Way 2 on Blu-ray Combo, DVD and Digital HD from WWE Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Comedy superstar Larry the Cable Guy and WWE Superstar Santino Marella bring laughs and holiday spirit to this second installment of the successful film franchise.

Two desperate dads compete in a no-holds-barred battle to be the best father and make this the best Christmas ever! Fun-loving, laid-back dad Larry (Larry the Cable Guy; Cars, Tooth Fairy 2) is having a bear of a time finding the perfect Christmas gift for his eight-year-old daughter, Noel. The season’s hottest toy, The Harrison Bear, is all sold out, and Noel’s new stepfather wants to keep it that way — so he can be the one to make her holiday wish come true. When Larry learns all Noel wants for Christmas is the bear, he’ll stop at nothing to make his little girl happy and get her the toy of her dreams…Co-starring WWE Superstar Santino Marella, Jingle All The Way 2 is heartwarming and hilarious fun for the whole family!

Jingle All The Way 2 is directed by Alex Zamm (Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts,The Tooth Fairy 2) and produced by Michael Luisi (Scooby-Doo! WrestleManiaMystery, Christmas Bounty, The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age Smackdown) and Vicki Sotheran (The Sandlot 2, The Sandlot: Heading Home).

The holiday cheer continues in the Blu-ray Combo and DVD bonus features including deleted scenes, making-of featurettes, a mock Public Service Announcement from Larry and Santino advising how you can stay safe while shopping this holiday plus a special Harrison the Bear TV commercial and an exclusive interview with the hottest toy of the season.

My husband and I watched the film this past weekend. I’m not really a fan of Larry the Cable Guy but I gave the film a fair shot. It was actually pretty good and very funny.

This is NOT a remake of Jingle All The Way and although the story line is similar, it’s an entirely different story.

It thing most parents can relate to trying to find the one toy on their child’s holiday shopping list. It makes me think of when I was a little girl and everyone went CRAZY for Cabbage Patch Kids. I didn’t get one until the following year but my sister got one for Christmas, however she had to have our cousins in Wales (UK) ship one to her (they had found one and she paid them for it).

Larry (in the film) will stop at nothing to get his adorable daughter the teddy bear she wants for Christmas. And trust me, he finds himself in some wild and crazy situations too.

Here is a brief trailer from Fox Home Entertainment for your enjoyment.


Here are some fun activity sheets that you can download, save, print out and enjoy with your family. Simply click on each image for a larger view that you can save.





Thanks to Fox Home Entertainment I also have a copy of the film to give to a lucky reader. 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on December 18, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*I received a free copy of the film in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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