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Movie Review – Daisy: A Hen Into the Wild

 

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Available today on DVD is the animated Korean film Daisy: A Hen Into the Wild. The film was shown in theaters and sold over two MILLION tickets at the box office. It’s now being released in the United States on DVD.

In Korea the film is known as Leafie: A Hen Into the Wild. Its based on the highly acclaimed book “Then Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly”.

Although this is a foreign film it’s completely dubbed in English. It’s not subtitled. All the characters speak with English voices.

Daisy the hen lives on a farm. Her life is to serve one purpose – lay eggs. Even though she lays a lot of eggs she is not allowed to hatch any of them. She dreams of being a mother some day and caring for her babies.

The other hens might be content to live their lives in a cage and lay eggs on a daily basis, but not Daisy. She wants to feel the sunshine on her face and live freely.

One day Daisy passes out and the farmer mistakes her for being dead. He takes her and other dead hens into the forest and dumps their bodies into a ditch.

Daisy awakens in the nick of time – just as a weasel was about to make a meal out of her. Daisy would have surely been eaten if she wasn’t rescue by a duck named Wilson.

Daisy and Willy

Daisy is excited to finally be free, but Wilson shoots down her dreams and tells her to go back to the farm. He doesn’t think she can make it in the wild.

Daisy sets out to make a new home for herself. With the help of an otter referred to as the Mayor, Daisy finds a home in a briar patch. It turns out that her neighbors are Wilson and his wife.

One night Wilson’s mate is attacked and killed by the weasel leaving behind her and Wilson’s egg. Daisy finds the egg and sits on it to keep it warm.

Wilson is saddened by the loss of his baby’s mother, but he is grateful that he has Daisy to act as a surrogate mother.

Wilson tells Daisy to take his unborn child to the marsh. The request didn’t make sense to her then, but it becomes more clearer as the story goes on. That night Wilson loses his life.

Daisy ends up raising the baby she names Willy on her own. Life is almost perfect. She finally has a child of her own (Willy) and she lives freely. She even moves to the marsh like Wilson told her to. There Willy learns how to swim. Swimming and flying are two things Daisy can’t teach Willy since chickens can’t swim or fly.

The older Willy gets the more restless he gets and curious about who he really is. He knows that Daisy is different then him. The other ducks in the marsh make fun of him for it.

Willy

 

One day Willy almost loses his life when the farmer captures him. Thankfully Daisy was able to rescue him. The incident made Willy appreciate Daisy even more. At the same time his restlessness grew more intense.

Finally something happens in the marsh that changes everything. Life for Daisy and Willy will never be the same again.

What happens in the marsh? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Daisy: A Hen Into the Wild. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

This is a very sweet movie. As a mom I can really identify with Daisy, especially when Willy becomes restless and literally wants to spread his wings and fly. As a mom to two teenagers, one of which will be graduating high school in less than a year, I can sympathize with her character.

The animation is beautifully done. The landscapes throughout the film are stunning and very realistic looking.

Some of the characters had an anime look to them which I expected.

I did not see the ending coming. Part of it I did but not all of it. I was shocked!

The story is wonderful and makes for a great film the entire family can watch and enjoy together. Please note there are a few parts that might be a bit intense for very young children.

You can purchase the film on iTunes;

US – https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/daisy-a-hen-into-the-wild/id899599670

Canada – https://itunes.apple.com/ca/movie/daisy-a-hen-into-the-wild/id899599670

It may be available where other movies are sold too.

Here is the film’s trailer for your entertainment.

 

Kimberly

*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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Have a “Family Movie Night” tonight with Turbo: FAST on Netflix (FREE printables!)

 

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T.G.I.F! Seriously… thank goodness it’s FINALLY Friday! It’s been a long week. I’ve been looking forward to the weekend since Tuesday!

I’m looking forward to resting and relaxing this weekend. I need some “unwind time”.

Even though I am looking forward to a quiet and peaceful weekend that doesn’t mean that I don’t want to spend quality time with my family. I’m thinking about having “Family Movie Night” tonight.

I love to set up Family Movie Night with my family so that we can enjoy each other’s company and be entertained at the same time. Of course there will be plenty of popcorn for everyone. Family Movie Night and popcorn go “hand-in-hand”.

The wonderful thing about having a Family Movie Night is that you can do it any night of the week that is most convenient for your family. You don’t even have to wait until nighttime. You can have a family movie get together any time of the day.

Little ones often get restless watching long movies. If you have little ones at home you might want to consider watching a few episodes of your family’s favorite television show instead of a movie.

Netflix has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a comedy, drama, horror film or family flick – Netflix has something for everyone.

Turbo Fast

Netflix has an original series called Turbo: Fast which is based on the popular DreamWork’s film, Turbo. It’s the first ever Netflix original series for children.

Continuing from the DreamWork’s film Turbo, Turbo: Fast is about an “underdog” snail who goes into overdrive with his miraculous power of super speed. Turbo: Fast follows Turbo and his friends in their pursuit of big dreams as they continue to amp up everything to the extreme.

If you are familiar with the Netflix series you’ll be happy to know that there are new episodes.

Instead of having a Family Movie Night tonight why not have a Snail Night and watch a few episodes of Turbo: Fast with your family.

Here are some free activities you can download to get you started. Simply click on each image to save and print out. Please note that the Mad Libs activity has several pages.

MadLibs

Oragami

Word Search

For for information about Turbo: Fast visit Netflix.com. You can also find Netflix on the various social media sites.

Are you a fan of Turbo? Have you seen the series? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

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

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Take the Boxtrolls Cardboard Challenge for your chance to win awesome prizes!

 

The Boxtrolls Movie

Coming to theaters on September 26, 2014 is the new film from Focus Features called The Boxtrolls. If you follow my blog on a regular basis you have probably seen a few posts about the film.

The film stars the voice talents of Ben Kingsley, Elle Flanning, Toni Collette and Tracy Morgan, to name a few.

A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnifred (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.

Check out the trailer.

 

The film looks like it’s a lot of fun.

Focus Features has teamed up with the Imagination Foundation for a fun Boxtrolls Cardboard Challenge.

The mission of the Imagination Foundation is to find, foster and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in children around the world.

The Boxtrolls Cardboard Challenge wants to encourage children and their families to get creative with cardboard boxes and create fun and unique craft creations, just like the Boxtrolls do.

The purpose of this creative challenge is to encourage children to get crafty and use their imaginations.

Gather up cardboard boxes and supplies and get crafty. Once you have completed your craft take a photo and upload it to Twitter and/or Instagram along with the hashtag #TheBoxtrollsCC

All Eligible entries received throughout the contest dates will be judged based on the following criteria:

1. Ingenuity

2. Resourcefulness

3. Creativity

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One grand prize winner will win an awesome prize package which consists of…

  • Apple iMac
  • iPad Air
  • Imagination Gift Pack which includes a copy of Microsoft Office, The Print Shop and KidPix software
  • $500 DiscoveryStore.com gift card
  • $1,000 Michaels Arts & Crafts gift card

Wow! Wow! Wow!!! That is an amazing prize package!

If you would like more information about this contest please visit www.FocusFeatures.com/The_Boxtrolls/Imagination. The contest ends on September 29, 2014.

In addition to the contest you and your family can attend one of the local Boxtrolls Cardboard Challenge events happening across the country.

For a list of cities, dates and times for hosted events in the Boxtrolls Cardboard Challenge visit Facebook.com/TheBoxtrolls. Some cities are listed below.

  • 9/14: San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, Houston
  • 9/20: Boston
  • 9/21: Philadelphia, Denver, Portland

I hope readers will participate in both the contest and local events. I’m looking forward to seeing your creations. Feel free to copy/paste the link to your entry in the comments section so I can check it out. :-)

Don’t forget, The Boxtrolls come to theaters on September 26, 2014. The official film hashtag is #TheBoxtrolls.

The Boxtrolls Cardboard Challenge

Kimberly

*I have partnered with Social Moms and Focus Features to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I trailer now available

 

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Many fans of the Hunger Games book and movie series have been anxiously awaiting the latest installment to the movie franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I, to be released in theaters. The film opens nationwide on November 21, 2014 with advance ticket sales happening on October 29 at 12PM ET / 9AM PST.

The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne  Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.

Check out the very first trailer for the new film.

 

It looks really good. I haven’t read the books but I’ve seen the movies. I cannot wait for the new movie to come to a theater near me. My teenage daughter is a fan of both the books and the films.

If you would like to keep up to date with the film and stay connect here are all the film’s social media sites.

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 

Official Website: http://www.thehungergamesexplorer.com/us/

Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheHungerGamesMovie

Official Twitter Page:  https://twitter.com/thehungergames

Official YouTube Page: http://hungrgam.es/together

Official Google+ Page: https://plus.google.com/+TheHungerGamesMovies

Official Pinterest Page: http://pinterest.com/hungergamesfilm/

Official Instagram: http://instagram.com/thehungergames#

The official hashtags are #Mockingjay and#OLTM.

Are you a fan of the book and/or film series? What do you think about the trailer? Are you excited to see the film?

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. 

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Beloved moments from The Fault in Our Stars (ends 9/27/14)

 

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One of this year’s most popular films, The Fault in Our Stars, will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 16, 2014. I know a lot of people who are very anxious to get a copy of this film.

I have not seen the film (yet) but I am looking forward to it. I have heard so many good things about the film, as well as to keep a box of tissues near by.

My daughter read the book and really wanted to see the film when it was still in theaters but plans with her friends never worked out. I offered to go see it with her but the idea of being seen at the mall with a parent is apparently totally “uncool” for teenagers. LOL!

The Fault in Our Stars has been called “the greatest romance story of this decade”. It features brilliant performances from Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as the modern day star-crossed lovers.

As an Ambassador for the film, The Fault in Our Stars, along with other ambassadors, were asked to create a list of the top ten moments from the film that we’d like to relieve. Since I didn’t see the film I couldn’t come up with any.

Check out what the other film ambassadors came up with.

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After reading this list I am even more excited to finally have the opportunity to see the film.

Did you see the film? Or did you read the book by the same name? If so, what favorite moments you would like to relive? Comment with your favorite or favorites for your chance to win a the Little Infinities Extended Edition Blu-ray of The Fault In Our Stars

This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only and will end on September 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 what is your favorite moment or moments from the film (or book) that you would love to relieve? If you haven’t seen the film or read the book please comment on why you’d like to win a copy of 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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Kimberly

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

 

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Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave on DVD October 7, 2014

 

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I thought some of my readers might be interested in the upcoming release of a new Alpha and Omega DVD called Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave. It will be released on DVD October 7, 2014 and on Digital HD/On Demand services on September 23, 2014.

If you read my blog on a regular basis you might recall my review of the Alpha and Omega film called Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure. 

Here is the synopsis for the latest Alpha and Omega film.

Join the pups on a journey filled with surprises just in time for Halloween as everyone’s favorite wolf pack is back in Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave, arriving on DVD (plus Digital) October 7 exclusively at Walmart from Lionsgate Home Entertainment The film will be available on Digital HD and Video on Demand September 23. After three wildly successful Alpha And Omega releases, with over 1.5 million DVDs sold to date, the Alpha pack sets out on a ghoulish adventure in this exciting fourth chapter.

The Alphas and Omegas share a thrilling adventure filled with surprises, humor and heartwarming moments after Runt – Kate and Humphrey’s Omega wolf cub – sneaks off to explore the haunted Saw Tooth Cave. When Runt finds a wolf who’s been driven from her pack for being different, he musters all his courage to help her – and learns the joys of lending a paw to a friend in need.

A pawsome adventure that will leave you howling for more, the Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave DVD contains all-new special features including the “Race to Rabbit Poo Mountain” and “What Happens Next?” games, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*

  • Race to Rabbit Poo Mountain Game
  • What Happens Next? Game

Check out the trailer.

Here is an exclusive clip from the movie too that you might enjoy.

 

For more information visit www.AlphaandOmegaDVD.com.

Below is a cute activity sheet you can download, save and print out. Simply click on the image (below).

Alpha and Omega Activity Sheet

Kimberly

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

 

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