Dora and the Lost City of Gold


It seems like Hollywood is obsessed with turning animated animated films and television shows into live action movies. Disney started the trend. It seems like other movie studios have jumped on the “animation-to-live-action” bandwagon. The latest entry is a live action film of a popular animated television series – Dora the Explorer.

Dora the Explorer was an animated series back when my kids were little. It first premiered on Nickelodeon on August 14, 2000. I believe it’s one of Nickelodeon’s longest running series (I could be wrong). Dora still airs on television, but she has grown up since back in the day when my kids used to watch the series pretty much every day.

Dora is a young girl from South America who enjoys exploring. With the help of her best friend, Boots the monkey, her backpack and map, Dora solves puzzles and gets around obstacles. Along the way she teaches children how to say things in Spanish. Admittedly I learned a lot of Spanish words and phrases by watching Dora the Explorer, and I’m an adult!

I learned how to say “Happy Birthday” in Spanish, compliments of Dora (“Feliz Compleanos”).


I was a bit surprised to see that Dora the Explorer was being made into a live action, full length movie. What next? A Barney movie and/or a Teletubbie movie coming to a theater near you?

Honestly, I didn’t hold out much hope for a movie based on Dora the Explorer. To my surprise, the first time I saw the official trailer, I quickly changed my mind. Dare I say that the movie could be, good?

Based on Rotten Tomatoes (84% Tomatometer, 88% Audience Score), Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a hit.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital. I was sent a copy of the film to review, along with some fun supplies that can be used to go on my own exploration adventures (more on that later).

Dora and the Lost City of Gold stars Isabela Moner (Dora), Eva Longoria and Michael Peña (Dora’s parents), Jeff Wahlberg (Dora’s cousin Diego), Eugenio Derbez (Alejandro), Benicio Del Toro (voice of Swiper the Fox) and Danny Trejo (voice of Boots the monkey).

Dora lives with her parents in the Amazon jungle in South America. Her cousin and best friend Diego used to live with them too, but his parents moved to the “big city” (Los Angeles, California).

Dora has always love to explorer, even on her own. Being an explorer is in her blood, thanks to her professor parents.

Her parents discover the possible whereabouts of a lost city of gold, Parapata. They feel as though Dora is not ready to go with them, so they send her to live with her aunt, uncle and cousin Diego in the “big city.”

Adjusting to regular life, most especially high school, is the hardest “adventure” Dora has ever had to go on. People are not very kind or accepting of her. In fact, they make fun of her for being difference, and for having a positive outlook and a overly perky personality. Even her cousin Diego is put off by Dora just being herself. When asked to make changes, Dora simply replies that all she knows is to how to be herself.

On a field trip, Dora, Diego, a nerdy classmate and a snooty classmate who doesn’t like Dora at all, end up getting kidnapped and taken to South America.

Once in South America, Dora learns that she was kidnapped to help them find her parents. They have no interest in finding her parents. All they care about is finding Parapata and they know the Dora’s parents know where the City of Gold is located.

Dora, Diego and their classmates were able to escape thanks to a mysterious “friend of her parents” named  Alejandro Gutierrez.

Now it’s a race against time to find her parents before the rebels find them or the Lost City of Gold. But the surviving the jungle is not that easy, especially for Dora’s classmates who have no experience being in the jungle.

Will Dora find her parents before it’s too late? Does Parpata really exist? Will Dora ever be able to return her life back to the way it was before venturing to the big city? To find out you need top pick up, download or rent Dora and the Lost City of Gold. Look for it where ever movies are sold or rented.

In the beginning I thought the movie was a bit too “dorky” (for lack of a better description). Young Dora even goes so far as to say a word and look directly at the camera and ask viewers if they can say the word too (reminience of her animated television series). Between that and a poor CGI version of Boots, I wasn’t holding out much hope for this film. But… I gave it a fair shot, so I kept on watching it.

As each minute passed, the film got more and more entertaining. Sure, there were still some goofy parts, but for the most part I found myself very entertaining, especially towards the end of the film where the story peaks.

I’m very impressed by Isabela Moner. She IS Dora. She has the look, the manerisms and the overall “vibe” of being Dora the Explorer. She was the perfect choice to play that role.

In real life Isabela is 18 years old, yet she comes across as a few years younger in the film. By the way, the REAL animated Dora does make a cameo in the film.

I enjoy Eugenio Derbez. I have seen him in a few films and I have always enjoyed them. He’s a funny comedian, not only with his acting, but also with the expressions on his face.

I first thought this would be a film only five year olds would enjoy, but by the time the time the film had ended I realized that it’s a fun, family film for all ages – even adults.

The film is rated PG. I honestly don’t recall any foul language, and there is no nudity or sexual situations (two teens give an innocent kiss, that’s about it). I think the PG mostly comes from intense action scenes.

Along with the screener copy of the film, I also received a backpack filled with essentials one would need to take with them when going on an exploration. The backpack included;

  • Dora and the Lost City of Gold backpack
  • Young Explorer drawstring bag
  • Boots tote bag
  • Whistle
  • Compass
  • Binoculars
  • Magnifying glass
  • Crayons
  • Flashlight that powers up when you push down on the side of it.
  • And a beautiful flashlight from Maglite.

I may not be an explorer like Dora, but these goodies will come in very handy. The Mini Maglite flashlight will be helpful in case of a power outage, which we happened to have last night (transformer blew – most of the county lost power!).

The flashlight that powers up using the “button” you push on the side of it, is currently in the glove box in my car. You never know when you’ll need a flashlight when you are out and about.

The compass is also in my car. After all, you never know when you might need it.

The binoculars I am holding on to since that I can use them to do some bird watching from our balcony window.

You can never have enough crayons, especially if you want to do some Dora and the Lost City of Gold activity sheets. I have included the activity sheets (below). It’s a zip file.

Dora Activity Sheets

The whistle I have been using at work to get the attention of my “work kids,” most especially for fire drills.

If you would like to learn more about the film, check out the film’s Facebook page. The film is also on Twitter and Instagram. The official hashtag is #DoraMovie.

Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment. Please note that this is the theatrical trailer. The film is no longer in theaters.



*I received a copy of the film as well as other goodies. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

The Secret Life of Pets 2 – Available on Blu-ray & DVD Aug. 27, 2019


Coming to Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow (August 27, 2019) is the hilarious sequel to the hit film, The Secret Life of Pets. The sequel is appropriately entitled The Secret Life of Pets 2.

The sequel features returning voice talents, as well as new ones, including Patton Oswalt, Keven Hart, Lake Bell, Tiffany Haddish, Nick Kroll, Dana Carvey, Ellie Kemper, and Eric Stonestreet, to name a few.

The sequel takes place a few years after the first film. Max and Duke’s owner, Katie, is now married. Her and her husband have a young son name Liam. Max wasn’t too keen about the baby at first, but grew to love the little boy, to the point where he is very over protective of him and it causes him to have an itch that Katie takes him to see the vet about.

The family take a trip to the country, where the dogs get to experience life on the farm. It’s there that they meet a dog named Rooster (voiced by Harrison Ford), who eventually teaches Max some valuable life lessons.

Back in the city, the rest of the animals are also having a bit of an adventure.

Gidget was asked to keep an eye on Max’s favorite toy. She ends up losing it when it bounces into a crazy cat lady’s apartment. She must find a way to sneak into the apartment to retrieve is, but the only way to do that is if she can pass herself off as a cat so as not to be noticed. She asks resident cat Chloe to assist here.

Crazy Snowball – the little puffy bunny voiced by Kevin Hart – is also in the city. That is where he meets a little dog named Daisy who needs his help to help rescue, of all things, a baby tiger from a circus. That is because she heard that he’s a “superhero” (he fancies himself as one).

Even though there are three different story lines going on, they all come together towards the end of the film.

Will Gidget get back Max’s toy before he returns home from the country? Will Snowball and Daisy rescue the tiger cub from the circus? And what valuable lessons did Max learn from Rooster when he was in the country with his family? To find out, you need to pick up a copy of The Secret Life of Pets 2. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

The film is also available for purchase or rental on digital download.

Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment. This is the theatrical trailer. The film is no longer in theaters.


I was sent a copy of the film to review, as well as some fun goodies.

I received a gift basket of goodies including a plush Duke, a soft branded blanket, craft supplies and some baking supplies. I also received a “handbook” on how to throw a The Secret Life of Pets 2 party.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 branded blanket, plush and gift basket.

So many fun goodies!

First of all, my whole family was suppose to be available to watch the film. Sadly, our son had a party to go to in New York City, and our daughter had to work. So what was suppose to be “family movie night” turned out to be just me and my husband. That’s OK. We can watch the movie another time with both of my kids.

Our cats LOVE the blanket. It’s too warm to snuggle up with a blanket right now (seeing as how it’s summer), however our cats really seemed to enjoy it. So I think I might just give the blanket to the cats to snuggle on.

Emma enjoying the blanket.

Loca enjoying the blanket and red ribbons.

Our kitten, Emma, is seen above getting ready to lie down and get cozy on the branded blanket. Our other kitten, Loca (in the second photo) is enjoying the red ribbons that were used to tie up the gift basket. Cats love ribbon!

We were sent some baking supplies to make “Duke’s Doggie Donuts.” Unfortunately, we no longer have a dog. I might try and make them for our local animal shelter. I need to check with them first to see if they will accept homemade treats.

The party handbook also had recipes for “Daisey’s Crockpot Dog Food,” which looks really good (our dog would have loved it!) and “Pop’s Pupsicles.”

There is also a recipe for “Captain Snowball’s Super Salad” for rabbits. We actually fostered a rabbit several months ago.

There are a lot of fun recipes in the party planning book.

The party planning guide also has recipes for human’s including a delicious sounding “Sweatpea’s Peaches and Burrata” that I MUST try. There is also a “Gidget’s Cool as a Cucumber Salad” which I am definitely going to make too. I love cucumber salad.

The fun book also has printables, a BINGO game you can play as you watch the film (that is a fun idea) and coloring pages. I LOVE to color, so this is great for me.

I love coloring! These coloring pages are great.

There are also some fun craft ideas that I am going to try and do with the kids that I work with in the after school program.

I think the cutest thing I received was the supplies to make little party hats for our cats. I thought at least Emma would let me put a hat on her. Ha! That was no so easy at all.

The supplies include colorful pom poms and ribbon. Pom poms and ribbon to cats are TOYS. Needless to say, trying to not only get one of the cats to wear a hat long enough to take a photo, and trying to make them, was easier said than done. I REALLY wanted to get at least one of our cats (if not more) to wear the cute party hat. They are so easy to make too. All you need is colorful paper, pom poms and ribbon. I suppose you can make them for a small dog, or maybe a wee bit bigger for a larger dog.

Loca trying to catch the ribbon on the party hat.

There is no way this hat is going on Loca’s head.

In the above photos I was trying to get the hat on our kitten Loca, but she was too busy trying to get the ribbon used to wrap the hat on their head.

I’m not giving up! I’m determined to get at least one of the cats to wear the party hat. If I can get our cat Bella to wear Halloween costumes, I can get one of them to wear a hat.

I even tried with Emma (below), with no luck. I’m sorry the pictures are fuzzy… she was moving too quickly, trying to get the ribbons.

We tried to get the hat on Emma, with no luck.


As for my thoughts on the film…

I think this is an adorable and fun sequel to the original. There are three different story lines, which initially I thought was a bit odd, but I like how they all came together at the end.

You can’t help but love all the characters in this film, including secondary characters. They have such personalities, and it’s hysterical to see some of their antics on the screen.

The film makers continue with the original film as far as what pets do when their humans are not around. It’s funny to think of our pets really doing the stuff the animals do in the film.

We have always wondered what our pets did when we were not at home. That is why we have a security camera set up – so that we can see what they are doing. Of course our cats are less amusing than the ones in the film who do crazy things to pass the time while their humans are at work or away.

The animation is wonderful. It all looks so realistic. It’s also bright and colorful.

Pom Poms and ribbon are CAT TOYS… not craft supplies in their eyes. LOL!

The animals are all adorable. It makes me want to go out and adopt more animals (I think we’ve hit our quota with five cats and a fish).

I think this could pass as a stand alone film, so if you didn’t see the first film, you’ll be OK seeing this film. Of course, you’d enjoy the second film a lot more if you saw the first film, but it’s OK if you didn’t.

I love this film and it’s a great addition to our family’s movie collection. I’m looking forward to watching it again with my kids. I already have the popcorn ready, as well as some cookies.

I failed to mention that there are plenty of bonus features, including two mini-movies featuring Gidget from the film, and another one featured the beloved Minions. They are both adorable and funny.

I don’t know if there is an official website for the film, but I did find a Facebook page, as well as a Twitter page and an Instagram account.

The official hashtag is #TheSecretLifeOfPets2.

Did you see The Secret Life of Pets 2? If so, what did you think about it? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section of this post.


*I received a free screener copy, some goodies and a gift card to buy supplies in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Summertime Fun Activities


Summertime is here and we should be ready to get outdoors and enjoy life. Create a summer bucket list and don’t hold back. Put down that cellphone, that game console controller, take the earpiece out of your ear, turn off the cable, stop complaining on social media sites, and get involved in some summer activities. To help you get started here are some summertime fun ideas:

1. Nearly every town in America has planned a local parade to celebrate this great Nation on the Fourth of July. Either attend as a supporter or volunteer to be part of the planning committee complete with fireworks. Fall is also a great time to enjoy state fairs and traveling circus shows.

2. Invite some neighbors and family members over for a barbecue. No, you don’t have to buy all the food. Ask the invitees to bring a dish and you simply buy the meats and wear the chef’s barbecue hat. I can guarantee you that fun will be had by all.

3. If you check your local community summer fun activities events, a hospital, a school, or a park has made plans to show movies on the lawn. Sometimes these organizations supply light meals and a drink, while other movies on the lawn venues allow you to bring just drinks and a foldable lawn chair.

4. Okay, let’s move away from home and let’s go biking. Nothing recharges your life and mind like the great outdoors. Pick out a site in the mountains that are designed for biking. Choose a great bike like those at Aventuron. Ride along designated pathways, breathe in nature and view the world around you. This is great for mental and physical regeneration.

5. Go to an amusement park and ride all the fun rides, eat great foods like cotton candy or corn dogs, enter a ball throwing contest to win a teddy bear, enjoy a water slide, laugh and enjoy the carnival-style atmosphere.

6. Camp out under the stars. No, not in your backyard, even though you could. Instead, pick out a nearby spot or actually go to a nearby state park. Pack up the family, choose all your camping equipment and supplies and prepare to enjoy the great outdoors, roast marshmallows, make s’mores, take in fly fishing, look for unique flora, and sit around as you laugh and talk.

7. Naturally, there is nothing like the beach to start the summer and to end the summer. Walk on the sand, play in the ocean, eat boardwalk foods, build a sandcastle, relax in the sunshine with SPF lotions, and watch out for sharks.

8. Think outside the box. Book a trip to a country where children need to learn English, join other volunteers to dig a water well, help Doctors Without Borders tend to the ill. When you give of yourself, you enrich the world around you. You don’t have to travel to another country, look around your local community and see how you can be of help.

5 Fun Activities To Make Lasting Memories in Summer Camp


Simply put, summer camps are absolutely amazing. With the amount of fun that goes on in summer camps, you leave with some of the best memories that will last a lifetime. From camping outside, swimming, crafts, and so much more, there is an endless amount of ways to create these special memories. What’s even better is that camps now accommodate kids with special needs, chronic illnesses, and other disabilities. No matter what background you come from, everyone is having fun at summer camp. There are specific camps, such as a Christian special needs summer camp, that invite people from all walks of life to enjoy a new experience. With this in mind, let’s talk about some of the many ways to create these memories at summer camp. Here are five fun activities to make lasting memories in summer camp.

Activity #1: Summer Camp Talent Show

Out of the many great memories to make at summer camp, one of the best is getting to know and learn about new people. Well, one of the best ways to do that is by having a summer camp talent show. With kids sometimes coming from all over the world to enjoy a summer camp, taking part in a talent show is the best way to bring out culture and community with everyone involved. Plus, it’s also a great way to see who has the best of a certain skill when it comes to picking people for a friendly competitive game.

Activity #2: Taking A Dive

You can’t have summer camp without swimming. In fact, this is basically a mandatory activity for many people considering how hot it can get in some places. Given that swimming is already a fun activity in the first place, summer camp takes that fun and multiplies it. With diving boards, jet skies and other fun swimming tools to use, camps are really the best way to get the most out of swimming.

Activity #3: Nature Scavenger Hunt/Hide & Seek

One of the best ways to explore the outdoors in summer camp is by having a nature scavenger hunt. Considering beautiful and open the outdoors is, mixing in a game is a great way to allow people to take in the beauty while creating a fun memory. Also, when it comes to a game like hide and seek, there is virtually an endless amount of places to hide outdoors. How fun would that be? Worth mentioning, we need to be careful to not get lost. Some outdoor areas can get pretty dense.

Activity #4: Summer Camp Concert

Another great activity that would bring people together and create memories at the same time is to enjoy or take part in a summer camp concert. First of all, everyone loves music. Secondly, being able to take part in the concert will be a way to allow expression for anyone willing to participate. All around, it’s an amazing experience for everyone.

Activity #5: Summer Camp Dinner

Out of all the activities that summer camp has to offer, perhaps having a summer camp dinner with everybody involved is the best way show togetherness. This allows people to talk and share with one another, meet someone new, and much more. As a matter of fact, the best ability that this type of dinner has is that it brings out the family aspect of summer camp. This is one of the characteristics that make summer camp so special to people and keeps them coming back year after year.

Summer Camp & Life-Long Memories

Summer camp memories are some of the most memorable ones of all. The amount of fun and excitement that these camps have is like no other. To find another place that brings out the same kind of emotions that summer camp brings out is a tall order. That being said, we have to remember that we only have one life to live. We need to make the most out of every second we have on this earth. As we can see, experiencing a summer camp is one of the best ways to do just that. Everyone always remembers at least one memory from summer camp.

Preserve your Easter memories for years to come with Eggnots


Our son when he was little collecting Easter eggs during an egg hunt.

In a previous post I wrote about how much my family and I enjoy coloring Easter eggs each year. Even as young adults, it’s something my kids still enjoy doing.

Some of our favorite family memories are those we made when we colored Easter eggs. From coloring “failures” (that turned out to be funny memories) to spilling egg coloring all over the carpet (we never could get it out of the carpet).

Sometimes our fond memories are those of the finished eggs. Over the years we’ve had some gorgeous looking eggs, and some pretty funny “fails.”

It’s sad that you can’t hold on to some of those colored eggs. After all, they are real eggs and won’t keep long. In our home, hard boiled eggs get gobbled up quickly too.

Actually… there is a way to preserve some of your best colored eggs, and use them year after year as holiday decorations. Their called Eggnots.

Eggnots are an Easter egg alternative. Not only can you enjoy your creations year after year, it’s also a great way for those with an egg allergy to enjoy coloring eggs without fear of having an allergic reaction.

You can even use them for Easter (or non-Easter) crafts.

Eggnots are high quality ceramic “eggs” that can be colored, dyed and/or painted, just like a real egg.

Eggnots are the same size and shape of real eggs too.

I did a review for Eggnots last year. You can read that review, and see how I colored Eggnots with shaving cream and food coloring here – Create Long Lasting Memories with Eggnots.

Eggnots look like real eggs. They even come in an egg carton.

I still have those Eggnot eggs that I made last year. I am currently using them as a decoration on our dining room table.

This year I took some Eggnots to work with me to let my “work kids” have fun with them and to see what they came up with.

The kids loved having eggs they could decorate and keep “forever.” Knowing they could keep them long past Easter, some of the kids went to great lengths to make them look “perfect.” They even went so far as to glue on gems and other embellishments.

I had to fuzz out my “work child’s” face for obvious reasons.

I made “stands” for the Eggnot eggs out of a cut up paper towel roll.

Many of the kids used their Eggnots with the Eggmazing Egg Decorator that I also brought in for them. You can read that post HERE.

Here are some of the eggs that kids forgot to take home with them. I wish I had taken more pictures of the eggs because some of them turned out so beautiful.

All of the eggs pictures above are Eggnot eggs.

These are not indestructible. These are ceramic. They are pretty hardy, but they can break. We found that out the hard way when one of the girls dropped her Eggnot egg on the hard cafeteria floor. It broke in half (thankfully it didn’t shatter). Luckily I had an extra one left over so she was able to make one.

I wish I had more photos I could share. I went through all of the ones I took, but they feature the faces of my “work kids.” I am not allowed to show their faces, and it was hard to crop them all out since there were about a dozen kids working on the eggs.

You can see more examples on my post (linked above).

These are the Eggnots I made last year using shaving cream. I love how they turned out.

Eggnots are available on the brand’s website, Eggnots.com. They start off at $10.95 for a six-pack of Eggnots. They have bulk packages for schools, churches and groups too. They even have accessories for your Eggnots including decorative pieces you can glue on to your creation and hang it.

Why stop at Easter eggs? Eggnot can be turned into Christmas ornaments and other decorative pieces too. You can paint them, color them with markers, glue embellishments on them and more.

If you are interested in learning more about Eggnots, visit their official website (linked above). You can also check out the brand on social media. Those links are found on the top right of the brand’s website.

What do you think about Eggnots? Would you love to try decorating with them this Easter? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.


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

Looking for quality family entertainment? Check out Storm Boy, in theaters now.



I enjoy going to the movies. Both with just my husband, or as a family with my kids. My kids are young adults now, so trying to arrange to meet them at the mall to see a movie is easier said than done these days. They both have jobs, friends and a significant other.

There are so many movies I want to see that are in theaters now. And plenty being released in the next few months.

These days a lot of movies rely on high octane action, out of this world special effects, bad language, violence and gratuitous sex. It IS possible to make a movie – a really good movie – without any of these things. Such is the case with a new movie out in theaters now called Storm Boy.

Storm Boy is based off a novel written by Colin Thiele, back in the mid-60’s. It’s an Australian novel, so I’m not sure how well known it is in the U.S. The book was made into a film back in the 70’s. I’ve honestly never heard of it until now.

I love movies that have to do with animals and other creatures. Storm Boy is about a boy and his pelican. Yes, that’s right – a pelican.

Storm Boy stars Jai Courtney, Geoffrey Rush, David Gulpilil, Erik Thomson, Finn Little and Chantal Contouri.

Storm Boy is the story of a man named Mike Kingley (played by Rush as an adult, and Little as a child). He’s a successful adult who is about to make a business deal that has potential to destroy wildlife and land. His granddaughter, Madeline, doesn’t want him to take the deal that would have such a huge impact on the land and creatures that live there.

Madeline asks her grandfather about his childhood. That is when he talks about life on a desolate shoreline on the Australian coast.

After the death of his mother and sister, Mike (aka “Storm Boy”) and his father, move to a small home on the coastline. They are cut off from the outside world for the most part.

For Mike, living in such isolation made him very lonely. Sure, it was beautiful where he lived, but he really didn’t have any friends except an aboriginal man named Fingerbone Bill. He’s the one who gives Mike the nickname “Storm Boy.”

One day Mike comes across three baby penguins that were left alone after their mother was shot and killed by hunters opposed to having the land turned into a local bird sanctuary. Mike takes the baby birds in and names them Mr Proud, Mr Ponder and Mr Percival. They are not expected to survive, but Mike is willing to do whatever it takes to see the babies survive and thrive.

After the birds survive and thrives, Mike returns them so that they can lives their lives as Pelicans do.

Mr. Percival doesn’t want to be without Mike. So the two become the best of friends, even if it’s very unconventional.

How can someone who had such a great love for God’s creatures want to sell off a valuable piece of land? What ever happened to Mr. Percival? To find out, you need to check out Storm Boy. 

Here is the list of theaters across the country where the film is being shown –  Storm Boy – Tickets & Theater Locations.

Check out the movie’s trailer.


I had the opportunity to screen the film (online) prior to it’s release.

First and foremost, the cinematography is breathtaking. I wanted to pack my bags and move to the Australian coast where “Storm Boy” lived. The cinematography made the film come to life. It’s truly amazing.

Young  Fin Little (Mike/”Storm Boy”) is a very talented young man. He was the perfect casting choice to play the role. For a young boy, you’d think he’d been acting for decades. I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot more of him.

I LOVED the Pelicans. They are one of those creatures that you don’t hear too many people saying that they are their favorite. I have always thought they were cool (their mouths/necks/pouches and their long beaks). After seeing this movie I have a new found appreciation for these astonishing creatures.

Overall I loved the story. I think it had a lot of heart. I also loved the message that it sent (if that was it’s intention) about the beauty of nature and how we are suppose to care for it and not go out of our way to destroy habitats and other places where creatures (animals, birds…) call it “home.”

The film is rated PG. I guess I can see why that can be, but in my opinion it’s a film the whole family can enjoy.

If you are interested in learning more about the film, please visit the film’s official Facebook and Instagram pages. You can also look it up with @StormBoyMovie. The official hashtag is #StormBoy. I did not find an official website for the movie.

I also have some coloring pages based on the film that you might be interested in downloading and enjoying with your family.

These are .PDF files. Simply click on the links to download (and print out) each coloring page.

Storm Boy Coloring Sheet

Storm Boy Coloring Sheet 1

Storm Boy Coloring Sheet 2

Storm Boy Coloring Sheet 3

Storm Boy Coloring Sheet 4

If you or your child colors one of the pages, upload it and share it on social media using the hashtag #StormBoy and tag @StormBoy for your chance to have your artwork featured on their Fan Art Friday social media posts. 

Here are some Storm Boy activities you might enjoy as well.

Storm Boy Origami

Storm Boy Trivia

Storm Boy Word Search

You can also download all of the coloring page and activities here – Storm Boy Activity Packet.

In addition to the coloring pages and activities, here is a really interesting educational guide that goes into depth into the film, talks about Pelicans and how you can utilize this film to be a teachable experience about environmental sustainability, conservation, friendship, love, loss, isolation and other themes. This guide also has some beautiful images from the film.

Storm Boy Education Guide

Horror movies are awesome (I’m a horror movie fan). High octane action packed films are great. And who doesn’t love comedies? However, if you are interested in a different kind of film that makes you think about the world around you, I would highly recommend checking out Storm Boy. Check out the link (above) to find a theater near you that is showing the film.

In addition to a screener of the film, I was also sent a Pelican adoption kit from the World Animal Foundation. The kit included information about their organization, an official certificate of adoption and a photo of the Pelican that I “adopted.” The kit also included great information about Pelicans. I never knew there were several different types of Pelicans. I found that to be very interesting.

If you are interested in learning more about the World Animal Foundation, please visit WorldAnimalFoundation.com. There you can learn more about “adopting” (symbolically) other creatures like lobsters (no kidding), rats, penguins, snakes, tigers, whales and more. They can also be found on social media (their links are found on the bottom of their website).

I also received an adorable plush Pelican. He’s super cute!

What do you think about this film? Do you think you’ll check it out if it’s playing in a theater near you? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

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*I received a free screener, adoption kit and plush toy in exchange for my honest review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.