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Disney’s Lion King – Now Available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital

 

Disney’s live-action remake of one of their most loved films, Lion King, is available TODAY on Blu-ray, DVD and on digital.

I am a HUGE Disney movie fan. I have been for as long as I can remember.

Growing up, a local movie theater would show Disney films all summer long. They would show a different movie each week, which afforded me the opportunity to see some of Disney’s all time classics – Snow White, Cinderella, Pinocchio, Fantasia, and even live-action films. Films that came out long before I was born.

Oh how I miss those days. I looked forward to seeing those Disney film’s week after week all summer long.

Since my youth, Disney has been making great entertainment year after year.

When I heard that Disney was turning one of the favorite films, Alice in Wonderland, into a live-action film, I was totally against it. After all, how were film makers going to turn all those crazy animated characters into live-action versions of themselves.

The Cheshire Cat from Disney’s 2010 Alice in Wonderland

Since then, Disney has out done it’s self movie after movie, turning beloved animated films into astounding live-action films. It seems like each film is better than the live-action remake that came out before it.

The Lion King is hands down one of my all time favorite animated Disney films. It has it all, adorable animals, great songs, a lot of action, and a great story plot. How in the world was Disney going to turn all of those animated characters into “live” versions of themselves?

Through the power of CGI (computer generated images), and other movie magic, Disney has created by far one of THE BEST live-action remake to date.

The live-action Lion King is available today for home viewing. If you haven’t seen the film yet, it’s a MUST SEE.

The 2019 Lion King follows along with the story line of the original film (animated version).

King Mufasa rules over the Pride Land. Him and his mate, Queen Sarabi, have a newborn cub that they name Simba. Simba will be next in line to rule the Pride Land after his father, much to the dismay of Mufasa’s brother, Scar.

Scar has it out for Simba because he wants to rule the Pride Land one day. His attempt to kill the cub fails, Scar next plots to eliminate both Simba and Mufasa. He manages to kill off Mufasa, but Simba survives. In effort to do away with the cub, he tells Simba that his father’s death was all his fault, and that he needs to leave the Pride Land, never to return. Simba believes his uncle and leaves.

 

Scar sends his “minions,” the hyenas, to go after Simba and kill him, but they fail to succeed. Simba lives and ends up in a desert where he meets two outcasts, a Meerkat named Timon and a warthog named Pumbaa. They take Simba under their wing and the trio live happily ever after in a desert oasis. Their motto in life is “hakuna matata,” which means “no worries” in Swahili.

Years go by and Simba grows into a beautiful young lion.

One day Pumbaa is attacked by a lioness. Simba is able to fend her off and rescue his friend. It is not until then that he realizes the lioness is Nala, his childhood friend from the Pride Lands.

Nala tells Simba how horrible the Pride Lands have become under Scars rule, and tried to talk him into returning and taking back the throne which rightfully belongs to him.

Will Simba return and take his rightful place as King of the Pride Lands? Will he remain in the oasis with his friends and live a carefree, worry free life? And what about Scar? What will Scar do if he learns that Simba is still alive? In order to find out the answers, you need to pick up, download or rent Lion King. Look for it where ever movies are sold or rented.

Throughout the film the characters sing a variety of songs. Some songs are from the original film (sung by new people) and there are new songs in the soundtrack as well, such as Beyonce’s “Spirit.”

One of the film’s most enjoyable songs is “Hakuna Matata.” Here is the song’s video for your enjoyment, as well as to give you a sneak peak at the AMAZING CGI.

Please note, this video doesn’t do the film justice. On the television, the colors are beautiful and the scenery looks so realistic that you would swear the film was filmed on the African plains.

 

See what I mean? A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

I applaud the film makers who painstakingly spend thousands of hours to make sure nothing was left undone in this film. From every movement of hair, to the way the leaves move in the wind… everything was taken into consideration.

I know that CGI is not perfect (nothing is), but the animals in this film are as close to looking like the real things than any other movie I have seen to date. I think I sat there in total awe when I watched the film. It’s stunning!

I enjoyed the original songs from the original film. Who knew Seth Rogen could sing.

There are a lot of must-see bonus features with the Blu-ray and digital copies of the film.

I know some people are not fans of watching bonus content. I enjoy watching it because it gives you a background look at the making of the film, which I always find fascinating.

Some of the must see content includes;

The Journey to “The Lion King.” There are different featurettes for this one that goes behind the scene of the music and magic that brought this film to life. You’ll also hear from the filmmakers and how the Lion King moved them.

There are music videos (“Spirit” and “Never Too Late”).  There are also a selection of some of the best songs from the film (as well as from the original film).

My favorite bonus feature is “Protect the Pride” which is about conservation efforts to help save the lions. If you watch even just one bonus feature, please watch this one. It’s so important that we do what we can to save the lions (and all other creatures) before they are driven to extinction. The last thing I want is for my future grandchildren and great-grandchildren to only read about lions in a book because lions are long gone.

Disney has truly outdone it’s self with the remake of the Lion King. I am so impressed with this film that I am excited for future live-action remakes of Disney classics.

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

I found the film on social media – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The official hashtag is #TheLionKing.

Did you see the remake of  the Lion King? What did you think about it? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

 

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. 

Movie Review: Toy Story 4 – available on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K on October 8, 2019

 

My family and I love the Toy Story franchise. The original Toy Story was the first movie my husband and I saw together when we were dating. We even had Buzz and Woody “witness” a contract that we wrote. My husband loved the film so much that his God daughters bough him Buzz and Woody dolls. My husband and I wrote up a “contract” that we’d be together for 99 years, and we had Buzz and Woody “witness” it and size the contract. LOL! My husband still has 76 years to go. Ha Ha.

We’ve seen all of the Toy Story films. We’ve loved them all (the second one was the weakest). It’s hard not to fall in love with all of the characters in the film.

Toy Story 3 was released in 2010. It’s been 9 long years since we’ve seen a movie in the franchise. I was super excited to learn that there was a fourth movie in the works, and I couldn’t wait to see it. Sadly, we never had the chance to see it while it was in theaters. That’s OK because the film is now available for home viewing. Toy Story 4 is available  on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K on October 8, 2019. It’s already been available on digital.

I was sent a screener copy of the film to review.

It’s been years since the Toy Story gang have seen Andy. They have been with Bonnie since Andy gave them all to her.

Bonnie is growing up. She doesn’t play with her toys like she used to. Sadly, Woody seems to be played with less and less and spends more time in the closet watching her play with his friends.

Bonnie is about to start kindergarten. Begrudgingly, Bonnie has to attend a kindergarten orientation. While there, she finds herself scared and lonely. Using some arts and crafts supplies, Bonnie creates a character out of trash that she names Forky. Bonnie finds is comforting to have her new friend Forky with her.

Woody sees how important Forky is to Bonnie and promises to keep it safe for her sake.

The week before kindergartens starts, Bonnie and her parents go on a road trip. The entire group of characters goes with her – Buzz, Mr. & Mrs. Potatohead, Rex, Slinky, Hamm and others. Woody and Forky are also along for the ride.

While on the road trip, Forky escapes and Woody takes it upon himself to find him and bring him back before Bonnie notices that he’s gone.

Woody does find Forky, and the duo make their way back to the RV park where Bonnie and her family are, in hopes of getting there before Bonnie notices. Along the way they come across an antique store. Woody thinks his long lost love, Bo Peep, might be there after he notices her lamp in the window.

Inside the shop they meet up with a doll named Gabby and Vincent, her puppet friend. Gabby is up to no good. Woody flees, but Forky is help captive.

At one point Woody finds himself at a playground where he meets up with Bo Peep, who is now a part of a group known as the lost toys. Bo Peep is happy not to belong to a child anymore. Her and her friends enjoy their freedom.

Bo Peep offers to help Woody get Forky. In the meantime, the other friends do what they can to stall the family from leaving, giving Woody time to find Buzz and Forky before it’s too late.

Will Woody be able to get Forky back to Bonnie in time? Will Bo Peep go back with Woody and be a toy that belongs to Bonnie? To find out, you need to pick up a copy of Toy Story 4. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

I LOVED this film. It’s a great film. Dare I say that I loved this as much as the original film.

Make sure that you have tissues when you watch this film. Trust me. I won’t go into details, but I was shocked at how the film ended and it broke my heart.

Be sure to watch through the end credits too. There are additional scenes within the end credits.

I love the new characters introduced in this film. Giggle McDimples is adorable and Duck & Bunny are funny.

I was surprised to learn that the new character of Duke Caboom was voice by Keanu Reeves.

There are a lot of famous actors and actresses who lend their voices to this film. All of the original cast is back (Tim Allen, Tom Hanks…). In this film you also have Keanu, Christina Hendricks, Jordan Peele, Annie Potts, Carl Weathers, Patricia Arquette, Flea, Betty White and Jeff Garlin, to name a few. It seems like a lot of celebrities are fans of the franchise and what to take part of it.

Of course there are a lot of great bonus features worth checking out.

          Blu-ray & Digital:

‘Toy Stories – The Toy Story 4 cast and crew share their love of toys!

Woody & Buzz – Take a look at the relationship between these two legendary characters.

Bo Rebooted – Discover how Team Bo reimagined all aspects of Bo Peep’s identity to arrive at the fully realized character seen in the film.

Toy Box – Enjoy a collection of mini-docs on the film’s memorable new characters, featuring the voice actors, director Josh Cooley and Pixar artists talking about the many elements that make these characters fun and lovable

Let’s Ride With Ally Maki – Ally Maki, voice of Giggle McDimples, learns all about Pixar’s dialogue recording process from director Josh Cooley and his team.

Deleted Scenes introduced by director Josh Cooley including:

  • Scamming Playtime
  • Bo Knows Hippos
  • Desperate Toys
  • Knock-Offs
  • Recruit Duke
  • She’s The One

Audio Commentary, Trailers and more!

Digital Exclusive:

Anatomy of a Scene: Prologue – Filmmakers and crew review key scenes of the movie and dissect the practical and technological methods used to bring them to life.

Additional Deleted scene -Bonnie’s Playtime

I haven’t had the opportunity to watch them yet, but I plan on it because I enjoy getting a behind the scenes look at films.

Look for the film on social media. The official hashtag is #ToyStory4.

Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The

Enter to win a Toy Story 4 Blu-ray Combo Pack (giveaway ends on 10/12/19)

 

Are you a fan of the Toy Story movie franchise? Me and my family are. In fact, the very first movie my husband and I saw when we started dating was the first Toy Story film. I think that is part of the reason why we love the franchise so much, the other part being that the characters are endearing and the movies are a lot of fun.

We’ve seen the first film and the third film in the movie theater. The second film we didn’t get a chance to see until it came on television. So far the first film is my all time favorite, followed closely by the third film. The second film is my least favorite of the three.

Sadly, we never had the opportunity to see Toy Story 4 when it came out in the theater. We had every intention of going, but it never worked out. Thankfully, Toy Story 4 will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and I believe 4K, on October 8, 2019 (that’s next Tuesday!). The film is already available on digital.

Here is your theatrical trailer for your enjoyment. The film is no longer in theaters.

 

I can’t wait to see it! I’m especially looking forward to “meeting” Forky. I’ve already seen kids at school make Forky out of plastic forks and Play Doh. Too cute! He’s pictured in the top photo, as well as in the trailer. 

Check out Toy Story on Facebook and Twitter. They are also on Instagram.

In honor of the film’s release on Blu-ray and DVD, I have a Blu-ray combo pack to give away to a lucky reader. The combo pack includes a Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy of the film, so you can watch it where ever and when ever you want.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 12, 2019. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen.

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

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated in any way for this post. The opinions expressed are my own. The sponsor will be providing the prize package.

Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns – Available TODAY on Blu-ray & DVD

 

Now available on Blu-ray and DVD is the Academy Award nominated film Mary Poppins Returns. The film is also available on digital. This is a sequel of sorts to Disney’s original Mary Poppins that stared Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.

Mary Poppins Returns stars Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins. It’s cast also includes Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Mark Addy, and Chris O’Dowd, to name a few.

The film starts many years after the original film. In the original film one of the children was Michael Banks. Fast forward to this film – Michael Banks now lives in his childhood home. He is a widower with three children – Annabel, John and Georgie. He also resides with his sister Jane, who was also a child in the original film.

Michael works for Fidelity Fiduciary Bank. He also has a loan with them that he hasn’t paid back in full yet. Unfortunately the banks’s corrupt new chairman plans on repossessing Michael’s childhood home that he resides in if the loan is not paid in full by the end of the week.

Michael can pay off the loan if he can locate missing share certificate that his father had left for him and his sister. The only problem is, he has no clue where it can be.

While searching for the missing certificate, Michael comes across a kite from his childhood. It doesn’t seem to have any sentimental value to him, so he simply tosses it out.

Meanwhile, Micheal’s children are playing in a local park when they happen upon the kite. They decide to fly the kite. While flying the kite a mysterious woman descends from the sky with the kite in her hands. It’s Mary Poppins. She has returned. She also insists on being the nanny for the Banks children (in the same vein as the original film).

As you can imagine, Mary Poppins takes the Banks children on several magical adventures, including one where little Georgie is kidnapped and his siblings have to rescue him.

Are they just a dream, or is Mary Poppins really taking the children into other dimensions?

Joining them on their adventures with Mary Poppins is a “lamp lighter” named Jack (similar to the chimney sweeper Bert in the original film).

Meanwhile, Michael and Jane are desperate to find the missing share certificate, as well as trying to find a way to pay off the loan before Friday. They even go so far as to try and sell personal possessions.

Will the Banks family be able to pay off the loan, or find the missing share certificate, before it’s too late and they lose their childhood home? This time, does Mary Poppins stay with the Banks family, or does she disappear into the sky again? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Mary Poppins Returns, or rent it from your favorite rental service.

There are several bonus features available with this film (of course!), which include deleted scenes, a deleted song, a behind the scenes look at the making of the film, and much more. Admittedly I haven’t finished watching all of the bonus features (I only picked out a few to watch after we finished watching the film).

I am a huge fan of the Mary Poppins, so I found myself comparing this film to the original. DON’T DO THAT! Nothing will ever match the original. You need to look at this film with “fresh eyes.” Pretend you never saw the original film or you’ll spend more time comparing the two films, then actually appreciating Mary Poppins Returns on it’s own merit. Hopefully people know what I mean by that.

There are a lot of songs in this film, as one would expect. There must be about two dozen songs in this film. Some are brief (maybe a minute or two at best), and a few others are several minutes long. While I did enjoy many of the song and dance numbers, I felt like there were too many songs in the film. Don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate musicals, but sometimes there are just too many songs. It’s like there was about the same amount of singing and dancing than actual acting.

I think the film makers did a good job casting Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins. She has some huge shoes to fill (Julie Andrews will always be Mary Poppins). Blunt always managed to look composed and proper, while giving off a hint of playfulness at the same time.

I was surprised to see so many well known actors in this film, like Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and Julie Waters. I was also thrilled to see the appearance of Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury. It would have been nice to see Julie Andrews, but I guess that would have been “easier said than done,” because she is Mary Poppins, and there would be no feasible way to explain why there are two of the iconic characters in the same film.

The animated sequences were nice. They payed homage to the original film. I think those were some of my favorite scenes from the film.

I think if you never saw the original Mary Poppins, that this film could easily stand on it’s own. Another words, you don’t need to know the backstory to appreciate this film. Although it made me want to watch the original Mary Poppins after viewing this film. You simply can’t beat the classic songs like “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim, Chim, Cheree,” and “Super‐cali‐fragil‐istic‐expi‐ali‐docious.”

Overall we enjoyed the film (my husband and I). It’s certainly a fun, family film. I think it’s a great way to introduce classic Disney films to a whole new generation.

Below is the film’s theatrical trailer. The film is no longer in theaters.

 

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. 

Upcoming Movies for 2019 from Disney, Marvel, Pixar, DisneyNature and Lucas Films

 

Can you believe it’s almost a month since Christmas? January 2019 is almost over. Before you know it we’ll be planning for Memorial Day weekend.

I’m a big fan of movies (in case you haven’t noticed from all my movie reviews). My husband and I love to go out on dates and most of the time we go and see a movie. We prefer to go to matinees so that the theater is less crowded. We also wait to see movies until they have been out for at least two weeks, that way the theater is not as crowd.

Here are some upcoming movies for 2019 that you might be interested in.

March 9, 2019 – CAPTAIN MARVEL (Marvel Studios)

#CaptainMarvel

Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom.

The film stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Rune Temte, Algenis Perez Soto, Mckenna Grace, with Annette Bening, with Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.

Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is produced by Kevin Feige and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Patricia Whitcher and Stan Lee are the executive producers. The story is by Nicole Perlman and Joe Shrapnel & Anna Waterhouse, and the screenplay is by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck and Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Jac Schaeffer. 

Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL opens on March 8, 2019 in U.S. theaters.

 

I know A LOT of Marvel fans are super excited to see this film Even the kids I work with are talking about how they cannot wait to see Captain Marvel.

From the trailer I’ve seen (above), this film looks A-W-E-S-O-M-E.

March 29, 2019 – DUMBO (Walt Disney Studios)

#Dumbo

From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, the all-new grand live-action adventure “Dumbo” expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets.

Directed by Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”) from a screenplay by Ehren Kruger (“Ophelia,” “Dream House”), and produced by Justin Springer (“TRON: Legacy”), Kruger, Katterli Frauenfelder (“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” “Big Eyes”) and Derek Frey (“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” “Frankenweenie”).

DUMBO flies into theaters on March 29, 2019.

 

Dumbo is one of the Disney films that ALWAYS makes me cry – ALWAYS! I cannot watch the part where Dumbo’s mom is taken away from him. I also cannot listen to the song “Baby Mine”  without getting all misty-eyed.

Disney has done an incredible job turning beloved animated films into live action films. I’m excited to see how they do with Dumbo, especially because Dumbo is one of my favorite Disney films (and I happen to love elephants).

April 17, 2019 – PENGUINS (Disneynature)

#DisneynaturePenguins

Disneynature’s all-new feature film “Penguins” is a coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family. None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he’s targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after. From the filmmaking team behind “Bears” and “Chimpanzee,” Disneynature’s “Penguins” opens in theaters nationwide in time for Earth Day 2019.

Disneynature’s PENGUINS opens in theaters on April 17, 2019.

I’m a big fan of the DisneyNature films. I have yet to see one that I didn’t truly love. Not only are they visually stunning, but they also are very educational.

I plan on seeing this in the movie theater. I enjoy seeing DisneyNature films on the big screen.

April 26, 2019 – AVENGERS: ENDGAME (Marvel Studios)

#AvengersEndgame

 

Marvel Studios hasn’t released many details about this sequel to Avengers: Infinity War.

I know A LOT of people are super anxious to see this film to find out what happened to their favorite Marvel characters. I’m one of those people. I have to see if they are all ready dead, or if there is a way to bring them all back alive.

May 24, 2019 – ALADDIN (Walt Disney Studios)

#Aladdin

A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, “Aladdin” is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie (“Sherlock Holmes,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”), who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, “Aladdin” is written by John August (“Dark Shadows,” “Big Fish”) and Ritchie based on Disney’s “Aladdin.” The film stars Will Smith (“Ali,” “Men in Black”) as the larger-than-life Genie; Mena Massoud (“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”) as the charming scoundrel Aladdin; Naomi Scott (“Power Rangers”) as Jasmine, the beautiful self-determined princess; Marwan Kenzari (“Murder on the Orient Express”) as Jafar, the powerful sorcerer; Navid Negahban (“Legion”) as the Sultan concerned with his daughter’s future; Nasim Pedrad (“Saturday Night Live”) as Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s free-spirited best friend and confidante; Billy Magnussen (“Into the Woods”) as the handsome and arrogant suitor Prince Anders; and Numan Acar (“The Great Wall”) as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and captain of the palace guards.

“Aladdin” is produced by Dan Lin (“Sherlock Holmes”) and Jonathan Eirich (“Death Nate”) with Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Marc Platt (“La La Land”) and Kevin De La Noy (“The Dark Knight Rises”) serving as executive producers. Eight-time Academy Award winning composer Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid”) provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Oscar-winning lyricists Howard Ashman (“Little Shop of Horrors”) and Tim Rice (“The Lion King”) and includes two new songs written by Menken and Oscar and Tony Award-winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land,” “Dear Evan Hanson”). The film, which was shot on practical stages in London and on location amidst the stunning desert vistas of Jordan, has a talented creative team helping to bring Agrabah to life, including: director of photography Alan Stewart (“The Commuter”), production designer Gemma Jackson (“Game of Thrones”) and costume designer Michael Wilkinson (“American Hustle”).

ALADDIN opens in U.S. theatres nationwide May 24, 2019.

 

Just like with Dumbo, I am excited to see this beautiful animated film come to life. I’m also looking forward to seeing how Will Smith does as the genie, which was voiced by the late Robin Williams. Will Smith seems like an odd choice, but who knows, he might totally “own” this role.

June 21, 2019 – TOY STORY 4 (Disney·Pixar)

#ToyStory4

Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy. Directed by Josh Cooley (“Riley’s First Date?”) and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Inside Out,” “Up”) and Mark Nielsen (associate producer “Inside Out”).

Disney·Pixar’s TOY STORY 4 ventures to U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019.

 

On one of our first dates my husband took me to see Toy Story (the one that started it all). He even had a Buzz and Woody dolls. He had them to “collect” (keep on a shelf to look at, not touch), but his many nieces had other plans for them. They loved playing with them. So he let the kids have them.

Funny story.. when we were dating we wrote up a “contract” that we’d be together for 99 years. We had Buzz and Woody “sign” our contract. To this day we still have it and we joking count down how many years are left on the contract (77 years left).

July 19, 2019 – THE LION KING (Walt Disney Studios)

#TheLionKing

Director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journey’s to the African savannah where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother–and former heir to the throne-has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon, “The Lion King” utilizes pioneer filmmaking techniques to bring these treasured characters to life in a whole new way.

THE LION KING roars into theatres on July 19, 2019.

This is another Disney film that I love. Actually, I LOVE this film. It’s another one of those “tear jerker” Disney film’s where it’s impossible for me to watch it without crying, but I power through because this is such a beautiful movie – both the story and the animation.

I LOVE how adorable Simba is in this film. I have a feeling there will be a lot of Lion King merchandise available because kids will want to have their own lions.

I met the artist who drew Scar in the film, Andreas Deja, during a press junket for Disney. He drew me Scar and autographed it for me. I keep it hanging above my desk. I love it!

I bet this film is going to look breathtaking on the big screen. This is another film that I must see in theaters because I know seeing it on the big screen will be an incredible experience.

August 9, 2019 – ARTEMIS FOWL (Walt Disney Studios)

#ArtemisFowl

Disney’s “Artemis Fowl,” based on the beloved book by Eoin Colfer, is a fantastical, spellbinding adventure that follows the journey of 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, as he seeks to find his father who has mysteriously disappeared. With the help of his loyal protector Butler, Artemis sets out to find him, and in doing so uncovers an ancient, underground civilization—the amazingly advanced world of fairies. Deducing that his father’s disappearance is somehow connected to the secretive, reclusive fairy world, cunning Artemis concocts a dangerous plan—so dangerous that he ultimately finds himself in a perilous war of wits with the all-powerful fairies.

“Artemis Fowl” is directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Tamara Smart, Nonzo Anozie, with Josh Gad, and Judi Dench. Judy Hofflund and Branagh are producing with Angus More Gordon and Matthew Jenkins serving as executive producers. Conor McPherson wrote the screenplay.

Disney’s ARTEMIS FOWL opens in U.S. theaters on August 9, 2019.

 

Admittedly I don’t know much about this film. I have seen the books in the bookstore, but I have never purchased one to read.

The trailer looks interesting. In fact, I was contemplating purchasing one of the books to read, just so I can get an idea of what this film is about.

November 22, 2019 – FROZEN 2 (Walt Disney Animation Studios)

Arendelle heats up in 2019 when Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf return to the big screen in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2,” the much-anticipated follow-up to 2013’s Oscar®-winning “Frozen”—the highest grossing animated film of all time. Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad reprise their roles, while Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, the team behind “Frozen,” return to the directors’ chairs.

FROZEN 2 opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2019.

Not much is known about the sequel to the insanely popular Frozen movie. And by “insanely popular” I mean that pretty much every child has seen it and can sing along to all of the great songs from the film

Sadly, there is no trailer available. One is coming soon, but I bet it will just be a teaser trailer and not the official trailer (not yet anyway).

December 20, 2019 – STAR WARS: EPISODE IX (Lucasfilm)

NOTHING is known about the final sequel in the popular franchise. Not a single story line has been released. There are not even any on set photos (at least hone that I have seen).

I saw Star Wars: A New Hope in theaters when it was first released. I have been a fan ever since. We even had two cats named after Star Wars characters (Anakin and Padmé). I also have a 4′ Darth Vadar and robotic Yoda “guarding” our front door.

I didn’t really like Star Wars: The Last Jedi, or Rouge One: A Star Wars Story, but all of the other Star Wars films, including Solo, I really loved.

I can’t wait!

Are you excited about any of these upcoming films? Which film (or films) are you most excited to see? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

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. 

Here is a Special Look at the Music and Magic of Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, in theaters December 19, 2019

 

There have been a lot of remakes of films over the years. Some remakes are amazing. Others, not so much.

Disney has been remaking a lot of their classic animated films into “live action” remakes. Take for example Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent (a remake of Sleeping Beauty). Coming up on the horizon are Aladdin, Mulan, The Lion King, Dumbo and I believe Little Mermaid, Snow White, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, and Lady and the Tramp are also in consideration.

Not all Disney’s remakes are animated films. Another film, that was a combination of both animation and live action, is also coming to theaters – Mary Poppins Returns.

Mary Poppins Returns is not necessarily a remake, but rather an updated version of the film. It’s still Mary Poppins but she returns to the Banks family to tend to a new generation of children.

I guess in some way it can be seen as a “part two,” but honestly, I think it’s an entirely different story about Mary Poppins and the Banks family.

Just like with the original film, there is a lot of fun animation and catchy songs.

Check out this new trailer (below) to see what I am talking about.

 

The film looks good, doesn’t it?

Its not every day that a film that can be seen as a musical comes to theaters. There used to be a lot of them back in the day. These days, not so much. So I find it refreshing that Disney is releasing a musical for a new generation of movie goers.

I work with children and I wouldn’t be surprised to hear some of the songs from the new film being sung by my “work kids.”

If you want to learn more about the film, or keep up to date on it, “like” the movie’s Facebook page. You can also follow the film on Instagram. The official hashtag is #MaryPoppinsReturns.

Be sure to follow Walt Disney Studios on Twitter too.

What do you think about the film? Do you think you’ll see it when it comes to a theater new you on December 19, 2018?

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.