Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Movie Review: Disney Pete's Dragon - A Wonderful Retelling of the Original

Disney reimagines their classic Pete's Dragon in a whole new way. Taking direction from Director David Lowery, he was intent on making sure that his movie was not a straight up remake of the original. He kept the themes of the original but told a completely new story.

The film takes place in the Pacific Northwest (though it was shot in New Zealand). The time period is rather ambiguous as you won't see signs of modern technology such cell phones for instance. Even the score is very folk-inspired and adds to that timeless quality. There are no nods to the original music however, as Lowery wanted the movie to stand on its own.

We begin with Pete and his family as they head out on vacation. There is a horrible accident and Pete is left all alone in the wilderness. As Pete wanders through the forest, he meets Elliot, a large furry dragon who takes pity on Pete. We then more six years ahead and see their friendship blossom. There are also some stunning visuals as Pete flies with Elliot over the wilderness. And Elliot, thanks to an amazing team from WETA Digital, looks as if he is truly real.

Next, we are introduced to Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford), a woodcarver who tells the children in the town the tale of his encounter with a dragon deep in the forest. His daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), a forest ranger doesn't believe her father's tales.

In the forest, Grace meets Pete (Oakes Fegley), a young boy who says he has lived in the forest for years with his friend Elliot. He claims that Elliot is a huge green dragon that seems all too familiar to the dragon in Mr. Meacham's tales. Oakes plays Pete with a warmth and sensitivity and yet at the same time a toughness that tells you that he could have survived his time in the woods.

With the help of young Natalie (Oona Laurence), whose father Jack (Wes Bentley), runs the local lumber mill, Grace goes on a search to see if Elliot is real or not. Mr. Meacham joins them as well. Soon the trio discovers that Pete was indeed telling the truth.

They are just starting to get to know Elliot when suddenly Jack's brother Gavin (Karl Urban) and his men capture Elliot and bring him back into town.

Discover what happens next when you see Pete's Dragon for yourself when it opens in theaters on August 12th!

In the end, Pete's Dragon is a fresh retelling of the classic movie while still keeping the themes of the original. An absolutely delightful family movie going experience that will spark the imagination of your children and remind us as adults of solid family values.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Giveaway: Disney Parks Exclusive Tsum Tsum Fantasyland Collection

Enter to win this Disney Parks Exclusive Tsum Tsum Fantasyland Collection! This giveaway is open to everyone! Good luck!

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Fantasyland Tsum Tsum Collection - Disney Theme Park Exclusives

On Friday July 22nd, Disney Parks released their fourth set of theme park exclusive Tsum Tsum collection! This is the Fantasyland Tsum Tsum collection! Come along with me in Fantasyland for a photoshoot with the newest theme park exclusive collection!

I had to start with princess Minnie and Sorcerer Mickey in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle!

The hippo and Mexico boy in front of their iconic it's a small world home.

The cute teacup in front of the Mad Tea Party!

Mr. Toad's smiling face in front of his very own Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.

The Jingles Tsum Tsum in front of the actual Jingles horse on the carousel. I wish that the Jingles Tsum Tsum actually had a bell on the inside.

And we end with another pic of the Princess Minnie and Sorcerer Mickey Tsum Tsums!

Hope you enjoyed this look at the Fantasyland Tsum Tsum collection in the park!

If you are not near the parks you can also purchase these online at the Disney Store by following the link below:

Fantasyland Tsum Tsum collection from the Disney Store

Star Trek Beyond’s Justin Lin, Simon Pegg and Zoe Saldana talk making-of, sound design in #DolbyCinema

Dolby has released an exclusive Star Trek Beyond video – which features director Justin Lin, writer and actor Simon Pegg, as well as actress Zoe Saldana, who plays “Lieutenant Uhura”.

At the helm of the Enterprise this time was Justin Lin (known for his work on the Fast & Furious” series). Directing one of Hollywood’s biggest franchise films is no easy task with so many pieces that had to come together – including sound design – to make the action-packed film resonate with audiences.

“The Enterprise is more than just a ship, it’s a vessel that basically has bonded us and all of these characters for 50 years. Sonically, as we design a shot, as we design a scene, it [sound] is not just about levels and stuff. It was about feeling. It’s emotional. With Dolby, we have more tools available to us than ever. As a filmmaker, the aesthetic has evolved to be able to build these moments.” - Justin Lin, Director of Star Trek 

Star Trek Beyond is now playing at Dolby Cinema locations at AMC, featuring Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. Dolby Cinema is a premium cinema offering for exhibitors and moviegoers that combines spectacular image and sound technologies with inspired design to make every visit a completely captivating cinematic event. More information about Dolby Cinema at AMC and locations can be found here.

Star Trek Beyond in Dolby Cinema from Dolby Laboratories on Vimeo.
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