Thursday, October 8, 2015

Sasaki Time's Review of the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWC - Epic Northern California Search for Disney and Peanuts!

Time for another vehicle review! This time it is the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWC! I spent 5 days in Northern California not only visiting my parents but also searching for all things Disney and Peanuts!

Time to make the 400 mile drive from Orange County to Sacramento! The display is bright and easy to read!

The navigation system is a large 7-inch touchscreen. You get real time traffic and 3D maps. SiriusXM provided my entertainment on the drive up. The audio system is loud and powerful thanks to a 710W Rockford Fosgate Premium Sound System with 9 speakers and a subwoofer.

The powerful 2.0L MIVEC DOHC 16-valve Inline 4-cylinder engine made short work of the road and the climb up and over the Grapevine. It gave me plenty of time to stop at one of my favorite places when I drive up north, Bravo Farms in Kettleman City. I always stop here to get a flavored milk like this root beer milk! Think of a root beer float and this is what you will get!

The drive up north took about 7 hours and it was time to rest up and get ready for a day of adventure with my parents in the Bay Area the next day.

It's a new day and it's time to hop back into the Outlander for a couple hour drive to the Bay Area.

My dad let my mom sit up front and off we went. Both of my parents commented on how comfortable they were in both the leather seats and how smooth the drive was.

Crossing over the world famous Golden Gate Bridge. This is my favorite landmark in the state well next to Disneyland of course. I even have a giant framed poster of the bridge at my place.

The first stop was Lucasfilm at The Presidio. This is the home to the famous Yoda fountain. I even brought my Sphero BB8 to meet the famous Jedi Master.

Inside the lobby you will find the costume of my favorite bounty hunter, the feared Boba Fett.

Even more feared throughout the galaxy than Boba Fett is Sith Lord Darth Vader. So cool to see both of these costumes up close and personal.

A short distance away is one of my favorite museums, The Walt Disney Family Museum. This is the gorgeous view of The Golden Gate Bridge from inside the museum.

This is one of the benches from the park where Walt sat and watched his daughters on the carousel. From one of the benches is where the idea for Disneyland came from. Walt thought that there should be a place where families can have fun together.

The bench gave me a photoshop idea. Here I am having a lovely conversation with Walt himself.

I love trains and love the Carolwood Pacific train seen here with this quote from Walt. This was the train that Walt operated in his backyard.

One of the coolest things in the museum is this amazing scale model of Disneyland. If you are a big Disney fan, you will want to check out this amazing museum!

Time to hit the open road once again! I love the panoramic glass roof! Time to find the Yoda and Indiana Jones statues in San Anselmo!

The small, quiet town of San Anselmo is the home to this statue of the man in the hat, Indiana Jones and a statue of Yoda. Why are these statues here you ask? Well, this is where George Lucas lives and he came up with the ideas for both Star Wars and Indiana Jones here.

The day started to get hotter and thankful for the automatic climate control inside the Outlander to keep all of us nice and cool!

Hoping back into the Outlander and heading up further north to Santa Rosa and the home of the Charles M. Schulz Museum!

This small museum has so much to see and do! Here you can take a look and learn more about some of your favorite shorts like, "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" and more.

Upstairs there is a special exhibit on the making of the Peanuts movie opening in theaters this November.

In the large gift shop you will find this beautiful stained glass featuring the world's most famous beagle, Snoopy!

After a long but fun day, it was time to head home!

Before I made the trip back down to Orange County, it was a quick stop to Costco to load up on some odds and ends. So much room in the back!

It was a fantastic trip to Northern California to see my folks and to see some great museums and see some other great sights!

The drive up and down the state was fantastic! My only complaint is that I wished the Outlander did have blind side detection on the side mirrors and rear cross traffic sensors as seen in other vehicles in this class. Other than that, the Outlander is a solid vehicle. Great gas mileage got me up to Northern California in one tank of gas. The engine provided enough power to get up the Grapevine with the greatest of ease. The amble leg room and comfortable seats make a long drive feel like a short one. Plus, the navigation system is big and bright. The SiriusXM provides more than enough audio options for any drive and combined with the Rockford Fosgate Premium Sound System provides more than enough power for your music.

As reviewed, the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport comes in at $29,945.00.

To learn more about the two museums I visited, click on the links below:

The Walt Disney Family Museum
Charles M. Schulz Museum

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Giveaway: Jack Skellington mug and spoon set plus a $20 Starbucks gift card!

Bring home this awesome Jack Skellington mug and spoon set just in time for Halloween! And fill your mug with a $20 Starbucks gift card!

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Meet the Voice of Disney's Newest Princess! Moana Finds Her voice!

BURBANK, Calif. – Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Moana” has found her voice following a worldwide search to cast the film’s title character. Native Hawaiian newcomer Auli’i Cravalho, 14, joins Dwayne Johnson in the big-screen adventure about a spirited and fearless teenager named Moana (voice of Cravalho) who, with help from demi-god Maui (voice of Johnson), sets out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder.

While hundreds of talented people from across the Pacific Islands were eager to try out for the role, Cravalho set her sights firmly on her sophomore year of high school. “I didn’t think I would have a chance,” she said. “When I was little, I used to dance around the house singing at the top of my lungs. In my mind, that was performing and I loved the feeling of it. But I never imagined being in a Disney movie, being Moana—representing my culture in that way.”

Fortunately, the film’s Hawai’i casting director remembered an unrelated audition Cravalho did as part of an a cappella group, which had been submitted for a talent showcase for a charity. Feeling the local teen would be perfect for the Disney role, she tracked her and her mother down and invited Cravalho to audition. “Her audition was fantastic – she was such a raw talent,” said producer Osnat Shurer. “Auli’i was among a small number of girls we brought back for a second round of auditions. Then we flew her and her mom over to audition at our studios in Burbank.”

“Auli’i demonstrated a certain fearlessness in her auditions and call-backs,” said director John Musker. “She has a playful, mischievous wit. She can project vulnerability, she doesn’t seem intimidated at all by the challenges ahead, and her Polynesian background has helped shape her connection to family, hard work and music. These are all qualities she shares with Moana.”

“Moana is a vibrant, tenacious 16-year-old growing up on an island where voyaging is forbidden,” added director Ron Clements. “But Moana has been drawn to the ocean since she can remember and is desperate to find out what’s beyond the confines of her island.”

Cravalho has already started recording for the role.

“Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast South Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one today knows why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”), and produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”).

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

New Trailer for Disney/Pixar The Good Dinosaur - Official US Trailer 2

Experience a new world of adventure in Disney•Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, in theatres in 3D this Thanksgiving! 

THE GOOD DINOSAUR opens in theatres November 25, 2015! 

"The Good Dinosaur" asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

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Monday, October 5, 2015


Last night, cast and filmmakers from DreamWorks Pictures dramatic thriller BRIDGE OF SPIES celebrated the film’s world premiere at Alice Tully Hall as part of the 53rd Annual New York Film Festival where they received a standing ovation. 

Cast and filmmakers in attendance included: director/producer Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Austin Stowell, Billy Magnussen, Scott Shepherd, Sebastian Koch, screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen  and Joel Coen, production designer Adam Stockhausen and costume designer Kasia Walicka Maimone.  Other special guests include Jessica Capshaw, Sasha Spielberg, Sting, Ed Burns, Christy Turlington & Nina Dobrev.

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Unique combination of technology and digital storytelling creates first-of-its kind active play experience

New study highlights kids’ and parents' mutual desire to spend more time playing together

Glendale, Calif. (October 4, 2015) – Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI) and Hasbro, Inc. today launched Playmation Marvel’s Avengers – the next step in the evolution of play. The groundbreaking system of connected toys and wearables fuses technology and digital storytelling to create a completely new category of play. Hitting shelves across the U.S. and Canada for the first time today, the new toy/game hybrid aims to inspire both kids and parents to get active and creative at playtime.

Dreamed up by a team of technologists, Imagineers and storytellers from across The Walt Disney Company, Playmation is the culmination of extensive research into the world of play, highlighting the opportunity for a new type of experience that combines digital technology and physical, real-world play.

The online study of 2,000 families across the country confirms that almost all parents believe active playtime is essential to their child’s healthy development, and three say that using technology is a favorite way for their child to play. Four out of five parents say their children are more likely to engage with a game if technology is involved, and nine out of ten are open to new technologies that encourage their kids to be more active.
 “Playmation blends technology, storytelling and imagination in a way that’s made for today’s digitally-savvy kids. Our research shows families are looking for a new way to play that’s active, creative and technology-infused – and Playmation is just that,” said Nitin Chawla, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, DCPI.

The study also revealed the potential of Playmation as a new way for families to play together, with 67% of kids and 79% of parents saying they would like more playtime as a family. While active play is the type of play parents enjoy the most with their kids, currently only one in five finds time for it every day, and three quarters would like to do more of it. Nearly all parents (98%) also believe it is important that their children engage in imaginative play.

Recently added to Time To Play Magazine’s “Most Wanted” list for the holidays, along with other holiday “hot toy” accolades from Parentsmagazine, Toys “R” UsThe Toy Insider and the National Parenting Publication Awards, the Playmation Marvel’s Avengers Starter Packincludes five connected toys: one piece of Avenger Gear (Repulsor), two Power Activators and two Smart Figures – a Super Hero (Captain America) and a Super Villain (Iron Skull), as well as 25 missions. Getting started is easy, strap the high-tech Repulsor Gear onto your arm (it fits adults, too!) and listen closely to JARVIS as he takes you through the tutorial on how to control your new Gear, inspired by Iron Man technology.

“This is classic play re-imagined for the tech-savvy world. It's narrative-based, imaginative play that allows kids to play as their heroes and imagine themselves in battles alongside their favorite Marvel Avengers characters. The immersive play experience is active and exciting for kids of all ages and represents a completely new category of toys,” said Jim Silver, Editor in Chief and CEO of TTPM.

Additional connected toys available now include: Smart Figures – Iron Man, Black Widow, HULK, M.O.D.O.K., Ultron Bot, and Hulkbuster – which help players unlock new storylines and abilities when placed on the Power Activator and connected with Avenger Gear; and the Prowler Bot – a robotic villain – who can find and hunt your Avenger Gear with 360 degree movement, while taking on dozens of enemy personas and abilities making game play even more challenging.

Along with the Starter Pack and other connected toys, fans can download and access theAvengersNet App where you can register your Avenger Gear to see progress, explore additional locations and characters, check out and test Avenger Gear upgrades, gain access to new missions and more. The AvengersNet App is available in the Apple App Store. An Android version of the app is currently in development.

Playmation Marvel’s Avengers uses familiar technologies including smart toys, wearables, wireless technology, motion sensors and more, but applies them in ways that are completely new to create a compelling play experience. Playmation is purposely not tethered to an Internet connection so players can run around and explore each adventure from anywhere they want – a bedroom, living room or yard. With multiplayer modes, players can sync their Avenger Gear to tackle missions and combat arenas together, or face-off in competitive play.

“With the launch of Playmation, we are not only creating a new play experience for today’s kids but celebrating a new chapter in our long-term partnership with Disney,” said Jerry Perez, SVP Global Brand Marketing, Hasbro. “Playmation has been a true collaboration, from global consumer research to product design and development, and we look forward to sharing this amazing new system of play with kids and families around the world.”

The Playmation Marvel’s Avengers Starter Pack has a suggested retail price of $119.99 and is available in the United States and Canada at mass and specialty retailers, such as, Best Buy, Game Stop, Target, Toys “R” Us, and Walmart, as well as select Disney Store locations and  Additional Playmation Marvel’s Avengers connected toys compatible with the Starter Pack, such as Smart Figures and the Prowler Bot are also sold separately. 

Offered by PowerA, families can also choose from a selection of Playmation recharging solutions and accessories now available, including:Playmation Home Base – to store your gear in between battles; Playmation Avengers Lab Gear Bag – for taking your gear on-the-go; Playmation Repulsor Recharge Pack – provides up to five hours of play on a single charge and fits securely onto the bottom of the Repulsor; and Playmation Activator Recharge Pack –fits securely onto the bottom of the Power Activator and provides up to 10 hours of play on a single charge.

Families that are coming to the Disney Store to pick up Playmation Marvel’s Avengers (either from pre-orders or to purchase that day), will be given the opportunity to participate in a personalized pick-up ceremony taking place in select Disney Stores across the United States and Canada beginning now through the holidays. When guests purchase Playmation Marvel’s Avengers, JARVIS will make an announcement in-store thanking guests for choosing to help the Avengers in their fight against Ultron.

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About Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media
Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI) is the business segment of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) that brings our Company’s stories and characters to life through innovative and engaging physical products and digital experiences across more than 100 categories, from toys and t-shirts, to apps and console games. DCPI comprises two main lines of business: Disney Consumer Products (DCP), and Disney Interactive (DI). The combined segment is home to world class teams of app and game developers, licensing and retail experts, a leading retail business (Disney Store), artists and storytellers, and technologists who inspire imaginations around the world. 

About Marvel Entertainment, LLC Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information, visit © 2015 MARVEL

About Hasbro, Inc.
Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global company committed to Creating the World's Best Play Experiences, by leveraging its beloved brands, including LITTLEST PET SHOP, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, MONOPOLY, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, PLAY-DOH, TRANSFORMERS, and premier partner brands. From toys and games, television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive lifestyle licensing program, Hasbro fulfills the fundamental need for play and connection for children and families around the world. The Company's Hasbro Studios creates entertainment brand-driven storytelling across mediums, including television, film and more. Through the company's commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. Learn more at and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews).

About the survey:
These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted April 29th – May 6th, 2015.  For the survey, a sample of 2,000 U.S. parents age 18 and over with a child between the ages of 6-11 was interviewed online, including 1,150 moms and 850 dads. With parental consent, their children were also interviewed for part of the survey. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points for all parents and plus or minus 2.5 percentage points for all children.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Celebrating 65 Years of Peanuts with a Visit to the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center

October 2nd, 2015 brought us the 65th Anniversary of the Peanuts comic strip! There was no better way to celebrate than with a visit to the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California!

The museum is a small but solid museum. As we take a look inside you will see the wealth of material dedicated to not only the Peanuts themselves but to the man himself!

From the parking lot, the first thing you see is good old Charlie Brown himself! Of course I had to stop by and take a selfie with this celebrity!

Stepping inside the museum and you are greeted with this large mural of some of the Peanuts characters! Who is your favorite? Mine is Snoopy! He just always seems to get everything his way unless it's dealing with the Red Baron!

In the Great Hall is this amazing piece of art created by Yoshiteru Otani called Morphing Snoopy. It starts on the left with Charles Schulz's childhood pet beagle Spike as the foundation. Spike then begins to morph into Snoopy from the 1950s until the 1990s.

At the end of the hallway is this awesome ceramic tile mural, also created by Yoshiteru Otani. There are 3,588 ceramic tiles that make up this classic image of Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown.

Here is a closer look at the tile mural. Ten years worth of daily strips make up this mural.

In the Downstairs Temporary Gallery, they are showing Animating Comics. They feature two of my favorite Peanuts shorts of all-time.

The first one is, "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Here you can learn more about the short.

They even have animation cels from the short.

My other favorite is, "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown."

They also have animation cels from the short on display.

In the Strip Rotation Gallery you will find these statues of early Charlie Brown and Snoopy.

Heading upstairs you will find the Upstairs Temporary Gallery where they are currently showing The Peanuts Movie - From Schulz's Pen to The Big Screen. You get a first hand look at the upcoming movie.

I love the artists sketchbooks they have on display. You can see sketches from the movie's opening as well as sketches of some of the characters in the movie.

Next to this is the Biographical Gallery featuring the life and times of Charles Schulz.

There is also a recreation of Charles Schulz's Studio.

Heading back downstairs to the Great Hall, there is this great quote from Charles Schulz.

Heading over to the Gift Shop and they have Charles Schulz's Walk of Fame Star.

Not only is the gift shop home to an amazing collection of merchandise, make sure you head upstairs to see some of the families private collection of Peanuts merchandise than is not for sale. The second floor is home to this amazing stained glass of Snoopy.

This is a great place to end the tour. There is still so much to see and do here. I hope I gave you a great taste of what this museum has to offer and that you make the trip to visit the Charles Schulz Museum.

Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center
2301 Hardies Lane
Santa Rosa, CA 95403