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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Non-Spoiler Review for Ralph Breaks The Internet - A Worthy Sequel That You Will Want To See Over and Over Again


Ralph Breaks The Internet begins six years after the first one. We find Ralph completely content with his life, while Vanellope has grown bored with her game and yearns for more. Ralph has great intentions to help his friend but disaster strikes and her game is taken down due to a broken part. This is where the internet comes into play as both Ralph and Vanellope try to find a replacement part.


The film will appeal to kids, who have grown up all their lives with the internet and to older adults who can understand the struggle both Ralph and Vanellope face in this brave new world of the internet. We see so many different worlds within the internet from online shopping, to online gaming, to social media and even shades of the dark web.


Set between the humor and the fun visuals, the heart of the story is the relationship between Ralph and Vanellope. The ideas of selfishness, insecurities and what happens to friendships over the years all come in to play. These ideas are all powerful ones that we can all relate to in both positive and negative ways.


Then we get the much talked about Disney princess sequence with Vanellope. This scene shown to us at the D23 Expo last year brought the house down. One of the funniest sequences ever created still lives up to it's billing over a year after I first saw it. And yes, while the scene is Disney showing off, it does set up the rest of the movie.

Hopefully you have avoided anyone spoiling any of the movie for you. I hope that you avoid anyone spoiling the tag in the end credits as well as the sequence after the credits have played. There is also a musical sequence in the film that shows that this is really a princess movie.

Despite some of it's clunkiness, the movie is even more well-crafted than the first and the story arcs of both Ralph and Vanellope pay off in deep and meaningful ways. It's overriding message of friendship may leave you in tears and thinking of friends who have come and gone in your own life.

Mary Poppins Returns Character Poster: Topsy


Take a look at the character poster for Topsy played by Meryl Streep.

Mary Poppins Returns Character Poster: Ellen


Take a look at the character poster for Ellen played by Julie Walters.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Fall Dapper Day 2018 at Disneyland: My Favorite Dapper Bounds


One of my favorite things to do at Dapper Day is to see what everyone else is wearing! Here are some of my favorite Dapper Bounds from Fall Dapper Day 2018! Since I went as Dapper Spider-Man it should come as no surprise that I mostly took photos with other Dapper folks in Marvel-ous Bounds!

We start first with my lovely friends the Cosplay Parents who went as both Mickey Mouse and Mickey Mouse for his 90th Birthday this year!


The first Marvel Dapper Bound I encountered was this fantastic Captain Marvel! Look for Captain Marvel in theaters March 2019!


Ran into my lovely friend Sara and her boyfriend who were Dapper Bounding as that super adorable couple from the Disney animated short Paperman.


I had to stop and take a photo with this amazing Marvel-ous family! You have Spider-Man on the left, then Black Panther, then probably the cutest Thanos ever and then Captain America!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Giveaway: Vanellope Tumbler

Enter to win this super cute Vanellope tumbler plus a $20 Starbucks gift card! This giveaway is open worldwide and the winner will be notified by email! Good luck!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Toy Story 4 Character Poster: Bunny and Ducky


Take a look at the character poster for Bunny and Ducky voiced by Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key.

Dumbo Official Trailer


Watch the new trailer for Dumbo, and see the film when it soars to theatres March 29, 2019! From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, “Dumbo” expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. A new trailer, images and poster are now available. The trailer features Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Finley Hobbins and Nico Parker. 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. Website: https://disney.com/dumbo YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/disneymovietr... Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyDumbo/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/dumbo Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dumbo/ U.S. Release Date: March 29, 2019 Cast: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Alan Arkin, Finley Hobbins, Nico Parker. Director: Tim Burton Producers: Justin Springer, Ehren Kruger, Katterli Frauenfelder, Derek Frey Screenplay by: Ehren Kruger Executive Producer: Nigel Gostelow

Toy Story 4 Character Poster: Forky


Take a look at the character poster for Forky voiced by Tony Hale.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Toy Story 4 Character Poster: Buzz Lightyear


Take a look at the character poster for Buzz Lightyear, once again voiced by Tim Allen!

"TOY STORY 4" TEASER TRAILER REACTION FEATURES VOICES OF KEY & PEELE


Woody’s journey in “Toy Story 4” includes a visit to a carnival where he meets Ducky and Bunny, two carnival prizes who are eager to be won. But when their plans are rudely interrupted by Woody and his friends, they find themselves on an unexpected adventure with a group of toys who have no idea what it feels like to be tacked to a prize wall.

“Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, who voice Ducky and Bunny, are two of the most brilliant minds I’ve ever seen,” said director Josh Cooley. “Of course, they are effortlessly funny, which would be enough. But they are incredible actors that understand story. Their improvs weren’t just for comedy sake, they were story motivated which elevated Ducky and Bunny and the film to a level I never could have expected.” 

Monday, November 12, 2018

"Back to Cherry Tree Lane" Featurette | Mary Poppins Returns


Go behind the scenes with the cast and filmmakers of Mary Poppins Returns before it comes to theatres December 19! In Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” an all new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. Emily Blunt stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London. “Mary Poppins Returns” is directed by Rob Marshall. The screenplay is by David Magee and the screen story is by Magee & Rob Marshall & John DeLuca based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers. The producers are John DeLuca, p.g.a., Rob Marshall, p.g.a. and Marc Platt, p.g.a. with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer. The music score is by Marc Shaiman and the film features all new original songs with music by Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman. The film also stars Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; Julie Walters as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen; Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and introducing Joel Dawson as the Banks’ children, with Colin Firth as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank’s William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy. Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from the PL Travers books and Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes, Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character.

Dapper Spider-Man Suited Up By OppoSuits Swings Into Fall Dapper Day 2018


As many of you know, Dapper Day is one of my favorite events at The Disneyland Resort. It happens twice a year, one in Spring and the other in Fall.

What is Dapper Day? Dapper Day was created to celebrate the tradition of stepping out in style. When people would put on their Sunday best and head outside! 

Over the years Dapper Day has not only welcomed those that dress Dapper but people who have been combining Disney Bounding, which one wears colors and accessories to emulate Disney characters without perfectly recreating their costumes which would be considered cosplay, with Dapper and creating what is called Dapper Bounding. I am a huge fan of Dapper Bounding and always thinking of what character in the Disney Universe to create in a Dapper Bounding style.

So, let's follow the adventures of Dapper Spider-Man in this amazing suit by OppoSuits! The fedora came from Amazon and the umbrella was hand painted by my friend Samantha!

Many of you are already familiar with the origins of Spider-Man. Peter Parker was bit by a radiaoactive spider and soon Peter began to notice he possessed new powers.


Dapper Spider-Man on the other hand was given great power the moment he donned the OppoSuits Spider-Man Suit!


But Dapper Spider-Man also knew that with great power came great responsibility. His hero Walt Disney knew this and created a magical world for people from around the world to enjoy.


Tony Stark then recruited Dapper Spider-Man to provide him with greater opportunities to his powers for good!

"TOY STORY 4" TEASER TRAILER AND TEASER POSTER


Woody and the rest of the toys are back for an all-new adventure in “Toy Story 4,” welcoming new friends to Bonnie’s room, including a reluctant new toy called Forky. “Like most people, I assumed that ‘Toy Story 3’ was the end of the story,” said director Josh Cooley. “And it was the end of Woody’s story with Andy. But just like in life, every ending is a new beginning. Woody now being in a new room, with new toys, and a new kid, was something we have never seen before. The questions of what that would be like became the beginning of an entertaining story worth exploring.”

A teaser trailer slated to debut with “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” in theaters Nov. 21, is available today.



But Forky insists that he is NOT a toy! An actual spork-turned-craft-project, Forky is pretty sure that he doesn’t belong in Bonnie’s room. Unfortunately, every time he tries to get away, someone yanks him back into an adventure he’d rather skip. “The world of Toy Story is built upon the idea that everything in the world has a purpose,” said Cooley. “A toy’s purpose is to be there for its child. But what about toys that are made out of other objects? Forky is a toy that Bonnie made out of a disposable spork, so he’s facing a crisis. He wants to fulfill his purpose as a spork, but now has a new toy purpose thrust upon him.”

Filmmakers called on comedian Tony Hale to provide the voice of Forky. “It’s a huge thrill to be part of the Toy Story family,” he said. “But it’s going to take a while for it to really sink in.”

Said Cooley, “When we thought up this character, Tony was the first actor that came to mind and I’m thrilled he accepted. Tony’s performance as Forky is a comedy salad of confidence, confusion, and empathy... served by hilarious spork.”

How were filmmakers able to convince Hale to give voice to Forky? “A utensil’s existential crisis?” he asked. “I’m in!”

Giveaway: Mickey Mouse Studio Mug

Celebrate Mickey Mouse's 90th birthday on November 18th with this Mickey Mouse Studio mug and a $20 Starbucks gift card! This giveaway is open worldwide and the winner will be notified by email! Good luck and Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse!

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

2018 Holiday Time Novelty Items from Disneyland


Take a look at all of the new novelty items for Holiday Time at The Disneyland Resort! What items do you hope to get? Leave your comments below!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Blu-Ray Review: Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 3

I look forward to the latest Pixar short as much as I look forward to the latest Pixar animated film. So, with that being said, here is the latest Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 3 coming to blu-ray on November 13th!

You get the 11 latest shorts with audio commentary and some fun bonus features!

Let's take a look at those 11 short films:

Short Films and Run Times:
  • Bao (7:43) – Theatrical release of Incredibles 2 (2018)
  • Lou (6:43) – Theatrical release of Cars 3 (2017)
  • Piper (6:05) – Theatrical release of Finding Dory (2016)
  • Sanjay’s Super Team (7:04) – Theatrical release of The Good Dinosaur (2015)
  • Riley’s First Date? (4:37) – In-home release of Inside Out (2015)
  • Lava (7:09) – Theatrical release of Inside Out (2015)
  • Radiator Springs 500 ½ (6:11) – An episode from Tales from Radiator Springs series (2014)
  • The Blue Umbrella (6:44) – Theatrical release of Monsters University (2013)
  • Party Central (5:30) – Theatrical release of Muppets Most Wanted (2013)
  • Partysaurus Rex (6:32) – Theatrical release of Finding Nemo 3D (2012)
  • Legend of Mor’du (6:48) – In-home release of Brave (2012)
Bonus Features:
  • Filmmaker Commentary – Each short’s filmmaker(s) will provide commentary on their film.
  • Filmmaker Intros – Each short’s filmmaker(s) will provide an into to their film.
  • Making Bao – Director Domee Shi shares her secret recipe for making an animated short –  discussing how her rich cultural heritage, unique relationship with her mom and her love of food all informed the making of the food-fantasy Bao.
  • Caricature: A Horrible Way of Saying ‘I Love You’ – At Pixar, the utmost sign of respect and admiration from your peers is to become a caricature. Take a look at some hilarious story artists’ representations of their colleagues.
  • 2 Mini-Movies – Marine Life Interviews & Miss Fritter’s Racing Skoool
Conclusion:

Another outstanding collection of shorts from Pixar with typical stand out video and audio transfers that we have come to expect from a Disney blu-ray release. Throw in insightful commentary and some fun bonus features and this is another must have in your Disney/Pixar library! 


Friday, November 2, 2018

Blu-Ray Review: Incredibles 2


It's been 14 years since Director Brad Bird introduced us to his family of superheroes and since then we have become surrounded by superheroes from various studios.

The movie opens literally right after the original ends. We see our heroes, the Parr family take on The Underminer! And just like that we thrown into the action!

As we know from the first film, superheroes are illegal but enter a tycoon Winston Deavor who wants to see superheroes legal again. Helen is chosen to lead the campaign to bring superheroes back while Bob is left to take care of the household.

What follows is an engaging story full of heart and family. While we have waited 14 years for this sequel, Incredibles 2 easily ranks as not only one of Pixar's best movies, but one of the best superhero movies ever! The movie not only lives up to the hype of the original but surpasses it in several ways. For one, the humor level far exceeds that of the original. Jack Jack and Edna Mode easily steal the show. Second, the action is far more intense with bigger stakes. With the main characters all established, the action scenes will leave you on the edge of your seat. Third, there is a lot more depth to the overall story. They explore the superhero genre in ways that not even Marvel has yet to explore.

Pixar crafts one of the best films, animated or otherwise of the year and can only be summed up in one word, incredible!


Video:

Once again Disney shows why they are the best at blu-ray transfers. The video is once again top-notch! The colors are vibrant and every detail and texture on the fabrics, to skin tones, to the cityscapes, to the water effects, everything is a rainbow of color! Another outstanding effort from Disney!


Audio:
The audio mix is stunning! Explosions envelopes you into the action! The score and the dialogue are all perfectly clear!


   Blu-ray & Digital:
  • All-New “Auntie Edna” Mini-Movie When Bob Parr visits super-suit designer Edna Mode looking for help with his high-energy toddler Jack-Jack, Edna pulls an all-nighter designing a suit to harness the baby’s seemingly limitless powers.
  • 10 Deleted Scenes With Introductions - Suburban Escape,  Kari Revisited, Return of the Supers, Chewed Out, Late Audition, Slow Day, Frozone and Honey, Restaurant Robbery, Fashion Show and Security Breakdown.
  • Super Stuff - From buildings and vehicles to costumes and props, every action movie requires a lot of really cool stuff. Meet the makers and learn what it takes to design and build such a uniquely incredible world.
  • Heroes & Villains – A collection of mini-docs about the backstory and major design ideas behind the “Incredibles 2” characters — featuring voice actors, director Brad Bird, and Pixar artists talking about the many elements that make these characters feel real.
  • Ralph Eggleston: Production Designer - This short piece explores the many ways a single production designer has influenced the look, feel and character of the Pixar universe, culminating in “Incredibles 2.”
  • Strong Coffee: A Lesson in Animation with Brad Bird - Brad Bird’s passion for animation dates back to his childhood and mentorship under Disney’s Milt Kahl, and that enthusiasm and powerful insight emanates from every film he’s made. Take a deep dive into Brad’s early years at Disney Animation Studios and his time at Pixar.
  • Paths to Pixar: Everyday Heroes - At its heart, “Incredibles 2” is about family dynamics and the challenges of being a working parent. Meet the parents of Pixar as they discuss their personal connections to the film and their experience with stretching to balance work and family.
  • SuperBaby – A documentary/hip hop music video hybrid hosted by Frankie and Paige from Disney Channel’s Bizaardvark. This piece explores how Jack-Jack came to life onscreen — from design to special effects to animation — all set to a hot beat.
  • Commentary – Get inside commentary from animators Alan Barillaro (supervising animator), Tony Fucile (supervising animator, story artist and character designer), Dave Mullins (supervising animator) and Bret Parker (animation second unit and crowds supervisor).
  • Theatrical Short: “Bao” - An aging Chinese mom suffering from empty nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy.
  • Making “Bao” - Director Domee Shi shares her secret recipe for making an animated short — discussing how her rich cultural heritage, unique relationship with her mom, and her love of food all informed the making of the food-fantasy “Bao.”
  • Outtakes & Stories - Raccoon Fight Story, Evelyn Animation Outtakes, Puppet Animator Interview, Outtakes Goofy Arms Story and SuperBaby Music Video.
  • Character Theme SongsVintage Toy Commercial TV Spots , Toolkit Montage and Global “Incredibles 2” Trailers

Conclusion:

One of the best Pixar films ever! All of the fun and heart of the first film and more. Plus, the high quality video and audio presentation combined with a wealth of bonus features makes this a must have in your blu-ray library!

Review of Disney's The Nutcracker and The Four Realms



After endless film, as well as stage adaptations, in this version of The Nutcracker and The Four Realms, Disney reworks the tale to breath new life into it. The most beloved chapter of The Nutcracker is the ballet and in one of the films most charming moments, the ballet is woven masterfully into the story.


Our heroine is Clara (Mackenzie Foy) who has just lost her mother and is grieving over her loss. At the Christmas Eve party thrown by her Godfather Drosselmeyer (Morgan Freeman), Clara was gifted a special metal egg from her late mother. The egg requires a key to open it and our adventure begins.

Clara is thrust into the Four Realms, a Narnia-like world, where three of the realms are at war with the fourth realm, the mysterious Land of Amusement led by Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren).


Along the way, Clara meets a nutcracker named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight) who brings her to the regents of the other three realms. These regents believe that Clara will be the key to ending the war and putting a stop to Mother Ginger.

Mackenzie Foy brings the perfect balance of innocence and emotional complexity to Clara. Helen Mirren brings a wonderful sass to her role as Mother Ginger but Keira Knightly as Sugar Plum owns this movie. She brings a sugary sweetness to her emotional stance on what has happened to the Four Realms and where it should head into the future.

In the end this is a film about good vs. evil and about believing in yourself. These are all valuable teaching lessons to your children in a time where we are starting to lose faith in one another.