Monday, February 29, 2016

Review: Disney's Zootopia - Rivals the Best Storytelling of Wall-e and Inside Out

Over the last several years, the team at The Walt Disney Animation Studios has shown that it is now moving ahead of pretty much every studio that makes animated films including it's own family member, the Pixar Animation Studios. While Pixar has had great success with messages of the environment with Wall-e and with the understanding of how your emotions all work together in Inside Out, Disney brings us the message of identity and race with Zootopia.

Zootopia is set in a world very much like our own that is completely inhabited by animals. Both prey and predator work, live and play together in harmony. With Zootopia, Disney returns to an old favorite, an animated film with talking animals!

We meet Judy Hopps, a bunny who has dreams beyond her families carrot farm in Bunny Borough. She wants to be the first bunny police officer but her parents are fearful of her living her dreams and try to encourage her to stay home and work on the farm.

As a child she tries to help out her friends who being bullied by a large fox. In the end Judy gets beat up by the fox but still ends up helping her friends. This convinces Judy that she was meant to make a difference as a police officer. And as the years go by she finally realizes her dream and moves to the big city of Zootopia. Her parents are still fearful of their daughters safety and Judy ends up with some fox repellent.

Once in Zootopia Judy get a case to find a missing otter. Along the way she meets a fox named Nick Wilde. Here the topic of race begins to unfold. The first mention is when Judy arrives at the Zootopia police station. A fellow officer tells Judy that she is so cute and Judy corrects that officer and lets him know that cute is their word and not to used by other animals. The second is when Judy discusses that when some predators in Zootopia have reverted to become savages because it's in their DNA. This takes us on a journey into stereotypes and the harm that it causes to others. I have hopes that this will lead to discuss between parents and their children.

Zootopia raises questions that we should all be able to talk about. It shows that Disney isn't afraid to bring up sensitive issues. The question isn't why an animated film is bringing these issues up but how can we educate those around us, especially children with these issues to discuss them and learn from them.

Another solid film from the Walt Disney Animation Studios. Disney continues to push the boundaries of what makes a great animated film and teaches us lessons that maybe we are all too afraid to discuss in a conventional manner. Disney tells a deep, emotional story that can be understood on every age level.

Zootopia opens in theaters in the U.S. on March 4th.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Disney's Zootopia Oscar Parody Poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Take a look at the Disney Zootopia Oscar parody poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens! 

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Disney's Zootopia Oscar Parody Poster for Straight Outta Compton

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Disney's Zootopia Oscar Parody Poster for Cinderella

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Disney's Zootopia Oscar Parody Poster for Steve Jobs

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Disney's Zootopia Oscar Parody Poster for Mad Max: Fury Road

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Disney's Zootopia Oscar Parody Poster for The Revenant

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Disney's Zootopia Oscar Parody Poster for Bridge of Spies

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Disney's Zootopia Oscar Parody Poster for The Big Short

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Finding Dory "Have You Seen Her?" Spot & Trailer Announcement

#HaveYouSeenHer? See the all new trailer for Finding Dory this Wednesday, March 2nd, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show!

Finding Dory opens in theatres in 3D June 17

Disney•Pixar's “Finding Dory” reunites everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale?

Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”) and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”), the film features the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton. “Finding Dory” swims into theaters June 17, 2016.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Snacking In The Parks: Banana Corn Dogs to Celebrate Disney's Zootopia!

To celebrate Disney's Zootopia, Award Wieners in Disney California Adventure is offering the banana corn dog from today (February 22nd until March 18th). Yes, you heard correct, banana corn dogs! Two bananas dipped in a corn and  honey batter and topped with powdered sugar! It also comes with chocolate and raspberry (or as they call it - red "pawpsicle") dipping sauces!

The windows at Award Wieners have a description of the banana corn dogs!

These banana corn dogs are delicious! I recommend first dipping a banana in the raspberry sauce first then the chocolate! And at only $5.99 plus tax you can't go wrong with this awesome snack! Now excuse me while I go back in line and get another order!

Disney's Pete's Dragon Official US Teaser Trailer

Watch the new teaser trailer Disney's Pete's Dragon now! See it on the big screen in 3D on August 12, 2016 ­čÉ▓ 

A reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film, “Pete’s Dragon” is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon.

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Disney's Pete's Dragon Teaser Poster and Motion Poster!

Take a look at the first teaser poster for Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon,” a reimagining of the studio’s cherished family film about the adventures of a boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon. “Pete’s Dragon,” starring Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford flies into U.S. theaters on August 12, 2016.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Disney's Zootopia Wild Premiere Photos!

Filmmakers, voice cast and special guests walked the red carpet at the wild premiere of DISNEY’S ZOOTOPIA tonight at the Historic El Capitan Theatre. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Thomas Wylde Unveils Three Exclusive Looks Celebrating Disney's "Alice Through the Looking Glass" During NYFW

“Red Queen”-inspired look
The blood red overcoat in wool/cashmere taps into the Thomas Wylde aesthetic with a perfectly draped, plush hand, sharply tailored silhouette - with a sense of adventure.



BURBANK, CALIF. (February 12, 2016) – Walt Disney Studios is partnering with three-time GRAMMY®-winning singer/songwriter P!nk on the studio’s upcoming release “Alice Through the Looking Glass.”

P!nk will write and record an original song which will appear in the film and on the motion picture soundtrack from Walt Disney Records featuring four-time Academy Award® nominee Danny Elfman’s score. She has also recorded a cover version of the iconic song “White Rabbit” for the film’s marketing campaign.


Don’t wait to check out the new poster for Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” starring Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Rhys Ifans, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter.

ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (In Digital 3D, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D) on May 27, 2016!
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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Snacking In The Parks: Churro Funnel Cake from Hungry Bear in Disneyland

Take a look at the wonderful new churro funnel cake that you can get from Hungry Bear in Disneyland! This delicious snack is a meal all by itself! It is huge and will satisfy more than one person! The funnel cake comes out hot and fresh and the cinnamon and sugar with the caramel drizzle and the fabulous Mickey Mouse whipped cream form one of the best sweets in the parks! This may be a limited time item so rush to the Hungry Bear now! What are you waiting for? Go now!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Sasaki Time's Review of the 2016 Hyundai Tucson SE - Stylish and Affordable

Last summer I had the privilege of driving the 2016 Hyundai Tucson in Minneapolis for its media launch. Now I got to drive it for a week in my home of Southern California. How would the compact SUV hold up on the streets and freeways of Orange County? Let's find out as I took the Tucson through the historic streets in Downtown Orange!

The stylish good looks of the Hyundai Tucson will stand out here in the glitz of Southern California! The now signature large Hyundai grill and the wrap around headlights will surely catch your eye. Powering these stylish good looks is a 164-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine on the SE. All other trims have the option of a 175-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. There is more than enough power to conquer the streets and freeways of the O.C. area. 

The cockpit is nicely laid out. The basic SE version that I am reviewing here comes equipped with a 5-inch touchscreen with audio display and rear view camera and several power ports.  The Eco, Sport and Limited trims come with heated and cooled leather seats, a larger infotainment screen with navigation, a panoramic sunroof, dual zone climate control, lane departure warning, rear view camera, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and blind spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert. The Eco and SE trims however do not have 19-inch alloy wheels and go for a more efficient 17-inch alloy wheel. 

Giveaway: Set of Lil Oishi Mini Buttons to Celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Disney California Adventure!

Celebrate Disney California Adventure's 15th Anniversary with a mini button set of Lil Oishi as his favorite attractions CMs! As many of you know, Lil Oishi is not only my mascot of my blog but was created by the awesomely talented Jerrod Maruyama! The mini buttons were made by Raptor Button Company and you can find them on Instagram and on ETSY. I will be giving away 5 sets!

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Giveaway: Zootopia Mug and Starbucks Gift Card!

Win this cute Zootopia mug and a Starbucks gift card just in time before Zootopia hits theaters!

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Finding Dory - Anemone Poster

Take a look at the new anemone poster for Pixar's Finding Dory!

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Finding Dory - Jellyfish Poster

Take a look at the new jellyfish poster for Pixar's Finding Dory!

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Finding Dory - Kelp Poster

Take a look at the new kelp poster for Pixar's Finding Dory!

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Finding Dory - Mantaray Poster

Take a look at the new mantaray poster for Pixar's Finding Dory!

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Jungle Book Official Big Game Trailer

The brand new trailer for Disney’s The Jungle Book is now available to share with your readers following an exclusive spot that aired during the Big Game. In addition to the spot, Disney and Twitter are delivering the trailer directly to any user who Tweets using #JungleBookTrailer. Users who ReTweet the trailer post from @TheJungleBook will get a special thank you from director Jon Favreau. 

Marvel's Captain America: Civil War - Big Game Spot

A brand new look at MARVEL’S CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR aired just prior to kick-off in the Big Game. In celebration, custom Twitter emojis showcasing Team Cap and Team Iron Man are now revealed.

As part of an exciting new Twitter campaign, 11 new character emojis are now available, and fans are encouraged to Tweet using #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan to declare their allegiance to their favorite Marvel characters. In addition, fans can create their own super team using the Captain America emojis and #TeamCapSweepstakes or #TeamIronManSweepstakes for a chance to win a walk-on role in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War - Part I. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Crosses Box Office Milestones $900M Domestic Today; $2B Global Tomorrow

Today, in its 50th day of release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is expected to cross the $900 million mark at the domestic box office. It is the only film in history to reach this milestone.

In addition, on Saturday (53rd day of global release), Star Wars: The Force Awakens is expected to reach the $2 billion mark worldwide, becoming only the third film ever to do so and just the second to do it in original release. 

“This is a historic moment for Star Wars, for Lucasfilm, and for Disney, and all of us here are extremely gratified to be a part of this journey with fans around the world who have made Star Wars: The Force Awakens such an extraordinary success,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “The film’s achievements are truly astounding, and it’s our great honor to relaunch this cinematic galaxy not only for all the devoted decades-long fans but for a new generation who will keep the Star Wars legacy alive for many years to come.”

Through February 4, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has earned an estimated $899.1 million domestically and $1,095.6 million internationally for a global total of $1,994.7 million. Opening internationally December 16 and domestically December 18Star Wars: The Force Awakens posted the all-time biggest global and domestic debuts with $528.9 million and $247.9 million respectively. Over the course of its eight-week run, it has set numerous other records, including:

·       Biggest domestic preview gross ($57 million)
·       Biggest opening day domestically ($119.1 million)
·       Biggest domestic second weekend ($149.2 million) 
·       Biggest domestic third weekend ($90.2 million)
·       Biggest opening week domestically ($390.8 million)
·       Biggest opening weekend in 18 territories: U.K. (4-day), Australia, Russia, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Austria, Poland (3-day), Denmark (5-day), Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia, Ukraine, Iceland, Serbia, New Zealand
·       Fastest film to $1B globally (12 days)
·       Biggest film of all time in the U.S. and the U.K.

Directed by J.J. Abrams, written by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt, and produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was named one of AFI’s top ten films of 2015 and has received five Academy Award nominations, for film editing, visual effects, sound editing, sound mixing, and for series composer John Williams’ original score.

The Star Wars Saga continues December 15, 2017, in Star Wars: Episode VIII, picking up in the wake of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Later this year, Rogue One, a new adventure detailing events prior to Star Wars: A New Hope, takes flight on December 16, 2016.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Join Sprint #SuperBOLD50 Twitter Party on Saturday, February 6th at 8PM ET

Hey everybody the awesome people at @Sprint and @SprintLatino are having a #SuperBold50 Twitter party on Saturday night!  They have a HUGE surprise they want to reveal, so some of my amazing friends and I will be hosting a twitter party to get everyone excited about the BOLD news from Sprint. I will be one of the panelists! 
You definitely do not want to miss this! Also switching to Sprint will save you 50% off of your rate plan.
We will be giving away $500 in Amazon gift cards and Sprint will make a BOLD announcement! You will be one of the very first to find out what this BOLD announcement will be! 
Check out the details of the Twitter Party below and how you can RSVP! 

Twitter Party Saturday, February 6th at 8PM ET

RSVP for #SuperBold50 Twitter party to be eligible for the $200 door prize!  There are two ways to RSVP:
  1. Click the link to this post to RSVP for the door prize 
  2. Copy and paste the tweet below:
Join @RachelFerrucci @WOMWomen #SuperBOLD50 Party w/ @sprint @sprintlatino  2/6 @8pm ET RSVP for amazing prizes!

The Twitter Party Details:

When: Saturday, February 6th at 7pm CT (8pm EST, 5pm PST)
Follow: @RachelFerrucci @Momfluential @raisedbyculture
Where: Twitter – follow hashtag #SuperBOLD50
Hashtag: #SuperBOLD50
Panelists:  @denverhousewife @teeco71 @sasakitime @anne_hogan
Twitter Party Prizes*:
We’re giving away $500 in Amazon gift cards and Sprint will make a Bold announcement!
**winner for door prize must have RSVP’d and must be present**
Looking forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


Today in Barcelona, Spain Shakira, along with producer Clark Spencer and directors Rich Moore and Byron Howard attended the Zootopia (local Spanish title “Zootr├│polis") premiere at Cinesa Diagonal.

International superstar Shakira is lending her Grammy®-winning voice as Gazelle, the biggest pop star in Zootopia. Her all-new original song from Zootopia “Try Everything”, written by singer-songwriter Sia and songwriting duo Stargate is available now. 

Big Game Announcement - The Jungle Book

This Sunday, the legend comes to life. Here’s a sneak peek at the new spot for The Jungle Book that will air during the Big Game.

See the film in theatres in 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D on April 15, 2016.

First Drive: 2017 Hyundai Elantra in Imperial Beach, CA - Afforable Style and Tech

Imperial Beach, California was the setting for the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Media Launch! From the stunning beaches to the windy mountain roads, this would be a great place to get a real feel for the Elantra. There were only Limited editions with the Tech and Ultimate packages available that comes in at $27,585.

This sixth generation Elantra brings together a bold aerodynamic design with better fuel economy, improvements to ride quality with increased noise reduction and class-leading safety features. Part of the increased noise reduction comes from this hood sound insulator as you can see in the above photo.

Giveaway: Gift Card to #DolbyCinema at AMC Prime to see #Deadpool out Feb. 12!

Sasaki Time is once again partnering with Dolby for another awesome giveaway especially if you are a Deadpool fan!

This giveaway is only good in the U.S. but you will win  two $25 gift cards to see Deadpool at Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime! 

Based on Marvel Comics' most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. Whether it’s a high speed car chase or shoot out, Dolby Atmos® puts you in the center of the action.