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Sofia the First: The Enchanted Feast on DVD

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My 6 year old son has been a fan of Sofia the First for awhile now – I love that it’s a great show for both boys and girls. But lately, my 18 month old twins have been LOVING Sofia the First. Olivia sleeps with Clover, her “Blue Ribbon Bunny” each night and Evie sleeps with a little Sofia doll too. They are so young but their eyes light up whenever they hear the theme song to Sofia the First!

All of my kids were thrilled to watch Sofia the First: The Enchanted Feast which is available now on DVD!

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In Sofia the First: The Enchanted Feast, the wicked fairy, Miss Nettle, disguises herself as a powerful sorceress and attempts to steal Sofia’s magical amulet. With the help of Snow White—Sofia must learn to trust her instincts and speak up when she suspects someone is not who or what they say they are.

The DVD also comes with four additional episodes AND a free Enchanted Mirror – which I have to admit is so cool!

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Buy Sofia the First: The Enchanted Feast for your little Princess or Prince! The DVD is available now to buy!

 

Disclosure: I received the DVD for review purposes only. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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First Look at Paul Rudd in Marvel’s ANT-MAN #AntMan

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Eeeeek, squeee and whatever other noises I can make! I’m totally geeking out here, not only because I pretty much love every Marvel movie that has been released {get thyself to the movie theater to see Guardians of the Galaxy} but I also LOOOOOOVE Paul Rudd. Like love. I mean, watch this Lip Sync Battle with Jiimmy Fallon below.

How can you not love him?! So that is why I was excited to hear that he would be starring in Marvel’s Ant-Man!

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Ant-Man is scheduled to release in theaters on July 17th, 2015 and today the first look at Paul Rudd as Ant-Man has been released!

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Are you excited to see Paul Rudd in a Marvel movie?

Homemade Dole Whip

Homemade Dole Whip Recipe #DisneySide

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A few months ago, we had friends over for our #DisneySide party! It was such a blast and I can hardly believe we will be in Walt Disney World in just  a few months! One thing I can’t wait to get is a Dole Whip – delicious pineapple-flavored soft-serve ice cream available at both Disneyland and Disney World.

When we had our Disney planning party at home, I knew I had to serve up some homemade Dole Whip and I found the perfect recipe over at Chocolate Covered Katie. I wish my picture could have been a little bit prettier, but all the kids {and adults!} were too excited to start eating them that I only had time to snap a quick picture before it was completely gone! Best of all, it was SO easy to make and SO delicious!

Homemade Dole Whip

Dole Whip at Home

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen pineapple
  • 1/4 cup milk {I used coconut milk!}
  • 1/16 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar of choice
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Create

  • - Place all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth.
  • - Pour into a Ziploc bag and then freeze for 20 minutes.
  • - Before serving, set out your cups and then cut off a corner of the bag to pour like soft-serve.
  • - Enjoy!

One of my favorite things about Disney is the FOOD! I think my favorite is tied between the Schoolbread and the Dole Whips! What’s your favorite Disney treat?

 

Entertainment Checklist for Traveling with Kids

Entertainment Checklist for Summer Travels with Kids #DisneyMoviesAnywhere

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This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Disney Movies Anywhere blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

We’ve been traveling with my son since he was a baby. Since my husband doesn’t do flying, we travel everywhere by car. My son has gotten used to our road trips but only because I’ve learned to be prepared with plenty of entertainment. From a 4 hour road trip to visit relatives in Kentucky to our annual 16 hour road trip to Walt Disney World, I make sure that my kids are bored at all. Check out my entertainment checklist and tips for traveling this summer with kids!

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Tips for Traveling with Kids this Summer

Visit the Library

Before any road trip, we always visit the library. I’ll let my son pick out 10-15 books that he has never read before. Then, I’ll put them in a reusable bag and he’s not allowed to look at the books until we are on the road. When he starts to get antsy, I’ll hand him a new book and it will keep him occupied for some time.

Pack Snacks and Drinks

It never fails – we will be a few hours into our road trip and one of the kids will want a drink or a snack. I make sure to pack our small soft cooler with juice boxes, milk, sliced fruit and other snacks like graham crackers and Goldfish. This way, you have easy access to hand the kids snacks and you’re saving money by not paying those high prices at gas stations.

Create an Entertainment Checklist

Kids can get bored easily, so I always make sure to have plenty of stuff to keep them occupied and entertained in the car. Here are some of my favorite must-have items on our Entertainment Checklist!

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1. Mickey Mouse Toon Car Road Trip Book – The perfect book for younger kids headed out on a road trip! It’s an interactive book that makes fun sounds and perfect for little ones.

2. Minnie Mouse Travel Play Set – If your little one wants to be just like Mom, get this fun play set! Complete with a purse, passport and “camera”, your little one will have fun in the car going through all of her belongings.

3. Mickey Mouse Travel Pillow – For long road trips, it makes a huge difference if your child is comfortable. When my son settles in to watch a movie, I like him to be comfy and happy. This Mickey Mouse Travel Pillow is so soft, I want one!

4. Disney Cars 2 Look and Find Book – Look and Find books are perfect for both older and younger kids. When you buy a book with characters your child loves, you can’t go wrong! It keeps their brain sharp while they have fun!

5. Toy Story Bingo – Bingo is a fun game to play in the car with kids. Mom or Dad {whoever isn’t driving!} can call out the characters while your little one tries to get Bingo! This Toy Story themed one makes a road trip even more fun!

6. Disney Movies Anywhere – We have a portable DVD player in our car but I an’t tell you what a pain it can be to change out the DVD’s or when your child has a meltdown that the movie stops because you had to turn off the car to get gas. We can now avoid that because we exclusively use the Disney Movies Anywhere app on our iPad and iPhones. No more having your child pick out only 5 DVD’s for the trip or leaving them at your destination {this happened to us once and we were devastated to lose Disney movies that were in the vault!} because now you can have all of your Disney movies with you at all times!

No more carrying around DVD cases….now everything is on your Disney Movies Anywhere App!

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The Disney Movies Anywhere App is easy to use. I downloaded the app, signed up and connected it to my iTunes account and then I was able to start streaming Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies right to my iOS device. Plus, when you register and connect your account, you get a FREE copy of Pixar’s The Incredibles! If you’re on the road and don’t have service, you can even download the movies to your device for offline viewing.

We always get each Disney movie on Blu-ray/DVD as soon as it comes out. They all come with a digital download code and you can take that code and redeem them in the Disney Movies Anywhere App. If you choose to just download your movies from the app, you’ll still earn Disney Movie Rewards and parents can feel secure as each purchase goes into a virtual locker with parental controls!

You can even access exclusive Disney content for free! Before even starting to watch a movie, my son explores the app to find new things to watch. There’s original programming, never-before-seen videos, fun facts about your favorite movies and more!

Pixar Summer Movies to Go

To celebrate the launch of the Disney Movies Anywhere App, a new Pixar movie will be released each week at the special price of $14.99! Movies are regularly $19.99, so this is a great deal for a limited time! This week, Toy Story 2 was released which is one of my son’s favorite movies! Check out these 8 Awesome Facts about Toy Story 2 and then download the movie for only $14.99!

With lots of travel coming up this summer including a trip to Walt Disney World, we will be set when it comes to entertainment in the car for the kids! How do you keep kids entertained in the car?

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17 Minute Exclusive Peek at Guardians of the Galaxy + Collectible Poster! #GuardiansofTheGalaxyEvent

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Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters on August 1st and I couldn’t be more excited. It’s got an awesome cast and it’s a Marvel movie! What could be better?! Plus, Happy Birthday to ME because on July 7th {my 30th birthday!} there will be a Guardians of the Galaxy: An IMAX 3D First Look where you’ll get a sneak peek of 17 minutes of exclusive footage.

Director James Gunn says,

“We’ve re-mastered some of our epic sequences into the IMAX 3D format, taking the scope and scale to new heights while creating a truly immersive, cinematic experience that will take you further into the Marvel Universe than ever before.”

 

Tickets to the July 7 Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”:  An IMAX 3D First Look are free and are available now for U.S. and Canadian screenings on a first-come, first-served basis through www.facebook.com/guardiansofthegalaxy. I just snagged two tickets for my husband and I to attend!

Fans who attend this sneak peek will also receive a limited-edition collectible Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” IMAX poster. I am in LOVE with this poster!

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Guardians of the Galaxy is in theaters on April 1st!

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Disney on Ice Presents Frozen! Buy Tickets in St. Louis Now!

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We always enjoying the Disney on Ice shows each year. When I heard that they were going to start touring with a Frozen show, I knew that my family would have to be there! If you’re in St. Louis, tickets are on sale now!

 

Disney on Ice Presents Frozen

Disney On Ice presents Frozen visits St. Louis from February 26 to March 1 for eight performances at Scottrade Center.

The Academy Award®winning tale will be told live for the first time in this production, capturing the dynamic of two royal sisters, Anna and Elsa.  Anna, a girl with an extraordinary heart, embarks on an epic journey to find her sister, the magical Elsa, who is determined to remain secluded as she finally feels free to test the limits of her powers.  Rugged mountain man Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven, the lovable and hilarious snowman Olaf and the mystical trolls help Anna along the way in this story about love conquering fear.  Audiences will get to sing along with such musical masterpieces as “Let it Go,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and “Fixer Upper.”

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In Disney On Ice presents Frozen, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse take the audience through the magical story based in Arendelle, with special appearances by beloved Disney princesses and favorite characters from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story and Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King, who come together to prove that true love is the greatest power of all.

To create a completely immersive experience for the audience, the set design will encompass the space from the ice surface up through the air, drawing everyone into the story and closer to the characters. Families will feel that they are trekking up to the North Mountains with Anna, Kristoff and Sven, and they will tangibly experience the storm inside Elsa.  Elsa’s magic will be enhanced by state-of-the art special effects while her emotions will be conveyed through powerful skating.

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Disney on Ice Presents Frozen St. Louis Schedule

Venue: Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103

Date and Time of Performances:

Feb. 26 – 7pm

Feb. 27 – 10:30am/7pm

Feb. 28 – 11am/3pm/7pm

March 1 – 11am

Tickets start at:  $15

To order tickets by phone:  1-800-745-3000 To order tickets online:www.Ticketmaster.com/scottradecenter-tickets-st-louis/venue/49678  

Not in St. Louis? Visit the Disney on Ice website to see if the show is coming near you!

 

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Sneak Peek at the Live-Action #Cinderella!

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Salagadoola mechicka boola bibbidi-bobbidi-boo! Put ‘em together and what have you got? The LIVE ACTION Cinderella movie which will be released on March 13th, 2015. I’ve been excited for this movie ever since I heard that Rob Stark Richard Madden from Game of Thrones will be playing Prince Charming. Today, a poster and a teaser trailer was released and I’m squeeeing inside!

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The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham-Carter) steps forward and – armed with a pumpkin and a few mice – changes Cinderella’s life forever.

It’s really got an awesome cast! In addition to Richard Madden, Cinderella also stars Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgård, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Derek Jacobi and Helena Bonham-Carter. PLUS, it’s directed by Kenneth Branagh!

Check out the Cindrella teaser trailer below!

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Are you excited to see a live-action Cinderella?

Sleeping Beauty Blu-Ray

Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition Blu-ray: Available October 7th!

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When I was a child, there was one book that I remember my Dad reading to me over and over again and that was a book based on Disney’s Sleeping Beauty – one of my favorite movies. A few years ago, I was so excited to show Sleeping Beauty to my son and I loved that he instantly loved the movie too! With the upcoming release of Maleficent on May 30th, I knew we might be getting a special edition of Sleeping Beauty on Blu-ray and we are!

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Finally releasing from the Disney Vault, Disney’s ultimate princess fairytale classic “Sleeping Beauty” will be available for the first time on Diamond Edition Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on October 7, 2014.

Experience all of the pageantry and power of this wondrous tale on Blu-ray – and for the first time on Digital HD – with incredible high definition picture, thrilling, soaring sound, and all-new Diamond Edition special features that make this a must-own for every family’s classic collection!

Creating the ultimate at-home viewing experience, Disney’s 2-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray Superset(Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) contains digitally restored picture and sound, a digital copy of the film, and a variety of magical new bonus features, including “Once Upon A Parade,” in which “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland tells us the tale of Walt Disney World’s new Festival Of Fantasy Parade, “Art of Evil: Generations Of Disney Villains,” a legacy piece spotlighting Disney’s favorite villain animator and Maleficent creator Marc Davis, and “@DisneyAnimation: Artists in Motion,” in which Walt Disney Animation Visual Development artist Brittney Lee goes through the process of creating a three dimensional sculpture of Maleficent, completely out of paper.

Additional all-new bonus features include never-before-seen deleted scenes “The Fair” (with Deleted Character The Vulture,) “The Curse is Fulfilled” and “Arrival Of Maleficent,” plus the Beauty-Oke sing-along to “Once Upon A Dream.” The Blu-ray Superset also includes classic DVD bonus features and more!

Will you be buying Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition? 

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Disney Trivia, Dole Whips and More: Our #DisneySide Party

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If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you may know that we are HUGE Disney fans. My husband and I first visited Walt Disney World in 2003 and we were quickly hooked, going 1 or more times a year. When I had the chance to host a #DisneySide party at home, I couldn’t wait! I was supposed to have this fun party months ago but with busy schedules and sickness, we just finally got around to having it but it really came at the perfect time. I had been invited to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration in Disneyland but we couldn’t make it. While I was incredibly disappointed, the weekend coincided with our 180 days out until our October trip, so we still were able to have a Disney celebration at home!

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We invited our friends who are traveling to Walt Disney World in October with us. We couldn’t wait to plan out our days and what parks we would be visiting and which restaurants we would be dining at – sometimes planning is half the fun of a Disney trip!

Thanks to Mom Select, we got so many great goodies for our #DisneySide party and I couldn’t wait to use them. We were sent everything from a brand new suitcase from American Tourister {which will be put to good use this October!}, cookie cutters, Disney trivia, HP photo paper and more! Come take a look at our fun party!

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Activities

We had fun with Disney Trivia questions and decorating shirts – I loved my son’s Olaf shirt!

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Decorating Disney Shirts

 

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Food

I like to keep things easy – especially with 3 little ones at home! For our #DisneySide party, we enjoyed Mickey Pizza, Mickey Oreo Cupcakes and Dole Whip! YUM!

 

 

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Mickey Oreo Cupcakes

 

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Recipes coming soon for the Double Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes and Dole Whip!

We had such a fantastic time at our #DisneySide party! If you are looking for ideas about themes, activities, recipes and more, check out Disney Side Celebrations and start planning your party today!

 

Disclosure: Thank you to Mom Select and Disney for providing us with goodies. All thoughts and opinions are my own – we love Disney!

New Star Wars Cast

Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Announced #StarWars

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New Star Wars Cast

We are big Star Wars fans in this household, so we have eagerly been awaiting news about the latest movie, set to release on December 18th, 2015!

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

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Director J.J. Abrams says,

We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer {YES!!!}. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.

For all of the latest information, check out StarWars.com and like Star Wars on Facebook.

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Q&A with The Pirate Fairy Filmmakers! #PirateFairyBloggers

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I had so much fun during my time in LA! The last bit I have to share with you is the amazing interview we had with the filmmakers of The Pirate Fairy! Peggy Holmes directed and wrote the film and Jenni Magee-Cook was a producer. And they had a lot of interesting tidbits to share with us and I’m going to share them with you!

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If you haven’t had the opportunity to see The Pirate Fairy, first off you really need to! And secondly, it is not only a beautiful, captivating animated flick, it teaches a good lesson too. One that I want my kids to hear and remember. Zarina, the main fairy-character, makes a mistake. But the message behind the movie is that if you make mistakes you also have to work to fix it.

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Peggy Holmes explained a bit about the thought process behind the film. She told us that Zarina didn’t expect to be welcomed back to her home, Pixie Hollow. She thought she would have to start a new life for herself. So Zarina joined up with the pirates at Skull Rock. Peggy was a choreographer before directing, which was helpful when creating the pirate song and dance number. Feel free to dance along with the crew:

Much thought went into making Zarina a misunderstood yet lovable character in believable pirate fairy garb! She needed to have a sweet and strong face. She is taller than the other fairies. They told us that she is a 6″ pixie! Of taller stature than the other fairies. And her pirate outfit was made from a pirate captain’s cuff, her belt from a watch band and her sword a hat pin!

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Executive producer John Lasseter was a huge part of creating the pre-tic-tocking croc. At first Croc was drawn as more of a real-life crocodile, but John said he needed to be a cuter version. He also said that the little croc had to stay true to being imprinted on Rosetta. Have you read about the science of imprinting? It’s incredible. And Rosetta was definitely little Croc’s mom!

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Currently there is another Fairy flick in the works! But they wouldn’t tell us a thing about it! Nothing! If I hear anything, you will be the first to know!

All opinion are honest and 100% my own. Disney provided an all-expense paid trip to cover the event and a copy of The Pirate Fairy to facilitate my review.

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Captain America Fruit Shield + #CaptainAmerica Activity Sheets

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier is in theaters this Friday, April 4th and we are just SO excited about it! My husband and I got a sneak peek of the movie last week and it’s not to be missed. A few hints before you go – watch the first Captain America movie and stay after the credits. And then again after the second set of credits. You won’t be disappointed!

Now, Hayden is only 6 so he won’t be seeing Captain America but that doesn’t mean he isn’t excited either! There are SO many cool Captain America toys out there that he is wanting, not to mention some pretty neat shirts too – you’ll want to check out my Captain America Fashion for the Whole Family post from yesterday!

Some of Hayden’s favorite snacks include strawberries, blueberries and marshmallows. Luckily, those three foods make up a pretty awesome Captain America Shield!

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This fruit plate is super easy to make. The only issue I had was I could NOT free hand make a star with the mini marshmallows so I actually had to draw a star and cut it out. I laid it on the platter and then put the marshmallows on top.

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This is the perfect snack for your little one. If they are disappointed that they won’t be seeing Captain America: The Winter Soldier {it’s rated PG-13} then you have to check out these activity sheets for them to do at home! Just click on the picture below to pull up and print!

Captain America Activity Sheets

Will you be seeing Captain America: The Winter Soldier in theaters?

Captain America Fashion for Men

Captain America Fashion for the Family #CaptainAmerica

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Last week, I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of Captain America: The Winter Soldier which is in theaters this Friday! This is definitely a movie that you don’t want to miss – I’ll have a full review coming this Friday but if you’re planning on seeing it this weekend, make sure to watch Captain America first!

The whole family is so excited about Captain America coming out! Even though our 6 year old won’t be seeing the movie, he’s been asking for all of the great toys and shirts out there. I decided to go on the hunt for Captain America fashion for the whole family. There’s a lot of great stuff out there!

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Captain America Fashion for Men

You can look just as stylish as the Cap with the picks above!

1. Captain America Men’s Tee 2. Steve Rogers Jacket 3. Men’s Jeans 4. Captain America Watch 5. Captain America Wallet

Captain America Fashion for Women

Captain America Fashion for Woman

1. Captain America Women’s Tee 2. Red Skinny Jeans 3. Oversized Sunglasses 4. Shield Earrings 5. Navy Ballet Flats

Captain America Fashion for Boys

Captain America Fashion for Boys

1. Captain America Hoodie for Boys 2. Captain America Boy’s Tee 3. Captain America Kids Watch 4. Captain America Kids Sunglasses 5. Boys Jeans 6. Captain America Slip On Shoes

Captain America Fashions for Girls

Captain America Fashion for Girls

Let me tell you – if you have a little girl that likes Captain America, good luck finding stuff I had a really hard time tracking down items for girls and had no luck even finding a t-shirt for girls featuring Captain America. But I think this tutu would look super cute paired with a red tee.

1. Necklace and Bracelet Set 2. Captain America Bow 3. Captain America Tutu

Captain America Fashion for Baby

Captain America Fashion for Baby

1. Captain America Onesie 2. Red and Blue Baby Leggings 3. Captain America Plush 4. Captain America Shoes

New Featurette from Captain America!

Check out this new featurette about Captain America: The Winter Soldier!

How excited are you to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier in theaters? {April 4th!!} What is your favorite fashion find above? 

The Pirate Fairy

Q&A with The Pirate Fairy Animation Team! #PirateFairyBloggers

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I’ve already told you how special I think Disney’s newest Tinker Bell movie THE PIRATE FAIRY is in my recent review. Now I get to share how they brought Zarina, the newest and most feisty fairy to life!

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Ritsuko Notani, Yurike Senoo and Raymond Shenusay.

 

During an amazing trip to Los Angeles a few weeks ago, myself and a group of other bloggers were able to sit down with some of the creative minds who made Zarina into the little spunky fairy she is. It was amazing to hear just how much thought and imagination went into the process!

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Zarina is a very multi-faceted character. She is intelligent, brave, fierce, likable and sweet. A lot of things to ask of a little animated pixie!

Raymond Shenusay, Head of Story, proved he was committed to his love for the project when he showed up in complete pirate attire for the interview! He spoke of the development of THE PIRATE FAIRY as a whole movie. It takes thousands and thousands of drawings to build an initial rough movie from the story. These are sent to editorial and given voices, music and sound effects. During many screenings, a large amount of notes are taken on what to tweak and what can be improved. Then the team starts over. Another rough movie is created and screened again. And this goes on for quite a while, changing things and adding unique details. These details are fascinating!

Zarina went through a huge transformation from when they started the project to the final character. Character Designer Ritsuko Notani spoke of the challenges in making a dust keeper fairy who is able to believably transition later to the role of a pirate. Quite a change! She told us how the initial drawings of Zarina were decided to be too sweet. Zarina was shorter and had a more rounded shape. By the last screening Zarina was taller than the other fairies. She was athletic, had more angular features and of course her wild, unruly mane of hair!

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Yuriko Senoo, Animation Supervisor, shared how they worked with 3D models of the characters to give each character a full range of emotions of who they were and what fit the storyline. They also reviewed other pirate movies, such as the Pirates of the Caribbean, to get the movements just right.

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We learned quite a few interesting tidbits about Zarina. Christina Hedricks (character voice for Zarina) was an inspiration for her facial features. Much detail was also put into the fairies’ costumes. Fashion designer and Project Runway winner Christian Siriano was the mastermind behind the fairies’ spunky and stylish costumes. Another detail that I was surprised to find out: Zarina’s pirate outfit was designed as if made from a pirate captain’s arm cuff. It’s true! Take a look-

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Stay tuned…inside information from our interview with the filmmakers is coming in the next few days!

THE PIRATE FAIRY is now available for purchase TODAY! 

All opinion are honest and 100% my own. Disney provided an all-expense paid trip to cover the event and a copy of The Pirate Fairy to facilitate my review.

 

 

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The Young Captain Hook! A Look Behind the Scenes w/ Tom Hiddleston! #PirateFairyBloggers

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During a recent trip to the Walt Disney Animation Studio I had the amazing opportunity  to prescreen The Pirate Fairy-and it was fantastic! It is by far the best, most exciting adventure Tink, and her feisty fairy friends have been on so far.

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Tom Hiddleston is the voice of the young Captain Hook. Watch below as he speaks a bit about his character and the film. You even get a preview as he sings “The Frigate that Flies” in the recording studio!

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You can meet the characters, watch clips and even play some fun interactive games on Disney’s The Pirate Fairy website! Go check it out now!

And be sure to pre-order your copy on Amazon!

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Disney’s THE PIRATE FAIRY: Sets Sail on BluRay April 1st! {Movie Review} #PirateFairyBloggers

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THE PIRATE FAIRY, directed by Peggy Holmes, was never released to theater. It will be available directly to video on April 1st. Does this mean that it is any less fantastic? Absolutely not! It was just a few weeks ago that I sat in the screening room at the DisneyToon Studios and watched the film. I felt so happy that I would be able to soon share with my kids this movie, filled with strong, courageous, smart and loyal female characters!

The cast is one of the best things about this movie. They made the characters spring to life, with Mae Whitman as Tinker Bell, Christina Hendricks as Zarina, Tom Hiddleston as James and Lucy Liu as Silvermist. Natasha Bedingfield’s liberating “Who I Am” number furthers the storyline perfectly.

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Left to Right: Angela Bartys, Pamela Adlon, Tinker Bell, Mae Whitman, Carlos Ponce and Christina Hendricks

Of course, the same awesome fairies that made their debuts in the previous Tinker Bell films: TINKER BELL (2008), TINKER BELL AND THE LOST TREASURE (2009), TINKER BELL AND THE GREAT FAIRY RESCUE (2010), PIXIE HOLLOW GAMES (2011) and SECRET OF THE WINGS (2012) and were included. But this time the headstrong Zarina joins them. She is a brilliant, inventive and a misunderstood Dust Keeper Fairy. She goes against the rules and concocts a magical Blue Pixie dust. Zarina is determined to show all of Pixie Hollow just how amazing the newfound dust is. Of course, this is met with much resistance and this causes Zarina to flee.

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After Zarina leaves Pixie Hollow, she joins forces with a pirate ship from Skull Rock. Yep-same Skull Rock from the original Peter Pan movie. You can see how they used the original sketches as direct inspiration. You can read about just how amazing my experience in the Disney Animation Research Library was here!

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Tink and the other fairies from Pixie Hollow set out on a courageous adventure to find their friend Zarina and to bring the Blue Pixie Dust back to save their home.

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THE PIRATE FAIRY wouldn’t be complete without the tiny fairies courageously sword fighting the pirate crew. Even a young Captain Hook makes his appearance, but as a cabin boy named James- later in life the villainous Captain James Hook . Makes perfect sense, right? Remember the nefarious tick-tocking crocodile? In this movie he can be described as nothing of the sort. He is cute, cuddly and downright endearing.

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Of course, no entertaining movie is without a few glitches in the story. *spoiler alert* Under unfortunate circumstances, the fairy friends’ powers get switched. They have to go on their rescue mission while learning each other’s talents on the fly. Although it is a set back. And as you can imagine, the switch has humorous results!

The animation in this 3-D animated movie was vivid, lively and beautiful. So much detail was put into the fairies costumes. Fashion designer and Project Runway winner Christian Siriano was the mastermind behind the fairies’ spunky and stylish costumes. So be prepared for animated fashion as you have never seen it before!

THE PIRATE FAIRY teaches us a lesson about true, loyal friendship. It doesn’t matter if you are a boy or a girl-these stereotypical roles are now obsolete. Goals, strength, passion and sword-fighting skills can be mastered by either sex. The skills and talents are individual to each person-and an important part of who they are! Around the dinner table we discussed the message behind THE PIRATE FAIRY. Even the three year old understood the moral of the story!

Be sure to visit the official Disney THE PIRATE FAIRY website for a little inside information, where to get your fancy fairy pirate costumes and other merchandise, you can read about each of the fairies and there are interactive games too!

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Product Details:

  • Format: AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 1, 2014
  • Run Time: 90 minutes

All opinion are honest and 100% my own. Disney provided an all-expense paid trip to cover the event and a copy of The Pirate Fairy to facilitate my review.

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Disney’s Animation Research Library: Old Classics Meet New Technology #PirateFairyBloggers

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I was more than a little intrigued when we were asked to leave our belongings, our cameras, phones and any other recording devices in a conference room outside of the mysterious doors of the Disney Animation Research Library. Even the location is held secret by Disney.

The Pirate FairyThis is a safe haven for all of the Disney animation property. It’s state of the art. They are constantly researching new and better ways to preserve their priceless pieces of Disney history. Beyond learning about preservation, we were there to learn about how the classic Peter Pan from 1953 was able to guide filmmakers as THE PIRATE FAIRY was created.

Firstly, the Disney Animation Research Library is said to contain over 65 million unique pieces of various artifacts from Disney history. The specialists work to catalogue and maintain these artistic treasures. Walt Disney felt that preserving these was of importance for in-house use. They were a source of inspiration and also as a reference for new productions.

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Each sketch is packaged meticulously with gloved hands. It was amazing to see just how many hours it took and so much attention to detail in how each sketch was treated. If a print is torn or damaged, the specialists do their best to fix it. Sometimes a tiny piece will be bagged along with the print from which it came from. And other times, these tiny pieces serve a larger purpose. They are used as a method of research to test out new means of restoration.

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As we went through the tour, I understood why we were not allowed to tweet, share our location, or bring our phones or even pens with us. So much of Disney’s priceless artifacts were housed in this undisclosed location.

Our group was able to view the very sketches used to make the original Peter Pan. The drawings of the characters, the pirate ship, even Skull Rock!

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These sketches were used as inspiration for the new Disney’s THE PIRATE FAIRY by the filmmakers and the animation department.

But how are all of these priceless artifacts preserved? In a place they call “the vaults.” They are locked, temperature controlled and house hundreds of thousands artifacts: sketches, glass panes and models. Records allow them to easily retrieve what is needed from these large, high-tech, mechanical bookshelves.

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My favorite part of the tour was the Image Capture Room. In our day, we do not hop in our car and go visit the card catalogue at the library to find the book we would like. We have different means, as do Disney filmmakers. Photographers armed with different types of high-tech cameras capture the images from previous movies. These take just under a few minutes to capture and are sent over a secure online database.

We were also able to meet some fun members of the ARL design team. They are the masterminds behind the artwork in many of the Disney exhibits. They work with color, from the colors that the prints are matted on to the walls on which they are hung. I have to say that one of the highlights of the trip is to visit the design department and see how it differed from the rest of the ARL. It was a bit on the messy side, but oh so colorful! Even the rainbow display of guitars showed just how creative this department was!

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I thoroughly enjoyed the trip into Disney’s library. I love how the filmmakers took such effort to refer back to the original Peter Pan when they created The Pirate Fairy. Be sure to check back to hear all about the new Disney film THE PIRATE FAIRY!

All opinion are honest and 100% my own. Disney provided an all-expense paid trip to cover the event. 

 

 

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Visiting the Disney Archives & the SAVING MR. BANKS Exhibit! #SavingMrBanksBloggers

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During my recent trip to the Walt Disney Studios, I was invited on a self guided tour of the Walt Disney Archives and treated to an up-close look at the Saving Mr. Banks exhibit! The film shows the lengths Walt went to in order to bring Pamela Traveler’s story of Mary Poppins to life onscreen. For more on this, read Melissa’s review of Saving Mr. Banks.

During the tour there was so much memorabilia to look at and information to take in, it would be impossible to tell you everything. So I will share some of my favorite things!

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Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks

This exhibit contained many of the actual artifacts from Walt Disney’s office. In the frame above, from Saving Mr. Banks, you can see the individual figurines and the souvenirs Walt kept on his shelf behind his desk. Seeing this collection in person was amazing! Here is the recreation of Walt’s office-I stood right in front of many of the props used in the making of Saving Mr. Banks. The attention to detail was meticulous!

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The exhibit included much memorabilia-original merchandise from when the film first opened in 1964. I really enjoyed looking at the beautiful prints and drawn storyboards. There were many amazing, well preserved historical photos and displays of Disney’s rich past.

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We were able to sit down and listen to some of the actual audio recordings of meetings between Pamela Travers, the Sherman Brothers and Don Gadradi, Screenwriter for Mary Poppins. Robert and Richard Sherman were the musical team behind some of the most beloved Mary Poppin’s songs.

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I loved listening to the recordings of the interaction between the filmmakers and Ms. Travers. She was quite reserved and stoic. She fought to protect the story that she loved, wanting to remain loyal to the characters and tale that she created. Walt and Travers had many differences of opinions, she wanted full control and Walt fought to turn it into his vision of a Disney movie.

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We listened to a song called, “Mary Poppin’s Medley” that was to replace the much loved “A Spoon Full of Sugar.” Unfortunately, recording the song was not allowed. Travers disagreed with many other details of the film, including the use of animation. She did not feel it had a place in the film, yet animated butterflies, woodland creatures and even penguins make an appearance.

On August, 27th, 1964 Mary Poppins was released. The film went on to be nominated for a total of 13 academy awards and won five. P.L. Travers let Walt Disney know that she did not prefer the finished film at the Hollywood premier. However, she did end up attending the premiers in New York and England. Travers later wrote a letter apologizing for her words at the Hollywood premier and also said that upon watching the film a second time she enjoyed it a bit more. One thing I think everyone can agree on is that Walt knew filmmaking, and he succeeded in making P.L. Travers’ story into an entertaining, classic movie that the public will love for years to come.

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Julie Andrews, Walt Disney and PL Travers, Hollywood premiere, 1964.

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FROZEN: A Fairytale of Sisterhood {Movie Review} +Giveaway! #FrozenBluRay

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I have no doubt in my mind that FROZEN will be a Disney classic. Right up there with Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid. But this time, it’s not the traditional princess love story-nothing will keep the lovers apart and all else is sacrificed for to this cause. The 21st century blows right into the storyline, giving it a different direction: no evil arch enemy and the message that family comes first.

Meet Anna and Elsa:

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They are two sisters who are very different. Anna is innocent, an eternal optimist and she personifies the word “fearless.” Elsa is regal, guarded, elusive and is living with a secret that is painful and can be dangerous. In the first few years of the sister’s lives together they were the best of friends-playful and close. Elsa’s secret has dramatic, scary consequences for her beloved little sister and she withdraws completely. She lives in solitude behind a heavy wooden door. No matter what Anna does to draw her out and rekindle the relationship they once had, sadly the efforts fall flat.

Elsa’s coronation day comes and Anna is ecstatic. She can’t hide her excitement at the thought of the castle’s doors finally being opened to others in the land. But this is where things go dreadfully wrong. Elsa’s powers take over when her emotions are tested. She flees with the intent of creating a new life, free but isolated. Anna, true to her headstrong beliefs, goes on a mission to reclaim her sister and to fix what damage has been done to their kingdom of Arandelle.

Anna sets out alone, but finds that she could use the help of Kristoff and his faithful reindeer Sven. This is where we meet Olaf. He’s sweet, funny and one of the most entertaining snowmen I have ever met!

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And the action begins! The story is fast-paced as their exciting journey plays out. Freezing, icy terrain. An impossible trek up a steep hill through the deep snow. Blasts of ice shot at them. A huge, scary ice monster and wolves!

The animation is nothing short of magical. During my recent interview with Director Chris Buck and Producers Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho, they told me that the production of FROZEN lasted five years. New animation technology called “Flourish” was created to put together a movie that contained the greatest number of animated characters in a scene and some of the details were the most intricate of the Disney animated films to the day. I was also able to see how much love they had for the characters and story and determination they had to create the story as they felt it should be told. FROZEN was based off of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen.” But instead of good versus evil, the writers wove a story of love versus fear.

Besides the animation being breathtaking, another incredibly strong point of the film was the music. The diverse songs made us fall in love with the characters. It rounded out their personalities and they are just plain fantastic. I hear them all day around my house. And although my kids really need to learn a few more lyrics so the ones they have down aren’t in a tight, constant rotation-I still love the songs. They are the kind that get stuck in your head but you kind of love it! I found a video of the characters: Josh Gad (Olaf), Santino Fontana (Hans), Kristen Bell (Anna), and Idina Menzel (Elsa) performing the songs and I really enjoyed watching it. You can tell that they have a deep affection for the music of FROZEN.

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FROZEN is clearly a Disney princess film. The story is sweet, charming and there is a story of what love means. But it is loud and clear that this definition of love isn’t limited to romantic love. It drives home the message that the love between family should be strong and loyal. I want my two daughters to know this, and my son as well.

I loved this film. Hand down my favorite animated Disney movie of all time. The story-telling is artful. The animation, the characters, the storyline and the music make the film brilliantly well-rounded. I would highly recommend you watching FROZEN.

Have you seen Disney’s FROZEN yet? Tell me your favorite thing about it!

Disney’s Frozen is available on Blu-ray and DVD TODAY!

These great bonus features will be included:

The Making Of Frozen (Blu-ray, Digital)

  •    D’frosted: Disney’s Journey From Hans Christian Anderson to Frozen (Blu-ray, Digital)
  •    Breaking The Ice – The Real Making Of Frozen (Blu-ray, Digital)
  •    4 Deleted Scenes with introduction by Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee
  •    Original Theatrical Short – “Get A Horse” (Blu-ray, Digital & DVD)
  •     “Let It Go” Music Videos by Demi Lovato, Martina Stoessel & Marsha Milan Londoh (Blu-ray, Digital & DVD)
  •     Frozen Teaser Trailer (Blu-ray, Digital & DVD)

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 All opinion are honest and 100% my own. Disney provided an all-expense paid trip to cover the event. 

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Saving Mr. Banks Blu-ray Review + Giveaway! #SavingMrBanksBloggers

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Growing up, Mary Poppins was one of my favorite movies. When my son was finally old enough to watch the movie, we gathered around to watch it and I was so happy that he thought it was as magical as I did. The soundtrack of Mary Poppins is one of my favorites ever and many of the songs from the movies are song that I sing almost daily to my children. When I heard there was a movie coming out about the real story of Mary Poppins, I couldn’t wait.

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Saving Mr. Banks is the untold true story about the origins of one of the most treasured Disney classics of all time – Mary Poppins. Determined to fulfill a promise to his daughters, Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) tries for twenty years to obtain the rights to author P.L. Travers’ (Emma Thompson) beloved book.  Armed with his iconic creative vision, Walt pulls out all the stops, but the uncompromising Travers won’t budge.  Only when he reaches into his own complicated childhood does Walt discover the truth about the ghosts that haunt Travers, and together, they set Mary Poppins free.

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My husband and I saw Saving Mr. Banks in theaters and I knew that this was going to be a movie that I needed to own on Blu-ray. A large part of the movie was actually filmed on Walt Disney Studios, where they also had access to recordings of P.L. Travers discussing the making of Mary Poppins with the Sherman Brothers. I was hoping that we would be able to get more of a glimpse of this in the bonus features of Saving Mr. Banks and I wasn’t disappointed!

Saving Mr. Banks Bonus Features

- The Walt Disney Studios: From Poppins to Present (Blu-ray & Digital HD) – Join Director John Lee Hancock on a tour of the Disney Studios lot, reflect on studio life during the making of Mary Poppins, and discover how Walt’s creative spirit still flourishes today.

- Let’s Go Fly a Kite (Blu-ray & Digital HD) – Cast and crew sing break out in a rousing, heartfelt tribute to Composer Richard Sherman on the last day of filming.

- Deleted Scenes:

Stargaze (Blu-ray & Digital HD) – A picture on Walt’s desk leads to a flashback of Pamela’s childhood.  

Pam Leaves (Blu-ray & Digital HD) – After yet another disagreement with Walt, Pamela leaves his office and heads for the airport.

– Nanny Song (Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD) – The Sherman Brothers perform a song for Pamela that she is less than thrilled with.

I’m so glad to finally own Saving Mr. Banks on Blu-ray and DVD. I loved seeing the behind the scenes look at Mary Poppins being made and appreciate the bonus features on the movie even more – especially the tour of Walt Disney Studios, which is my favorite.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of Saving Mr.Banks but all thoughts and opinions are my own.