Saturday, May 28, 2016

Disney Store's Twice Upon a Year Sale

It's that time of year again: time for the Disney Store's Twice Upon a Year Sale! Sale items are available both in store and online. There are a lot of great bargains this time around. The Jungle Book and Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Tsum Tsum minis are only $1.99 each, so it's a great time to fill in your collection. There are a lot of good deals on character t-shirts and pjs for kids and adults alike, as well as accessories. I've had my eye on a BB-8 mini change purse and full size purse from Loungefly for awhile now, and when I saw that they were on sale, I couldn't resist. (Unfortunately, the purse sold out before I could get one, but I was able to order a mini change purse for $12.99. So cute!) There's also a BB-8 wallet and backpack on sale, so you can really go droid crazy. Several clothing items from Her Universe are on sale, as well as Marvel clothes for the entire family. If you're looking for a new phone cover for either the iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy 6, they have several designs available at a reasonable price. And if you spend $75 or more, you won't even have to pay for shipping. Also, if you're a Disney Visa card holder, be sure to use the code you should have received in an email to save an additional 20% when your pay with Dream Rewards Dollars. In all, it's a great time to stock up on Disney goodies.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Winnie the Pooh and the Royal Birthday

Disney has created an all new Winnie the Pooh story in honor of Queen Elizabeth II and her 90th birthday. It is so cute! A video of the story, with classic illustrations and narrated by Jim Broadbent, can be found below.

This is such a wonderful little Winnie the Pooh tale. I love the little hum Pooh comes up with as a gift for the Queen. And Prince George is so adorable!

If you'd like a copy of this story for your own home library, you can download a PDF of the book directly from Disney.  What a clever way to celebrate 90 years of the Queen, and Winnie the Pooh, too.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thor: Ragnarok Casting

Marvel has confirmed the cast for Thor: Ragnarok, and it's quite the who's who of actors. At least four of the original Thor cast are returning for this next film: Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Idris Elba as Heimdall, and Sir Anthony Hopkins as Odin, along with Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/the Hulk. New faces include Cate Blanchett as the villain Hela, Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster, Tesla Thompson as Valkyrie, and Karl Urban as Skurge.

“The continuation of the epic Thor franchise will be powerful and unique, and with the additions of Cate, Jeff, Tessa, Karl, and Mark to the cast we have the makings of his most dangerous and heroic adventure yet,” said Producer Kevin Feige. “The sheer, raw talent each of these actors brings to the screen can’t be quantified. Having any one of them join the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be an honor, and having all of them is incredible."

Thor: Ragnarok arrives in theaters on November 3, 2017.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

New Finding Dory Trailer

Ellen shared the latest Finding Dory Trailer yesterday. It looks so sad! And yet still somehow funny. Finding Dory arrives in theaters on June 17.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Beauty and the Beast Teaser Trailer

Wow! The sets for this film look absolutely gorgeous! Belle was always my favorite Princess, so I can't wait to see this live-action retelling of my favorite fairy tale.

Here's the official synopsis from Disney:
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; six-time Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, the wardrobe; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts. 

Directed by Oscar® winner Bill Condon from a screenplay by TBD based on the 1991 animated film, the film is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Tsum Tsum Kingdom: Catnip Toy

Okay, this is too ridiculous for words. I suspect it's even funnier if you grew up watching episodes of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Alice Through the Looking Glass Dolls

I found the cutest fashion dolls at Disney World last weekend: Alice and the Mad Hatter. The faces are pretty decent representations of Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp and they are each wearing outfits from the new movie. They were $34.95 each, which is par for the course when it comes to Disney collectible fashion dolls. I found them in Mousegears at EPCOT, but they should be available at other locations. They are also available at the Disney Store, along with dolls of Iracebeth, Mirana, and Time. Too cute!