Sunday, June 25, 2017

Quote of the Week

Artwork courtesy of Disney/Pixar

Life's a beach
And then you drive.

- Lightning McQueen, Cars 3

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Muppets Sing Along - Cabin Fever

Photo courtesy of Disney & Jim Henson Studios
Is the summer heat giving you Cabin Fever? Well, here's a song from Muppet Treasure Island that may help. And it even has the words so you can sing along.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cars 3 Review

Photos courtesy of Disney and Pixar

This has been quite the summer for Disney movies. All of them have been sequels. All of them have been good. But, quite surprisingly to me, the best one was Cars 3. Now, don't get me wrong, I'll always love Pirates and Guardians, but at least Cars 3 didn't make me cry. And while the first two were a bit slow to start, Cars 3 hit the track running and never let off the gas. It also had what I thought was a very satisfying ending. Caution: Spoilers Ahead! 


The film starts with Lightning McQueen doing what he loves: racing and competing with his friends, Bobby Swift and Cal Weathers. Sometimes he wins, sometimes he doesn't, but he and the other racers truly enjoy the sport.


All too soon, Lightning discovers that there's a new type of rookie in the race, Jackson Storm (voiced by Armie Hammer). He is the ultimate in automotive technology, and boy, does he know it! Pretty soon, nearly all of Lightning's friends have been forced into retirement by Jackson and cars like him, and Lightning is struggling to find his place in a strange new world.


And that's when it happens. Lightning pushes himself to the limit and suffers a major crash. He goes home to Radiator Springs and locks himself in Doc's old garage. He's worried that his racing days are over, just like Doc's were after his big crash. With a little encouragement from his friends, he decides to try again, but with some help from the technology that helps Jackson Storm to win.


The Rusteze guys want to make sure Lightning has everything he needs, so they sell their company to Sterling (voiced by Nathan Fillion), the owner of a mudflap company, and super fan of Lightning McQueen and Doc Hudson. Sterling has built a new training center for rookie racecars where Lightning can train with Cruz Ramirez (voiced by Cristela Alonzo). Cruz knows everything about motivation and the latest racing technology, but very little about actual racing. Lightning makes a deal with Sterling that if he wins the next race, he can keep racing, but if he loses, he'll become a spokesman for all the products Sterling wants him to sell.

Lightning McQueen and Cruz Ramirez

With so much riding on a single race, Lightning must do everything he can to beat Jackson Storm. He decides to revisit the famous racetracks from Doc Hudson's past. First up, Fireball Beach, which nearly defeats Cruz as she attempts to keep up with Lightning. Then, it's on to the Thunder Hollow Speedway, which has unexpectedly become a hilarious demolition derby. Finally, Lightning decides to seek out Doc's old Crew Chief, Smokey, at his hometown, the Thomasville Speedway. Along the way, Lightning learns a lot about his mentor, which leads up to a fabulous twist during what may be his final race.

Thomasville Speedway

Cars 3 was a fantastic movie, which I can't wait to watch again. Kids will love the familiar characters and jokes, while adults will appreciate a story about growing older and figuring out your ever changing place in the world. And there are some pretty funny jokes. Personally, I liked Lightning's offhand remark to Cruz early in the film "Life's a beach, and then you drive." And that one statement just about sums it up.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Lego Silent Mary

Photos courtesy of Lego
When I heard that they were making the latest Pirates movie, I really hoped that Lego would make a new ship. Boy did they ever! The Silent Mary, which can be yours for the low price of $199, is an incredible Lego creation.
Silent Mary

The 2294 piece set includes eight minifigures: Captain Jack Sparrow, Henry Turner, Carina Smyth, Captain Salazar, Lieutenant Lesaro, Officers Magda and Santos, and the Silent Mary Masthead.


There are also two Ghost sharks. The ship can be opened to switch from sailing to attacking, just like in the movie. Accessories include a compass, sextant, ship-in-a-bottle, and Galileo Diary.


The set is amazing. While I could never spend so much on a single set, I do love it. It would be hours of piratey fun putting it together. The Silent Mary is available from the Lego store as well as online at shop.Lego.com.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Review

Images courtesy of Disney & Marvel
I finally had the chance to see Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2 last week. I really enjoyed it. It was funny, and sad, and heartwarming, and all about family. In all, it was the perfect sequel. Caution: Spoilers Ahead!


Dancing Baby Groot

The movie starts with the Guardians struggling to settle into their new life as heroes. (And a hilarious fight scene that heavily features a dancing Baby Groot.) Unfortunately, it seems like they are constantly bickering. When Rocket steals some batteries and offends the High Priestess of the Sovereign, Ayesha, the Guardians are forced to flee. The golden Sovereign chase them in drone ships (keep an eye out for Ben Browder from Farscape as the Sovereign Admiral!), but are stopped by someone unexpected.

Sovereign Ayesha and Admiral

Gamora, "A little one-inch man saved us?"
Rocket, "Well, if he got closer, I'm sure he'd be much larger."

Ego

The "little one-inch man" turns out to be Ego, a planet as well as a man, and also Peter Quill's father. He has been searching for Peter since he hired Yondu to deliver him years before. Peter is rather reluctant to warm up to, and yet completely in awe of, his father. And he has a million questions about Ego's past and his relationship with Meredith Quill, Peter's mother.

Yondu, Groot and Rocket

In another part of the galaxy, Ayesha has hired Yondu and the Ravagers to track down the Guardians and destroy them. When they find Rocket, Groot, and Nebula with the crashed Milano, the Ravagers figure they'll capture them easily. They're wrong of course, and Rocket manages to attack them with several hilarious traps, before finally being stopped by Yondu. Unfortunately for Yondu, his affection for Peter causes his crew to mutiny, replacing him as captain with the ridiculously named Taserface.

Taserface

With everyone searching for the Guardians, we find ourselves in familiar territory. There are epic battles, moments of ridiculous comedy, and surprisingly, some deeply sad scenes as well. I won't give away the rest, but the end was the best part of the movie. And make sure you bring the tissues; I cried for most of the last twenty minutes.


The music in the film was fantastic. Every song just worked with the scene and added a fabulous sense of nostalgia for those of us of a certain age. And the choice of Cat Stevens "Father and Son" for the last big scene was absolutely perfect, although it almost made it sadder.

Stan Lee Cameo

Like with previous Marvel films, make sure to stay all the way until the end of the credits. I've never seen so many extra scenes in my life! (I believe there were five in total.) Besides, you wouldn't want to miss the second Stan Lee cameo in the movie. It's even funnier than the first one, "That time I was the FedEx guy." (I love the reference to his appearance in Captain America: Civil War.)

Family

In the end, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 was about family, both the family you're born into and the one you choose for yourself. As Peter Quill said, "Sometimes, that thing you're searching for your whole life, is right there by your side all along, and you don't even know it." The Guardians are definitely a family, a bit dysfunctional perhaps, but a family nonetheless. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Quote of the Week


Sometimes, that thing you're searching for your whole life, is right there by your side all along, and you don't even know it.

- Peter Quill, 
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean Ride PhotoPass

Photo courtesy of Disney
Pirates of the Caribbean is probably my favorite rides at Disney World. Other rides may be flashier or fancier, but for me, it's a classic I can't resist. Disney has recently added a little more magic to Pirates with an on-ride photo (and possibly a certain talking skull, like in Disneyland.)

Starting June 19, a PhotoPass camera will capture your image shortly before the drop down to Barbossa's ship. The photo will only be added to your account if you have an active MagicBand. The photo can be viewed online at MyDisneyPhotoPass.com or with the My Disney Experience mobile app. And remember, Annual Passholders can download all of their PhotoPass photos for free, while all other guests can purchase Memory Maker to download them.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Cars Tsum Tsums


This week's Tsum Tsum Tuesday saw the release of a Cars 3 collection, just ahead the movie which arrives in theaters today. The Cars gang are well suited to the Tsum Tsum shape. The mini collection includes: Lightning McQueen, Cruz Ramirez, Sally, Doc Hudson, Smokey, Jackson Storm, and Tow Mater.

There are also two medium Tsums:


Miss Fritters, the demolition derby bus,


and Mack, Lightning's driver.

So cute! The Cars Tsum Tsum collection is available at the Disney Store

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Olaf's Frozen Adventure Trailer


The trailer for the latest Frozen adventure is here! Olaf, Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff are back on the big screen with four new songs. The 21 minute featurette will debut in front of Coco on November 22.


Here's the official synopsis from Disney and Pixar:

Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) teams up with Sven on a merry mission in “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.” It’s the first holiday season since the gates reopened and Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) and Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) host a celebration for all of Arendelle. When the townspeople unexpectedly leave early to enjoy their individual holiday customs, the sisters realize they have no family traditions of their own. So, Olaf sets out to comb the kingdom to bring home the best traditions and save this first Christmas for his friends.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Review


I saw the new Pirates of the Caribbean last week, and I absolutely loved it. It was crazy and funny, and at times incredibly sad, but overall it was a fantastic addition to the series. Caution: There Be Spoilers Ahead. Ye Be Warned.

Part of the ship. Part of the crew.
The film begins shortly after the post credit scene from At World's End. Young Henry Turner has vowed to save his father from his terrible curse. Like father, like son, right? To do so, he decides to seek help from the notorious pirate Captain Jack Sparrow. Although Will tells Henry to let him go and stay far away from Sparrow, he's too much of a Turner to simply give in.

Like father, like son. Henry is definitely a Turner.
Flash forward ten years. Henry is now a sailor in the King's Navy, although his penchant for legends seems to cause him no end of trouble. When Capitan Salazar and his crew attack Henry's ship, they kill everyone aboard, save Henry, who is tasked with taking a message to Jack Sparrow. When we finally see Jack, he's a down on his luck, landlocked drunkard who seems to be a bit lost. The Black Pearl is still trapped in a bottle and most of his crew have deserted him. To add insult to injury, he's scheduled to be executed, alongside one Carina Smyth, an astronomer and horologist who has been accused of witchcraft. (I love the scene on the way to the execution when Jack discovers his Uncle Jack, played by Paul McCartney, is also in jail. Too hilarious!)

"How bad could it be?"
The execution scene itself is full of hilarity and hijinks. And the dialogue is just too funny. Guard - "How would you like to die, Pirate? Hanging, firing squad, or a new invention, the guillotine?" Jack - "Guillotine? Sounds French. I love the French. Did you know that they invented mayonnaise? How bad could it be, it's French, eh?"


Eventually, Henry, Carina, and Captain Jack with his broken down ship and ragtag crew set sail in search of Poseidon's Trident. They are guided by a map no man can read, but fortunately, Carina is a woman. Soon, it's a race to see who will reach the Trident first, Jack, Captain Barbossa and his crew of miscreants (including two very familiar British guards from the first three movies), Capitan Salazar and his ghost crew, or the British Royal Navy, who'd like to see them all destroyed.


I won't reveal any more, but if you liked the first three films, you should definitely see Dead Men Tell No Tales. It is supposed to be the final film in the series and it provides a good stopping point for all the different characters' stories. And while I did cry through much of the end, I can't wait to see it again. Oh, and make sure to stay for the post credit scene. It made me wonder if there are more tales to tell afterall.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Photo of the Week


Summer Magic is one of my favorite classic Disney films, so I love seeing the posters and Hayley Mills' dress on display in One Man's Dream.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Cars 3 "The Limit" Trailer


With Cars 3 arriving in theaters next Friday, June 16, Disney and Pixar have released one final trailer to get you revved up.



It looks like Lightning will have one last chance to live his dreams.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Black Panther Teaser Trailer and Poster


The first trailer for Black Panther has been released and it looks pretty incredible. I really like the voiceover: "You are a good man, with a good heart. And it's hard for a good man to be a king."



Here's the official synopsis from Marvel:

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. 

But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

Black Panther arrives in theaters on February 16, 2018.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Quote of the Week


Your library 
makes our small
corner of the world
feel big.

- Belle, Beauty and the Beast

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Coco Trailer


Disney and Pixar have released the first full trailer for Coco. It really looks good! But I'm partial to Dia de Los Muertos cartoons.


Here's the official synopsis from Disney and Pixar:

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.

Coco arrives in theaters on November 22.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Beauty and the Beast Giveaway


The winner is Hollie J. Congratulations!

Beauty and the Beast arrived on DVD and Blu-ray yesterday, and I finally had the chance to see it. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was enough like the animated version (which is still my favorite Princess movie) that it felt comfortably familiar, and yet it was still a new spin on an old story.

To celebrate this tale as old as time, I thought it was time for another giveaway. I have a set of two Funko Mystery Minis, Belle and Prince Adam, dressed for the ball at the end of the movie. They would make an absolutely adorable addition to any Beauty and the Beast fan's collection. The giveaway ends on Friday, June 16, so enter today!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Tangled The Series Tsum Tsums


It's time for another Tsum Tsum Tuesday! This week's collection features characters from Tangled The Series. The nine Tsums include: the King and Queen, Rapunzel, Flynn Ryder, Cassandra, Pascal, Maximus, Fidella, and a Pub Thug. So cute!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Beauty and the Beast on Blu-ray


Beauty and the Beast arrives on DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow, June 6. I can't wait to finally see it!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean As Told By Emoji


This may be my favorite "As Told By" yet. I love when Elizabeth burns the rum. All that's missing is Jack saying, "Why is the rum always gone!?"

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Marvel: Civil War As Told By LEGO


These "As Told By LEGO" videos are too funny.
Iron Man's whiny "I don't wanna dance!" really made me laugh.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Cars 3 TV Spot "Thomasville"


In the latest Cars 3 TV spot, Lightning McQueen is faced with his greatest quandary: his legacy.



Cars 3 arrives in theaters on June 16.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Quote of the Week


An object cannot make you good or evil. The temptation of power, forbidden knowledge, even the desire to do good can lead some down that path. But only you can change yourself.

- Bendu, Star Wars Rebels