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My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks In Theaters This Weekend!

The girls and I are super stoked to be heading to the theater this Sunday to see My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks. I grew up with My Little Pony and both girls have been huge fans as well. Though the look of the My Little Pony girls have changed since my kindergarten lunchbox days, their music, humor, and good lessons are still very much the same.

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Canterlot High is hosting a musical showcase and Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, and Fluttershy are going to be performing with their new band, The Rainbooms. But when a new girl group, The Dazzlings, arrives at CHS, they convince everyone to turn the friendly showcase into a Battle of the Bands.

As tensions mount between the competing musical acts, a reformed Sunset Shimmer realizes that the Dazzlings may not be ordinary girls and are after something far more sinister than just being named Best Band at Canterlot High.  The Rainbooms call on Princess Twilight to return to their world to help them perform a musical counter-spell so that they can win a battle that now determines the fate of the entire school.

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Happy 30th Anniversary Ghost Busters

ghostbusters-posterThis morning Mike and I were laying in bed doing our normal “what should we do today” routine when Mike noticed that there are NINE showings of Ghost Busters at our local theater. A little digging and we discovered that today is actually the 30th Anniversary!

Yeah… let that sink in a minute. 

This week in 1984 the world was introduced to Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Dr. Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) and of course Slimer and Marshmallow Man. It quickly became a hit with their tag line “Who ya gonna call?” and has continued to be an iconic part of the 80’s – still selling everything from bumper stickers to Halloween costumes every year.

Select theaters will be showing Ghost Busters (“restored and remastered”) on the big screen this week only. You can check Fandango for all of the participating theaters and times. Mike and I are going today and may even take the girls later this week. We have both watched the movie no less than 100 times at home so we are super excited to get to see it at the theaters. It has always been one of our favorites. Mike even got to meet Ernie Hudson last year at Pensacon. SUPER nice guy.

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Were you a Ghost Busters fan?

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DisneyNature Presents Bears #MeetTheCubs #DisneyNatureBears

Today was a wonderful, beautiful day and where else would you rather spend a hot day? At the movies (at least I would)! So I grabbed Midge (8 years old) and drove down to our local Carmike movie theater to watch Disney Nature’s new movie “Bears“.  This movie takes you through a year in the life of mamma bear’s (Sky) journey with her two amazing young cubs (Amber & Scout). These little guys are taught life’s most important lessons and still enjoy a little playing along the way. As a parent, you will be able to relate to Sky as you see how tough it is to raise her cubs in the wild, and finding the time to still express her love multiple times throughout the movie.

 

The movie was wonderful, and having a narrator (Actor John C. Reillywith a great personality is a must with a ‘documentary’ like this.  The movie will take you through the wilderness of Alaska where each bear has their own personality and even though they face some ups and downs, you will fall in love with each one of them (not to mention just about every animal they come across).

The best part of the movie is watching my 8 year old learn what goes on in the wild. She learned so much about them from the way they hibernate, how their instinct takes over in different situations to how they travel to find salmon to eat in order to prepare for next winter. The beautiful scenery and vibrant colors are amazing to watch on the big screen. I wasn’t sure watching a pair of bear cubs would keep my attention, but I find out quickly that I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen once the movie started. I am certain everyone who gets to watch this movie will not only enjoy the film but will relate with the bears and their human like qualities displayed on the big screen.

Bonus Treat!

Disney Nature is offering a wonderful Free Educator’s Guide on the BEARS website. You can find it here
The free  Educator’s Guide includes nearly 100 pages of lessons and activities targeted to grades 2 through 6. The lessons are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, National Science Standards, and common core Language Art and Math Standards.

 ~Mike


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Sitting Down With The Pirate Fairy Filmmakers

So the last part of the trip to LA included a sit down with the filmmakers of Disney’s new Fairies movie – The Pirate Fairy.  These two ladies were so nice and so personable – it’s no wonder they are in charge of the Fairies – it fits them well.

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It was neat to get to sit down with the ladies who wrote the film to learn more details of why things are the way they are – and how things fit together.  As someone who wasnt as familiar with the Disney Fairies as some of the ladies with me, it was neat to get to fill in the blanks that I was missing. Like I have said before, I fell just completely in love with the other Fairies as much as I did Zarina, and it was neat hearing how each one of them came to have their personalities.

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The story for The Pirate Fairy stemmed from the filmmakers wanting to show that even the Fairies can “make mistakes” – but that you can always right a wrong if you are willing to admit that you were wrong and work to fix it. Zarina “runs away from home” in the story and gets mixed up with a bad crowd – but with a little help from her friends – and some other adorable characters – she is able to find her way back home to where she belongs.

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The Pirate Fairy – Sitting Down With The Animation Team

Ok I promise I am almost finished telling you all about my trip to LA last month – we just crammed so much stuff in to those three days! Like I’ve told you we got to see a private screening of Disney’s new fairy movie – The Pirate Fairy.  Well, we also got to sit down the the film makers (more on that later) and the animation team! It was neat to see a different side of the animation – especially after seeing the rigging software for Frozen. The animation team members were just awesome – so funny – one guy even showed up in full pirate gear. Talk about getting in to character.

One of my favorite features of Zarina is her beautiful little birthmark.  As someone who has.. well .. a LOT of those, it made me fall in love with her immediately.  I was delighted to see that one of the animators has the exact same birthmark!  How cool is it that she got to give her character a little piece of HER!??! Love it. And I didn’t ask – but to me Zarina looks an awful lot like actress Sophia Bush… coincidence maybe?

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Another neat little animation tidbit is that Zarina’s pirate outfit is actually crafted from a pirates jacket cuff. I never would have thought of that – I just figured she sewed her own little outfit… clearly I am not big on details. It was neat though when I watched the movie after learning that little tidbit – and saw what great detail the animators took to make the outfit perfect.

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