DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge

DreamWorks recently launched a great new series exclusive to Netflix. Dragons: Race to the Edge takes place between the 1st and 2nd feature films – How to Train Your Dragon and How To Train Your Dragon 2. With an approximate five year timeline between the two movies, this series takes place about a year and a half before the How To Train Your Dragon 2 movie. The series was created in a way that it will not only gain new fans but also entertain existing fans of the franchise. The first season has 13 episodes now available to stream on all of your Netflix devices. These episodes all follow a general storyline, however there are stand alone episodes that focus in on each character or introduce a new dragon as well as new villains.

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Executive Producers Doug Sloan and Art Brown bring you a series that is fit for all ages. If you are a 5 year old who is amazed by the colors and sounds or a 13 year old who loves the Dragons and the action scenes it will grab the attention of all viewers. Dragons: Race to the Edge brings back almost the full cast from the featured films. Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), leads the way throughout the action packed series with little life lessons for everyone added into each episode. The directors and executive producers both shared their interest in making this something for the whole family to be able to watch.

Last month I had the honor of going to Los Angeles to learn more about the Dragons: Race To The Edge Series. We were allowed to preview the first two episodes (Don’t worry I wont spoil it) as well as get a behind the scenes look at how a production like this is put on. The first season will be directed by 3 different directors who help share their point of views on the series as well as allowing insight on different adventures. The first two episodes were directed by Elaine Bogan (visit her site for sketches and stories from HTTYD) who started her journey back on the first featured film and made her way to the TV side. Speaking with her about the first two shows, she explained how important it was to kick off the new series ”the right way”.

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“These pilot episodes get to set the bar for the rest of the season.” They are the “Foundation of the Series” as she explains. Right off the bat we start the episode with suspense, adventure and find new ways to add in dragons and new villains. Bogan explains how the design team is able to “modify and design a new dragon or character” to fit within the story line. Dragons Race to the Edge will allow to us to “open up and create bigger season long story arc’s, each episode will teach the kids a lesson or connect to the next episode”. It took just over a year to create the first season with production with having as many as 9 episodes in the works at one time.

It was a great trip and I thoroughly enjoyed the first two episodes, and have already begun watching the rest with my girls. So Grab The Popcorn, sit back and enjoy watching this all new series with your family. If you do not have Netflix, for $7.99 a month you can stream the DreamWorks Dragons Netflix Series as well as many other family friendly shows.

New Minions Movie Trailer – In Theaters July 10th

Ever since despicable Me came out in 2010, the girls and I have been a bit obsessed with Minions. I admit, even when I went to Universal Orlando one of my favorite rides was Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem. There is just something about these little yellow guys that we can’t get enough of. With the new Minions movie coming out on July 10th – just two days before The Teen turns 16 – we have our calendars set to be there opening night.

Evolving from single-celled yellow organisms at the dawn of time, Minions live to serve, but find themselves working for a continual series of unsuccessful masters, from T. Rex to Napoleon. Without a master to grovel for, the Minions fall into a deep depression. But one minion, Kevin, has a plan; accompanied by his pals Stuart and Bob, Kevin sets forth to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. Their search leads them to Scarlet Overkill, the world’s first-ever super-villainess.

Check out the new trailer released this week:

Also, be sure to check your local stores for the new Limited Edition Minion Tic Tacs in Passion Fruit flavor! (I TOTALLY expected them to be banana!) We are gonna need a case of these…

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New Frozen Fever Trailer

In case you haven’t gotten enough of Elsa, Ana, and Olaf, Frozen Fever is a new animated short coming to theaters with Disney’s newest live action film Cinderella starring Lily James and Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett, on March 13th. Check out the new trailer:

In “Frozen Fever,” it’s Anna’s birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but when Elsa catches a cold, her powers may put more than just the party at risk.

I was excited to go see Cinderella – the special effects alone look incredible – but now with Frozen Fever being played, I am certain I will have to take Midge with me. Sounds like the perfect girls movie night to me.

Maya The Bee Movie Buzzes Into Select Theaters

Shout! Factory Kids and Studio Movie Grill invite families and kids to discover the enchanting story of a little bee named Maya and join her on an exciting voyage of fantastical fun and self-discovery when “Maya the Bee Movie” debuts in select U.S. theaters for a limited engagement beginning March 8, 2015. Already a great box office success in much of the world, “Maya the Bee” Movie, based on the well-known children’s novel, offers an immersive cinematic adventure into a spectacular macroscopic world. This feature-length movie delivers wholesome family entertainment— emphasizing the importance of friendship, freedom and courage.

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Maya is a little bee with a big heart. She dreams of an exciting life of freedom, fun and adventure – the world is simply far too interesting to stay inside a hive! Her funny attempts to fit in bring her into trouble with the Queen’s narrow-minded royal advisor, Buzzlina. With her best friend Willy, Maya buzzes out into the meadow on an exhilarating adventure of self-discovery.

While most bees believe that other insects should be feared, Maya can’t help but make friends with Flip the charismatic and eccentric grasshopper, Kurt the dung beetle and even Sting, a young hornet. But when the Queen’s royal jelly is stolen, it will take Maya and all of her bug buddies to figure out who did it and how to save the day!

One of the best-known and beloved children’s brands of all-time, the stories of Maya The Bee have been passed down among generations of families for years. Originally a German children’s novel by Waldemar Bonsels, The Adventures of Maya the Bee was published over a hundred years ago in 1912. Since the original publishing, the book has been translated into many other languages and enjoyed by children all over the world. In addition to the book, Maya The Bee is also a comic book series, appeared in various iterations as animated series and now a major animated feature film.

Studio Movie Grill will be presenting “Maya The Bee Movie” at select theaters at 3 pm on Sunday, March 8th and Sunday, March 29th.  Check out StudioMovieGrill.com for more details. 

Tomorrowland Super Bowl Trailer

If you were caught up watching the Super Bowl like we were last night, then you probably saw the awesome trailer for Tomorrowland, an upcoming Disney film coming to theaters this Summer. Now, I am not usually big on the “fantasy” genre for movies – but this looks terrific. And well.. let’s face it… I could watch George Clooney in black and white with subtitles.

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

Tomorrowland hits theaters May 2015.