FREE Printable Sofia the First Coloring Pages, Activity Sheets!

free printable sofia the first coloring and activity sheetsSofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy is now available on Disney DVD, and I’m celebrating by sharing some fun FREE Printable Sofia the First coloring pages and activity sheets!

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Hidden Mickeys in BIG HERO 6: Own it on Blu-Ray and DVD Today!

hidden mickeys in Big Hero 6I know I’ve mentioned Big Hero 6 a number of times here. From the Hollywood red carpet premiere to an actual Big Hero 6 no spoilers review and Big Hero 6 gift ideas (among several other articles), you might have thought I’ve exhausted every article idea for one of my favorite Disney movies ever.

But I haven’t! Big Hero 6 is now available for purchase on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital HD, so I’m want to share the hidden Mickey’s in Big Hero 6!

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day Now on DVD, Blu-Ray & Digital HD!

alexander and the terrible movie caseFamily movie night. At 5 and 6 years old, my daughter and son are starting to look forward to family movie night. For them, it’s all about watching any movie right now, but it’s so much more than that for me.

Family movie night means both mom and dad have stopped what they’re doing to snuggle up with the kids and watch a film everyone will enjoy. It means laughing at the movie, then laughing together later as the kids recount the funniest parts.

Given my kids’ ages, we haven’t had trouble finding anything to watch together. There’s no shortage of quality animated films to entertain all of us, but there will come a time when Haiden and Piper will want to move forward into the live-action category.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is the perfect film for family movie night!

About Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day:

Disney’s heartwarming comedy will have your entire family laughing out loud.

Based on the best-selling book, it follows the exploits of Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life and wonders if bad things only happen to him.

But he discovers he’s not alone when his dad (Steve Carell), mom (Jennifer Garner) and family live through their own terrible – and hilarious – day. It will tickle everyone’s funny bone, and warm their hearts as they discover how even on rotten days, families can grow closer. 

I’ve always loved the original book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz, so I was curious to see how the film version would play out.

I was so happy to find that the movie didn’t attempt to recreate the plot of the book word-for-word. Instead, many elements of the book were kept intact, while the story was expanded to make a feature-length film.

Further, the story that was written to fit in with the book is pretty great. It’s a “Disney-fied” tale about the ups and downs of an everyday family.

Alexander terrible horrible reviewFrom a parent’s point of view, I think this movie is very much on par with live action Disney Channel shows like Good Luck Charlie. It’s cute and sweet, and the storyline is very simple. It’s definitely entertainment for all ages!

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is now available in a Blu-Ray combo pack or on DVD.

The Blu-Ray combo also includes a great bundle of bonus features:

  • Alexander…In Real Life
  • Snappy Crocs & Punch Roos: The Australian Outback Party
  • Walkabout: A Video Diary
  • …And The Delightful, Magnificent, Very Good Bloopers
  • Hurricane by the Vamps – Music Video

Buy Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day today and enjoy it at your next family movie night!

MCFARLAND, USA Parent Review #McFarlandUSA

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I want to start this parent review of McFarland, USA by answering the questions that most readers want to know:

Is McFarland, USA ok for kids?
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Should I take my kids to see McFarland, USA?

 
The short answer is, ABSOLUTELY! There is so much good in this movie that kids should see, and the story is something the whole family will love.

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Based on the 1987 true story, McFarland, USA follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White, a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school.

Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change.

Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent—the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic.

With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.

Along the way, Coach White realizes that his family finally found a place to call home and both he and his team achieve their own kind of American dream.

Like most “sports” movies that I like (see my Million Dollar Arm review for all my feelings on that!) McFarland, USA really isn’t a movie about running. It’s the story of how a group of boys became a team, how a man became a coach and how a family found its home.

Simply put, McFarland, USA is packed with heart, tenacity and inspiration from start to finish. 

Since I’m writing this movie review to give parents information about if McFarland USA is suitable for kids, there are some things you should be aware of:

Overall, McFarland, USA is a PG-rated movie with an uplifting, inspirational message. As with any good film with that sort of message, there are some sad situations that define the story.

Those sad situations are real and honest. In McFarland, USA, they’re part of life; a set of challenges the characters have to overcome to become a team. They’re not overly dramatic and they’re certainly not disturbing.

In short, the movie touches on mature topics like racism, violence and depression. On the plus side, those situations definitely make the positive message hit home!

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In all honesty, I watched McFarland, USA back in November 2014. When I first started gathering my thoughts for this article, I could only remember the positivity of the movie. That alone tells me how much more of an impact the themes of teamwork, community, cooperation and family had on me!

I loved McFarland, USA for sharing the true story of Jim White and the cross country team he scraped together and built from nothing. In a time when it seems that there’s nothing but trouble in the rest of the world, McFarland, USA reminds us that there are good people doing good things out there.

McFarland, USA opens in theaters TODAY! Get tickets for your family and go see it this weekend!

All images courtesy of Disney. 

Disclosure: I screened this film on a Disney press trip for bloggers. All opinions are my own. 

You Won’t Believe the Magic in the New 101 DALMATIONS Diamond Edition!

101 dalmations blu rayI’m feeling pretty lucky today – copy of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians was delivered to my house this afternoon.

It’s not just any version of the classic; this is my very own early copy of 101 Dalmatians Diamond Edition. It includes the DVD, Blu-Ray and the digital HD copy, plus some exclusive and classic bonus features!

Pick your favorite spot to watch—anytime and anywhere—and get ready for a fun-filled adventure with 101 Dalmatians!

Pongo, Perdita and their super-adorable puppies are in for thrills, hilarious spills and an epic action-packed adventure when they face off with Cruella De Vil, Disney’s most fabulously outrageous villainess.

When Cruella dognaps all of the Dalmatian puppies in London, brave animal heroes launch a daring plan to save all puppies from Cruella’s clutches!

Unleash all the excitement and suspense of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians, a beloved classic you’ll want to share with your family again and again!

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One of those bonus features is what makes this edition of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians extra magical. The Diamond Edition includes an all new, never-before-seen short: The Further Adventures of Thunderbolt, which originated in 1961!

Wondering what The Further Adventures of Thunderbolt actually is?

The dalmatian puppies in the original 101 Dalmations loved watching Thunderbolt, their dog hero, on television.

Now, Disney animators have completed Thunderbolt’s entire show within the film, as it was originally dreamed up by writer/story artist Bill Peet, who passed away in 2002. The iconic scene in 101 Dalmations which featured all the puppies huddled around the TV, is the only portion of the show the audience ever experienced.

In 101 Dalmations, “We never knew how [Thunderbolt] wraps up,” says Floyd Norman, 79, an original Disney animator who worked on both 101 Dalmatians and this new project. “Now we get a chance to see Thunderbolt do all of his heroics.”

David Bossert, Disney’s Restoration Artistic Supervisor for the film, said researchers unearthed sketches for the full Thunderbolt show in the Disney Animation Library, but the sketches were never used for story reasons.

Other bonus features in the Diamond Edition of 101 Dalmatians include:

Lucky Dogs: Some of the lucky humans who got to work on 101 Dalmatians reflect on life at Disney in the late 50’s and early 60’s.

Walt Disney Presents “The Best Doggoned Dog in the World”:  Take a look in the Disney Time Capsule as Walt Disney himself introduces 101 Dalmatians on his Disneyland Television show in 1961.

Redefining the Line: The Making of One Hundred And One Dalmatians. 

“Sincerely Yours, Walt Disney”

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Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Diamond Edition is available for purchase everywhere staring on February 10th.

You can pre-order your copy from Amazon today, and you won’t be charged until the order ships. Even better, if the price drops between your order and the release date, Amazon’s pre-order price guarantee ensures that you’ll only be charged the lowest price offered between your order date and the release!

disneys 101 dalmatians blu rayThe list price for 101 Dalmations Diamond Edition is $37. It’s currently on sale for just $22.75. That’s 38% off the list price and it’s eligible for FREE shipping! Order today and take advantage of the pre-order price guarantee!

Disclosure: Disney and/or the associated PR representatives provided me with a copy of this film to facilitate my review. 

Source for Thunderbolt details: USA Today

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