The Jungle Book Movie Review

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About The Jungle Book:

Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves.

But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat.

Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray).

Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.

The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack’s alpha male Akela.

“The Jungle Book” seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world. The wild adventure swings into theaters in 3D on April 15, 2016.

The Jungle Book Movie Review

Although, I’m sure I’ve seen the original animated version of The Jungle Book from 1967, I couldn’t recall the story and chose not to watch it prior to screening the new live action The Jungle Book of 2016.

The all new The Jungle Book is a movie that’s intense, full of action, surprises, tricks and suspense. It kept me on the edge of my seat for most of the film, but there were several lighter scenes that provoked genuine laughter and balanced out the intensity.

The Jungle Book Movie Review

Going into the movie, I was really looking forward to the music in this version of the film. While most of the soundtrack is instrumental, Disney didn’t disappoint me! They included the classic, The Bare Necessities. It was one of my favorite moments of the screening, and it’s definitely a can’t-miss scene.

If there is one big reason to see The Jungle Book, it’s to see just how far animation has come.  I don’t think the animals  could have been any more realistic.

The Jungle Book Movie Review

The animals talk throughout the movie, but because they’re so real, it’s easy to forget they are not supposed to talk.

In addition, Disney definitely chose the perfect actors and actresses for each animal. They really captured the personality of each one.

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It was great to see and feel all of the animals try so hard to win the audience over, each taking turns pretending to be nice and genuine.  It’s tough to decide who the actual nice ones are, especially while watching Mowgli believe so many as genuine and helpful.

The Jungle Book is rated PG; the animals are so realistic and the conflicts between them are also very real. And, as I said earlier, the movie is full of action and suspense, balanced with a little humor.

If you haven’t seen it already, be sure to check out the official trailer for The Jungle Book:

On a final, spoiler-free note: be sure to stay till the end of the credits when you go see The Jungle Book!

The Jungle Book Movie Review

The Jungle Book is in theaters everywhere now. Get your tickets and go see it today!

NEW Finding Dory Free Printable Coloring Pages and Activity Sheets!

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I think Finding Dory holds a record in our house as the movie my kids have been the most excited about for the longest amount of time. They’ve known about Finding Dory since 2013 and I swear they’ve asked me about it at least weekly ever since!

Now that the release of Finding Dory is so close, it feels almost surreal to tell Haiden and Piper that we’ll actually be seeing it in just a few months. Our entire family can’t wait to see it, and I have some special printables to help you and your family get just as excited!

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Get your free Finding Dory printable coloring pages and activity sheets here!. It’s a zip file with several PDF Finding Dory pages in it. You can take a look at all of the Finding Dory printables and decide which ones are best for your kids. I love that there’s something for any age!

I’m also happy to report that the Finding Dory printable coloring pages and activity sheets show familiar fish faces like Dory and Nemo along with a few new characters to start learning about before you see the movie!

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Finding Dory opens everywhere on June 17, 2016. Get your tickets now!

About Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory:

Disney-Pixar’s “Finding Dory” reunites everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past.

What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale?

Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”) and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”), the film features the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton.

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Disney’s ZOOTOPIA: A Parent’s Review #Zootopia

Disney’s Zootopia is now in theaters everywhere! Make plans to see it this weekend and get your Zootopia tickets today!

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First, check it out:

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Disney’s newest animated film, Zootopia, currently has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 100% with almost 100 critics weighing in! Some are saying it’s the “perfect family movie”. Read on to learn more…

From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive.

When Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she quickly learns how tough it is to enforce the law.

Determined to prove herself, Judy jumps at the opportunity to solve a mysterious case. Unfortunately, that means working with Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a wily fox who makes her job even harder.

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This movie review was written by contributor Johanna.

My son and I were SO excited to screen the newest Disney movie, Zootopia, this week.

It was so ADORABLE and SO FUNNY! I can’t tell you how much I absolutely loved it. Zootopia is one of my favorite movies for kids since Cars!

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I don’t want to spoil the movie by giving you too many details, but I want to say that Zootopia’s theme and message were great – I love taking my impressionable boys to inspirational movies that align with our values.

Like almost every animated movie these days, Zootopia is rated PG. There were a few scary parts that made my 7 year old jump and cover his eyes. But he got over those moments very easily. I don’t think he even remembers those parts, because he can’t stop saying how much he loved the movie!

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Finally, it’s so hard to keep this spoiler free when I want so badly to talk about the sloths of Zootopia. THE SLOTHS!

The sloths were so hilarious and I’m pretty sure they were the best part of the whole movie! They left me laughing out loud. Even thinking about them now–two days after I screened the movie–makes me giggle.

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Zootopia is a must-see movie for parents and kids. If you haven’t seen any Zootopia trailers, you can view one below, then check out this Zootopia trailer!

We also have some great free printable Zootopia coloring pages and activity sheets! Print them off and get to know the characters of Zootopia and do a few fun projects!

About Zootopia:

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other.

Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything.

But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy.

Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery.

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” a comedy-adventure directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”), opens in theaters on March 4, 2016.

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Disney’s Zootopia is now in theaters everywhere! Make plans to see it this weekend and get your Zootopia tickets today!

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Free Printable THE LION GUARD Coloring Pages and Activity Sheets!

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Did you know that Disney recently released a new sequel to The Lion King?

It’s called The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar, and it’s a fun way to get caught up with old favorite characters and get a great introduction to some new characters! If you’re looking for the free printable The Lion Guard coloring pages and activity sheets, keep reading!

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The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar originally aired on Disney Jr. in December and it’s now available on DVD to add to your home collection.

About The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar:

Meet Kion, second-born cub of Simba and Nala, as he assumes the role of leader of “The Lion Guard,” an elite team of animals tasked with preserving the Pride Lands.

Follow him as he assembles a group of unlikely heroes: Bunga the honey badger, Fuli the cheetah, Beshte the hippo and Ono the egret.

Join them on a thrilling adventure as they use their unique abilities to defend the Pride Lands from predators and maintain balance within the Circle of Life.

Bursting with humor, music, beloved characters and heart, The Lion Guard: Return Of The Roar is a must-own for the entire family!

In even better news, you’ll instantly recognize the voices of James Earl Jones and Ernie Sabella as they reprise their roles as Mufasa and Pumbaa. You also might think Simba’s voice is familiar. I did, and it was driving me crazy until I realized it was Rob Lowe!

The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar is available on DVD now with a suggested price of $19.99. Right now, it’s on sale for just $14.99!


I also have some great free printable The Lion Guard coloring pages and activity sheets to share with you! Just click on the image below to get all of them.

The Lion Guard coloring pages and activity sheets

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Free Printable THE JUNGLE BOOK Activity Sheets! #JungleBook

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Did you know Disney is making an all new live-action version of The Jungle Book? I’m a big fan of the original animated movie, and I can’t wait to see how the new one looks. I’m most excited for the scenery. I think the jungle itself is going to be gorgeous!

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Disney’s The Jungle Book opens on April 15, 2016. Be sure to hit Play on the video below to take a look at the newest The Jungle Book trailer:

Finally, download or just print out your free printable The Jungle Book activity pages!

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Disney’s The Jungle Book opens in US theaters on April 15, 2016. Get your tickets today!