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Finding Dory Lesson Plans: Free Printables for Teachers and Parents

finding dory lesson plans

There are plenty of reasons to love Finding Dory. The sweet story, the amazing characters and the beautiful scenery are just the start. As a parent, however, one fantastic thing I love about Finding Dory is the potential for education. I’m very excited about the free printable Finding Dory lesson plans and educator’s guide that Disney provided to share with all of you!

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New Trailer, Images and Poster For Disney’s MOANA! #Moana

Disney moana movie poster

I love finding Disney news in my inbox and being able to share it makes my day!

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I just received more news on Disney’s Moana. I have to say, this is the movie I’m most looking forward to in all of 2016. Not only does it look gorgeous, but the music will be fantastic!

Lin Manuel-Miranda Disney Moana

My interest in Lin Manuel-Miranda isn’t new, but he keeps popping up in Disney stuff. Each piece of news makes me happier than ever, and I can’t wait to hear his music in this movie!

Disney and Broadway stars have never been strangers, but I swear, nothing is making me more excited than seeing Miranda’s name attached to multiple Disney projects! Here’s the official word on his involvement in Moana:

The diverse and dynamic team behind the film’s inspired music include Tony-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Broadway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning and multiple Tony-winning “Hamilton,” Tony-winning “In the Heights”), Grammy®-winning composer Mark Mancina (“Speed,” “Tarzan” “The Lion King”) and Opetaia Foa’i (founder and lead singer of the world music award-winning band Te Vaka). 

Now that you know why I’m so excited to see Moana I’m going to give you some reasons to look forward to the movie!

First, the top image is the newest Moana movie poster, The Ocean is Calling.

Here are a few stills from Moana:

the rock in MoanaThe character of Maui, voiced by Dwayne Johnson

picture of MoanaPicture of Moana, voiced by Auli’i Cravalho.

There’s also a new Moana teaser trailer to share! Check it out below or see it on YouTube:

Disney’s Moana arrives in theaters everywhere on November 23, 2016! Here’s where you’ll be able to get your Moana tickets online.

About Moana

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast South Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania.

But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one today knows why.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest.

During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds.

Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”), and produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.

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Stepping in the Disney Recording Booth for a Zootopia Voice Acting Lesson! #ZootopiaBluray

Disney voice over

I think everyone knows that I love Zootopia and I think it’s a fantastic movie. Given my strong love for the movie, I was so excited to go into the recording booth at DisneyToon Studios to try my hand at voice acting for a scene in the movie!

Since Zootopia is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD, more people than ever will recognize the “Icing” scene I got to work on.

zootopia mr big fru fru voice

If you’re not familiar, it’s the part of the movie where Officer Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde are brought before Mr. Big, the mafia boss, and his daughter Fru Fru.

Here’s the video of my Disney voice acting recording session. The first part of the video is a few practice rounds I had with the script, and the last part is the finished video with my voice as Fru Fru:

I was able to do a different voice acting session for Disney on a different press trip for Big Hero 6. Let me tell you: voice acting was hard then and it hasn’t gotten any easier since then!

disney recording booth

After I did my Zootopia recording I was able to sit down with the Paul McGrath, the dialogue mixer who worked on Zootopia to find out more about what happens when voice actors record their lines and what’s done to the recordings afterwards.

About Dialogue Mixing in Animation

I learned that the dialogue mixers are involved in the filmmaking process from the very beginning all the way through to the very end. Everything starts with the script, but the very next part of making an animated movie is the voice.

In animation, the voice recording is done very early. It starts when the movie is simply sketches and drawings and continues on as it goes into animation and layout. the voice recordings give animators direction as to who the character is going to be on screen.

Zootopia is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD. Order it at a big discount today!

There are some fantastic bonus features that you can enjoy when you watch the movie.

hidden mickeys zootopia blu ray

Zootopia’s Blu-ray and Digital HD bonus features include features on deleted characters, deleted scenes, Zootopia Easter eggs and much more!

Know where to find the Hidden Mickeys in Zootopia.

Check out my exclusive interview with Flash from Zootopia!

Be sure to get my free printable Zootopia coloring sheets and activity pages!

Finally, read my parent’s review of Zootopia!

Sofia the First Coloring Pages for Sofia the First: The Secret Library!

Sofia the First coloring pages

Be sure to scroll down to get your printable Sofia the First coloring pages, then share the above image on Pinterest!

There’s something special that happens in every one of the Sofia the First DVDs: a much-loved Disney character makes a guest appearance to help Princess Sofia solve a problem or get out of a sticky situation.

Here’s a rundown of the Sofia the First DVDs that have had special animated guest stars:

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Disney recently sent us Sofia the First: The Secret Library and I have to say, I was extra-excited about both of the guest stars that show up in this fun DVD!

sofia the first coloring pages

About Sofia the First: The Secret Library

Sofia’s Aunt Tilly returns to give her a gift that will unlock a secret world and appoint Sofia storykeeper of magical books without endings in “Sofia the First: The Secret Library.”

Follow along as Sofia pursues adventures that will finish the narratives, including rescuing Minimus’ brother from an evil prince and setting out on a mission to stop Miss Nettle from stealing all the beautiful snowdrop flowers from the wintery kingdom of Freezenberg.

Merida from Disney-Pixar’s “Brave” and Olaf from Disney’s “Frozen” make special appearances.

One more thing to be super-excited about? Josh Gad reprises his role as the voice of Olaf in the Sofia the First episode with Olaf’s appearance. I think we can all agree that Olaf wouldn’t be Olaf without Josh Gad!

One final item of excitement: These free Sofia the First coloring pages to celebrate the release of Sofia the First: The Secret Library!

Sofia the first coloring pages

Get your free Sofia the First coloring pages by clicking on the image above or here: FREE Sofia the First: The Secret Library coloring pages!

Sofia the First: The Secret Library is available now on DVD! It has a retail price of $19.99 but right now it’s on sale for $14.99!

Buy Sofia the First: The Secret Library now!

Don’t miss another excellent set of free printable Sofia the First coloring pages and activity sheets!

The Hidden Mickeys in Zootopia + Blu-ray Bonus Features #ZootopiaBluray

hidden mickeys in zootopia

I’ve been talking about Zootopia for quite a long time here, and it’s no secret that I love the movie!

One of the fun things that comes with Disney films is all the Easter eggs that can be found. Hidden Mickeys are a special Easter egg that only Disney does, and I want to share the Hidden Mickeys in Zootopia with all of you!

I also want to share that Zootopia is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD!

Hidden Mickeys in Zootopia

The idea for this post started when I was interviewing two of Zootopia’s lead animators and they revealed the first Zootopia Hidden Mickey:

1. Officer Clawhauser has a Hidden Mickey in his markings on his right cheek:

hidden mickeys in Zootopia

2. Another Hidden Mickey with Officer Clawhauser. The cereal on his spoon is Mickey-shaped:

hidden mickeys in zootopia cereal

 3. Check out the top of the pen the hippopotamus police officer is holding as Judy Hopps takes her seat at her first ZPD meeting:

hidden mickeys in zootopia pen

4. As Nick wheels Finnick down the street in a stroller, they pass another stroller-pushing parent with a Mickey Mouse underneath the seat:

zootopia hidden mickey stroller

5. I had to brighten up this still of Nick and Judy on the bridge in the Rainforest district, but you can see a small Hidden Mickey on the right side of the screen:

zootopia hidden mickey rainforest bridge

6. There’s even a Hidden Mickey on the dashboard of Mr. Big’s chauffeur’s car:

zootopia hidden mickey mr. big car

7. It’s easy to miss, but Assistant Mayor Bellwether’s necklace makes a Hidden Mickey formation when she’s helping Nick and Judy with the traffic cameras:

zootopia hidden mickeys sheep mayor necklace

8. Finally, there’s even a Hidden Mickey in the Zootopia poster that was released months ago:

zootopia hidden mickey posterThanks, Reddit!

Zootopia is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD. Order it at a big discount today!

There are some fantastic bonus features that you can enjoy when you watch the movie.

hidden mickeys zootopia blu ray

Blu-ray and Digital HD bonus features:

  • Zoology: The Roundtables – Ginnifer Goodwin hosts an in-depth look at the movie’s characters, animation, environments and more!
  • The Origin of an Animal Tale – Follow the story’s development from its origins to a big story shift that turned the film upside down.
  • Research: A True-Life Adventure – Learn about how the filmmakers traveled the globe to find inspiration for the diverse characters and amazing city of Zootopia.
  • ZPD Forensic Files – Find Zootopia’s hidden Easter eggs!
  • Scoretopia – Watch Academy Award-wiinning composer Michael Giacchino spotlight five of cinema’s greatest percussionists and how they brought an organic, animalist sound to Zootopia.
  • Deleted Characters – Directors Bryon Howard and Rich Moore introduce citizens of Zootopia who didn’t make the final cut.
  • Deleted Scenes – Check out seven scenes that didn’t make it to the theatrical release of Zootopia.
  • “Try Everything” Music Video by Shakira.

Check out my exclusive interview with Flash from Zootopia!

Be sure to get my free printable Zootopia coloring sheets and activity pages!

Finally, read my parent’s review of Zootopia!

Thanks to OhMyDisney for some of the images.