What the Flerken! Captain Marvel came out on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4k June 11 and I have yet to write a review. Imagine my surprise when I found no evidence of my opinion on the origin story of Carol Danvers (aka Captain Marvel). I watched my geek-o-meter fall in points today. Time to bring it back up thanks to Disney providing a blu-ray copy for me to watch.
“Captian Marvel” begins in the midst of a Kree-Skrull war with Vers (Carol Danvers) as a Starforce Pilot for the Kree. During this time she is faced with strange superpowers and shattered flashbacks of a previous life. But things really get interesting when she is captured by the Skrull and forced to relive certain parts of her unknown past from Go-kart crashes to USA air-force training. I have to admit, it is epic to see her standing there in her pilot uniform.
Needless to say, Vers has a crazy escape from the Skrull involving superpowers, depressurization, and a damaged escape pod, which crashes to Earth in 1995 into the most iconic building of the time. Ask any 90s kid where they rented their DVDs and VHSs and they will say ‘Blockbuster’. Marvel knew the nostalgic feels this Blockbuster building would create in many of their fans and used it to help their viewers connect to the film.(*Toys-R-Us” buildings will have a similar affect in a few years).
Now this is when the film gets very fun. Everything that made the 90s epic have all been included into Captain Marvel. We get a chase scene of mass proportions with trains, cars, shape-shifters, and an amnesiac Kree pilot, Vers.. We also get to see old cars, check out the 90s style, hear 90s music, view old computers, and even watch the ever popular loading bar as we wait along with the cast for an important black box recording.
This black box message helps Vers recall her other life as Carol Danvers and thus the goal of saving a race, saving her friends, and saving the world begins. It also starts the discovery of new creatures like the Flerken, which Fury seems to love even though it has tentacles that shoot out of it’s mouth. Of course, it’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye.
Captain Marvel is very action set with so much 90s nostalgic moments that I found myself laughing and enjoying every second. It was nice to see some of the history of the Avengers and learn more about Fury. Mostly, It was just a wonderful trip down memory lane…with a cat.
Find more Captain Marvel information, printables, and activities on my blog here.The activities and printables include some fun stereograms and a DIY airplane glider.
DreamWorks Animation is thrilled to share the season two trailer for Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny in celebration of all-new episodes arriving to Amazon Prime Video July 5th! Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny is an epic adventure series from Emmy Award-winning executive producers Mitch Watson(All Hail King Julien), Elliott Owen (All Hail King Julien), and Lane Lueras (The Adventures of Puss in Boots).
The series features the voice of Chrissy Metz (This Is Us) as Mei Mei, Mick Wingert (Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness) as Po, Haley Tju (Bella and the Bulldogs) as Nu Hai, Laya DeLeon Hayes (Doc McStuffins) as Jing, Gunnar Sizemore as Bao, Makana Say as Fan Tong, James Hong (Kung Fu Panda Franchise) as Mr. Ping and Amy Hill (Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, 50 First Dates) as Grandma Panda. Check out the Trailer below.
In the second season of DreamWorks Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny, Po and the now-famous Four Constellations–Nu Hai, Bao, Fan Tong, and Jing– are summoned by the Emperor to the Forbidden City. But things are not as they seem when the heroes discover a villain’s evil plot to overthrow China. And as Po finally gets the hang of being a teacher, he suffers an existential crisis when he fears the panda kids might not need him anymore. As Po learns he not only has a lot to teach the kids, but they have a lot to teach him too, the pandas must draw from their chi and all their kung fu knowledge to defeat evil in an explosive and epic battle.
DreamWorksKung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny Season 2 premieres July 5th on Amazon Prime Video.
ANNECY, France – June 13, 2019 – Today, as part of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, DreamWorks Animation released the following:
A first look teaser and title reveal of its highly anticipated Netflix original series Fast & Furious: Spy Racers
An all new Netflix original series Kipo & the Age of Wonderbeasts from executive producers Radford Sechrist and Bill Wolkoff
Fast & Furious: Spy Racers, coming soon to Netflix Fast & Furious: Spy Racers expands the high-octane action in all-new animated series as teenager Tony Toretto follows in the footsteps of his cousin Dom when he and his friends are recruited by a government agency to infiltrate an elite racing league serving as a front for a nefarious crime organization bent on world domination. Tim Hedrick (Voltron Legendary Defender) and Bret Haaland (All Hail King Julien) will serve as executive producers and showrunners. The series is also executive produced by Vin Diesel and Chris Morgan; and is slated to debut globally on Netflix later this year.
Kipo & the Age of Wonderbeasts, coming to Netflix in 2020 After spending her entire life living in an underground burrow, a young girl named Kipo is thrust into an adventure on the surface of a fantastical post-apocalyptic Earth. She joins a ragtag group of survivors as they embark on a journey through a vibrant wonderland where everything trying to kill them is downright adorable. The series is executive produced and created by Radford Sechrist (How to Train Your Dragon 2) and executive produced and developed for TV by Bill Wolkoff (Once Upon a Time).
A short teaser features series star Karen Fukuhara (She-Ra and the Princesses of Power) as the voice of “Kipo.”
The announcements were made during the DreamWorks Animation TV Studio Focus presentation at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, which also included updates from the studio on the critically-acclaimed Netflix original series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, as well as the original series Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny for Prime Video. Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny is also competition in the TV Films category at the festival. Additionally executive producer Lane Lueras provided a sneak peek of the recently announced Netflix original series, Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous debuting globally on Netflix in 2020.
Exciting news! The wait is almost over as we glide into Captain Marvel’s launch week! Captain Marvel will be on Blu-ray™, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD™ tomorrow June 11! Which means, soon all of us fans will be able to take home a copy of Goose…I mean Captain Marvel and her awesome heroic deeds. I would never watch a movie just to watch the galaxy’s most awesome cat…cough
In anticipation of Captain Marvel’s release and to revel in the excitement, we have a Captain Marvel Printable Paper Glider Airplane that will take us fans Higher, Further, and Faster. The glider features Captain Marvel’s (Carol Danvers’) uniform. To get a copy of this paper glider airplane simply click the image below and download the PDF to your computer. Then it is just print , create and fly! (Instructions are included in the PDF)
Toy Story 4 is coming to theaters June 21! We all get to watch as Buzz, Woody, Bo Peep, and others go on more important toy adventures. In honor of Disney’s brand new Toy Story Movie, family.disney.com has shared several crafts, recipes, games, coloring pages, activities, and more featuring our favorite characters from the film!
First, check out all the amazing foods inspired by Toy Story 4. Make and devour these healthy snacks that all Toy Story fans are sure to enjoy! All instructions are on the Family Disney Website. Click the links below each image to learn how to make each delicious snack.
Reach infinity and beyond with this yummy snack inspired by Buzz and Woody
Go Jurassic with Rex and his Toy Story 4 Rex at the Carnival Snack
Have a winning plate with these Toy Story 4 Ducky & Bunny Snacks
Enjoy green pastures with Bo Peep and Billy, Goat, and Gruff with this Toy Story 4 Bo Peep Sheep Snack
Join Bonnie with craft time with this creative Toy Story 4 Craft Time With Bonnie Snack
Once Snack Time has been solved and all the little bellies are full, it’s time to have a little fun with some awesome Toy Story 4 printables. Family Disney has created a 17 page PDF filled with nine printable coloring pages, connect the dots, a printable DIY memory game, and two snack recipes!
To grab this fun printables go to Family Disney and save the PDF to your computer. Then print and create for tons of fun! Or click the image below to download the PDF.
King Norm and the indestructible Lemmings are back in an all new adventure, Norm of the North King Sized Adventure, available on DVD and Blu-Ray June 11th! I received a copy to watch and review and I found that this time this lovable clumsy polar bear is now learning his kingly duties and making sure that he is a leader worth looking up to.
King Norm learns from his grandpa that being a king means keeping your word, no matter what. What he says is a promise and must be delivered. Such a wonderful lesson is comically delivered throughout the film as Norm promises to deliver an ancient Chinese artifact to Beijing and somehow make it back in six days to officiate his grandpa’s wedding. With the Lemmings following close behind and an evil Dexter looking to sell the artifact for big bucks things are bound to go wrong.
And wrong they go. From the very beginning, loyal urinating Lemmings cause cave ins, hectically fly helicopters, and somehow after all their crazy movements, manage to get airsick as Norm pilots the helicopter to Beijing. However, even though they make each situation a little more difficult, true to their Lemming words, they end up saving their friends from crazy lizards and maniacal villains. Way to Go Lemmings. If they are not a favorite animal now, they will be soon.
Even with all his troubles, clumsy steps, and the evil Dexter, King Norm never gives up. His whole goal through the film is to keep his word and show others that he is a trustworthy king. While Keeping his word is not easy, it is important, and King Norm makes sure to teach those around him how important it is to say what you mean and mean what you say.
This King Sized Adventure is never ending and non-stop, with crazy helicopter acrobatics, Indiana Jones like tests, komodo dragon battles, and a fun dance party. The lesson is well thought out and on stage front and center. For the adults there are even some fun pop culture refreshes that will make us laugh. Norm of the North King Sized Adventure is truly fun for the whole family.
In anticipation of Norm of the North King Sized Adventure coming to DVD and Blu-ray, I have found several printables featuring Norm and the Lemmings. These printables include:
A Norm Paper craft
Lemming paper crafts
Spot the differences
Toilet Paper Roll craft
To get these printables simply click the images below and save them to your computer. Then print and create for fun Polar bear and lemming fun. Many of these activities were found on their official Norm of the North facebook page. Check it out for even more fun, games, and videos.
Come along for Norm’s next E-NORM-OUS adventure when Norm of the North: King Sized Adventure arrives on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD & Digital), DVD, Digital, and On Demand June 11 from Lionsgate. Embark on a journey around the world with Norm and his lemming friends as he discovers the importance of keeping his word. From writer Dean Stefan (TV’s “The Smurfs,” “X-Men: The Animated Series”) and directors Richard Finn and Tim Matlby (TV’s “Ultimate Spider-Man,” “What’s New, Scooby-Doo?”), this Dove-approved family friendly-film delivers laughs and a positive message about honesty. The Norm of the North: King Sized Adventure Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD and will be available for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.
While Norm and his friends are preparing to celebrate his grandfather’s wedding, trouble is stirring in Misty Mountain. There, Norm meets an archaeologist named Jin and learns that a priceless Chinese artifact has been stolen by Dexter, Jin’s old partner. With the help of his lemming friends, Norm must embark on a journey across the world to help recover the artifact and return it to its rightful place. Can Norm keep his word to his new friend Jin and return home in time for his grandfather’s wedding? Only time will tell.
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With four seasons featured on Netflix, Spirit Riding Free has captured the imaginations and the hearts of horse lovers everywhere. The show is family friendly, well thought out, and shares life lessons for kids to learn and grow. With unforgettable characters such as Lucky, Pru and Abigail, the adventure is never-ending, even when the screen is shut off. This summer Spirit Riding Free is having an Unstoppable summer fun party with games, videos, toys, and exciting new printables!
How does one join in on the Unstoppable Summer Fun? It is as easy as clicking a link! Spirit Riding Free has a Summer Only site where new items are posted featuring all the fun characters…including Snips. There are coloring pages, mazes, word searches, connect the dots, make a story, paper crafts, games, party supplies, and more! Simply head over to SpiritRidingFree.com and let the Summer Adventure begin.
Just in case some items ever fall off the map, I have included my favorite printables below. I even turned their matching video game into a printable. Simply click the images, download the pdfs, print, create, and have an Unstoppable Summer.
It is a beautiful day here in the mountains. Spring is in the air! The sun is shining, the snow has melted, and all the thunderstorms have rolled on through. With the warmer days, I start the grand tradition of playing in the dirt and planting!
I absolutely love gardening. The joy of seeing baby seed leaves peeking out of the ground, the thrill of harvesting food you have grown yourself, that first tangy bite of sorrel after the long winter nights. Ah, it is truly wonderful.
It is always incredibly humbling and empowering to realize that with every seed I plant, I am part of a human tradition stretching back thousands of years. Your parents ate fruits and vegetables, your grandparents ate fruits and vegetables, and back and back and back! Thousands of years ago when the fields were watered bucket by bucket, seeds were being coaxed into abundance by a farmer. Every bite of leafy greens you eat was grown by someone. That lettuce was planted by someone. That cucumber was cared for by someone. That broccoli was harvested by someone. A plate of veggies is the culmination of an entire season of love!
Gardening is not just a wonderful way to connect with our roots (…I regret nothing!) it is also good for us. Playing in the dirt is healthy. According to the researchers at Rockefeller University in New York City and Swansea University Medical School in the United Kingdom, plain old dirt has microorganisms that are incredibly effective against a wide range of harmful bacteria, including MRSA. Not only that, Christopher Lowry, a neuroscientist at the University of Bristol, found that dirt actually acts as an antidepressant! By playing in the dirt we boost our immune system, aid our mental health, and grow delicious, nutritious, food.
I recently got a chance to watch the animated musical, Strange Magic, released in 2015. In a land of faeries and flowers, the princess Marianne is set to wed the dashing Roland. Meanwhile, tensions simmer along the border of the Dark Forest where the nefarious Bog King rules.
To start with, the art is spectacular. Lucasfilm Animation and Industrial Light & Magic knocked it completely out of the park. The characters have weight, they truly interact with their environment – soaring, twirling, dancing, and squirrel-riding.
I am not typically a fan of musicals as my own taste in music tends towards metal and Mongolian throat singing. Nonetheless, I stuck with it and I am so glad I gave Strange Magic a chance. The musical score truly grew on me. By the end I was singing along with young Dawn, Marianne’s sister, every time she opened her mouth.
But there is another side of Strange Magic that is very easy to miss. It is clear to see that the animation team lovingly rendered every leaf and every petal in the magical land. As I watched it, I grew more and more impressed. There are daisies and bluebells. California poppies wave in the breeze. Blueberries, ivy, mushrooms, hollyhock, and of course primroses all feature prominently among many more. As a fan of the old Victorian tradition of the language of flowers, I was stunned to realize that the flowers themselves tell a story.
Who has never given a red rose to one they love or a pink carnation to a dear friend? We still say words without speaking through a flower or three. But this film is the first I have seen where the entire storyline is being spoken not just by the singing faeries but shouted aloud by the floral background. A crown of daisies, that flower of innocence, being smashed to the stone floor. Mushrooms for suspicion, whispering to one another all the gossip of the dark. Poppies wave their sympathy while moss crawls with dissatisfaction and boredom. The primrose petals warning all who know floriography that the love was not fairly earned. I salute Lucasfilm Animation and Industrial Light & Magic for this enchanting use of an almost forgotten art.
For a wonderful book on Victorian floriography (writing with flowers) I recommend Floral Poetry and the Language of Flowers by the mysterious J. H. S. from 1877. As it is in the public domain, you can read a complete copy for free here. At the very back of the book are two excellent indexes summarizing many of the Victorian uses of flowers in easy to understand meanings.
Find more information about Strange Magic from my blog here, along with fun printables, crafts, and activities the whole family can enjoy!
The new live action movie of Aladdin is coming to theaters May 24, 2019! In this thrilling adaptation of the Disney Classic, we find Aladdin, Jasmine, and Genie searching for their happily ever after. However, with futures so uncertain and with an evil Jafar running around, will it take a wish or courage of the heart to make it through their magical journey? I suppose we all will find out May 24.
In anticipation of the live action film, Aladdin, coming to theaters, I thought it would be fun to share a few Aladdin printables I have saved over the years. I will even include the items I have created myself like the Lego coloring pages and cubeecraft paper crafts. Also included are:
Paper craft play sets
To download these fun printables simply click the images below and save the PDFs to your computer. Then print and create (instructions are included on the paper crafts) for some magical fun! Be sure to also check out the new Aladdin Website for more information on the new movie coming to theaters May 24, 2019!