It’s all about Piper and Lava in the New Pixar Collection

Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 3 has been released on DVD, blu-Ray and Digitally this week. It contains thirteen short films including “Piper”, which was the Best Animated Oscar Winner from 2016. This collection also includes some of my favorite animated short films that have been released over the last few years, such as Lou and Lava.



I received a copy of Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 3 and thought I would share my thoughts on the set.

First off, this collection is far more upbeat than Pixar Short Films Volume 2. Death and hexes are almost non-existent, which makes this collection a bit more child friendly. With Partysaurus Rex, Riley’s First Date, The Legend of Mor’Du, Lava, The Radiator Springs 500 1/2, Lou, and of course Piper, these beautiful fun shorts will capture the imagination of all who watch them. Of course, Piper and Lava are the true reasons to own this collection. I love these two shorts and I am very glad we can now own them.

What’s is awesome about this collection of Pixar Films is the special bonuses. There is interesting commentary on each of these shorts where the creators and animators explain their reasoning for making these stories and what it took to turn them into a masterpiece. While this part usually ends up boring the kids in the audience, us adults are free to watch these when we have time.

Other than the fun shorts, there is also two mini movies included in this collection: “Marine Life Interviews” and “Miss Fritter’s Racing Skoool.” These are also fun to watch and feature characters from two well know Disney/Pixar movies, “FInding Dory” and “Cars 3.’

I am extremely happy with this collection and the more upbeat attitude it presents. As always, be sure to watch the shorts before you sit your kids down to view them, a couple of these may be a little much for them to understand. However, with Lava and Piper included, this collection can’t go wrong.

SPONSORED: Dreamworks She-Ra Princess of Power Surprise

SPONSORED by Dreamworks
Dreamworks She-Ra Princess of Power is being released tomorrow on Netflix! I am especially excited to see this series. If they do as good of a job as they did with Voltron, this is sure to be a wonderful adaptation of the classic She-ra. In anticipation of the upcoming release, Dreamworks sent out a fun She-ra kit featuring many of the characters from the new series. My family absolutely loves this kit with the buttons, crafts, tiara, character cards, and cape!



First off, this kit came in with “SHE-RA’ right on the front of the box. Already the excitement was building and everyone wanted to know what wax inside this fun colorful box. I mean, who could resist opening it? I was lucky to get a picture.

Inside was a treasure trove of items that spilled out of the box in a sparkly She-ra explosion. We found pins, collector cards, a tiara, and a fun DIY Sword of Protection craft.

Usually when kits like this arrive, they are of cheaper quality made to simply advertise the show and move on. But Dreamworks likes to take it a step above the rest with their items and make sure quality is a major factor. For example, the collector cards are on thick glossy paper about 4 times the size of a trading card. They have wonderful colorful images with interesting facts about each character on the back.

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The DIY Sword of Protection craft was and is awesome. Dreamworkd provided much of the items to make the sword worthy of a princess complete with Glitter and 3D Puff Paint. I was actually able to get scanned images of the craft before the scissors, glitter, and glue went flying around the room. Now you can create the craft to!

What you will need:

  • Cardboard
  • Colored cardstock
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Double Stick Tape
  • Glue
  • 3-D Puff Paint
  • Glitter
  • Markers
  • Instructions

    1. Print the template 3 times. Print One on plain white cardstock, Print two of each on the color of cardstock you want your blade and grip to be.
    2. Cut out the white cardstock pattern and arrange them on a cardboard sheet to form the sword. Trace around the templates on to the cardboard and cut out the cardboard sword.
    3. Cut out your color cardstock pieces. Put glue on the back side and attach them to the corresponding blade and grip pieces on both sides of the sword.

    The Sword of Protection is now done!

    To get a copy of the templates click the image below and save the PDF to your computer. Than print and create to make your own Sword of Protection.

    Thank you Dreamworks for the awesome She-Ra Princess of Power Kit!

    For more information about Dreamworks new animated series, She-ra Princess of Power, see my blog posts here.

    The Coolest Guy in Incredibles 2 – Frozone

    This weekend chill with the coolest guy in Incredibles 2, Lucius Best, also known as Frozone. Lucius Best (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) is not only Bob’s best friend, he’s a fellow-former Super who’s so chill, he can make ice with the point of a finger. But even when he’s not fighting crime as Frozone, Lucius is all about style. He has a quick wit and a cool, can-do attitude—and he wouldn’t think twice about breaking out his supersuit if it could help bring Supers out of hiding. Check out some bonus clips about Frozone and Samuel L. Jackson below and grab a copy of Incredibles 2, which is now available on Digital HD, Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand!



    Bonus Clip: Frozone Theme Song

    Bonus Clip: Frozone and Honey Deleted Scene

    onus Clip: Coolest Guy in Show Business

    Also to make this weekend evern more incredible grab these fun activity sheets the whole family will enjoy. It includes:

  • Who are your heroes
  • coloring pages of
    • Elastigirl>
      Mr. Incredible
  • Jack Jack Num-Num Cookies
  • Bobs Incredible Waffles recipe
  • Underminer Maze
  • To get a copy of these activities, click the image below and save the PDF to your computer. Then print and create for some incredible weekend fun.

    Vampirina Fang-Tastic Ice Scream Recipe

    Today, Vampirina: Ghoul Girls Rock! is Jamming its way to Disney DVD! You can read more about the DVD and my review in a previous blog post called Vampirina: Ghoul Girls Rock! is Fang-tastic!.



    In celebration of Disney Junior’s Vampirina collection being released on Disney DVD, Disney Junior has provided a wonderfully Fang-tastic recipe the whole family is sure to devour, “Vampirina’s Ice Scream.”

    The recipe requires:

  • 2 ounces of black candy melts
  • Batwing template (do a simple google search to find one that fits)
  • Strawberry ice cream
  • Purple Ube ice cream
  • Chocolate cookies, crushed
  • Pink heart sprinkles
  • To get a copy of the recipe click the image below and save the PDF to your computer. Than print and create for some yummy Vampirina Ice Scream

    Vampirina: Ghoul Girls Rock! is Fang-tastic!

    Follow Vampirina and her two best friends, Poppy and Bridget, as they take the stage and start their very own band: the Ghoul Girls! Cheer them on as they travel to Transylvania for their first-ever talent competition and go on many more awesome adventures! Amped with six music-filled episodes, plus seven bonus animated shorts, Vampirina: Ghoul Girls Rock! soars to fang-tastic new heights as Vee and her friends learn how to find their inner ghoul and rock out! Vampirina: Ghoul Girls Rock! arrives homes on Disney DVD November 6th.



    In anticipation of Vampirina: Ghoul Girls Rock! coming to DVD, I was able to get a copy to review.

    The episodes included in the Vampirina: Ghoul Girls Rock! DVD are all about accepting difference, embracing what makes us unique, and learning how to be great friends. Vampirina takes popular themes to connect with their audience and teaches life lessons needed to get along with others. From the beginning my family has been a fan of this Disney Junior TV series and it is exciting to see them released on DVD.

    Vampirina: Ghoul Girls Rock! includes six of their popular Vampirina episodes all about friendship and new activities. The episodes are:

  • Vampire Weekend / The Bird Who Knew Too Much
  • The Ghoul Girls / Game Night
  • Oldie But a Ghouldie / Beast in Show
  • Vampirina Ballerina / Treasure Haunters
  • Home Scream Home
  • Countess Vee / Frights, Camera, Action!
  • The Ghoul Girls

    However, what truly makes this Vampirina: Ghoul Girls Rock! rock is that it includes SEVEN short music videos featuring Vampirina and her friends.

  • Living the Scream
  • Inner Ghoul
  • Transylvania Girls
  • Ghoul Glam
  • Boogieman Boogie
  • Everybody Scream, Everybody Howl
  • The Mummy Rap
  • The music videos are wonderful to dance to and to sing along with. However, the art takes a bit to get used to. After watching Vampirina in a more digital 3D sort of image, to watch the music videos in 2D is weird. I have seen this happen in other shows for budget purposes, it is just too bad that Vampirina did it as well.

    But don’t let the art stop anyone from watching the great DVD. The art starts to grow on you and soon the whole family will be rocking out with Vampirina and her friends and learning life lessons along the way.

    More about Vampirina: Ghoul Girls Rock!:
    Voice Cast: Isabella Crovetti as Vampirina; Lauren Graham as Oxana Hauntley; James Van Der Beek as Boris Hauntley; Wanda Sykes as Gregoria; Mitchell Whitfield as Demi; Jordan Alexa Davis as Poppy; ViviAnn Yee as Bridget; and Dee Bradley Baker as Wolfie.

    Executive Producer: Chris Nee

    Release Date: November 6, 2018
    Ratings: TV-Y (US); G (CE/CF)
    Total Run Time: Approximately 132 minutes
    Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen (Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions)
    Audio: 2.0 Dolby Digital
    Languages: English
    Subtitles: English SDH

    Incredibles 2 is Incredibly Jack-Jack Aware

    When there is a chance for the superheroes to come out of hiding, Bob is all over it and ready to do his part….as a stay-at-home dad. Not the job he was hoping for, but worth it in order to give superheroes a positive spin in the public eye. On Nov. 6th. Incredibles 2 will be released on DVD and Blu-ray, allowing every incredible fan to see just how well Bob is at being a full time dad.



    Thanks to Disney/Pixar, I received a copy of the blu-ray to review. possible SPOILERS below.

    To be honest, much of what Bob goes through when taking care of the kids is cliche and possibly overused…until Jack-Jack pops into the picture. For whatever reason, in the 2004 Incredibles movie, the Parr family never realized Jack-Jack had powers. However, they figure it out in Incredibles 2 when Jack-Jack starts disappearing and transporting from one place to another. The only way to bring him back are Num NUm cookies (recipe here).

    Incredibles 2 at this point transforms from a story about superheroes struggling for the right to fight villains and becomes a story about Jack-Jack and his crazy, teleportation, transforming, duplicating, and flying powers. There are more powers to include but who can list them all. Seriously, Jack-Jack is a container of all powers shaken together and spilled out into an unsuspecting family. Even the city wildlife isn’t safe from Jack-Jack’s awesomeness. In fact, the Raccoon never had a chance.

    There seems to be only one person that can handle Jack-Jack in all his glory and that is Edna Mode. She willingly takes the baby for the night to make him a suit to help keep the child under control, if only for a while. Disney made a short film called “Auntie Edna”, sharing just what happened while Edna babysat Jack-Jack. My nieces watched the short and thought it was hilarious. When Jack-Jack morphed into Edna and during the duplication with babies everywhere, laughter was at an all time high. All I could get out of their smiling faces was, “This is so funny” and “Can we watch it again?”

    You can check out a clip from the “Auntie Edna short here:

    Jack-Jack the Movie….I mean Incredibles 2 is fun to watch, especially with Jack-Jack so front and center. My family and I enjoyed it and we will be watching it again.

    She-ra And The Princess of Power “Warriors” Song

    With fan anticipation reaching a fever pitch, DreamWorks Animation Television is excited to announce that She-Ra and the Princesses of Power will now debut November 13th exclusively on Netflix. To celebrate the earlier release, DreamWorks has released a new trailer unveiling never-before-seen footage and a preview of the series theme song titled “Warriors.”



    Inspired by the popular ‘80s animated series, DreamWorks She-Ra and the Princesses of Power tells the epic story of an orphan named Adora, who leaves behind her former life in the evil Horde when she discovers a magic sword that transforms her into the mythical warrior princess She-Ra. Along the way, she finds a new family in the Rebellion as she unites a group of magical princesses in the ultimate fight against evil.

    Aimee Carrero (Elena of Avalor) stars as Adora/She-Ra, Karen Fukuhara (Suicide Squad) as Glimmer, AJ Michalka (The Goldbergs) as Catra, Marcus Scribner (black-ish) as Bow, Reshma Shetty (Royal Pains) as Angella, Lorraine Toussaint (Orange is the New Black) as Shadow Weaver, Keston John (The Good Place) as Hordak, Lauren Ash (Superstore) as Scorpia, Christine Woods (Hello Ladies) as Entrapta, Genesis Rodriguez (Time After Time) as Perfuma, Jordan Fisher (Grease Live!) as Seahawk, Vella Lovell (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) as Mermista, Merit Leighton (Katie and Alexa) as Frosta, Sandra Oh (Killing Eve) as Castaspella, and Krystal Joy Brown (Motown: The Musical) as Netossa.

    Listen to this sneak peek of the amazing She-Ra and the Princesses of Power opening theme song, “Warriors”, performed by Aaliyah Rose.

    Fun DIY Papercrafts of Jack-Jack and the Raccoon

    With Incredibles 2 coming to Blu-Ray Nov. 6th, Disney/Pixar has been releasing some awesome stuff for us fans to enjoy. We were given a DIY for some incredible treat boxes and a DIY mask and emblem for the perfect superhero costume. Now, Disney/Pixar is focusing on everyone’s favorite baby, Jack-Jack and his fight with the robbing raccoon.



    If you haven’t seen the wonderful Sneak Peek of Jack-Jack & Raccoon I suggest you do so now, It is absolutely hilarious as Jack-Jack learns about his powers and what it means to be super.

    Exclusive Sneak Peek (Jack-Jack & Raccoon)

    Now that you have laughed incredibly hard, you can truly enjoy Disney/Pixar’s gift to the Incredible fans. The gift is a Foldabble paper craft of Jack-Jack and the crazy Raccoon. Simply Download the PDF by clicking the image below. then print, cutout and create Jack-Jack and the Raccoon by following the instructions on the papercraft template.

    Printable Follow-Me-Eyes Pumpkint DIY Paper Craft

    Halloween is a couple days away and I still have one more craft to share. So before Halloween is here and gone here is another fun Follow-Me-Eyes paper craft that is sure to bring laughter into the house…Or that creepy feeling that something is always watching you. How about a little of both. This time, the papercraft features a Jack-O-Lamtern puppet.



    The Puppet is pretty easy to make and fun to display. With the #FollowMeEyes, no matter which way one walks, his eyes will follow.

    These Pumpkin puppets can go almost anywhere.

  • Display them on a shelf so when people walk by they are watched
  • Cut the pumpkins off their bases and hang them on the wall
  • place them on festive tables for that added touch of cute creepiness
  • Or whatever you find fun and decorative
  • To create the pumpkin puppet simply follow the instructions below. Be sure adults do all the cutting.


    1. Print on cardstock
    2. Cut out the pumpkin along the outer solid line, be sure not to detach from base.
    3. Cut out the eyes
    4. Wrap the base around to form a circle and glue together.
      The circle should form behind the pumpkin.

    5. EYES:
      • cut out the eye rectangle along the outer boarder.
      • fold on the lines closest to the eyes. It should partly cover the eyes
      • Fold on the next line outward so that it forms a zigzag. (see image for help)
      • Glue each tab to either side of the eyes behind the pumpkin
      • Display the pumpkin and Enjoy



    To get a copy of the pumpkin Paper craft click the image below and save the PDF to your computer. Then print, create and Display.

    DIY Googly-Eye Monster Rocks Halloween Craft

    Halloween is just around the corner. Time for the spooks, ghouls, jack-o-lanterns, and monsters to come out from hiding and show their faces to the world. Well, some of them can. Monster Rocks still have to get their faces on….literally. It isn’t easy being a cute little monster and there has to be time for the beautification process.



    At this point I know some of you are asking a simple question…What is a Monster Rock? Don’t worry, I had the same question when I was told about these little creatures. Turns out the answer is simple. A Monster rock is…a rock. Well it’s actually a painted rock with Monster Googly Eyes. They are also extremely fun to make and adorable.

    The beautification of a monster rock isn’t hard, it just takes a little time for the paint and glue to dry. This provides the perfect opportunity to help kids hone the skill of patience. The wait might be like watching paint dry But Monster Rocks are worth every second.

    To make Monster Rocks you will need:

  • Rocks
  • Paint
  • Monster Googly Eyes
  • Glue
  • Step 1: Find the perfect rocks that will make the best monsters. These rocks can be in any shap you wish, the weirder the better.

    NOTE: Be sure you are allowed to remove the rocks if you find them outside of your backyard.

    Step 2: Wash the rocks of all debris. They need to be clean of dirt, dust and other particals so that the paint will stick to the rocks. Of course, after they are painted feel free to add grass, moss, leaves or other items to make hair, arms, or whatever you can imagine.

    Step 3: Paint the rocks. Have the crafters choose their favorite colors to paint the rocks. A hot pink monster is just as cool and a blue monster.

    Step 4: Let the Paint dry. One of the hardest things to do is wait for paint to dry. This is a great opportunity to hone the skill of patience. Maybe go for a walk, collect fall leaves, or carve pumpkins to pass the time.

    Step 5: Once the paint is dry, it is time to glue on the eyes. Whether it is one eye or multiple eyes, make them googly and make them monstrous.

    Step 6: Wait for the glue to dry. Oh snap, another waiting game. Depending on the glue this can last minutes to over night. Whatever the case, the eyes need to be stuck on tight before they can be little monsters.

    Step 7: draw a mouth or nose. If the rock monsters need noses or mouths, now is the time. Take a marker and draw them now.

    This finishes the Monster Rocks and they are ready for display!