Good Dinosaur

Disney Pixar Movie: The Good Dinosaur

Good Dinosaur

Image ©Disney/Pixar

The Good Dinosaur

By Mike Ellis.

Last night my family went out to see the Disney/Pixar movie The Good Dinosaur.  Coming into the movie, I’ll admit that I wasn’t too sure how I would like the movie; all the previews made it seem like it would be a good family movie, but I just wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy it.  Well, twenty minutes or less into the movie, and I was hooked.  This film has it all — a heart-warming story of the love a family has, brotherly and sisterly rivalry, tragedy, sorrow, and grief, friendship, and courage.

The story centers around the Dinosaur family, Henry (Poppa), Ida (Momma), Libby, Buck, and Arlo.  Libby and Buck easily adjust to life on the family farm, but Arlo, the runt, has a hard time adjusting, and is frightened of almost anything that moves.

As the story progresses, we find that Henry is doing all he can to get Arlo to overcome his fear, and in the course of yet another attempt, Henry is washed downriver and dies.  Arlo is devastated, rightfully so, as he is also lost, and who knows what might have happened to him if not for Spot, a young human boy.  After some trials, the two become best friends.

It turns out that Spot and Arlo have both seen sorrows in their lives — Spot has lost his parents, and believes them dead, just like Arlo has lost his dad.  Having to rely on one another, they run into their share of mean characters as well as friendly characters — I never would have thought that a T-Rex family could be considered “friendly characters” — and throughout it all, they slowly make their way towards Arlo’s home.

The climax of the story comes as Spot is taken by some scavengers because he’s a “critter”, and it is up to Arlo to save his friend.  Only by overcoming his fear of the storm, the rushing water that reminds him of losing his father, and the fear of waterfall, can Arlo come to his friends rescue.

As I said, I wasn’t sure what I would think of this movie, but I really enjoyed it.  It had incredible animation, truly photo-realistic in fact, it had a great, heartwarming story, and a good flow.  I know that many reviewers did not like it, but I did, although I will agree that it is definitely a kids movie at heart.

If you have a young one, go ahead and see it, I think they will like it, and you will too!

Have you seen The Good Dinosaur?  If so, what did you think of it?  Let me know in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by!

Disney Music on #YouTube – Frozen

Frozen
Over the years, Disney movies have brought out some incredible Disney Music to the public — to the point that in many cases the Disney Music may be, in some cases, be more of a draw than the movie! In this short series, I’ve decided to take a look at the Disney Music that you can find on YouTube — and share some of it with you as embedded YouTube videos! Today, since this movie has captivated most of us, I’m starting with the Disney Movie Frozen. Enjoy!

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

As I wrote about in my post about Anna, the words “Do you want to build a snowman?” certainly have multiple connotations, from fun, to remembering when they played together, to wanting to turn back time so their parents are back in their lives.  Personally, I think that this song is my favorite in the whole soundtrack, and I truly enjoy seeing it online.

Let It Go

Let It Go is Elsa’s song — her song about how she embraces her magic and makes it her own!  I love so much about this song — the music, of course.  Then there is how Elsa turns her circumstances around and embraces her magic.  Lastly, I love the hope she has when she sings this song.  I hope you enjoy it also!

For good measure, here is Demi Lovato’s music video of the song Let It Go:

In  Summer

Olaf, the incredibly warmhearted snowman, in many ways stole the show.  He was comic relief when things were a little too heavy in the movie, but he also had one of the best lines of the whole movie, when he said “Some people are worth melting for.”  However, he also had his own show tune number, when he sung about what it would be like for him In Summer:

This is just a sampling of the incredible music that you can find in the blockbuster hit Frozen.  Tell me, which is your favorite song from the movie?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks!

Pirates of the Caribbean

5 Facts about Pirates of the Caribbean that will Impress Your Friends.

Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean – 5 Facts to Impress Your Friends!

If you are reading this post, chances are that you are already a Disney fan — some of you may even be Disney Addicts!  If that’s the case, the five facts I’ve got for you may not be anything you haven’t heard before, but it may be something that you can use to explain how cool Pirates of the Caribbean is to your friends, co-workers, family, anyone that isn’t as big a Disney fan as you are!  So, without further ado, here are five facts about Pirates of the Caribbean that will impress your friends!

Pirates of the Caribbean

For Pirates fans, there are a lot of great tidbits that do a great job of adding a bit of intrigue to the attraction.  Here are my top five facts that I find fascinating about this great attraction!

  1. When Walt Disney World opened on October 1, 1971, Pirates of the Caribbean was not one of the original opening day attractions.  The thought was that because Florida was so close to the Caribbean, the Florida residents would not be interested in pirates.  Well, people were amazed that Pirates wasn’t part of the Magic Kingdom, and they petitioned Disney to open it in Florida like it was in California.  Disney listened, and Pirates opened to the general public on December 15, 1973 — exactly 7 years after Walt Disney passed away.
  2. Pirates opened originally at Disneyland, in New Orleans Square.  The attraction was the last one that Walt Disney worked on before he passed away, and it opened 3 months after his passing.  The Disneyland version starts with a slow ride through the Blue Bayou restaurant.  If you are eating there, you can see the boats pass by from your table.  It’s really cool.  Personally, the scene reminds me of the bayou of Louisiana (hence New Orleans Square) scenes from The Princess and the Frog movie.
  3. At the Magic Kingdom, there are two skeletons playing a game of chess in one of the dungeons — you can see them as you walk through the loading queue.  Interestingly, though, the pieces on the chessboard form a stalemate, with no winner possible.  As a result, the two skeletons have been playing the same game of chess since 1973!  This part of the attraction was the brainchild of Marc Davis, one of the Disney Legends and one of Walt’s Nine Old Men.
  4. Back at Disneyland, did you know that there are two drops as part of the attraction, while at the Magic Kingdom, there is only one?
  5. Lastly, did you know that the drop at the Magic Kingdom was done in order to navigate under the Walt Disney World Railroad?

I hope that you have found these facts to be fun and enjoyable!  Leave me a comment and let me know what facts you have to share also.  Thanks, and make it a Disney day everyone!

Indiana Jones

38 Days: Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular

Indiana Jones

The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular is our choice for #Day38 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day38 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  Today we are taking a look at the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, a show that takes a look at some of the stunts that are performed — and one that you can volunteer to be a part of the action!

Surprisingly, in all our trips to Walt Disney World, we have yet to experience this show.  I think that there are several reasons for this.  For starters, sometimes when we went to go see it it was canceled for some reason.  Another thing that has prevented us from seeing it was that we worried about how loud the “explosive ending” might be, what with Sophie and my sensitive ears.  Lastly, though, I also wonder how good the show is…

Indiana Jones

The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular is our choice for #Day38! Image ©Disney Parks

Looking at the image from the Disney website, it does make me think it might be fun to see once — weather permitting.  What do you think, though?  Is it worth the time investment to see it?  The show is 30 minutes long, and at a park that can be quite busy during the summer, that is a long time to not wait in line for the thrill rides we want to experience, so in the end, is it worth the time?  What do you think?

Please let me know in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by!

Disney Frozen Review: A Love Story!

Frozen

Disney’s latest major motion picture was released to theaters Wednesday, November 27th, and my family has been to see it.  If you haven’t seen the movie yet, but are interested in going to see it, take a read, and then go see it at your next available time!  It is that good!

Frozen takes us to the Norwegian kingdom of Arrendelle.  Arrendelle, by the way, is a real town in Norway — although the name spelling is slightly different (Arendal) — where a King and Queen live with their two girls, Elsa and Anna.  Elsa and Anna are extremely close, and since they are the only children of the King and Queen, they play together quite a bit.  However, one day, there is an accident — and the decision is made to hide from Anna the fact that Elsa has magic at her disposal.

The unfortunate part of this is that Elsa and Anna grow up virtually alone — they don’t play with one another any more because Elsa fears that she will hurt her sister — and life in the Castle becomes lonely and hard for the two sisters.  Then, when an accident takes the King and Queen from them, their separation becomes even harder.

What I really enjoy about Frozen, more than the story itself, more than the incredible snowman Olaf, and more than the characters, is the incredible music that is part of the movie.  Watching this animated movie in the theater, I can picture it being transformed really easily into a Broadway play, and doing very well at that, I might add.  Here is one of the trailers for the movie that you might enjoy:

Without giving away too much of the story for those that haven’t seen it, let me reveal one last thing…in the end, when all seems at it’s most bleak, and when you aren’t sure if it can ever be fixed — well, at that moment, true love wins out, but it isn’t the true love you think it will be…

Disney Frozen will take your heart, work it’s Magic on you, and if your heart is cold, thaw it for you.  It is that good of a movie.

Have you seen Disney Frozen yet?  If so, please let me know what you thought of it in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!