My 4-year-old was so excited about getting this doll!
Thanks to Mattel, I was given a Disney Sofia the First Talking Sofia and Animal Friends to review with my daughter here on Frugal and Fun Mom.
If you have young children who watch the Disney Channel, I’m sure you already know who this character is. However if you don’t, Sofia the First is a Disney Junior show that is currently ranked as TV’s #1 series in kids ages 2-5, girls ages 2-5 and #1 preschool TV series in total viewers. As a family, we are fans of the Sofia the First series.
Disney Sofia the First Talking Sofia and Animal Friendsincludes a standing Sofia doll that talks when her amulet is pressed. In addition, Sofia comes with her 3 animal friends Clover the Rabbit, Robin the Robin and Mia the Bluebird. Once you activate the amulet and bring Sofia’s animal friends up to it, she will have a conversation with them. As she speaks, her amulet glows.
This doll has over 30 phrases and also includes a charm that can be put on a bracelet. It is intended for children 3 years and up and is available for purchase now. Talking Sofia and Animal Friends suggested retail price is $39.99.
My daughter LOVES this doll, and I am glad she is really enjoying it. My only complaint is I wish there was something like this when I was a little girl. This was obviously a big deal for her because she even put on a crown and a purple dress when her doll arrived. I asked her why she like it, and with a surprised look and response she said, “IT TALKS!”, as if I didn’t already know that.
We are all huge fans of the CARS Movies, so we can’t wait for this film to come out. I know these coloring sheets, and connect the dots will only make my kids even more ready for the film and, hopefully it will keep them entertained for a bit.
Thanks to Disney, my family got to see an advanced screening of their newest movie called “Brave” this past week. First off, before I tell you anything about this film, my family really liked it, and my kids are still talking about it.
If you are not familiar with the story, “Brave” follows the heroic journey of Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life aka “Her Fate”, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane).
Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric Witch (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her skills and resources – including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers – to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late, discovering the meaning of true bravery. The film is directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian. It is presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters. Source Disney Pixar.
Check out the following trailer:
This film has great visual effects, it is a wonderful story with positive female characters, it is filled with humor, and has just a little action to keep you on the edge of your seat. We got to see it in 3D, and I could hear my son saying oohs and ahhs next to me. In regards to the visual effects, in the opening scene, the illustration of the Scottish Countryside is wonderful. And, throughout the film, the attention to detail is very specific even down to the flowing hair of the main character Merida.
As for the story line, many times when you see a movie that involves a female lead character who is a princess, the film centers around her being a damsel in distress, that is waiting to be rescued by a male that is her romantic interest. This is not that kind of film. You have strong female characters including Merida and her mother the Queen Elinor, who are both stubborn and determined to push their opinions on one another and the people around them. However through some bad choices, they both realize that they have to learn to compromise, be accepting of alternative ideas, and ultimately work together to solve problems.
Humor resonants through most of the film, especially with the King, the Lords of the land and their offspring, and Merida’s 3 triplet brothers. All of these characters are constantly in some type of comical situation. At some point in the film their antics lead them to losing part of their clothes. However, it is not offensive in my opinion (nonsexual) and only involves their bottoms being shown. I asked my kids what they thought of these scenes, and they thought they were hilarious.
As for keeping the viewer on the edge of their seat, shortly after the film begins there is a scene with a bear attacking, and towards the conclusion of the film there are 2 similar scenes. I actually consulted my kid’s opinions about these parts of the film, a 3 year old and a 6 year old, and they said they were a little scary. So depending upon your child’s maturity, you may want to warn them in advance or be ready to comfort them if they get scared. Overall, this film has a great mix of components and my kids are already asking if we can purchase the DVD when it comes out. For more information on the film visit Disney.com/Brave or check them out on Facebook at facebook.com/PixarBrave or follow them on Twitter at twitter.com/disneypixar. The film is out in Theaters today June 22, 2012 and is Rated PG.
I hope you enjoy the film as much as my family did!
Tickets, Photos and Movie Details provided by Walt Disney Studios. Opinions expressed in this post are that of my own.
My daughter loves to play dress up, and especially loves to play dress up princesses in the Disney Characters. So when I was given an opportunity to select a costume from Costume Super Center, and I spotted the adorable Cinderella dress, I knew that was the one I would get.
When I received the dress in the mail, I had to hide it from my daughter until I was ready for her to wear it; This is because I knew she would go nuts over it, and she would not want to take it off. Boy was I right! She loves this dress, and we even added a crown and some shoes to make her feel even more special. She says to me “It looks sparkly, and I LOVE sparkles!”.
The dress retails for $19.99, and I selected a small, which was true to her size (4-6x). The bow is slightly different than the one pictured, and it is decorated with glitter. I recommend shaking it outside before you let your child wear it to reduce the amount of glitter that shows up around your house. In addition, it is hand washable, so that may help to reduce the glitter as well.
Costume Super Center offers a wide variety of princess costumes including Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Little Mermaid, and more. They also offer costumes for boys, teens, women, and men.
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Thanks to Disney, my family is going to see an advanced screening of their newest movie called “Brave” that will be coming out in Theaters June 22, 2012.
My kids and I are really excited about this, since we have been watching trailers for the past couple of months.
If you are not familiar with the story, “Brave” follows the heroic journey of Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane).
Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric Witch (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her skills and resources – including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers – to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late, discovering the meaning of true bravery.
The film is directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian. It will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.
Check out the following trailer:
So will you be heading out to see this film with your kids?