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.
Baby Geniuses and the Mystery of the Crown Jewels begins with an evil baby who steals the Crown Jewels from The Tower Of London. The Baby Squad, a top-secret organization consisting of super baby geniuses, gets involved in order to solve the mystery and get the jewels back for the Queen’s Jubilee. The Baby Geniuses, Skip,Jordan, Alfred and Gabi, end up getting more than they bargained for when they have to solve new crimes caused by the evil baby, and then chase him all over Europe.
This story is filled with gadgets, inventions, and mystery. It also has lots of diaper wearing babies, comedy, and some over the top special effects. It stars Academy Award winner Jon Voight along with Skyler Shaye, Casey Graf, Rob Bruner, and Jamie Andrews and is directed by Sean McNamara (Soul Surfer). The film is Rated G and it is a Dove.org Family Approved Movie.
My kids LOVED this film! It is silly, fun, and has scenes suited for their age group (4-7). Many of the characters over-act, which also appealed to my kids. I’m amazed that they were able to get the toddlers to sit still long enough to film the scenes. Jon Voight who is many different taxi cab characters throughout the film, plays them up with exaggerated accents, costumes, and big noses created by make-up.
I asked my kids what they liked about the movie, and they said the babies talking, the gadgets in their toys, and the scenes when the babies are helping the adults solve the crimes. My daughter who is 4, liked it so much that she was pretending to be a spy around the house. I feel that this film is appropriate for younger children, and as an adult you have to appreciate that it is intended for kids, and remember that as you are watching it.
Frugal and Fun Mom did not receive compensation for this review but was provided a Free “Baby Geniuses and the Mystery of the Crown Jewels DVD” to facilitate this post from Grand Communications. The opinions expressed in this review are that of my own.
“Oz The Great and Powerful” is set to open in U.S. theaters on March 8, 2013. Let’s just say that the trailer below just gave me chills! I am so excited for this movie to come out.
Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting.
Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.
“Oz The Great and Powerful” is produced by Joe Roth and written by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire (credit not final). Grant Curtis, Philip Steuer and Palak Patel are serving as executive producers. Source Disney Studios.
Are you a huge fan of the Wizard of Oz? My family is!
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.
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?
I had the pleasure of seeing an advanced screening of MARVEL’S THE AVENGERSlast week, and it really is a great movie!
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddleston, and Samuel L. Jackson, and written and directed by Joss Whedon, MARVEL’S THE AVENGERSis based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series The Avengers, which as first published in 1963.
Now don’t get me wrong, when it comes to comic books and super heroes, I am really not a follower, however I did not need to be one to get caught up in this film. It is full of action and humor and does not require a back story in order to enjoy it.
Check out the following trailer:
As soon as the film begins, the observer is immediately thrusted into the action by the appearance of the Alien brother of Thor named Loki (Tom Hiddleston). And you guessed it, he is a bad guy and up to no good with world domination ideas. Destruction then follows Loki’s path, from now until the conclusion of the film.
However humans are lucky, because even through some reluctance, the cast of Heroes including Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Black Widow (Scarlotte Johansson) are brought together by the Director of SHIELD, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), to fight against this bad guy.
Keep in mind though it is not just an action flick, there is comedy intertwined through out, and great moments between Iron Man and the Hulk, The Hulk and Thor, and especially this scene with the Black Widow, that made its appearance towards the beginning of the film.
Check out the following clip:
You will see many familiar faces in this movie including the supporting staff of SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg from “The New Adventures of Old Christine”) and Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders from “How I Met your Mother”).
To check out character profiles and additional movie info such as videos, music, and downloads visit marvel.com/avengers_movie.
Thanks to Walt Disney Studios, I was given an opportunity to see an advanced screening of the movie John Carter. I have to admit, that I really liked this movie.
Now keep in mind, I am not a follower of this book series that was written by Edgar Rice Burroughs also known for Tarzan, but I do not feel like that put me at a disadvantage for viewing the film. If anything, I am now interested in seeking out the book series, because the movie was so good.
The movie begins on Earth in the 1800′s, and suspense surrounds the character John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) and what has happened to him. As he narrates the story via his private journal, the action starts as the viewer is thrust into the events that lead John to his adventure on Barsoom A.K.A. Mars.
On Barsoom, the film introduces the character Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) a green alien inhabitant who is leader of the Tharks. John displays an amazing strength and jumping ability on this planet, and Tar Tarkas sees him as a weapon for his Tribe. Later the film introduces Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins) heir to the city of Helium. She sees John as her kingdom’s savior.
Once John Carter becomes reluctantly aligned with these two individuals, he starts making enemy’s fast. He is immediately pitted against the antagonists of the story, Sab Than, King of the Jeddak an enemy of Helium intent on taking it over, and Matia Shang Ruler of the Therns intent on causing a rift between the planet’s inhabitants. These conflicts force John to act, which in turn make him the Hero of Barsoom.
John Carter’s character presents himself as a self serving uncaring individual, but as the story progresses, you see his humanity shine through whenever he is confronted with a victim. There are moments of humor between John and the inhabitants of Earth and Barsoom. These comedic moments also include a lovable dog/ lizard like character named Woola. The movie is rated PG-13, and I think this is due to the fact that it contains gun battles, CGI alien violence and a flashback to the remains of John Carter’s murdered family. However, I do not think it was offensive or over the top in any way.
Check out the following 10 Minute Exclusive Scene.
If you are not a fan of Sci-Fi, but like suspense, action, humor, or even romance, this film fulfills all of those requirements and will leave you with wanting the story to continue on. If it is any indication of how good this movie is, the audience I was in attendance with clapped at the conclusion of the film. I look forward to taking my husband to see the film as well.
I was sent a movie to review from Phase4Films called, The Fat Boy Chronicles. This film, which touches on many subjects including bullying and self esteem in teens, was inspired by a true story. It is directed by Jason Winn and is based on the acclaimed novel by Diane Lang and Michael Buchanan.
This movie addresses many of the issues that children and teenagers may face in their lives. Whether it may be abuse at home, poor self image, bullying at school, or academic issues, the theme is that no one is perfect, and so we should not judge our peers. The main character Jimmy Winterpock is over weight and because of this, he is tormented by his school mates, and lacks self confidence. He decides to focus on losing weight, exercises, and through this change, regains his self confidence and even a girlfriend by the end of the movie.
I feel that this is must see for children heading into a middle school situation. I remember that puberty was the time that a lot of teasing began in my school years. The early teens, are a really hard time for boys and girls alike because so much is changing physically and mentally. Plus, teens become more independent in their studies at this point and how you are treated in life can affect how well you perform academically.
This is a movie that teaches those who might bully, how it affects others, and it shows those who may feel different, that they are not alone. As a parent, you may want to watch the film ahead of time, and I highly suggest watching this with your kids, so you can answer any questions that they may have.
To learn more about, The Fat Boy Chronicles visit thefatboychronicles.com. The movie in Not Rated, runs 78 minutes and retails at $29.99.