Finding Dory – in theatres June 17th #FindingDory

Finding Dory

“An unforgettable journey she probably won’t remember.”

Sweet Dory. This beloved character is swimming back into our hearts and onto the big screen again June 17th. This newest “Finding Dory” poster finds the forgetful fish surrounded by all the life forces in the sea, whales, turtles, and an octopus. Every journey is easier with familiar friends by your side so keep an eye out for Nemo and Marlin too.

“Finding Dory” follows the forgetful Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) as she suddenly recalls memories of her childhood and sets off  to find her family. If you haven’t seen the official trailer watch it now:

You can keep current with the rest of Dory’s whereabouts here on the website  and following on FacebookTwitterInstagram, Pintrest,and Tumblr.

Just Keep Swimming Friends!!

Disney’s Zootopia Movie Review & Interview with Lance Summers

Have you ever wondered what an entire world designed and run by nothing but animals would look like? Disney takes us inside a world just like that – Zootopia! Disney has a long running history of giving animals center stage (quite literally for one Zootopian with the voice of Shakira). If you haven’t already heard, the rave reviews are in! The humor and inspiring messages portrayed throughout the movie make this one of our favorite films of the year!!  

Zootopia Judy Hopps

Judy Hopps, (Ginnifer Goodwin) is an idealistic rabbit from Bunnyburrow fulfilling her dream of joining the police force of Zootopia. Judy meets Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a small time fox con artist. She takes a case, agreeing that she would resign if she does not solve the case within 48 hours. With the help of Nick, Judy sets out to solve the case. Zootopia is a fast paced and genuinely fun, inventive and imaginative movie that adults and kids alike will enjoy together. The large number of “inside jokes” that grownups will laugh over and the humor for kids makes this movie one for the whole family.

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Earlier this month, we were able to get a one-on-one interview with Lance Summers the Environment Look Supervisor for Zootopia. SUCH a great guy. Check out the video below to hear what he had to say about Zootopia.
Interviewing the Environment Look Supervisor for Disney’s Zootopia Lance Summers

From the frozen Tundratown, to the desert of Sahara Square each area has its own unique feel and truly individual character. If you look closely and quickly you will see many of the crafted details that went into making the land of Zootopia so spectacular.

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ZOOTOPIA – TUNDRATOWN.

(Insider tip: Be on the lookout for this hidden easter egg : Anna and Elsa-phant in Tundratown. Two small elephant children dressed in costumes like Anna and Elsa from Frozen, as well as a snowflake on the top of a building.)

Zootopia is stacking up to be a new Disney classic. The attention to detail and the subtle jokes make it well worth seeing.  

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Disney Pixar INSIDE OUT opens everywhere this Friday, June 19th!

There is always A LOT going on inside my head. Just ask my husband. He’s a doll, my closest friend, and even after 13 years I still never have a simple answer for his “What’cha thinking about?” questions. That’s just one of the reasons I am so excited our family is going to see Disney Pixar’s Inside Out this Friday June 19th! (You ARE going too, right???) You’ve gotta love a  film that is taking the chance to explore and talk about what’s going on inside our heads. I know a few people who think emotions are dangerous territory.

Disney Pixar Inside Out emotions Joy Sadness

You see, even when you are SO connected to something or someone, like my husband and I, feelings and emotions are hard to sort out and communicate sometimes. And when you try to figure out someone else’s emotions & feelings- Uh, fuhgeddaboudit- everyone has a different take.  I think that’s because we all have so many different memories and experiences that influence how we see a situation.

Even the cast members of INSIDE OUT (Joy – Amy Poehler, Fear – Bill Hader, Anger-Lewis Black, Disgust -Mindy Kaling, and Sadness – Phyllis Smith) , explaining what they think goes into making a Pixar animated movie, have a few different perspectives. Take a look below :

The story line of Inside Out  involves a young girl (Riley) and her family relocating to a new city and the Emotions are on the job, eager to help guide her through the difficult transition. But when Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind—taking some of her core memories with them—Fear, Anger and Disgust are left reluctantly in charge. Joy and Sadness must venture through unfamiliar places—Long Term Memory, Imagination Land, Abstract Thought and Dream Productions—in a desperate effort to get back to Headquarters, and Riley.

With our family recently moving to a new city I’m thinking we are all going to have a lot to relate to. I’m looking forward to the conversation that will surround our dinner table after the movie. There are probably a lot of emotions that we need to connect with. I’ll be sure to update with a ‘Chase Family Movie Review’ of Inside Out this weekend!

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Be sure to buy your tickets today!! Disney Pixar INSIDE OUT opens everywhere this Friday, June 19th! 

Let’s Have a Disney Side Party ! #DisneySide 2015

(I was sent a #DisneySide at home celebration kit to host our party. all experience and opinions are 100% my own. Get tips for creating your own Disney Side celebration at www.disneysidecelebrations.com)

Disney. It really IS just pure magic, isn’t it? I don’t just mean Disney World, Disneyland, or Cinderella’s castle. It supersedes a geographic location. The magic of Disney comes alive anywhere and anytime you mention it. Even those who have never visited a Disney park understand the magic. Maybe it was a movie, a toy, or even a song that inspired you to fall in love with Disney. No matter your age, gender, color, or country – the magic of Disney & the love of mouse ears are universal.

our Disney side party 2015

A few weeks ago we shared that we were selected as hosts for a multigenerational Disney Side at home celebration. We received a box full of Disney goodies from the Disney Parks team to share with our guests. Our littles did and unboxing video ( check it out here) to share what was inside- boy, were they excited! We’ve talked often about how much we love our neighbors on the street. So, it just seemed logical that we would invite everyone into our Disney Side Party to share our communal love of Disney.Disney Side snacksMid-morning, we set up in the driveway for treats and games. It wasn’t long before everyone had come to join in the fun. The kids asked if they could dress in costume- YES please! We had a Merida, a tinkerbell, and some “heros”. Every story needs a hero, right.

Kids and adults created Disney chalk drawings ( which totally brought to mind the chalk paintings Bert did in Mary Poppins)

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We had fun playing “Put the smile Mickey”

mickey CollageWhile the kids played Disney Bingo, the grownup party guests also had a fun time reminiscing about trips to the Disney parks and sharing tips for future trips.

Disney Side party games

We didn’t limit the Disney fun to just those on the invite list. The BEST thing about doing our party outside was the neighbors who were just out for a walk stopped to join the fun. The kids would ask them a Disney trivia question and offer them a prize too. Everyone has a little Disney magic in them!

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As our party guests began to tire from all the fun and afternoon naps approached, we sent them off with plenty of activities and games to continue the fun at home. In true Disney fashion, we exceeded their expectations and went a step further. Our Disney princess guests took home some favors of mini-manicure polish and EVERYONE had plenty of fun things in their family goody bags.

A wonderful time was had by all. I think Brother Bear summed up our day best with this line: “Telling stories and laughing with friends: precious moments you’ll never forget.”

Even though our Disney Side party is over, come play along with us! Show us YOUR #DisneySide in the comments below: What’s your favorite quote from a Disney movie?

Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day movieHave you just ever had “one of those days” ?? I may have had one or two hundred in my lifetime. Kidding….(sort of) but did I feel right at home watching Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Our family of six totally has had at least a few crazy days. It is playing in theaters now and is on the list of family fun for everyone this weekend!

The movie follows 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life – a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. When Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns he is not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette), and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.

I love the transformation that happen with in the parental characters, played by Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner in this film as they lead their family. I can completely relate to the avalanche of craziness one day can hold. What I love most about this movie is the emphasis that they place on perspective. No matter the circumstances our perspective really is key. My favorite line from the movie:  ” You gotta have the bad days so you can love the good days even more”.

Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day

If you’ve ever had “one of those days” you will love Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. How long ago was your last “Very Bad Day”?