Despicable Me 2 DVD Prize Pack #Giveaway! #DespicableMeDos #DM2DVD #Ad

*This post was written by me on behalf of Universal Studios Home Entertainment.  I received a DVD of the film to review.  All opinions are 100% mine.     My boys and I love to go to the movies together when my husband is working on Saturdays.  One of our all-time favorite animated films was Despicable Me and we really enjoyed going to see it together at our favorite movie theater.  That is why we were thrilled when we found out that Despicable Me 2 was coming to the big screen!     We made plans to go see it over and over but it seems that life had another plan and we kept having to postpone our movie date.  Since we never got to see it in the movies, we were very excited to have the opportunity to watch it together on DVD.  We knew that, if it was anything like the first movie, we would love the characters and all of their funny antics.     Gru, his adorable girls, and the mischievous Minions are back with a cast of unforgettable new characters in the blockbuster sequel to the … [Read more...]

The Little Mermaid Enchants A Whole New Generation! #Giveaway

*This post was written by me on behalf of Allied Hispanic.  I received complimentary product samples to facilitate this review.  All opinions are 100% mine.     I'm sure I am not alone when I say that Disney's The Little Mermaid is probably one of my favorite animated films from when I was younger.  There is just something about overcoming adversity in order to land your prince charming that appeals to the romantic in every single one of us.  Add to that the fact that Disney opened it's vault especially to release this Diamond Anniversary Edition and I cannot even begin to describe to you how tickled I am!     Transformed for the first time on Blu-ray, we meet Ariel, an independent mermaid who marches to the beat of her own drummer and longs to become a real human.  Unfortunately, she becomes the prey of a cunning sea witch named Ursula who tricks her into striking a deal with the promise of helping her to become a real girl.  This leads Ariel to be catapulted into a new adventure … [Read more...]

Bring Home An EPIC Adventure On Blu-ray And DVD August 20th! #EpicTheMovie #Giveaway

*This post was written by me on behalf of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.  I received a DVD of the film to review.  All opinions are 100% mine.     The creators of Ice Age have done it again with the debut of this year's animated adventure EPIC on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Deluxe Edition Blu-ray, and DVD this August 20th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.  The film encourages families to bond with nature and to end the summer together in the great outdoors.     In the film, a teenager is transported to a magical world where a nature spirit named Queen Tara asks for her help in supporting the "Leafmen" in their quest to save their existence and ours from evil warriors.  They all band together in order to save the world around a storyline that encompasses the beautiful message of reconnecting with nature.     EPIC features an all-star voice cast that includes Colin Farrell, Oscar® Winner Christoph Waltz, and Steven Tyler!  Audiences are transported to a deep forest … [Read more...]

Check Out My Interview Of David Soren, Director Of Turbo! #TurboMovie

*This post was written by me on behalf of 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation.  All opinions are 100% mine.     This past week I had the pleasure of interviewing David Soren, the Director/Screenwriter of Turbo the movie.  Before our interview, I did a little background research on his accomplishments and I was very impressed to find out that he directed "Merry Madagascar" the first animated holiday television special starring the beloved quartet of Central Park Zoo animals from Madagascar and Madagascar: Escape to Africa.  Seeing as how this is one of my sons' favorite animated films, I knew that I was in for a real treat being able to speak to him about what inspired him to create these films.     Soren joined DreamWorks Animation after graduating from Sheridan College, located near his hometown of Toronto, Canada.  His latest project, Turbo, raced into theaters on July 17th in 3D.  It features the story of a snail named Turbo who aspires to win the Indy 500 despite the … [Read more...]

Achieve The Impossible Dream With Turbo Movie! #Turbo500Today #TurboMovie

*This post was written by me on behalf of 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation.  All opinions are 100% mine.     This week, my boys and I had the pleasure of attending the advanced screening of the Turbo Movie with some of my fellow bloggers.  Before the screening, bloggers were invited to join 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation at the Turbo 500 Event at the Today Show!     Crews worked around the clock to turn the Today plaza into an Indy 500-style racetrack.  Matt, Savannah, Natalie and Willie were joined by Ryan Reynolds, star of the upcoming animated film "Turbo," to compete in a snail race.  Each competitor played skee ball in order to move their snails up the side of Studio 1A and hopefully win the race!     After the races, bloggers had the opportunity to interview Ryan Reynolds personally and to learn more about him and his role as the voice of Turbo in the Turbo Movie.  He stated that this character appealed to him because he persevered in order to … [Read more...]

Watch “Teen Beach Movie” On The Disney Channel! @DisneyChannelPR #TeenBeachMovie #Sponsored

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Disney Channel.  All opinions are 100% mine.     I have always been a big fan of beach movies.  When I was a kid, they would play reruns of old beach favorites featuring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello from the old Mickey Mouse Club.  It always looked like everyone was having such a great time and everyone was so young and good looking.  These movies would definitely make viewers want to be at that beach party dancing and laughing with the stars of the movie.     This Summer, the Disney Channel is bringing back family movie night with the debut of their new original movie titled "Teen Beach Movie."  It is a musical comedy that guarantees to have every member of your family singing and dancing around your living room.  Even though it is a fun film reminiscent of the old beach movies, it delivers an important positive message about how important it is to believe in yourself and not be afraid to follow your … [Read more...]

Adventures in Zambezia On Blu-ray and DVD Review And Giveaway

    We are huge movie buffs in this house and we especially love to watch animated films.  Last night we made some family time to review the film Adventures in Zambezia on Blu-ray and DVD thanks to Sony Pictures.  We greatly enjoyed the graphics of the film as well as the theme of the film.     The film is set in the bird city of Zambezia on the edge of Victoria Falls.  It's a bird paradise where all different types of birds can live in peace without worrying about being attacked by predators.  The story centers around the life of a young falcon named Kai who is looking to spread his wings and assert his independence.     He ends up learning a lot more than he bargained for when he finds out the true story of his family history and ends up defending the city and being taught how to be part of a community.  This story is told in South Africa and delivers lively and colorful images as well as multicultural references.     I had the opportunity to discuss with my boys some of the … [Read more...]

Beautiful Creatures Prize Pack Giveaway! #MisHermosasCriaturas

    Everyone loves a magically romantic love affair.  After all, it's February and the biggest romantic holiday of the year takes place during this month.  This Valentine's Day, dark secrets will come to light as Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcon Entertainment bring the next ultimate love story to the big screen.     Beautiful Creatures tells the story of two star-crossed lovers named Ethan and Lena.  He is a young man who is longing to escape a small town and venture out into the world and she is a mysterious new arrival to this place that is otherwise uneventful most of the time.  Together, they uncover and reveal dark secrets not only about their own families but also about their history and the town that they live in.         Together they forge a bond that grows stronger and stronger with time.  Unfortunately, along the way they become entangled web of lies from which they might not be able to escape.  There isn't a dull moment in the lives of these two lovers and … [Read more...]

What Do You Really Want This Holiday Season?

    I love romantic comedies and I was really excited when I saw the trailer for the movie Playing for Keeps, releasing nationwide on December 7th!  The first thing that rocked my socks was the film's all-star cast including Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Dennis Quaid.     The film is rated PG-13 and revolves around a charming former soccer star who has fallen on some bad luck in his life.  He returns home to his roots to put the pieces of his life back together.  While trying to rekindle his relationship with his estranged son, he is coerced into coaching the boy's soccer team.  Things get particularly funny when his attempts at behaving like a "real adult" are thwarted by the attractive "soccer moms" who make advances towards him every time he turns around.     It's a heartwarming film that we all can relate to because it is about an individual's attempt at find himself and figuring out the direction of his life.  The laughs come from having … [Read more...]

Disney Pixar’s Brave Debuts November 13th on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack!

    We are huge Disney fans in our home and our boys eagerly await their animated movie debuts.  Recently, my older son has been hounding me about the release of Disney Pixar's Brave* this month.  It excited me that he would be so eager about watching an animated movie about a rebellious and strong female protagonist.  As a parent, I work very hard to impart equality between the genders to my children and I love that Disney has created a strong female character in this film.     The story is set in the magical Highlands of Scotland and follows the heroic journey of a strong-willed and adventurous female protagonist named Merida.  Due to frustrations with predisposed gender expectations, she is determined to forge her own path in live and to venture out on her own to find the true meaning of bravery.  She goes against the grain when it comes to cultural traditions and defies an age-old custom to prove that bravery comes from within and is not pre-determined by gender.     We had the … [Read more...]