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STAR WARS REBELS-Complete Season Three Blu-Ray Review

If you need something to fill the void in your life between the Star Wars  franchise feature films, then STAR WARS REBELS-Complete Season Three now on Blu-Ray is the perfect purchase.  For those of us who saw Star Wars:Episode IV A New Hope in a theater way back in 1977, it is so cool that the story continues to draw in new generations. Of course I was only 6 at the time, but I still remember hiding behind the couch whenever someone mentioned Darth Vadar.  My college age daughter jumped into the Star Wars world when we took her to see Revenge of the Sith for her 8th birthday.  She was hooked after that and wanted to see them all.  Now kids and adults have the chance to follow their favorite characters in STAR WARS REBELS.  This series is not your typical “cartoon.” The animation is truly unbelievable.  Watching it, I actually forgot I wasn’t watching live footage.  Even in the behind the scenes bonus extras, it is sometimes difficult to tell the difference between the live action and animated material as the cast and crew discuss it. Top notch for sure!  STAR WARS REBELS: COMPLETE SEASON THREE is packed with action and adventure as the rebels prepare for their biggest mission yet against the Empire. The Blu-Ray bonus features have all of the crew commentary and backstage footage that I absolutely love.  In fact, I tend to watch all of that first.  Stephen Stanton is amazing with his voice work for Obi Wan.  He sounds exactly like Alec Guinness.  I loved watching the crew turn and look at each other when he read his first line.  Fans who love all things Star Wars must have a copy of STAR WARS REBELS-Complete Season Three on Blu-Ray. What better way to get us through until The Last Jedi in December 2017 and Star Wars Land at Disneyland and Walt Disney World in 2019? Use the force and get yourself a copy today!

THE LION KING-The Circle of Life Edition

There may not be a Disney animated feature that stirs up emotions as much as THE LION KING.  Disneys THE LION KING, originally released in 1994, is a classic that has stood the test of time. For over 20 years, generations have been able to enjoy an amazing storyline, an award winning soundtrack, and characters we all love.  The relationship between Simba and his father, Mufasa, is one that pulls at the heart strings and brings a smile to your face.  Zany sidekicks Timon and Pumbaa are true comic relief in a sometimes heavy storyline-remember the first time you watched Mufasa fall?  Simba’s uncle Scar and his hyena underlings are iconic Disney villains. THE LION KING-The Circle of Life Edition includes the Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital versions.  There are some outstanding bonus extras. Be sure to check out The Recording Sessions and watch the actors bring their characters to life in the studio.  Inside the Story Room has the behind the scenes footage that I love.  I could watch the crew go through the storyboards all day long. I think it is so cool that they can basically act out the whole movie just by using the storyboards.  (I have even incorporated US history storyboards into my classroom lesson plans!) There are bloopers with the animated characters and great interviews.  The interview with Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane was too short.  I want more!  The kind has certainly returned in this newest Walt Disney Signature Collection release.  Take time out of your stressful day to go back to the pridelands and lose yourself in THE LION KING-The Circle of Life Edition.  Hakuna Matata!

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I have always thought the premise for Disney Descendants was awesome.  What could be better than the children of our favorite heroes and villains interacting with one another? So cool!  Descendants introduced us to Mal (daughter of Maleficent), Carlos (son of Cruella de Vil), Evie (daughter of the Evil Queen), Jay (son of Jafar), and Ben (son of Belle and Beast). The gang is back together in Descendants 2 for another adventure. This time they face some villains from their past-Uma (daughter of Ursula) and Harry Hook (son of Captain Hook).  When Mal is conflicted between being good and going back to her evil roots, she heads to the Isle of the Lost.  There she is confronted by her nemesis, Uma.  Along the way there are so many catchy songs and amazing dance numbers.  The costuming is outstanding as well.  I think we will be seeing a lot of these Halloween costumes this fall.  With a talented cast like Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, and China Anne McClain, Descendants 2 will have you singing along in no time.  The DVD includes several bonuses like Cast Secrets, Bloopers, Deleted Songs, and the animated series, “Descendants:Wicked World.”  Whether you lean toward the hero side or the villain side, you will not be disappointed with Disney Descendants 2.  After spending some time with Mal and her friends, will you be W-I-C-K-E-D or Chillin’ Like a Villain?  Guess only time will tell.

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI / Behind-the-Scenes Look Now Available

A new behind-the-scenes look at STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI just debuted at D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif. Director Rian Johnson surprised fans with on-stage appearances by cast members Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.

Photos – Cosplay at D23 Expo – Part 3

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How Disney Does Fireworks

Disney World’s Magic Kingdom has debuted its first new fireworks show in 14 years. The show is packed with state-of-the-art projection mapping, lasers, pyrotechnics, and of course, fireworks.

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Disney’s Bambi – Bonus Clips

We’ve got some great bonus material to share with you today from Disney’s Bambi. The clips below showcase the early character designs and art styles that went into developing the Bambi we all know and love today. We also have some of the Tyrus Wong’s art that inspired the backgrounds that gave Bambi its unique style.

Bambi | Bambi Effect

Bambi | Grasshopper Deleted Scene

BEAUTY and the BEAST Review

Tale as old as time.  Be our guest.  Kill the beast.  Those three phrases probably just sparked some singing in your head right now.  Or maybe you are belting it out in your living room.  Either way, these iconic lyrics have been shared with Disney fans since 1991 with Disney’s original animated feature BEAUTY and the BEAST. 

Now the adventure is available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD as a live-action adaptation. This film stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, and Josh Gad as LeFou.  This is a star packed movie as Ewan McGregor, Kevin Kline, Audra McDonald, Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson round out the cast. It is unbelievable that Disney was able to put all of these talented people together for this grand tale. The story you love is literally brought to life with the wonderful songs you have come to expect with a Disney classic. Emma Watson is beautiful, smart, and strong as Belle.  I love that she is so interested in inventions. Her version of Belle may make her one of the first females to study STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math).  It is so cool to watch the bonus extra that shows how Dan Stevens brought the Beast to life.  He must have calves of steel to do all of his scenes on those stilts and in that suit! My absolute favorite bonus extra was Enchanted Table Read. The whole cast is there to read through the script and to bring the complete story to life through actually performing the musical scenes.  Oh to be at that table that day! I also enjoyed the interviews with Disney Legend Alan Menken.  It must be exciting for him to see his songs inspire so many people. I have seen the animated classic countless times, and I have seen the stage production of Beauty and the Beast. I was happy to now add the live-action version to my collection.  Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD is a tale as old as time that must be a part of your life.  It is a magical experience that will have you waltzing through the dining room and maybe even talking to your teapot and candlesticks!

BAMBI-Anniversary Edition Review

I am sure everyone thinks of the same thing when the animated feature BAMBI is mentioned…..the fate of his mother.  What an iconic, yet very sad, scene from a Disney classic! It had been a long while since I had viewed Disney’s BAMBI, now on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD in an anniversary edition. I remembered my favorites, Thumper the bunny and Flower the skunk.  I remembered the ice skating scene. I remembered the moment Bambi is left alone in the forest.  What I did not remember was the amazing artwork from the legendary Disney animators.

It is so interesting to watch it with an adult eye.  As a child I wouldn’t have paid attention to the background artwork or the new techniques the Disney animators used. A few years ago I was lucky enough to see the famous Multiplane Camera when I took a tour of the Disney studios and archives in California. I was mesmerized watching the bonus extras and seeing behind the scenes. Studio Stories: Bambi and Inside Walt’s Story Meetings were just so interesting to me. I could literally watch the “making of” footage with Walt and his staff all day.  I also enjoyed The Bambi Effect.  In this bonus extra we get a glimpse into how BAMBI has influenced more recent Disney animated features like Zootopia and Moana. While kids today may be used to more action packed cartoons, BAMBI is a classic adventure that has actually shaped how animated features are made for modern audiences.  Sometimes it is nice to slow down and enjoy a Disney tale that our parents and grandparents grew up with.  The Anniversary Edition of Disney’s BAMBI is a must for any Disney movie collection.