Inside Out Now Available

Images courtesy of Disney•Pixar

Images courtesy of Disney•Pixar

Let your emotions run wild Inside Out is now available to own! Be sure to pick up your copy on DVD/Blu Ray. I’m sure you can tell but we are big fans of this family flick. My daughter and I attended a special screening of the movie when it was in theaters. Inside Out was just an immediate favorite for us.

Inside Out goes inside the head of 11 year old Riley and let’s you see and get to know her emotions; Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and Fear. When a big change happens in Riley’s life her emotions begin going through changes as well. Then an accident happens that sends Joy and Sadness on an unexpected journey of discovery. Joy and Sadness must make it back to the emotions headquarters before it is too late and to help Riley get back in touch with her emotions. Along the way you meet a very memorable character, who is a great reminder of childhood innocence and symbolizes when you start to grow up. Joy teaches us that it is actually ok to not be happy all the time, that it’s ok to be angry about a big change or to even be sad and scared. And that through sadness we can find joy. Inside Out is a great film for the whole family.

Available now on Blu Ray/DVD combo packs that include Pixar shorts, behind the scenes and deleted scenes. With the movie release a brand new Pixar short was added to the combo packs; Riley’s First Date. Get a chance to see the emotions that come with going on a first date, including Riley’s parents. This new short is a perfect extension of the film. The combo pack includes the volcanic short Lava which premiered before Inside Out in theaters. Check out the movie trailer below.

Be sure to grab your copy today!

Cruzin Mama

New Inside Out Short : Riley’s First Date?

Images courtesy of Disney

Images courtesy of Disney

Disney has just released an inside look and the new Inside Out short.

Disney•Pixars hugely successful Inside Out is coming to BluRay and DVD this October. Along with the release will be a new short featuring all your favorite Emotions. Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger are about to manage Riley’s first date! Bringing back the young boy from the end of the original film and giving a little shock to Riley’s parents and their emotions. The new short will be included with the digital movie release on October 13th. But you can catch a glimpse below now.

Have fun getting to know your emotions!

Cruzin Mama

Inside Out *Movie Review*

Inside Out Movie Review

Image courtesy of Disney•Pixar

Insider Access to Inside Out

So I was given the amazing opportunity to attend an advanced screening of Inside Out. I was even able to bring my 8 year-old daughter along for the fun. This wasn’t just any ordinary screening this was an all access inside Inside Out event. Before the film even began all attendees were taken on a video tour of Pixar Animation Studios by Director Pete Docter and Producer Jonas Rivera.

Touring Pixar was absolutely incredible! Yes it was only a pre-recorded video tour, but it was still a wonderful experience. Pete and Jonas walked through how signing in as a guest works to even where employees take a break and grab coffee. They pointed out many staff members during the tour who worked on many beloved Pixar films. We were given a little sneak peek at what working on a film looks like by going in a review room with everyone working on The Good Dinosaur, Pixar’s next up coming film. One of my daughters favorite parts was the Animators offices. Each office was decorated by the Animators in a very unique way, like a boardwalk of offices all lined up just like a boardwalk at the pier , there was a taco shop styled one that even locked up like one and my favorite was the crashed plane one. That one looked like the mid-section of a plane crashed into a jungle and inside the animator had many items inspired by the movie Up! The tour continued around the building to show previous films storyboards on the storyboard wall and then into the offices of Pete and Jonas. But the real cherry on top of the tour was bumping into John Lasseter who was wearing his infamous Hawaiian shirt, this time it was a special Inside Out edition. He was in the room working on Toy Story 4. He wouldn’t give any details or let us get a glimpse of the room but he did say the work is going great. I don’t know how they are going to top the last Toy Story film but Pixar has a way of working magic.

After the film was a live Q&A with Director Pete Docter and Amy Poelher who voices Joy. I don’t want to go too indetail about that since it would giveaway a lot of spoilers. But listening to them talk and answer questions about the film made this movie experience even more incredible.

Like all Disney•Pixar films Inside Out featured an animated short film just before the movie. The new short is Lava and it is just perfect! Inspired by Hawaii and volcanoes this short is a great kick off to the film. It’s funny, warm and has a very catchy tune to it. My daughter is still singing the tune! Be sure to arrive early to the movie so you don’t miss this delightful short.

Insider Access Review

Thoughts on Inside Out

First things first I have to say that we loved it! There’s no denying that this is going to be a hit. A film about emotions definitely had viewers getting in touch with theirs. And I promise not to give away any spoilers.

Inside Out takes you inside 11 year-old Riley to see her inner emotions; Joy, Anger, Fear, Disgust, and Sadness. Her emotions help guide Riley. So she is a generally happy child and is mostly guided by her emotion Joy. Her core memories, which are the memories that help make up Riley’s personality, are all joyous ones. Riley lives with her mom and dad in Minnesota, but when the family moves to San Francisco you really see her emotions go to work. After the big move Joy and Sadness inadvertently go on their own journey into the deeper parts of Riley’s mind. Working together they must find their way back to Headquarters and help Riley get back to her happy self.

My daughter was glued to the film and so was I. It was an entirely relatable experience. There were a lot of laughs and some very heartfelt moments. Riley is just is a great character who kids and even adults can relate to. To quote Amy Poelher from the live Q&A,

“Riley is an extraordinary character in that she is ordinary”

I could see my 11 year-old self in Riley and could most definitely see my daughter in her. And Joy is positively infectious. Director Pete said that Joy was the hardest character to write but I think they did an awesome job on her in the film. The animation is just superb and the whole world inside Riley’s mind was just spectacular and so detailed. One character to watch for is Bing Bong, his presence in the film brings an array of emotions and is a key part of Joy and Sadnesses journey. I would say this movie is on par with Toy Story 3, which was an outstanding film itself.

Inside Out hits theaters on June 19th. Be sure to check out this marvelous film!

Get in touch with your emotions and have a joyous time!

Cruzin Mama

Inside Out Advanced Screening

Insider Access to Inside Out

Insider Access to Inside Out!

Excited for the new Disney•Pixar film Inside Out that is coming to theaters June 19th? How does a chance to see a special advanced screening sound. Well here is your chance, Fathom Events is providing just that! Fathom is partnered with Disney and select theaters for a special Insider Access to Inside Out event happening on June 16th. This very amazing opportunity gives attendees more than just a chance to see the sure to be hit early but also gives inside details of the making of Inside Out and much more.

Inside Out

Disney•Pixar are taking you on an adventure inside the mind of 11-year-old Riley to see her five Emotions hard at work. You’ll meet Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear and Sadness. Riley’s family moves to a new city where she and her Emotions navigate this transition. But Joy and Sadness are swept away into deep of Riley’s mind, leaving Fear, Anger and Disgust in charge. Joy and Sadness must embark on a journey through unfamiliar places -Imagination Land, Dream Productions, Long Term Memory and Abstract Thought- to get back to Headquarters and Riley. *Check out the trailer at the bottom of this post.

Insider Access to Inside Out

Insider Access

On Tuesday June 16th in select theaters there will be an advanced screening of Inside Out. The event is Insider Acces to Inside Out. Attendees will receive a special Inside Out lanyard and poster, as well as viewing the movie early. The event will give inside details bs exclusive behind the seen footage of Pixar Animation Studios. After the showing audiences will be apart of a special Q&A with director Pete Docter, producer Jonas Rivera, and Amy Poelher the voice of Joy. You can tweet your questions ahead of time by using #InsideOutAllAccess
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity you don’t want to miss out on. Tickets to this event are limited and only select theaters are participating. You find a theater and get you tickets here.

Date: June 16th
Time: 7pm
Run Time: 2hr 40min (approximately)

Get emotional and enjoy the show!

Cruzin Mama

Disney Store Summer Play Days

Images courtesy of Disney

Images courtesy of Disney

Summer Play Days are back at the Disney Store!

Be sure to stop by the Disney Store and check out their free Summer Play Days events this summer. The fun starts this Saturday June 6th with a very special Inside Out event! Come and show your emotions with the gang from Inside Out (this event will continue on Saturdays throughout June). Summer Play Days are fun free events put on by the Disney Store, kids can learn to draw, answer trivia, take part in an interactive story time, and much more. During Summer Play days your child is given a lanyard to wear and to collect the Summer Play Days weekly pin. *Lanyard and pins only available for a limited time and quantities are limited*

2015 Summer Pin Schedule

Summer Play Days weekly pins

My kid's lanyard so far!

My kid’s lanyard during last years Summer Play Days!

Bonus Pins!

Make sure to also go to the Mike’s Trivia Challenge events. After completing the trivia challenge your child receives an extra pin! There are different pins to collect at each trivia challenge so you will want to try to attend a few of these as well.


Play Day Events

  • Inside Out– *Details coming soon*
  • Showtime – Interactive play with a Disney character on the stores big screen
  • Mike’s Trivia Challenge Learn Disney Trivia, then test your knowledge
  • Star Wars Jedi training Academy, learn to use a light saber and help the Rebels
  • Marvel – Avengers Assemble, learn different Avenger’s moves and become an honorary member, design your own Captain America shield, these are just a few of the Marvel events
  •  The Art of Animation – Learn to draw a character just like a Disney Animator


Swimming and chatting with Crush during a Showtime event. Very similar to Turtle Talk featured at Disney California Adventure.

Swimming and chatting with Crush during a Showtime event. Very similar to Turtle Talk featured at Disney California Adventure.

Nemo snorkel masks and lanyards on for Showtime Summer Play Day event.

Nemo snorkel masks and lanyards on for Showtime Summer Play Day event.

Learning how to draw frog version of Prince Naveen.

Learning how to draw the frog version of Prince Naveen.

We absolutely loved the Play Day events at Disney Store last year, I highly recommend attending a few this summer. Click here to find a store nearest you. 

Have a blast!

Cruzin Mama