Cars 3 First Look and Trailer

All images courtesy of Disney•Pixar

During the last D23 Expo in 2015 Disney made many announcements for upcoming Resort and film projects. (You can see a recap of the announcements from that D23 Expo here) Amoung that announcement was that a third film in Pixars Cars series.

Cars 3 brings back racing legend Lightening McQueen who is now facing a new, younger, and more high-tech racing scene. He is no longer the young hotshot and is seeing himself as being aged out in a sport that he loves.

Owen Wilson is back as McQueen along with two new comers to the Cars world; Armie Hammer as Jackson Storm and Cristela Alonzo as Cruz Ramirez. Hammer’s character Storm comes in as newer generation of racer, slicker, faster and much more tech-savvy. While Alonzo’s Cruz Ramirez is McQueen’s new trainer who is here to help bring hope to the aging legend.

Cars 3 seems to be taking the series in a vastly new direction than the previous film Cars 2 which centered more on McQueen’s longtime friend Mater. While Cars 2 was fun and enjoyable and my son who is a big Mater fan loved it, it is great to see the growth and more serious tone in the new film. It reminds me of the Toy Story series, how they seemed to grow with their initial audience as the last film in the series felt like a send off for those of us who had seen the original in our youth. That is the same vibe I am getting from these first trailers for Cars 3. And of course my kids are very excited about this new film!

Here is the first teaser of Cars 3 from this last November

And below is the first full trailer of the film which gives a much more detailed look into it.

Cars 3 will be racing into theaters June 16th! Don’t be last to see it.

Cruzin Mama

The Good Dinosaur *Review*

Image courtesy of Walt Disney Studios

Image courtesy of Walt Disney Studios

What if the asteroid missed?

So I just got to see Disney•Pixars newest film The Good Dinosaur. I was actually invited to an advanced screening that was held at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. A dream come true to be on such a magical studio lot! (I will share some of my visit on a separate post so for now back to the movie review)

The Good Dinosaur answers the question “What if the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs missed?”, but at the heart of this is the classic tale of a boy and his “dog”. The main character is Arlo, a young Apatosaurus. He and his family are a simply farming family just living life in the “Old West”. Their lives are changed by an event, which has the biggest impact on Arlo. Arlo’s father has taught his family that in order to earn your “mark” you must do something that is greater than yourself. After a series of mishaps, Arlo is thrust into a journey of growth and self discovery. He is joined on his journey by a foe turned allie, a little human boy named Spot. Arlo must face his fears and learn to put others before himself to make his journey back home. He meets some colorful characters along the way and learns that you cannot judge others by their outward appearance. Through each encounter his strength, friendship and loyalty is tested. And in the end he learns how to truly make his mark and that it’s alright to be afraid but that you can’t let your fears hold you back.

While this is described by Disney•Pixar as a boy and his dog story, I have to disagree a little. The relationship between Arlo and Spot is so much more, it’s like a bond of best friends who are more like soul mates. Even with a language barrier they are able to understand each other completely, they would even risk everything for the other. There are so many powerful messages in this film, I have to admit my daughter and I (and possibly the whole theater) were left in tears at the end. But that is because this film touches on some very emotional and deep subjects. I would suggest this film for older children since some scenes can be pretty intense and may be frightening for younger children. *Update November 28th – My 4 year old just viewed this movie and had no issues and enjoyed the film but digression is up to parents, you know what your child can handle and what they cannot. I would suggest viewing with older children first then judging whether your younger child should view this film.* But over all this was a wonderful film. It touches on the bond between father and son, the bond between best friends and finding inner strength. The imagery of the landscapes are just gorgeous, they seemed so real. Making me want to take a trip out to Yosemite right now. And the lightning bug scenes are so magical, reminding me of the lantern scene in Tangled. My daughter and I truly enjoyed this film and cannot wait to see it again with her brother and dad.

Disney•Pixars The Good Dinosaur

Parental Advisory

*Spoiler Alert*

Like I stated above I would definitely suggest this film for older children and to use disgression with younger children. The film is rated PG, so there is some intense imagery and there are a few deaths; one from a main character and a couple nature being nature ones (i.e. a pterodactyl eating a small creature) that may not be suitable for little ones. There is middle violence, a few I guess you could call them fight scenes. They are no more intense than good and evil struggles in other Disney•Pixar films but they can put you on the edge of your seat for a little bit. My 9 year old had nothing but positive things to say about this movie. Though she shed a few tears, but what Pixar film now and days doesn’t make you. She and I had a wonderful advance viewing.

Have a great Thanksgiving and be sure to catch The Good Dinosaur in theaters this Thursday!

Cruzin Mama

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

The Good Dinosaur *New Trailer*

Image courtesy of Disney•Pixar

Image courtesy of Disney•Pixar

Disney•Pixar just released the a new trailer for The Good Dinosaur which hits theaters this November and we are loving it! The film answers the question of “What if Dinosaurs hadn’t been wiped out?”. The newest trailer gives a more in depth look at the film and you hear some of the characters speaking for the first time. There is more shown of the plot Of the film, as well as more character dynamic. The film appears to go the same formula that Pixar is well known for: funny-relatable-heartwarming-endearing. The Good Dinosaur is definitely a must see for the Cruzin Family! You can see the newest trailer below and be sure to check out The Good Dinosaur when it stomps into theaters November 25th.

D23 Expo: What You Want To Know

All images courtesy of The Walt Disney Company

All images courtesy of The Walt Disney Company

There is a reason D23 is called the ultimate Disney fan experience and with all the big news coming from the Expo anyone can see why. Disney’s D23 Expo has been going on this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center just blocks from the Disneyland Resort. Fans from all over flock to see memoribila, shop exclusive merchandise and to be the first to catch glimpses of upcoming films and projects. And there has been so much talk and speculation lately about Disney parks expansions that D23 Expo was just the place for big news reveals. Here is some of the big details that has been released at D23.

*Now there is a lot of Star Wars news coming out right now so I will be dedicating a post to just that shortly.*

Movie Announcements

Pixar and Disney Animation Upcoming Films

Pixar and Disney Animation have announced a full slat of upcoming projects and have given more details on many known films that are coming soon. So here are the details straight from D23.

The Good Dinosaur

Disney•Pixars The Good Dinosaur
The Good Dinosaur focus’ on Arlo an Apatosaurus who ends up far from home and amoung many imitimadating creatures like the trio of T-Rexes shown at the Expo. The furious threesome are voiced by AJ Buckley, Anna Paquin and Sam Elliot. Look out for this film stomping into theaters November 25, 2015.

Finding Dory and Toy Story 4

Disney•Pixars Finding Dory

As announced by Ellen DeGeneres on her show “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” everyone’s favorite forgetful fish is coming back to the big screen. Finding Dory will bring back Dory and her friends Marlin and Nemo to help her search for answers about her past and where she comes from. The new journey will bring in an array of new characters such as Hank the octopus voiced by Ed O’Neill; Bailey a beluga whale by Ty Burrell; and Destiny a kind-hearted whale shark voiced by Kaitlin Olsen. The film will take place six months after where the first film ended with Dory remembering her family and sets out to find them. Dory and the gang swim into theaters June 17, 2016.

Toy Story 4 plot line was also just announced at D23. This year marks the 20th Anniversary release of the original Toy Story film. The film was such a success that it garnered two sequels which were also greatly received. Now the gang will be back for the fourth installment of the franchise. This time it will be more of a love story focusing on the relationship between Woody and Bo Peep. Woody and Buzz will be setting out to find Bo. Toy Story 4 is slated to hit theaters June 16, 2017.

Coco

This was one of the bigger announcements from Disney•Pixar films. Coco is a previously untitled film about the Mexican celebration of Dia De Los Muertos that now has an official title and story line. This first look during D23 was a diorama shown by director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla Anderson. It was just glimpse of the style and tone of the upcoming film. The story will follow a 12 year old boy named Miguel who sets off a chain reaction of events leading to a generations old mystery. Not much else plot wise was given at this time and the release date is still unknown.

Confirmed Sequels

Pixar Animation confirmed the upcoming sequel The Incredibles 2 as well as Cars 3! Still no word on expected theater dates or plots but now both are confirmed projects.

Moana and more from Disney Animation and also Disney Live Action

Moana and Zootopia both gave a little more information at the Expo. Moana showed early test footage to attendees and gave some details about the story line; which focus’ on a spirited teenager who sails out to fulfill a daring unfinished quest. Along the way she meets Maui(voiced by Dwanyne Johnson) a demi-God who joins her on the action-packed voyage. The adventure sails into theaters November 23, 2016. Zootopia (which hits the big screen March 4, 2016) announced that Grammy-winning singer Shakira will voice Gazelle and also perform an original song for the film. Disney Animations next feature film will be called Gigantic which is a new take on the “Jake and the Beanstalk” story. This version will be about a Jack discovering a world of giants. He comes up with a plan to help Inma; a 60-foot-tall 11 year-old girl, get back home.

Now for Disney’s Live Action films. Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War will pick up right where Age of Ultron left off. Captain America will lead the new team of Avengers in dealing with a new villain and restrictions put upon them due to collateral damage from another incident. The film hits theaters May 6, 2016. Also coming from Marvel is Doctor Strange which is currently in pre-production. Attendees were treated to a glimpse of concept art showing Stange in a red coat and in a more traditional outfit. The film is scheduled for release October 26, 2016.

Here is the line up for Disney’s live action takes on classic films: The Jungle Book – April 15, 2016; Pete’s Dragon – August 12, 2016 and Beauty and the Beast – March 17, 2017. Also announced was Alice Through the Looking Glass scheduled for May 27, 2016 and the latest Pirates of the Carribean installment: Dead Men Tell No Tales for July 7, 2017.

Parks and Resorts: New Lands and Rides

Toy Story Land Concept Art

So much was revealed about Disney Parks expansions at D23. Like I stated above there is just so much Star Wars news that I will be dedicating another post to just that. But there is still so much to share about new Lands and rides coming to the Parks.

Toy Story Land

Disney Hollywood Studios in Florida will be revamping with an 11-acre Toy Story Land. Set in Andy’s Backyard guests will “shrink” down to Buzz and Woody’s size. There will be two new rides(Slinky Dog themed roller coaster and Alien saucers) and an expansion on a current favorite(Toy Story Mania).

Pandora- The World of Avatar

Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be expanding to bring to life the world of Pandora as well as new nighttime experiences. The after dark fun will included an expanded nighttime adventure on the current Kilimanjaro Safari and a new never seen before “Rivers of Light” magical show that combines live music, floating lanterns and water screens. The Pandora expansion will emerse guests into the World of Avatar with floating mountains, flying creatures, and a bioluminescent forest. The new attraction Avatar- Flight of Passage will sore guests over the alien world.

Soarin’ Around the World

Epcot in Florida and Disney California Adventure will be updating to a new high flying journey to man-made monuments and breathtaking natural wonders around the world.

This is just a collecting of the many announcements that have come from this amazing Expo. I know I am looking forward to many more details to come and to see some of these reveals come to life.

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

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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