Disney and Little Orbit To Bring Planes: Fire and Rescue To Nintendo Platforms This Year

My youngest son will be thrilled when Planes: fire And Rescue comes to the Wii!

Does your child have a favorite movie they’d love to see a game made for? Please leave a comment!

Planes Fire Rescue


Planes: Fire & Rescue Features Adventure Inspired by this Summer’s New Movie, while Violetta Offers Immersive Musical Experience Based on Disney Channel’s Hit Tween Telenovela

Santa Ana, CA. – April 17, 2014 –Little Orbit announced today it is working with Disney Interactive to bring Planes: Fire & Rescue, based on Disney’s highly anticipated feature film of the same name, to North America, Europe and Australasia on Nintendo Wii™, Nintendo 3DS™ and DS™ this fall. The collaboration also includes the launch of a Violetta video game based on the successful tween telenovela, Violetta, from Disney Channel. The musical rhythm game will launch across European territories and in South America for Nintendo Wii™, Nintendo 3DS™ and DS™ this summer.

“Teaming up with Disney Interactive to expand the worlds of Planes: Fire & Rescue and Violetta on video game platforms is a great honor for us,” said Matt Scott, CEO of Little Orbit. “We know fans are going to love seeing their favorite characters come to life in these fun-filled adventures.”

Planes: Fire & Rescue will extend the storyline of the film, taking fun to the skies with action-packed fire-fighting. Players can embark on adventures with all their favorite characters from the movie.

Violetta will take players on an all-star experience as they experiment with music and rhythm and to become a star performer. Players will collect points to unlock costumes, art and more to customize their musical experience.

The games arising from this collaboration will be distributed in EMEA and Australasian territories by leading video game publisher and developer, BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe S.A.S.

For more information about BANDAI NAMCO Games and its entire line up, please visit the BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe official website at www.BandaiNamcoGames.eu

Little Orbit is a worldwide video game publisher formed in January 2010 with a focus on licensed-based entertainment products. The company’s emphasis is on working with popular creators to extend their vision into games through transmedia storytelling and engaging content for all gaming platforms.

Little Orbit has a unique history assisting major entertainment companies to leverage their brands through emerging game channels to help grow and engage consumers. Founded by industry veterans and key development, sales and marketing personnel, Little Orbit is focused on three primary channels of distribution including traditional game retail, non-traditional retail channels, and digital download over the various platform networks.


New #Maleficent Featurette The Legacy And Embrace Your Inner Evil Sweepstakes

I’ve known for years that Maleficent is one of my Mom’s favorite Disney villains if not her most favorite villain.

Who’s your favorite Disney villain? I’d really like to know, please leave a comment!

Maleficent Poster

The new “Legacy” featurette, from  MALEFICENT, featuring a behind-the-scenes interview with Angelina Jolie, is now available.

“Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.

The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.

“Maleficent” is produced by Joe Roth and directed by Robert Stromberg, with Angelina Jolie, Michael Vieira, Don Hahn, Palak Patel, Matt Smith and Sarah Bradshaw serving as executive producers. Linda Woolverton wrote the screenplay. “Maleficent” opens in U.S. theaters on May 30, 2014.

Also, starting today, fans can enter for a chance to win a trip to the world premiere of the film in the Maleficent “Embrace Your Inner Evil” Sweepstakes. Fans can enter by recreating Maleficent’s laugh and posting the video to Instagram using #MaleficentLaughSweeps. Official Rules: http://di.sn/MaleficentLaugh.

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MALEFICENT releases in theaters everywhere on May 30th!

New Clips Now Available For #DisneynatureBears!

Disneynature Bears Cubs

Two new clips from Disneynature’s BEARS are now available! BEARS opens next Friday, April 18th!

Bears – Clip “Digging Up Clams”

Bears – Clip “First Steps”

In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure “Bears” showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food—ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run—while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf. “Bears” captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses—Alaska! Directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Earth,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee”) and Keith Scholey (“African Cats”), and narrated by John C. Reilly, “Bears” arrives in theaters April 18, 2014, to celebrate Earth Day. For more information about Disneynature, like us on Facebook: facebook.com/Disneynature and follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/Disneynature.


Disneynature was launched in April 2008. Its mission is to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to share a wide variety of wildlife stories on the big screen in order to engage, inspire and educate theatrical audiences everywhere. Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife filmmaking, producing 13 True-Life Adventure motion pictures between 1948 and 1960, which earned eight Academy Awards®. The first four Disneynature films, “Earth,” “Oceans,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee,” are four of the top five highest overall grossing feature-length nature films to date, with “Chimpanzee” garnering a record-breaking opening weekend for the genre. Disney’s commitment to conservation is a key pillar of the label and Disneynature films empower the audience to help make a difference. Through donations tied to opening-week attendance for all four films, Disneynature, through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, has planted three million trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, established 40,000 acres of marine protected area in The Bahamas, protected 65,000 acres of savanna in Kenya, protected nearly 130,000 acres of wild chimpanzee habitat, educated 60,000 school children about chimpanzee conservation and cared for chimpanzees.

  • Like Disneynature on Facebook: Facebook.com/Disneynature
  • Follow Disneynature on Twitter: Twitter.com/Disneynature
  • Visit the website: Disney.com/Bears

Disneynature’s BEARS opens in theaters everywhere on April 18th!

I saw bears up close when I was younger. The babies are adorable! I wouldn’t ever mess with one though! Have you ever seen a bear up close? What did you think? I’d really like to know, please leave a comment!

New Trailer For Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue

Here’s the new “Thunder” trailer for Disney’s PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE, now available on Disney.com.

Planes Fire And Rescue Mayday

“Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Directed by Bobs Gannaway (“Secret of the Wings”), “Planes: Fire & Rescue” hits theaters in 3D on July 18, 2014.

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Were you (or your child) fascinated with or afraid of a particular type of vehicle as a child? I’d really like to know, please leave a comment!

Blu-Ray Review And Inside Look At Disney The Pirate Fairy #PirateFairy

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Disney The Pirate Fairy Blu-ray

The Pirate Fairy

  • Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: April 1, 2014
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • ASIN: B00H5RYN5Y

SYNOPSIS – From the world of “Peter Pan” comes “The Pirate Fairy,” a swashbuckling new adventure about Zarina (voice of Christina Hendricks), a smart and ambitious dust-keeper fairy who’s captivated by Blue Pixie Dust and its endless possibilities. When Zarina’s wild ideas get her into trouble, she flees Pixie Hollow and joins forces with the scheming pirates of Skull Rock, who make her captain of their ship. Tinker Bell (voice of Mae Whitman) and her friends must embark on an epic adventure to find Zarina, and together they go sword-to-sword with the band of pirates led by a cabin boy named James (voice of Tom Hiddleston), who’ll soon be known as Captain Hook himself. With laughter, heart, magic and thrills, “The Pirate Fairy” sets sail April 1, 2014.

Disney The Pirate Fairy Nyc Luncheon

A little over a week ago I had the good fortune to be able to go into New York City to have lunch and participate in a roundtable discussion with Disney The Pirate Fairy producer Jennifer Magee-Cook. Since most, if not all, of us had seen the movie, it was a treat to be able to get some quality one on one time with one of the women behind the movie.

The most commonly asked questions all had to do with the actual making of the movie. They worked long and hard in group meetings to decide what the storyline would be. They made extensive use of the Disney Animation Library to envision both the forward and backward stories, as well as locations and character appearance. The feeling behind this, and other Disney projects, is that the “world” of the movie is very important. Folks involved with the movie had to learn about the topics it involved in order to have sufficient knowledge to put together a solid story.

Disney The Pirate Fairy Nyc Luncheon

Pirate scenes in this movie were obviously key. A pirate expert was hired. The crew visited a pirate ship in order to make sure pirate scenes were as authentic as possible. The biggest challenge with the scenes with pirates and on the pirate ship was scale. Keeping 6 inch fairies in proper scale to life size real men was a challenge. To meet the challenge, they relied on 3D camera images shot with a 3D camera while visiting the pirate ship.

We touched on the subject of the cast. For example, we learned that actor Tom Hiddleston was very passionate about this project. In order to bring some of Hiddleston’s character to the character of James (later known as Captain Hook), the crew relied on voice recordings and live reference recordings. Hiddleston was very animated when recording. The crew was able to transer some of that to the character of James by watching the live reference recordings so they could observe and use some of Hiddleston’s movements for the James character.

Here’s a clip of Tom Hiddleston recording one of the songs where you can see what I’m referring to.

We learned that a lot of thought went into the fashion of the movie. In Pixie Hollow everything is organic. By leaving Pixie Hollow, Zarina became the first fairy whose costume included man-made materials. Disney worked with designer Christian Siriano to get just the right look.

Disney The Pirate Fairy Nyc Luncheon

The other big topic we discussed was animation. For example, Crocky is a young Tic Toc Croc. They knew that they wanted to connect Crocky with the original Tic Toc Croc we all know from Peter Pan, but they wanted him to be cute. Crocky was intentionally designed to move like a baby waddling in a diaper. In the end they kept the teeth of the original Croc and altered everything else.

Disney The Pirate Fairy Nyc Luncheon

By the way. Ever wonder how Tic Toc Croc got that clock inside hi? Here’s how.

I really enjoyed hearing about all of the time, work and energy that went into Disney The Pirate Fairy. I also really enjoyed watching the movie. This is the fifth installment in the Disney Fairies movies collection. It’s a lot of fun. It’s very different from the others in that it introduces the fairies to the pirates, something we know happened because let’s face it, we’ve all seen Peter Pan. Also by involving the pirates not only do we get our conflict of good vs bad, but we also get characters that both girls and boys will enjoy. The color, cast and animation are all spectacular. The positive messages of accepting your mistakes, being a good friend and forgiving are all subtle and well-delivered. This movie is a must have for all Disney fans both young and old.

If you click the picture below you’ll be taken to a neat Pirate Fairy and Peter Pan Infographic.

Pirate Fairy and Peter Pan Infographic

Have you seen The Pirate Fairy? Who was your favorite fairy or character? if you haven’t seen it yet, are you planning on seeing it? I’d really like to know, please leave a comment!

Disney The Pirate Fairy Free Printable Activity Sheets And Crafts

Have you seen The Pirate Fairy yet? I’d love to know what you thought, please leave a comment and let me know!

If you haven’t then you definitely should! It’s lots of fun. My review will be up shortly. But in the meantime, I wanted to share some free printables from The Pirate Fairy with you. Just click on the buttons right below the movie trailer. Enjoy!

Pirate Arrr-ctivities

Download Pirate Arrr-ctivities

 Neverland Crafts

Download Neverland Crafts

Piratey Coloring & Puzzler Pages

Download Piratey Coloring & Puzzler Pages

REVIEW – Disney Saving Mr Banks Blu-ray

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Disney Saving Mr Banks Blu-ray

Saving Mr. Banks

  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • ASIN: B00HT944D4

SYNOPSIS – Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson bring to life the untold true story about the origins of one of the most treasured Disney classics of all time. John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) directs this acclaimed film, which reveals the surprising backstory behind the making of Mary Poppins. Determined to fulfill a promise to his daughters, Walt Disney (Hanks) tries for twenty years to obtain the rights to author P.L. Travers’ (Thompson) beloved book. Armed with his iconic creative vision, Walt pulls out all the stops, but the uncompromising Travers won’t budge. Only when he reaches into his own complicated childhood does Walt discover the truth about the ghosts that haunt Travers, and together, the set Mary Poppins free.

Featuring a stellar supporting cast that includes Colin Farrell (Total Recall), Paul Giamatti (Sideways), Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore), Bradley Whitford (TV’s The West Wing), Annie Rose Buckley (TV’s Home and Away), Ruth Wilson (The Lone Ranger), B.J. Novak (TV’s The Office), Rachel Griffiths (TV’s Brothers & Sisters) and Kathy Baker (Edward Scissorhands), Saving Mr. Banks was directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, The Rookie), produced by Alison Owen, Ian Collie and Philip Steuer, and written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith. Executive producers are Paul Trijbits, Andrew Mason, Troy Lum and Christine Langan.

Digital HD bonus offerings vary by digital retailer
• The Walt Disney Studios: From Poppins to Present (Blu-ray & Digital HD) – Join Director John Lee Hancock on a tour of the Disney Studios lot, reflect on studio life during the making of Mary Poppins, and discover how Walt’s creative spirit still flourishes today.
• Let’s Go Fly a Kite (Blu-ray & Digital HD) – Cast and crew sing break out in a rousing, heartfelt tribute to Composer Richard Sherman on the last day of filming.
• Deleted Scenes
➢ Stargaze (Blu-ray & Digital HD) – A picture on Walt’s desk leads to a flashback of Pamela’s childhood.
➢ Nanny Song (Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD) – The Sherman Brothers perform a song for Pamela that she is less than thrilled with.
➢ Pam Leaves (Blu-ray & Digital HD) – After yet another disagreement with Walt, Pamela leaves his office and heads for the airport.

I didn’t really know what I’d think of this movie. I adore Disney’s animated movies. But this clearly isn’t one of those. This is a drama. This is the story behind a story. This is how the movie Mary Poppins got made. Saving Mr Banks is the tru story of how Walt Disney convinced the creator of Mary Poppins, author PL Travers, to let him make a movie featuring Mary Poppins.Travers is very attached to the Mary Poppins characer, who was created twenty some years before in one of her books. She is in such bad financial shape that after twenty years of being asked, she finally has to seriously consider Walt Disney’s proposal to turn Mary Poppins into a movie. The movie moves back and forth between Travers childhood (early 1900s) and the weeks she spent in Los Angeles (early 1960s) for scripting and pre-production decisions. She is just bitter and unhappy, and seems content to remain that way. But as the movie progresses her memories of childhood show us why she is that way. The whole story is very powerful. Quite frankly, if you’re looking for sunshine and rainbows and happy stuff like that you won’t find it here. Saving Mr Banks is a sad story, but in a good way, in the way we learn about the people and the movie they finally were able to make together. Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson are absolutely amazing in their roles as Walt Disney and PL Travers. Serious adult topics are shown, as such young children will likely not understand or enjoy the movie. Don’t get me wrong, I totally recommend the movie. But I did have tears in my eyes on more then one occasion.

PS. There are some songs that always stick in your head. You can think you won’t like them but you can’t help but to like them. Let’s Go Fly A Kite is one of those songs. If it doesn’t get you during the movie, be sure not to miss the bonus footage where the cast and crew sing it on the last day of filming.

Here are some clips.

This is a film clip called Call Me Walt.

And this is a film clip called Never Ever Just Mary.

A bonus clip called Nanny Song (a deleted scene)

And one more bonus clip called Pamela Leaves (another deleted scene)
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Are there any other Disney movies that you wonder about how they came to be, or what was the story behind the characters? I’d really like to know, so please leave a comment!

REVIEW – Disney Junior Doc McStuffins Mobile Clinic DVD

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Doc McStuffins Mobile Clinic Dvd

Doc Mcstuffins: Mobile Clinic

  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Synopsis: Doc McStuffins is back to save the day and this time, she is mobile! After building a mobile clinic with her dad, Doc is able to make house calls to help toys in need when she’s away from her own backyard clinic. The Doc Mobile comes equipped with everything she needs to fix toys good as new.

Cast: Kiara Muhammad (as Doc McStuffins); Loretta Devine (as Hallie); Lara Jill Miller (as Lambie); Robbie Rist (as Stuffy); Jess Harnell (as Chilly); Jaden Betts (as Donny McStuffins); Kimberly Brooks (as Mom McStuffins); and Gary Anthony Williams (as Dad McStuffins)

Doc McStuffins Goes McMobile / Chip Off the Ol’ Box
Doc to The Rescue / Don’t Knock the Noggin
Out of The Box / Run Down Race Car
Rescue Rhonda, Ready For Takeoff / All Washed Up
Rest Your Rotors, Rhonda! / Keep on Truckin’

Get a free Doc’s Reusable Tote Bag!

I like Doc McStuffins. It’s just a nice show. I love that theshow both encourges imagination like playing with stuffed animals, but also that it encourages a vision of real work and a place in the world, like being a doctor. Doc’s role model is her Mom, a doctor, and she wants to be like her. Doc plays with her toys and takes care of them, much like you and I did and now our kids do. Her patients all have a minor sickness or illness, there’s no scary disease. But what they do have that’s scary is the common apprehensions that we had and our children now have, things like fear of pain, seeing the doctor, stuff like that. This DVD is terrific for young kids, it’s very positive.

Here’s a film clip called The Doc Mobile.

And another film clip called Stay Calm.


Doc McStuffins website

Doc McStuffins on Facebook

I loved my stuffed animals. As a child I played with them constantly, talking to them, changing their clothes, and of course bringing some to bed with me when it was time to go to sleep. When I moved to New Hampshire for two years one of the few things that I brought with me was two large black trash bags of stuffed animals. I had a number of favorites over the years, but one of my all time faves was a very old Pooh (approximately 1970 if I had to guess) that my Mom gave me and I still have to this day. I still have a good number of them, I just can’t bear to let them go.

Did you (or does your child) play with stuffed animals a lot? I’d really like to know, please leave a comment!

REVIEW – Sofia The First: The Floating Palace DVD

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Sofia The First Floating Palace Dvd

Sofia the First: The Floating Palace

  • DVD Release Date: April 8, 2014
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • ASIN: B00HUS7W88
  • SRP $19.99

Bonus Episodes:

  • Tri-Kingdom Picnic
  • Finding Clover
  • Make Way For Miss Nettle

I got a big kick out of Sofia The First: The Floating Palace. I know the show does very well with young girls, but this old girl likes it too. Sofia is a young princess who has the ability to talk to animals if she is wearing her magical amulet. In this movie Sofia helps out Oona, a mermaid. After doing so, Sofia is able to be temporarily turned into a mermaid and can go see the underwater kingdom and make new friends. In typical disney fashion, there is a villain (Cedric disguised as a sea monster) that wants Oona’s enchanted mermaid comb. Mermaids are in peril. A vicious storm endangers Sofia’s whole family. Everyone will have to work together to save both worlds. By that I do mean everyone, there’s a special appearance by Princess Ariel, who we all know and love from The Little Mermaid. I swear I saw flounder in there too! Will everyone be able to get along to fight this fight? You’ll have to watch and see for yourself!  I can say that this might have been my favorite Sofia yet, because it contained the charm of typical Sofia but a bit of the danger and good vs evil of a Disney movie. This movie would be great for all Disney fans.

Here’s a film clip called The Love We Share.


Sofia The First website

There’s also a  Sofia the First: The Floating Palace Story Theater app from Disney Publishing available in Apple’s App Store in the Kids category now.

Features of Sofia the First: The Floating Palace app include:

Beautiful animated and interactive storybook
A variety of characters, backgrounds, props, and music to personalize the theater’s stage
Multi-touch screen to play with a friend
Original voices from the popular Disney Junior series, “Sofia the First”
Record options to watch your performances over and over again

Did you (or does your child) ever imagine what it would be like to be a princess? Where was your kingdom? I’d really like to know, please leave a comment!