Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Cast Hawaiian Newcomer in “Moana”


  My daughter and I have seen previews for the new Disney Animation Studios' movie "Moana" had loved what we saw!  I loved how funny the demi-god Maui is and the animation is gorgeous.  I mean it is set in the Pacific Islands so I guess it would be breathtaking scenery.  It is always fun to hear the backstory of the characters and the actors who play them.  Come meet Hawaiian newcomer Auli'i Cravalho! Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Moana” has found her voice following a worldwide search to cast the film’s title character. Native Hawaiian newcomer Auli’i Cravalho, 14, joins Dwayne Johnson in the big-screen adventure about a spirited and fearless teenager named Moana (voice of Cravalho) who, with help from demi-god Maui (voice of Johnson), sets out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder. While hundreds of talented people from across the Pacific Islands were … [Read more...]

Movie Review :: Disney’s Teen Beach Movie 2 is loads of fun!


The waves have finally settled in and Teen Beach 2 is riding its way onto DVD! Ready, Daddy-O? Cowabunga! It’s time to go back to the beach! Combine Grease, the Beach Boys, and Disney magic and you have Teen Beach Movie 2. This movie takes place 3 months after Mack (Maia Mitchell) and Brady (Ross Lynch), first meet.  It’s the end of Summer and time for school to start. While Brady is a laid back surfer, Mack is really into school.  How will heading back to school affect their friendship?   The original Teen Beach Movie found them travelling back in time into the set of Brady’s favorite movie – “Wet Side Story” which was set in 1962. It was there they met Lela (Grace Phipps), Tanner (Garrett Clayton) and the rest of the gang in a surfers meets bikers adventure on the beach. In this sequel, Lela and Tanner find their way into our world where Mack and Brady live. … [Read more...]

Celebrating National Hugging Day with BAYMAX


    About National Hugging Day: National Hugging Day,™ also known as National Hug Day, is an annual holiday created by Rev. Kevin Zaborney in Michigan, USA. It occurs on January 21 and is officially recognized by the United States Copyright Office. It was first celebrated in 1986 and has since spread to multiple countries. The purpose of the holiday is to encourage people to openly express themselves through hugging.  Offer a hug to anyone and everyone you want but remember it is wise to ask first. Whether you hug a family member or a stranger, the mental and physical health benefits are the same. For more information, visit www.nationalhuggingday.com.     After much deliberation and even more hugging, Baymax, the lovable personal companionrobot and star of Walt Disney Animation Studio’s action-packed comedy adventure and Academy Award® Nominated … [Read more...]

Wreck-It Ralph Storybook App Giveaway


  We are so excited to see the new film Wreck-It Ralph by Disney this weekend!  It premiered today and we expect a lot of excitement around this fun movie.  In light of the new movie, Disney has released two new apps Wreck-It Ralph Storybook Deluxe and Hero's Duty Interactive Comic - which is a prequel to the upcoming new movie.  Wreck-It Ralph Storybook Deluxe Wreck-It Ralph Storybook Deluxe showcases our favorite characters, Ralph, Felix, Vanellope and others as we follow Ralph as he wrecks his way through the arcade.  He is searching for a hero's medal and finds much more along the way.  Some of the features include exciting interactive games and the option to build your own candy cart which we really enjoyed doing.  You even get to ride your candy cart in the appropriately named "Sugar Rush."  The characters voices are from the original movie and feature  John C. … [Read more...]

Kids Apps: Disney Storybook Apps Sure to Entertain


This article was originally posted on Mom It Forward July 18, 2012: http://momitforward.com/disney-storybook-apps-entertain Apple’s app store hit 25 billion downloads this past March.  According to a report by Telenav that was released last August showed that iPhone users were twice as likely as Android users to spend more than $40 on apps for their smartphones. And reports from Appsfire shows the average iPhone user has about 108 apps total: 20 of which were preinstalled (Source: www.pcmag.com). There are so many apps to choose from it can be tough to know which ones to include in your library.  Part of my work as a children’s author includes reviewing apps so that I can help provide some information for parents to help them in their decision-making process when it comes to purchasing apps.  I had a chance to review two storybook apps that Disney recently released including The … [Read more...]

Penelope’s Celebration Giveaway Winners


Thanks all for participating in Penelope's Celebration Giveaway this past week! There were loads of participants and I think we had over 900 entries! Our Facebook Party was a big hit and Author/Illustrator Steve Bjorkman joined us for the first part of the party to answer some questions about how he got into the business of illustrating and writing children's books. Plus he handed out some signed copies to his favorite books! And our friends at Disney, Oceanhouse Media, iStoryTime and Castlebuilders provided us with codes to some of their most popular apps! Thanks for joining us and celebrating that Penelope was chosen as a 2012 Award Finalist from Readers Favorite and a Dan Poytner Global eBook  Finalist - argh mateys she be happy! Stay tuned as we have planned another Facebook Event this next month with Mrs. P with much pirate booty to hand out at the party! Congratulations to … [Read more...]

And the Winner of the Disney’s Marvel Super Heroes Magazine Giveaway is…

CONGRATULATIONS to Christie Dwyer!  You won the one-year subscription to Disney's new Marvel Super Heroes Magazine! Thanks all for participating!  We have more giveaways coming up next week. … [Read more...]