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Disney's Frozen 2 Teaser Trailer

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They’re baaaaaack. Ana, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf!

I’m not sure how you feel about Frozen, but I love it and I am not here to sway you either way, because I am totally biased. I love the story, the characters and YES the music! :) I’m thrilled that the power couple Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez are back with songwriting and the film will feather the familiar voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Goff and Josh Gad!

The Frozen soundtrack is one of my favorites. Our family car isn’t tech friendly so we have a cd player and the only cds I own are Disney. Currently for the kids Moana is the running favorite that I play, but I also have Frozen and Into the Woods. haha. Let’s just say if they are being difficult, I will play Let it Go! :)

ANYWAY, here’s the new trailer for Frozen 2, see for yourself, but make sure to come back because we need to chat.

SO! What do you think? I have so many questions, which is typical of watching any teaser trailer. Why is it so desert-like, what the heck happened to Ana’s hair (it’s super cute, but still), why are there so many reindeer and why is Elsa stuck on some random island?! I got scared for a minute when I didn’t see my boy, Olaf, but he popped in there! You know how winter was coming for so long in GOT? Well looks like Fall or something dark is taking over Arendelle, if that is where they are even at!

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We get no glimpse into who the “villain” will be in this trailer, or why it seems everyone is separated. Something went down, and I’m anxious to find out. I guess we have to wait until they release more peeks into the film!

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Please tell me someone is excited to see this!

Frozen 2 opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2019!

My calendar is marked. :) How about you?

Finding Where You Belong - Disney's Queen of Katwe

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Image © Disney

When Lupita Nyong'o takes the screen, she is absolutely mesmerizing. Whether in human form or in CG form (like in Star Wars: The Force Awakens), her characters have depth, insight, and wisdom. Even though she is not the focal character of this film, I know I can count on her role having a lasting impression. Nyong'o plays Harriet, the mother of Phiona. The film introduces Madina Nalwanga as Phiona, and also stars David Oyelowo.

Disney's biopic - QUEEN OF KATWE, is a story that tells of the triumphs and trials of a young girl, as she navigates her way through adolescence in Kampala, Uganda. Her family sells vegetables to make ends meet, and she eventually becomes mentored by a man that teaches her the strategic game of chess.

I get really caught up in these heartfelt type of films, I am drawn into the stories and tend to find something relatable that I hold onto. With QUEEN OF KATWE, I was moved by the theme of "finding where you belong," as Phiona works towards understanding her place in the world, gains the support of family and community, and explores the world, thanks to her newfound love - chess. 

It's not an easy thing, to find where you belong. For many of us, it takes many years to realize their purpose and plan in life. I always encourage people to hold on to what makes them happy, and find things that they enjoy. We only live life once, and when opportunity knocks, or gives us some options to explore what we love and what we are good at, we should feel some sort of obligation to follow our hearts.

Seriously, grab some tissues before you even watch the trailer.

Disney's Queen of Katwe will be released September 23, 2016.

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A Very Mickey Christmas

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Welcome to this month's Blogorail Yellow Loop! Today we are sharing our Favorite Holiday Movies and TV Specials.

I have an affinity for all things Disney and Christmastime is no different. Even prior to getting married and having a family, my husband and I grew up with Disney and holidays coinciding. Naturally, when the time came, we introduced Disney magic and our kids have also grown to love the cherished stories of Mickey and Friends, too!

This was a few years ago, I haven't gotten a picture of them all sitting still together with their hot cocoa since! :) 

This was a few years ago, I haven't gotten a picture of them all sitting still together with their hot cocoa since! :) 

One of our favorite pastimes includes family movie nights that leave us with peppermint hot chocolate hangovers and sweet dreams full of magic and the Christmas spirit! In fact, we just recently had one of those nights and it was so fun being home to snuggle with my favorite people and enjoy a Disney holiday fix.

Our first holiday movie that we watched this season was Its A Wonderful Life. It's my husband's favorite non-Disney holiday film, and I pretty much cried most of it. It's a great film, but my favorites are Disney so we decided to start out with Mickey's Once Upon A Christmas!

Image © The Walt Disney Company

Image © The Walt Disney Company

We love Disney's holiday films, especially when they feature more than one story. Mickey's Once Upon A Christmas includes three stories, each special with a unique lesson teaching the spirit of Christmas, giving, friendship, family, and love. This special film anthology was released in 1999, and has been a favorite of mine ever since!

Image © The Walt Disney Company

Image © The Walt Disney Company

Donald Duck: Stuck on Christmas is a hilarious holiday take starring Donald’s nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, as they are wishing to have Christmas every day and then realizing that Christmas is more than just presents and yummy food, but about cherishing time with loved ones and appreciating the season to spread joy and love with others.

Image © The Walt Disney Company

Image © The Walt Disney Company

The next film, A Very Goofy Christmas, is probably our children’s least favorite film in the series, because they have never really been huge fans of Goofy’s son, Max. They often chatter about Max’s bad attitude and disrespect towards his dad, Goofy. Max does tend to have an attitude of entitlement (assuming it is because of his teenage years) and the kids recognize this as something we’ve really worked on teaching them - the importance of gratefulness and positivity. However, that being said, this specific film is always a good reminder for them to be grateful and have a good attitude even if things don’t go their way. We laugh together as we watch Goofy spread Christmas cheer and blessings to others in the film. Max eventually realizes the spirit of Christmas is about believing and sharing the joy and cheer with others.

Image © The Walt Disney Company

Image © The Walt Disney Company

The final story is one of selflessness and love. This one is Mickey and Minnie’s Gift of Magi, a retelling of the classic story where a man gives the love of his life a special treasure by selling his most prized possession. Ironically, this woman gives up her most prized possession to compliment the man’s item. While their gifts end up being "useless" it is the idea of the priceless time and thought, and act of love by giving up what they love for the person they love.

I really appreciate that the films touch on topics that we can discuss with our kids, it is far more than entertainment and with everything that we watch, we attempt to share what we learned or took away from the stories. 

In this day and age, it is important to have these discussions with our kids, in order to foster a home environment that has open communication and is founded on love, learning and growing together.

If you have yet to see Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas, I highly suggest it! We will definitely be watching it again, in addition to the sequel, Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas, this weekend!


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Meet MOANA – Disney's Newest Princess

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Aloooooha! I'm thrilled to announce that Walt Disney Animation Studios has finally cast its newest animated princess, MOANA! 

photo courtesy © Walt Disney Animation Studios

photo courtesy © Walt Disney Animation Studios

The voice of Disney's MOANA will be voiced by Hawaiian native and newcomer, Auli'i Cravalho! Auli'i is a 14-year-old from the island of O'ahu, and after three auditions, she landed the title role.

Here's a fun little clip of Auli'i, being told that she was going to be cast as Moana:

About MOANA

Moana is a 16-year-old, fearless princess that wants to take on the seas of the South Pacific, amongst the islands of her home – Oceania. Three thousand years ago sailors from all over the world voyaged across the South Pacific, but then a millennium went by and unbeknownst to anyone, the voyages stopped. So what is Moana's dream? To become a master wayfinder, like her ancestors, but this time complete their unfinished quest. 

Along the way, she meets demi-god, Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson), and together they embark on an action-packed journey filled with impossible odds that become the voyage of a lifetime.

I am looking forward to this creation from the filmmaking team of Directors, Ron Clements and John Musker; they've created three of my favorite Disney animated films (amongst many others), "The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin," and "The Princess and The Frog!" With such strong female protagonists in their films, I know that Moana will be a sure hit and I'm looking forward to sharing traits that make her a good role model. The film is produced by Osnat Shurer, who has produced or executive produced Pixar® short films.

Ready to see what the sea holds for Moana and Maui? I know I am!


Don't forget to like MOANA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/disneymoana
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Remember, MOANA sails into theaters on November 23rd 2016!