I was invited to a premiere of the Frozen movie. All all opinions expressed are my own.

Last week I took the Clever Guy to see Disney’s Frozen! We’ve been waiting a while for this movie to come out and we were so happy we got to see it!

This animated film is about a girl named Elsa who has special powers and her sister, Anna. Through the movie they share the same struggle but in different ways as they grow up. When it is time for Elsa to take on her role as the Queen, her icy powers are too much for her to handle and she’s forced to leave the kingdom. When Anna sets out to look for her, she meets Sven, Kristoff and Olaf. Olaf the funny snowman was Clever Guy’s favorite character. There is plenty of comedy and fun in this movie along with beautiful music!

This movie shares the feel good musical Disney side that all kids (and adults) love. I was wondering how Clever Guy would feel about this movie with all of the singing and he actually really enjoyed it!

This movie was full of beautiful animations and a wonderful story. We actually can’t wait to see it again as a family!

We’ll also be making a surprise trip to Disneyland very soon where we may even ice skate in the Frozen Rink in Downtown Disney!

Clever Guy and I were given the opportunity to see a free sneak preview of Despicable Me 2. All opinions and photos used in this post are my own.

Despicable Me 2 just came out and we were SO excited to go see it. We’ve been waiting for a year now to see this movie as we loved the first one. I would say it was one of our 10 ten favs! So when we got a sneak peek last week we couldn’t wait to go. Not only did we get to see it before it came out but we were able to see it the day after Clever Guy’s bday!

No spoilers I promise but here is the plot:

Gru is now a family man who lets go of his evil ways and joins up with the good guys to find who has stolen an entire secret laboratory which contained a compound that would turn any living thing into a destructive machine. His villain seeking adventures with his partner Lucy (who is played by the talented Kristin Wiig) were funny yet adventurous. In this sequel you definitely see a lot more of my favorite characters, those cute little minions in fact, there are even some purple ones!  We loved that the minions were starts of this episode (we even learned more of their names) as they always make us laugh. In fact in this one there is more singing, more dressing up and lots more mischief.

Tip: Be sure you stay through the credits, Clever Guy just laughed and laughed at those funny minions.

Clever Parent Review: We definitely loved the movie and I would say it’s great for ages 5 and up. There is nothing scary or violent (unless you count those crazy purple minions but they end up being harmless).

Clever Guy Review: Definitely better than the first!

Be sure to check out http://despicableme.com/ for trailers, create insta-minion photos and more!

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Brave the movie opened up this weekend and Tyler and I had a chance to see it in 3D. We have been looking forward to this movie for a long time because we love Disney Pixar movies in this house!

Brave is about a young princess named, Mireda. Mireda reaches the age of betrothal and her mother, Queen Elinor, arranges for a meeting of possible suitors for Mireda to marry. Mireda, wanting nothing to do with marriage tries to explain to her mother that she isn’t ready to be married. After failed attempts at trying to relay this message to her mother, Mireda tries everything in her power to make her mother understand including seeing a witch. Once the witch gives her a spell that goes horribly wrong, Mireda and her mother must work together to reverse the spell before it’s too late.

Photo: Elinor has been helping Merida get her head in the game. Our new ideas for the Summer Games are coming tomorrow -- be prepared!

We both really enjoyed this movie. This movie had a strong message on the importance of communication between parent and child. It made me think of the relationship with my own daughter because any mom of a tween/teen girl knows that sometimes it is impossible to communicate.I wish she would have seen it with me but we will definitely be watching it again.

Tyler’s favorite part?

Photo: Be Brave: Admit that you're a bit like the triplets.

Any part that involved the triplets. I think its because he is a mischievous guy himself.

We stayed after the movie to participate in a contest that AMC theaters has. When you find the little princes in the lobby, you get a Brave sticker. Tyler and I had a lot of fun doing this little game.

A little bit about the movie from the creators of Brave:

“Brave” follows the heroic journey of Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric Witch (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her skills and resources – including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers – to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late, discovering the meaning of true bravery.

Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, “Brave” is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and signature Pixar humor that audiences of all ages around the world have come to eagerly expect. The film takes aim at theaters on June 22, 2012, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.

More fun with Brave:

Keep up with updates and exciting promotions about Brave by liking the movie on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/PixarBrave

See more about the movie, play games, find out more about the characters and the movie:

http://disney.go.com/brave/index.html

Did you see Brave? What did you think?

Disclosure: I was provided with movie passes to see Brave, all opinions are my own.

 

Make Wednesday night a movie or game night with Redbox discounted movies and games! Every Wednesday from June 22 to July 27, reserve a family-friendly DVD, Blu-ray Disc® or video game online & redbox will take 50¢ off the first night’s rental fee of that item at checkout!

My family and I LOVE that we can rent our Wii games at Redbox before buying them. We’ve rented two games that we were going to invest in that we didn’t care for, so this has already saved a lot of money for us. With this discount, movies are only $.50 and games are $1.50.

Fore more info: http://summer.redboxfacebookapps.com/

I have to note that Redbox had said they are “testing” in markets a higher fee on movies. In Phoenix, it’s $1.20 I believe so it would take $.50 off that.

Poster art for "Cars 2."


This weekend we had the joy of seeing Cars 2. We’ve been waiting for months for this to come out because we loved the first Cars! Also, we knew it was coming out on Tyler’s birthday weekend! We were offered an opportunity to see Cars 2 using Fandango this weekend.

You can watch the trailer here http://www.fandango.com/cars2_119583/movieoverview

I ordered our tickets the day before because I wanted to avoid any lines at the theater and I wanted to make sure we got the showing that we wanted. I used the Fandango app on my android, it was really easy!

  • I chose my date
  • Time
  • How many
  • Entered my payment info. Done!


I was given the option to send the confirmation to my phone and to my email. Once it was sent to my email, I had the option to print it or just bring the confirmation number with me. I decided to take the print out with me, we took it right inside to give to the ticket counter and we were in! It was really simple and we avoided the lines. You can see more about my ordering experience here:
http://intersect.com/stories/1WW41Lh049yG

We went on Saturday evening, to watch the Cars 2 movie in 3D at our nearest Fandango Theater. The “short” before the movie was Toy Story Hawaiian Vacation.
This was definitely a cute short film, about Ken and Barbie’s dream vacation with all of the Toy Story favorite characters.

As for Cars 2, we LOVED it! I thought I would be on the fence because typically, second movies have a hard time competing with the first movie when it was such a big hit. This movie had so much action, it kept the kids engaged and me too. The plot involves Lightning McQueen competing in the World Cup, along for the ride are his favorite buds including Mater. While in Europe, Mater finds himself wound up in a spy plot. I think Mater was the best character in this movie, he was extremely funny and stole the show.

When the movie was over, I asked the kids which Cars movie they preferred and they said they loved this one much more than the first. My son said he can’t wait for it to come out on DVD!

You can get in on some Cars fun with Fandango by participating in the #GoCars2 Twitter party! Twitter Party – June 30, 2011, 9 pm EST.
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