Disney

“Pete’s Dragon” Gets a Fresh, Fun Coat of Fur

Disney is slowly amassing a collection of live-action adaptations of their most popular animated movies. In 2015, they gave us the gorgeous and delightful Cinderella. Earlier in 2016, you probably caught The Jungle Book, which was packed with jaw-dropping action and animal hijinks. Late summer ushers a gentle, tenderhearted re-imagining of 1977’s Pete’s Dragon. Parents might remember an animated doofy-but-loving green and purple dragon named Elliot and his boy, Pete. This is about as far as similarities go between the original film and the new adaptation. There are glaring, major, key differences in the plots. Ardent fans of the 1977 version starring Helen Reddy and Mickey Rooney should not expect a close mirroring of the story. The circumstances of how Pete and Elliot meet and how Pete fi...

Disney’s “The BFG” is Summer Movie Storytelling at Its Finest

So hold your breath, cross your fingers, here we go! ~ The BFG Imagine your childhood summer movie outings without “E.T the Extraterrestrial,” “Jurassic Park,” the Indiana Jones films, “The Goonies,” “Gremlins,” “Back to the Future,” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” How boring. How uninspiring! What would have been on our lunchboxes or on our t-shirts? Thankfully, Steven Spielberg directed and/or produced some of the greatest family films of our time, staking a claim in our summer memories. He’s back. Now your kids can dabble in a bit of Spielbergian storytelling magic this summer. Disney’s “The BFG” opens on July 1st, 2016. Based on Roald Dahl’s beloved tale, Spielberg’s interpretation stays true to the whimsical, cheeky, perilous heart of the story. There is nothing like “The BFG” in theat...

Disney Pixar’s “Finding Dory” Floats into Summer with a Smile

We’ve waited thirteen years to find out what happened to Marlin, Nemo, and Dory after their big adventure. Did they live quietly ever after in their underwater paradise? Not according to Disney Pixar’s latest plunge into the depths of the Pacific Ocean. “Finding Dory” takes the beloved trio on a fresh journey, brimming with peril, familiar supporting characters, and wacky new faces. Ellen DeGeneres shines as she takes center stage. She hits the right balance of emotion and perfect comic timing as Dory feels the pull of memory and family. Themes of loss, confusion, and grief are treated gently, with honesty and love. What is a family? How do we find our way home when we aren’t sure where to begin? Because this is a family film, “Finding Dory” winds ...

Win a $50 Kohl’s gift card for the New Disney Apparel

We’re big Disney fans (be sure to stay tuned for details of the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration). But as much as we love Mickey, my kids don’t typically wear commercial clothing so I was unsure what my son would think about Kohl’s Department Store’s new Disney-branded apparel collection for kids under the Jumping Beans brand. My description of having our own little “fashion show” didn’t sit well with him either because as it turns out, most little boys aren’t into the runway scene. #WhoKnew? I was actually excited when we saw this new collection at Kohl’s. The girl’s line was darling, feminine and fun with playful red, white and blue prints. The boy’s collection? It was right up the alley for a  cool 7-year-old dud...

“Planes” review: It’s not Pixcar, but it’s worth the big-screen ride

“I am more than just a cropduster!” Dusty Crophopper proclaims at the beginning of “Planes,” and it’s hard not to sigh. In recent years we’ve seen a penguin that wants to dance, a video game villain who wants to be a good guy and, most recently, a snail that wants to be a race car. The children of the world get it. You can be whatever you want if you work really hard and have charming sidekicks. But after a trying first act, this DisneyToon Studios release finds a nice cruising altitude, embarking on a world tour that yields some pleasant surprises. “Planes” was supposed to debut direct to video, before Disney decided it was deserving of the big screen. (Story idea: A video store cassette that dreams of being a theatrical release!) “Pla...

Disney World: The Magical Land of Forced Fun

I’ve seen many helpful blogs here in the Mile High Mamas about tips for getting the most out of your trip to Disney World. And I’m just going to be upfront about this right now: This is not one of them. But I’m betting that if you’re planning on making the trip any time this summer, it will be one that you think about while you’re there.