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This Week’s Family Movie Night: Disney’s PLANES

We've covered Disney's Planes quite a bit on here (thanks to some fantastic field work from my roving blog reviewer Kenda), including a red-carpet premiere. But I never had a chance to see the film myself. Until this weekend. Disney was mouse-erific enough to send me a review copy of Planes. Their timing couldn't have been better, because we were in desparate need of a good Friday Family Movie Night film! We popped the movie in (and popped the popcorn, natch) and plopped down on the couch for a family viewing! I'll be honest. The small previews I'd seen didn't really do much for me. I didn't have that much interest in seeing ...

The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition Giveaway #LittleMermaidEvent (Ends 10/19)

My time here as your roving Disney reporter is coming to a close. Don't be sad! While it means this is the last post for the Little Mermaid and Disney Planes event - it also means we've come to the best part of all: The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition! I know what you're thinking: I already have the Little Mermaid DVD. Why do I want to buy a second one? I know because that's what I thought...at first. Not only was my love for Ariel and her underwater companions rekindled by my visit to the Disney Studios (and meeting with Jodi Benson - still awesome. Can't get over it), but I ...

Fall In Love With Disney’s FROZEN: Official Trailer

During our trip to the Disney studios we were given an exclusive first look at Disney's upcoming movie FROZEN. We were able to watch unfinished scenes and see the work that went into Disney's 53rd animated film. It's hard to imagine, after 76 years, that there could be any unexplored territory in family films -- but Disney has done it again. FROZEN is a perfect blending: the contagious comedy of Tangled, the heart of The Little Mermaid and the fresh breath of a new story that will run away with you. FROZEN is a tale of royal sisters, Elsa and Anna, and the turmoil created in their Nordic kingdom of Arendelle. Growing up, ...

Jodi Benson, Voice of Disney’s Ariel: The Interview #LittleMermaidEvent

In 1989 a new voice hit our ears that was like waves on the ocean; soft, lilting and absolutely hypnotic. Disney's mermaid wild child, Ariel, had us giggling about dinglehoppers and clutching at our shirts anxiously as we waited for true love to come through at the end. Her voice rang out across movie theaters and television sets across the world ...and is still, today, echoed by children everywhere as they pretended to be in their own kingdom under the sea. I had the distinct pleasure of sitting down with Disney's own aquatic princess, Jodi Benson, and hearing her talk of reaching for your dreams, helping others and always being grateful. Q: ...

Peek Inside Disney’s Animation Research Library #LittleMermaidEvent

When I found out that part of my trip to Disney Studios was going to include a tour of the Disney Animation Research Library I geeked. I geeked hard. The only thing I love more than drawing and designing is seeing the work done by the masters. I couldn't believe I would actually see the original artwork from classics such as Bambi, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid and more. The ARL (Animation Research Library) is top secret. That's not an exaggeration; even the exact location is kept hush hush. So, while I can't tell you everything, and personal photos were not allowed, I can share with you some of the official ...

Interview with John Musker and Ron Clements, Disney Animation Writers and Directors #LittleMermaidEvent

During our amazing tour of the Disney Animation Studios, we had the privilege of meeting with John Musker and Ron Clements, writers and directors of numerous Disney animated classics including The Little Mermaid. In preparation for the release of the Diamond Edition of The Little Mermaid in October, we were allowed a brief peek into their brilliant minds and hear their thoughts on their work together in the animated film industry. Q : How did you guys start together? JOHN : Well we knew each other, um, I mean we're about the same age - I'm a little bit older, we both worked on Fox and the Hound and- RON : He ...