REVIEW: High-energy dance battles daily at El Capitan Theatre for CARS 3 engagement
Jun22

REVIEW: High-energy dance battles daily at El Capitan Theatre for CARS 3 engagement

When it comes to first-run movies under the Disney umbrella, the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood is unmatched in providing the ultimate cinematic experience and for the current engagement of CARS 3, they’ve continued to pull all the stops. We were invited to check out what’s going on at the classic movie palace and found a super-charged event that starts well before the movie even begins thanks in part to a fun little...

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REVIEW: Better than the first, CARS 3 brings much-needed heart to franchise, feminist core
Jun12

REVIEW: Better than the first, CARS 3 brings much-needed heart to franchise, feminist core

It invariably happens every single time a Pixar movie comes out. The recurring questions: Has Pixar lost its way? Can they still make the magic? Is it all down hill from here? Everyone has their favorites and least favorites and you’ll be hard pressed to shake people out of those preferences. CARS 3 could shake non-believers into the Disney-Pixar world of talking vehicles. Dare I say, I liked it better than the first. I’m...

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REVIEW: ‘Ultimate Lightning McQueen’ by Sphero seriously steps up the RC car game
Jun12

REVIEW: ‘Ultimate Lightning McQueen’ by Sphero seriously steps up the RC car game

It’s not called the Ultimate Lightning McQueen for nothin’! As a previous user of other Sphero products, I was expecting a really solid and quality experience but KACHOW, they’ve really taken the RC game to another level with this latest outing. The folks at Sphero sent us one to review and we could not have been more thrilled to take him out for a spin. Unboxing Sphero has delivered yet another remote-controlled masterpiece....

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Review: BAMBI Walt Disney Signature Collection brings home a classic work of art
May24

Review: BAMBI Walt Disney Signature Collection brings home a classic work of art

If there is anything that is more quintessentially a perfect embodiment of the wholesome image of the Disney brand, it’s BAMBI. Coming home on the Walt Disney Signature collection to Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital, we had the opportunity to review a copy courtesy of our friends at Disney and were enchanted once more with the simple story of life, death, and growing up. I’ve always had a special connection to Bambi, when I was...

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REVIEW: ‘Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue’ is a fun revisit but not for the uninitiated
May02

REVIEW: ‘Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue’ is a fun revisit but not for the uninitiated

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is undoubtedly for Disney Gamers. But it’s not for the uninitiated. If you’ve never played the Kingdom Hearts series before, this probably isn’t where you want to start. What?? I’m starting you off saying to not play this game? Well technically, no. The thing is, I love KINGDOM HEARTS but if you’ve never played the games, this is not the means for your entrance into the...

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REVIEW (Spoiler-Free):  Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is so good it hurts
Apr25

REVIEW (Spoiler-Free): Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is so good it hurts

Remember 2014? Donald Trump was just a reality show buffoon with bad hair, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror loomed over Disney California Adventure, Andy Castro photographed Disneyland weekly, and no one knew who Star Lord was. Simpler times. Marvel took the world by surprise with its August 2014 release, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, and its grosses rocketed into the stratosphere while everyone fell in love (either romance or bromance,...

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‘Disneyland Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition’ proves there’s always more info to learn about the mouse
Apr11

‘Disneyland Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition’ proves there’s always more info to learn about the mouse

The word “encyclopedia” reminds me of sifting through dusty old books looking for something to help fill in the holes of a grade school report – yeah, I had to do those things without the benefit of the internet. Sure, I could Hey Siri (or OK Google) to get the date the Haunted Mansion opened but then I would miss all the other fun facts in the 5 pages of information related the Mansion that one will find in newly...

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REVIEW: ROGUE ONE lands with a suitable but decidedly scruffy-looking set of extras
Apr04

REVIEW: ROGUE ONE lands with a suitable but decidedly scruffy-looking set of extras

ROGUE ONE is the breath-taking first-ever standalone Star Wars feature film not just from Disney but from LucasFilm and it did not fail to deliver. The heart-stopping (and heart-crushing) story is a thrilling roller coaster of emotions that ends with the dramatic moments before Darth Vader confronts Princess Leia in Episode IV. And now, the adventure comes home in all the glorious formats including Digital, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD,...

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You haven’t seen BEAUTY AND THE BEAST yet, it’s ok, here’s what you need to know about the soundtrack
Mar21

You haven’t seen BEAUTY AND THE BEAST yet, it’s ok, here’s what you need to know about the soundtrack

You haven’t seen BEAUTY AND THE BEAST yet but that’s ok, you’re going to do the right thing and eventually get yourself to the theater as soon as you can. But for now, you might be wondering–just what exactly did Disney do to the music of the beloved animated classic? In a word, they did it good! Surely, they couldn’t have gone too far off track as they brought on the original composer Alan Menken and...

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REVIEW: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST delivers suprisingly powerful emotional punch
Mar08

REVIEW: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST delivers suprisingly powerful emotional punch

Disney is bound and determined to turn their vast library of animated classics into big budget live action spectaculars, and while not every one has been a home run, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST cannot afford to be anything but a grand slam. The 1991 animated film is beloved on a level that prompts regular people to become defensive fanzillas. Everyone loves Belle, everyone loves the songs, everyone loves it. Even non-Disney fans can wax...

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