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Disney Frozen 2 Coming to Blu-ray @disneyfrozen #Frozen2

1/22/20
New Releases, Valentine's Day
The No. 1 Animated Feature Film of All Time
Disney’s “Frozen 2” 
Arrives Home on Digital Feb. 11 and on Blu-ray Feb. 25

Bonus features include a sing-along version of the film plus exclusive content,
including outtakes, deleted scenes and songs, and much more!  
We are incredibly excited for Walt Disney Animation Studios' Frozen 2 releasing on Digital in 4K Ultra HD™, HD and Movies Anywhere on Feb. 11, and on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on Feb. 25!  

My family was obsessed with the first Frozen and the sequel did not disappoint!  The bonus features sound fun; I'm sure that my youngest will be playing the sing-along version over and over again.

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” has melted hearts around the world, becoming the No. 1 animated feature of all time. Just in time for Valentine’s Day,  the follow-up to 2013’s hit Oscar®-winning Best Animated Feature,“Frozen,” comes home, with a sing-along version and all-new extras, on Digital in 4K Ultra HD™, HD and Movies Anywhere on Feb. 11, and on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on Feb. 25.

“Frozen 2” bonus features include deleted scenes, deleted songs, Easter eggs, outtakes and a sing-along version with lyrics to the film’s forever-infectious songs. Extras invite viewers to go behind-the-scenes to hear personal, making-of stories from the “Frozen 2” cast and crew. Fans who bring the film home early on Digital will receive two exclusive extras: an interview with songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who won an Oscar® for Best Original Song (“Let It Go,” 2014) and wrote seven original songs for “Frozen 2,” and a deleted song titled “Unmeltable Me.”

In “Frozen 2,” the answer to why Elsa was born with magical powers is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she sets out on a dangerous but remarkable journey. In “Frozen,” Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In the highly anticipated sequel, she must hope they are enough. From the Academy Award®-winning team—directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, producer Peter Del Vecho and songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez—“Frozen 2” features the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad.

“Frozen 2” will be packaged several ways to ensure families get the most out of their at-home viewing experience. The film will first be made available on Digital in 4K Ultra HD™, HD and SD offerings on Feb 11 with two extra bonus exclusives. Additionally, a Digital bundle, which includes both “Frozen” and “Frozen 2,” will be made available for purchase in 4K Ultra HD™, HD and SD. Physical copies of the film will be available on Feb. 25 as a 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital Code), a Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Code) and a single DVD.
 
Additionally, all-new toys inspired by the film’s finale featuring Queen Anna and Elsa the Snow Queen will hit retail shelves on February 22 timed to the in-home release.


Bonus Features (may vary by retailer)
   
Blu-ray & Digital:
  • Sing-Along Version of the Movie – Sing along with your favorite songs as you watch the movie.
  • Song Selection – Jump to your favorite musical moments, with on-screen lyrics. Songs include Oscar®-nominated “Into The Unknown,” “All Is Found,” “Some Things Never Change,” “When I Am Older,” “Lost in the Woods,” “Show Yourself,” and “The Next Right Thing”
  • Outtakes – Laugh along with the cast of “Frozen 2” as they record their lines, sing their songs and have fun in the recording booth.
  • Deleted Scenes – Check out a few scenes that never made the final cut.
    • Intro - Directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck offer a glimpse into their filmmaking process with scenes that didn't make the final cut.
    • Prologue - A battle rages between Arendelle and the Northuldra while a mysterious figure challenges King Agnarr.
    • Secret Room - A secret room reveals even more of Anna and Elsa's past, including a shocking revelation about their mother.
    • Elsa’s Dream - Anna's playful glimpse into Elsa's dream takes a dark turn.
    • Hard Nokks - Kristoff reveals his true feelings about life in Arendelle when the Nokk won't take no for an answer.
    • A Place of Our Own - Elsa uses her magic to relieve Anna's lingering doubts about their parents' faith in her.
  • Deleted Songs – When it comes to “Frozen 2,” there can never be too much music. Hear some of the songs that got cut from the final film.
    • Intro - Directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck revel in the chance to share a few songs that didn't make it into the final film.
    • “Home” - Anna savors every moment as she wanders through this kingdom she calls home.
    • “I Wanna Get This Right” - Kristoff wants everything to be perfect before he proposes, leaving Anna to wonder, “Will it ever be just right?”
  • The Spirits of “Frozen 2” – Cast and crew explore the Scandinavian and Nordic mythology that inspired the spirits inhabiting the enchanted forest of “Frozen 2.”
  • Did You Know??? – Olaf asks us the question “Did You Know” as we discover “Frozen 2” fun facts, Easter eggs and tidbits about the making of the film.
  • Scoring a Sequel – Composer Christophe Beck combines a 91-piece orchestra with 30 choral voices to create the compelling score for “Frozen 2.”
  • Gale Tests - They say you can't see the wind. Only its effects. Filmmakers give it a shot while creating the playful wind spirit, Gale.
    • Gale Test - A young girl and boy play tag in this fully animated effort to "give personality to something that's invisible."
    • Hand-Drawn Gale Test - A hand-drawn test to bring the precocious wind spirit to life.
  • Multi-Language Reel
    • “Into the Unknown” in 29 Languages - Hear Elsa's soaring call to adventure in 29 different languages
  • Music Videos - Weezer and Panic! at the Disco lend their voices to a few of the soaring melodies from “Frozen 2.”
    • “Into the Unkown" (Panic! at the Disco version) - Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie stars in their version of "Into The Unknown" from “Frozen 2.”
    • “Lost in the Woods” (Weezer version) - Weezer puts their spin on Kristoff's epic ballad, "Lost In the Woods."
Digital Exclusives:
  • Meet the Lopezes – Meet the award-winning husband-and-wife team behind the incredible songs from “Frozen” and “Frozen 2.”
  • Deleted Song “Unmeltable Me” - An animatic version of Olaf's celebratory song about his newfound freedom.



“Frozen 2” Cast and Crew
Kristen Bell (“The Good Place,” “Veronica Mars”), Idina Menzel (Broadway’s “Rent” and “Wicked,” “Uncut Gems”), Josh Gad (Broadway’s “The Book of Mormon,” “Little Monsters”) and Jonathan Groff (Broadway’s “Spring Awakening” and “Hamilton,” “Mindhunter”) return to Arendelle as the voices of Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff, respectively. Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld,” “Mildred Pierce,” “The Wrestler”) joins the cast as Queen Iduna, Anna and Elsa’s mother, and Sterling K. Brown (“Waves,” “Black Panther,” “This Is Us,”) portrays Lieutenant Destin Mattias. The film is directed by Chris Buck (“Frozen,” “Tarzan,” “Surfs Up”) and Jennifer Lee (Walt Disney Animation Studios’ chief creative officer, writer/director “Frozen,” writer “Frozen” Broadway, screenwriter “A Wrinkle in Time”). Lee also wrote the screenplay. The film is produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Frozen,” “The Princess and the Frog”) and executive produced by Byron Howard (“Zootopia”). 
Songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“Frozen” film/Broadway, Off-Broadway’s “In Transit”) and Robert Lopez (“Frozen” film/Broadway, Broadway’s “The Book of Mormon”) wrote seven all-new original songs for the film, and Christophe Beck, who scored “Frozen,” composed the score.




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Tuesday #Giveaway Linky 1/21/20

1/21/20
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January is just flying by!  Find some new giveaways to enter this week.

Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

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Adventure Aquarium Family Days Deal @AdventureAqua #AdventureAquarium

1/17/20
Adventure Aquarium Attractions
Photo Credit: Christy Schultz
Winter brings its challenges; shorter sunlight, unpredictable weather, and kids not getting outside as much.  We have a way you can beat those winter blues with this great Family Days deal from Adventure Aquarium!

Now through February 14th,  receive one kid free with the purchase of an adult admission.  That's right!  You save $21.99 for your child age 2-12 with the purchase of an adult ticket (tickets must be used between 1/13-2/14/2020).

Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey is just minutes from downtown Philly with over 15,000 species including penguins, hippos, sting rays, invertebrates, sharks and more!  {When we lived in Maryland we frequented the Baltimore Aquarium often.  We're so fortunate to have another great Aquarium in the Philly area!}


Adventure Aquarium attractions, Adventure Aquarium deals
Photo Credit: Christy Schultz

Speaking of sharks, Adventure Aquarium is home to the largest collection of sharks on the east coast, including the only hammerhead shark on exhibit in the US.  The shark bridge is a one-of-a-kind experience;  you're literally inches above the shark tank and can watch them swim below you.

Adventure Aquarium Attractions
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My two girls love the hands-on experiences where you can touch sting-rays, horse shoe crabs, sea stars and more invertebrates.   Adventure Aquarium also has a special Kid Zone area for kids six and under where they can crawl, jump, and play.  

There are also seasonal themes throughout the year including Scuba Santa; most recently we saw Mermaids!


Mermaids


Don't miss the top 10 Things to Check Out in 2020 at Adventure Aquarium:


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If you don't already have a membership (truly a great value, especially when they go on sale), you'll want to take advantage of this great Family Days discount at Adventure Aquarium.  It's the perfect place for family-friendly fun this winter!

Things to do with Kids in Philly Area


1 Riverside Dr 
Camden, New Jersey 0810

www.adventureaquarium.com

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Be sure to check out more indoor winter Family fun at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia!



Universal's Dolittle: See it or Skip it? @dolittle #Dolittle #MovieReview #ad

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Universal's Dolittle is in theaters today, January 17th.  I remember watching the first Dr. Dolittle adaptation with Eddie Murphy.  Eddie Murphy's comedic take was enjoyable and entertaining.  Flash forward to 2020 and there is a new version of Dolittle with star Robert Downey Jr.

I took my oldest daughter to watch Dolittle with me for a daddy daughter date.  Should you see Dolittle in theaters?  Keep reading for this dad's review.


Synopsis:

Robert Downey Jr. electrifies one of literature’s most enduring characters in a vivid reimagining of the classic tale of the man who could talk to animals: Dolittle.

After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle (Downey), famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company.

But when the young queen (Jessie BuckleyWild Rose) falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures.

The doctor is joined on his quest by a young, self-appointed apprentice (Dunkirk’s Harry Collett) and a raucous coterie of animal friends, including an anxious gorilla (Oscar® winner Rami Malek), an enthusiastic but bird-brained duck (Oscar® winner Octavia Spencer), a bickering duo of a cynical ostrich (The Big Sick’s Kumail Nanjiani) and an upbeat polar bear (John CenaBumblebee) and a headstrong parrot (Oscar® winner Emma Thompson), who serves as Dolittle’s most trusted advisor and confidante.

The film also stars Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen (The Queen), Oscar® winner Jim Broadbent and Carmen Laniado (FX’s A Christmas Carol) and features additional voice performances from Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard, Frances de la Tour, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, Tom Holland, and Craig Robinson. 


Directed by Academy Award® winner Stephen Gaghan (SyrianaTraffic), Dolittle is produced by Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum under their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films (Alice in WonderlandMaleficent) and Susan Downey (Sherlock Holmes franchise, The Judge) for Team Downey. The screen story is by Thomas Shepherd and the screenplay is by Stephen Gaghan and Dan Gregor (CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) & Doug Mand (CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend). The film is executive produced by Robert Downey Jr., Sarah Bradshaw (The MummyMaleficent) and Zachary Roth (Maleficent: Mistress of Evil).




Dolittle has a great cast for the animal voices including Tom Holland, Emma THompson, Selena Gomez, Ralph Fiennes, John Cena, Rami Malek, Octavia Spencer, Antonio Banderas, and Craig Robinson.  I wasn't sure what to expect with this version of the classic book "The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle" as I've never read it.

It starts at a slow pace and takes a while to pick up.  I am glad I kept my younger five-year-old daughter at home as I don't think it would have kept her attention for the whole film.

The CGI animals were cute; the dragon might be a little scary for younger kids.  Some of the potty-type humor was a bit over the top (animal butts, farts), but for a kids film, I guess that is expected. The major themes of the film are dealing with grief, facing your fears, teamwork, and caring for animals.

Robert Downey Jr. is a great actor, but I found his British accent a little strange.  {Maybe because it felt like Iron Man was trying to be British.}   

Dolittle has some enjoyable moments, is pretty family-friendly,  has some good messages, and may get your kids interested in reading the book.  For adults, it may be something you'd want to skip and see on DVD, but kids may find it more enjoyable if they haven't seen previous versions.  (My nine-year-old hasn't seen any other versions and really enjoyed it)

Tuesday #Giveaway Linky 1/14

1/14/20
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The week is rolling right along! 

Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.


So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways on  Tuesday's Giveaway Link Ups. 

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Make sure you stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

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