Saturday, December 6, 2014

Dolphin Tale 2 Review

Disclosure: I received a copy of the movie to review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own and are my honest opinion of the movie.


Last weekend for family movie night, we decided to watch "Dolphin Tale 2". We enjoyed the original "Dolphin Tale" so we were interested in finding out how Winter's story continues. In case you have not seen the first movie let me just share a few details. The first movie is about a bottlenose dolphin named Winter and a boy named Sawyer. When Winter's tail is caught in a crab trap, Sawyer calls for help and comforts the dolphin until the Clearwater Marine Hospital is able to rescue her. When Winter's tail needs to be amputated, Sawyer comes up with the idea of having a prosthetic tail created for her to help her swim correctly. 

In this sequel, the team at Clearwater Marine Aquarium has a new challenge to overcome when Winter loses her surrogate mother. Not only are they concerned about Winter as she grieves, but regulations require dolphins to be paired. With the possibility that Winter might have to be moved, they hope that they might find a companion for Winter before time runs out. 

I love watching movies based on true events and "Dolphin Tale 2" met my expectations. It was both entertaining and family friendly. I also liked the fact that at the end of the movie actual footage was shown of some of the events seen in the movie. 

"Dolphin Tale 2" arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on December 9 from Warner Bros Home Entertainment and would make a great family-friendly movie to give at Christmas.



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated The Complete Season Two Review

Disclosure: I received a copy of the DVD to review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own and are my honest opinion of the DVD. 

The Mystery Inc. crew is on the run again in this spooky second season of the hit Cartoon Network series! Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Daphne, Fred and Velma are off on more outlandish adventures as the super-sleuths race to outwit everything from creepy clowns, to aliens, to an evil entity determined to destroy the world! The darkest secrets of their hometown of Crystal Cove, the "Most Hauntedest Place on Earth" are about to come to light, but will finally solving this mystery mean the end for Scooby-Doo and the Gang? Fans will want to bring this frighteningly fun collection home so the whole family can find out! 



My thoughts: If you are a Scooby-Doo fan, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated The Complete Season Two DVD featuring 26 episodes may be for you.  One thing that I loved about season one and now season two of this new Scooby-Doo series is that there is an underlying storyline that connects all of the episodes. At the end of season one, the gang has separated, so season two starts out with reuniting the gang. Although I have only watched about half of the season, each episode makes me want to watch the next. I can't wait to see how the overall storyline ends!

With the holidays right around the corner, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated The Complete Season Two DVD would make a great gift for any Scooby-Doo fan.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy Review

Disclosure: I received a copy of the movie to review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own and are my honest opinion of the movie.



Scooby-Doo and those "meddling kids," Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma are back! In this spooky adventure, Velma discovers she's inherited her great-great-uncle Dr. Von Dinkenstein's cursed castle in the terrifying town of Transylvania...Pennsylvania, that is. Just when the Gang persuades Velma to claim her inheritance, the ghost of Dinkenstein Castle blows up the Mystery Machine as a warning to the group that each of them will lose what is most dear to them if they continue to pursue the mystery of the castle. Now the gang must spring into action to solve the mystery while also dealing with the threats from Dinkenstein's ghost. Can Fred work without his precious Mystery Machine? What happens to Daphne when she loses her good looks? And how will Scooby and Shaggy ever work without their appetites? More importantly, what family secret has Velma been hiding all along?



Our thoughts:  A few days ago, I made popcorn and then cuddled up on the couch with my boys to watch Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy. My boys had already watched it once, but were pretty good at not giving away any clues so that I could guess who the villain might be. The first time they watched it, they thought it was good but a little creepy. As I watched the movie with them, I definitely became interested in the storyline. One of my favorite parts of the movie was watching Scooby and Shaggy take on different personalities. Instead of being scared of monsters and hungry all of the time, they became courageous and actually turned down food. I kept wondering what happened to cause them to act that way and of course I was enlightened at the end of the movie of the reason.

Throughout the movie it does appear to the gang that the curse is real and they are each losing what is important to them. Fred loses the Mystery Machine, Daphne loses her good looks, and Shaggy and Scooby lose their appetite. Despite losing what seems important to them, they are able to still work together and solve the mystery. I liked it at the end when Velma states they could not lose what is most dear to them, because it is their friendship that is most important.

The Blu-ray® combo pack and the DVD will be available on August 19 and would make a great family-friendly movie for Halloween.

Monday, June 30, 2014

This Is America, Charlie Brown DVD Review

Disclosure: I received a copy of the DVD to review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own and are my honest opinion of the DVD.

Growing up I loved learning about American history. Often my parents would take us to visit historical places for our family vacation such as Washington DC, Boston, Salem, Williamsburg, Gettysburg, and Plymouth. I look forward to the day when my boys are older and I can visit some of these same places with them. Since I love American history, I was excited to be able to review This is America, Charlie Brown, which was released on DVD on June 17th. I thought this would be a great way to introduce my boys to some of the important events in the course of American history. Here is the synopsis of the DVD as well as the featured specials:

From the voyage of the Mayflower to the bold exploration of outer space, join the Peanuts gang as they take viewers on a journey through American history! Groove along with Charlie Brown and Snoopy as they discover the beginnings of jazz and ragtime music, cleverly accompanied by Lucy's speech about American heroes. Soar with the Wright brothers, blast into orbit on the NASA space station, and create some of the world's most influential inventions alongside such greats as Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford! So all aboard the transcontinental railroad with Peanuts because This is America, Charlie Brown!

Featured Specials:
  • The Mayflower Voyagers - The Peanuts become pilgrims sailing to the New World aboard the Mayflower and endure the first hard winter on Plymouth Plantation.
  • The Birth of the Constitution - Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang is present when the country's founding fathers discuss putting together the constitution.
  • The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk - Linus and Charlie Brown witness the Wright brothers' first flight.
  • The NASA Space Station - Linus dreams that he and the rest of the Peanuts gang travel into space.
  • The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad - Charlie Brown discusses how the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads link to create the transcontinental railroad.
  • The Great Inventors - Each member of the Peanuts gang reports on various American inventions. Linus discusses Alexander Graham Bell while Peppermint Patty and Marcie talk about Thomas Edison, and Charlie Brown writes a report on the invention of the automobile.
  • The Smithsonian and the Presidency-Viewers experience meeting U.S. presidents as seen through the eyes of the Peanuts gang. Charlie Brown visits with Abraham Lincoln. The gang also meets Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • The Music and Heroes of America - Snoopy wants to participate in Schroeder's report on music in America. Everyone in the gang plays a different musical instrument while we hear such classics as "Alexander's Ragtime Band" and "Yankee Doodle." This special plays homage to such celebrated composers as John Philip Sousa, Irving Berlin, George Cohan, Scott Joplin and others. Also featured is Lucy's report on the heroes of America, which include Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Helen Keller, Martin Luther King Jr, Jonas Salk and others.
My thoughts: As a young girl, I remember watching Charlie Brown's holiday specials at both Halloween and Christmas. I have come to realize over the past few years that there were many more Charlie Brown specials that I have not seen, including the ones listed above. I enjoyed sitting down with my boys and watching these specials with them. My favorite was The Mayflower Voyagers, which sparked a discussion with my boys about how hard life must have been for those voyagers both on the boat as well as their first winter in Plymouth. We discussed the drastic differences between the life of a child then and now. For my oldest son, The NASA Space Station was one of his favorites. This was not a surprise since he loves learning about the Solar System. 

This is America, Charlie Brown kept my boys' interest and provided them with a little background on our country's history. While this DVD could be watched anytime of the year, I can see my family sitting down and watching it at Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July. So if you are a fan of the Peanuts gang, I would definitely recommend this DVD. 



Thursday, May 15, 2014

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day: 20% off Mrs. Fields



Today is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day and Mrs. Fields is celebrating with Angry Birds Cookie Cakes and Milk-&-Cookie Boxes. My boys love both cookies and Angry Birds so these would be a big hit with them. As a sweet treat, they are also offering 20% off from now until May 20 with the promo code: NCCCD. So if you need an excuse to indulge in a chocolate chip cookie, this is the perfect opportunity!

 
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