More great Pixar films to watch and… a special bonus Pixar surprise.

image courtesy of amazon.comThe Pixar theme continues! Here are more Pixar DVD choices to watch over the school holidays and a special bonus Pixar surprise that shows why you must go down to your local theatre and see Finding Dory!

 

 

Toy Story, 2 and 3.

image courtesy of amazon.comToy Story was the first Pixar film ever released and changed the world of animation films forever.

These films are timeless classics that takes you on a journey into the world of the secret life of toys. Join Buzz, Woody, Jessie and lots of amazing toys that unexpectedly embark on adventures that challenge and change them. These films are full of excitement, adventure and will change the way you think of toys.

 

image courtesy of amazon.comA Bug’s Life.

Life is not easy, especially if you are a bug. An inventive ant named Flik hires ‘warrior bugs’ to defend his colony from a horde of freeloading grasshoppers, led by Hooper. But when Flik’s cavalry turns out to be a ragtag group of circus performers, the stage is set for comic confusion …as well as unlikely heroes.

 

image courtesy of amazon.comMonsters Inc.

In the world behind our closet doors, monsters like Mike and Sulley work hard for their income. To be exact, the monster world depends on our children’s screams: It is their energy that makes lightbulbs glow and cars drive. Big companies like Monsters, Inc. collect the scream energy, and many monsters work there in shifts. In these times, it is getting harder and harder to shock the kids properly, since they’re so spoiled by television, so that there’s an energy shortage in the monster world. Sulley, the number one frightener, one day accidentally lets a human child into the monster world. Since kids are supposed to be poisonous and carry loads of diseases, pandemonium ensues. After Mike and Sulley discover that the girl they named Boo actually seems quite harmless, they decide to bring her back through her door into her room. But Boo’s presence is more than just a mere accident. Now, Mike and Sulley have to face an enemy within their own ranks.

 

image courtesy of amazon.comMonsters University.

Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. Monsters University unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.

 
image courtesy of amazon.comBrave.

One of my favourite Pixar films and a tribute to my Scottish ancestry. When chaos is unleashed in the kingdom as a result of Princess Merida’s actions, she must harness all of her skills and resources to break the beastly curse before it’s too late, mend bonds “torn by pride”  and discover the meaning of true bravery. If you’re not convinced that this DVD is worth watching, have a read of my review here.

 

 

 

Special Pixar bonus: (Drum roll please….)

Movie review of Finding Dory

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Last weekend I went to see Finding Dory at the movies and it is in a word, FANTASTIC! Finding Dory reunites the friendly but forgetful blue tang fish, Dory, along with her friends, Marlin and Nemo on an epic quest to find Dory’s family. The questions that hangs on everyone’s lips are what does she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak whale? Favourite moments in the film include Dory as a baby – Boy, she’s adorable!, Marlin and Nemo’s encounter with the seals, Still can’t get the ‘OFFOFFOFFOFF’ aka the seal talk out of my head, Dory making new friends with Hank, an octopus with seven tentacles and who, for a guy with three hearts is very bad tempered, Dory reuniting with her childhood friend, Destiny and the odd cameo of previous characters from Finding Nemo. Overall, I loved the film! It will make you laugh, it will make you cry and it will make you want to watch it over and over again. It is truly unforgettable.

A well deserved 9/10.

 

Also check out footage of Baby Dory and the Pixar short film, Piper that was released alongside and screens before Finding Dory.

Children’s DVD Review: Oliver and Company

Looking for a Walt Disney classic of all time? Check out the latest DVD that has been added to the Children’s movie collection: Oliver and Company.

image courtesy of syndeticsI loved this movie when I was a kid, which was released in 1988/89. Nearly thirty years later and on DVD, I love it more as an adult, and especially as a proud fur parent of two cats.

Based on the novel Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens, Oliver, the orphaned kitten, is befriended by Dodger, the cool mutt from a New York pack of pickpocked pooches.

Soon, Oliver is lovingly adopted by Jenny, a lonely little rich girl, until tough-guy Sykes and his Doberman sidekicks try to keep Jenny and Oliver apart. Now it’s up to Oliver, Dodger, and all his colourful, street-smart canine pals to outwit the villains and rescue the girl.

Overall , Disney’s wonderfully charming classic “Oliver and Company” is one of the most best animated films you’ll ever see.

It has a fantastic cast, not to mention musical numbers from music icons such as Billy Joel, Bette Midler and Huey Lewis – very popular artists in the 1980s and 1990s – and from your parents’/grandparents’ generation.

This is a film for all the Walt Disney and feline lovers out there.

A well deserved 8/10.

5 Pixar Movies to watch these school holidays

Just in time for the wintery-est of school holidays. With the release of Finding Dory, produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures, why not go down to your local library and check out some other DVDs released by the same companies:

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Finding Nemo (2003)

Go back to where it all began where Marlin goes on an epic quest from the great barrier reef to Sydney in order to find and save his son, Nemo, while meeting and encountering new friends on the way such as surfer turtles that live to 150 years old, vegetarian sharks who have regular meetings and of course, Dory herself!, a good-hearted and optimistic regal blue tang with short-term memory loss.

 

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The Incredibles (2004)

Looking for a DVD where action, Superheroes and Disney are combined? Look no further, Check out The Incredibles, a movie that follows a family of superheroes who are forced to hide their powers and live a quiet suburban life. Mr. Incredible’s desire to help people draws the entire family into a battle with a villain and his killer robot.

 

 

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Cars (2006)

A hot-shot race-car named Lightning McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family. This is a movies that boys will enjoy, especially boys into cars and formula one racing.

 

 

 

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WALL-E (2008)

In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot named WALL-E, inadvertently embarks on a space journey, to reunite with new found friend, fellow robot named EVE, that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

 

 

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Up (2009)

Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway named Russell. This is the movie that came up with sayings and references such as ‘Adventure is out there!”, “the cone of shame.”, and where Kevin can be a girl’s name and Dogs can talk, not meaning woof, woof but actual words like: “My name is Dug. I have just met you, and I love you.”

Competition time!

DOI2016-character-logo_colWant to win tickets to Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival?

This amazing show is on at the TSB Arena at the end of July, and we have 5 prize packs consisting of 4 A-Reserve tickets to the opening night show to give away.

To enter the competition print or collect a colouring in competition page from your local library, and hand it back in before Friday 8th July.

To find out more about the competition and show, head over to the information page.

Enjoy a cosy family film night with a Disney classic

Sick of the cold weather? Snuggle up on the couch with one of these classic Disney flicks!

The Princess and the FrogThe Princess and the Frog (2009) rated PG

Discover what really happened after the princess kissed the frog! Enter Tiana’s world of talking frogs, singing alligators and lovesick fireflies as she embarks on an incredible journey through the mystical bayous of Louisiana. Spurred on by a little courage and a great big dream, these new friends come to realise what’s truly important in life.

 

The Lion King (1994) rated GThe Lion King

Simba is a lion cub who dreams of succeeding his father and becoming king of the Pride Lands. But tricked into thinking he is responsible for King Mufasa’s death, Simba runs away, leaving his cruel uncle Scar in charge. As he grows up, and with some good advice from his jungle friends, Simba realises he has to return to the Pride Lands. But will Simba be able to defeat Scar and take his rightful place on Pride Rock?

 

TangledTangled (2010) rated PG

When the kingdom’s most wanted (and most charming) bandit hides in a mysterious tower, the last thing he expects to find is Rapunzel, a spirited young woman with 20 meters of magical golden hair. Together, the unlikely duo sets off on a fantastic journey filled with unexpected heroes and lots of laughter!

 

Hercules (1997) rated GHercules

Bestowed with superhuman strength, a young mortal names Hercules sets out to prove himself a hero to his father, the great god Zeus. Tricked by Hades, the evil god of the underworld, Hercules is forced to choose between his legendary strength and his one true love, but in the process learns that it is the strength of your heart that matters most.

 

The Little MermaidThe Little Mermaid (1989) rated G

Ariel is a fun-loving and mischievous mermaid who loves all things human, including Prince Eric, the man of her dreams. Determined to become human, she makes a deal with the sea witch and trades her fins and beautiful voice for legs. With her best friends by her side, Ariel must win the prince’s love and save her father’s kingdom before it’s too late.

 

 

Top 10 Childrens comics March 2016

=^^= The feline world meets the animated in this month’s leader board, featuring Garfield and Chi’s Sweet Home. Garfield is famous for translating our needs for sleep-ins and delicious food, thanks to the talents of Jim Davis.  Davis grew up on a farm in Indiana, USA with 25 cats!. New Writers and other illustrators now help to keep the whole shebang rolling on.  Did you know that Garfield has a world record for being the most syndicated cartoon ever?!

1. Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz
2. Big Nate, by Lincoln Peirce
3. Pokémon, by Hidenori Kusaka
4. Garfield, by Jim Davis and Mark Evanier
5. Asterix, by Goscinny and Udzero
6. Adventure time, by Ryan North
7. Amulet, by Kazu Kibuishi
8. Chi’s sweet home, by Kanata Konmai
9. My little pony, by Ted Anderson
10. Uncle $crooge and Donald Duck, by Don Rosa

Movie Review: Inside Out.

A very funny interpretation of what happens in the human mind when emotions set in.

Produced by Pixar and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Inside Out is set in the mind of a young girl, Riley Andersen (Kaitlyn Dias), where five personified emotions—Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), and Disgust (Mindy Kaling)—try to lead her through life as her parents (Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan) move the family to a new city.

Overall this is a cute movie that provides a very funny interpretation of what happens in the human mind when emotions set in, what roles each our emotions play in our personalities, how we communicate and form relationships with people.

Some very funny moments in the film, especially when Anger loses his temper, Disgust’s sarcastic and cynical behaviour and finding what role Sadness plays in our lives (Spoiler: Very important role).

Rating: 8/10

For a sneak peek of Inside Out, check out the trailer here.

Top 10 Children’s non-fiction October 2015

The magnetic allure of Minecraft has infected the Top 10 this month, it’s claimed half of the leader board! The gaming and computer and technology resources in the children’s areas are being matched with maker kits.  The Lego and mechano can take a while to build so treat yourself to some project time at the library.  Coming in at number 10, Ninjago fans are using their ninja skills to scale to popularity heights, where will they be next month?

1.   Minecraft by Stephanie Milton
2.   Minecraft  by Nick Farwell
3.   Minecraft hacks master builder by Megan Miller
4.   Minecraft by Matthew Needler
5.   The LEGO ideas book by Daniel Lipkowitz
6.   Minecraft blockopedia by Alex Wiltshire
7.   Star Wars character encyclopedia by Simon Beecroft
8.   Star Wars by David West Reynolds
9.   Frozen by Julie Ferris
10. Secret world of the Ninja by Beth Landis Hester

3 new children’s fiction: Superhero and Lego Madness

We know you can’t get enough of Star Wars, Lego, and Star Wars Lego. So here’s some new books for you to get your hands on. They’re bound to be popular, so you might have to reserve them and wait your turn.

Big Hero 6 : the essential guide.

Seen the movie? Time to experience the high tech super hero excitement of Disney’s Big Hero 6 in this amazing guide. You will get to explore the futuristic streets of San Fransokyo, and learn all about Hiro’s amazing allies, as the team undertakes a quest to stop the evil plans of a mysterious villain.

 

 

 

LEGO Ninjago, masters of Spinjitzu: Secret world of the Ninja.

Enter the world of Lego Ninjago and discover the secrets of the ninja. A book for only the bravest warriors who have what it takes to complete this epic journey.

 

 

 

 

LEGO Star Wars character encyclopedia.

Discover a galaxy of Lego Star Wars mini figures in this fully updated and expanded guide. Meet all your favourites from the movie saga, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, and find out fascinating facts about rare and exclusive releases. A must have read for all Lego and Star Wars fans,