Back in June, I had a chance to get a very early look at Disney's QUEEN OF KATWE, having attended one of the first press screenings during a visit to Burbank. Based on the true story of Ugandan Chess champion Phiona Mutesi, the film is a worthy one - especially for families - in teaching kids that it is possible to achieve seeming impossible goals no matter where you come from. Disney and ESPN Films have issued some new previews and featurettes, all of which can be seen in the player below. Stay tuned, as I'll be sharing more on this one, along with a formal review prior to its big-screen opening, September 23, 2016. Get pre-sale tickets now via Fandango.
It's been pretty-much determined that it was Disney•Pixar's CARS that inspired the love of vehicles that both of The Rock Daughters™ share with daddy here at Rock Father HQ. It started with Addie fairly early into things, an interest that spread to little sister Finn - who just may be the more octane-inclined at this point. Regardless of who has the bigger "need for speed," our daughters have a collection of Hot Wheels, Matchbox and CARS vehicles that has already eclipsed that of my own youth, and these girls are just 4 & 7. One common thread is that all of those brands are produced by Mattel, and something that came to us recently through Mattel's Play, Rate & Review program is the Disney•Pixar CARS Piston Cup Collection - an 11-car box set of fan favorite vehicles from the famed Piston Cup Championship.
The Orchard and Regal Cinemas are proud to announce an exciting collaboration to bring the award-winning documentary, LIFE, ANIMATED, to 30 cities around the country on August 27, 2016. This special one-day national screening date is part of Regal’s My Way Matinee screening series, featuring a sensory friendly screening environment to support those on the autism spectrum and their families.
Last weekend, a very special thing happened in Indiana, with the opening of DOC McSTUFFINS: The Exhibit at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. The bilingual (English/Spanish) interactive exhibit transports kids and families into Doc's iconic backyard clinic and the McStuffins Toy Hospital. There, young visitors go on a "feel better adventure" as they become "doctors in training," don a white coat and toy stethoscope, "scrub in" (learning the importance of washing hands to avoid germs), report to an "operating room" where they can fix seams on a toy bear, assist in an "operation" on a toy dragon robot, and use Doc's tools including a toy otoscope, stethoscope, thermometer and blood pressure cuff to give a checkup to their own toys. Open now through January, the exhibit will hit the road in 2017 to visit other Children's Museums around the country, and the folks at Disney Junior have sent over a new featurette on what families can expect to find when they enter the world of McStuffinsville...
1977's PETE'S DRAGON is one of my wife's favorite films, so when it comes to David Lowery's live-action reimagining, she's been apprehensive as the release date has approached. Now that the film is in theaters, we'll be able to check it out this week and see how it compares against the original, which I've long-felt was ripe for a remake. Since it's release date, my friends at Disney have served-up an assortment of Free Printables from PETE'S DRAGON, including an Educational Activity Packet created alongside the team at Disneynature. Get all of them right here, then check out the latest clips from the film below... along with a special How-to video starring Bryce Dallas Howard, who is probably less-known for her baking skills when compared to her acting chops.
Tonight during the Olympics coverage on NBC, the world got their first look at the latest trailer for Lucasfilm's ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY. Directed by Gareth Edwards (GODZILLA), this is the first live-action feature to take place outside of the "episodic" STAR WARS Saga since the made-for-TV Ewok movies of the 1980s, and a very different type of STAR WARS film. This is the tale of the Rebel Alliance and their small band of fighters mentioned in the opening crawl of 1977's STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE, the ones who must steal the plans to The Empire's dreaded new super-weapon, The Death Star.