Winnie the Pooh is a very important character around these parts. Sure, my wife and I grew up on the famous stories from A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard, but there's also a connection that's a little more recent. Back in August of 2009, we were living in a one-bedroom apartment in northern Illinois when the birth of our first daughter took place on the exact date of our 10th wedding anniversary. That bedroom was unusually spacious, the same length as our living room and kitchen combined, and thus it became half-nursery, with the decor themed as "Classic Pooh." Nine months later, we bought the house that would become "Rock Father HQ," and soon after little Addie would discover a particular depiction of that silly little bear in the form of a stuffed animal that I'd bought for my wife many years before... Poopsie Bear. Nine years later, we have two daughters who love the stories from the Hundred Acre Wood, but it's still Addie who's been enchanted by them. Poopsie is still her most prized possession and companion, and above her bed hangs one reminder of that nursery in the apartment where it all began: a picture of Piglet and Pooh. This is why my next adventure in Los Angeles is so special, and why walking the red carpet at the World Premiere of Disney's Christopher Robin is something that I'd quietly hoped for since the film was first announced.
This week, I will embark on my latest adventure with The Walt Disney Company - my 10th trip on Mickey's dime (disclosure and all) - as part of a that will work on promotion for the theatrical launch of Christopher Robin (#ChristopherRobinEvent), along with the in-home release of Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War (#InfintyWarBluRay) while gearing-up for the November release of Ralph Breaks the Internet (#RalphBreaksTheInternetEvent), the 57th feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios!
One of my favorite places in the world is Legends Plaza on the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank, California. The first time I visited the studio lot, I had my picture taken right next to the famous "Partners" statue by sculptor Blaine Gibson. There are five versions of the statue, and visitors to Disney Parks know it well - a perfect vision of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse, looking proudly in the distance, perhaps at what's been accomplished, but more intriguingly at what is yet to come. When I saw the latest catalog for Hallmark's Keepsake Ornaments (a tradition in our family) ahead of the annual July release, many items caught my eye, but one stood out - a version of "Partners" set for release this fall.
Mattel's Hot Wheels Pop Culture Assortment is an ever-changing collection of vehicles that feature artwork inspired by many fandoms and interests. Unlike the Character Cars, which take design cues for body styles from actual characters, these are traditional, yet highly-detailed vehicles that are emblazoned with colorful art - think along the lines of those custom 70s vans that used their panels as a canvas. For the latest series, it's all about the Wonderful World of Disney, specifically some classic animated films from Walt Disney Animation Studios. The Jungle Book, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia, 101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan are all being paid tribute with the latest assortment. Check 'em out below!
The world of Alexa is still somewhat foreign to me as our family does not yet have an Alexa enabled device. For those that do, however, there's some fun new content - particularly if you have kids who are Disney fans. Launched this week, Disney Dailies is a new kids skill for FreeTime Unlimited on Alexa with jokes, fun facts, and all-new sketches set in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ award-winning film Zootopia. Disney Dailies delivers new content every day, building an amazing collection of voice-enabled experiences. Kids will hear knee-slapping jokes with Mickey Mouse and Daisy Duck, learn brain-teasing fun facts that intertwine Disney stories with science, art, and history, and will be treated to a huge suite of all-new sketches and stories that show kids “What’s up?” with their favorite characters. But that's not all...
The were missing during the events of Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War, but in this new featurette for Ant-Man & The Wasp, Marvel's Kevin Feige confirms speculation that Ant-Man and the Wasp will be very important to the upcoming Avengers 4. In fact, he lays it right out in stating that the film "connects directly to Avengers 4." So who is the Wasp? Get a brief history lesson below!
When I think about grandparents, my immediate line of thought is that our kids don't spend enough time with theirs - particularly my own parents. The barrier for us is distance, but for some families there's other things at play, language being one example. In the new book, Drawn Together, author Minh Lê and Caldecott-winning illustrator Dan Santat join forces to tell a heartwarming story of a grandfather and his grandson as they learn to overcome their language barrier through a shared love of art and storytelling. In the spirit of inspiring others, Disney-Hyperion and The Rock Father™ have teamed-up to offer you a chance to win a hardcover copy of Drawn Together along with a Melissa & Doug Standing Easel. Check out a preview of the book below...