Wreck-It Ralph Movie

The movie Wreck-It Ralph came out yesterday and I have to tell you, it was awesome. I’m usually not one to love kid’s movies, but I love love loved Wreck-It Ralph.  My son loved it too. We were lucky to be invited to a preview of the movie about a week ago. I surprised my 7-year old son and took him after his soccer practice one night. I knew that he had seen several previews of the movie and was dying to see it.

Wreck-It Ralph

I have to admit, after seeing one of the previews for the movie, I secretly wanted to see Wreck-It Ralph also. It reminded me of the 80’s when I was a huge video gamer. I liked the simpler times with Pac Man, Frogger, and everything else on my Atari system. These games nowadays are so involved and confusing for me, ok maybe I’m getting old, but I know some people will understand.

My son is a huge gamer himself. Honestly, I think video gaming is in his DNA. My husband is a gamer also. I was totally bummed that the husband didn’t go with us, because he would have loved the movie also. My son promptly sat down with his popcorn and his 3-D glasses and waited for the movie to begin.

Before Wreck-It Ralph started, we were shown a short animation feature from Disney called “Paperman”.  This animated feature was a groundbreaking hybrid approach using computer-generated animation with hand drawn techniques.

Using a minimalist black-and-white style, the short follows the story of a lonely young man (George) in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman (Meg) on his morning commute. Convinced that the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him.

I loved Paperman as it was super sweet and the graphics/hand drawn designs were amazing.  It was great to see hand drawn animation on the big screen. There are some super talented artists out there. Thankfully, computers haven’t taken over the world just quite yet.

My son and I both give “Wreck-It Ralph” thumbs up! I loved all of the characters and thought they were great with having characters that boys and girls would connect with.  There is something for the entire family in this movie.  My son could not stop talking about the movie for several days after seeing it. He went to school the next day and told everyone about it. I think everyone was confused because the movie had not come out yet. I told several other parents that we saw a preview of the movie the night prior, and it is a must-see, especially for people who love video games.

A little synopsis of Wreck-It Ralph:

From Walt Disney Animation Studios and Emmy®-winning director Rich Moore comes “Wreck-It Ralph,” a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping adventure. For decades, Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) has been overshadowed by Fix-It Felix, Jr. (voice of Jack McBrayer), the good-guy star of their game who always gets to save the day. Tired of playing the role of a bad guy, Ralph takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a journey across the arcade through multiple generations of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero.

On his quest, Ralph meets tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Jane Lynch) from the first-person action game Hero’s Duty, and feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) from the candy-coated cart-racing game Sugar Rush, who may just be his first real friend. But everything changes when a deadly enemy is unleashed, threatening the entire arcade and Vanellope herself. Ralph finally gets his chance to save the day—but can he do it in time? “Wreck-It Ralph” crashes onto the big screen on November 2, 2012, in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.

I think Wreck-It Ralph will be a huge hit in the theaters and I think I need to see it again. I know that my husband will appreciate it, especially with all of the 1980’s video game references.  You know, the 80’s, when I was actually good at video games.

Wreck-It Ralph Coloring Page

For some FREE Printable Wreck-It Ralph coloring pages, please click on the link below:

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 “Follow” WRECK-IT RALPH on Twitter: https://twitter.com/wreckitralph

 Visit the official site: www.disney.com/wreckitralph

Disclosure: My son and I were invited to a media preview of Wreck-It Ralph. We were given free tickets. All opinions and thoughts are mine. Graphics and printables provided via Disney.

Disneynature’s Chimpanzee Premiere

Last Sunday, I had the opportunity to attend a premiere of Disneynature’s newest movie, Chimpanzee.  I invited my BFF, Stacey, and her daughter, Stella to go along.  Of course, I brought Angry Kid also.  The movie was being shown at the historic El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.  This was the first time that I have been to El Capitan.  We have so many cool places to visit in California, and there are tons that I haven’t been too.

Stacey and I kept the movie premiere from Stella as a secret.  She has been counting down until April 20th, when the movie opens everywhere.  On the way there, we let Angry Kid tell Stella where we were going.  I don’t think that Stella believed us when we told her at first.

Disneynature Chimpanzee PremiereThe kids got to be celebrities for the day.  Look at how cute they are in front of the movie posters.  After taking these pictures, we grabbed our snacks and headed for our seats.  When we got there, Stacey was really smart and asked one of the ushers where the best seats were.  The usher told us that the best view was from the balcony area, so up the stairs we went.  The view of the movie screen was awesome!

What is the movie “Chimpanzee” about?

From Disneynature:

Disneynature takes moviegoers deep into the forests of Africa with “Chimpanzee,” a new True Life Adventure introducing an adorable young chimpanzee named Oscar and his entertaining approach to life in a remarkable story of family bonds and individual triumph. Directed by Alastair Fothergill (“African Cats” and “Earth”) and Mark Linfield (“Earth”), and narrated by Tim Allen (“Toy Story 3,” ABC’s “Last Man Standing”), “Chimpanzee” is the fourth release for Disneynature—the first three releases under the label (“Earth,” “Oceans” and “African Cats”) are among the top four highest grossing feature-length nature films of all time.

“Chimpanzee” showcases Oscar’s playful curiosity, his zest for discovery and the intelligence and ingenuity of some of the most extraordinary personalities in the animal kingdom. Working together, Oscar’s chimpanzee family—including his mom, Isha, and the group’s savvy leader, Freddy—navigates the complex territory of the forest.

The world is a playground for little Oscar and his fellow young chimpanzees, who’d rather make mayhem than join their parents for an afternoon nap. But when Oscar’s family is confronted by a rival band of chimpanzees, he is left to fend for himself until a surprising ally steps in and changes his life forever.

The movie was amazing. Both of the kids loved it. Angry Kid was telling everyone about it at school on Monday. He told me that his favorite part was when “Oscar was learning to break about the nutshells, and he used a wood branch and it broke.” Angry Kid thought that particular scene was sooo hilarious. If you see the movie, you will totally know what he meant.  Apparently one of the little girls at school did not believe Stella when she said that she saw the movie already.  Stacey took her iPhone and showed the little girl today.

I loved the cinematography.  The colors were so bright and vivid.  I felt like I was right there in the middle of the jungle. The narration by Tim Allen was spot on. His seriousness along with humor made it understandable for the kids, and relatable for the adults also.

I was researching the making of the movie, and found some “fun facts” that as an adult, I was amazed.

  • More than 700 days of filming was done for the movie
  • Getting to the Tai Forest took more than two days for the crew
  • The film team had 550 pounds of food, which had to last for 3 months in the forest
  • On a typical day, each crew member carried over 40 pounds of weight around, including cameras, lenses, and bottled water
  • The crew had stay 23 feet away from the Chimpanzees

After viewing the movie, we went downstairs and immediately ran into some of the cast members from The Disney Channel Shows.  Angry Kid watches a ton of these shows, and I was amazed at how many of the actors that he knew about.  He actually knew that real names, and their character names.  They weren’t allowing large cameras, so I used my iPhone to take a picture of the kids with Cameron Boyce who plays “Luke” on Jessie.  The picture is a bit grainy because it was so dark in there.  Seriously, it was kinda cute to see the kids so starstruck.  The celebrity kids were super nice and polite too.

Stella, Cameron Boyce who plays "Luke" on Jessie, and Angry Kid at #chimpanzee today.

Some Chimpanzee Downloads, that I received via Disneynature:

(Click on the links to download the pdf files)

Chimpanzee Activities for Kids

Chimpanzee, An Educator’s Guide


For every moviegoer who sees “Chimpanzee” during the film’s opening week (April 20-26, 2012), Disneynature will make a donation to the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to protect chimpanzees today and tomorrow. Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute continues Dr. Goodall’s pioneering research on chimpanzee behavior started more than 50 years ago—research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian program for youth of all ages, which has groups in more than 120 countries. To learn more about JGI, please visit www.janegoodall.org.

Chimpanzee swings into theaters on April 20th, 2012, just in time for Earth Day!

Disclosure: I received free tickets for the viewing of the movie, Chimpanzee.  I received a press release and downloadable files from Disneynature in reference to the movie, “Chimpanzee”.  All thoughts and opinions are mine.  Even the cheesy grainy pictures are mine.  I had my DSLR with me, but I did not want to get mistaken for the evil paparazzi.

Wordless Wednesday and a New Meme

Trees at Downtown Disney, California

I know that this post is supposed to be Wordless. But I have some words to say this week. This will be my last official “Wordless Wednesday Disney”.  We go to Disneyland and California Adventure often. I will post pictures when we go.  But I’m starting a new weekly meme.  I see so many people doing “Wordless Wednesdays” on the Interwebz.  I have some places that I link up to, but I want to provide a place for everywhere else to link.

So starting next Wednesday, January 6, 2010, I will have a linky up! Feel free to post on my linky.  We can all link up to each other.  I’m going to try and get a button made for this.  Will this have a theme? I’m thinking, a photo from the past week. So this week, take pictures, well how bout’ every week, take pictures. And post one of your favorite pictures of the week next week! I will post a reminder about it, earlier in the week! I can’t wait. I hope to do this all year!

Wordless Wednesday: Disney on Ice

Disney on Ice

Wordless Wednesday: Sleeping Beauty’s Castle @ Disneyland


Wordless Wednesday: Disneyland Railroad

Merry SITSmas!!!

Happy Holidays
You probably thought you were going to see the “real” Angry Family Holiday Card here. Yea, not so much. I’m so behind with all this Holiday stuff. Can you believe we have not decorated anything? No lights, no tree…. But I have done some shopping. I can always shop.

It’s been an awesome year, blogging-wise. I’ve made so many great connections. But after doing this “blogging” for two and half years, I’ve realized something. You cannot do it alone. It really takes a village. Blogging is about community. I think to be somewhat successful, you need community to interact with. I’ve found so many great blogs, and people throughout my many communities that I participate in. I’ve been participating in SITS for small while now, but have made so many connections through their site.

Have you heard of SITS aka The Secret is in The Sauce?

SITS is a group of women bloggers dedicated to supporting one another by leaving comments. Lots and lots of comments. Whether you are new to blogging and looking for blogs to read, or a veteran looking to expand your readership, a mommy blogger or a single gal, SITS is for you!

Happy SITSmas To You!!!

Oh, and the photo above? Taken at Disney Family Media Day last weekend. See my review site for details of that day. Angry Toddler refused to pose with the characters.

Wordless Wednesday: Holidays at Main St. USA