Saturday, August 30, 2014

Making of Frozen Special Airs on Tuesday

Disclaimer: Information in this post was shared with my by Walt Disney Studios. I have not been compensated for sharing this with you.

On Tuesday night (September 3), ABC will be airing a special "The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic" from 8-9p ET. What a great treat after the first day of school! Of course if the kids are too tired from the first day, assuming they can stay up that late). Otherwise, be sure to set your DVR for a treat after the second day of school.

Included in the special will be a sneak peek of the Frozen characters on the 4th season of Once Upon a Time. I am excited for Once Upon a Time to return with the Frozen characters. I have been watching since the beginning and this summer have started to watch the series with my daughter. We are only 2/3 through the first season, so I don't think she'll be caught up in time for the start of the 4th season.

Also included in the Frozen special will be a special sneak peek of Walt Disney Animation Studio's upcoming "Big Hero 6".

P.S. Dont' forget to checkout the Frozen merchandise deals on zulily

Read below for the full announcement on the special:

Hosted by Josh Gad, the Voice of Olaf

All-New Exclusive ABC Special Features Interviews with Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad as well as John Lasseter and the Frozen Filmmaking Team



“The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic” is an all-new, original special in a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Lincoln Square Productions and Walt Disney Animation Studios. The special ventures behind-the-scenes for an exclusive look at the origins and evolution of the Academy Award®-winning film “Frozen,” now the biggest animated feature of all time. A breathtaking and fantastic saga, the special tells the real story of making a modern movie based on a timeless tale that nearly overnight became a cultural touchstone for legions of fans.

“The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic” airs TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Viewers will get a rare look inside Walt Disney Animation Studios and unprecedented access to the creative team that brought “Frozen” to life. Throughout the one-hour special, the audience will hear from “Frozen” stars Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, the directors, songwriters, producer, artists and chief creative officer John Lasseter—the team who dreamed of making a cherished Hans Christian Andersen story into a big-screen animated musical. Viewers will take a journey to the beautiful Norwegian villages and landscapes that inspired the look of the fictional kingdom of Arendelle and see images and footage from the research trips to Norway, Quebec and points beyond that helped create the film’s unforgettable look and feel.

This special will also include some exciting announcements about the next chapter of “Frozen” and a never-before-seen preview of “Frozen” characters Anna, Elsa and Kristoff on an upcoming episode of ABC’s smash-hit “Once Upon a Time.”

The program will culminate in an exclusive sneak peek at the action-packed comedy-adventure “Big Hero 6,” currently in production at Walt Disney Animation Studios –under wraps until now – as the team prepares their next big-screen epic.

“The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic” is hosted by star Josh Gad (voice of Olaf) and features interviews with “Frozen” stars Kristen Bell (voice of Anna) and Idina Menzel (voice of Elsa) as well as Walt Disney Animation Studios’ chief creative officer and “Frozen” executive producer John Lasseter, Academy Award®-winning filmmakers, including directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, producer Peter Del Vecho, and songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. This one-hour special will also feature exclusive insights and commentary from art director Mike Giaimo and talented artists from the art direction, animation and effects teams. The exclusive sneak peek of “Big Hero 6” is presented by the film’s directors, Don Hall and Chris Williams.

“The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic” is produced by Lincoln Square Productions. Jeanmarie Condon is senior executive producer and Rudy Bednar is director of “The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic.”

Click here for an interactive experience:

Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (voice of Josh Gad), Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. The film is directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan,” “Surf’s Up”) and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, “Wreck-It Ralph”), who also wrote the screenplay. It is produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”). Featuring original songs from Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit,” “Winnie the Pooh”) and Tony® winner Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”), and an original score by Christophe Beck (“The Muppets,” Oscar®-winning short “Paperman”), “Frozen” won two Academy Awards® (best animated film and best original song with “Let It Go”) and a Golden Globe® (best animated feature film). It is the fifth highest grossing film of all time and the highest grossing animated film earning more than $1.27 billion globally. Released wide domestically on Nov. 27, 2013, “Frozen” posted the No. 1 industry all-time Thanksgiving debut and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ biggest opening ever. The film’s Feb. 25 digital debut was the biggest digital release (sell-through) ever; it’s Blu-ray/DVD release on March 18 was No. 1 on the Nielsen overall disc charts for eight nonconsecutive weeks. The “Frozen” soundtrack is the top-selling album of 2014 and spent 31 consecutive weeks in the top 5 on the Billboard 200 chart, including 13 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1. It is certified triple Platinum, selling more than 3.2 million units. The “Let It Go” film clip from “Frozen” has been viewed nearly 300 million times on YouTube.

Walt Disney Animation Studios
Combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made. Located in Burbank, WDAS continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, stretching from the first fully-animated feature film, 1937’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” to 2013’s Academy Award®-winning “Frozen,” the biggest animated film of all time. Among the studio’s timeless creations are “Cinderella,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “The Jungle Book,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph.”

Lincoln Square Productions:
Lincoln Square Productions produces original content for broadcast, cable and digital distribution specializing in entertaining ways to tell fact based stories. Clients include ABC Television Group, Scripps Networks, Viacom, Discovery Communications, National Geographic Networks, and more. Lincoln Square Productions is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. The headquarters are located in New York City.

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End of the Season Dog Swims

Do you have pet dogs? Local pools are capping off the season with dog swims.

Buhr Park will have their annual dog swim on Wednesday, September 3 and Thursday, September 4 from 3-8p each day. Your kids are sure to enjoy seeing their pets have a chance at the pool...although with the warm temperatures predicted for the week, they are likely to be jealous. Admission is $6/resident and $7.50/non-resident for the first dog with an additional $3/resident or $3.75/non-resident for a second dog. Rain Dates for the event are September 5 and 6. Reservations can be made by calling 734-794-6234.

Take a picture of your dog enjoying the dog swim for a chance to win a package of ice skating passes for your family. Tag @a2parks on Twitter or @annarborparks on Instagram to enter.

Rolling Hills Water Park will also be offering a Dog Swim on Saturday, September 6. Their event will be broken up by dog size. Dogs under 35 lbs can swim from 10-10:45p, from 35-59lbs can swim from 11-noon, and dogs over 60 lbs will swim from 12:15-1:15p. There is a limit of 2 dogs per person. Check the event announcement for rules and details on registering (available online).

Back to School Tips from Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Disclaimer: I was provided the images, movie information, and clips by Walt Disney Studios to share with my readers. I have not been compensated for sharing, but do receive invitations to Disney movie screenings. All opinions are my own.
The Disney movie Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day will be released in theaters on October 10. Of course as we head Back to School next week, Alexander has some tips for how your child scan avoid a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad School Year.

I have to say, the first tip is a good one. I've made that mistake with my daughter's alarm a few times. Fortunately, we have a couple of years before I have to worry about my daughter texting in class. Fortunately I think the AAPS dinner menus avoid the "Mystery" on the menu. I know a few meals were described differently than in past years and my daughter is hoping they are improved recipes from last year.

The movie synopsis provided by the studio is below:
Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn't had one. “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” directed by Independent Spirit Award-winner Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl,” “Cedar Rapids,” “Youth in Revolt”) from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, is a 21 Laps Entertainment/Jim Henson Company production. The film hits theaters nationwide Oct. 10, 2014.
The latest TV spot for Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is below:

Is now the time that I can Can I confess that I've never read the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day?

Can Someone Explain the Logic of Bag Prohibitions at Sports Events?

Today my family is attending the UM vs. Appalachian State Football game. We bought our tickets through the UM Kids Club at a great price. When I saw the ticket offer, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to attend. They are still offering the deal for other games this season (except Penn State because it is a night game).

When I was selecting a game to attend, I discounted the November 21 game (Ohio State) because of the cold temperatures. The other home games fall during the Rec & Ed soccer season and I didn't know which would conflict with my daughter's soccer games.

However, as I am getting ready to go to the game, I am now seeing the disadvantage of going to an early season game. None of my shorts have pockets and UM prohibits all bags. The last time I went to a game (9 years ago when I was pregnant with my now 8 year old), bags were restricted to a small size. Now, all bags are prohibited. Likewise, many other sporting venues are going this route as well. Ironic that they are making this decision at a time when they profess to wanting to attract more female fans (who typically use bags more than men).

However, I have one big problem with the bag prohibition. It is illogical. The size limit that used to be in place makes much more sense.

Here is why I think the bag prohibition is illogical. Take a look at my purse sitting atop my winter coat:

My purse is smaller than one pocket of the winter coat that I would likely wear to the November 21 game. Yes, my purse fits inside the pocket - I actually had to pull the strap out so you could see it for the picture below:
Yet, there is no problem with the pocket being filled. So for a cold seater game I can bring in 2x what I could in the purse that I'm not allowed to bring in any time?

Fortunately, I have a phone/case wallet that I can use. However, it doesn't hold much - id, 1 credit card, a small amount of cash - a max of 5 bills which sounds like a lot until you break a $20 to buy a $3 item and end up with 4 bills in change. ($10, $5, 2 $1). And I haven't managed to get my ticket in it yet.

Here's hoping the phone case/wallet isn't considered a bag:

Hopefully my husband has cargo shorts pockets that we can put my daughter's iPod in and along with our tickets, her Go Blue Kids Card and printed email to receive her Kids Club t-shirt. I'm seriously contemplating bringing a plastic bag to carry our stuff from the car and then disposing of it before entering the gates. Then, we'll get a bag with her t-shirt to use once inside.

And I haven't even mentioned the fact that they installed 5 water bottle filling stations on the concourse as touted on the Fan Initiatives due to the warm temperatures for the season opener today. Yet water bottles are on the prohibited item list.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Updated: End of Summer Weekend Roundup - Back to School on Tuesday

Update: 5:50p 8/29 - I left a big event for the weekend out of the original version of the weekend roundup. The Saline Fair is ongoing and has been added below. 

I can't believe the kids start back to school on Tuesday. Between camps, vacations, and day trips, we have had a busy summer. My daughter has been enjoying her last day off with some Minecraft, Wii, and is now playing with a friend.

Labor Day Weekend bridges summer activities and the start of the school year. It is the last weekend for most local pools, water parks, splash grounds, and other summer activities. UM Students have already moved in, football season kicks off tomorrow, and local school districts go back to class on Tuesday.

While this weekend is the end of the summer swimming season, I recommend planning for Saturday or Sunday since there is a higher chance of storms for Monday. The weather will be warm so there is no reason not to head to the pool.

The Saline Fair continues all weekend with special Kids Day activities from 11a-4p on Saturday. The fair concludes on Monday when only the rides are open (hours 1-6p). There is no admission on Monday and ride wristbands are only $10.

In planning your Saturday activities, be sure to take into account the Michigan Football game at noon. Leave extra time if you need to drive near the stadium (or are heading to the game). If you are considering attending future games, I recommend signing your child up for the Go Blue Kids Club. Benefits include free tickets to certain sports and ticket discounts for Football. We are taking advantage of the deal to attend a game this season. Also, consider taking advantage of W.O.W. Friday either this afternoon or on future game days to take a stadium tour. We had a lot of fun doing this last year (my daughter was 7).
Michigan Stadium Tour 2013
A great way to escape the game traffic would be to head to the Toledo Zoo on Saturday for their Butterfly & Bug Festival. Other events for Saturday include LEGO Build at Learning Express, Kids Day at White Lotus Farms, and Professor Ray's Everyday Science: Luminosity at AAHOM. The South Asian Parents Network will also hold their Kickoff Meeting at West Park from 2-4p.
Butterfly & Bug Festival | Photo Courtesy of Toledo Zoo
Sunday's big event is Dancing in the Streets in Downtown Ann Arbor. Then on Monday, you can take advantage of the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop's 50% off Labor Day Sale.

Also, this weekend Ghostbusters has been re-released in theaters to celebrate it's 30th Anniversary. Locally it is playing at Rave Cinemas.

There are several online deals available this weekend that I am recommending. If your child is a Frozen fan, I recommend checking out the Frozen merchandise deals available through zulily. For iTunes users, check out this $15 iTunes credit for $10.

Saturday, August 30
Sunday, August 31
Monday, September 1

Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Theatrical Re-Release This Weekend

Just in time for a Labor Day Weekend with questionable weather, Ghostbusters is being re-released into theaters to celebrate it's 30th anniversary and before the release of the 30th anniversary BluRay.

Both my husband and I fondly remember Ghostbusters from our childhood and are thinking about watching it with our daughter. One of my concerns is that while the movie is rated PG, it pre-dates the PG-13 rating. I don't think my daughter would be scared, but I do worry about some of the content - the Parents Guide for Ghostbusters on IMDB may help you decide if it's right for your child.

In Ann Arbor, Ghostbusters is playing at Rave Cinemas with showings currently listed through Thursday, September 4 (schedule is not released past then).
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Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II will be released on BluRay on September 16 to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Ghostbusters and the 25th Anniversary copy of Ghostbusters II. Amazon has the movies listed for pre-order. The best bargain version is Ghostbusters / Ghostbusters II (4K-Mastered + Included Digibook) [Blu-ray] currently available for pre-order at $19.96.

Other purchasing options include:
With Amazon's Pre-order Price Guarantee you will pay the lowest price between the day you place the order and release day. With Amazon Prime you will also receive the movie the day of release.

Note, the re-mastered movie is not being re-released on DVD.

W.O.W. Fridays at Michigan Stadium Include Tours and Photo Opportunities

Michigan Stadium is continuing their Welcome Our Wolverines (W.O.W.) Fridays events to give visitors (and locals) a chance to see the stadium and Crisler Center. On the Friday before game day, Stadium Gate 10 (Keech & Greene) and the northeast entry of Crisler Center will be open from noon-5:30p with guest services to answer questions and allow pictures with some of the stadium landmarks in the areas near those gates.  They will also offer tours of Crisler Center and select areas of Michigan Stadium at 1:30p, 3p, and 4:30p for $10/person.
My family attended a W.O.W. Friday tour last season and really enjoyed the chance to tour both Crisler and Michigan Stadium. (In reading the review above, note that tour times and other details have changed since last season).
During our 2013 W.O.W. Friday Tour
W.O.W. Fridays will be held on the following Football Fridays in 2014:
  • August 29*
  • September 12
  • September 19*
  • September 26
  • October 10
  • October 31
  • November 21
*Tours may be canceled for 8/29 and 9/19 because of other events at Crisler Center.

We really enjoyed having the opportunity to tour the Stadium and learn a little more about Michigan Football history. This year, we are skipping the tour but have tickets for a game thanks to a deal offered through the Go Blue Kids Club.

Annual Dancing in the Streets Event Sunday

Each year the Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance (AACTMAD) holds Dancing in the Streets on Sunday of Labor Day Weekend.

The 2014 Dancing in the Streets will be from 1-6:30p on Sunday, August 31 in Downtown Ann Arbor  at the intersection of Main and Washington.

During the event there will be different styles of music with different types of dance traditions. Whether you try your hand (or feet) at dancing or just listen to the music and watch, the event is sure to be fun. There will also be special activities for the kids.

To get a better idea of what Dancing in the Streets is about, checkout the video made to promote the 2011 event.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

50% Off Labor Day Sale at Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop

The Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop is a big financial supporter of the Ann Arbor Public Schools donation almost $300,000 to AAPS and its PTOs in 2013.  Their funding comes from sales of donated goods, so whether you are a buyer or a donor you are helping fund our schools.

On Labor Day (Monday, September 1, 2014), the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop will have a 50% off sale. The Labor Day sale is from 9a-5p on Labor Day.
This is the perfect time to shop for your child's fall wardrobe.

The Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop is located at 2280 S. Industrial Highway. They are typically open for shopping from 9a-7p Monday through Friday, 9a-6p Saturdays, and 11a-5p on Sundays. They take donations beginning an hour after opening and ending an hour before closing - 10a-6p on weekdays, 10a-5p on Saturdays, and noon-4p on Sundays.

Fall Hours at Xtreme Bounce Zone Begin This Weekend

With most kids returning to school on Tuesday, September 2, Xtreme Bounce Zone will be starting their fall hours on Saturday, August 30.

They will now be open from 4-8p on Monday through Thursday, 10a-7p on Friday, 12:30-5p on Saturday, and 1-4p on Sundays. Regular admission is $7/child ages 6+ $5/child for walkers through age 5.

In addition, they will be open from 10a-1p on Tuesdays and Thursdays for Toddler Take Over (5 & under only). Toddler Take Over also offers a bargain admission price of $3/child.

They also offer Friday Kidz Nite Out from 7-10p each week. I reviewed Kidz Nite Out in March after my daughter attended with a few friends. Kidz Nite Out is $15/child and is just for kids ages 8 and older.

Xtreme Bounce Zone is located at 82 Aprill Drive, Suite C (Behind the Kia dealer).


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