The Music Of Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast

The Music Of Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast

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While I was in Los Angeles a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to interview the music supervisor Brett Swain & Bleu from Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast.  I could have never imagined how exciting and intense it would be to learn about the music used in a movie.  I was truly captivated by all of the creativity from Brett Swain & Bleu! As I sat there listening to how they used clay pots, garbage cans, corrugaphones, and other non-traditional methods of creating the music for this movie, I couldn’t help to get excited to get home and share this with my kiddos who LOVE music!  It was amazing to see how the music was made and how we can all make music, really, with anything.  We did get to talk with Bleu and Brett Swain, but a lot of it was Bleu explaining how everything worked in the movie.  I’m going to post a few excerpts from his speaking, but even more awesome, was that I was able to capture some of it on video!  It’s very cool, so be sure to read all the way to the bottom and watch the video :D

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Bleu did most of the talking, but it was cute to watch the back-and-forth between he and Brett Swain…

Bleu:  I’m Bleu and I produced all the songs in the Film. I wrote a couple of them and I worked on the sound and color pallet of unusual instruments.  Let me tell you a little bit of how we got to the sounds of the Film, the Score, talk about themes and all of that. One of the things we do when we’re talking about the Music for the Film is have themes for each of the Characters. In this case, you know, we were talking about things for Fawn, things for Gruff, Nix, the Storm in this case because it doesn’t necessarily have to be a person. It can be something that’s very important to the Film.

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Bleu:  A lot of times when we come up with these themes, they’re Melodic things.  They’re tunes and, for this Film, we not only wanted melodic themes for the characters but we also wanted just really peculiar and  unique sounds. In the case of Gruff, primitive and Ancient because we don’t know where he’s come from. There’s a part of Pixie Hollow that we haven’t been to before. So um, Steve wanted to challenge me to come up with unique sounds so that the minute you heard it, we knew it was associated with that Character.

The best way to get a good grasp of how very cool this whole experience was, is to watch what was happening during the interview.

From Disney:

Return to Pixie Hollow for a heartwarming adventure, Disney’s Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast. An ancient myth of a massive creature sparks the curiosity of Tinker Bell and her good friend Fawn, an animal fairy who’s not afraid to break the rules to help an animal in need. But this creature is not welcome in Pixie Hollow — and the scout fairies are determined to capture the mysterious beast, who they fear will destroy their home. Fawn must convince her fairy friends to risk everything to rescue the NeverBeast. This thrilling action-adventure roars to life with never-before-seen bonus extras on Disney Blu-ray.

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5 Reasons To Watch Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast

5 Reasons To Watch Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast

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Have you heard?!  Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast came out on Blu-Ray, DVD, Digital HD, & Disney Movies Anywhere yesterday!  Well, I have seen it already….5 times!  I saw it once while in Los Angeles a few weeks ago, then again, 4 times, yesterday with my kiddos LOL  They are in LOVE with it!  As with all of the Tinkerbell movies, there is such a pure underlying lesson to be learned through this movie.  Fawn is the animal fairy and, through her love for Gruff, teaches everyone in Pixie Hollow to never judge a book by its cover.  We also meet the scouts for the first time.  The scouts are an amazing fairy army of sorts that have a ninja quality.  Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast is a Tinkerbell movie like no other.  Your sons and daughters are sure to have a blast following along with this story!  My kiddos were glued to the screen LOL  It’s definitely a wild ride.

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5 Reasons you will want to watch Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast TODAY:

  1. It’s a movie the entire family can enjoy!  There are fairies, ‘ninjas’,  and a lovable ‘monster’ or beast!  What’s not to enjoy about that?!  Plus, it’s family friendly and nothing you’ll need to cover your kids eyes or ears for.
  2. We meet new characters all through the movie.  This movie introduces a slew of new characters and new idea into the Disney Fairy world!  We meet Fawn, Gruff, and  the scouts.
  3. There’s a great underlying lesson.  The greatest lesson in Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast is to never judge a book by its cover.  Fawn is such a free spirit and loves animals.  Through her love, she shows us that there is good in everything.
  4. The music is phenomenal!  I just love the music and sound effects in Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast.  You’ll want to watch it over and over, just to hear the great music.
  5. These are kids being….well….kids!  I just love the attitude of this entire movie.  It shows kids (girls) just being kids.  They’re having fun and they’re innocent and curious about the world around them.  They get into mischief, but it’s fun mischief and inspiring at the same time.

We have watched a lot of Disney Fairy movies around our house.  There was something different about this movie that I just can’t put my finger on.  I think it was a combination of all of these things; the characters, music, and message of love that make Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast my favorite so far!  I cannot wait to see what comes out next :D

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From Disney:

Return to Pixie Hollow for a heartwarming adventure, Disney’s Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast. An ancient myth of a massive creature sparks the curiosity of Tinker Bell and her good friend Fawn, an animal fairy who’s not afraid to break the rules to help an animal in need. But this creature is not welcome in Pixie Hollow — and the scout fairies are determined to capture the mysterious beast, who they fear will destroy their home. Fawn must convince her fairy friends to risk everything to rescue the NeverBeast. This thrilling action-adventure roars to life with never-before-seen bonus extras on Disney Blu-ray.

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Easy 4 Ingredient Fruit Dip

Easy 4 Ingredient Fruit Dip

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I have been scouring the internet for the perfect, easy fruit dip.  My aunt makes a fruit dip with just peanut butter and yogurt and it tastes great, but I wanted something less, well, peanut-y and more versatile.  Well, I think I found it.  I played around with different recipes and finally came up with my super easy peasy 4 ingredient fruit dip!   You’re going to love it.  What makes it excellent is that it is not only easy, but you can add just about anything to it!  It’s great by itself, but it will also be amazing with add-ins.  This would be delicious with crushed pineapple or even mini chocolate chips mixed in, YUM!  This is great for spreading on crackers, cookies or anything else you find :D  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did.

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Gather your ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 ~ 3.4 oz box of vanilla pudding
  • 1/2 cup milk (we used skim)
  • Fruit or crackers of your choice

Get to mixing:

  1. Mix cream cheese and yogurt together.
  2. Add milk and pudding mix to the cream cheese mixture and mix on medium for 2 minutes.
  3. Pour mixture in a bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
  4. ENJOY!

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Getting To Know Ginnifer Goodwin, The Voice Of Fawn

Getting To Know Ginnifer Goodwin, The Voice Of Fawn

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Oh yes I did!  I got to meet and interview Ginnifer Goodwin about her role as Fawn in Disney‘s new Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast that comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray everywhere today!  While I was in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago, I had the amazing opportunity to sit down with Ginnifer and hear all about her role as Fawn.  There were so many reasons I was excited to meet Ginnifer Goodwin and not the least of them was that she is a Memphis girl :D  I was born and raised in Memphis, TN and was so excited to find out I’d be interviewing her.  We’re practically sisters, afterall, being we’re from the same town and all!  She is super adorable in her role as Snow White in ABC’s Once Upon A Time.  If you haven’t seen her in that, you totally should!  It is such a fun show and Ginnifer has a lead role.  Okay, back to Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast….

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This interview was a little different from others I’ve done in the past.  Ginnifer Goodwin walked past me as I was eating lunch at DisneyToon Studios about an hour before the interview was set to start.  She is just adorable!  When it was time for the interview, we were ushered into a room where Ginnifer was sitting at the end of a “board room” type table.  We all sat around the table and asked her questions about the movie, life, and her acting career.  It was like we were at a coffee shop, just chatting about life; not at DisneyToon Studios interviewing Ginnifer Goodwin!  Okay, so I do geek-out from time to time.  She was so sweet and polite and just really answered our questions very candidly.  It was refreshing to listen to her talk about being  a mom and balancing her pregnancy with her role as Fawn.

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Here are a few of the questions we had the opportunity to ask Ginnifer….

Question: Do you share any traits with Fawn?

Ginnifer Goodwin: I think I’m always sort of cast for myself , but I think that,  I’ve almost only been yes, cast for the characters that I naturally exhibit. I think optimism and, faith and hope and, love of life.  Love of others.  I think that Fawn and I are both animated in the same way as it were.

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Question: Being that you were pregnant did that help with the emotional levels?

Ginnifer Goodwin: Yeah.  Just call me in for like any job that requires crying.  I’ve never had a problem being overly emotional. I think that we all sort of I don’t know. I think a lot of actors we’re just sort of like freaks.   And we really conveniently  found outlets.   I don’t know what I would do if I weren’t an actor because I am such a crybaby.  I would just be like that weird cat lady that always crying, but instead I found a career that will totally give me an outlet. Being pregnant was like a whole other level of crying on cue.

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Question: Having a child now – do you think it changes the roles that you take?

Ginnifer Goodwin:  I don’t know. Well, ironically I feel like after  “Once Upon a Time”  I think I need something a little more adult for my own creative satisfaction. Ironically maybe it’s kinda done the opposite where I feel like I have so much imagination in my life now.  Because I’m with this youthful creature 24/7, I think that though I will want to for sure take jobs that will make him happy and proud like this one I think will.

From Disney:

Return to Pixie Hollow for a heartwarming adventure, Disney’s Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast. An ancient myth of a massive creature sparks the curiosity of Tinker Bell and her good friend Fawn, an animal fairy who’s not afraid to break the rules to help an animal in need. But this creature is not welcome in Pixie Hollow — and the scout fairies are determined to capture the mysterious beast, who they fear will destroy their home. Fawn must convince her fairy friends to risk everything to rescue the NeverBeast. This thrilling action-adventure roars to life with never-before-seen bonus extras on Disney Blu-ray.

Be sure to get Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast on Blu-Ray, Digital HD, and Disney Movies Anywhere TODAY!

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My Interview With Baymax

My Interview With Baymax

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Now, it’s time for the most fun interview I have ever had!  I was able to interview Baymax from Big Hero 6!  Be jealous, be very jealous *hehe*  I was able to ask him 3 questions and decided to defer to my children for these 3 questions since they are such HUGE fans!  Baymax was, afterall, voted the most huggable character this year.  He is such a loveable character.  I had an amazing time while I was in Los Angeles getting to know the creators and voices behind Big Hero 6 and Baymax.  It was truly a magical experience.  Getting to interview Baymax was just the icing on the cake for me!  Check out all 3 videos below to see what questions we asked Baymax and what his answers were!  You might even find out if there will be a Mrs. Baymax coming along soon.

From Disney: 

Baymax cares. That’s what he was designed to do. The plus-sized inflatable robot’s job title is technically Healthcare Companion: With a simple scan, Baymax can detect vital stats, and, given a patient’s level of pain, can treat nearly any ailment. Conceived and built by Tadashi Hamada, Baymax just might revolutionize the healthcare industry. But to the inventor’s kid brother Hiro, the nurturing, guileless bot turns out to be more than what he was built for—he’s a hero, and quite possibly Hiro’s closest friend. And after some deft reprogramming that includes a rocket fist, super strength and rocket thrusters that allow him to fly, Baymax becomes one of the Big Hero 6.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios:

The team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”

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Scott Adsit The Voice Of Baymax #BigHero6Bloggers

Scott Adsit The Voice Of Baymax

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Oh. my. goodness!  I was given the amazing opportunity to interview Scott Adsit, the voice of Baymax in Big Hero 6!  Oh yes, my children think I AM the coolest mom ever…okay, okay, maybe just the coolest mom in our house ;)  My 16 year old daughter loves drawing and is a huge fan of everything Disney AND she loves anime, so this was her dream interview.  It was very cool when he walked in the room because I didn’t immediately pick up on the “Baymax tones” in his voice.  As he continued talking; it became a little surreal as he sounded more and more like Baymax.  It was so funny to sit and listen to him tell of all of the times he’s been asked to do the “Baymax fist-bump” and how kids get disappointed when they see him LOL

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We were given the opportunity to ask him a few questions and gain some insight into how he played the role as Baymax in Big Hero 6!  Here are a few of the questions we asked:

Question: Was it a challenge for you to bring the character Baymax to life?

Scott Adsit: Yes,  I think the audience does a lot of the work for Baymax, because, he does skirt along in a kind of impartiality emotionally, but I get to lean on either side of him just a little bit to invite the emotions to flood in from the audience.  It’s a lot of inference on the audience’s part and projection.  Yeah, it was a bit of a challenge not to go too far off that line, but still communicate something emotionally.  We decided pretty early on that he does not have that kind of emotional life.  It is all programming,  but then  in spite of that decision on our part, the emotion, his emotional life, does kind of creep in here and there.

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Question: How did you find Baymax’s voice? I’m sure you tried everything.

Scott Adsit:  Yeah, I didn’t know if it would be like a robotic voice and they brought me in for the audition and the script was the first indication that it wouldn’t be a typical robotic voice. Then when I saw the picture, because they already had the character design, I just saw soft, huggable, so I found a very benign bedside manner voice.  I mixed that with kind of a state of the art of robotic interaction vocally, which is pretty much, automated phone system. So he will talk with the flow, but then there are elements within a sentence that are variables.   They’ll sound a little separate from the rest of it.

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Question: Did you find yourself going home and staying in character?

Scott Adsit:  Yes, which is not bad because,  I was just talking to Daniel before I came in here and he has such an altruistic character in Tadashi and we were saying wouldn’t it be great to be egoless and helpful your whole life and every day, but we can’t do it.   I would go home and I would catch myself talking with the voice, which is not much different from my voice, but I know when I got it on.  I would have to catch myself saying don’t start talking like him all the time because then that would really annoy people, especially casting directors.

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Question: Did it take a lot of takes to get the perfect emotional response so the audience could feel it?

Scott Adsit:  I got emotional in the room and then.  I had a great deal of investment in him and the fact that we were separating and that he was so upset.   I had to get through it and we had to do it twice, because the scene changed over the course of the few months.  I had to stop and say, I’m sorry, ’cause I was tearing up and it’s not so much about Bay. I see there’s more about, for me as an actor, it’s more about Ryan and Hiro’s experience going on.  It was very emotional and the bad thing was I wasn’t allowed, because you get to an emotional place, you want to share it, but I keep it reigned in.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios:   The team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”

Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring breathtaking action with all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014.

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Creating Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast #NeverbeastBloggers

Creating Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast

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Oh yes!  Today we’re getting to go inside the minds of Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast story artist Ryan Green and animation supervisor Mike Greenholt.  I have been wanting to share this with all of you for two weeks!  I’ll post a bit of our interview with them also.  This was so super exciting for me!  I never knew, before my first trip to Disneytoon Studios last year, how much goes into “just a Tinkerbell movie”.  Well, I can tell you, after reading this, you will have a much better appreciation for the creativity behind the movie.  I wish I could take all of you with me into the room to hear Ryan and Mike talking about creating the characters for Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast, especially the Neverbeast!  It is simply amazing!

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Sitting and listening to these guys talk about how they created the Neverbeast was awe-inspiring.  You think there’s some great *mystical* thought process that goes into creating something as magical as a Neverbeast, but the creation of him is actually very scientific; yes, scientific!

Question: From the beginning to end of the NeverBeast, how many different I guess NeverBeasts were there?

Mike Greenholt: There was only one but there were maybe seventy variations of it. Where, you know, you build something, you screen test it and, well he looks weird, can we shorten this, bring the eyes farther apart, closer together, fine tuning. We try to make him move, but the range of motion is limited. We just keep tweaking it until he’s production ready and we must have had seventy some variations. Subtle changes, but different.

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Question:  Is there anymore research besides for Gruff? Anything else new introduced that you had to develop and research?

Mike Greenholt:  The scout fairies were new in this movie.  We didn’t have them before and they were cool, because they were like action heroes.  They’re tough, they’re brave, they’re more athletic.  The fairies that we’ve seen in other movies are more influenced by ballet or gymnastics and they’re graceful and like figure skaters, but the Scouts,  we were looking at Parkour, and just that sport. A lot of Olympic athletes, pole vaulters, long jumpers, that really are active. That was a big inspiration for how those characters moved.

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Be sure to get Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast on Blu-Ray, Digital HD, and Disney Movies Anywhere March 3!

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The Minds Behind Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast #NeverbeastBloggers

The Minds Behind Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast

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I absolutely LOVE learning about how animated movies are made.  Tinkerbell And The Legend of The Neverbeast was such an exciting movie to learn about!  One of my favorite parts of getting to know how Disney animators work is learning how the movies were ever even thought of.  While I was in Lost Angeles a couple of weeks ago, I was able to sit down and talk to Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast director Steve Loter and producer Makul Wigert.  Our entire family are huge fans of the Tinkerbell movies.  I don’t know if you knew, but there was even a pirate Tinkerbell movie last year and it really hooked my son on the movies!  What was really cool about this movie was their ability to really bring in something fresh and new.  It seems that only Disney can do that with a series of movies like Tinkerbell.  The story of the Neverbeast really changes the way the movie is laid out and it certainly appeals to all audiences.  This is NOT your average “girlie” fairy movie.

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“Return to Pixie Hollow for a heartwarming adventure, Disney’s Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast. An ancient myth of a massive creature sparks the curiosity of Tinker Bell and her good friend Fawn, an animal fairy who’s not afraid to break the rules to help an animal in need. But this creature is not welcome in Pixie Hollow — and the scout fairies are determined to capture the mysterious beast, who they fear will destroy their home. Fawn must convince her fairy friends to risk everything to rescue the NeverBeast. This thrilling action-adventure roars to life with never-before-seen bonus extras on Disney Blu-ray.”

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It was such a cool experience to hear Steve talk about how his daughter, even her gymnastics class, inspired Tinkerbell And The Legend of The Neverbeast.  They talked about creating the characters with such excitement and enthusiasm, it really makes you LOVE the process behind Tinkerbell.

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Photo credit: Coralie Seright, Lovebugs and Postcards

We were given the amazing opportunity to ask these super creative minds about their experience creating Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast and I have a couple of my favorites to share with you!

Question: What’s your favorite part of the animation process?

Makul: My favorite part of the animation process is the collaboration and seeing an idea come to life through the work of a fantastic team of Artists. It’s been an absolute joy seeing Steve’s idea, which started 4½ years ago, and through story boarding and design into animations, to see that coming to life through the artistry with some amazing people was absolutely a joy.

Steve: For me it was a story. You get to this really sweet spot when you’ve got a script and then you’ve got storyboard artists visualizing the script. And there’s that – something magical that happens there because the Storyboard Artist is a new voice and they look at the written word and they say, “Oh I can add a joke here. I can put the camera here that’s gonna’ emphasize this moment or emotion.” For me that’s when things really turn and things really elevate. So that’s a magic time for me.

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Question:  I know you mentioned that yesterday but can you please tell us a little bit about an idea about this movie?

Steve:  The movie was inspired by my daughter.  I grew up in a household with no pets of any kind, none.  No dogs, no cats, nothing.  And because of having no pets around I have a fear of very large dogs.  Like Irish Wolf Hound dogs, Horse Line dogs.  Many years have passed and I have a family of my own and my daughter loves one thing above all else, very large dogs, and our neighborhood just has a ton of dogs.  She’ll see a neighbor walking a dog down the street and she’ll run up to the dog and she’ll throw her arms the dog in a big loving hug.  And it was like, “UUUHHHH” so you get that kind of reaction and, “Okay the dog is okay to pet, whew.”

It showed me something once the fear subsided, something very important that my daughter has a huge open heart.   I had to sit her down and we had to talk about this encounter we just had with the dog and she would say, “Well all animals are my friends.  Why wouldn’t they be?  In fact, the bigger they are the bigger the love they have to give.”  I thought that’s the story.  That’s the story.  Fawn, the animal fairy loves animals unconditionally.  She takes care of animals and she encounters a creature that can be perceived of as a monster and her open heart’s gonna’ be put to the test.  I thought, “Okay this is a message, this is a good message for Fawn, the character to have and for my daughter to learn too.”  It’s beautiful to think with an open heart.  To see the world through that perspective is a wonderful thing, but you also have to think with your head.  You need the balance, you need the balance to have a happy life and I thought that’s exactly the story that I wanted to tell.

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Getting To Know The Men Behind The Voice Of Hiro And Tadashi #BigHero6Bloggers

Getting To Know The Men Behind The Voice Of Hiro And Tadashi

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In case you haven’t heard, Big Hero 6 is coming out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week!  Oh yeah, my entire household is ecstatic.  We got our hands on a copy of the DVD last week and, I’m pretty sure, all of my kids have the entire movie memorized now LOL  While I was in Los Angeles, I had the amazing opportunity to sit down with Ryan Potter and Daniel Henney;  the men behind the voices of Hiro and Tadashi in Big Hero 6.  WOAH, was my 16 year old jealous!  We were sitting waiting on Ryan and Daniel to come in the room and that is always such an exciting time.  When they walked in; the first thought that popped in my mind was; “Daniel looks JUST LIKE Tadashi” LOL  I text a photo to my daughter real quick and that was exactly what she said too!  Then, later in the interview, he said it himself.  It was very cool!

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We were given the opportunity to ask Ryan and Daniel a few questions and here is a peek at my favorites!

Question: Ryan, how excited were you to work on this film and did you geek out over all the science?

Ryan: Yeah, it wasn’t necessarily a love for robotics and science.  It was more for just a love of creating and, within robotics, there’s so much you can create.  I had, the Lego robot kit…

Daniel: I had that, too.

Ryan: Yeah, that thing is awesome and I had a lot of models and robot builds and all these different things that I just loved piecing it together.  It wasn’t necessarily a love for robotics and science but more just wanting to be able to kind of put the things that were almost trapped in my mind. Just bring them out and create; it’s very meditative for me to use my hands and to build things and it was awesome. Being able to voice Hiro because that’s literally who I was, four years ago, I was that kid. I think I still am.

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Question: Daniel, even though your character is a small part of the film, you made a huge impact. How is Tadashi different from your character- your real personality?

Daniel:   I dress just like Tadashi. I always have.  I don’t usually wear suits, so there’ll be days when I walk out of my house and I’ll take a look in the mirror, and I look just like Tadashi. I wear a cardigan and a baseball hat. But to answer your question, he’s made me a better person. He really has.  Living in this world, we get caught up in things and sometimes it’s hard to appreciate every moment like everyone preaches, and it’s hard. It was a beautiful opportunity for me to go and play this guy who is such a role model for a man should be at such a young age – so smart, beautiful, intelligent, caring, genuine, the ultimate big brother, and he’s very selfless. Every day using your voice – lending your voice to that, I would walk out of that room feeling like I just sat through a therapy session. Like I wanted to tackle the world. I’d be at the grocery store afterwards, just smiling and ran into people- probably creeping them out.

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Question: Since you were a Marvel comic fan before the movie, how does it feel to actually be one of those characters now? Has it hit you?

Ryan: I mean, no, to be quite honest, I’m just sitting here  –  none of it has hit me. The only thing that’s hit me is, oh, you’re this character and you did this role, and the movie’s out. After that, none of it is even registering. I think in ten years, I’ll go, oh wow, that’s right,that happened, and I’m just so blown away by everything that has come from the whole Disney experience, and especially with this film it’s wish fulfillment. It really is. I grew up on anime and manga and when I moved to the United States I started reading Marvel and DC comics and I’ve always wanted to be a superhero, and now I don’t have to put on a cape and go fight crime at night.  I got to be a superhero.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”

Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring breathtaking action with all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014.

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My Exclusive Interview With The Amazing Cast of McFarland USA #McFarlandUSAEvent

My Exclusive Interview With The Amazing Cast of McFarland USA

*I received an all expenses paid trip to Los Angeles for the coverage of several press events for Disney and ABC. All opinions are 100% my own and we only recommend shows that are a great fit for our readers.

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McFarland USA came out this weekend and is doing amazing at the box office!  It has surpassed all expectations and is getting rave reviews from all directions.  While I was in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with the 7 actors who played the cross-country runners in McFarland USA:  Carlos Pratts, Hector Duran, Sergio Avelar, Johnny Ortiz, Rafael Martinez, Michael Aguero & Ramiro Rodriguez.  I could not have imagined how changed I would be after this interview.  Listening to these amazing young men speak about their experiences acting was a lot of fun, but there was something much deeper here that I did not expect;  a brotherhood.  Not only did these young men form bonds with each other, but they bonded with McFarland as a story.  I listened to them talk about a brotherhood and a deep faith in Jesus Christ.  This is not, at all, what someone expects from a ‘press junket’ in Los Angeles, but this was so much more.

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As I sat and listened to these young men speak, I was entranced.  I heard the word “blessed” spoken over and over.  It wasn’t just from this amazing group of young men, but also from the men before them; the actual men whose real-life events inspired this amazing story.  These young mean spoke of strong family values and “strict” parenting.  These are things that I love to see coming out of Hollywood; real life inspirations.  People who stuck to what they believe and worked hard to get where they are.  Success that is earned, not given, is the most amazing feeling in the world and this movie embodies that.  From the real-life story that inspired the movie to the actors who were chosen to show their story to the world.  Go watch McFarland USA today, you will be happy you did!

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Question: How much time do you spend with the people you portray to get to know their character?

Hector Duran: I think the whole period of us filming in McFarland, I got the opportunity to spend time with the real Johnny Sameniego, who is the character I play. He’s really a great guy. He invited me to dinner, gave me a tour of the city and just, it reflects the people of the community.

Question: Carlos, how was this movie different, because in fact, you’ve done acting in the past. How was this different for you?

Carlos Pratts: Oh, how was the movie different? I mean, doing a movie’s so different than, and Johnny can attest that, than TV shows in the sense to where it’s so fast. TV’s very fast and you have 60 pages when you shoot a pilot, so you don’t know where your character’s going to go, but when you do a movie, you have a beginning, middle and end, you know. It’s like within these 120 pages, I create my arc. You have a lot of trust in the script, and then you get to explore.  I think you have a little more confidence in whatever you’re doing in the film, as opposed to TV, you just have no idea. You shoot the pilot. They tell you a little bit, and then, the scripts start going and then basically chemistry and what’s happening with the actors. Your character develops or, or dies.  I will say when, when Romero started talking and everyone said awww, I did the same thing.

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Question:  What’s the most influential real life lesson that you took from this movie?

Ramiro Rodriguez:  For me personally, throughout my high school and pretty much my whole life, I’ve been the chubby one, and in this movie, I see it a lot. They picked on me, but despite all this, it was a joke.  Me and him get along, all of us get along. Yeah, they could tell me that I’m fat, but to be honest, in real life, it really did hurt me, and to see him triumph the way he did, it’s really a triumph for me also, because it proved everybody wrong. A big man could do it, but it showed me also that I could do it too.

Hector Duran:  I think one of the biggest things I’ve learned throughout this film, which I already knew, but it just reinforces it even more is the idea of equality and not judging a book by its cover. As you see in the film, Kevin Costner comes into this small town, small town, and he kind of judges the book by its cover. Once you get deeper into what’s really and all the values that are there, you see that everybody’s equal.  Everybody had their own opinions. The only thing that separates us is the color of our skin, so we should try to treat each other equally.

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8 Reasons You Should Watch Disney Channel’s Bad Hair Day With Your Family #BadHairDay

8 Reasons You Should Watch Disney Channel’s Bad Hair Day With Your Family

*I received an all expenses paid trip to Los Angeles for the coverage of several press events for Disney and ABC. All opinions are 100% my own and we only recommend shows that are a great fit for our readers.

 

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One of the many events that I was able to be part of last week while I was in Los Angeles, among other things, was screening the Disney Channel movie Bad Hair Day.  Did I mention that I was sitting WITH Leigh-Allyn Baker while screening the movie?!  How amazing is that?  After we screened Bad Hair Day, we were able to ask Leigh-Allyn Baker a ton of questions about her life as a mom, executive producer, and actor.  You can read more in-depth here.  Bad Hair Day will premier tonight, Friday, February 13th at 8p, on Disney Channel!

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  1. It is a fun ride!  Bad Hair Day is a fun ride along a techie driveway to learning about yourself.  Monica (Laura Marano) is a high school senior who shows us how much fun high school can be when you just stop trying to be who everyone else wants you to be.
  2. Hello!?  Good Luck Charlie’s mom!  Leigh Allyn Baker starred in and was the executive producer of this fabulous Disney Channel movie.  If your family is anything like mine, you’ll notice the one theme that follows Leigh-Allyn over to this movie and that is that the entire family can enjoy it!  We all loved Good Luck Charlie and we’re all sure to love Bad Hair Day.
  3. It has a deeper message.  Beyond the crowd sourcing and social media bombardment that has taken over Monica’s life; she learns who she is.  She learns that what is inside her is more powerful than everything around her.
  4. It’s rated G!  YES!  This is a movie that your entire family can enjoy, yes even the boys and men, and it’s rated G.  Lets face it; it’s hard, these days, to even find cartoons that are rated G.  Finding a TV movie for the entire family is downright miraculous!
  5. Bad Hair Day is full of action!  There’s a jewel thief, car chase, foot chase, and even a melting prom dress.  What could be more fun than car chases, police, and melting prom dresses, right?
  6. Ally’s in the house!  Oh yes, Bad Hair Day stars Austin and Ally’s very own Laura Marano.  She is absolutely perfect as the tech savvy teen in this movie and you might even learn a bit about SEO (search engine optimization) by watching it.  Hey, I have to pay big bucks to learn that stuff!
  7. You might just learn a little bit about yourself.  In this super cyber social world we live in, it’s good to have a reminder to be true to ourselves.  Bad Hair Day addresses some real and serious issues facing our society today, but it does it in a very light-hearted way.  You will see that leaning on what others think, whether by a “like”, retweet, or emoticon, may not be the best measure of our value.
  8. It’s a chance to ‘date’ your family!  It’s no mistake that Bad Hair Day premiers the day before Valentine’s Day.  What better way to spend time with your family and ‘earn’ some time with your honey than laughing over the newest Disney Channel Movie?!  Pop some popcorn, grab your favorite drink and relax with everyone.  I’m certain you’ll be happy you did.

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Overall, Bad Hair Day was such a fun and meaningful movie.  It was full of girl power for the girls and cops and car chases for the boys.  It is sure to keep you laughing and thinking the entire time!  Be sure to tune into Disney Channel tonight, Friday, February 13th at 8p!

 

 

 

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Does Leigh-Allyn Baker Ever Have A Bad Hair Day? #BadHairDay

Does Leigh-Allyn Baker Ever Have A Bad Hair Day?

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Does Leigh-Allyn Baker ever have a bad hair day?  Well, I don’t know, but she certainly wasn’t having one when I saw her!   I walked in the screening room of the Disney Channel and, OH MY GOODNESS, Leigh-Allyn Baker was standing RIGHT THERE!   She was standing there chatting with one of the pr reps like a real person.  I mean, really, doesn’t she know WHO she is?!  I mean really, she was just standing there…..talking…..like human beings do.  So, I just walked right by here like “I have better things to do than talk to the likes of you..” hehe  Seriously, I totally wanted to get her autograph, but I was being ushered to my seat.

I did get a little bold and sit on the front row in the screening room theater.  Then the movie started.  It was hilariously clever and funny!  I’ll tell you more about that tomorrow.  We watched the movie that Leigh-Allyn Baker produced and starred in WITH LEIGH-ALLYN BAKER!   How stinkin’ unbelievable is that?!

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Okay, okay, I’ll get to the interview now.  Before we start, though, I need to tell you that she is just as clever and funny as I had hoped, even more!

Question: What was the inspiration behind the movie?

Leigh-Allyn Baker: Well there was a script that was taken, as you can see there are many writers on it. There was a script that was originally taken to Disney channel. It was quite different from this but it was a teenage girl and a male cop and I, what I hear from Disney channel is that they thought well if there is an adult that we would like to try something new with like, you know, like a film that has an adult heavily in it for the first time let’s try with Leigh-Allyn, see if she’s interested.

So really then that’s when the inspiration started forming on what we wanted to do with this movie and we wanted to first and foremost, make people laugh, but really secondly it was really important to us to grab people’s heartstrings and give a really good, unique and empowering message. As you can see I feel like this film is, you know, is fraught with comedy and heart and great messages for girls. She doesn’t end up with her prince charming. She chooses MIT. Heck yeah, she does, you know. I loved all the computer lingo it was fabulous.  So yeah, that was it. Just to have a film for Disney Channel that adults can watch with their kids that has a unique different message. Like let’s go out on a limb and do something really different for the channel and see what the response is and Disney Channel was brave enough to do that because this is very different for them.

Question:  How do you balance the kids at home and work?

Leigh-Allyn Baker:  I learned that in season one of Good Luck, Charlie. I remember going to work and just missing my baby. I just had a baby, Griffin, my oldest and I remember just missing him terribly all day and then when I got home I was rocking him to sleep at night, my favorite part and I remember looking at him and I was thinking oh, I can’t believe that I missed that at work and I missed that and I should have been focused. And I realized oh, my gosh I’m not a hundred percent there at work and I’m missing the enjoyment there and I’m not able to be 100% with him here. I’m missing the enjoyment here. From there on, simplicity rules.

When you’re at work, you’re at work. When you’re home, you’re home and that’s how you do it. That’s the only way I can do it. And I love doing sitcoms. Honestly as far as acting goes there is no greater job for a mom in the acting world than half hour multi-camera sitcom work because you actually have a life. There’s a regular schedule. You don’t shoot crazy odd hours except for one day a week. You shoot three weeks on and one week off. You get a five month hiatus in between seasons. I mean I know what it’s like to be a full time working mom and I know what it’s like to be a full time stay at home mom. I’ve done both of those within a year, you know.

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Then I got to ask her a question!  OOOOOH the suspense!

Me:  My daughter is so jealous that I am here right now!

Leigh-Allyn Baker:  Wait, before we go any further; where are you from?

Me: I’m from South Louisiana.

Leigh-Allyn Baker: Okay, I’m from Kentucky so I recognize the accent.

Me:  My eight year old daughter will have this entire movie memorized within the next year. She loves you!

Leigh-Allyn Baker:  Good, I love her. She’s a very smart child. She has a very bright future.

Me:  What’s the one message? You talked about there being several messages from this movie for young girls. What’s the one message you would like them to take away from this movie?

Leigh-Allyn Baker:  Your identity, who you are comes from the inside. It doesn’t come from what’s out here. That’s the main message I think. You know, a lot of people like to toss around believe in yourself and, you know, but this is — it’s more than believing in yourself. It’s, uh, knowing yourself and being okay with who you are and not looking for approval from others and knowing when to call for backup. There’s two ladies — there’s two lessons, you know.

Leigh-Allyn Baker was extremely funny and continued talking to and joking with us long after the ‘official’ interview had ended.  The is truly an amazingly clever and talented woman.  I cannot wait to see what she has coming next! Don’t miss the premiere of Bad Hair Day on Friday, February 13 at 8/7c on Disney Channel!

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Fresh Off The Boat Made Me Fall Off The Couch #FreshOffTheBoat

Fresh Off The Boat Made Me Fall Off The Couch

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You may have heard of this new show on ABC called Fresh Off The Boat.  Have you?  If you have, I hope you’ve had a chance to check it out, but just in case you haven’t, please allow me to tell you how incredibly funny this show is!  Fresh Off The Boat is set wayyyyyy back in 1995, two years after I graduated from high school.  Oh yes, that was 20 years ago, in case you were wondering.  If you weren’t wondering then either you’re too young to care, too old to care, or you’re like me and just haven’t thought about it.

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Fresh Off The Boat had us rolling right from the opening.  From the old-school 90’s R&B to the hilarious one-liners, we were hooked.  The most appealing aspect of Fresh Off The Boat is it’s appeal.  Does that even make sense?  Of course it does!  Let me clarify; Fresh Off The Boat appeals to all 5 members of our household, from my husband who just turned 42 all the way down to our 8 year old daughter.  I thought my husband was going to fall off the couch laughing.  I think he got the biggest kick out of it as he was wiping tears from his eyes.

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While I was in Los Angeles last week, I had the amazing opportunity of meeting Forrest Wheeler and Ian Chen who play Emery and Evan Huang in Fresh Off The Boat.  These two little boys were so stinkin’ cute!  They ate dinner with us and answered questions from all of the Mommy Bloggers.  Here’s a little piece of the interview with the boys:

Question: What’s the most exciting part about being on TV?

Forrest Wheeler:  I think it’s just seeing yourself and seeing yourself on TV and really can’t believe that it’s you. Because when I watch it, is that really me or is that just some other person that they edited?

Question:  Do you think your characters are a lot like you in real life?

Forrest Wheeler:  Yes, the only difference between Emery and me is that, uh, I don’t have girlfriends yet.  Maybe in a couple of years.

Question:  What do your friends think about you being on the show?

Ian Chen:  They think it’s really cool, too. One of my friends actually gave me an Oreo.  Like, two Oreos.  And he goes; I love your shows.

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We were also able to interview the writer and executive producer of Fresh Off The Boat; Nahnatchka Kahn.  She was so sweet and did a great job of making us feel like this series was written for each of us in mind.  I love what she had to say about it being a show for everyone.  Here’s a little piece of our interview with her:

Question:  Who do you go back to for inspiration about growing up with Immigrant Parents like my Parents had to do all the translating for me.

Nahnatchka Kahn:  Same, same, my Parents were both born in Iran and my Brother and I were born here and it was that exact experience where you know, when you’re from an Immigrant Family like that you have to explain things.  You have to sort of be that bridge between your Parents. You know, the sort of Old School and the New School, and sort of explain things to them that I feel like other people’s Parents just understand, you know. So yeah, that was a bit, like I remember KFC was big.  My Mom didn’t understand food coming, that you would pay for, that came in a bucket. Cause she’s like a cleaning item, why? Like I’m paying for it. I want it on a platter, sort of, you know, something.  A plate at least.  Which is what’s so fun about doing a Show like this.  It’s like when you explain things like well Mom, it’s just a bucket. And I don’t know why it’s a bucket but you know, you sound a little bit crazy. And the things that we sort of take for granted like in the Nascar run down where when you sort of really break it down, you sound a little crazy when you talk about it. And that’s sort of this perspective, you know, the immigrant story allows us to kind of shine the spotlight on some of the things that we take for granted and make fun of them.

Question:  I love the ’90s references. How do you pick up which stuff you’re gonna go with?

Nahnatchka Kahn:  I mean that was conscious when we were developing it.  The first question that always sort of comes up is why we set it 20 years ago? Why not make it present day?  You could still tell the same story and for me, it was really important to keep it 20 years ago because of the references, but also because it was the last time before the Internet sort of exploded.  You know, when you couldn’t just get online and find other people who thought like you or liked Music like you and you sort of had to make it work with where you were. You had to befriend kids at school or the neighborhood and if not, then you were alone. And that sort of reinforced their feeling of isolation and feeling like we need to make this work, and we need to follow our dream. There’s no room for failure and so with that like as the sort of general idea of keeping it 20 years ago, we didn’t want that to be like the joke. It wasn’t gonna be like ’90s references every time but it’s real, you know, like all the stuff of the dialogue, internet, and the musical references; that’s stuff that you know.

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FRESH OFF THE BOAT – “The Shunning” – When the cul-de-sac plans a block party to celebrate NASCAR, Louis urges the family to use the event to make new friends (and promote Cattleman’s Ranch Steakhouse). But Jessica has problems fitting in, especially after she befriends a beautiful trophy wife the roller blade moms don’t like.  Meanwhile, Eddie schemes to win the respect of the neighborhood kids, in the time-period premiere of ABC’s new comedy series “Fresh Off the Boat,” TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Nicole Wilder)  Shown: HUDSON YANG, LEAIRE GEORGE, FORREST WHEELER, ELOISE ESTEVEZ

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FRESH OFF THE BOAT – “Success Perm” – Family rivalry spirals out of control when Jessica’s sister, Connie, and her far more affluent husband come to visit. The Huangs try to convince everyone they’re doing great financially, when nothing could be further from the truth. Meanwhile, Eddie is excited to be reunited with his cousin Justin, who introduced him to hip hop, until he learns the kid has moved on to grunge, on “Fresh Off the Boat,” TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10 (8:30-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Gilles Mingasson)
Shown: CONSTANCE WU, RANDALL PARK

After Eddie receives straight A’s in the new school, Jessica makes an appointment with the Principal. Jessica wants to know where the closest CLC is. Check out Eddie’s definition of a CLC in this preview of Episode 102 “Home Sweet Home School” of season one of Fresh Off the Boat. Don’t miss the 2 Episode Premiere Wednesday February 4th.  Watch the clip below, you’ll be happy you did!

Tune in on February 10th, 8 pm/ 7 Central for the newest episode of Fresh Off The Boat! Also be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter too!

 

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