September 9th is National Care Bears™ #ShareYourCare Day!

September 9th is National Care Bears™ #ShareYourCare Day!

September 9th is National Care Bears™ #ShareYourCare Day!
Do y’all remember me announcing that I am a Care Bears #ShareYourCare ambassador?!  This is, by far, one of the most fun experiences of the year!  I absolutely love The Care Bears and so do all 3 of my kiddos.  I mean, who doesn’t love The Care Bears.  They’re cute, cuddly, and they love everyone.  They also teach amazing lessons on kindness to us all.

September 9th is National Care Bears™ #ShareYourCare Day!

The Care Bears are encouraging fans to spread caring, sharing, love, friendship, acceptance, fun and
happiness to those around them that day, and each and every day of the year! That day, Care Bears is participating in an event helping 10 year old Zach Kaplan of #ZachKapCares and his mission to gift children in need with a soft bear to hug at night by donating 400 Care Bears plush to Leake & Watts, a  head start program serving 8,000 in New York City and Westchester County!

September 9th is National Care Bears™ #ShareYourCare Day!

 

We love to #ShareYourCare throughout our community.  We serve at one of the local homeless shelters and help at the local community food bank with our children.  I volunteer for CASA which helps foster children in our area.  Sometimes we simply take a treat to a teacher or goodies to the local police department.  We love to share our care with everyone.  It gives us such a great feeling of purpose and belonging in our community and it helps someone else have a better day!  Enough about me!  Tell us how you #ShareYourCare.  This is going to be so much fun!  Come on along and help us #ShareYourCare <3

Sign up HERE to find out more about #ShareYourCare and take your oath to share!

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Easy Peasy And Healthy Fruit Cones

Easy Peasy And Healthy Fruit Cones

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Easy Peasy And Healthy Fruit Cones

 It is not always easy to find great healthy after-school snacks for our kids, so we have to get creative.  Sometimes that creativity is easy and sometimes it is hard to achieve.  I am happy to tell you that this time it is SO, SO EASY!  I am all about easy peasy and healthy for the kiddos!  My kids squeal a bit every time I make these fruit cones.  Sometimes, they even give me a hug and kiss *gasp* for being creative.  This is definitely one of those times.  They even request these fruit cones when they have company coming over.  That’s when you know they really love it!

Easy Peasy And Healthy Fruit Cones

It is so easy to make these.  You can really use any fruit you want.  I try and choose the most colorful and sweetest fruit.  Kiwi and pineapple are both great additions to this fun snack.  Just cut them up into bite size pieces and toss them in an ice cream cone and VOILA!  You have a beautifully nutritious after school snack for your little ones :D  You can also use waffle cones or sugar cones.  You can even get fancy and tie a ribbon around the cone!

Easy Peasy And Healthy Fruit Cones

As usual, our local Save A Lot, in Opelousas, was very clean and welcoming.  I know you have to know that this is a rare occurrence these days for most stores.  I have my favorite stores where I love to shop and cleanliness and customer service are at the top of my list of reasons why I choose these stores.  It was super easy for me to find the supplies I need at my store!  I went right over, picked them up, and tossed them in my basket.  Easy peasy, and now it was time to get the rest of my grocery shopping done.

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*Prices may vary by location

Be sure to try all of the Save A Lot brands:

  • Tipton Grove™ variety fruit cups
  • Coburn Farms® String Cheese & Yogurts
  • Bramley’s® Jelly & Spreads
  • Panner® Peanut Butter and Hazel Nutter
  • Higgs® Crackers, Chips, and snacks
  • Kiggins™ Cereal
  • Morning Delight® Toaster Pastries

Be sure to check out Save A Lot on Twitter, Facebook & Pinterest!

* * * NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!!! * * *

Hey, that’s not all y’all!  I have a $25 Save A Lot gift card to give away!  All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me your favorite healthy after school snack.  I’ll be choosing a winner on Wednesday, September 9, via Random.org.  One entry per household, please.

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 **Giveaway ends 09/09/15 at 3:00 AM CST. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to US, 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.  Please allow 8 weeks for delivery of prize. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.**

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Watch The Trailer For Will Smith’s New Thriller Concussion #ForTheGame

Watch The Trailer For Will Smith’s New Thriller Concussion #ForTheGame

Watch The Trailer For Will Smith's New Thriller Concussion #ForTheGame

Where do I start with Concussion?  I absolutely adore Will Smith and have watched all of the specials on football head injuries.  To say I’m completely intrigued with this, based on a true story movie, would be an understatement.  This movie has been a long time in the making and is long overdue.  My children are very involved in sports, but I have to say, that I took my son out of football because of the huge risk of head injuries.  I cannot wait to see how Will Smith brings this very important story to life!  Check out the trailer below.  You’ll be happy you did :)

Will Smith stars in Concussion, a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. Omalu’s emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world.

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Khan Academy And Pixar Launch Pixar in a Box #PixarInABox

Khan Academy And Pixar Launch Pixar in a Box #PixarInABox

Khan Academy And Pixar Launch Pixar in a Box #PixarInABox

 

This is exciting y’all!  I don’t know if you have ever used Khan Academy, but if you haven’t, now is the time to try it out!  My kids are going to FLIP!  Khan Academy just launched Pixar in a Box, a behind-the-scenes look at Pixar Animation Studios’ creative process. It’s a Free online curriculum that shows how Pixar filmmakers use science, technology, engineering, art and math to create movie magic.  Khan Academy is overflowing with lessons and plans that are very popular with the homeschool community, but we also use it to supplement our children’s public school lessons.  Adding a Pixar element just makes Khan Academy that much more AWESOME!   

Free online curriculum shows how Pixar filmmakers use science, technology, engineering, art and math to create movie magic  

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Today, Pixar in a Box – a new online resource that explores the academic concepts behind Pixar Animation Studios’ creative process – goes live on KhanAcademy.org. Through a series of video lessons, interactive exercises, and hands-on activities, students will discover how the academic concepts they learn in school enable Pixar filmmakers to create new worlds, animate unique characters and tell stories through animation. Although designed especially for students in middle and high school, these resources are available to learners of all ages, completely free of charge.

“Our mission at Khan Academy is a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere,” said Sal Khan, Founder and CEO of the not-for-profit Khan Academy. “Sparking student interest in math and other academic fields is a key part of that, and we’re delighted to collaborate with Pixar to achieve this goal. Pixar in a Box gives students a new way to engage with key academic concepts and see how creative these concepts can be.” [Read more…]

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The Force Awakens Around the World #ForceFriday #StarWars

The Force Awakens Around the World #ForceFriday #StarWars

Star Wars Fans Invited to Join Epic Global Event on YouTube 

The Force Awakens Around the World #ForceFriday #StarWars

Can you believe that next week is September already?!  This can only mean 1 thing for shoppers everywhere:  Star Wars:  The Force Awakens merchandise is going to be everywhere!  Oh yes!  You say Christmas is right around the corner; I say, get your running shoe ready for all of the amazing Star Wars toys, clothes and accessories that are about to hit the shelves everywhere!  There is no doubt that, with Star Wars:  The Force Awakens opening in theaters everywhere on December 18, that someone on your list is going to want Star Wars related gifts this holiday season.  My son’s birthday is December 6, and I am sure he’s going to want to go to the movies for his birthday and Star Wars is sure to be at the top of his list.  In the meantime; there are some pretty amazing events happening around cyberspace to keep us occupied with all things Star Wars!

Toy unboxing phenomenon goes live globally for the first time ahead of ‘Force Friday 

Online event featuring talent from the Maker Studios network gives fans first look at film-inspired toys ahead of midnight madness at retail 

Glendale, Calif. (Aug. 25, 2015) – Star Wars: The Force Awakens products are set to be unveiled in the world’s first-ever global live toy unboxing event. Unfolding over 18 hours in 15 cities and 12 countries, the event will see highlights from the range of epic merchandise revealed in a rolling New Year’s Eve style celebration featuring top digital stars from the Maker Studios network.

Star Wars toys have always played an important role in how our fans interact with the Saga,” says Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “They’ve inspired multiple generations to relive the experience of the movies and to create new adventures all their own. These spectacular Star Wars: The Force Awakens products will continue that tradition.”

Kicking off in Sydney, Australia on the morning of September 3, and continuing through Asia,  Europe, Canada, and North & South America, selections from the new toy line will debut to global fanfare leading up to retailers around the globe opening their doors at midnight.

The Force Awakens Around the World #ForceFriday #StarWars

“Over the course of 18 hours, some of Maker Studios’ biggest stars will each be unboxing a new toy from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens product line in a different city around the world and sharing the experience live on YouTube.” said Leslie Ferraro, President, Disney Consumer Products. “We’ve seen tremendous excitement for these new products and can’t wait to see the global reaction from the Star Wars fan community.” [Read more…]

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Grab A Wholesome Snack On The Go With Emerald Nuts

Grab A Wholesome Snack On The Go With Emerald Nuts

Grab A Wholesome Snack On The Go With Emerald Nuts

School has started back y’all!  You know what that means, don’t you?  Hungry, hungry kids after school.  My kids have always been huge fans of all kinds of nuts and nutty snacks.  Emerald® Nuts have long been a staple in our pantry.  We have been buying  Emerald Breakfast On the Go!™  for a couple of years.  They make great snacks on road trips and camping trips.  Now they have the new Emerald Breakfast On the Go!™ Nutty Bites which are even more appealing than their original breakfast variety.

Grab A Wholesome Snack On The Go With Emerald Nuts

We love to take walks and almost always take Decker, our black lab, along.  He’s such a sweet rescue pup!  My 10 year old son and 9 year old daughter both have different ideas of what tastes yummy for a snack, so they always take something different.  I think, a lot of times, they do it just to be different.  Hannah likes bags.  She puts everything in a bag, so the Emerald Breakfast On the Go Nutty Bites are perfect to fit in her little bag or even her pocket (not that she ever uses her pockets).  They really are a great size and have the little bit of sweet she’s always craving.

Grab A Wholesome Snack On The Go With Emerald Nuts

Isaiah, on the other hand, loves salty nuts.  He’s not as big of a fan of sweet snacks as Hannah is, so he will take a can of Emerald Nuts.  He’s a boy and LOVES to have something to carry in his hand.  I’m not sure if that’s a boy thing or what, but he always has something in his hand.  I think it makes him feel strong :D  Having a can to rattle and make noise to annoy his little sister is just an added bonus!

Grab A Wholesome Snack On The Go With Emerald Nuts

So, now, why Emerald brand and not some other brand?  You know, that’s a good question.  We have always loved Emerald.  Maybe we’re spoiled to them, but when it comes to salty snacks I am very picky.  I don’t really change brands often.  It’s kind of the same reason I use the same brand of Cajun seasoning; because I like it and I know how much salt is in it.  I don’t like to be surprised by too much or too little salt.  To me, that ruins a salty snack.  I always know what to expect from Emerald and it is just the right amount for us :D

Grab A Wholesome Snack On The Go With Emerald Nuts

Emerald Breakfast on the go! Is available at Walmart stores nationwide and Emerald Nuts canisters are available EXLUSIVELY at Walmart, so get a little nuttier this summer with Emerald Nuts!  Emerald Nuts wants to know how you snack and eat nuts. Take this 10 minute survey; they will be sending a $5 Walmart gift cards to the first 100 people that fully complete the survey (U.S. citizens only, must be 18 years or older to participate) HERE! Be sure to like  Emerald on facebook.  

* Right now you can print a coupon for $0.65 off 1 Emerald Nut item.  Print your coupon now!

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Live Action Films At D23 Expo #D23Expo

Live Action Films At D23 Expo #D23Expo

Live Action Films At D23 Expo #D23Expo

As if the D23 Expo wasn’t amazing enough; they also slated the new live action films from Disney, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm!  I was on the edge of my seat when I saw what was coming down the pike.  Can you imagine how amazing the next two years are going to be at the theaters.  Although Disney, by themselves, is enough to get anyone excited, but then comes Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm.   All of them revealed exclusive news and details about the upcoming live action films, aided by live and video appearances from talent and filmmakers. Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn hosted the highly anticipated biennial event.

“It’s quite something to be able to have Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm all on the same stage, and it’s tremendously gratifying to unveil our upcoming projects to our most dedicated fans first,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “We always have an incredible time at the D23 EXPO.”

After welcoming the crowd to D23 EXPO 2015, Horn introduced Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, and Sean Bailey, President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, to present overviews of the Marvel Studios and Disney live action slates. Later Horn returned to the stage to present the Lucasfilm film slate to the enthusiastic audience.

Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE (#DoctorStrange)

Kevin Feige led off with a glimpse into the world of Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE, featuring  a video greeting by Benedict Cumberbatch, who stars as the title character, followed by a pre-production piece that offered fans a taste of the look and feel of the upcoming  film, opening in U.S. theaters on October 26, 2016.

Live Action Films At D23 Expo #D23Expo

Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (#Captain America & #CivilWar)

Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR marched into D23 EXPO with an introduction by its producer, Kevin Feige. To the delight of the audience, Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie showed up on stage to help Feige show never-seen-before footage from the movie. Before the footage rolled, Feige revealed that there was a special “Easter egg” for fans to find: it was aptly a nod to D23 EXPO.

Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR picks up where “Avengers: Age of Ultron” left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.

The movie stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Frank Grillo, Tom Holland, with William Hurt and Daniel Brühl. Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR is directed by Anthony & Joe Russo and produced by Kevin Feige. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore and Stan Lee serve as executive producers and the screenplay is by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR opens in the U.S. on May 6, 2016.

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D23 Expo Like You’ve Never Seen It! #D23Expo

D23 Expo Like You’ve Never Seen It! #D23Expo

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In case you haven’t heard; the biggest Disney event of the year (and possibly all time) happened this past weekend and boy oh boy, was it exciting.  I had butterflies in my stomach all weekend watching as my friends were taking us along on their exciting D23Expo journey through everything Disney all weekend.  They met, what seemed like, every single Disney actor, both old and new.  I was just in awe as I saw the first photos of Harrison Ford, The Rock, Ellen Degeneres, and John Lasseter came through my Twitter and Facebook feeds.  How could you not get excited watching all of the announcements of every magical Disney moment that is set to release in the next 2-3 years.  This is an exciting time for Disney and I am just amazed that I get to walk through these moments myself and with my amazing blogging community!  Take a few minutes and just walk with me through all of the amazing memories made this weekend in Anaheim.

D23 Expo Like You've Never Seen It! #D23Expo

This past weekend at the D23 EXPO in Anaheim, CA, numerous talent and filmmakers from Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios introduced fans to array of new stories and characters—from a lost dinosaur to a master wayfinder, a scheming fox to a forgetful fish. The audience of 7,500 was treated to sneak peeks, musical performances and appearances from stars like Ellen DeGeneres, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dwayne Johnson, Randy Newman and Ty Burrell, among others.

John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, led the presentations, calling on a host of filmmakers from both studios to introduce the upcoming slate of films. “We really have an unbelievable range of movies in production at our studios right now,” said Lasseter. “The stories are dynamic, fresh and so much fun; the characters new and old are so appealing. I’m excited to share some of our long-held secrets for the first time at the D23 EXPO.”

D23 Expo Like You've Never Seen It! #D23Expo

THE GOOD DINOSAUR (#GoodDino)

Anticipation for Disney·Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR was amplified when Director Peter Sohn and Producer Denise Ream shared breathtaking sequences with fans, including never-before-seen footage of a trio of T-Rexes in action.

In theaters on November 25, 2015, the film introduces audiences to Arlo, a sheltered Apatosaurus who finds himself far from home, and Spot, Arlo’s unlikely human friend. “Arlo and Spot journey through a world that has been greatly inspired by the American Northwest,” said Sohn. “It is epic in scope, soul-enriching and simultaneously beautiful and treacherous. In this world, we meet up with a very special family of T-Rexes, who help Arlo find a way through his personal fears and ultimately teach Arlo what he’s truly made of.”

D23 Expo Like You've Never Seen It! #D23Expo

ZOOTOPIA (#Zootopia)

International superstar Shakira is lending her Grammy®-winning voice to Gazelle, the biggest pop star in ZOOTOPIA, D23 EXPO fans learned via a taped message from Shakiratoday. Ginnifer Goodwin (ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” “Something Borrowed,” “Walk the Line”), the voice of the film’s rookie rabbit officer Judy Hopps, saluted fans alongsideDirectors Byron Howard (“Tangled”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph”), and Producer Clark Spencer (“Wreck-It Ralph”). Hilarious new scenes from the film were unveiled, plus a tease of the all-new original song, “Try Everything,” written by singer-songwriter Sia and songwriting duo Stargate, and performed by Shakira.

Said Howard, “For the role of Gazelle, Zootopia’s most beloved superstar, there was only one person on our wish list: Shakira. Luckily for us, she said yes. Her immense talent and charm bring Gazelle and her song, ‘Try Everything,’ to life.” Walt Disney Animation Studios’ ZOOTOPIA opens nationwide March 4, 2016.

D23 Expo Like You've Never Seen It! #D23Expo

FINDING DORY (#FindingDory)

Ellen DeGeneres (“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”), the voice of everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, took a dip with D23 EXPO attendees this afternoon, celebrating Disney·Pixar’s upcoming film FINDING DORY. Joining DeGeneres on stage this afternoon were Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family”), who lends his voice to Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”), the voice of Bailey, a misguided beluga whale; and Kaitlin Olson (“Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), who voices Destiny, a kind-hearted whale shark. Oscar®-winning Director Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”), co-director Angus MacLane and Producer Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”) offered details about the all-new story, which reunites Dory with friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale?

Said Stanton, “In FINDING DORY, we can expect to address the one emotionally open-ended issue that remained from the first movie: Where is Dory’s family, and will this overly-optimistic fish with short-term memory loss ever be able to find them again? Her issue has also given us the opportunity to travel to very different locations, on land and sea, and meet a variety of new sea creatures that expand the world of Nemo, Marlin and Dory.”

Also featuring the voices of Albert Brooks, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton, Disney·Pixar’s FINDING DORY swims into theaters June 17, 2016.

D23 Expo Like You've Never Seen It! #D23Expo

MOANA (#Moana)

Dwayne Johnson (“San Andreas,” “Furious 7,” HBO’s “Ballers”), who lends his voice to the mighty demi-god Maui in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ MOANA, hit the stage at D23 EXPO this afternoon. Renowned Directors John Musker and Ron Clements (“The Little Mermaid,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Aladdin”), and Producer Osnat Shurer(Oscar®-nominated Pixar shorts “One Man Band,” “Boundin’”) shared dazzling early test footage and revealed plans for the film’s inspired music and the extraordinary team behind it. Tony®-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Broadway’s hottest new hit “Hamilton,” Tony-winning “In the Heights”), Grammy®-winning composer Mark Mancina (“Speed”, “Tarzan” “The Lion King”) and Opetaia Foa’i (founder and lead singer of the world music award-winning band Te Vaka) blend their diverse and dynamic talents to help tell the tale of a spirited teenager who sets out to prove herself a master wayfinder.

“Our research took us deep into the South Pacific,” said Clements. “The wonderful people we met there, their rich history and traditions, and their fantastic music changed us forever.”

“We can’t wait to bring those experiences to MOANA,” added Musker. “We are incredibly lucky to be able to work with three amazing artists who are the absolute best at what they do. The sounds they create will be something we’ve never heard before—but it’ll feel like it’s been part of this world forever.”

Foa’i and his band Te Vaka capped the presentation with a show-stopping performance illustrating the magic of the movie’s music. MOANA sails into U.S. theaters on November 23, 2016.

D23 Expo Like You've Never Seen It! #D23Expo

TOY STORY 4 / TOY STORY 20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION (#ToyStory4)

Pixar Animation Studios marks the 20th Anniversary of TOY STORY this year. Said Lasseter, “All the characters from ‘Toy Story’—especially Woody and Buzz—are so close to us. They seem more like family members than just creations. Not only do we dearly love the characters, but we also love the world of ‘Toy Story’—the world where toys come to life when people are not in the room has always been rich with many story possibilities.”

Lasseter, who’s one of Pixar’s three founders, celebrated 20 years since TOY STORY transformed the animation industry and the art of storytelling. He welcomed to the stage iconic two-time Oscar®-winning songwriter and longtime Pixar collaborator Randy Newman, whose Pixar credits include “Toy Story,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Cars.”

Also joining in the celebration were TOY STORY 4 co-director Josh Cooley (“Cars 2,” “Ratatouille”) and Producer Galyn Susman (“Toy Story OF TERROR!”). Screenwriters Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (“Celeste & Jesse Forever”) joined Buzz, Woody and Bo Peep for the celebration. “I’m very proud of our films,” said Lasseter. “When we made the first three TOY STORY films, we didn’t realize what we had done was to change the genre of each of the films’ story. For TOY STORY 4, we are doing a type of story we have not done before: a love story. It’s a story about a relationship between Woody and Bo Peep. ”  TOY STORY 4, which will be directed by Lasseter and produced by Susman, is slated for release on June 16, 2017.

D23 Expo Like You've Never Seen It! #D23Expo

GIGANTIC (#Gigantic)

Things are looking up at Walt Disney Animation Studios – way up. GIGANTIC, Disney’s unique take on “Jack and the Beanstalk,” will feature music from Oscar®-winningsongwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who greeted D23 EXPO fans in signature style—in song—alongside Director Nathan Greno (“Tangled”) andProducer Dorothy McKim (“Get A Horse!”).

“I always wanted to be part of the Disney legacy,” said Greno. “I loved those classic stories brought to life—‘Snow White’ or ‘Cinderella’—in a way that made those films the definitive version for generations. I want to carry on that tradition by bringing ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ to modern audiences. We’re taking parts of the story we all remember and adding twists and turns, emotion and humor.”

Set in Spain during the Age of Exploration, Disney’s GIGANTIC follows adventure-seeker Jack as he discovers a world of giants hidden within the clouds. He hatches a grand plan with Inma, a 60-foot-tall, 11-year-old girl, and agrees to help her find her way home. But he doesn’t account for her super-sized personality—and who knew giants were so down to earth? GIGANTIC hits theaters in 2018.

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COCO (#Coco)

Director Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”) and Producer Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”) revealed the title of their upcoming film: Disney·Pixar’s COCO is the celebration of a lifetime, where the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads to a most extraordinary and surprising family reunion.

“As artists and filmmakers, we couldn’t help but be drawn to the striking visuals of Dia de los Muertos,” said Unkrich and Anderson. “But it was the celebration’s core themes of family, remembrance and connection across generations that resonated within and truly inspired us. Dia de los Muertos is as singular as the Mexican culture, while at the same time completely universal in its message.

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About D23 EXPO 2015

D23 EXPO—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping and more. The event provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks and celebrities. For the latest D23 EXPO 2015 news, visit D23EXPO.com. Presentations, talent and schedule subject to change. To join the D23 EXPO conversation, make sure to follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube, and use the hashtag #D23EXPO.

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold and General Membership levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.

“In our story,” they continued, “the celebration of Dia de los Muertos serves as the perfect backdrop for our main character to ask where he comes from, what his place is within his family, and how families stay woven together across time through the simple act of remembrance.”

 

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