Hands down one of my favorite parts of going to a comic convention is checking out all of the cosplay. I love looking at all the details and recognizing the time that people put in to their outfits. Cosplay has always intrigued me and if I was more talented and crafty, I would cosplay pretty much everywhere I go. Instead I stick to bounding and wearing themed dresses. Niagara Falls Comic Con this year was filled with great cosplay. Everywhere I looked, there was another great outfit to check out.
My kids live for summer – as I am sure most do. Especially at their young age – they are 5 and 7. My whole family looks forward to grilling dinners, playing games in the yard, and just having fun together in the warm weather. Something else my girls are passionate about? Well that would be PJ Masks. Like their Mama, they are big superhero fans. I have started them young with stories about Iron Man and Spider-Man, and so when they first saw PJ Masks on Disney Junior, they fell in love! This summer I am combining two of their loves, outside fun and PJ Masks!
Incredibles fans have been waiting years (14 to be exact!) for Incredibles 2 to come out – and that time is finally here! As you probably know this past April I was visiting Pixar Studios to learn all about Incredibles 2! I saw so many behind the scenes things that really made me appreciate the work that goes in to an animated film like this. While there I also saw about 30 minutes of the movie and trust me, it is going to blow your mind! To help celebrate the release of Incredibles 2, The Hopping Bloggers have come together to bring our readers an Incredibles 2 prize pack worth over $100!
Last week we got the first official poster for How To Train Your Dragon 3 and the title: The Hidden World. We learned so much from it like Toothless meets a girl! What! I am so excited about that part of this movie. I am also excited to see how Hiccup and Astrid’s relationship is coming along. Not only did we get a new poster, we were told that a trailer would be released this week and it is finally here! The first two movies in the series are two of our favorite movies to watch as a family. We have seen them many, many times and have been looking forward to this third one since we found out about it.
Today Sony Pictures Animation launched the first full trailer for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and it is EVERYTHING! WOW! I admit, I am not a huge Ultimate Universe fan but this trailer had me hookline and sinker right from the start. There is humor, the animation is stunning, and this made me very excited to see more. The cameos throughout this trailer have me counting the days down to December 14th.
If you follow me on social media then you already know I went to Hawaii a couple of weeks ago. When I was first planning this getaway with my husband, I turned to Google. I was quickly overwhelmed by all of the activity options and trying to track down reliable reviews. We only had a few days to spend there and I wanted them to be perfect. Then I was told to check TripAdvisor and I was blown away! Using TripAdvisor, we could plan our entire vacation – from hotel, to flights, to all of our activities. We can even check out what restaurants we might want to eat out while away (and we found some great ones!). This site has changed the way I will be booking travel from now on.
One of my favorite meetings from my visit to Pixar Animation Studios, was chatting with Incredibles 2 Director Brad Bird as well as Producers Nicole Grindle and John Walker. I always enjoy hearing about the making of and behind the scenes information when it comes to movies, which made this trip was so special to me. In this interview we talked a lot about the time gap between The Incredibles and Incredibles 2 and what it meant for the film. Not only in regards to the plot, but in regards to constantly evolving technology and so much more.
Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters everywhere July 6th and I am BEYOND excited! I have always been a fan of Scott Lang in the comic books (in fact, I like him more than Hank Pym but SHHHHH! Don’t tell anyone!). If you are in to comic books (or even if you aren’t), here are some that I think are important to read before seeing this movie. Since there are two Ant-Mans in the comics, these will help you get to know Scott – and in one case Hank and Janet!
A Wrinkle In Time was one of my favorite books when I was younger. I remember reading it for school and instantly loving it. In fact, I finished reading it before the time I was required to. I knew going in to this movie that it was not going to be exactly like the book – something that I welcome in films. When I sit down to watch a movie for the first time, it is nice to know that some things will surprise me since it will not follow the story I already know to a T. I had heard mixed reviews on Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time, so I went in with lower expectations. Thanks to that, I really enjoyed the movie!
The process of making an animated film is arguably more complex than shooting a live action one. All of the sets, costumes, characters, etc, have to be created from scratch. If you see a vase holding a plant in the background of a scene, someone had to create that. They had to use an animation program and build that vase AND that plant. Not to mention all of the other little details such as making bricks look like bricks. As we see in Incredibles 2, animators had to create an entire city for the super battles to take place. From background things, to a high speed chase – we learned about the incredible (no pun intended) process!