‘Frozen Fever’ will warm kids’ hearts

It’s hard to let Frozen go, and now you don’t have to.

The Oscar-winning movie’s devotees can revel in the effervescent seven-minute animated short film Frozen Fever for more icy fun (*** out of four; not rated; opens March 13 with Cinderella).

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Directed by Frozen filmmakers Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, Fever is centered on a surprise birthday party for Princess Anna (Kristen Bell) thrown by her older sister, Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel) in the Norwegian-flavored kingdom of Arendelle.

Elsa wants to make it a perfect day for her sister, so she enlists the help of Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his reindeer Sven, as well as Olaf the snowman (Josh Gad).

The good-natured tale revisits some key moments from the 2013 hit and adds some vivid imagery, including emerald-green dresses for the royal sisters. Given the massive popularity of its predecessor — Frozen is the highest-grossing animated film of all time — the short is bound to appeal to legions of fans.

As Elsa showers Anna with gifts and special experiences for her birthday, Elsa begins to sniffle and show signs of sickness. Anna worries that she might be catching a cold.

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Elsa dismisses the idea. Besides, she says, “A cold never bothered me anyway.”

(The idea for that line might have come from comments Menzel has made about children singing those lyrics from the Frozen hit Let It Go, not realizing the original line was “the cold never bothered me anyway.”)

The short, which will run in theaters with Disney’s live-action Cinderella, opens with Elsa putting the finishing touches on a beautiful, four-tiered, turquoise-colored ice cream cake, decorated with sunflowers. When she goes to wake her younger sister, Anna is fast asleep and sporting her signature tousled bedhead, a familiar image from the original movie.

This sequel of sorts features an original tune, Making Today a Perfect Day, by Frozen‘s Oscar-winning musical team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, with the lyrics “We’re making today a perfect day for you.” It’s not as catchy as most of the Frozen soundtrack, but it’s pleasant. It’s also likely to become a song heard at thousands of little girls’ birthday parties.

Although Fever is not as exhilarating and inventive as the original, it’s still a treat to see an abridged tale of these two sisters in a warmhearted spinoff.

Meet the Snowgies in the new poster for Frozen Fever (Photo)

If there was ever a Walt Disney animated feature that has absolutely taken the world by storm, it has been the story of the love between two sisters told in the animated adventure Frozen.

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In just a matter of days, Frozen fans will get to revisit the magic all over again as the animated short Frozen Fever hits theaters alongside the latest Walt Disney live-action adventure Cinderella, starring Downton Abbey actress Lily James and Game of Thrones star Richard Madden as Cinderella and Prince Charming.Back in February, fans got a look at a number of images from the upcoming family-friendly adventure that gave us our first real look at what we could expect from the film.

Now, we have a look at a new poster for the film that introduces us to a group of adorable new characters that may just help warm a frozen heart, the Snowgies.

In the new poster, which you can see below, we see sisters Anna and Elsa happy as can be as they prepare for Anna’s big birthday bash. Front and center is everyone’sfavorite sun-loving snowman Olaf. Alongside them are the mischievous little Snowgies.

You see…in Frozen Fever, Elsa is attempting to prepare the castle to host a big birthday party for her sister Anna. There is just one little hitch in her plan, shehas a bit of a cold. Something like this is bad enough for a normal girl, but imagine this same issue on a girl that has frozen powers.Every time that Queen Elsa lets out a sneeze, more Snowgies come flurrying into the world.

Surprisingly enough, the version of the Snowgies you see in the poster were not always the way they were intended. In an interview with Yahoo! Movies, Frozen Fever producer Peter Del Vecho tells fans that the Snowgies started off as something much different, mini Olafs.

Thankfully, they decided to go another route with the characters.

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While we absolutely love Olaf, we can’t quite see him being the fatherly type as he is very much a free-spirited and fun loving kid at heart himself. Besides, there are some things in this world that you just shouldn’t mess with, and this is one of them.

It comes as no surprise that Walt Disney would be looking to expand on the Frozen brand. Frozen has brought in an amazing $440.7 million domestically. Along with they shopping $873.5 million the film has earned overseas, it has a worldwide gross of over $1.27 billion. Yes…billion.

Just what does the future hold for Anna, Elsa, and the rest of the Frozen gang? You won’t have to wait very much longer to find out, but you will have to see the live-action version of Cinderella to find out.

New Frozen Fever Poster Reveals Snowgies Characters

Frozen Fever” may only be an animated short follow-up to Frozen, as opposed to a full fledged sequel, but it still is going to find the time to introduce some new characters that will undoubtedly move plenty of Disney merchandise well into the next Christmas Deep Freeze in December.

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Yep, meet the “Snowgies,” who are so cute that the poster already makes you want to give them a hug. It appears that Olaf is about to be a big brother, because Elsa is up to creating snow-based life forms again.

Producer Peter Del Vecho told Yahoo that the characters come to life when Elsa sneezes. They were initially supposed to be like mini Olafs until they realized that they wanted Olaf to remain unique. “So quickly it evolved into these fun little snowballs we call ‘snowgies’ that bring a lot of mischief and fun to the short.”

Well they certainly tend to suggest that Elsa’s ability to create life should take on some biblical connotations past a certain point. But ignoring the Frankenstein shaped elephant in this room, they definitely look adorable—like miniature Stay Puft Marshmallow Men in their infancy.

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Frozen Fever” reunites Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck on directorial duties, and stars the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, and Jonathan Groff. It will appear in theaters this Friday in front of the live-action remake of Disney’s Cinderella, which stars Lily James and Richard Madden.

Care Bear craze: Step back into the 1980s as retro toy makes comeback in Derby

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It’s back to the 1980s for the latest toy trend, as Suzanne Nelson reports.

OVER the past few years there has been a resurgence in popularity for toys that first became must-haves for children in the 1980s.

Many parents have found themselves buying their children revamped versions of toys that they used to play with – such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, My Little Pony and Transformers.

Now to add to the list are the cute and colourful Care Bear characters that first hit the big time in the early 1980s.

Care Bears each have their own color and “belly badge” to represent its character and personality, such as Share Bear and Grumpy Bear.

And according to Toy Planet, in Derby’s Intu shopping Centre, the bears have been flying off the shelves since they first started stocking them just over a month ago.

Eleanor Cullen, one of the store’s managers, said: “They have been selling incredibly quickly. We sold out of the first delivery within a couple of weeks.

“We had a new delivery just over a week ago, which included two Tenderheart Bears that sold within a day.”

The toys were created by American Greetings in late 1981 for a line of greeting cards but soon had their own films, TV show and range of merchandise.

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They were a big craze in the 1980s, trickled into the 90s and are now seeing another huge revival.

“Care Bears were on the list of top toys for 2015,” said Eleanor.

“They have a broad appeal – adults see them and remember them from the 1980s and either buy them for nostalgia or to introduce them to their own children and children like them because they’re cute and cuddly.

“They each promote a moral message too, such as sharing and harmony.”

There are several characters in the new range, including Cheer Bear, Share Bear, Harmony Bear, Grumpy Bear and Tenderheart Bear, which are all sold by Toy Planet. Large Care Bears with a DVD are priced £17.99 and smaller bears are £7.99.

Eleanor said: “Cheer Bear has been the most popular, followed by Share Bear – although we have sold quite a few Grumpy Bears too.

“We have a shop in Burton’s High Street and it has seen big demand for Care Bears since they came into stock. They are flying off the shelves.”

As well as Care Bears, Eleanor is also tipping several other toys for big success in 2015.

These include the new Lego ranges – Speed Champion Lego and Lego Elves – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and merchandise linked to the new Avengers movie and Disney’s Frozen Fever short sequel to the popular animated film.

And she believes that last year’s Loom Bands craze will be overtaken by Shopkins – fun, small collectable characters that live in a shopping world.

She said: “These are rubbery little figures that look like supermarket items. They’re selling well and I think they will take over Loom Bands.”

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MEET THE CARE BEAR BUNCH:

CHEER BEAR

Cheer practically invented looking on the bright side! She often makes up cheers right on the spot for encouragement or to help solve a problem. Spreading happiness is as evident in her constant smile as they are on her belly badge.

SHARE BEAR

Share is her name, and sharing is her game! Share Bear is a nurturing and generous bear who considers everyone her friend. Carefree and loving, Share is happiest when she’s giving – or baking! She thinks sharing is such a treat, that she shows it with her belly badge – two heart-shaped lollipops.

FUNSHINE BEAR

For Funshine, having fun is job number one. Nothing makes him happier than hanging with friends, or going on adventures – making even more friends along the way! He makes the most of his days with sunny optimism and for being fearless. Funshine’s belly badge reflects this spirit – a smiling, blazing yellow sun.

GRUMPY BEAR

Behind Grumpy’s gruffness is a big softie who really cares. He’s great at connecting with children and reminds those who are having a bad day that they’re always loved – which is why his belly badge is a rain cloud with heart-shaped raindrops.

TENDERHEART BEAR

Tenderheart is very wise, grandfatherly bear whose heart is always in the right place. Whether it’s advice or understanding, he knows just what a child needs to help them share their feelings. He has the perfect belly badge for the job, too – a big, red heart

HARMONY BEAR

A talented performer who is all about bringing folks together and encouraging them do their best, especially through music. She believes that differences are the key to creating harmony in the world. The flower on her belly badge reflects this by having different coloured petals.

WONDERHEART BEAR

Silly, sweet and full of joy, Wonderheart is Tenderheart’s neice. Always wanting to be part of the bigger bears’ adventures, she is a playfully curious bear who is never short on questions – about everything. Her belly badge is clearly a little heart, but she won’t know what its full power is until she’s a little older.

Banana industry turns to Minions from Despicable Me movie to boost sales

While growers battle to save their farms from the deadly virus and the threat of further spread from Cyclone Nathan bearing down on north Queensland, their promotional arm has signed up the Minions of the Despicable Me franchise to sell their fruit.

In the short film Banana, the Minions indulge their craving for fruit, particularly bananas. They also sing the Ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-nana song.

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Universal Studios and banana marketing group Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA) are negotiating to promote bananas and the upcoming Minions movie in supermarkets in coming weeks.

HIA general manager marketing David Chenu said “it’s a logical pairing”.

Minions are hugely popular little creatures. They live off and their favourite food is bananas. In Australia, too, the banana is the nation’s most popular food. Five million bananas are eaten every single day in this country.

“There is a strong emotional connection to bananas.”

He said the dire threat to the nation’s banana supply by the first confirmed case of Panama disease on a Tully farm on the weekend had hit growers hard. Panama disease wiped-out the commercial banana industry in the Northern Territory two decades ago.

It is also behind a series of devastating large-scale outbreaks in China, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.

“It has been a massive wake-up call to the way we go about producing, growing and selling bananas. We don’t see any foreseeable impact on supply, taste, price or good value of bananas.”

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Fears are growing heavy rain associated with Cyclone Nathan will hamper surveillance efforts around Tully, where the disease was detected.

Biosecurity Queensland continues to investigate a confirmed case of Panama disease Tropical Race 4 at a Dingo Pocket banana farm, however weather conditions have closed its mobile office at Tully IGA until Monday.

Nathan is expected to cross the coast tomorrow morning.

Saturday Morning Cartoon! ‘Disney’s Goofy Troop’

he long running era of the Saturday morning cartoon has officially ended, but no one can stop you from fulfilling your true weekend calling. Disney Cartoon and Saturday mornings were made for each other and no one can tell us otherwise. It is to that end that we maintain vigil, bringing you animated selections each Saturday morning until the internet dies, or until we run out, good thing there’s always reruns. “Disney’s Goof Troop” Episode 1.3 “Axed by Addition” (8 out of 10) Created by Peter Montgomery; Directed by Robert Taylor; Written by Marion Wells; Starring Dana Hill, Rob Paulsen, and Jim Cummings; Originally aired September 7, 1992. In “Disney’s Goof Troop” Goofy moves back to his home town of Spoonerville and into a house next to his old friend Pete. The series centers on Goofy’s attempts at raising his son Max as a single father and Max’s relationship with Pete’s son PJ. The series was later adapted into “A Goofy Movie” which involves the same characters but takes place a few years later. In the episode “Axed by Addition” Pete threatens PJ with a lifetime grounding if he fails an upcoming math test. The following day PJ blanks during the test after staying up all night studying with Max. Having no memory of the test he assumes he failed and at Max’s suggestion, decides to do everything he’s ever wanted to do in the next 24 hours before his report card arrives.so as Mickey Mouse mascot costume and Winnie the Pooh mascot costume. He and Max make a bucket list and plan to fake sick to stay home from school to get it all done before the mail comes at 3:30. Max does PJ up to look like he has two obscure diseases in order to convince Pete to let him stay home. Pete takes the bait but Max and PJ were too convincing so Pete calls an ambulance when he sees the severity of the illness. Max follows Pete and PJ to the hospital and sneaks in pretending to be a doctor, and sneaks PJ out wrapped in bandages. The doctors come back and find PJ’s bucket list along with the broccoli and mush they used to simulate the diseases. When the doctors try to explain what they’ve discovered Pete runs out of the hospital thinking that PJ is dying and has snuck out to go out with a bang before he dies. Max and PJ hit the town at warp speed to check off everything on the list with only a few hours remaining. With the help of a skateboard, a wheelchair, and an unlimited supply of childhood moxie they do it all: 400 pounds of burgers, twelve slasher movies all at once, down a hill in a shopping cart, kissing Cynthia, and the three scariest rides at Terrorland. 10034_original Pete chases him through town going down the list the doctors retrieved from the hospital. If he were as smart as he wants PJ to be he might have skipped to the end and cut him off but instead wreaks havoc through the city. Pete gets home just in time to see PJ passed out on the floor, thinking he’s dead he cradles his son in his arms and apologizes for all the mistakes he’s made raising him. Just then the doctor calls to tell Pete that PJ isn’t really sick. Just when PJ thinks his life is really over his report card comes in the mail and he discovers he earned an A in math afterall. This cartoon served as a daily before school ritual for most of junior high and I have fond memories of it. I was glad to see that it holds up well even after more than twenty years. “Disney’s Goofy Troop” earns seven stars out of ten because it’s a hell of a lot of fun, it captures the fears and excitement of being a kid, and it features the talents of some of my favorite actors. Bippity-bop-bop-ba-doo-wop. Yeah! Source From http://www.mascotshows.com/ 

Pixar Sequel Toy Story 4 Plot Details Emerge

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Among all of Pixar’s recent movie announcements, the reveal that we would be seeing a Toy Story 4 was perhaps the most troubling. First of all, everyone loves a good trilogy. For whatever reason, three movies and you’re out is a fine and satisfying strategy – rarely does a fourth movie improve upon anything.

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But most of all, Toy Story 3 was the rare third movie of a series that surpassed everyone’s expectations by delivering one of the most remarkable, heartfelt and emotional movies in Pixar’s illustrious history. If you are able to shake that moment when the toys stare down imminent death than you are made of stronger stuff than I. And the final scene of Andy playing with his toys one last time before handing them down? Perfection.

How can this toy story be improved? Well, amid statements from Pixar personnel, including the co-directors John Lasseter and John Cooley, trying to ease everyone’s worries about potentially ruining a perfectly good ending, Pixar president Jim Morris shed some light on where Toy Story 4 is heading:

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To refute the idea that Disney and Pixar are simply continuing the Toy Story franchise due to the guarantee of more truck loads of money, Morris replied, ““That’s not what it’s about. It’s about an idea that is met with enthusiasm.”

The idea does have great pedigree as it was the result of some brainstorming by the titans of Pixar, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich and John Lasseter. After coming up with the inspiration, Lasseter said he, “could not stop thinking about it” and “knew [he] had to make it.”

Scripting a Love Story

All of this news makes the prospect of Toy Story 4 much more interesting than simply finding another reason for Woody to save Buzz or vice versa. And this love story angle makes a lot more sense as to why Will McCormack and Rashida Jones were brought on to write the screenplay.

Many people know Rashida Jones as a comic force on Parks and Recreation and movies like I Love You, Man but Jones and McCormack previously penned the well received break-up comedy Celeste and Jesse Forever. So, in the light of this love story, romance plot of Toy Story 4, it does sense that Disney and Pixar would want to bring in a strong female voice to the scriptwriting.

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Since Pixar is taking some steps to call Toy Story 4 a stand-alone sequel, I wonder if they might go so far as to eventually retitle the movie to something like Toy Story: The Bonnie Adventure. I doubt it would do much harm and it could go a long way to appropriately set people’s expectations.

Creating a Love Buzz Lightyear

You can count me among the people that were highly skeptical about Pixar moving forward with Toy Story 4, but the idea of a stand-alone sequel that places its focus on a good love story is full of possibilities. The previous movies have grown up with Andy and after we left him heading to college it is the perfect time to introduce the subject of love into the themes Toy Story has dealt with.

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Will it revolve around an established romance like that between Buzz and Jessie and possibly include more background on Jessie’s original owner? Will Toy Story 4 find a way to get Woody involved in helping to save Andy’s first love? How old will Bonnie be in 2017 anyway? Only time will tell.

Do All Animated Female Disney Characters Have The Same Face?

Frozen-Anna-Elsa-700x300 Leave it to the Internet to find controversy in the most unlikely place. Specifically, the faces of Disney characters costume. A few blogs have noticed that in the past several years, specifically in Disney and Pixar’s computer animated films, animators have used the exact same face shape for every single female character. That’s opposed to the male characters who have wildly varied facial constructions. What’s up with that? Check out the animated female Disney characters below. These images are from the Every Flavored Bean Tumblr. Here’s the basic idea. These are the faces of all the male and female characters in recent Disney movies. The women are all almost exactly the same while the men are super different. Is this on purpose? Or does Disney just have a very specific idea of animated beauty? For an answer to that, we go to a quote from Lino DiSalvo, the head of animation on Frozen: Historically speaking, animating female characters are really, really difficult, ’cause they have to go through these range of emotions, but they’re very, very — you have to keep them pretty and they’re very sensitive to — you can get them off a model very quickly. So, having a film with two hero female characters was really tough, and having them both in the scene and look very different if they’re echoing the same expression; that Elsa looking angry looks different from Anna being angry. Wait, doesn’t everyone look different from everyone? Aren’t we all expressive? I guess, in a way, men sometimes have more pronounced features, which could make animating easier. That still doesn’t cover the way all these faces look the same. What are your thoughts on this? Do you think this is just a coincidence or something more? There are so many Disney character costume as Anna costume,Elsa costume and Olaf costumes etc from Mascotshows

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What Does the Easter Bunny Have To Do With Easter?

There’s no story in the Bible about a long-eared, cotton-tailed creature known as the Easter Bunny. Neither is there a passage about young children painting eggs or hunting for baskets overflowing with scrumptious Easter goodies.

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And real rabbits certainly don’t lay eggs.

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Why are these traditions so ingrained in Easter Sunday? And what do they have to do with the resurrection of Jesus?

Well, to be frank, nothing.

Bunnies, eggs, Easter gifts and fluffy, yellow chicks in gardening hats all stem from pagan roots. These tropes were incorporated into the celebration of Easter separately from the Christian tradition of honoring the day Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

According to the University of Florida’s Center for Children’s Literature and Culture, the origin of the celebration — and the origin of the Easter Bunny — can be traced back to 13th-century, pre-Christian Germany, when people worshiped several gods and goddesses. The Teutonic deity Eostra was the goddess of spring and fertility, and feasts were held in her honor on the Vernal Equinox. Her symbol was the rabbit because of the animal’s high reproduction rate.

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Spring also symbolized new life and rebirth; eggs were an ancient symbol of fertility. According to History.com, Easter eggs represent Jesus’ resurrection. However, this association came much later when Roman Catholicism became the dominant religion in Germany in the 15th century and merged with already ingrained pagan beliefs.

The first Easter Bunny legend was documented in the 1500s. By 1680, the first story about a rabbit laying eggs and hiding them in a garden was published. These legends were brought to the United States in the 1700s, when German immigrants settled in Pennsylvania Dutch country, according to the Center for Children’s Literature and Culture.

The tradition of making nests for the rabbit to lay its eggs in soon followed. Eventually, nests became decorated baskets and colorful eggs were swapped for candy, treats and other small gifts.

So, while you’re scarfing down chocolate bunnies (I hear chocolate is good for you!) and marshmallow chicks this Easter Sunday, think fondly of this holiday’s origins and maybe even impress your friends at your local Easter egg hunt.

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‘Frozen Fever’ Online: Where To Watch The New Frozen Short & Hear The New Song Online

Frozen Fever” is out now! Aaaaaaand if you want to see it, you have only one choice: Go see the live-action Cinderella in theaters. Right now, there’s no other way to legally see the new Frozen short. But don’t despair—You can listen to the new song, “Making Today A Perfect Day,” online. But alas, no visuals. Well played, Disney Cartoon Costume. Well played. Here’s the official audio of the song:

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The “Frozen Fever” song is a big, solid chunk of “Frozen Fever,” so listening to it can give you a pretty good sense of what the short is about, and what Arendelle is like now that peace (and normal weather patterns) have returned. But still, I yearn for the visuals. This is the best we can get… the official trailer for the short:

You can also buy “Making Today A Perfect Day” on iTunes—an old Apple music platform that allowed people to buy music online before streaming came around— or check out the official lyrics from Disney. Best one: “A cold never bothered me anyway.” GET IT???

Anyway, we have no idea if Disney is eventually going to let us buy “Frozen Fever” online. For the moment, the trailer and the song are the only bits of it we can actually watch. Otherwise, you’ve got to go see Cinderella. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if that’s worth it.

But Cinderella won’t be in theatres forever… whereas your kids (or your own self) are going to want to watch “Frozen Fever” ridiculously often, just like the original. So Disney will probably release it online or as a home media release eventually, like they did with Frozen Sing-Along Edition. But that’s not right now. Right now, it’s Cinderella for you.

PS:  Lovely Olaf mascot, Elsa costume,Anna mascot costume and Sven cartoon costume from Mascotshows.