Sunday, November 19, 2017

Cars 3 Now Available on BluRay {review & giveaway}

Disney/Pixar's "Cars 3" was a big hit in theatres earlier this year, and it's now available for your home viewing pleasure on BluRay/DVD and digital download. The action takes place an undisclosed number of years after the original movie and finds Lightning McQueen competing against a new generation of amazingly fast and flashy racers. This new generation is high tech and engineered for maximum speed, leaving McQueen struggling to keep up. Following a devastating crash, he gets a new, young trainer, Cruz Ramirez whose goal it is to teach this old dog some new tricks.

As should be expected, "Cars 3" brings amazing, realistic animation, courtesy of the talent at Pixar. It also comes with a solid story line and excellent character development, reminiscent of the first Cars movie. There are even a good few flashbacks to Doc Hudson, providing inspiration to Lightning as he faces his new challenges. This is a story of generations, and change, and of accepting new roles. It's also a story of believing in yourself and the power of confidence. 

In many ways, Cruz Ramirez is the quiet star of this movie. She presents a complicated character with a solid back story, and her development over the course of the film is a key plot point. As we watch her confidence grow, we are given a wonderful, strong female character in what has primarily been a franchise primarily appealing to boys.

"Cars 3" tells a great story, and tells it well. There are lots of laughs, and lots of emotions. Definitely recommend.  

This BluRay Combo pack includes both a BluRay and a DVD disc, as well as a third disc with bonus features. There are deleted scenes as well as behind the scenes looks at how characters where imagined and developed and how real-world racing influenced the film makers. The package also includes the Pixar short, "Lou," a sweet little story about a school bully and how he turns around.

Get Yours

"Cars 3" is available wherever you usually purchase your movies. If you wish to order online, here is my affiliate link for Amazon.

A Giveaway

Or you could win one! One lucky RMB reader will receive their own copy of "Cars 3" on Disney BluRay + DVD + Digital combo disc. Entries are via the widget below and will be accepted until 11:59pm ET, December 10. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. Best of luck!


Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this BluRay to facilitate this review. No financial compensation was received. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own or those of my family. This post contains affiliate links, and if you make a purchase via those links, I will receive a small commission from

Incredibles 2 Teaser Trailer

This super hero family first came to the big screen back in 2004, grossed $633 million worldwide, and won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature. We've been waiting a long while to see what they've been up to since, and our wait is coming to an end. "Incredibles 2" will hit theatres next year, on June 15, 2018.

The new story takes place pretty much immediately after we left them in the first film, but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with the kids - Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (Huck Milner), and baby Jack-Jack - to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again - which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.

I'm looking forward to seeing this family in action again, and will be watching for new trailers and snippets as they are released. Here's the first teaser trailer to give a taste for the new movie. Jack-Jack is adorable :)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

#HGG2017: Little Live Pets - My Dream Puppy, Frosty {giveaway}

I am both an animal lover and a huge kid at heart. Every year when start going to holiday previews and begin to receive pitches for inclusion in my gift guide, I am drawn to the toys that are also pets. Over the years I've introduced you to a few offerings from Little Live Pets, and this year is no different. I am here now to introduce you to the newest LLP My Dream Puppy - Frosty!

Frosty is a gorgeous Husky puppy who loves his bottle, and loves to play with you. He has 6 different play modes and over 35 cute puppy sounds, including a variety of whimpers, barks, panting, and sighs of contentment. Frosty's eyes open and close, and he moves his head as he interacts with your scratches and cuddles. His chest even moves as he "breathes"!

The Little Live Pets seem to get more realistic every year. I love the soft fur and the convincing puppy sounds this guy makes. He is a joy to cuddle, and he'll thrill any child with his reactions to their touch. Pat his head, tickle his belly, give him a drink from his bottle, and you will see him respond in a variety of ways. It's like having a puppy without all the mess! Frosty comes with an adoption certificate, instruction booklet, and 4 AAA batteries are included.

Frosty is recommended for ages 4+ and would make a welcome gift for any young child, and likely for most tween girls. (Or me. Let's not be age-ist.)  He is available at ToysRUs and Walmart with an MSRP of $79.99.

A Giveaway

One lucky RMB reader will receive their own Frosty, to keep or gift, as they see fit. Entries are via the widget below and will be accepted until 11:59pm ET, December 3. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only, best of luck!


Disclosure: I received complimentary product to facilitate my review. No financial compensation was received. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own or those of my family.


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