Feb 172014

I can’t believe I’m typing this, but Bubbles turns 3-years-old this month.  Seriously, I know the cliches about growing up so fast and how time flies – but it’s just so true.  She’s more preschooler than toddler, and lets us know what a “big girl” she is on a regular basis.

Her birthday party will be this weekend, and when offered multiple choices on party themes she, unsurprisingly, chose Disney Planes.  So this week I’ve been working on a few favors and supplies.  I still need to finish up the party favors and treat bags, plus finalize my cake design.  But I think I have all the table decorations and paper goods so not too much left to do.

Disney Planes Party Ideas - Free #Printables #DisneyPlanes

Which is good, because Bubbles is super-excited about her party.  She asks every morning if it’s her birthday yet, rattles off the guest list, and asks about her Disney Planes cake.  She also has invited pretty much everyone at any store we’ve been to in the past two weeks. Continue reading »

Nov 212013

Thank you to Disney for covering my expenses on our press trip where we learned about the animation design process.  All opinions are my own.

Our trip to Disney Toon Studios had already been amazing, having had the opportunity to interview Disney Planes Director Klay Hall and Producer Traci Balthazor-Flynn, plus Pre-Vis Development team members Jason McKinley and Thomas Leavitt.  But we also sat down with Dan Abraham, Head of Story and Art Hernandez, Story Artist.

Learning the Animation Design Process from Dan Abraham, Head of Story and Art Hernandez, Story Artist #DisneyPlanesBloggers

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Dan and Art walked us through the animation design process for movies.  Once the script is written it goes to the story artists and they work from there.  There are rare occasions where there is no script as a starting point, but Planes did have a script to work from. Continue reading »

Nov 192013

I received a copy of Disney’s Planes in order to facilitate my review.  All words and opinions are my own.

A couple of days before I left for California, we received a copy of the Disney’s Planes Blu-ray Combo Pack in the mail.  Big fans of the Cars movies, we had been excitedly awaiting the home release of Planes.  When Bubbles saw the cover she immediately asked if we could put it in and watch it.

Which, of course, we did.  Bubbles crawled up on the couch and sat there without squirming for the entire movie.  I think that tells you right off the bat that it’s an amazing movie; anything that can capture the attention of a toddler has to be good.

My Planes Review: Dusty from Disney's Planes #DisneyPlanesBloggers

Disney’s Planes centers on a cute little orange and white cropdusting plane named Dusty (voiced by Dane Cook).  Dusty doesn’t want to be a cropduster, though; he wants to be a racer.  Specifically, he would like to participate in the Wings Across the World Race.  The only problem?  He’s terrified of heights. Continue reading »

Nov 142013

Thank you to Disney for covering my press trip expenses.  All thoughts and words are my own.

While visiting Disney Toon Studios on our press trip we had the amazing opportunity to speak with Planes Director Klay Hall and Producer Traci Balthazor-Flynn.  We did a number of awesome things during our trip, but this was definitely one of the highlights.  Not only was Disney Toon Studios a cool place to be, but hearing the passion Klay and Traci had for the film was beyond inspiring.

Planes Director Klay Hall and Planes Producer Traci Balthazor-Flynn #DisneyPlanesBloggers

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Nov 122013

Thank you to Disney for providing trip expenses to Disney’s Toon Studios during National Aviation Month.  All thoughts and words are my own.

One of my favorite parts of our Disney trip was a visit to the Disney Toon Studios.  I love behind-the-scenes and making-of kind of features – I’m one of those people that actually watches all the extras on DVDs and Blu-rays.  So getting a “behind the screen peek”, so to speak, of Disney’s Planes during National Aviation Month was pretty cool.

Celebrating National Aviation Month with "Planes" at Disney Toon Studios #DisneyPlanesBloggers

While we were there we spoke to Jason McKinley and Thomas Leavitt, two guys who worked on Planes in Pre-Vis Development.  Jason McKinley was the actual Flight Supervisor for Planes.  And why would you need a Flight Supervisor?  Because, as Jason put it, “Flying is really, really hard.”  They were having difficulty with realistically the movement of the planes, so they created a team that was dedicated solely to flight. Continue reading »