Thursday, April 28, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Tsum Tsums are Coming!

I am obsessed with Disney's cutest franchise ever... Tsum Tsums!

Monday, April 25, 2016

The Jungle Book - An Honest Review by a Child of the 90's

VHS Cover of The Jungle Book
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It's been a week since The Jungle Book has been out in theaters and I've purposely kept to myself about what I thought of the new version of the film. Being a child of the 90's, The Jungle Book was re-released to theaters in 1990 and subsequently released to VHS home video in 1991. This was one of the films I watched over and over again as a kid. I also remember the live action film that was by the same name in 1994. It stood alone as a film that displayed some characters from the original animated feature, but instead told a story about Mowgli as an adult. If you want to read more about that film, click here.

The reason for my long winded history lesson? Well, I was not excited about this latest adaptation of the animated film. In fact, in my mind, I swore I would not bother seeing it. So many times has a favorite childhood franchise of mine been readapted for the newest generation of kids that in no way shape or form makes my childhood memories feel rekindled. I know a lot of you feel the same way. Even with all the hype throughout the film on social media and the push in products throughout the blogosphere, I was still unimpressed. That was until I read the status of another friend of mine on Facebook. As a likeminded child of the 80's, we are pretty in sync with our opinions about films. After reading his praises for this new version, my interest was peeked. 

The Jungle Book is the same story from the 1967 animated feature, but it includes some of the details from Rudyard Kipling's literary masterpiece (and yes, I've actually read it). From the beginning of the film, my attention was drawn to the small nods of the original animated feature. From the familiar melodies in the background, the striking similarity between Ben Kingsley's voice and the Bagheera I remembered (voiced by Sebastian Cabot), and the amazing way they tried to keep some aspects of the original film embedded into this new live action film; Everything was amazing. I even appreciated the way Bill Murray toned down his own comedic tone to accurately depict the beloved Baloo the Bear. SPOILER: The true jewel for me was the inclusion of the famous book sequences that each of Disney's original animated features included. That, friends, made my heart sing.

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The one petty critique I have of the film was the unnecessary need to have King Louie sing his famous song "I Wanna Be Like You". Unlike Baloo's "The Bare Necessities" performance, King Louie's song inclusion felt extremely forced. I truly could have done without it being in the film. Instead, what they did in the credit sequence would have been good enough (reason enough to sit and watch the credits, friends).

If you have yet to make your decision to see the film, know this: It will not let you down. Now as an adult, there were moments that I could appreciate sharing with the next generation. The lessons of respect for culture and in turn acceptance of new ideas. That is something I want to introduce to our own future man cubs.

Click to watch the amazing trailer below.

Have you seen the film yet? What did you think of this new retelling?
Comment below!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Love is in the Air with our LeSportSac Spring Style Tour!

Here at Picturing Disney we love a functional, versatile, adorable, and quality park hopping bag and LeSportSac never disappoints! This Spring they have completely outdone themselves by incorporating colors both bright and soft into combos with gray accents, as well as chic and sophisticated black and white, all while featuring our favorite mouse-tastic couple! There are four new patterns, and you are sure to find them perfect for the warm summer sun that will be upon us before we know it!

We decided to start the tour of this spring line with the adorable combo because frankly, it is the mother-daughter duo of these Spring bags and if there are any dads, step-dads, or boyfriends out there who have two lovely ladies in their lives this is a one-two punch for the girl and woman who have stolen your heart! The EveryGirl Tote in Spring Fling and the Mini Crossbody Picture Tote in Springtime Outing were just meant to be filled up and taken on your next picnic! The bags fill out great, are filled with awesome organizer pockets, and are just the right size for your favorite gals (or to treat yo self!) this season!

Pictured above is the Blooming Love Cleo Crossbody bag and if you follow my LSS reviews you know that this is my ALL TIME FAVORITE park-hopping bag! It is a perfect design for the parks and this new pattern is classy and beautiful!  The quilting pattern is so in style right now and I adore LSS's take on it!  

This design is timeless and this back is also a perfect travel companion.  It may be too small for some adults but is perfect for a hands free carry-on bag for you (and thanks to adjustable straps) or your kids! And whats best is that it has appeal to everyone ages 9 to 90! It even got the tween stamp of approval in my house (and we all know how hard that can be to get)!

Did the article thumbnail catch your eye? We featured a close-up of the Basic Backpack in Spring Fling! But don't be confused by the name- there is nothing basic about this bag! A LSS backpack is seriously the best investment! We have one in our home that survived Kindergarten AND first grade and it still looked good as new! Expect to see more pics of this bag in action this summer when I hit the parks! Spring Fling might have a seasonal name, but like all the prints on our LeSportSac Spring Style Tour, they won't soon go out of style! Thanks again, LSS for some great new prints for us to fall in love with this season! Love truly is in the air! 

Friday, April 1, 2016

‘Be a Hero’ with New Her Universe Activewear Line

If you haven't noticed yet, we are huge fans of the Her Universe fan girl fashion company created by Ashley Eckstein. Her Universe was created with the idea that sci-fi and comics aren't just for boys. Girls love these fandoms too. So Her Universe creates merchandise such as clothing and accessories of some of the biggest  names such as Star Wars, Doctor Who, and Marvel. 

Their recent project has them collaborating with Marvel's Captain America: Civil War to bring some awesome active wear for women. :) The collection features looks based on Captain America, Iron Man, and Black Widow and encourages women to "Be A Hero". This collection will offer more than 30 pieces including tanks, sports bras and leggings all available in sizes XS - XL and 1X-3X.

Marvel is also launching @StyledByMarvel on Instagram where other female fans get to find the latest Marvel style. They have also launched a workout video featuring Ashley Eckstein and Heidi Moneymaker, stunt double for "Black Widow", which includes cool workout moves inspired by three Avengers: Captain America, Iron Man, and Black Widow.

Check out the video below and click here to get a deal on some of the "Be A Hero" collection now available at Kohls!!