Thursday, July 31, 2014

Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart


A Film Directed by Mathias Malzieu and Stéphane Berla
Produced by Virginie Besson-Silla, EuropaCorp

Featuring All-Star English Voice Cast of Orlando Seale, Samantha Barks, Michelle Fairley, Stephane Cornicard and Richard Riddings
The French Language Version Features the Voice Cast ofMathias Malzieu, Olivia Ruiz,
Grand Corps Malade, Jean Rochefort, Rossy de Palma, Babet, Marie Vincent, Emily Loizeau,
Dani and Arthur H.                               


“The greatest animated romance since Tim Burton’s stop-motion masterpiece Corpse Bride” -James Verniere, Boston Herald

This fall, step inside the imaginative story book world of the highly popular French novel La Mécanique du Cœur (The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart) and beguiled by  the wildly inventive adventures of Jack and Miss Acacia as they leap from page to the screen. On October 7, 2014, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with EuropaCorp, is proud to present JACK AND THE CUCKOO-CLOCK HEART on DVDtwo-disc Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) and Digital HD. The Blu-ray Combo Pack allows viewers to enjoy JACK AND THE CUCKOO-CLOCK HEART on the platform of their choice and includes spectacular movie presentation on Blu-ray, DVD and a digital copy of the movie. This internationally acclaimed film can also be seen in select U.S theaters and on VOD September 24.

A film directed by Mathias Malzieu and Stéphane Berla and produced by Virginie Besson-Silla, Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, the highly anticipated motion picture JACK AND THE CUCKOO-CLOCK HEART is a visually opulent animated fairy tale set in an exciting period full of fabulous inventions, enchanting music and marvelous adventures. This superbly animated movie brings to life a unique tale of love and the acceptance of others through an awe-inspiring cinematic adventure filled with whimsical characters, stunning CG animation and unforgettable musical numbers.

JACK AND THE CUCKOO-CLOCK HEART is set in the late 19th century Edinburgh, where little Jack is born on a day so cold that his heart remains frozen. Madeleine the midwife saves his life by inserting a cuckoo clock in place of his defective heart. It will work, she warns him, as long as Jack observes three golden rules. First of all, he must never touch the hands of the clock. Secondly, he must control his anger. And last, but certainly not least, he must never, ever fall in love. The moment Jack sets eyes on a young girl singing on a street corner, the hands of his clock-heart begin to race. Desperate to find her again, Jack launches himself into a romantic quest that will lead him from the lochs of Scotland, to the city of Paris and all the way to Andalusia.

Adapted by Mathias Malzieu from his own bestselling novel and the gold-selling album by his band Dionysos, JACK AND THE CUCKOO-CLOCK HEART features a English-language voice cast of Orlando Seale (Pride and Prejudice), Samantha Barks (Les Misérables ),  Michelle Fairley (Game of ThronesHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallow), Stéphane Cornicard (Saving Private Ryan) and Richard Ridings (Rise of the Planet of the ApesWho Framed Roger Rabbit).  

The French language version boasts an exceptional French voice cast of Mathias Malzieu, pop singer Olivia Ruiz, award-winning slam poet Grand Corps Malade, Jean Rochefort (Prêt-à-PorterRidicule), Rossy de Palma (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), popular singer and musician Babet, Marie Vincent (La Horde), EmilyLoizeau (Il Était une Forêt), Dani (Avenue Montaigne), and singer-songwriter Arthur H (H-Man). 

JACK AND THE CUCKOO-CLOCK HEART Two-Disc Blu-ray™ Combo Pack contains the following special features:
Movie presentation on Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital Copy of the film
  • Character Vignettes (in French with English subtitles)
  • From Book to Screen Featurette  (in French with English subtitles)

Technical Information - BLU–RAY Combo Pack
Street Date: October 7, 2014
SRP: $24.97
Running Time: 89 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen
Language: English, French
Subtitles: English
Sound: 5.1 Dolby Digital
Rated: PG*
*English language track rated PG. French language track not rated.

JACK AND THE CUCKOO-CLOCK HEART DVD contains the following special features:
  •  Character Vignettes (in French with English subtitles)
  • From Book to Screen Featurette  (in French with English subtitles)

Technical Information - BLU–RAY Combo Pack
Street Date: October 7, 2014
SRP: $16.97
Running Time: 89 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen
Language: English, French
Subtitles: English
Sound: 5.1 Dolby Digital
Rated: PG*
*English language track rated PG. French language track not rated.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Earth to Echo #Giveaway! #EarthToEcho

I will receive the same prize pack in exchange for this post.

Friendship is the greatest adventure of all. In theaters July 2, 2014.

Tuck, Munch and Alex are a closely bonded trio of inseparable friends, but their time together is coming to an end. Their neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But just two days before they must part ways, the boys find a cryptic signal has infected their phones. Convinced something bigger is going on and looking for one final adventure together, they set off to trace the messages to their source and discover something beyond their wildest imaginations: hiding in the darkness is a mysterious being, stranded on Earth, and wanted by the government. This launches the boys on an epic journey full of danger and wonder, one that will test the limits of their friendship and change all of their lives forever.

Rating: PG
Cast: Teo Halm, Brian "Astro" Bradley, Reese Hartwig and Ella Linnea Wahlestedt

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Calling all adventure seekers! EARTH TO ECHO opens in theaters on July 2nd — but you can also have a fun  journey in the meantime with the brand new Geocaching EARTH TO ECHO Adventure! Geocaching is a family-friendly activity, where adventure seekers can use an app or GPS on their mobile devices to search for cleverly hidden containers placed in nearby neighborhoods. 

I have several friends who LOVE geocaching. I'd love to see what you find, so feel free to leave me a comment if you find something fun!
Go on a Geocaching adventure in your city with Earth To Echo! Play to unlock the mystery today.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Paddington #PaddingtonMovie

This Christmas, a small bear will make a big splash.

From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (HARRY POTTER), PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he  begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says "Please look after this bear. Thank you," and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.
Director: Paul King
Written by: Paul King
Screenplay by: Henry Paul King
Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi and Nicole Kidman

My kids thing this movie is going to be funnnnny. They were cracking up at the trailer. What do you think? Will your kids like this? Will you watch it because it brings a piece of your childhood to life?

Monday, June 16, 2014

Make Fireworks with Great Party Gear from Oriental Trading!

Oriental Trading has some marvelous 4th of July party supplies. I LOVE the holiday, personally, and I love that my kids love it too. So, we always get some fun patriotic attire and costume jewelry to help celebrate. And, of course, we have to have some great glow-sticks for the fireworks at night!

Oriental trading has pretty much anything you could want to help celebrate. Whether you are looking for parade goodies to pass out and throw to the children, or if you just want to have a great family barbecue, there is something you'll want from Oriental Trading.

We received several great items from Oriental Trading for review.  We chose a great patriotic assortment, as well as some really fun glow bracelets, patriotic friendship bracelets and some fun loop bands for our fun loop loom.

The Fun Loop Loom and Patriotic Fun Loom bands are prefect for making our patriotic bracelet.

This bracelet is really simple to make, and I will feature a tutorial on how to make it next week (sometime the week of June 23rd). Keep watch for this simple tutorial!

The kids have had a lot of fun trading and giving away their friendship bracelets, and it brings back a bit of my childhood too (I know I wasn't the only one who collected arm loads of friendship bracelets)!

The glow stick bracelets are great, I love that they help keep my kids visible during dusk and night when I can't see as well. I can give each child one and then keep an eye on their bracelets- it makes them much more visibile. The set we have have red, white, and blue bracelets, as well as a striped bracelet (although I think this bracelet glows a bit darker).

So, get your order in now to make this Fourth of July a fantastic party...and make sure to order extra Fun Loom Bands to be prepared for the great tutorial I have planned!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day! #AveenoDad #MC #Sponsored

My husband is amazing. Really. He's the best father I've ever met. People always ask me how "I" do it when they see us out with the kids, but the truth is, "I" don't. I'm not the at-home parent. I work outside the home and my husband does not. We truly have to work together to raise the children, and while it's not always sunshine and roses, it is very rewarding.... it's especially rewarding to me to see the children interact with their dad.

Raymond (my husband) has always been very engaging with our children. He loves to play and be silly with them, which they adore and return so much love to him. From making breakfast with sound effects to a calming bedtime bath, he's there to help make it special.

Orrin isn't a huge fan of baths, and they are short and sweet, but Raymond tries to make them as soothing as he can with lots of fun afterward. While he was fussy during bath time, extra special tickles and lotion can make up for the frightening water. You can see the love on Orrin's face for his daddy after his's enough to make my heart melt. <3 p="">

Aveeno sent us samples of their baby wash and lotion to try out with our little ones. We've used Aveeno products in the past, so we were pretty familiar with them, and we knew we'd enjoy them. They were wonderful, as expected. The light scent of the baby wash is nice, and the unscented lotion is great for sensitive skin.  Aveeno products definitely help Daddy keep bath-time gentle, and we'd definitely recommend the products.

I hope all Dads out there have had a wonderful Father's Day! Remember to hold your children tight and never forget to tell them how much you love them. 

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