Oz The Great And Powerful: A Movie Review for Families

A Family movie review

A Family movie review

In just 4 days the movie Oz The Great And Powerful will be release in Theaters.  I had the chance to see this movie as a preview last week at Disney as a perk of being a DVC member.  My husband and I saw it at Epcot in one of their event buildings.  It was the first movie I ever went to were I had to check in my phone and camera and had to be security wanded to be let in.

Before the movie began we had the chance to see three previews: One being for the new movie Iron Man 3…..it is going to be good!  We were the first audience to see it!

IMG_2849The movie Oz The Great And Powerful is a wonderful movie that tells the front story to the classic Wizard of Oz.  It is a colorful, whimsical play on a classic story of good and bad.  Disney does an outstanding job bringing you into the time period of the movie and making you feel the characters pain, sorrow and joy.

This movie does have some intense moments in it.  Having gone through the tornadoes here a few years ago, I do warn parents that if this still haunts your child, to either wait for your child to see this movie, or just prepare them for the tornado scene.   It did  seem to go on a for a few moments, and while I watched the movie that was the only scene that jumped out at me as warning flag, but only because I live an area that had been affected by an F5 tornado just a few years before.  I will warn my kids and take them.  I can’t hide them from tornadoes, but that is for a parent to decide what is best for their child.


There were some other moments that I did jump, that is a good movie in my opinion!  And I just loved the wicked witch…actually I feel a little sorry for her…but I am not giving anymore away!


This I would rate this movie as a go see movie.  I would advise as with any movie to check out the web site and know your child before going to the movies.  I am writing this post on my own.  No one asked me to write it, I am getting nothing in return.  If you would like to know more about DVC and perks it has at Disney World, leave a comment below!

Also, if you get a chance to visit Epcot, they have a fun new area based off of the movie with a great play area for kids!



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Jim Henson: A Puppeteer Legend {A Birthday Lesson}

Back at Thanksgiving my husband and I took our younger three kids to see the new Muppet movie. Boy, childhood memories flooded back, and by the end of the movies I had tears in my eyes singing “Mahna Mahna” all the way back to my sister-in-laws house. I grew up with the Muppets. They were one of the molding factors of my childhood. I loved Kermit and Ms. Piggy, and the whole crew, along with the special guest every week. I looked forward every week to hearing this.

Back then I didn’t really didn’t know who Jim Henson was. As I have grown I learned who Jim Henson was. He was a puppeteer, a visionary, and a man who would leave a leave his mark on history. He became a puppeteer legend.

I asked my Facebook friends what was the first thing that came to mind when they thought of Jim Henson. Frog-pig, laughter, cookie monster, genius, Kermit, “hello this is Kermit the frog here”, The Muppet Show followed by a bazzillion images, “Hi Ho Kermit the frog here” and Animal.

“Life’s like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending”. Jim Henson wanted to make a difference in the world and leave it a better place. No doubt he did. I think that quote is the best thing to live by.

The Swedish Chef still cracks me up, Pigs in Space, Kermit, Big Bird, Ok, I’ll bite, who is Jim Henson, Gene Krupa: jazz drummer, Animal’s inspiration. Being in England, meeting someone who knew him and visiting his house. WOW!!!!

Fantastic and Interesting Things to Know About Jim Henson

  • Fun Trivia about Jim Henson LOTS of great information!
  • Jim Henson Company. There are AMAZING THINGS HERE! Worth checking this site out! This is the main web page for all Jim Henson movies.
  • Make a puppet lesson
  • While this lesson plan is to get ready to visit Jim Henson’s Fantastic World-a traveling exhibit -it has some great things to pull from it to use at home.
  • Did you know the same person who does Cookie Monster, Miss Piggy and Yoda? (not Jim Henson but it was interesting!:)
  • A great time line of Jim Henson’s life
  • Sam and Friends was his first show-staring Kermit the Frog

This was from Jim Henson’s 1966 Academy Award nominated short film. Henson, as the writer/producer/director/star, created the experimental short about the effect of time keeping on us all.

Movies of Jim Henson’s

We watched a movie earlier this year called Being Elmo. While this movie isn’t directly about Jim Henson, it is about Kevin Clash-the voice behind Elmo. He was a man with a dream about being a puppeteer just like Jim Henson and was inspired by Jim Henson. And he is now inspiring others the same way Jim Henson did. It is worth watching.

In honor of Jim Henson, we made paper puppets. We first talked about Jim Henson, who he was and what he did. Then I grab a few craft boxes and let the kids go. They had a great time.

The best way to end this post to honor Jim Henson….

now you all will be singing!



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Hopping To It: Snowman Movie

Hopping To It: Snowman Movie: I received an email yesterday asking some homeschooling families to preview a new movie coming out in theaters Oct 21. The movie is called …

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Snowman Movie

I received an email yesterday asking some homeschooling families to preview a new movie coming out in theaters Oct 21.  The movie is called Snowman.  This morning my son and I sat down to start watching the movie.  Within the first 10 minutes Robby was on the edge of his seat, watch the movie with eager eyes.  Every moment of the movie kept his attention.  Later he watched it again, and watched the end three times on it’s own.  The story was a simple innocent story of childhood events.   Later in the day I let my 10 year old foster son watch the movie also, and he was hooked the whole way through.  I would recommend this movie for all families.  It is truly a good, family orientated wholesome movie that will make you laugh, cry, smile, and sigh.  

“SNOWMEN is a humorous and heartfelt coming-of-age story about three unlikely heroes and the winter that changed their lives forever. After a surprising discovery in the snow catapults three small-town boys into the spotlight, the best friends hatch a plan to be remembered forever by setting a Guinness World Records® title. Along the way, the trio battles schoolyard bullies, unites their community and discovers that – while fame may be fleeting – true friendship lasts forever. The film stars Bobby Coleman (Last Song), Ray Liotta (Wild Hogs), Bobb’e J. Thompson (Role Models), Josh Flitter (Ace Ventura Jr) and Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future).”

After Robby saw the movie he said, this is from a true story isn’t it….

“Snowmen is a true story, but all the facts have been changed.
The finished film, which celebrates what matters most in life, began as the most depressing script ever. The first draft, written a decade ago, read like a tragic memoir of growing up on the Canadian prairies. Childhood highlights included my father’s battle with leukemia and the loss of our Jamaican neighbors’ son, Howard.
That grim story seemed like an injustice. I realized those childhood tragedies drew my family and community closer together, and I was inspired to ask profound questions about my purpose in life. I think many children and adults struggle with wanting to matter, and I wanted to make a movie for them that reflected the hope I found as a child.
I rewrote the script.
This time, I wanted to show the innate ability of children to find joy in all circumstances. I considered the people and events that most inspired me, then rearranged, combined, and tweaked those memories to guarantee a happy ending. Events are presented as they seemed to me as a child: dangers exaggerated, victories sweeter, and adventures amplified.
And yet, despite all these radical changes…it feels exactly the way I remember.”

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