DreamWorks: The Croods – Passes to Houston Screening!

We love going to the movies together as a family and DreamWorks has a new one coming out that the kids are really excited about.

Have you heard about The Croods?

The Croods is a 3D animated comedy adventure that follows the world’s first modern family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always been their home, is destroyed.  Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods are rocked by generational clashes and seismic shifts as they discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures — and their outlook is changed forever.

Directed by Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco, produced by Kristine Belson and Jane Hartwell and starring the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman and Clark Duke; The Croods will hit theatres on March 22, 2013. But 100 lucky families in Houston will get to see it before it’s officially released…for FREE!

Family Four-Pack of Passes to see The Croods Screening in Houston.

Are you staying in Houston for Spring Break? Want to take the kids to see The Croods before it even opens to the general public? Just leave a comment telling me what you and your family love doing together. The first 100 people who comment will get a code to download four passes for a screening on Saturday, March 16that 10 AM at Edwards Marq*E . Those with passes will be admitted to the movie the morning of the screening on a first-come, first-served basis. Seats are not guaranteed – so I recommend getting to the theatre early!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. Passes are being provided as a courtesy to Still Living The Dream readers by Allied Integrated Marketing.



Disney’s Wreck It Ralph Movie Review and Kids Activity Sheets

My kids and I attended the media preview for Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph last night.

We loved it!

This animated movie, which comes out today, features the voice cast of talented folks including John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch. Rated PG, the film was directed by Rich Moore with John Lasseter as Executive Producer and is about a video game “bad guy” who leaves his own game to earn a medal to prove he’s a hero in order to move from sleeping in a brick pile to the penthouse with the other characters in his game.

Even with a somewhat predictable story-line, the film is very entertaining with both laugh out loud and tender moments. I loved the “bad guy” affirmation:

“I’m bad and that’s good. I will never be good and that’s not bad. There’s no one I’d rather be then me.”

Of course, we learn through a special friendship he forms with another video game outcast, that Ralph (John C. Reilly) is indeed a good guy. But we kinda knew that all along. The gems in this film come at moments along the journey (with a few poop jokes thrown in for good measure).

Check out the trailer here:

I’ve also included some fun activity sheets for the kids which you can download here. Enjoy!

I attended a movie premiere for the media at no-charge in order to provide a review to my readers. No other compensation was received and all thoughts and opinions are my own. 


The Odd Life of Timothy Green Trailer and Summer Fun Kit

I am excited to see this film which comes out on August 15, 2012.

About a unique boy who comes from the garden, Academy Award®–nominated director/writer Peter Hedges (“Dan in Real Life,” What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”) brings enchantment to the screen with “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.”

It’s the inspiring, magical story of a happily married couple, Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton), who can’t wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy (CJ Adams) shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim—and their small town of Stanleyville—learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts.

Summer Family Fun Activities!

I’ll be seeing the preview before it hits the theatres and I’ll let you know what I think. In the meantime  – enjoy this Summer Fun Kit inspired by the movie which includes cookie and cupcake recipes,  leaf, photo album and paper flower crafts and other fun things to do together as a family. Enjoy!

Are you looking forward to the film?



Brave Hidden Gem AND Giveaway Winner!

I’m so excited to announce the winner of the Brave movie journal and pen case@

Comment number 23 (selected by random.org) was the winning comment. Congratulations Deanna! Please email me your mailing address so I can send you your prize.

Thanks to everyone else for your comments…especially to those who are new followers of Still Living The Dream on twitter, pinterest and facebook. So glad to have you join me on the journey!

For those of you who have seen the movie, did you notice the hidden gem in Disney•Pixar’s movie Brave? Check it out in the photo above. 

The Witch, an eccentric crone disguised as a woodcarver specializing in whittling wooden bear figurines and conjuring haphazard spells, showcases her mysterious and inexplicable knowledge of the future with a carved figurine of the infamous Pizza Planet truck, an iconic delivery vehicle that’s appeared in nearly every full-length feature film from Pixar Animation Studios since 1995’s Toy Story. Disney•Pixar’s Brave is in theaters now.

Pretty cool, right?!


Disney/Pixar Brave Movie Review and Giveaway

Yesterday the highly anticipated animated film, Brave, opened in theatres. With trailers running for months (my six-year-old daughter has been heard saying “I’ll be shooting for my own hand” for weeks at odd times!) we were ready to see it for ourselves. We weren’t disappointed.

Brave is about a teenager, Merida (Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer and head-strong daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). From Disney and Pixar, the story takes place in the Highlands of Scotland and is about Merida’s defiance of her role as princess and an age-old custom held dear to her mother. Merida turns to a witch (Julie Walters) for help but realizes that she made a terrible mistake and must find the bravery within to make things right.

Besides the Scotland setting, witches spells, fights with bears and the main character’s long flowing fire-red hair, the story is something almost all daughters go through as they  begin to find their independence. “It’s about a teenager’s struggle with finding herself, with creating her own destiny,” said director Mark Andrews. But it’s also filled with laughs, especially from the hijinks of Merida’s three little brothers and her father.

We had the privilage of attending the press screening before the film opened and I also had the remarkable opportunity to sit down and chat with the very funny director Mark Andrews. Mark was story supervisor for features including Iron Giant, Ratatoille and The Incredibles as well as screen writer for the live action film, John Carter.

Here are 7 things I wanted to share with you about the movie!

  1.  Their are scary and rather dark moments in this movie. While my six-year-old daughter and my 10-year-old son both LOVED the film and laughed out loud throughout the movie, they also both admitted to being somewhat scared at times. There are dark moments in the forest and scenes with bears and men fighting. Mark said they went “there” on purpose and didn’t pull the dark moments back because they served a purpose in the story. “You can’t pretend their are stakes and a lesson to be learned if there’s no real consequences,” he said. “During Merida’s transformation from child to adult she needs to realize she made a mistake that she needed to fix. We could easily have gone PG-13 but instead we balanced it with humor, action and heart.”
  2. Brave took seven years to make. So basically, it was conceived about the same time my daughter was! Mark replaced Brenda Chapman, the movie’s original director and writer, in the fall of 2010. Creative differences had stalled production and with only 18 months until the movie was due to be released, Mark, who was already involved with the project as a consultant and expert on Scotland, stepped in. Mark said that Brenda, who is his friend, loved the outcome of the film.
  3. The conversation between mother and daughter. One of the greatest moments in the movie is when Queen Elinor is talking to King Fergus and Marida is talking to her horse. In the cross-cutting scenes, mother and daughter have the discussion they should be having with each other but don’t because they lack the courage. “It was difficult to depict the dynamic between mom and daughter,” said Mark. “We wanted both to be relatable, but we really had to like and understand Marida because it’s her story.” When they are together in the next scene and have the chance to really talk to each other, they both start but stop. “You know what they want to do is heal – but that can’t,” said Mark. You can see a bit of this scene where King Fergus is role playing as Marida for Elinor in this trailer.
  4. Some critics say there aren’t any male role models in this film. I disagree. While Marida’s suitors are portrayed as shy, vacant and cocky, Mark said that’s real life. “Nobody has it together. When teenage boys are thrust into something they don’t want to be or do, it’s awkward. But they all come through at the end,” he said. “That was me when I was in high school. And remember, it’s Merida’s story – how SHE sees them.
  5. The sound track is beautiful. Filled with traditional Scottish dance rhythms and native instruments played by Scottish musicians, I felt like I was transported to another time and place. And the song, “Learn Me Right” was written by one of my favorite folk rock groups; Mumford & Sons.
  6. The Witch was awesome. Mark said she was one of the hardest characters and to get right. Her scene was the first one that went into production, they re-did it about 100 times and was the last scene they finished in December, 2011. “This scene was so important. It’s right in the middle of the film and a big turning point,” he said. “We wanted it to be entertaining, but not cliche.” Check out a clip from that part of the movie.
  7. Stay after the credits for a short clip about the witch. I am INFAMOUS for leaving as soon as the credits start rolling and almost always miss the little scenes that tie things together or tease you for the next film. This one has a good one and I missed it, just like I did at the Avengers not long ago. Don’t make the same mistake. I’m going back just for that clip alone!

 So how about a Brave Giveaway?!

One lucky Still Living The Dream reader will win an authentic leather covered Brave journal signed by Mark Andrews and pen and pencil set in a cool case! All you have to do is comment below to let me know if you’ll be seeing the movie. And if you already have, what you liked best.

Want more chances?

Ok, then. Leave another comment for each additional thing you do below! I will choose a winner at random on July 5, 2012, at 11:59 p.m. CST. Open to the US only.

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  5. Tweet this giveaway with this language “I want to win a @PixarBrave movie leather-bound journal and pen/pencil set with case @jpatrickcomm http://www.stilllivingthedream.com/2012/06/disneypixar-brave-movie-review-and-giveaway.html”

I was given tickets to see the movie Brave and giveaway items mentioned above by Disney/Pixar. No other compensation was received; only the opportunity to talk to a very cool director! All thoughts and opinions, as always, are my own. 


New Movie Coming Out This Fall – Wreck-it Ralph.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures – Wreck-It Ralph



I want to see this animated comedy for the voice-over talent alone.

Seriously – are you kidding me?

  • John C. Reilly
  • Sarah Silverman
  • Jack McBrayer
  • Jane Lynch

It could be a movie with them just sitting at the kitchen table talking about stock prices and they’d make it hilarious. Luckily director Rich Moore (“The Simpsons,” “Futurama”) has something more interesting in mind as a plot.


Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly, “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” “Step Brothers”) is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix (voice of Jack McBrayer, “30 Rock”), the “good guy” star of their game who always gets to save the day. But after decades doing the same thing and seeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph decides he’s tired of playing the role of a bad guy.  He takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a game-hopping journey across the arcade through every generation of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero.

On his quest, he meets the tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Jane Lynch, TV’s “Glee”) from the first-person action game Hero’s Duty. But it’s the feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman, “The Sarah Silverman Program”) from the candy-coated cart racing game, Sugar Rush, whose world is threatened when Ralph accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens the entire arcade.  Will Ralph realize his dream and save the day before it’s too late?   “Wreck-It Ralph” crashes onto the big screen on November 2, 2012, in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.

This movie comes out in November, 2012…I’m ready for the trailer! When it’s released – I’ll post it here.

What do you think?


CHIMPANZEE – Movie info and free, downloadable activity book!

Have you seen the trailers for this movie on TV yet?

Come on! Adorable.

My kids want a baby chimpanzee now for a pet because Oscar, the baby in this true-life story, is so stinkin’ cute. That sparked an interesting conversation about what is an appropriate animal for a pet. I felt it was a good time to bring up my strong feelings against snakes and rodents being inside a house. Things are never boring at our house.

Anyway – if your kids are looking for something to do while waiting for this G-rated film to come out (April 20, 2012, in the states) then I’ve got just the thing for them. Download the FREE activity book here for many hours of monkeying around. (hee, hee!) It includes dot-to-dots, coloring pages and mazes. Very fun.

About the Movie:

Disneynature takes moviegoers deep into the forests of Africa with “Chimpanzee,” a new True-Life Adventure introducing an adorable young chimp named Oscar and his entertaining approach to life in a remarkable story of family bonds and individual triumph.  Oscar’s playful curiosity and zest for discovery showcase the intelligence and ingenuity of some of the most extraordinary personalities in the animal kingdom. Working together, Oscar’s chimpanzee family—including his mom, Isha, and the group’s savvy leader, Freddy — navigates the complex territory of the forest.


I was not compensated in any way for posting this information. Just thought you might enjoy it! So….enjoy!