Where Do Babies Come From? And Other Questions Brought On By The Storks Movie

STORKS

Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to according to the animated adventure “Storks” staring Andy Samberg. Now they deliver packages for global internet retail giant Cornerstore.com. Junior (Samberg), the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when the Baby Factory is accidentally activated on his watch, producing an adorable – and wholly unauthorized – baby girl.

Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop, in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks’ true mission in the world.

When we were invited to check out the film, I knew the kids would want to go see it. Every time they saw a trailer, they immediately asked when it was coming to the theater. And when the day finally came for our screening, both kids were happy to finish up their homework and eat dinner early so we could take off to the theater. They were prepared for a great time. I was not prepared for the barrage of questions I would get after the movie showed. 

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A few questions that were hurled at me as we drove home: 

  • Where do babies really come from? 
  • Why would someone not have a mommy and daddy?
  • How would a stork know how to find a baby’s family?
  • What is an orphan? 
  • Are there really orphans out there without a mommy or daddy? 
  • Why can’t you be their mommy? 
  • Why can’t we get another brother or sister? 
  • Can we put a slide on our roof too? 

You get the point. 

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While most movies do bring on a lot of questions from our kids, especially the middle child, I was definitely not prepared for the questions they wanted to know after we saw Storks. And had a done my due diligence and really paid attention to the trailers, I would have been able to prepare myself to what was to come. And, hey, maybe you won’t get the same questions I did. 

Note: If you have a child who is adopted or was, at one point, an orphan, please read this post from our friend over at Highlights Along The Way. This movie may have possible triggers that can affect your child and/or yourself. 

Other than the questions we received, and tried to answer as best as we could (for their ages), the movie was a fun-filled movie with great animation and a fun storyline for the kids. They loved watching Tulip and Junior on their adventure and laughed out loud for most of the movie. Their favorite part? When a pack of wolves turned themselves into a submarine. Quite entertaining! 

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The Storks movie hit theaters on September 23rd and is rated PG

Christmas Came Early: Star Wars The Force Awakens

Star Wars The Force Awakens

A Christmas gift delivered early, is what Star Wars The Force Awakens is and what a special treat it is! When this film was announced I felt a nervous excitement. Would it feel like Star Wars? Would the story be any good? Would the original cast be back? Well, that would be yes, yes, and yes. 

We start with the familiar Star Wars scroll to fill us in on with what has happened since Endor. Pieces of the Empire, now organized as the First Order, have carried on and continued to wage war with the Rebels, now called the Resistance. It is still good versus evil. And, of course, we have a Star Wars mystery on our hands. Luke has started a new Jedi Academy, but it has been disbanded when one of his students turns on him which drives Luke into hiding. We just don’t fully know the circumstances of this event yet and no one knows exactly where he is. The rest of movie revolves around both sides getting to Luke first. We meet two new young characters along the way who help with this quest. The first Rey, a scavenger on the planet Jakku and Finn a former stormtrooper. Rae has an interesting backstory that has yet to be revealed I think. Finn provides some heart and is a character that is battling the urge to run versus standing up for something more. Finally, we have our bad guys Kylo Ren and General Hux guided by a mysterious figure named supreme leader Snoke who give good chase throughout the movie.

Star Wars The Force Awakens - Storm Trooper

This movie really felt like the Star Wars universe of episodes 4­-6. It had a lot of creatures and droids that appeared to be very well done puppets and it had the signature “lived in feel” that Star Wars pioneered. The imagery on Jakku was amazing with the backdrop of the decaying war machine relics of a battle between the Empire and the Rebels. Throughout the movie, we are treated to mementos of the previous films. I was also pleasantly surprised by some of the humor mixed in.

I enjoyed seeing the original cast’s presence in the film. The roles they were given were a satisfying bridge between the old trilogy and this new one. The new characters were engaging enough and as a member of the audience felt vested them. The story is not overly complex and easy to understand as opposed to some of the prequels. For the most part, I was able to suspend my belief as the story unfolds. After a first viewing (I plan to see this one more time in the theater) I put this at 2nd or 3rd place in the series behind Empire Strikes Back, my personal favorite, and A New Hope.

Star Wars The Force Awakens - Dark Side

With the marketing machine going strong in the toy aisles across America your kids probably know about this movie. So should you take them to see it? The movie is rated PG­13 and it gets that from what I can tell is all the blaster fire and storm troopers dying. There was a scene or two with some blood. The language seemed to be okay with no swear words that I could recall. I would recommend 7 years and older.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS arrives in theaters everywhere on December 18th!

Planning to wait in line to watch the movie? Print out this Star Wars Activity Packet to make the wait more fun!

Are you heading to the theaters this weekend to see The Force Awakens?

Ant-Man: Corny or Smart?

 AntMan Suit

I was not too sure what to expect when I heard about a movie called “AntMan.” Visions of a tiny guy cavorting with ants, transformed by some science project gone wrong materialized in head. So when I received a Digital Disney Movies Anywhere copy of the film, I had to check it out for myself. Well there were ants, and a science project, but they came together in a way that I found pleasantly enjoyable.

AntMan Dr. Pym

AntMan is the story of Dr. Pym and his “Pym Particle” that reduces the space between atoms thus making things small yet just as strong as if they were full size. Dr. Pym uses this particle to power a special suit that makes the wearer shrink and grow at the press of a button. Realizing the destructive power of the suit and particle if in the wrong hands he decides no one else must learn how to reproduce his work. Unfortunately his apprentice becomes consumed with figuring out the formula.

Dr. Pym used to wear the suit for S.H.I.E.L.D, but now older, he wishes to pass the torch to a younger soon to be hero. Enter Scott Lang an electrical engineer with a criminal past in the spirit of Robin Hood. Freshly out of prison and trying to change his ways he gets caught up in another heist in which he discovers the suit. The new AntMan must now master the suit and race to contain Dr. Pym’s apprentice and stop him from selling the formula to Hydra.

AntMan

Paul Rudd plays Scott Lang and does a good job with his comedic timing. This movie has some pretty humorous moments so it played well to his acting style. It is also nice that as these Marvel Universe movies continue to roll out they acknowledge each other and past events which AntMan does with the events of Avengers 2. Like all comic book movies one needs to suspend their belief to get into the movie and buy into what is happening. This movie could have come off as corny as I imagined before seeing it, but it managed to stay smart and serious when needed.

Take a peek at the bloopers to put a smile on your face today:

 

This movie makes my list of family movies to keep in our collection. It is appropriate, in my opinion as a dad to 3, for families with children 7 and older if you’re ok with those under 13 seeing a PG-13 movie. There was the usual comic book violence and a few bad words spoken hence the PG-13 rating.

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ANT-MAN is on store shelves everywhere today and can be purchased on Amazon (affiliate link) just in time for the holidays!

Will you be asking for Ant-Man in your stocking this year? Already saw it? What did you think?

Free Loki! And Go See Thor The Dark World

Thor The Dark World Chris Hemsworth resized

I’ll let you take a moment to enjoy that photo of Chris Hemsworth as Thor for just a moment… Now onto the movie!

This weekend Thor hit box offices everywhere with it’s sequel, The Dark World. Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hiddleston came back on the big screen to bring us another action packed, comedic story that takes us deeper into the world of Thor. [Read more…]

Family Fun Day with The Croods

The Croods family

A week ago my family and I headed out for a morning of fun. We were headed to the mall to see a screening of The Croods and the kids had no idea what was in store for them!

We arrived at the movie theater, grabbed our popcorn snack packs (always get a kids pack… just enough snacks for the family to share at a fraction of the cost!), and found our seats. We were ready for an awesome movie!

Haven’t heard of The Croods yet? Check out this trailer to see for yourself how this pre-historic first family will have you laughing out loud alongside your kids.

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