Lady and the Tramp Diamond Edition- PLUS: FREE Coloring Sheets, Valentine Cards, and more!


lady and the trampI am so happy that Disney keeps revamping their classics and adding features when releasing so that my family and I can enjoy films like Lady and the Tramp whenever we want.  The Diamond Edition of Lady and the Tramp was released on February 7th, and would make a perfect last minute Valentine for the Disney fan in your life!   Disney has done it again, masterfully updating this classic film and releasing it in hi-def for today’s audiences.  My kids loved it, I loved it, and best of all?  We can enjoy it over and over again!  It never ceases to amaze me what Disney does with their classic films and today’s technology,  This particular story is just such a sweet one, it’s almost impossible not to love it!

Check below for some free coloring sheets, activities and Valentine cards!

 

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Chatting with Paige O’Hara, Belle from Beauty and the Beast!

Beauty and the Beast 3dIf you aren’t already aware, tomorrow marks a kind of big occasion.  The Disney classic film, Beauty and the Beast, opens in 3D for a limited time in theaters tomorrow, January 13th.  (Are you going? I can’t wait to see it!! I might even bring my kids…)  One of the things most significant to me about this film, aside from the beautifully told story, is the music and the magical voice of Belle.

When I found out a week ago that *I* would be speaking on the phone with BELLE, or rather, Paige O’Hara, the voice of Belle, I squealed like a kid.  I have a niece who happens to be working on a theatrical production of Beauty and the Beast for her school musical this spring, so the timing was particularly meaningful.

In speaking with Ms. O’Hara, we learned that she had to audition for the role of Belle not once, not twice, but five times.  She just had a feeling this was “her” role- and she was right- and while I’m sure the news of getting the part was an amazing moment for her, that news also arrived within a few days of her birthday and becoming engaged.  That’s kind of an awesome week for anyone!!

It was such a neat thing, listening to the woman who’s voice has become a cultural icon- Paige O’Hara isn’t “just” Belle in the film- she’s also voiced Belle a few other times, but has also done soundtrack recordings and done voice work as Belle for toys and books and games.  Children today, 20 years after the original release of Beauty and the Beast, still recognize- and adore her-  as Belle and that, my friends, may not be what some folks think of as amazing, but to me, that’s all kinds of cool.

You can still find Paige performing- she’s on stage, sometimes on screen, she’s sung opera, became a Disney Legend this past year, and has been hired by Disney Fine Art (her work is beautiful) to do some paintings.  She’s a multi-talented woman!

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Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic: Discount & #Giveaway 2 winners *Hartford CT*

Disney On Ice Presents 100 Years of Magic is travelling all over the US right now and will be stopping in Hartford, CT in just a few weeks for EIGHT shows- they’ll be here from January 12-16!!! We will be attending, and I for one cannot WAIT to go see this magical performance!

DISNEY ON ICE CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF MAGIC

A One-of-a-Kind Skating Spectacular Features More Than 60 Disney Stars Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and their friends from Disney’s Mulan, The Lion King and Pinocchio, and Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles and Finding Nemo, take to the ice while Stitch from Lilo & Stitch drops in to wreak his usual havoc during this grand celebration in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic. Produced by Feld Entertainment, this fanfare production features more than 60 unforgettable Disney stars that span the decades, a sing-along score of award-winning Disney music, stunning choreography, elaborate sets and beautiful costumes. With Mickey and Minnie leading the fun, audiences enjoy breathtaking production numbers choreographed by Emmy Award®-winner Sarah Kawahara.  Kawahara previously worked with Michelle Kwan and choreographed the skating segment for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Complementing Kawahara’s fabulous skate sequences are the memorable tunes compiled by music directors Art Kempel and Stan Beard that bring the wonderful memories of Disney to life on ice. Scenic Designer David Potts and Lighting Designer LeRoy Bennett create the mood and settings that showcase extraordinary Disney moments. Outfitting this cast of more than 60 characters was the challenge facing Costume Designer Scott Lane. His dazzling designs range from Mickey’s Marching Band, to the “It’s a Small World” dolls, to the stars of Mulan andFinding Nemo. The bright colors and minimal structure in the Nemo costumes allow the characters to move freely in order to mimic the natural movement in water.  Renowned designer Bob Mackie also lends his talents to a red sequined evening gown worn by Minnie. Scenic Designer David Potts, who has worked on numerous Broadway productions, creates a theatrical atmosphere on ice. Skaters weave around and enliven the “It’s a Small World” sequence amidst sparkling floats that turn into a radiant light parade; a blanket of snow and an avalanche fall as Mulan battles the Huns; and a giant present is opened to reveal Buzz Lightyear as he’s first introduced to that favorite toy cowboy, Woody and his pal Jessie.

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Beauty and the Beast 3d in Theaters 1/13/12 for a limited time- free printable activities!

Tale as old as time…tune as old as rhyme…

I love, love love Beauty and the Beast.  I got the DVD for my oldest for her birthday this summer, but really?  It was for me. I can’t wait to see it in 3d in theaters in a few short weeks!!  Meanwhile, we’ll be for sure printing out these free activity sheets from the movie, courtesy of Disney.  Download these free Beauty and the Beast 3d Activity Pages activity sheets!!

 

Free Muppets Holiday Activity Packs!

Here’s some FREE printable Muppets coloring sheets and activities- perfect to print out and keep the kids occupied for the next few days while they’re waiting for “the big guy” to arrive…or to help entertain them while they are on vacation. I may or may not have printed 4 sets for my house- one for each kid and one for ME!!  Download this  Printable Muppets Activity Pack now!!

Great deals on Disney DVDs on Amazon

I don’t know about you but I’m STILL working on getting my Disney movie collection on DVD- I had all VHS tapes and we don’t have a VHS player that works anymore!!  Are you looking to add to your collection? Here are four fantastic deals that will save you a ton of money and you don’t even need to clip a single coupon. All of these items ship FREE with your Amazon Prime/Mom Membership or any order that is $25 or more! Purchase 2 movies and you will get free shipping.


Dumbo DVD Edition $13.99 (save 53%)


The Lion King DVD or The Lion King DVD/Blu Ray Combo $18.49 (save 54%)


Name Your Winnie the Pooh (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) – $19.99 (save 54%)


Bambi DVD – $15.99 (save 47%)

Thanks, Coupons are GREAT!!

Sofia the First coming to Disney Junior

This looks like a fun addition to the already fabulous Disney Junior lineup! A princess for the toddler crowd, that’s actually a younger age.  She teaches and models positive, age appropriate behaviors like sharing, kindness, being a good sister.   I can’t wait to meet her!! What do you think- will it be a hit?

DISNEY TO INTRODUCE A LITTLE GIRL PRINCESS, “SOFIA THE FIRST,”
IN ANIMATED SERIES AND MOVIE ON DISNEY CHANNEL AND DISNEY JUNIOR

TV Movie Premieres in 2012; Series Launches in 2013 with
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