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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Incredibles 2 Goldfish NOW AVAILABLE!

disney pixar incredibles 2 goldfish

Similar to what was released last year for Cars 3, you can find these Pepperidge Farm Incredibles 2 inspired Goldfish in stores now! I stumbled upon these at Target a couple weeks back and didn't hesitate to grab a bag. Beyond the cool themed packaging featuring the Parr family in their classic super suites, the Goldfish themselves are a mixture of three different cheddar cracker colors/styles; this includes the traditional orange smiling fish, one that's "red"(more like a burgundy, but I know what they were going for) and a yellow one (which is the best one since it's in the shape of the Incredibles logo). Cool!

On the back of the package, there's a fun little five question trivia game. Do you know all the answers?

disney pixar incredibles 2 goldfish

Here are the actual Goldfish out of the bag.

disney pixar incredibles 2 goldfish

These will certainly be making an appearance as one of the party snacks at my Incredibles 2 themed birthday TOMORROW! So excited. If you're looking to pick up one of these bags for your pantry, be sure to check your local Target soon (I haven't seen them anywhere else but there). Retail is $2.49.

Share your thoughts down below!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Dole Gives Pixar Fans the Chance to Become Everyday Heroes in the Fight for Healthier Kids

disney dole incredibles 2 healthy eating

Happy National Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Day!

Everyday healthy heroes of all ages will now find their favorite Disney·Pixar’s Incredibles 2 characters – Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack and more – on the fresh fruit (specifically bananas and pineapples) in their produce department as part of an innovative nutritional alliance between Disney and Dole. Remember last year with the Cars 3 inspired "Fuel up with Dole" campaign? Very similar!

The hope is that Dole and Disney fans will be more likely to use fresh produce to eat and live healthier—and if you need some inspiration, Dole has introduced a whopping 15 incredible recipes (breakfast, entrĂ©e, snack and drink) inspired by the Parr Family and their alter egos in Disney·Pixar’s Incredibles 2 (which are even linked to holidays and occasions through the fall) including: “Salad Power Wowser” and “Super Banana-Berry Boom” for Spring; “Incredible Power Flower” and “Parr-fect Power-up Cup” for Father’s Day; “Power Pop Breakfast Smoothie” and “Pineapple Frozen Fireworks” for Independence Day; “Terrific Take-off Sweet Toast” for Summer Vacation; and “Snack-Snack Attack” and the “Berry Brave Incredi-bowl” for Back to School, among others. Check them all out on the newly designed Incredibles 2 themed Dole Living site. I've uploaded photos of a couple examples below as well.

disney dole incredibles 2 healthy eating

The new site not only offers Incredibles 2-themed nutrition information and recipes, but also allows visitors to upload and share photos depicting their families’ idea of healthy eating. For each photo uploaded between May 24 and Sept.,15, 2018, Dole has committed to make a $2 donation to Action for Healthy Kids to support the national nonprofit organization’s work to build healthier families, communities and schools. Under the organization’s motto “Every kid healthy, active and ready to learn,” Dole and Action for Healthy Kids hope to inspire people to become a hero for those around them. What an awesome cause!

disney dole incredibles 2 healthy eating
Snack-Snack Attack
disney dole incredibles 2 healthy eating
Berry Brave Incredi-Bowl
disney dole incredibles 2 healthy eating
Parr-fect Power-up Cup

This is all part of the latest phase of “Powering the Hero Within,” Dole’s year-long program honoring the moms, dads, grandparents, teachers, coaches and other everyday heroes committed to making home and school healthier places. The heroic fun officially launches TODAY, “National Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Day", a healthy eating celebration which takes place each year on the Thursday before Memorial Day. This was created by Dole back in 2015 to promote a healthy lifestyle, especially a diet rich in fresh produce.

"From stay-at-home dads to single parents and blended households, we know that family structures continue to change,” said Bil Goldfield, director of corporate communications for Dole and the father of a young daughter. “What hasn’t changed is the simple fact that raising healthy families today can feel like a hero-worthy challenge against junk food and other villains looking to lure kids down the wrong nutritious path.”

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to use #DoleHero to follow this campaign on social media. Which recipe(s) do you plan on trying out?

Monday, May 21, 2018

The Art of Incredibles 2 Book Review

art of incredibles 2 inside look book review

It's always an exciting time of year when I can crack open a brand new copy of the latest Pixar "Art of" book by Chronicle Books publishing. There's just something magical about flipping through the pages in anticipation of the upcoming film and smelling that new book smell. And of course, most importantly, getting a glimpse at some of the incredible art that went into the creation of the film! This time around I'm taking a closer look at—you guessed it—The Art of Incredibles 2.

First of all, if you're not familiar with this ongoing series of "Art of" books, they're essentially the definitive source for all officially released Pixar concept art and "making of" content (storyboards, colors scripts, lighting studies, character/location sketches, clay sculpts, digital renderings and so much more— as well as a sprinkling of quotes, stories and insights from the creators). This one is no exception! I have purchased and reviewed every single one of these books since they started in 2001 with The Art of Monsters Inc., so I guess we're on number 17? Needless to say, I'm a big time fan of the series.

Let's take a look at the outer covers. You'll notice the front (seen above) is a bit different because, in the past, the front cover has always featured one of the beautiful art pieces from within the book. Here though, they kept it super simple by just featuring the film's logo against a black background—which I suppose is just as striking, but I do kind of miss the art. What's cool though is that the front cover logo is actually a digital creation done by the director himself, Brad Bird! The back cover does include a piece of concept art however, which looks to be the lush green road leading to the Parr family's new cliffside home (done by artist Kyle Macnaughton). Really pretty stuff. 

art of incredibles 2 inside look book review

As usual, remove the slipcover to reveal the sturdy hardcover book itself; this time around featuring five subtle embossed minimal designs of Jack-Jack's head (one for each of his powers) front and center. They look great against that awesome bright yellow orange color.

art of incredibles 2 inside look book review

Now we'll open things up to give you a peek at some of the opening pages!

art of incredibles 2 inside look book review

You'll notice the title page below has those same minimal Jack-Jack heads as seen on the front cover, only this time it's the actual colored digital art. I LOVE these. Can you spot each of Jack-Jack's forms/powers? From left to right, there's regular baby Jack-Jack, then chrome, then fire, then laser vision and then demon/monster.

I'm happy to see that the foreword to this book is done by John Lasseter (regardless of the current situation) and I always love hearing what writer/director Brad Bird, who wrote the introduction, has to say. There are so many nice insights from both of these guys who I admire a ton. This book was edited by Karen Paik, author of several Pixar books including To Infinity and Beyond!: The Story of Pixar Animation Studios.

art of incredibles 2 inside look book review

Here's a fun fact: the art of Edna and Jack-Jack on the inside jacket flaps was done by Domee Shi, the director of the upcoming short film Bao which will pair with Incredibles 2 in theaters! 


This is also the first time in one of these books that they send you to a website for additional content, such as more artwork and filmmaker interviews. You can check it out at disney.com/artofincredibles (which basically just brings you to a link to buy this book and connects you to a separate Oh My Disney article).

art of incredibles 2 inside look book review

Every "Art of" book is organized a little differently. This time around, the book is divided into four sections after the foreword and intro: Characters, Environments, Vehicles and Outtakes (which are essentially deleted scenes/concepts). The book closes out with some acknowledgments (special thanks) by the producers of the film, John Walker and Nicole Grindle. Throughout this book, there's just the right amount of text (it doesn't get overwhelming like some previous releases) and hundreds of pieces of art to sink your teeth into. You certainly get your money's worth.

art of incredibles 2 inside look book review
art of incredibles 2 inside look book review
art of incredibles 2 inside look book review

Below is a peek at some of the many, many pages of colorful art you'll discover inside! I'm not wanting to show a lot here (I don't want to to give anything away that might spoil the film), but here's at least a little sampling of what you can expect. And by the way, if you're avoiding spoilers for the film as I am, tread carefully when opening this book. I for one will not deep dive into it until after I see the film on June 14th. Honestly for now, I've just skimmed a couple of sections just so I knew enough for this review.

art of incredibles 2 inside look book review
art of incredibles 2 inside look book review
art of incredibles 2 inside look book review art of incredibles 2 inside look book review

From what I've gathered based on what I've seen and read thus far, I can absolutely tell you that this is a must have. If you're a fan of The Incredibles or film art/animation in general, you won't want to miss this one. If you're looking to get into this industry (or perhaps you already are), this is a great learning tool; for everyone else, it's just a feast for the eyes. There are so many details in this book that you really could look through and study it for hours (and I'm sure I will). If you're interested in adding this to your collection, I recommend picking it up at Barnes & Noble or on Amazon using the direct link below.

And there you go! That's my review, which is just a small taste at what you can expect inside. Per usual, this is a really beautiful tribute to the incredibly talented artists who worked so hard at making the film what it is today, yet who too often go unnoticed. Do you have a favorite Pixar artist whose work you look forward to seeing? One of mine is Ralph Eggleston, so it excited me to see that he was hired as the production designer for this film. Let me know all your thoughts on this book and any questions you might have down in the comments.

Size: 11.4" x 9.4"
Pages: 168
Retail Price: $40 (though it's always on sale for less, usually around $26)
Original Release Date: May 8th, 2018
My Rating: 9/10

Friday, May 18, 2018

Incredibles 2: "Edna" Postcard (Artwork by Joey Chou)

joey chou the incredibles edna art

Sorry for the delay darlings! I know this was supposed to be posted here yesterday, but I ended up getting home from work real late. I'm back though and, as promised, here's my quick look and review of this fantastic new Incredibles 2 inspired postcard featuring art by Disney freelance illustrator Joey Chou—simply titled, "Edna." If you've been following my posts (or social media) for a while, you know how much I've gushed about Chou's work in the past. If you missed my reviews on his previous pieces, check them out HERE! He's done some amazing Pixar prints based on The Good Dinosaur, Up, Finding Dory, Cars and now The Incredibles.

Though I categorize this art as "Incredibles 2" (since we're so close to the film, I imagine that's what prompted this release), this piece doesn't seem actually seem to be based on either of the two films; but rather just the character of Edna in general. First of all, everyone LOVES Edna. I mean, how can you not? She's absolutely a fan favorite and undoubtedly one of the funniest and most quotable Pixar characters to date. It was a unique choice to just focus on Edna here though, simply sitting in her house working on some of her super suite designs, but it totally works. It's very modern and minimal (just like Edna's house and her overall style), with some very "bold" and "dramatic" shapes, straight lines and pops of color. I love the feel— it's all incredibly cute and a nice tribute to the character. Classic Joey Chou.

joey chou the incredibles edna art

This is, per usual, the standard 4x5 postcard size (the best value for this art, retailing at only $4.95), but it's also available as a Deluxe size 14x18 matted print as well. You should still be able to find this currently at the Wonderground Gallery shop at Disneyland's Downtown Disney or Disney World's Disney Springs. If you can't make it to either of those locations, you can always check out current eBay listings using THIS DIRECT LINK.

As usual, I greatly look forward to what's next from Mr. Chou. Could we expect another Incredibles inspired piece, this time focusing on the Parr family and/or the other supers and villains? Whatever it might be, consider it purchased. Find out more about Joey Chou and his art on his Tumblr, blog, and Facebook page. If you like what you see, give him a follow on Instagram and Twitter as well! Super nice guy.

What are your thoughts? Anything I should have mentioned? Let me know your insights in the comments below. Lastly, a HUGE thanks to my friend Claudia who picked this up for me during one of her recent Disneyland visits. It was seriously too kind of her! I'm so lucky to have great people out there looking out for me and helping me out with my collection. It's much appreciated. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Cars 3: Cruz Ramirez Light-Up Straw (California Adventure)

pixar cars land cruz ramirez light-up straw

Over the past few weeks, I've been documenting and reviewing a bunch of the current Pixar Fest Disneyland/California Adventure exclusive food and beverage merchandise (sent to me by my good friend Paulina, who graciously picked up a bunch of stuff for me since I couldn't be there). If you missed my previous posts, be sure to check out my thoughts on the Luxo lamp straw and the Ratatouille straw, as well as the Toy Story inspired alien straw, light-up tumbler and Woody's boot cup. Which one is YOUR favorite?! Tonight I'm sharing the last of what I was sent. 

This one was a little bonus item that Paulina included in her package to me (which was a fun surprise); this Cars 3 Dinoco Cruz Ramirez light-up novelty straw! Now I'm not actually sure if this was released as a Pixar Fest item or if it had been there beforehand, but nonetheless I can confirm that this can be purchased at DCA at Flo's V8 Cafe within Cars Land. Retail is $5.99.

pixar cars land cruz ramirez light-up straw

Cruz is a very minimal design and is made from a white/clear semi-translucent plastic with her Dinoco decals boldly visible (no paper stickers). She can be removed from the straw and seems to be the exact size of a Mattel 1:55 scale diecast (about 3" in length; straw is 12" long). Press the button on her underside to activate the light-up feature! Like usual with these kind of Disney novelty items, there are three light patterns. Keep pressing to cycle through each one and to turn off.

And lastly, it was super thoughtful of her to send along a couple of the Pixar Fest Disneyland/California Adventure park maps and a merchandise bag! I LOVE all the artwork and it's just really cool to have these—it definitely helps me feel like I was able to attend the celebration there, even though I've been stuck at home on the east coast.

pixar fest 2018 park maps
pixar fest 2018 park bag

Check out my brief video below to see Cruz's light-up feature in action. If you're interested in grabbing one of these online for your collection, you can visit THIS LINK (which will bring you to the only current eBay listing).


Let me know YOUR thoughts down in the comments! If you have any other info regarding this item, let me know.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Incredibles 2: Funko Mrs. Incredible "Mystery Mini" (Disney Treasures Exclusive)

Funko Mrs. Incredible "Mystery Mini" Disney Treasures Exclusive

"Disney Treasures" is a Disney themed subscription box from Funko which features 100% exclusive items delivered right to your door every other month. Every box has its own unique sub-theme and array of collectibles; for example, the box for the month of April was simply called "Adventures" (seen below) and included an Orville with Miss Bianca and Bernard Funko "POP!" (based on The Rescuers), a Stitch Luggage Tag, a Robin Hood Pin, a Peter Pan Patch, an Adventure Sticker and a Mrs. Incredible (Elastigirl) "Mystery Mini" vinyl figure with collectible tin which I'll be reviewing in this post!

I'm not a Disney Treasures subscriber, but I am a [Pixar] Funko Mystery Mini collector...so of course I had to track down this adorable Elastigirl figure, which I ended up resorting to eBay for (I paid around $10). With all the hype surrounding Incredibles 2 (hitting theaters in exactly a month from today on June 15th), how could I resist? Note: After some research, I now see that the Disney Treasures subscription box service has ended. It is no more. However, though this "Adventures" box was the very last one from that era, Funko apparently has plans to continue the Disney Treasures boxes in a new way as Hot Topic exclusives. You can read all about it in this important update from Funko.

Funko Mrs. Incredible "Mystery Mini" Disney Treasures Exclusive

Anyway, let's get to checking out this figure. Elastigirl stands at about 3" tall and, if you couldn't already tell, is super cute in her design (which, by the way, is completely different from the Mrs. Incredible included in the main blind box Mystery Mini line). I love the chubby, minimal style used here, as well as her classic super hero stance. The paint job (at least on mine) is extremely well done with some really great detailing overall (love those subtle rosy cheeks). She has no articulation (not even the head), but unlike the Woody one from last year, stands up quite fine on her own. 

 Funko Mrs. Incredible "Mystery Mini" Disney Treasures Exclusive
Funko Mrs. Incredible "Mystery Mini" Disney Treasures Exclusive

As mentioned, Elastigirl even comes with this fantastic Incredibles 2 inspired collectible tin container to store her in or next to! How cool is that? The now iconic minimal artwork by Eric Tan, which you'll probably recognize at this point (it's been heavily used as the main promotional art for the film, showing up in posters and on countless products), wraps around the tin on all sides. Take a look below! I can't get enough of that art.

Funko Mrs. Incredible "Mystery Mini" Disney Treasures Exclusive
Funko Mrs. Incredible "Mystery Mini" Disney Treasures Exclusive
Funko Mrs. Incredible "Mystery Mini" Disney Treasures Exclusive
Funko Mrs. Incredible "Mystery Mini" Disney Treasures Exclusive
Funko Mrs. Incredible "Mystery Mini" Disney Treasures Exclusive
Funko Mrs. Incredible "Mystery Mini" Disney Treasures Exclusive

If you're looking to grab this figure on its own on eBay as well, check out THIS DIRECT LINK to current listings. Were you a subscriber to the Disney Treasures box? Do you look forward to it continuing as a Hot Topic exclusive? What do you think of this figure? Be sure to shout out all your thoughts and any questions you might have in the comment section below.

See you in my next post!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Pixar News: FILMMAKERS AND FANS CELEBRATE INCREDIBLES DAY!


With the Incredibles 2 hitting theaters in exactly ONE MONTH from today (considering Thursday night screenings on June 14th; actual release date is June 15th), Disney·Pixar is kicking off the one-month countdown with 25 content creators who will dust off their super suits and join filmmakers and fans to celebrate INCREDIBLES DAY. Throughout today, fans will get a look at new Incredibles 2 content and products, have the chance to win prizes and get exclusive access to Pixar Animation Studios to watch content creators from around the world take part in film-themed challenges on Facebook. 

“It’s been a long wait for the next chapter in the Parr-family story,” said Incredibles 2 producers Nicole Paradis Grindle and John Walker. “We just love that fans are so passionate about these characters and we can’t wait for everyone to see the film. Opening day is coming fast, but in the meantime, we’re excited to celebrate INCREDIBLES DAY with all of the fans.”

Now check this out—this is pretty awesome: Earlier this morning, the on-demand delivery service Fooji reached out to me to let me know of something pretty cool happening today. Fans in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Philadelphia can Tweet using #Incredibles Day + đŸ’¥ + Promo for a chance to unlock exclusive giveaways, including tickets to experience Incredibles 2 in IMAX and exclusive products and collectibles. One lucky fan in each city will also have the chance to win a trip for two to the world premiere of the film in Los Angeles with flights provided by Alaska Airlines. ENTER HERE on Twitter and visit Fooji's Twitter account to view the retweets of all the folks who were delivered some sweet swag so far today. I'm seeing a lot of people who got the limited edition poster, some who got some IMAX tickets and some who got a couple of the Funko POPs. Man, I wish I could be a part of that! 


Next up— at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. EST today, fans can tune in to Facebook.com/DisneyPixar to watch as Ashley Eckstein, HerUniverse founder and CEO, hosts 25 content creators in an afternoon of themed activities at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. Watch as six teams of influencers from around the world test their abilities and compete in three different activities around the Pixar campus to showcase how they’re incredible. The event will incorporate new Incredibles 2 products for the whole family currently available at shopDisney.com and mass retailers nationwide.

Additionally, Trina Turk will debut a new line of Incredibles 2-themed swimwear during the event. The California-inspired brand launches a film-themed line of women’s and men’s apparel and accessories later this month, and in June, children’s luxury designer Haus of JR will release an Incredible apparel collection for boys and girls exclusively at Barneys New York.

More details regarding the INCREDIBLES DAY event include the following.

  • The content creators and their families attending #IncrediblesDay can also spend time in the Incredibles lounge to check out the new LEGO® “The Incredibles” video game from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, which will be available for Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and PC on June 15, 2018, the same day “Incredibles 2” opens in theaters nationwide.
  • Musical group D Cappella will treat attendees to a performance of the film’s theme song “Glory Days.” The group performs classic Disney favorites from “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” The Lion King” and more


Lastly, today in celebration of INCREDIBLES DAY, Disney·Pixar released three fun vintage toy commercials featuring some fun new theme songs for Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and Frozone! Pixar is so good at that kind of thing. They've done retro style commercials/theme songs before (Remember the one they did for Lotso and the ones they did for the Blu-Ray release of Toy Story of Terror and That Time Forgot.)

Written and directed by Brad Bird, Disney·Pixar’s Incredibles 2 opens June 15—tickets are on sale now at Fandango. More ticketing information and opening-week activities are available on this Oh My Disney blog post.

UPDATE: The INCREDIBLES DAY surprises keep coming! Reply to THIS TWEET using #IncrediblesDaySweepstakes #promo for your chance to win a trip to the Los Angeles premiere of Incredibles 2 with flights provided by Alaska Air. 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Ratatouille: "Wooden Spoon" w/ Remy Novelty Straw (Disneyland Pixar Fest 2018 Exclusive)

disneyland pixar fest ratatouille spoon straw

Bonjour! Ready for another Pixar Fest 2018 novelty straw review? Well here it is—one of my absolute faves. Check out this Ratatouille inspired "wooden spoon" straw, featuring everyone's favorite little chef, Remy! This can be found currently at the Cafe Orleans restaurant in Disneyland for $5.99 while supplies lasts.

As far as the other Pixar Fest food/beverage items I've reviewed so far, be sure to check out the Luxo lamp straw, as well as the Toy Story alien straw, light-up tumbler and Woody's boot cup, if you missed those posts. Which one is YOUR favorite?! 

disneyland pixar fest ratatouille spoon straw

Not only is this straw available there at Cafe Orleans, but also a full Ratatouille themed "three course prix fixe" you can enjoy there as well! $40 per person. Here's the breakdown of what the meal includes:
  • Starter: Specialty Cheese Flight (three cheeses with dried fruit and honeycomb)
  • EntrĂ©e: Shrimp Ratatouille Byaldi 
  • Dessert: Berry-filled beignets served a la mode 
Classy right?
disneyland pixar fest ratatouille spoon straw

Whoever designed this straw was super clever. I love it! It's so cute overall (the whole spoon idea is great) and Remy looks awesome as well. There's a lot of merch out there of him that doesn't look quite right (and sometimes he's too blue OR too gray), but this one is spot on. The straw is 9 1/2" long, with Remy himself at about 3" in size (not removable). Everything here, of course, is sturdy plastic.

If you're a fan of Ratatouille as I am, you just might want to pick this up if you're heading to Pixar Fest anytime soon. You can also just grab it on eBay HERE using this diect link to current listings (looks like it's being sold for around $15 on there).

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! Another big thanks to my friend and fellow Disney fanatic Paulina who sent this on over to me. :)

disneyland pixar fest ratatouille spoon straw
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