I was talking about movies coming out this summer with The Bug, who is my movie buddy. She’s really excited about a bunch of this summer’s scheduled releases, especially “Shrek Forever After” and “Toy Story 3”. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s on the way, with links to the film’s IMDb page (release dates will also be added to the DISDads Calendar that’s linked in the right margin). Which ones are you (and your kids) looking forward to seeing?:
May 21, 2010 – Shrek Forever After – The final installment of the Shrek franchise. Rumpelstiltskin is the villain. It’s in 3-D, brings back all our favorites from the Shrek franchise, and adds a bevy of witches voiced by everyone from Lake Bell to Meredith Viera. Word is that a Puss in Boots spin-off is already in the works for a 2011 release.
May 28, 2010 – Prince of Persia: Sands of Time – Disney launches a video game-based movie franchise, maybe the last summer blockbuster action film NOT shot in 3-D. Might be too intense for the younger kids, but offers tween appeal for boys (ACTION! SWORDPLAY!) and girls (Jake Gyllenhaal).
June 4, 2010 – Marmaduke – Live-action talking dog movie, with the titular dog voiced by Owen Wilson. I think this one can wait for video. Then I can skip seeing it on video too.
June 11, 2010 – The Karate Kid – Remake of the classic Ralph Macchio/Pat Morita flick, starring Will Smith and Jada Pinkett’s kid, Jaden Smith; and Jackie Chan. I was expecting it to be awful, but after seeing previews before “How to Train Your Dragon” I’m thinking this might actually merit a visit to the theater. If nothing else, the location footage from China looks like it should be gorgeous on the big screen.
June 12, 2010 – Toy Story 3 – The much-anticipated 3-D third chapter of the Toy Story franchise. I have a bit of a personal interest in this one, as I discovered about a year ago that the Director is married to a friend from high school. All our old toy favorites are back, as well as a slew of new ones (oooooo – new Toy Story merchandise)!
July 2, 2010 – The Last Airbender – A live action M. Night Shyamalan adaptation of a Nickelodeon anime cartoon. This is another adventure for the tween set, with a genocidal Fire Lord probably a bit too intense for the younger kids. If it does well at the box office, expect it to become the first film of a trilogy.
July 9, 2010 – Despicable Me – Woo hoo! Finally, a summer movie that’s not a sequel, not adapted from a video game, and not based on a children’s book. It’s an all-new animated movie, featuring the voice of Steve Carell, as a loathsome character who might just find his heart, courtesy of three orphaned girls. Brought to you by the guys who created the Ice Age series of animated movies.
July 23, 2010 – Ramona and Beezus – Disney Channel star Selena Gomez brings Beverly Cleary’s beloved 1955 book to the screen (again). Sounds like G-rated fun for everyone.
July 30, 2010 – Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore – Another talking animal flick, with big name voice talent. I’ll get to this one right after I get around to watching “Marmaduke.”
Disneyland: May 4, 1977
Space Mountain opens in Tomorrowland. Originally conceived by Walt Disney in the early 1960’s for Disneyland, the computer technology needed to operate such a sophisticated ride system did not yet exist. Imagineer Bill Watkins, taking concept work by John Hench, modeled Space Mountain after the Magic Kingdom’s newest thrill-ride that opened in 1975 and adapted it for the smaller scale of Disneyland, sinking the entire attraction 15 feet into the ground in order to better fit in to its’ surroundings. Additionally, based on the smaller size and scale, the two track layout and single-line seating formations found at the Magic Kingdom was abandoned in favor of a single track layout and dual row seating was adapted to keep the hourly guest capacity intact. But the thrills didn’t stop there… as an entirely new dimension in personal hygenie; as well as gameplay and interactivity, both opened on this day as well. The newest restrooms in Tomorrowland, complete with automatic sensor soap dispensers opened by the exit to Space Mountain (automatic sensor flush toilets were sadly still in the distant future!) and the Starcade, a two-story video game arcade located right next door completed the all-new Space Mountain complex.
Heads up on another deal for DISDads. Overstock.com has a basic Mickey Mouse watch on sale for $19.99 today. I’m not sure how long the sale is scheduled to last. I did search, and they have a couple of Goofy watches as well – but they’re not on sale and they’re pretty abominably ugly.
If you’re still looking for a Mother’s Day gift, they do have a women’s Mickey Mouse watch on sale as well, for $17.99.
Tell us why in your comments. For the choices, I only included restaurants whose regular service is a character meal (that leaves out places like ‘Ohana and Donald’s Safari Breakfast, that do character meals at more limited times). Also, take advantage of the comments to share any tips or tricks for making the most of character meals with your family.