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Feb
17
2014
Feb 17, 2014

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Sorry, it’s been a long time coming. I know. I’m terrible. It’s taken me forever but I’ve finally decided to settle down to write a more comprehensive movie review about the Lego Movie. Not sure why I’ve dragged my feet with this movie review. I guess it’s because for me, the Lego Movie was OKAY but it wasn’t phenomenal. It’s no fault of the actors or the storyline. I liked the idea of the Lego Movie, I liked the plot of the Lego Movie and I did enjoy it but golly gee whiz, the filming from my perspective was…a little lacking.

Correction: my eyeballs and head hurt after watching it.

Is the Lego Movie a good children’s movie?

Yep.

Is the Lego Movie good for your eyes?

That I’m not so sure.

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Feb
10
2014
Feb 10, 2014

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This weekend, we saw the Lego Movie and boy was the theatre packed full of eager moviegoers young and old. This is going to be a short post today given how insanely busy I am but let’s just say, the Lego Movie was good but I’m not doing back flips.

Here is what basically happens in the Lego Movie: Emmett, a basic every day Lego guy ends up saving the day. He’s been chosen as the ‘special’ because he found the ‘piece of resistance’ that will stop Lord Business from using the “Kragle”. To help him succeed you’ve got a bunch of other unique Lego figures, from Batman, Wild Style, and a number of other Lego characters that I can’t remember but they were there. I won’t put any spoilers in this post but my next one will contain spoilers so consider yourself warned!

If you love Lego, you’ll want to watch the Lego Movie because it’s super neat to watch those little Lego figurines moving all about. It’s fascinating to see it all happen. The only thing is the images at times flash so quickly, you almost can’t see what’s going on! Thank goodness we watched it in 2D. I can’t imagine how much of a headache I’d have if I had watched the Lego Movie in 3D. The script was also quite fast at times and there were moments where I just didn’t catch what the Lego characters were saying. Did I get the basics of the Lego movie? Totally. Did I catch every single point?

Nope.

I talked to my daughter after the Lego movie and she said she liked it, not as much as she liked Frozen (I agree), but she liked it nonetheless. She asked a lot of questions about the Lego movie, about the different characters, the different scenes, and of course talked about all the parts she thought were funny.

So, that’s my quick re-cap of our Lego Movie experience. I promise to write a more thorough movie review later on this week. Is the Lego Movie worth watching? Is the Lego Movie a good movie for children? Well, let’s put it this way: any child or adult who’s played with Lego will want to watch this movie and it won’t disappoint in that sense. Every kid is going to get a kick out of watching little Lego characters doing their thing on the screen. Having said that, I wouldn’t waste my money on 3D for the Lego Movie though. You won’t be able to take it all in!

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Jan
15
2014
Jan 15, 2014

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Did you send me an email yet? For what? To win 1 of 3 What’s Your News scarves, that’s what! Up to January 17, 2014 you can send me an email to this address: thingsthatwedo (dot) com at gmail dot com. Yes, I did all of that on purpose to make sure only real humans send me an email.

If you’ve never heard of What’s Your News, read part of my earlier review below for more details and be sure to send me that email if you’re interested!

Originally posted January 2, 2014:

Children’s TV Show review: What’s Your News?

What’s Your News? is quite the unique children’s TV show. What’s Your News? has a news story type format featuring real children doing real things. All the ‘news’ that gets reported are real life events such as learning how to get dressed, how to whistle, how to use a pogo stick. The news reporters are cute little ants and then there’s Antony (an anteater – must be an inside joke!) who thinks he’s an ant!

Connecting with the folks at What’s Your News? , I learn that the children in the episodes are your typical pre-school children as in they’re not professional actors. The co-creator and producer, Larry Mirkin, happens to have quite the experience in children’s television all the way back to his work on Fraggle Rock with Jim Henson. OMG…IIIII watched Fraggle Rock!

To celebrate Season 2 of What’s Your News?, ThingsThatWeDo.com is happy to announce that we’ve got an easy little contest to win 1 of 3 What’s Your News? Scarves, perfect for the wintry months! The microfleece What’s Your News? Scarves are made in Canada and winning is easy.

If you’re interested in taking a peek at What’s Your News? with your child, catch it on Sunday mornings at 7:35 am ET on the CBC network.


How to Win a What’s Your News? scarf?

SO…how do you land yourself a prized What’s Your News? scarf? You can see it here on Jingle, my kid’s toy dog. It’s simple really. Email me at: thingsthatwedo.com at gmail dot com (notice, I spelled out my email and didn’t include a link? That was intentional so only really live breathing humans will send me emails. I really don’t have time to be bothered with spam).

You have until January 17, 2014 to email me. After that, I’ll pick 3 names randomly. I’ll then contact winners by email. To respect everyone’s privacy, I won’t be posting names on ThingsThatWeDo.com and I won’t be using your emails for any marketing purposes. Those of you who have left comments for ThingsThatWeDo.com know that I’ve deleted your emails before posting your comments and have never ever emailed you. I only respond to emails that come directly to me and don’t look like spam. So, no worries that I’ll be spamming you. It’s just not my thing to do! 

Okay, send me an email and let’s get this contest started!

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Dec
29
2013
Dec 29, 2013

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Recently, my big kid and I watched Frozen, the super duper fantastic musical children’s movie about Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and the rest of the gang. Shortly after watching Frozen, my child just couldn’t get enough of all the songs. She came home belting what lyrics she knew and continued to sing them on a daily basis.

There seemed to be only one logical next step: get my big kid the Frozen movie music sound track. This Frozen CD has all the original songs from the movie itself and even has all the musical scores used throughout the movie.

Now that my child has been listening and singing along with this the Frozen CD movie music sound track she’s learned all the lyrics. She belts them out all day long, re-enacts different scenes, and reminds me about all the little funny moments in the movie. If you’re child liked the Frozen movie, you’re going to want to get this CD!

I have to admit, I’m kind of a big fan of this Frozen CD movie music sound track too!

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Dec
20
2013
Dec 20, 2013

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Note: Today’s post is brought to you by my 8 year old, Jenny. Here is her review of the children’s movie, Frozen. Enjoy!

“Hi, my name is Jenny. Nice to see you again. Do you remember the time I was talking about Halloween candy? Today I’m posting for ThingsThatWeDo.com about…FROZEN! Frozen is a children’s movie that adults can watch and the title for my post ‘Do you want to build a snowman?’ is a song in the movie.

I am going to tell you the main story. It is about 2 girls, Anna and Elsa, they’re more like teenagers. Their mom and dad that died because they were in a ship and the waves came over them but they were king and queen and Elsa because she’s oldest became the queen and Anna became princess. Run on sentence! (giggling in the background about her run on sentence).

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Dec
10
2013
Dec 10, 2013

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Oh my! Just watched the new Disney movie, Frozen, this weekend and it was such a fun time for our family. As a children’s movie, Frozen has a lot to offer but I have to admit it wasn’t what I expected. Sure, I knew about Olaf, the world’s most adorable snowman (Frosty has competition) and I knew the basic storyline (2 sisters, 1 of which is responsible for turning all of Arendelle into a snow flurried concoction while the other tries to fix it) but I wasn’t expecting the musical bonanza.

Read on to find out more about the Frozen movie. Is Frozen a good children’s movie? Would I recommend watching Frozen with your children? Beware: there are spoilers in this post so don’t say I didn’t warn you!

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Oct
17
2013
Oct 17, 2013

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Finally, I’ve managed to get some time to write a pseudo decent movie review for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Life is busy but I did commit myself to writing something coherent about Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and it certainly warrants my time so let’s get started, shall we?

First off, let’s start off with the understanding that most of you know the basic premise of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2: Flint Lockwood and his friends go back to Swallow Falls because his FLDSMDFR invention is creating food animal hybrids (aka foodimals) that are learning to swim and plan to attack “Lady Liberty”. That much you learn from the movie trailer alone so I haven’t spoiled anything.

The movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, is so much more than that. In this 95 minute film, you also learn about the meaning of friendship. You learn to think twice about how others treat you and not to blindly follow what others tell you because they may not be telling the truth. You learn the importance of being observant and analyzing what you see.

Bet you didn’t know that last part, huh?

Discover why my family thinks Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is a good children’s movie.

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Oct
15
2013
Oct 15, 2013

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It’s been super busy in our home but we did manage to watch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 in the theatre this past weekend. I don’t have time to give a full fledged review yet but I have to tell you my big kid and I loved it!

If you’ve watched Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs a few years back, you’ll fall in love with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Best yet, for those of you who haven’t watched the first movie, it does a great little re-cap to bring everyone up to the same page. My daughter watched the original a little while back and was excited to watch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. The movie definitely didn’t disappoint.

Our favourite: all the foodimals that make Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 so much fun to watch! They are by far the cutest things and the most creative creatures we’ve seen in a very long time. A few days later and my kid is still talking about the Cheesespider and the Tacodile. Too cool! Best of all though is Barry, the strawberry. You have to watch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 if only to just see Barry!

The pace of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is reasonable for the young age group and there are plenty of funny moments for the adults in the crowd too (butterfrogs that quirped ‘Parkay’ after being dinged by mosquitoast, only the adults would get that inside joke – I had to explain it to my kiddie!).

If you’ve got time this weekend, I highly recommend going to watch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. We were laughing and giggly throughout the entire movie. The characters bring life to an otherwise fantastical movie. A must watch and I promise to write something more in depth when I get a chance!

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Sep
1
2013
Sep 1, 2013

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La la la la la la, sing a happy song….finally! We watched Smurfs 2! We’ve been meaning to watch the Smurfs 2 movie since it was first released back in July 2013 except we’ve been so busy that we just never got a chance to go near the movie theatre until now.

Well, what can I say? Smurfs 2 was amazing! Our entire family loved watching the Smurfs 2 movie and it was certainly better late than never. Although still available in 3D, we opted to watch the regular 2D version given that the whole 3D thing makes me more nauseous than a trip around the world in rickety boat in a very rocky sea.

If you haven’t had a chance to watch the Smurfs 2 movie yet, you should.

Why Smurfs 2?

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Jul
26
2013
Jul 26, 2013

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We’ve been really busy for the past few days but we finally managed to get out and watch a movie. Of course, with it being summer, a ton of children’s movies are out. Our choice: we watched Turbo, the tell tale story of a wee little garden snail’s desire to be fast.

Turbo isn’t just a movie about a snail. There is so much more to this movie. I’m so glad we got a chance to watch Turbo in the theatre. It’s available in 2D or 3D. Given that 3D movies make both my child and I nauseous, we watched Turbo in 2D format. Have a read of today’s movie review and see what Turbo is all about!

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