If you have a Cars 3 fan in your home, they’re probably counting down to the opening on June 16th. Kids are starting summer break all over the country and parents are looking for a way to keep kids busy during the break. Grab these free Cars 3 Activity Sheets that are perfect for home or on the go.
About Cars 3:
Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!
Ten Fun Facts about Cars 3
Filmmakers added four characters to the film that were inspired by real NASCAR legends, Junior Johnson, Louise Smith, Wendell Scott, and Henry “Smokey” Yunick.
Five key areas in the southeast U.S. were visited to research the history of stock-car racing as well as the look and feel of racing in the area. Among these areas are Charlotte, North Carolina, where filmmakers spent time at the NASCAR museum, the Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Hendrick Motorsport facility, consultant Ray Evernham’s garage and voice talent Humpy Wheeler’s house; North Wilkesboro Speedway; Occoneechee State Park and Speedway; Daytona, where they saw the Daytona Superspeedway, Daytona Beach (where early races took place), Daytona 500 Museum; and the Sonoma Speedway, where filmmakers were invited to ride along with professional racecar drivers.
More than two dozen characters take part in the Crazy 8 demolition derby sequence, including Tbone, a car whose condition improves— temporarily—when he gets hit; SuperFly, who catches air; FareGame, the taxi who doesn’t get any fares; and Jimbo the pickup truck.
Junior Johnson, NASCAR driver from the 1950s-60s who inspired “Cars 3” character Junior “Midnight” Moon, won 50 NASCAR races before retiring in 1966.
Lightning McQueen still sports the dynamic #95 with his signature lightning-bolt graphics. The design of those graphics is a hybrid of his look from 2006’s “Cars” and his look in 2011’s “Cars 2.”
“Cars 3” gets dirty, really dirty. And it turns out, dirt—particularly mud—isn’t easy to get right in an animated feature. Artists and technicians teamed up to get the look just right—not too thick, not too thin—which was important because mud, splatters, dust, sand and sacred dirt appear in 616 shots.
Cruz Ramirez is a key character with a compelling and emotional story. In order to give her a dynamic range of motion and expressions, character riggers gave Cruz a total of 656 controls, including 360 for her body and 296 for her face—the mouth, lips, teeth and tongue have 216 controls alone.
NASCAR legend Louise Smith entered her first race in 1949, where she rolled her family’s new Ford coupe. Smith inspired “Cars 3” character Louise Barnstormer Nash.
NASCAR’s Wendell Scott, who inspired “Cars 3” character River Scott, was posthumously inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2015.
The render farm being utilized to render “Cars 3” runs more than 60,000 cores. Memory has been upgraded recently, bringing the average per core to 10 gigabytes, compared to the 4 gigabytes per core recently used for “Inside Out”.
Directed by Brian Fee (storyboard artist “Cars,” “Cars 2“) and produced by Kevin Reher (“A Bug’s Life,” “La Luna” short), “Cars 3” cruises into theaters on June 16, 2017.
Do you have a Big Hero 6 fan on your hands? Grab these free activity sheets for your child. They are fun and entertaining. Big Hero 6 is currently playing in theaters everywhere, if you haven’t checked it out yet, then be sure to head out this weekend.
About Big Hero 6:
From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.” Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring breathtaking action with all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”).
Guardians of the Galaxy has made it’s debut into movie theaters and it has already started blowing up the box office. It’s was trending on my Facebook timeline all weekend long and already fans are ready for more Guardians. If you have young fans like me then they are probably already asking for merchandise and thanks to the folks at Disney/Marvel I have some free activity sheets to keep your little fans excited about the movie. Grab the sheets for end of the summer trips or to wind down from summer vacation. Click on the image below to print our sheets. Enjoy!
About Guardians of the Galaxy:
From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.
Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes, Issue #18 (Jan. 1969), stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector.
If you haven’t seen the film be sure to check it out. It’s a phenomenal movie. Also connect with Guardians on Facebook and Twitter.
Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue Clips, Activity Sheets and More
On July 18th, the newest addition to the Planes franchise will be flying into theaters nationwide and if you have a fan they will enjoy this installment. Planes: Fire & Rescue adds new characters to the story and it’s an epic adventure for Dusty and his friends. This new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. After learning that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, world famous air racer Dusty must shift gears and that’s when he’s launched into the world of aerial firefighting. He joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together this fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty will learn what it takes to become a true hero. Directed by Bobs Gannaway (“Secret of the Wings”)
My son is really excited about his new adventure – since their class got to explore a fire engine and talk with firefighters it’s all he’s been talking about and this new movie is right up that alley. We plan to take him to see it when it opens. Do you have a fan of the movie? Well if you do I have lots of goodies to share with you. Here’s a few clips from the movie.
Here’s some posters of the new characters from the movie.
Here’s some activities to get your fan ready for the movie release or just to have some fun for the summer.
Disclosure: I was provided a copy of this DVD for review purposes. Any and all opinions are my own and have not been influenced.
On February 25th Transformers Prime Ultimate Bumblebee is going to be on sale at Walmart stores nationwide. My family and I had the opportunity to review it before it arrived in stores and my sons just loved it. My oldest son is five and he’s just getting into the transforming toys and his favorite has always been Bumblebee. He also likes him from the few scenes he’s seen from the movie. This dvd has four episodes that’s packed with lots of Bumblebee action so if you’re a fan you’re going to love this collection. I like the CG and animation on this series. The graphics were amazing and I liked that my kids could watch it and I didn’t feel guilty about the content. I think this would go over well with boys ages five to thirteen, maybe even older. My son’s favorite episodes are the Operation Bumblebee episodes, where he loses his ability to transform so he has to end up taking a back seat on all the action. In the conclusion episode he ends up finding an opportunity to get back his device to transform and he decides he doesn’t want to wait for anyone else and goes it alone. It’s been an overall hit in our house and if you have a fan it will be in yours as well. Be sure to pick it up on 2/25.
To celebrate the release here’s some clips and free activity sheets to get your transformer fan excited for the release.
“Bumblebee VS Jet Plane”
“Bumblebee Can’t Transform”
About Transformers Prime: Ultimate Bumblebee:
Spring into action with BUMBLEBEE from Hasbro Studios’ Emmy® Award-winning series TRANSFORMERS PRIME! Beloved by kids and legions of fans worldwide, BUMBLEBEE is a dedicated warrior and a scout who serves as part of the elite squad lead by OPTIMUS PRIME. Though he may be one of the smallest and youngest of the TRANSFORMERS, don’t let that fool you. Time and time again, this AUTOBOT proves that he has the bravery to fight for what is right and the tenacity to throw himself into action to battle against his opponents no matter where they appear. On February 25, 2014, Shout! Factory Kids, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, will release TRANSFORMERS PRIME: ULTIMATE BUMBLEBEE on DVD, featuring a collection of four best BUMBLEBEE adventures from the TRANSFORMERS PRIME lore. Packed with visually stunning CG animation and unforgettable characters, this new DVD delivers fun-filled home entertainment that kids and parents will enjoy! Bring home TRANSFORMERS PRIME: ULTIMATE BUMBLEBEE DVD at an affordable low price of $9.99. SRP.
Minions Has Taken Over Manhattan: Free Activity Sheets for Thanksgiving
In celebration of Despicable Me 2 coming to Blu-ray and DVD on December 10th, the delightful Minions were let loose in New York City yesterday! Check out the images and the video of them touring the Big Apple, along with a Minion Munch Chex Mix recipe button below.
While in New York the Minions visited Magnolia Bakery (where the Minion cupcakes were specially made to mark the occasion)
Macy’s Department Store
The Minions were even inducted into the Gray Line’s “Ride of Fame” with their very own bus!
Be sure to look out for the mischievous Minions in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! Check out this video of them rocking out to Pharrell’s “Happy”
Grab this Minion inspired Chex Mix Recipe as well as some free activity sheets to keep the kids busy while you’re cooking on Thanksgiving.
Be sure to grab your copy of Despicable Me 2 when it’s released on December 10th.