Disney Nature films finally released the film Wings of Life in the US!
The film had a release date of 2011 for most of the world and goes under two other titles: Pollen and Hidden Beauty. The move is 77 minutes long following the story of the creatures who serve a vital role in pollination.
The film does a beautiful job of presenting the secretive and beautiful interaction between plants and the creatures who pollinate them so both can survive. You can read more about the movie at Moving Art.
You can purchase the Blu-Ray and DVD combination package from Amazon for $27.99.
It is that time again, the big game has been played and many advertising dollars went towards commercials. This year on CBS the price for 30 seconds of ad time was $3.7 – $3.8 million, with an expected audience of over 100 million viewers. I only watch the game for the commercials, and was kind of disappointed again this year. Coke did not have any cute ads this year, the one with the security cameras was good but the race one was not. But there were funny commercials not featuring cute animals which I enjoyed (my favorite of those ads was from Oreo).
The game actually surprised me. The power outage was a bit crazy but even though I did not care which team won the plays were amazing and the game was really close by the end. I do wonder if the blackout caused problems with which ad spots aired when, as there seemed to be a set of commercials aired twice in a row.
Here are a list of my favorite cute commercials:
1. Sketchers – “Man vs. Cheetah”
I have always loved Cheetahs, and gazelles, so this one makes the list. I love the wink from the gazelle.
2. Cars.com – “Wolf”
A wolf puppy! How can I not include this one?
3. Toyota RAV4 – “Wish Granted”
So this ad does not feature that many cute animals, but the dog and talking squirrels are great. Plus the commercial is really funny and much better than a lot of the ads overall.
4. Kia Sorento – “Space Babies”
Featuring cute baby animals and a funny-ish ending assures that this ad makes my list.
5. Doritos – “Goat 4 Sale”
I thought this one was funny and the goat was cute. In my opinion the Doritos commercials from the past couple years have been really interesting and inventive – I look forward to them each year.
6. Budweiser – “Brotherhood”
This was my favorite commercial! A great emotional story complete with baby Clydesdale. I could not have asked for more from this commercial, and a major plus given the brand’s other strange ads which ran multiple times during the game.
You can find all the commercials on youtube at adBlitz.
A brand new set of Pokemon games has been for released later in 2013, Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. The games will be on the 3DS – the first full Pokemon game for the 3DS. Pokemon Rumble is out, but it is a very different style. A worldwide release of the game is expected in October.
The three new starter Pokemon have already been revealed:
I am particularly excited for Fennekin because it is a fennec fox and a cute new addition to the Pokemon universe.
Hasbro, the company behind the Monopoly game, has decided it is time to change one of the iconic game pieces for the basic versions of Monopoly. These pieces have been around for years, and they are allowing fans to make the decision on which piece goes and what new one is added.
The pieces at stake for removal: the car, thimble, boot, scottie dog, battleship, hat, iron, and wheelbarrow. You can select each piece to see the “reason” for removal and why it should stay.
New pieces up for vote:
The new options are: robot, diamond ring, cat, helicopter, and guitar.
I voted for the dog piece, as it has always been my favorite:
I encourage you to vote to save your favorite piece as well! As of writing this article the dog and car are in the lead of votes while the iron and wheelbarrow are lowest. Just in case your favorite piece ends up being cut, I hear a “Golden Token” Monopoly set featuring all of the original pieces will be available from Target some time in February.
The Hobbit is now out in theatres and it is an amazing movie! A little long if you are not a tolkien lover, because they split the story into three movies. But if you are like me and always wanted more out of the Lord of the Rings movies, you will love this one!
This post comes with a little spoiler alert if you have not seen any of the trailers for the movie, or the movie itself.
Here is a trailer if you would like to see:
Radagast the Brown, a wizard like Gandalf, has a small part in the movie! He is merely referenced in the Hobbit, and has return appearance in LOTR (not in the movie version). Radagast’s job was to take care of nature. I am not too fond of the make up job that he has in the movie (mainly the bird poop running down his face).
They are adorable giant rabbits, and are very fast in the film. In the movie Radagast refers to the rabbits and being outrun by wargs: “These are Rhosgobel Rabbits. I’d like to see them try!”
Rhosgobel is the name of the place where Radagast lives – so it is fitting to refer to the rabbits as being from there. His home is described as being fenced in, and lying on the western edge of Mirkwood. You can read a bit more about Rhosgobel at tolkiengateway.net.
I will update this post once better pictures of the rabbits come out.