Artemis Fowl Movie Review
Artemis Fowl II is a 12-year old boy genius who cares little for those he doesn't respect. His entire world is rocked when his father, Artemis Fowl I goes missing and is accused of stealing countless priceless artifacts from around the world. But everything is not as it seems.
For generations, the Fowls have secretly collected magical artifacts and protected the balance between the fairy world and ours. He has been kidnapped by Opal Koboi, a dangerous fairy who is looking for the Aculos. This powerful device was given to Artemis I to protect it from those who wish to use it for evil. With the help of his family's trusted bodyguard, Domovoi “Dom” Butler, Holly Short, and Dom's niece Juliet, Artemis II is determined to rescue is father and protect the Aculos from dark forces.
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Book readers are always hesitant when it comes to adaptations. Movies made from books rarely, if ever, live up to the worlds we have created in our minds. One of the few that I felt were spot on was Secret Window, a thriller based on Stephen King's story of the same name. Artemis Fowl is not Secret Window.
The plot can come off jumbled at times with the story moving along quickly. With a 94 minute runtime some speed is necessary but I do wish they had taken some time to flesh out all the main characters a bit more. That is the main issue I have with Artemis Fowl, the film. The screenplay attempts to combine two of the books into one origin story and it leaves you feeling like you're missing out on a lot. Because you are.
This is where knowing the source material would help, you don't need the backstory or to get to know characters because you already do. Without the knowledge of the books, you may find it hard to connect to the characters, if at all.
If you can let go of what you think it ought to be, Artemis Fowl can be an enjoyable film. It has cool fight scenes, a farting giant dwarf, and magic. Josh Gad stole the show as Mulch Diggums. He serves as narrator and kleptomaniac extraordinaire. Mulch has the best lines and also happens to have extreme flatulence, which guarantees laughs.
Visually the film brings to life the beauty of real life Ireland and the fantasy world occupied by the fairies. Haven City was well done, and looked almost like I had imagined it. The fight scenes are CGI heavy and can be a little hard to keep up with visually, as things are happening in a blur. However, most kids watching won't even notice that or care. They just want to see someone their age kick butt and take names.
The film ends by setting up for a sequel, which has a lot of potential for being better than the original. However, with the negativity floating around I doubt we will see it made. Which is shame really, because there are those viewers that actually enjoyed it and would love to see more.
Despite not being 100% page for page of the novel, Artemis Fowl manages to deliver an entertaining movie that the family can sit down and watch together. Unlike other new releases for kids, this one was action packed and showcased a tween genius. Older kids are going to love it and younger ones too because who doesn’t want to see a guy eat dirt and fart it out?
Artemis Fowl ultimately shows the benefit of teamwork, having courage, and not making assumptions about anyone in your life.
Is Artemis Fowl safe for young kids?
The fight scenes can be a little intense for younger viewers but if they have watched any Marvel or Star Wars films then there should not be any issues. There is no bad language to watch out for which is always a plus for parents. Children who are sensitive to their parents being put in danger might struggle with Artemis' dad being in kidnapped and presumed dead.
Artemis Fowl is now streaming on Disney+. It is rated PG for fantasy action/peril and some rude humor.
Hamilton Film Trailer
Tune up the volume, switch to full screen, and enjoy the first look at #Hamilfilm.
The filmed version of Hamilton combines the best elements of live theater, film, and streaming to bring this phenomenon to homes all over the world. Hamilton is the story of America then, told by America now. It features a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and Broadway that has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre. This is a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education.
Hamilton the Film, was recorded at The Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in June of 2016, this film is set to transport us all from our living rooms to Broadway. With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and direction by Thomas Kail, “Hamilton” is inspired by the book “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow and produced by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeffrey Seller, with Sander Jacobs and Jill Furman serving as executive producers.
The 11-time-Tony Award®-, GRAMMY Award®-, Olivier Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning stage musical stars: Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler; Jonathan Groff as King George; Christopher Jackson as George Washington; Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds; Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton; Leslie Odom, Jr. as Aaron Burr; Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison; Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton; and Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton.
Pixie Dusted light seems to be on the horizon though, which means now is as good of time as any to discuss what to expect when Disney Parks reopen here in the US.
Note: This post will be updated as new info comes in from official Disney sources.
UPDATE: This post is updated with the latest news from Disney Parks with the official opening dates for Walt Disney World.
Disney World Reopening Dates | What to Expect When Disney Parks Reopen
Did you feel that change in the wind? It was not Mary Poppins descending upon your street to take over the distance learning responsibilities, though I really wish she would. No, it was Shanghai Disneyland's reopening! Shanghai opening the gates boosted the spirits of Disney fans all over the globe.
The magic looks a little differently though and it gave us a glimpse into what to expect when Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World reopen here. We had hope when CEO Bob Chapek said “We’re not going to comment on any specific timing, but I think it is a good sign that Disney Springs is going to open up in Orlando.”
A good sign it was, Walt Disney World has officially announced reopening plans and this is everything you can expect when the parks reopen. Thanks to Shanghai Disneyland already opening, we have a clear look at what the magic will look like come July.
Shanghai Disneyland Reopening Procedures
What does the new magic look like? As of right now the park is running under 30% capacity, per the government guidelines. Disney plans to increase the amount of guests allowed in by 5,000 people each week until it reaches the 30% capacity.
In order to be a guest at Shanghai, tickets must be purchased online that give a time and date for admission. Once at the entrance, everyone will undergo temperature screenings and present a green “Health QR Code.” This is a color-coded system being used in China to determine if someone is healthy.
Everyone (including Cast Members) is required to wear masks except when eating and maintain at least three feet of distance between themselves and others. Ride queues and other highly trafficked areas are marked to ensure that everyone is keeping a safe distance.
There will also be touch-free sanitizing stations at rides and ticketing areas and staff will wipe down surfaces regularly.
Some other changes include no close interactions with characters and other performers, no parades, or nighttime fireworks spectaculars are happening at this time. Unfortunately there is no way to safely put on those types of shows and maintain proper distance.
Rides will be disinfected and sanitized frequently according to Disney Parks. And on certain rides, some rows of seats are closed to allow for more separation between riders.
All of that might sound over the top but it is the safest way Disney feels they can reopen to the public. I don't know about you but I trust them to have our best interest and safety in mind. A company that is all about family and the experience is not going to want anyone to get sick.
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As non-magical as the new rules may seem, there is still plenty of magic to be had within the park. Characters might not be around for selfies but they are still interacting with guests. Captain Jack Sparrow was out searching for some lost treasure and asked the crowd to help him out.
Honestly even limited magic is more magical than anything we have seen in the past several months so this girl will take it.
Disney World Reopening Date
Walt Disney World will begin a phased reopening on July 11, 2020 with Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom. On July 15 2020 Epcot and Hollywood Studios will reopen. Because capacity will be limited, everyone will be required to obtain a reservation for park entry in advanced. This is something they have already implemented at Shanghai.
Everyone over age 3 will be required to wear masks unless eating. There will also be temperature checks during security. Cashless transactions are recommended. Honestly, mobile ordering was the way to go even before all of this happened. High touch areas will have ramped up cleaning and disinfection procedures.
The limited magic from Shanghai will also be in place when guests walk back into the parks in July. That means no fireworks, parades, character meet-and-greets, or makeovers. Playgrounds will also be closed. Characters will still be around the parks and Disney promises magic moments are still going to be had this Summer.
For anyone complaining about the mask wearing or anything else they are doing I have something to say- going to Disney is a privilege not a right. If you don't like it then stay away. I for one will be there with a mask, Mickey-eared hazmat suit, or whatever else the House of Mouse requires of me. I need a Dole Whip float in my life ASAP.
When is Disney World reopening?
Walt Disney World is currently open for reservations starting at July 1, 2020. All of this is subject to change and we won't know anything until they make an official announcement. But it is heartwarming to see a possible date out there. In the meantime Disney Springs will begin a phased opening starting May 20th.
This means a limited number of third-party (read: not Disney) owned shops and restaurants will begin opening. Disney Springs will also be at limited capacity, parking, and operating hours. Guests and Disney employees will be required to wear face coverings.
When is Disneyland Reopening?
As of May 6, 2020, Disneyland Resort is accepting new reservations for travel beginning July 1, 2020. All reservations through May 30th have veep canceled. June 2020 reservations are still valid at this point but all of that is subject to change.
For more information about the safety procedures at Disney Parks read a message from Disney's Chief Medical Officer.
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Celebrate Earth Day on Disney Plus
Disney Plus is celebrating Earth Month with an entire section dedicated to the wonders of nature. Featuring titles from both Disneynature and National Geographic, there is something for every member of the family to enjoy.
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Some of my favorite classic Disneynature films are now on Disney Plus including African Cats and Born in China. From National Geographic, my picks are Tree Climbing Lions and Kingdom of the White Wolf.
Nature specials are typically rated G for everyone but if you have sensitive kids I would recommend watching these first. Because while these animals are adorable they are out in the real world and drama does happen.
Debuting today, April 3, are two new Disneynature offerings- Dolphin Reef and Elephant.
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Disneynature's Dolphin Reef
Disneynature’s Dolphin Reef, narrated by Natalie Portman, tells the story of Echo, a young Pacific bottlenose dolphin who seems far more interested in exploring the coral reef, and its intriguing inhabitants, than learning to survive in it.
Echo seemingly doesn’t comprehend that soon he will play a vital role in both his own survival and the survival of the colorful, living, breathing city that he and his family call home. The reef is an intricately balanced ecosystem in which each citizen contributes: from the millions of plants and creatures which inhabit the coral to the gardener fish and the predators, like Echo.
At three years old, Echo has relied solely on his mother, Kumu, to feed and protect him. Now he’s weaned off mother’s milk and it’s time to catch his own meals and develop the essential skills needed to thrive in his underwater world. However, the teachings of his mother tend to go unnoticed by Echo, who’s distracted by more enjoyable pursuits.
Echo often can be found balancing a shell upon his rostrom or investigating the many fascinating residents of the reef, such as the fastidious peacock mantis shrimp or the bumphead parrotfish, with a face only a mother could love. He’s particularly distracted by a 40-foot humpback whale and her newborn calf, who create a massive wake that’s hard to resist.
As Echo gains more independence, he discovers that even a giant creature like the humpback whale has something to fear in the deep blue. The pod must sleep with one eye open with the ocean’s greatest hunter, the orca, nearby. Orcas prey upon bottlenose dolphins and whale calves.
Even as predators themselves, Echo and his family must also be wary of creatures such as the giant stingray and the shark that even reef sharks fear: the tiger shark. But there’s power in numbers and Echo and his pod rely upon one another for safety and comfort. The key to their survival is teamwork.
Kumu is determined to make Echo a contributing member of the team and has been encouraging him to use echolocation, a highly sophisticated sonar, to find fish buried in the sand. Now it’s time for a master class. Mother and son set out on a journey to the pod’s favorite group hunting grounds, the legendary muddy shallows, where she’ll teach Echo her high-speed technique for corralling fish.
If Echo can master this skill, he’ll become both self-sufficient and a valued member of the pod.
Disneynature's Elephant, narrated by Megan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex, follows African elephant Shani and her spirited son Jomo as their herd make an epic journey hundreds of miles across the vast Kalahari Desert. Led by their great matriarch, Gaia, the family faces brutal heat, dwindling resources and persistent predators, as they follow in their ancestor’s footsteps on a quest to reach a lush, green paradise.
Shani and her family are among the last elephants on earth to make these lengthy migrations. She’s mother to wide-eyed, one-year-old Jomo, who has yet to experience a migration, and at 40 years old, she is next in line as herd matriarch, a position currently held by her older sister Gaia.
Gaia’s herd is among countless species, from hippopotamus to lechwe to baboons, that rely upon the life-giving water that flows from the mountains and transforms the heart of the desert into a green oasis known as the Okavango delta. But the season’s end is near and soon there will be a mass exodus.
Nothing on Earth is more precious to life than water. And perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than the Kalahari desert in southern Africa, one of the driest places on the planet. The water is receding and paradise will soon turn to dust as the delta becomes a series of vanishing pools.
Gaia instinctively knows she must lead the herd directly into the baking Kalahari desert, before the remaining water holes dry up. The herd’s success will depend on her experience and wisdom, which has been handed down over many generations. Just as the saying “an elephant never forgets” implies, these massive mammals have a deep connection to their past.
Along the way, they’ll seek nourishment from sources such as moisture-rich mopane leaves and baobab tree trunks filled with rainwater. As they near their destination, the herd must cross the mighty Zambezi river to reach the safe haven for which they’ve been searching.
Fortunately, the herd has the strength and stamina to succeed and can rest while enjoying unlimited water and all the palm nuts they can shake from the trees. But within a few short months, food is scarce and the water begins its voyage back to the Okavango delta. The family must traverse the wilds of Africa, yet again.
The march back to the delta will be no easy task, as the Angolan flood waters are early this year and the herd will need to make quick time. However, the emotional bonds between elephants are as strong as those between humans and the strength of family has gotten them this far. Together, Gaia, Shani, Jomo and family dare to take the shortest route … through lion country.
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Disney Zumba Videos
Shocker it involves Disney magic! I love to dance and so do both of my children. Zumba is one of the things I miss about being able to go to the gym. Fortunately, YouTube exists and plenty of instructors have shared their routines. But if you're familiar with Zumba, not all the music or moves are what you would call family friendly.
While searching for videos for myself, I found some Disney Zumba videos. Naturally I had to check that out and I have found my people. These instructors have come up with routines to some of my favorite Disney songs. So not only will I be dancing my heart out but singing too!
These Disney Zumba dances will provide a solid 30 minutes of cardio for the whole family. Oh and a lot of smiles too. You can't help but smile when you're dancing and singing along with You're Welcome from Moana.
Where can you find Disney Zumba Videos?
The obvious answer is YouTube. However you run the risk of being sucked into the rabbit hole of videos and suggested content and there goes your whole workout time. I've made a Disney Zumba Playlist for our family and yours. Just click here for our Disney Zumba Workout List and have some fun!
Quick suggestion: The best way to do this if you're able is to cast YouTube to your TV. You can do this either using the YouTube App or from YouTube.com.
Casting Videos From YouTube
Casting videos from YouTube or the YouTube app is simple. Make sure your Chromecast is connected to the internet and your TV.
If you don't have one, they are available at many online retailers including Best Buy.
From YouTube.com simply click on the casting icon in the lower right of the video screen to cast to your television. If using the app, the icon is at the top of the home screen.
Other Indoor Activities for Kids
Thirty minutes of working out is great but what about the rest of the day? Entertaining kids that are stuck inside is not on the top of my I'm so excited for this list. While it's not my favorite thing to do, there are some great indoor activities for kids that include the magic of Disney and/or bring some educational value to the table.
If you're stuck on how and where to find educational resources for your children read 40+ Free Online Resources for Kids. This lists includes links to free educational websites, virtual tours, art classes, and more. It is currently my sanity saver for virtual school work.
Disney workout videos are great but they might have you and your kids missing Disney a little bit more. Until we can get back to Disney, we are choosing to create Disney magic at home. Disney recipes, Disney crafts, and good old fashioned Disney fun awaits.