Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse!

Since today is Mickey’s special day, I thought I’d share some photos over the years of our family meeting The Big Cheese! Wow, the kids have grown up so quickly! It seems just yesterday that we met Mickey Mouse at his house in ToonTown at the Disneyland Resort!

Mickey, Mom, & Dad

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Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse!

Disney PIXAR Presents Monsters, Inc. in 3D

Photo Courtesy: The Walt Disney Company

When I saw Monsters, Inc. for the first time, I was VERY pregnant with my daughter. I think it’s really fun to think back and fondly remember what was going on and how old my kids were when certain movies came out. I remember my son [who was 4 at the time] being so excited to see the movie! We don’t always go straight to the theatres, but for this movie, we did! I really loved how his imagination ran wild while we watched. He kept leaning over and whispering to me things like “Mom, did you see how the Monsters have their own city?” and “Do you think they REALLY have a city named Monstropolis?”. It was absolutely the cutest thing ever! Can you imagine how excited he was when we took him to the Disneyland Resort for the first time [he was 6] and we rode through Mostropolis FOR REAL on the Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sully to the Rescue attraction??

Here’s the official press release from Walt Disney Studios:

Monsters, Inc.,” one of Disney•Pixar’s most beloved and visually imaginative feature films ever, returns to the big screen to delight a whole new generation of audiences and fans alike, this time in stunning 3D. The now-classic Academy Award®-winning animated comedy adventure “Monsters, Inc.” is set in Monstropolis, a thriving company town where monsters of all shapes and sizes reside. Lovable Sulley (voiced by John Goodman) and his wisecracking best friend Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) are the top scare team at Monsters, Inc., the largest scream-processing factory. The main power source in the monster world is the collected screams of human children—and at Monsters, Inc., an elite team of scarers is responsible for gathering those precious natural resources. Believed by monsters to be toxic, children are strictly forbidden from entering Monstropolis. But when a little girl named Boo (voiced by Mary Gibbs) accidentally follows Sulley back into his world, he finds his career in jeopardy and his life in utter chaos. So pals Mike and Sulley plot to rectify the mistake and return Boo to her home. But when the trio encounters an unexpected series of complications, they become embroiled in a cover-up catapulting them into a mystery beyond their wildest dreams. Directed by Oscar®-winner Pete Docter (“Up”) and produced by Oscar nominee Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”), “Monsters, Inc.” features a screenplay by Andrew Stanton and Daniel Gerson and music by Randy Newman. Rated G by the MPAA, the film is in theaters—again—December 19, 2012, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D® in select theaters.

Have a look at the newly released trailer in 3D…

In honor of the film being re-released this holiday season in Disney Digital 3D, I thought I’d share a really fun Monster-themed project that you can make with your kiddos! Remember Shrinky Dinks? I sure do, and boy were they fun! Well, now you can take Mike and Sulley with you to school with these fun zipper pulls!

Photo Courtesy: Spoonful.com

First, you’ll need to download the Monsters, Inc. Zipper Pulls template.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Printed charms
White or clear shrink paper for Inkjet printers (you can purchase this at art/craft supply stores or online)
Scissors
Hole Punch
Jewelry accessories

1. Print the charms on shrink paper and cut them out.
2. To use your charm as a bracelet or necklace pendant, you need to punch the hole where indicated before you bake it. You can also cut off the white border if you wish for the charm to be completely in color.
3. Follow the baking instructions on the shrink paper package to bake the charms in a toaster oven or conventional oven. Watch the shrink plastic dance and curl! Do not allow children to use the oven.
4. If the charm is still slightly curled when it is finished baking, use a piece of cardboard or a spatula to flatten it completely.
5. Apply a couple coats of clear nail polish to seal the ink on the charm and make it water-resistant. Let the nail polish dry. [GREAT tip!!]
6. Add the charms to whatever you’d like! You can use jump rings and jewelry chain to create a charm bracelet or necklace, or attach them to a cell phone charm strap or zipper pulls. You can also glue charms to barrettes and hair pins.

Have fun creating and be sure to check out Spoonful.com each day for their great kids’ activities and recipes!

Like Monsters, Inc. 3D on Facebook (facebook.com/PixarMonstersInc) and visit the official site (Disney.com/MonstersInc3D)!

Monsters, Inc. is returning to U.S. theatres for the first time in 3D on December 19th!

Win A Trip To Cars Land!

Lots of you were able to see John Lasseter at the recent D23 Expo this past weekend. Did you know that from late 1977 through spring 1978, John Lasseter, before becoming Chief Creative Officer at Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and Principal Creative Advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering, worked at Disneyland, and was a Skipper on the Jungle Cruise attraction? I am not a big-time trivia buff like so many of you, so no laughing at me for not knowing this! I find it very fascinating to learn this fun stuff.

Well, as it turns out, there has been an extensive search going on for a photo of John skippering the Jungle Cruise and it has come up empty. Surely SOMEONE out there must have a picture of Skipper John?

In order to find one, the folks over at Disney Pixar have created a contest:

The first person to submit a verifiable photo of John as the skipper of the Jungle Cruise from 1977 will win a trip for 4 to the grand opening of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure in summer 2012, and a ride on the Jungle Cruise skippered by none other than John himself!

What better way to turn a Disney memory of old into a Disney memory of today?

For details on how to submit, visit johnofthejungle.com or the official Disney•Pixar Facebook page