Since rescuing my first rabbit, my home has gradually transformed into a bunny playground. We adopted a bonded brother and sister pair, Kooper and Keeli, back in September and it’s been so much fun getting to know them. What I didn’t realize prior to becoming a rabbit owner is that they have as much personality and intelligence as a cat or dog, and each one has their own unique interests. Keeli loves to explore and gaze out the window at the big world outside, while Kooper enjoys a more laid-back lifestyle and will start thumping in disapproval when my husband and I discuss politics. Both rabbits enjoy listening to heavy metal, but hate Christmas music. Keeli will eat almost anything, while Kooper has a more refined palate. The list goes on and on!
I often wonder what misadventures they get up to when we’re not home. The last time we went out of town, the pair managed to break out of their bunny-proofed space and find their bag of food, which they knocked down onto the floor so that they could get into it. Our pet sitter found them both lounging on the floor, fat and happy next to the bag of spilled rabbit pellets which they had devoured. I assume this was done in retaliation for the diet we put them on when we adopted them – hey, guys, it was doctor’s orders! 😉
I’ll never know for sure what Keeli and Kooper get up to when no one is watching, but it’s fun to think about. When I watched the new The Secret Life of Pets 2 trailer this morning, Captain Snowball immediately reminded me of my adventurous Keeli! If I’ve had a rough day, I love to curl up with the bunnies on the couch and watch something cute and wholesome – gentle programming is a must around rabbits, lest you get a thump of disapproval – so this looks like a movie our whole household can enjoy, furry or otherwise!
April 11th is National Pet Day, so if you’ve got a furry friend, give them an extra cuddle today. You can even use this site to share your own pet’s secret life! And make sure to mark June 7th on your calendar now so that you can watch The Secret Life of Pets 2 when it hits theaters – who knows, maybe it will give you some insight into what your pets get up to when you’re not home! 😉
Travel consideration & photos provided by United Artists Releasing.
As an English woman, I’m usually not looking at palm trees when I ride a double-decker bus, but that’s exactly what I got to do during the Missing Link event I attended in Beverly Hills! Our group rode this super fun Missing Link-themed double-decker bus to a special advance screening of the film. So much fun!
#MissingLink will come to theaters everywhere THIS Friday, so what are you waiting for?! Click here to get your tickets now!
Travel consideration provided by United Artists Releasing.
While your family eagerly awaits this Friday’s release of Missing Link, we’ve got some super fun activities to fill the time! Fancy coloring with Sasquatch, or connecting the dots with a cryptozoologist? Then click here to download free Missing Link printable activity sheets! This fun activity book will keep those opposable thumbs occupied for a while!
Missing Link film synopsis:
MISSING LINK – In Theaters April 12
This April, meet Mr. Link: 8 feet tall, 630 lbs, and covered in fur, but don’t let his appearance fool you… he is funny, sweet, and adorably literal, making him the world’s most lovable legend at the heart of Missing Link, the globe-trotting family comedy adventure from LAIKA. Tired of living a solitary life in the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Link recruits fearless explorer Sir Lionel Frost to guide him on a journey to find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, our fearless trio of explorers encounter more than their fair share of peril as they travel to the far reaches of the world to help their new friend. Through it all, the three learn that sometimes you can find a family in the places you least expect.
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifianakis, Timothy Olyphant, David Walliams, Emma Thompson, Matt Lucas, Ching Valdes-Aran, Stephen Fry, Amrita Acharia
Director: Chris Butler
Writer: Chris Butler
Read More About Missing Link on MomStart:
- Finding The Missing Link: Interview With Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifianakis & Chris Butler
- Missing Link: New Trailer + Amazon Alexa Story
- Missing Link: Watch The Official Trailer
Missing Link comes to theaters everywhere THIS Friday, April 12th, so click here to get your tickets now!
Travel consideration provided by United Artists Releasing.
LAIKA films are always ambitious – but the studio’s upcoming fifth release, Missing Link, upped the ante even further. The film, which follows the journey of a lone Sasquatch trekking the globe with a pair of adventurers, has been aptly described as taking viewers “Around the world in 94 minutes“. From London to the Himalayas to right here in the Pacific Northwest, bringing the vast world of Missing Link to life required the creation of more than 110 sets and 65 unique locations, as well as 106,000 different puppet faces that were made with cutting-edge new 3D printer technology.
Stop-motion is an incredibly time intensive process that spans years, requiring a lot of imagination on both the part of the animators and the voice cast. Last week, I had the opportunity to chat with the film’s writer and director, Chris Butler, as well as actors Zoe Saldana and Zach Galifianakis, who lent their voices to the film. I asked the trio what the process of building these characters was like, and how it feels to finally see them come to life after years of work.
“Well, I suppose it starts with me,” said Butler, who also served as character designer and storyboard artist for Missing Link. “Maybe 15 years ago, maybe longer, I start with an idea – I doodle in my sketchbook, writing little notes down. And over the years, I keep coming in and out of different ideas. And this one really started with a drawing that I did of Mr. Link, which has been described as a hairy avocado, with legs. And there was something about that drawing that I just kept coming back to, and people kept saying, ‘That is a very charming thing.’
And that really ended up becoming Mr. Link in this movie. When I’m writing I’ve got this little movie playing in my head. So I have an idea of what I think the movie’s gonna be, but then I give these script pages to these guys and they come in and they turn it into something else. Suddenly, what I had on the page or in my head is something living and breathing and has its own identity that these guys bring to it.”
“I’ve always wanted to play a hairy avocado,” deadpanned Galifianakis. “Or I’ve been told I look like a hairy avocado. I wish it was hairy bravado. To me, and I keep saying it, the real characterization is the animation that happens from the voice. The genius of this stuff is to watch what they’ve done with your voice, and how the animators, the way they do the face with the voice is just – it is really amazing hand-eye coordination. The magic to me is, oh my god, they actually make me interesting. That was the selling point for me, looking at the LAIKA films that they had done before.”
For Saldana, the stop-motion process required a lot of patience. “You’re making peace with the fact that you’re gonna have to wait four years,” she said. “[That] is a little bit of a canker sore for me. But I love stop-motion, there’s something that is just aesthetically pleasing. And when you hear that it’s time consuming, that means that only people that are a part of this world make the choice to be here. So that means that there’s a level of commitment and passion and devotion and artistry that is invested in this form of art that LAIKA just refuses to let die. So, that is what attracted me in the first place to want to do it. I think I’m used to being a part of projects that take forever to make. And it’s always like leaps of faith. But Chris Butler was very convincing and he was wonderful. And when he showed me all the reference pictures and I was able to see Adelina, I fell in love with the whole story of it. And then he said that Zach and Hugh were already signed on, I said, ‘Okay, absolutely, yes, I’m gonna do it.’”
While Missing Link is a colorful, comedic romp around the world, the heart of the story revolves around creating your own identity and finding your true community. But although representation is important to Saldana, who founded the inclusive media platform BESE last year, it didn’t inform her decision to take the role of Adelina, as the actress has developed a strict rule of only accepting roles that speak to her artistically.
“There are so many layers to who I am as a person and being an activist is a very minor, minor aspect of who I am in addition to everything else,” Saldana told me. “And I don’t really decide the roles that I’m gonna play according to my beliefs or the direction that I want to take when it comes to a social conversation. At the end of the day, I have to [have] my own sovereignty as an artist. That means that I can’t be bound by a view, I can’t be bound by a color, I can’t be bound by a gender, or an age. If I read something and I keep flipping, [I’ll think] ‘This is great – oh, I finished it. Yes, I want it,’ you know? I’m very childish in the way I approach my art. If I keep falling asleep, or I can’t be bothered, or it’s not there on the page — I keep getting more and more disciplined as years go by in just being super strict, that if it’s not there, it’s not gonna be there. It’s like your mom taught you, don’t believe boys that lie. So why am I believing boys that lie in Hollywood? When they go, ‘We’re gonna make this role better,’ and you’re like, ‘Papi, it’s not here.’”
#MissingLink hits theaters everywhere April 12. Get your tickets now! bit.ly/MissingLinkTix
One of my very favorite Netflix shows, Trolls: The Beat Goes On! is coming back for its sixth season on April 9th. So if anyone asks me what I’m doing that day, I’ll be sure to tell them I have plans with Mr. Glittercakes so that I can stay home and binge the whole season! 😉 Check out the season 6 trailer below:
IT’S HERE! Check out the official trailer for Toy Story 4, and meet some new friends!
Here’s the scoop on the new characters:
The toys hit the road in “Toy Story 4” alongside friends—new and old—foes and, of course, Forky. Filmmakers welcomed Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves and Ally Maki to the toy box today, revealing the three new characters they help bring to life.
Among the new faces is GABBY GABBY, an adorable, talking pull-string doll from the 1950s. But unfortunately for her, a manufacturing defect in her pull-string voice box has left her sounding anything but adorable. She has spent more than 60 years forgotten in the depths of a jam-packed antique store—her only companions are a band of voiceless ventriloquist dummies. Gabby Gabby knows someone will want her if only she can find a working voice box to repair hers.
Gabby Gabby is voiced by Christina Hendricks. “It became obvious right away that Christina was the perfect actress to play Gabby Gabby,” says director Josh Cooley. “She has the ability to sound inviting and friendly, then subtly become cold and terrifying in just a few words. It still gives me chills when I see Gabby’s introduction in the film. Also, Christina told me that she preferred playing with ventriloquist dummies over dolls as a kid. That’s when I knew it was meant to be.”
DUKE CABOOM is a 1970s toy based on Canada’s greatest stuntman. Riding his powerful Caboom stunt-cycle, Duke is always prepared to show off his stunt poses with confidence and swagger. However, Woody learns quickly that Duke has an Achilles heel: He has never been able to do the awesome stunts advertised in his own toy commercial. For years, Duke has been sitting in an antique store, constantly reliving the failures of his tragic past.
Duke Caboom is voiced by another great Canadian, Keanu Reeves. “The first time Josh [Cooley] and I talked with Keanu about the role, Keanu became Duke Caboom,” says producer Jonas Rivera. “Keanu was asking great questions that dug deep to find the soul of the character. At one point he stood up on the table in the middle of Pixar’s atrium and struck poses while proclaiming victory. It was so funny. It’s all in the movie and it’s all Keanu.”
GIGGLE MCDIMPLES is a miniature plastic doll from the 1980s Giggle McDimples toy line. Giggle is Bo Peep’s best friend. Small enough to perch on Bo’s shoulder, Giggle is Bo’s confidant, supporter and advisor. “Giggle is Bo’s Jiminy Cricket—we’re able to get insight on Bo through their relationship together,” says Cooley. “Giggle is definitely the smallest toy in the Toy Story universe. She’s been stepped on, vacuumed up, and probably put up a kid’s nose in her time.”
Ally Maki voices the tiny character. “Giggle McDimples literally pops on the screen because of Ally’s personality and infectious energy,” says Cooley. “Nobody can laugh like Ally Maki.”
BENSON is a classic, antique ventriloquist dummy, and Gabby Gabby’s right hand. He leads a small group of ventriloquist dummies that serve as Gabby’s henchmen. With no person to give them a voice, these silent toys patrol the antique store with a looming quietness that is inherently unsettling.
“The dummies are, by far, some of the creepiest characters we’ve ever created,” says producer Mark Nielsen. “Our animators really leaned into the truth in materials for how our ventriloquist dummies move. Dummies’ bodies are soft with no structure, so our dummies’ arms just dangle and their legs bend backwards. Throw in their fixed expressions with their wide eyes and big hinged jaws and they’re nightmare material—in the best way possible.”
Toy Story 4 hit theaters on June 21st! In the meantime, get social:
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It never gets old.
It Never Gets OLD!
I can’t express how lucky I’ve been in life. Visiting the set of Captain Marvel reminds me of the spectacular things that are possible with a dream. Marvel is a dream. Captain Marvel is a dream for women. Captain Marvel is above spectacular. Captain Marvel is going to save the world, the Marvel World.
I won’t pretend to know things that I don’t know. I haven’t seen the movie, all I’ve seen are behind the scenes and the same footage that all of you have seen. I’ve watched and re-watched all the footage, I’ve watched all the conspiracy theories. Some of you may have seen a screening and know a few things. From reactions, I hear this movie is going to be fantastic.
All I know, is the set was fantastic.
We walked on the ship and it was larger than life. It’s really amazing how much work goes into making something look real. In a way it was real. This is the spot where Captain Marvel was hanging upside down. It’s called a Mind Fracker. See where my hips are, that where my head should be. Maybe next time, I can hang by a wire and actually have my mind fracked!
They talked about each step in the set building. You could tell that some of it was brand new because you could smell that fresh wood scent.
We also ran into Samuel L. Jackson on set. He was reading a book in between shooting a scene and set up for the next scene. While we were talking to Brie Larson, he snuck up behind us and joined our photo. He also talked to use a bit. He seemed really interested in our blogging careers. My like for him went up two-fold and I already liked him a lot.
Now I can’t wait to see the movie and learn how each part of the set fits into the movie!!
Captain Marvel is in theaters tomorrow, March 8th!!
In honor of Ralph Breaks the Internet coming to Blu-ray this week, we wanted to share some fun, printable activity pages that your kids can color and craft with while enjoying the movie! Click the link below to download the PDF:
And for more DIY fun, be sure to check out our Ralph Breaks The Internet bead craft tutorial as well!
Ralph Breaks The Internet Bead Craft Tutorial
Pattern (See below)
Perler beads in an assortment of colors