My One on One Interview with Baymax and a Big Hero 6 DVD Giveaway!

**I received an all expense paid trip thanks to Disney and ABC studios. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.**

Before I went to LA last month, I had the honor to send a couple of questions to the one and only Baymax from Big Hero 6. A few days back, I received my own personal video with those questions answered.  My two questions I asked were: 1. Are there any aliments you can’t figure out the diagnosis for? and 2. If you had to go into the portal again, would you let go and sacrifice yourself like you did?

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See Baymax’s answers to me below. Enjoy!

Big Hero 6 is now available  on Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere! 

Synopsis: From Walt Disney Animation Studios (“Frozen,” “Wreck-It Ralph”), “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy adventure about the poignant friendship that develops between a robotics prodigy and an extraordinary robot as they embark on a life-changing journey to unravel the mystery behind a devastating event. “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, and produced by Roy Conli.

The film introduces Baymax, a lovable, personal companion robot, who forms a special bond with robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to Baymax and his diverse group of friends — adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred — who transform into a band of unlikely heroes.
 

You can see my interview with Scott Adist, who voices Baymax here: Scott Adist interview.

If you are having a Big Hero 6 birthday party, be sure to check out this button below for fun activities!
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Tommee Tippee Now Available at Walmart!

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Screen Shot 2015 03 01 at 10.53.55 AM Tommee Tippee Now Available at Walmart!Great news! For all you Tommee Tippee fans, I am hear to tell you that all of their products are available now at Walmart!

Tommee Tippee, the fastest growing baby bottle brand in America,  announced that its infant and toddler feeding products and accessories are now available in select Walmart stores nationwide. Tommee Tippee will reach an expanded network of new and expectant parents through a presence in over 1700 Walmart stores across the country.

 

The number one feeding brand in the UK, Tommee Tippee came to North America in 2010 with its lines of baby and toddler feeding products and accessories, and has quickly grown to be a favorite among babies and parents.

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“Tommee Tippee is here to lend a helping hand from the first days of parenthood on,” said Chris Parsons, General Manager of Mayborn USA. “We’re excited to be able to reach even more parents through a new presence in Walmart’s great network.”

 

Tommee Tippee receives high marks from parents for the brand’s ability to develop products that mimic mom and make feeding easier for baby. At launch, twelve of Tommee Tippee’s signature products, including feeding bottles, nipples and cups will be available in Walmart stores. All Tommee Tippee products are BPA-and phthalate free.

 

The brand became available on Walmart.com as well as in Walmart Canada stores and online at Walmart.ca last year.

 

ABOUT TOMMEE TIPPEE
Tommee Tippee, from the UK-based Mayborn Group Limited, is the number one feeding brand in the UK and one of the fastest growing bottle brands in America. Tommee Tippee has earned a reputation for its clever ideas, product quality and simply intuitive designs that promote natural development at every age, stage and feeding need.

 

 

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My Interview with Scott Adsit (Baymax) from Big Hero 6!

**I received an all expense paid trip thanks to Disney and ABC studios. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.**

1385005 10106051137688384 6598780957592364920 n1 My Interview with Scott Adsit (Baymax) from Big Hero 6!I had the privilege to interview some exceptional actors while in LA. I loved each and every one of them especially the chance to interview Scott Adsit, the real life Baymax! When Scott Adsit came out to talk to us, I may have been in awe that we are speaking to the actor that voiced one of the most successful 2014 Disney characters, Baymax. Baymax is now a household name everywhere and it was an honor to be able to ask Scott Adsit about his experiencing playing the one and only Baymax.

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He started out the interview by telling us that while Baymax is a lot of programming, he does incorporate Baymax’s emotional life into the character. He drew some inspirations from the audience to take Baymax to the emotional state he needed to be in.

Of course, I was very interested in the next question about how he found Baymax’s voice. Baymax has such an distinctive voice that could be picked out of a huge crowd. If you have seen Big Hero 6 and heard Baymax talk, you know what I mean!

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“I didn’t know if it would be like a robotic voice and they brought me in for the audition and the script was the first indication that it wouldn’t be  a typical robotic voice. And then when I saw the picture, because they already had the character design, I just saw him being soft and huggable, so I found a very benign bedside manner voice. I mixed that with a state of the art of robotic interaction vocally, which is pretty much an automated phone system. So he will talk with the flow, but then there are elements within a sentence that are variables. And so they’ll sound a little separate from the rest of it.” -Scott Adsit10991375 10101738438602177 1059839099770033713 n My Interview with Scott Adsit (Baymax) from Big Hero 6!

When creating the voice of Baymax, he looked at family members, rather than actual robotic sounds. Rather than research robotics, he looked at family members that were huggable and soft. He used their inspiration to voice Baymax.

We then asked him how his character changed throughout the film. He told us that he found the voice of Baymax very early on but then the story was changed a bit. When Baymax loses his power in the middle of the film, Scott Adsit needed to change Baymax’s voice a bit to showcase this process. He told us it was somewhat like playing a “drunk” robotic voice. When I watched Big Hero 6 after this interview, this is exactly what I heard! He was spot on with all the variable of his voice.

To get the full Baymax voice, they went through the sound department and numerous filters. Then they told Scott Adsit to dial it back during takes.

“And they kept dialing it back until eventually, it was just my voice- no filter! They said there’s nothing on this now. They liked what I was doing naturally. They ended up doing a combination. They have all that filter on me at the beginning when you meet Baymax, and then during the course of the film, they dial it back, so that by the end,  in the last scene in, there is no filter on my voice at. It’s just me.”- Scott Adsit

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He then gave us a bit of Baymax right in the interview which was so neat! He told us that at times it was hard to get out of character. When he went home, he would still voice Baymax, although their voices are not that much different. He stayed in character even at home, out of habit. He had to tell himself at times to stop talking like Baymax because he jokingly said it would annoy people like casting directors. Scott…You can do Baymax anytime and all the time if you like!

We then asked if a lot of improv is used when he voiced Baymax. He told us while most of it is scripted, he did had the chance to improvise in certain scenes. One scene that the audience will see some improv in, is when Baymax loses power. In creating Baymax, they made sure the sound was right and if things needed to change, they allowed Scott Adsit to do this. He told us a lot that it is the best job in the world. I can see that for sure!

The next question we asked him was if the silent hero changed him at all?

“I see the value in just entertaining without needing to feed my own ego. There’s a certain satisfaction in being a stage actor where you get an immediate response. You can walk off and say, that was great. And people think I’m great, you know. That’s part of the reward of that. It is bigger than me, and I know I’m a small part of what makes Baymax, Baymax and so lovable  because Baymax is this diamond with every facet being a different person. I’m just lucky enough to be the face of the character, but when we talk about Baymax, it’s not me, you know. It’s everyone who worked on it, who decided how he walks and how he blinks.” -Scott Adsit

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He said voicing Baymax was very emotional at times. He said the most emotions for him was seeing Hero and his experiences. At times he wanted to tear up, and in fact he did, but he needed to keep his emotions in check when filming the scenes. That was hard for him.  He also said that the whole cast of Big Hero 6 was one big family! It is amazing to see the true friendships between these fantastic actors.

You can hear Scott Adsit as Baymax in Big Hero 6 now available on Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere!

 

 

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This Dentist is Going to Tell You How to Get White Teeth in 3 days!

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DSC 0186 This Dentist is Going to Tell You How to Get White Teeth in 3 days!I get irrationally excited when I find out about a new whitening product on the market. Being a dentist, I have literally tried all the whitening systems and toothpastes that have been on the market for the last 10 years. Some are good…Some not so good. By far though, my favorite type of whitening to do is via a toothpaste since you have to brush your teeth with toothpaste anyway every morning. I rather have a toothpaste do the job than another whitening system because it is just easy to do! However the problem lies in that the key ingredient to whiten teeth is hydrogen peroxide and very few toothpastes I know of,  have had this ingredient added in the past. That is until now!  I found the ultimate whitening toothpaste and it truly works! Seriously, my smile is sparkly white thanks to the Colgate® Optic White® Express White.  This toothpaste actually contains the professionally recommended ingredient hydrogen peroxide to whiten faster.DSC 01692 This Dentist is Going to Tell You How to Get White Teeth in 3 days!

I am going to be totally frank with you all and say that I drink a lot of coffee. Like copious amounts of coffee with the occasional red wine! My teeth end of staining and staining bad. Gasp…I  know.. I am a dentist and should know better!

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Although I tell my patients that these are the ultimate stain culprits, I can’t function without coffee. Over time my teeth got a slightly grayish hue, which I was not happy with. Having three kid now, I just didn’t have the time or energy to whiten them so I just let them be.

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However, once I found out about the Colgate® Optic White® Express White, I had to run to Walmart to purchase this. I needed to try it on myself before I would ever recommend it to you all or my patients. I readily found the whitening toothpaste in the hygiene section near the toothbrush section. If you want to try it yourself, I have some great news. There will  be a roaming demo in 550 stores on 2/28/15 to promote this brand new product.  Ambassadors will be roaming aisles giving out $1 off coupons good on Express White Toothpaste. Be sure to check out this demo at your local store.

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Once I got home, I made a resolution to myself to use the Colgate® Optic White® Express White for three days. Every morning and pm (remember you need to brush two times a day), I used my toothbrush and Colgate Whitening toothpaste for a full two minute brushing cycle. I was slightly nervous at first to try it because of the sensitivity factor with the hydrogen peroxide as the main ingredient, but decided I would give it the three days and see the end results.

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DSC 0190 This Dentist is Going to Tell You How to Get White Teeth in 3 days!At the end of three days, I had ZERO sensitivity but best of all, I had a bright, beautiful, and white smile. Even though I still had my daily coffee, my smile was the whitest I have seen in years! I kid you not, after three simple days of brushing, my pearly whites were back. The  Colgate® Optic White® Express White has 2 times more of the professionally recommended whitening ingredient (vs. Optic White Sparkling Mint TP). I seriously could not believe my bright smile.

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To me, having a white smile allows me to be more confident in myself. When my teeth have the darker cue colors, I tend to fade away when talking to someone or do the weird smile line, where I am hiding my teeth. I even find myself mumbling at times so my teeth are not seen! Long gone are these days though thanks to Colgate® Optic White® Express White. With no sensitivity, I am able to use this toothpaste for daily use. While I definitely saw HUGE results in three days, I plan to use this as my toothpaste of choice for quite a few years. This dentist was already a Colgate fan but now my love for them exponentially increased, if that is possible.

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Along with using Colgate® Optic White® Express White, do try to limit your coffees, teas, juices, and red wine. It will just help in the long run to maintain your now beautiful white smile. You can thank me after you try this wonderful toothpaste. For now head to your Walmart, try the Colgate® Optic White® Express White out, and let me know what you think! Who wouldn’t want whiter teeth in an easier way without any hassles?!

Why do you love having white teeth?

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Interview with the Story Artist and Animation Supervisor of Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast!

**I received an all expense paid trip thanks to Disney and ABC studios. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.**

Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast is available on Blu Ray, DVD, and Disney Movies Anywhere on March 3, 2014. Mark your calendars!

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First, Ryan Green explained to us what a story artist is, which I found very interesting. A Story Artist is someone who works with the Director, the Writer, the Head of the Story. They will sit in a room and throw around story ideas, trying to figure out where to take the story. When they  set it for the time, the Story Artists will run back to their computers and draw up a bunch of panels. Once this is accomplished they will bring them back together and cut them in a reel. Then they will go through it to see how everything is and how it looks. If it is not to their liking, they will do it all over again. A lot of them never actually make it to the public eye.

Ryan Green also fascinated us by telling us his original degree was in Biology. He had some knowledge about body parts and where they would be under the fur. When they were originally sketching out Gruff, they didn’t have much in terms of body parts. They didn’t even have a tail on Gruff, or know his back from his front. Ryan used his knowledge of biology to begin making initial sketches of Gruff.

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“I was able to give a little bit of insight into what might be underneath the fur. At the beginning, I just kind of had some of the legs on a side and sketched where the muscle and body parts might be.  As they were starting to draw, some of the Story Artists were drawing the hump on his back, kind of like a cat might have, with an arched back.” -Ryan Green

Once they decided on a Herbivore animal, they went to the zoo to research animals that have similar body types. They looked at Hippos and Rhinos, where they saw that these animals have a big mass on top and then like a wine glass, their legs are kind of underneath the Center of Gravity, which allows for them to not move around, or not wobble so much when they move around. They drew this inspiration when beginning animation for Gruff. They drew the legs to mimic these animals so it would bring about Gruff in a way they wanted to showcase him to the viewers. They kept the legs underneath rather than all the way out, so he would have less swing when animated.

“But for story reasons again, we needed him to kind of dig into the ground and we thought it might be good to have some toes on there. We did a hybrid and it looked weird so we said let’s just get rid of the fat pad and make him a little bit more agile. We gave him more of like a Hippo leg or a Cat leg so he could actually do some running and he  wouldn’t look silly like he’s just shuffling along.” -Ryan Green

For the tail of Gruff, they got a lot of inspiration from a Porcupine. It was important to get his tail right because this signaled the first emotion when Fawn met him. Through the tail twitching, they wanted to make Gruff a bit menacing when Fawn met him for the first time, a bit scary. As for the teeth, they gave him rows of teeth for his biting. They wanted to make him unusual in this way, with lots of molars to grind his food.

Mike Greenholt then talked about the designs for Gruff. He told us a lot of great design and references from stories were tossed around before they went into animation. They stressed that they wanted to make Gruff believable to all of us watching.

“The big challenge for Animation was to make him seem believable. Even though he’s a Fantasy Creature, he had to feel like he was living and breathing in an Animal. So our first challenge was to just make him move like an Animal. We looked at Rhinos and Buffalo, to look at big heavy Animals to just see how they move. What makes them feel heavy? And so we studied that and just applied it to a walk. And we knew he had this big tail that he sort of held in a curl, so it’s like how do you make that feel natural?” -Mike Greenholt

They wanted to get his move right. Although his legs were heavy, they wanted to have sequences where he is fast and also playful. They told us it was challenging to perfect his stance at different times of the movie, but in the end, they got it just the way they wanted. They wanted to make Gruff seem like a real life animal, rather than a character in a suit. They perfected each of his movements to make it life like. They also played around with Gruff’s facial expressions to make the emotions be seen. A lot of the emotions they used through physical movements was drawn from the inspirations of watching Mike Greenholt’s wife dog. They watched videos to make sure that Gruff was as “animal-like” as they could get. He mentioned to us again at this point that the tail was very important in showing Gruff’s emotion and they went through many drawings to make sure it is exactly what they wanted.

Mike Greenholt told us from start to finish, Tinker Bell and The Legend of the Neverbeast took 3  1/2 years to complete!

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“If there’s a sequence they know isn’t going to change, from Storyboards, we’ll start animating it while they work on Storyboards for other sequences. And Animation for the Production is about 9 months but we’ll do some of the walks and the run tests, a few months before, so it’s a little over a year that we’re animating the Characters. And it’s usually by the end that you really get a sense of OK, now I understand Gruff. I know how to animate him, when we’re done.” -Ryan Green

They said Gruff was one of their favorite characters but hardest as well. It is all about animation with Gruff since he does not say one word throughout the film. They also use various animators based on the scenes in Neverbeast. Some scenes were very emotional, while others were very funny. Even they got emotional during various parts of the movie, especially the end.

We then asked them if they drew inspirations from voice actors on their gestures or movements when animating the characters..

“Absolutely the voice is recorded before we animate and they always take video reference of them . We’ll just watch it because when people talk, they have mannerisms, either things they do with their mouth or their face and so it’s great to just see what they do. Also,  just the shapes that their mouth makes is a good reference.” -Mike Greenholt

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It was very interesting to see what went into the making of Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast. All their hard worked payed off though, because the movie is outstanding!

 

 

 

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