**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.**
When we were in LA last month previewing the new Tinkerbell movie, Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast, my very first remark was how awesome the music was. You don’t think much about the background music and sound effects when watching movies, but in this movie, you just have to. The music is what brings the emotions to life of the characters. We had the change to interview the Music Supervisor Brett Swain & Bleu and see just how potent the music is to this movie.
When we entered the room, there was Brett Swain and Bleu set up with a lot of instruments around them. Some were traditional sounds of bells, while others were noses made out of tubing. It was quite interesting to hear the different sounds they used in Tinkerbell. We were able to close our eyes during various scenes while they played the instruments, to see how the music brought the scene to life.
Bleu spoke first and told us that he produced all the songs in the film. For each of the characters, Brett agreed, they have themes that are important to the film.
” A lot of times when we come up with these themes, they’re Melodic things. They’re tunes and for this film, we not only wanted melodic themes for the characters but we also wanted just really peculiar and unique sounds. In the case of Gruff, primitive and ancient, because we don’t know where he’s come from. There’s a part of Pixie Hollow that we haven’t been to before. Steve wanted to challenge Bleu, to come up with unique sounds so that the minute you heard it, we knew it was associated with that Character.” -Brett Swain
This has been Brett Swain and Bleu’s first collaboration and to work on a Disney film, they both said, has been nothing short of amazing! Brett Swain told us he got involved with the film because the director Steve Loter had been a big fan of his artist career for many years. While Steve was working on the film, he was listening to a lot of his records. He tells us that his albums were a sort of soundtrack to his film. Steve Lotter did not tell him it was for a Disney film, so when he went to the studio to start production, he was so excited!
“The producers wanted the music for this film unique, not just within the context of the Fairies Franchise but unique for really anything. I really challenged myself to try to come up with things that you hadn’t heard before and I knew I wanted a really percussive score especially because one of my main directives was to come up with a sound for Gruff because he’s the new character.He’s a larger than life and aging character. We already know that he’s lived for thousands and thousands of years and in the old Fairy lore, he’ll probably live for thousands and thousands more, if not for forever. Percussion instruments being probably the first instruments that man ever played. We think of those as being very primitive but I didn’t want to necessarily just draw from percussion instruments of the world because a lot of times those put you in a very specific place, La Tabla from India or the Celtic Frame Drum or, whatever it happens to be.” -Brett Swain
To make the sounds they went to toys stores and home depots to find unusual percussive sounds that don’t come from your typical sample library. They truly wanted to find an unique sound that you have never heard of before. For the sound of Gruff initially they used pots and outdoor planter, in addition to the percussion instruments, to make the perfect sound. They could get so many different pitches out of all the pots. They aimed for a primitive, early sound for Gruff especially in the beginning scenes. When Gruff was bouncing around, they used a large set of Toms to create the sounds of a big creature. They certainly succeeded in making all the sounds unique!
“The Percussionist that I worked with on the film, Joe Siders was looking for unique ways to play acoustic stringed instruments and we stumbled on this idea of using Dulcimer Hammers. So these are normally used to play Hammer Dulcimer but we found that through some practice, I could fret the instruments while he used the hammers to play the strings . It’s actually interesting, it takes two people to play this technique . We also used Mandolin and Classical Guitars and down tuned Guitars and high strung Guitars. It’s what they call a Nashville strung Guitar. It’s the high strings from a set of 12 strings and we used this for Fawn. And part of the reason why is it’s a very versatile instrument is because you can play sad things. Actually the hammers traditionally have leather on them which although still percussive gives it kind of a mellow tone whereas some of the lower strung instruments would have a different feel than the high strung instruments or the Mandolin.” Brett Swain
The main thing we learned that day was how truly unconventional the sounds all were. From drumming together with pots and other unique hardware finds, they made the music distinctive and in tune with the characters in this movie.
**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.**
Last month in LA, I had the chance to screen the brand new Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast. When I entered DisneyToon Studios, I immediately saw all the beautiful greenery and a huge life sized Gruff in the studios. It was set to create the look of Pixie Hollow that we see in Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast. Once we had the chance to see the beauty of the DisneyToon Studios, we then sat down with our snacks to preview this wonderful movie. The Producer Makul Migert and Director Steve Loter came in and introduced us to the movie. You could tell by their few words, how unbelievably proud they are of this film! I will say that after viewing it, they should be proud and then some! The movie is terrific!
Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast is set like other other Tinkerbell movies in Pixie Hollow. The movie revolves around Fawn (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) who is an animal lover and animal fairy. In the beginning, her and Tinkerbell are trying to sneak an animal out of Pixie Hollow, when they hear a large, hallowing sound. This leads Fawn to the dark cave where we get introduced to Gruff, the Neverbeast. This massive and wondrous creature with glowing green eyes is not welcome in Pixie Hallow and people are afraid that he will destroy their lives and homes.
Courtesy: Disney Pictures
Fawn, however, sees the good in the Neverbeast and wants to help him out. When she tries to get his stuck thorn out of his paw, he lets out a loud roar and the fairies are afraid. Afraid of what this beast could do to them! However, Fawn knows better and wants to help him out.
Fawn, who has a very tender heart, knows that Gruff is not dangerous and wants to friend him. She must go on a journey to convince Tinkerbell and her fairy friends to risk everything to rescue the Neverbeast. In the movie, she must bring her friends ( Tinkerbell, Vidia, Iridessa, Rosetta and Silvermist) to Gruff to show how Gruff is not a real creature, rather a beautiful animal. She tackles on the issues of trying to get her friends to change their minds about Gruff.
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There are so many raw emotions that come out when watching this movie. The true friendship between Fawn and Gruff that is showcased throughout the movie makes anyone want to tear up watching it. The deep friendship makes you want to continue watching this movie and see what is going to happen. Ginnifer Goodwin (Fawn) is an amazingly strong character who makes you believe in the good in people. She follows her heart and doesn’t accept anything less. While her impulsive behavior gets her into trouble at times, she isa a caring person who is not afraid to break the rules to help an animal in need. Fawn has a big job of convincing her friends about Gruff and her love is seen over and over again.
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Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast is an amazingly beautiful story. It showcases important lessons of having an open heart and not judging a book by its cover, in the case of the physical look of Gruff. This is one Disney movie you want to make sure to purchase because it will turn into a true family favorite. Just have a tissue available! I don’t want to spoil anything but I needed one or more Kleenex by the end.
The answer to that question is YES! Who doesn’t want to hang out with Robert Downey Jr. should be the real question?! I think all of us would love this opportunity!
Anyway, now is your chance. Keep reading and good luck!
Robert Downey Jr. is offering fans the chance to live out the best night of their life culminating at the World Premiere of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, all to support a great cause.
In this video, Robert Downey Jr. reveals that anyone can win the opportunity to be flown with a friend to Los Angeles to experience a day in the life of Tony Stark. By going to www.omaze.com/RDJ and donating just $10 to benefit Julia’s House, a children’s hospice center dedicated to helping improve the lives of children diagnosed with terminal illness, you could win a chance to live out your superhero dreams with RDJ in LA. You’ll kick things off with breakfast at the iconic Randy’s Donuts before launching into an action-packed day including a helicopter ride over the Hollywood sign, indoor skydiving, and a custom gown or tux fitting before meeting Robert Downey Jr. himself for an epic motorcade arrival at the World Premiere of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. And yes…there will be caviar.
You will also be one of the first people on this planet to see the newest release from Marvel’s hit franchise? Yeah, that’s happening. But the opportunity to win this once-in-a-lifetime experience won’t last forever.
ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE
You and a friend will be joining Robert Downey Jr. for the best day of your lives at the premiere of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. You will experience indoor skydiving, a helicopter ride over the Hollywood sign, a custom tux/gown fitting, a pit stop at Randy’s Donuts and caviar tasting with RDJ before riding in his private motorcade to the premiere. Flights, 4-star hotel, and transportation are all included. Best of all, every entry benefits Julia’s House.
ABOUT JULIA’S HOUSE
Julia’s House is a children’s hospice charity dedicated to helping life-limited children and their families. The nurses and caregivers at Julia’s house provide life-changing support for parents and their children both in the hospice and in their own homes. The majority of those children are unlikely to live beyond the age of 18, but thankfully Julia’s House is there for them year-round, offering emergency respite and overnight care during treatment and offering emotional and practical support at the end of a child’s life.
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*This is a sponsored post with The Motherhood and Champions for Kids. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
Hungry kids. There are far too many of them in our country. Too many children will go to bed hungry tonight because there’s no money for their parents to buy groceries. As an adult, I know what it feels like to be hungry. I can’t imagine what it must be like to be a growing child and not have anything to eat. That sort of gnawing hunger should never be a part of any child’s life. Period. That’s why I help my daughter’s school with their annual donation to homeless families. It’s a great way to help hungry kids in need that would otherwise would be hungry. That’s also why I’m so excited to be a part of the solution and help hungry kids with the Snacks for Students program.
Snacks for Students Helps Hungry Kids in Your Area
Champions for Kids, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Emerald, and Kettle Chips have partnered together to make it easy for communities to help their in-need residents through in-store donations at participating Walmart stores nationwide. They know that hungry kids are vulnerable kids. Studies have shown that hungry children perform poorly in school which directly affects their ability to get into college. This directly affects their ability to get a job, and the circle just continues. Easing a child’s hunger is one way to help break the cycle of poverty and hunger.
What is Snacks for Students
Snacks for Students is part of SIMPLE Giving, a Champions for kids program that makes it simple for shoppers to buy and donate items for children in need. Customers at more than 3,600 Walmart stores can buy snacks and breakfast foods for hungry kids and drop them off at designated donation bins in their area. All donations go to hungry kids in the local community.
What is SIMPLE Giving
SIMPLE Giving got its start in Arkansas. In 2013, they partnered with 24 central Arkansas Walmart stores to help bring food and other resources to kids in need. That spread to 11 states in 2014, and today, it’s a nationwide initiative. Champions for Kids is one of the many initiatives started by SIMPLE Giving, and it has already served more that 5.4 million hungry kids nationwide through in-store donations campaigns, community service projects, and community events.
What you can do to Help Hungry Kids
Just go to your local Walmart and buy snack and breakfast items and deposit them in designated bins. These food items will be distributed to hungry kids in YOUR community through school districts or youth-based organizations. It’s 100% local and 100% wonderful. In addition, Champions for Kids, General Mills, Kellogg’s Emerald, and Kettle Chips is providing 13 awards totaling $45,000 to school districts and participating youth organizations based on the total number of donated items collected at their local Walmart. That’s it. It’s just a matter of donating to make your community a better place and ease the suffering of hungry kids.
I really believe in Snacks for Students. When I look at my daughter and try to imagine a life for her where she goes to bed hungry, my heart just breaks into a million pieces. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to be hungry all the time, and I can’t imagine what it must be like to be a parent and watch your child feeling that hunger. If I can do something as simple as buying an armload of snacks and breakfast food to help hungry kids, I will. Please find it in your heart to do the same and help the hungry kids in your community.
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I am honestly concerned about this earth. It scares me that the weather changes so unbelievably vastly where I live, from being incredibly hot in the summer months, to being downright freezing in the winter months. It scares me that our oceans are getting so polluted that our fishes are dying. It scares me that our air is becoming so polluted that more and more people are developing asthma. It scares me there are remnant pesticides on the foods we are eating. We as a population need to take steps to assure we all stay healthy, living on this beautiful earth. If you have kids, it is imperative to show them what the cost to the earth would be if we did not practice living greener. Educating our youth is so very important because they are our source to the future.
In my household, I take every imaginable step to try to live greener. While I am no where near an expert, I thought I could lend some tips that you can practice with your kids so you can help and show them how important our earth truly is.
5 Steps My Kids Take to Live Greener
1. Recycle..Recycle..Recycle! In Rhode Island, it is a mandatory law to Recycle. While we have two recycling bins set up in our garage, the kids tend to throw all paper, plastic, and glass in with our regular garbage. We were having problems getting them to recycle so we sat down with them and showed them how important it is to recycle. “Recycling helps extend the life and usefulness of something that has already served its initial purpose by producing something that is useable.” -BenefitsofRecycling.com
To get my kids to recycle and give them a little incentive, I came up with the money jar. I took a jar, let the kids decorate them, and then put each jar in my kids room. Whenever they recycled, I added a penny in their jar. By the end of the month, they usually had around a $1.00, which in 3 year old language is enough to buy a turn on the kids ride at our local Walmart. While it may not seem like a lot, it sure got my kids to help with recycling. Now it is part of their everyday life to recycle and will continue to be for a very long time.
2. Green Toys and Recycled Batteries! We absolutely love buying green toys but the one problem we have is we go through so many batteries in our household. If you are like me, everything and anything needs batteries in it. I feel like I am just wasting my time and energy by constantly changing the batteries, and it is not good for our environment at all! Thankfully, I found out about the BRAND NEW Energizer New EcoAdvanced Recycled Batteries.
I wanted to pick up these batteries so I headed to my local Walmart and found a full display right in the front of our store. My husband was with me and even he was excited to see a battery that is actually good for our environment. A true score from Energizer!
This is the very first battery on the market to use recycled batteries and materials. It allows us to make responsible choices in our energy consumption. With being a new product, I was excited to light up my kids toys by using them. Not only are they fantastic for the environment, but they are “Energizer’s longest lasting alkaline ever”. Now I can provide guilt free energy for this mama who uses batteries and changes batteries, like it is water. They have so many battery operated toys and I feel confident in knowing I am using a battery safe for the environment.
Besides being an awesome battery it can hold up to 12 years in storage! The EcoAdvanced batteries are also available in AA, which is what most kids toys take. You can also get these batteries in AAA at your local Walmart. Be sure to try them out today for guilt free living and conservation of energy!
3. Go Paperless or Use Less Paper when your kids are coloring! I can tell you that my kids are guilty as charged. Every time they color, they use a brand new piece of paper. Over time, we probably have killed a whole tree with the amount of paper they used. Okay, I am kidding, but it is bad. In my dental office and my husbands, we are totally paperless, but in our kids world, paper is still a necessity.
Instead of using multiple pieces of paper, delegate paper and have them use the same one or two sheets when coloring. No need to have them put a line on a piece of paper and then throw it away. Once they are finished with the paper, make sure they recycle them!
4. Organic living! While we are not totally organic yet, it is important to try to eat foods that are healthy and don’t have any added chemicals. I am trying to buy more organic foods, but it can be quite expensive. Right now, we are buying all organic fruits and vegetables, which is a big change for our family. As the saying goes, make one change at a time!
5. Have your kids shut off the lights when they are done playing in their rooms! Again, even I am guilty of not shutting off the lights when leaving a room. However, this causes unnecessary energy consumption. Make sure to reiterate to them how important it it to turn off the lights and unplug their appliances. Every little bit of energy saving helps our environment!
You don’t need to use all my tips right off the bat. Make one small change to help our environment and build up! It is important to show our kids the ways of the world and to show them how precious our earth is.
To celebrate our earth and the new Energizer New EcoAdvanced Recycled Batteries, there is a GuiltFreeEnergy Giveaway with $1,000 in Gift Cards! Good luck!