Mary Poppins Returns Activity Packet – It’s Practically Perfect!

It’s a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and Practically Perfect in Every Way kind of day!

Today’s the day! Mary Poppins Returns and hopefully you all will be able to take a break from your holiday preparation and head to the theater to see Mary Poppins Returns – I know I’ll be there!

This new activity packet is full of coloring pages and great projects that will help bring Mary Poppins Returns fun into your house during the holidays (just download and print)

If you can’t get there today, and have to wait until the weekend – here are my favorite clips from the movie to help you wait.

“Can You Imagine That?”


“Royal Doulton Bowl”


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is now playing in theaters everywhere!

It’s Time to Believe in Artemis Fowl

A genius. A criminal mastermind. A millionaire. And he is only twelve years old. What can a Disney film do with that?

I’ll admit I’m intrigued.

I’ll also admit I have never read the series of books so had to do a bit of research when Disney dropped this trailer. I’ll definitely be reading them now!

Who is Artemis Fowl?

Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius-and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn’t know what he’s taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren’t the fairies of bedtime stories; these fairies are armed and dangerous.

About the Movie

Directed by Kenneth Branagh and based on the beloved book by Eoin Colfer, ARTEMIS FOWL follows 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, as he finds himself in a battle of strength and cunning against a powerful, hidden race of fairies who may be behind his father’s disappearance.

The film stars Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Tamara Smart, Nonzo Anozie, with Josh Gad, and Judi Dench. Judy Hofflund and Kenneth Branagh are producing with Angus More Gordon and Matthew Jenkins serving as executive  producers. The screenplay is by Conor McPherson.

The trailer gives us one or two brief glimpses of Armetis, focusing instead on the underground world.

About the Story

Artemis Fowl is part of a series of eight books by Irish author Eoin Colfer. The movie is based on the first book of the series.

Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history. With two trusty sidekicks in tow, he hatches a cunning plot to divest the fairy-folk of their pot of gold. Of course, he isn’t foolish enough to believe in all that “gold at the end of the rainbow” nonsense. Rather, he knows that the only way to separate the little people from their stash is to kidnap one of them and wait for the ransom to arrive.

When the time comes to put his plan into action, he doesn’t count on the appearance of the extra small, pointy-eared Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaisance) Unit–and her senior officer, Commander Root, a man who will stop at nothing to get her back.

Artemis matches wits with this hidden race of fairies since they may or may not be connected to his father’s disappearance.

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Disney’s ARTEMIS FOWL releases in theaters everywhere on August 9, 2019!

It Really Is Wonderful to See Her! Newest Mary Poppins Returns Clip

Each time I see a clip or another new image from Mary Poppins Returns, I get just a little nostalgic. The original Mary Poppins was one of my very favorites growing up. In 1964 I was 10 years old and I was totally smitten with Mary.

My parents had recently divorced, my mother had gone to work. Each day after school I was sent into the convent for the nuns to watch me do homework while I waited for my mother to come from work.

While I sat at the kitchen table in the convent, I secretly wished Mary Poppins was my nanny. I truly wanted to dance with penguins and have a spoonful of sugar with each dose of medicine I took. I wanted to go fly a kite.

I think I must have watched the original movie 50 times! It was such a wonderful place to visit. Mary was the perfect nanny. 

I am anxiously waiting for Mary to return – It really is wonderful to see her again!







Advance tickets for Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns” are now available for purchase.

Fans looking to be among the first to experience the film can attend opening night fan events on December 18 held exclusively at Dolby Cinema at AMC Theatres across the country*.

On December 7, the digital album and physical CD of film’s Original Motion Picture Soundtrack are set for release. The soundtrack digital pre-order includes two instant grat tracks, “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” and “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” which are available at all digital retail providers.

Be sure to check out the full track list below.

Be sure to see “Mary Poppins Returns” when it hits theaters nationwide December 19!

The track list for “Mary Poppins Returns,” which Walt Disney Records will release on December 7, features nine all-new original songs by Tony Award® and GRAMMY® winning composer and song/co-lyricist Marc Shaiman (“Hairspray,” “South Park”) and Tony winner and three-time Emmy® nominee co-lyricist Scott Wittman (“Hairspray,” “Smash”) includes:

  1. “(Underneath the) Lovely London Sky” – Performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda
  2. “Overture” – Performed by Marc Shaiman
  3. “A Conversation” – Performed by Ben Whishaw
  4. “Can You Imagine That?” – Performed by Emily Blunt with Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson and Nathanael Saleh
  5. “The Royal Doulton Music Hall” – Performed by Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson and Nathanael Saleh
  6. “Introducing Mary Poppins” – Performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt
  7. “A Cover Is Not the Book” – Performed by Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda and Company
  8. “The Place Where Lost Things Go” – Performed by Emily Blunt
  9. “Turning Turtle” – Performed by Meryl Streep with Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson and Nathanael Saleh
  10. “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” – Performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda with Emily Blunt, Tarik Frimpong, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathanael Saleh and Leeries
  11. “The Place Where Lost Things Go (Reprise)” – Performed by Joel Dawson, Nathanael Saleh and Pixie Davies
  12. “Trip a Little Light Fantastic (Reprise)” – Performed by Dick Van Dyke with Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson and Nathanael Saleh
  13. “Nowhere to Go But Up” – Performed by Angela Lansbury, Ben Whishaw, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathanael Saleh, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters and Company
  14. “(Underneath the) Lovely London Sky (Reprise)” – Performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda
  15. “Theme fromMary Poppins Returns” – Performed by Marc Shaiman
  16. “Kite Takes Off” – Performed by Marc Shaiman
  17. “Mary Poppins Arrives” – Performed by Marc Shaiman
  18. “Magic Papers” – Performed by Marc Shaiman
  19. “Banks in the Bank” – Performed by Marc Shaiman
  20. “Into the Royal Doulton Bowl” – Performed by Marc Shaiman
  21. “Rescuing Georgie” – Performed by Marc Shaiman
  22. “Off to Topsy’s” – Performed by Marc Shaiman
  23. “Chase Through the Bank” – Performed by Marc Shaiman
  24. “Lost in a Fog” – Performed by Marc Shaiman
  25. “Goodbye Old Friend” – Performed by Marc Shaiman
  26. “Race to Big Ben” – Performed by Marc Shaiman
  27. “End Title Suite” – Performed by Marc Shaiman

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About the Movie

In Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” an all new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. 

Emily Blunt stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.

“Mary Poppins Returns” is directed by Rob Marshall. The screenplay is by David Magee and the screen story is by Magee & Rob Marshall & John DeLuca based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers. The producers are John DeLuca, p.g.a., Rob Marshall, p.g.a. and Marc Platt, p.g.a. with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer.

The music score is by Marc Shaimanand the film features all new original songs with music by Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman. The film also stars Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; Julie Walters as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen; Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and introducing Joel Dawson as the Banks’ children, with Colin Firth as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank’s William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy. 

Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from the PL Travers books and Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes, Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character.

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*In addition to watching the film one day early, fans attending the Dolby Cinema at AMC Fan Events will receive a collectible pin representing a donation made on their behalf to the Variety Children’s Charity and a code to download the “Mary Poppins Returns” soundtrack.



Live Action Lion King Trailer is Definitely a Huge Hit!

Picture it (in my best Sophia from the Golden Girls voice)  . . Millions of Thanksgiving family celebrations . . . Millions of kids who loved the original Lion King are now adults with their own kids – home with Mom and Dad . . . they hear the familiarity of James Earl Jones’ steady narration as he reprises his role as Mufasa . . . Millions of kid like adults singing songs from the Lion King – It gave me all the happy feels.

This trailer is definitely a comforting blanket of warm and fuzzy feelings when you watch the the legendary opening scene we all have come to love – when Rafiki the baboon presents the future king cub to his people. 

It gave me chills!

The release of this trailer by Disney tells us that the live action Lion King will keep true to the original. The plot will most likely remain unchanged. A baby lion cub named Simba is born to King Mufasa and Queen Sarabi, who rule over the Pride Lands of Africa from Pride Rock. Simba is being trained to take over his father’s kingship when Mufasa passes. His jealous uncle, Scar, covets the kingdom for himself. Scar convinces young Simba he is to blame for his father’s death and urges him to flee. Simba does so, and Scar becomes king, with three obnoxious hyenas as his henchmen.


The Lion King will hit theaters July 19, 2019 – 25 years after the original animated feature’s release.

Directed by Jon Favreau, The Lion King will be fabulous! Look what he did with The Jungle Book!

The cast includes Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar and Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, while JD McCrary voices Young Simba. Let’s not forget (how could we?) James Earl Jones.

Elton John will also return to remaster music from the original film along with collaborator Tim Rice. Four of the original songs from the original: ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’, ‘Hakuna Matata’, ‘I Just Can’t Wait To Be King’ and ‘Circle of Life’ should definitely make it into this live action movie.

So many new releases will all be coming around the same time – Dumbo, Aladdin, Toy Story 4 and The Lion King will all be released in summer 2019.

Don’t forget Mary Poppins Returns coming next month!

Don’t Just Fly – Soar! Live Action Dumbo Trailer and Poster

This trailer made me cry. This trailer gave me chills. I would expect nothing less from Tim Burton!

Tim Burton’s live action Dumbo brings everyone’s favorite little guy with the huge ears to life in that special way that only Tim Burton can. My initial reaction was that the circus was just a wee bit eerie but when you consider Dumbo takes place in a failing circus of the 1940’s, the atmosphere fits.

I realized watching this trailer that through the years we have all remembered the cute, adorable Dumbo but many of us have forgotten the heartbreaking story and the lessons learned. We have chosen to remember what Dumbo becomes but have put aside how he got there.

Tim Burton’s live action version will definitely remind us how it all started and the lessons learned – When all seems lost . . . Find your courage and Embrace what makes you different!


From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, the all-new grand live-action adventure DUMBO expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose over-sized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets.

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Dumbo flies into theaters March 29, 2019