It has just been over a week since the release of Dreamworks Animation Studios, Netflix Original Series Trolls: The Beat Goes On. Personally, I LOVE IT! After watching the entire season in just under a week, twice (I have kids and everything has to replay) it has provided some very special moments with the kids. The story, the songs, the animation has all resonated so well with my family it has become one of our go to shows to put on first thing in the morning.

One of my most memorable experiences during my trip to Dreamworks Animation Studios was our time in the theater.  Almost everything I was a part of was a first for me and with all of the activities this wonderful organization had us part of I was there just taking it all in with amazement and participating as often as I could.

Meeting some of the team leads behind this incredible show was very surreal and it was inspiring to hear all the wonderful things they had to say in relation to its overall process. Also, having the opportunity to see other bloggers who were way more experienced than me asking all kinds of cool questions only added to the experience for the better. It was such a pleasure to meet so many wonderful people from around the country. (more…)

DreamWorks TROLLS is now on Bluray – Craft a Bergen #TrollsFHEInsiders #BringHomeHappy

DreamWorks TROLLS is now on Bluray – Craft a Bergen #TrollsFHEInsiders #BringHomeHappy

unnamed-2I know… a CRAFT you say… really?! Adam, in all our time together you’ve rarely crafted… Well When the folks at Fox Home Insider offered to help kick start my post with some ideas on how to facilitate this “craft”… I said I went to college as an ART major – I got this…

I rolled up my craft shelves and got to work on how I would make a CRAFT based Troll. It involved taking one toilet paper roll and using that as the body.  Then using colored paper (cutting it into small 4 inch long strips) or using colored yarn (cut into 4 inch long pieces) and using glue or tape to affix the chosen hair to the tp roll.  Drawing a face on the roll then using some construction paper to make an outfit and use straws for the hands and legs.

I gave the same instructions and materials to my son… and WHAM he said – while the Trolls are cool and they’re cute and colorful – I went in a different direction…. I said hmmm ok… what direction would that be… he said with a glee I created a BERGEN.  If you havent seen the new movie – the background is Trolls are being eaten by the Bergens (they look like ogres) so they’re kind of like the bad guys in a way… without missing a beat he said arent you proud you always told me to think outside the box.

16508577_10154437118866298_4266587183663380837_nWell I’m proud, he did think outside the box and now presenting — How to craft a Bergen.

  • Required Toilet paper roll, straws, color pencils/markers, paper (color or white will work), and finally tape or glue.
  • Take the piece of paper and draw an outfit or jacket.
  • Color the outfit in.
  • Cut the outfit out of the paper.
  • Take the toilet paper roll and tape/glue the outfit to the roll (leaving 1 inch at the top).
  • Draw a face on the Toilet paper roll above the outfit.
  • Take the straw cut into pieces and tape/glue to the base/sides of the tp roll.
  • Take some more paper and cut into strips take to the top as hair and there you go.


As a child of the 80’s and 90’s we owned a ton of TROLLS.  My sister was a big collector – I got the color boy colored ones from time to time.  When I heard this movie was coming out – I needed to check it out. Plus the voice cast is amazing, featuring the talents of Golden Globe® nominee Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect, The Accountant), Grammy and Emmy® Award winner and Golden Globe® Award nominee Justin Timberlake (Friends with Benefits, Shrek the Third), Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award nominee Zooey Deschanel (“New Girl”), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad, How to Train Your Dragon), Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award winner Christine Baranski (“The Good Wife,” How the Grinch Stole Christmas), Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Grammy Award nominee Gwen Stefani (“The Voice”), Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award nominee John Cleese (Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, Shrek Forever After), Emmy® Award winner James Corden (“The Late Late Show with James Corden”, Into the Woods), Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award winner Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent, “Arrested Development”) and Ron Funches (“Undateable,” Get Hard).

trl_all_faces_dvd_ka_v4-723x1024TROLLS PARTY EDITION is out now on Blu-ray and Digital HD. Exclusive to TROLLS BLU-RAY PARTY EDITION – take your Trolls Party to the next level with four interactive Party Mode features where you can use your remote to engage with the onscreen fun. Shower the screen with glitter during party scenes, drop cupcakes when things get scary, high-five Cloud Guy, join Mr. Dinkles for “OH SNAP” moments and much more!

DreamWorks TROLLS—a musical adventure filled with heart, hilarity and pure happy! When their village is invaded by the grumpy Bergens, two mismatched friends must work together in perfect harmony to save the day.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman take the WABAC to your home screen #PeabodyInsiders

Mr. Peabody and Sherman take the WABAC to your home screen #PeabodyInsiders

MrPeabodyandShermanDreamWorks Animation’s MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN!  Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell) is an inventor, scientist and genius who just happens to be a dog. With his son Sherman, he will embark on the most extraordinary adventure imaginable as they race against time to repair history and save the future.

MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN is based upon the beloved characters that first appeared in in the late 1950s and early 1960s animated television series “Rocky and His Friends” and “The Bullwinkle Show,” produced by Jay Ward.

Sit back and go WABAC to experience the ultimate joy ride and loads of laughs when MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN arrives on Digital HD on September 23 and on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD on October 14.  Jay Ward fans will want to get the 3D Blu-ray release which has everything for enthusiasts to celebrate the Jay Ward legacy including a 5-minute All New Rocky & Bullwinkle short and several original TV episodes.

Directed by Rob Minkoff (THE LION KING, STUART LITTLE) and from the team behind family favorite franchises THE CROODS and HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN is “fun” and “fast moving” (A.O. Scott, The New York Times) and features hilarious performances from an incredible voice cast of popular stars including Ty Burrell, Ariel Winter, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Max Charles, Patrick Warburton and Allison Janney.

Here is my original review of the movie when it first opened…

I’ve included some great coloring and activity sheets for Mr. Peabody and Sherman.

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Mr. Peabody and Sherman opens on March 7th @DWAnimation #MrPeabody

Mr. Peabody and Sherman opens on March 7th @DWAnimation #MrPeabody

Mr. Peabody Movie PosterI grew up watching old cartoons of course Rocky and Bullwinkle was a favorite and somehow those opened up into little shorts of talking dog Mr. Peabody and his little friend Sherman (a little boy) traveling in time using the WABAC machine.  Fast forward to today… when Dreamworks Animation releases Mr. Peabody and Sherman on the silver screens across America.

Mr. Peabody (voiced by Ty Burrell, Emmy Award Winner –Modern Family), the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy Sherman (Max Charles –The Amazing Spiderman), use their time machine—the WABAC—to go on the most outrageous adventures known to man or dog. But when Sherman takes The WABAC out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidentally rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history.  Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue, ultimately facing the most daunting challenge of any era:  figuring out how to be a parent. Together, the time traveling trio will make their mark on history.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman stars the voices of Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Patrick Warburton, Stanley Tucci, Allison Janney, Mel Brooks, Lake Bell, Zach Callison, Dennis Haysbert.

I really loved this movie – it had what I thought was a great spirit of fatherhood in the movie. I think this will be a tv show in no time (Netflix should be all over this) because there is a central theme which is its a great history lesson.  My five and a half year old son thought the movie was great… even said he’d like to have an adventure like that one day.  Which in the end is all you want from a movie to be transported away for an hour or two into a fun and happy place (at least the movies I take to see with my children).

I attended a screening a couple of weeks ago and was able to sit down with Rob Minkoff, the Director of Mr. Peabody & Sherman. He told us that this movie was 12 years in the making! He knew the characters as a kid and thought it would do well as a movie. You might have heard of another one of Rob’s movie The Lion King… yahhhhhh that his too…  I also got to interview Ty Burrell, who  mentioned his opinion about the overall message about the movie. “I would say that the core of the movie is the universal idea that love and caring and trying hard as in any real relationship is the most important thing that the externals are irrelevant.  In this case, it’s a father-son relationship.” Along with Ty was Max.  Max might be the hardest working kid I have ever met (I think he’s 10 years old) and works 5 or 6 days a week between all his different projects. I got to as Max a question that I am sure kids always want to know is how can they can do what Max does. He offered up advice to  kids and adults should take note of “Follow their dreams and do what they want to do.”

Connect with Mr. Peabody Online!
Visit the official website
Like Mr. Peabody & Sherman on Facebook
Follow @DWAnimation on Twitter, and hashtag: #MrPeabody