Inside Disney Pixar Headquarters for Monsters University Orientation #MonstersUEvent

Concept art, behind the scenes info and a sneak peek at the 1st 40 minutes of the Monsters University movie. AMAZING!

The chance to go inside Pixar’s Headquarters in California was the experience of a lifetime for a Disney Pixar fan like me. (Except my kids are insanely jealous!)

Over the next 2 months I’ll be posting all kinds of inside scoop on about my orientation experience at Monsters University along with sharing my recaps on interviews and meetings I had with Animators, Producers, and Directors  of the upcoming Monsters University release slated for June 21st, 2013.

Until then – here are a few fun photos and a recap video of my experience as an MU student.

Here’s some cool concept art for Monsters University that is hanging in the halls of Pixar. These are gorgeous larger than life size paintings – absolutely beautiful!

The concept art is EVERYWHERE in the Pixar building. I felt like hanging out in Pixar was like being in an art gallery.  Everything was totally themed out to their upcoming release for Monsters University. Before each movie, Pixar rotates all the art – so last year everything was themed out to BRAVE. We’re talking sculptures, water colors, sketches, and more. We could only photograph items from the 1st floor – these were great but trust me the hidden gems were in areas we couldn’t photograph – like the various drawings of how a character might look in tons of sketch options before they finalized the ultimate look for the animation.

And yes there really is the Pixar light paired with the classic Luxo ball just outside the entrance to the central building on campus. Love it!

Note: We attended this Disney Pixar press junket. All travel and expenses were paid for us by Disney. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Disney PLANES Movie Poster Revealed!

Disney Cars fans can rejoice as I’m sure all of us are going to LOVE Disney’s new movie PLANES, hitting theaters everywhere on August 9th. Check out the official Disney PLANES movie poster below. Cute right?


Here’s the official blurb on PLANES:

From above the world of “Cars” comes “Disney’s Planes,” an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar. “Disney’s Planes” takes off in theaters on Aug. 9, 2013.

Check out a few more stills from PLANES. Aren’t these guys awesome? I can’t wait to see all the toys that will go along with the movie too. My 5 year old son, and CARS fan, is now going to be in airplane heaven!

A few more stills….. this one of DUSTY, the main character in PLANES voiced by DANE COOK.



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Sofia the First: New Images Revealed of Sofia with Cinderella too!

This new adorable show about a charming little princess airs  for the first time SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 (7:00-8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel and THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (9:00-10:00 a.m., ET/PT) on Disney Junior. Hooray!

Check out these new images. I love the photo of Sofia chatting with Cinderella! My son and daughter have been seeing commercials on TV about it and they are so excited to meet  this new character.

Sofia chatting with Queen Miranda

Here’s the official scoop on the new show airing on Disney Junior below.

Disney will introduce its first little girl princess with the debut of “Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess,” an enchanting, music-filled animated Disney Junior television movie for the whole family, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 (7:00-8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel and THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (9:00-10:00 a.m., ET/PT) on Disney Junior, the 24-hour channel. The primetime television movie special stars Ariel Winter (“Modern Family”) as the voice of Sofia, Sara Ramirez (“Grey’s Anatomy”) as her mother, Queen Miranda; Wayne Brady (“Let’s Make A Deal”) as Clover, a wise-talking Rabbit; and Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”) as Baileywick, the family’s Royal Steward.  A “Sofia the First” television series will debut in early 2013. (DISNEY JUNIOR)

Brand New Clip for Partysaurus Rex

Toy Story Toons has delivered once again! It’s a bathtub party and one more reason not to miss “Finding Nemo 3D” in the theaters.

I’ve previewed this short already – official “thoughts” to come later, but obviously it is ADORABLE!

Take a peek:

Disney*Pixar’s brand-new Toy Story Toon, PARTYSAURUS REX, will run in theaters before FINDING NEMO 3D starting September 14th. This adorable short is directed by Mark Walsh, produced by Kim Adam, and is the third installment of Toy Story Toons.

Disclosure: Disney paid for our travel expenses to LA for the DisneyInHomeBloggers event. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

51 Disney Animated Films In Chronological Order

To date, Disney has released 51 theatrical animated features.

It all began in 1937 with the extraordinary accomplishment of Snow White…and the movie industry has never been the same.

How many have you seen? I was surprised that my tally only reached 34.


What is your all-time favorite animated Disney movie? 

Which decade do you think produced the best films?


  1. 1937:Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
  2. 1940:Pinnochio
  3. 1940:Fantasia
  4. 1941:Dumbo
  5. 1942:Bambi
  6. 1942:Saludos Amigos
  7. 1944:The Three Cabelleros
  8. 1946:Make Mine Music 
  9. 1947: Fun and Fancy Free
  10. 1948: Melody Time
  11. 1949:The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
  12. 1950:Cinderella
  13. 1951:Alice in Wonderland
  14. 1953:Peter Pan
  15. 1955:Lady and the Tramp
  16. 1959:Sleeping Beauty
  17. 1961: One Hundred and One Dalmatians
  18. 1963: The Sword in the Stone
  19. 1967:The Jungle Book
  20. 1970:The Aristocats
  21. 1973: Robin Hood
  22. 1977:The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  23. 1977:The Rescuers
  24. 1981:The Fox and the Hound
  25. 1985: The Black Cauldron
  26. 1986:The Great Mouse Detective
  27. 1988:Oliver and Company
  28. 1989:The Little Mermaid
  29. 1990: The Rescuers Down Under
  30. 1991: Beauty and the Beast
  31. 1992:Aladdin
  32. 1994:The Lion King
  33. 1995: Pocahontas
  34. 1996: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  35. 1997:Hercules
  36. 1998:Mulan
  37. 1999: Tarzan
  38. 1999: Fantasia 2000
  39. 2000:Dinosaur
  40. 2000:The Emperor’s New Groove
  41. 2001:Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  42. 2002:Lilo & Stitch
  43. 2002: Treasure Planet
  44. 2003:Brother Bear
  45. 2004:Home on the Range
  46. 2005:Chicken Little
  47. 2007:Meet the Robinsons
  48. 2008:Bolt
  49. 2009: The Princess and the Frog
  50. 2010:Tangled
  51. 2011: Winnie the Pooh

Stephanie Sheaffer is an entrepreneur, writer, runner, and the mother of three little girls. In 2011, she traveled 20,000 miles around the USA with her family in a 300sqft RV. At the end of the trip, her 5-year-old said Disney World was her favorite stop! She now resides in Arizona and blogs at Metropolitan Mama. Follow her on Twitter @stephsday.

Production begins on “The 7D” – a modern take on the Seven Dwarfs

A cartoon version of the Seven Dwarfs brought to life on Disney Junior. Sounds intriguing right?  Titled, “THE 7D”, this new animated series is a comedic take on the world of Seven Dwarfs, in a contemporary storybook world. I wonder if Snow White will ever make a cameo?
Take a peek at the image of THE 7D here and see how they picture BASHFUL, SLEEPY, DOPEY, HAPPY, GRUMPY, DOC, SNEEZY
Scheduled to debut in 2014 on Disney Junior and geared towards ages 2-7.
I imagine this will be a hit if it’s anything like Disney Junior’s recent releases – Doc McStuffins and Jake & The Neverland Pirates. My kids are OBSESSED with those shows and can not get enough of them.
Here’s the official scoop on the synopsis from the Disney Press release info:
The series takes place in the whimsical world of Jollywood, where Queen Delightful relies on the 7D – Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Dopey, Grumpy and Doc – to keep the kingdom in order. Standing in their way are two laughably evil villains, Grim and Hildy Gloom, who plot to take over the kingdom by stealing the magical jewels in the 7D’s mine. With seven very distinct personalities, the 7D always manage to save the day and send Grim and Hildy running back to their evil lair to try another day. 

Monsters University Trailers Released

Next year on June 21st, 2013 we’ll be lining up in theaters to see the newest Disney Pixar movie, Monsters University – a follow up to the ever popular classic Monsters Inc. This movie will focus on the how Mike and Sully became friends originally. Sweet!

Take a peek one of the teaser trailers here:

The official scoop on the movie synopsis from Disney Pixar:

Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. “Monsters University” unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends. 

You can also watch all 4 versions of the new trailer and vote for your favorite Mike sleep talking line on the official Monsters University Facebook Page – The winning line will be drawn up by a Pixar artist and shared EXCLUSIVELY with the fans of Monsters University.

Finding Nemo 3D

Disney is slated to re-release Finding Nemo in 3D this fall. Kenzie and Kyle have only seen the original on DVD, so I’m sure they’ll enjoy the thrill of seeing the beautifully animated underwater scenes on the big screen and in 3D. So this will definitely make our to-do list. Supposedly Disney is also considering re-releasing Monsters Inc. and The Little Mermaid in 3D.

Tangled Ever After – Rings

Moviegoers to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast 3D will be treated to a movie short of Tangled Ever After. Flynn and Rapunzel try to tie the knot and disaster strikes when Maximus sneezes and the ring goes missing! I can only guess that adventure and hilarity ensue. And Pascal is looking as cute as ever!

Disney Magical Fireplace DVD

When we first bought our house, we were very excited to start using our gas fireplace. The warm glow of a fire at the touch of a button. That was until we saw our first gas bill.

The Disney Magical Fireplace is much more affordable, and unexpectedly fun. Just pop the DVD into your computer or DVD player and you’ll have a fireside hearth crackling (or you can choose the music soundtrack). But best of all (and most addictive), Disney has packed this fire with a little Disney magic. Every so often, you’ll see fireworks go off in the fire, or see the Lost Boys shadows go marching by with Peter Pan, or see a bunch of balloons from Up go floating, well, up. The kids just loved waiting to see what might happen next.

It’s available at Amazon for around $20.

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