The Disney Animators’ Collection Littles: Mystery Figures

Whether you’re looking for some cute stocking stuffers or additional gifts for Chanukah, this new assortment from the Disney Animators’ Collection is perfect. The Disney Animators’ Collection Littles: Mystery Figures sell for $4.95 each from The Disney Store and ShopDisney.com. Besides gifts for the holiday season, they’re also handy for keeping around for little bonus incentive gifts in the future.

When I was a child and faced a difficult situation or challenge, I was rewarded with a small toy. It wasn’t a bribe to do something. It was a token of accomplishment. These little figures would have been exactly what I would receive for overcoming something or facing an illness.

The miniature figures each come in a pencil-shaped case. The cases are designed to fit together and stack to make a unique display. With their special connectors, they can be set in a variety of ways and can be added to as new figures are brought into the group. These are blind boxed so no one knows what is inside until the package is opened.

Currently Wave One is available, with items from Lilo and Stitch, Tangled, and Frozen. There are eight different figures in this first wave: Rapunzel, Pascal with a chase variant, Elsa, Olaf, Elsa’s Bed, Lilo & Scrump, Stitch, and Lilo’s Record Player with Scrump. New waves will be coming with different characters.


When opened, the pencil-shaped box contains a Micro Collectible figure, display case connectors and clips, a collector’s guide, and a surprise drawing. Due to their small size, these are for ages 3 and up.

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‘Mickey Mouse: Merry & Scary Holiday Collection’ on DVD



If you’re looking for a way to spice up the holiday season or start a new family tradition, Mickey Mouse: Merry & Scary Holiday Collection will do just that. The DVD is fun for the entire family.

“The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular!”

This story has Mickey, Donald, and Goofy doing their best to tell a scary story for Donald’s nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie and Mickey’s nephews Morty and Ferdie Fieldmouse. The stories aren’t scary enough for the five little boys. That is until Mickey comes up with a super scary tale of five little boys getting baked into pies by the old witch. That does it. Everyone, even Donald and Goofy are scared by the story. The show includes some music and a lot of mayhem by the five little fellows. Vampires, witches, and ghouls, oh my!

“Duck the Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special”

This second story on the disc is all about Christmas. It’s time for Donald, Daisy, and all the ducks to migrate south for the winter. After all, ducks don’t do well in the cold weather. But Donald decides to stay with his friends and celebrate Christmas, something he has never been able to do. He learns why ducks migrate south. Donald doesn’t handle the cold and snow like the thought he would. In the meantime, Daisy and the rest of the ducks are in a warm climate having fun in the sun and sea.

There are five bonus shorts included on the DVD. They are pretty much meant for Halloween time. The disc is a fun new way to bring holiday cheer to your house.

With about an hour of animated fun, this DVD is a good way to entertain kids when the weather is bad outside or just to get some Halloween and Christmas spirit in the house. It’s not just for kids. Adults will also enjoy the many clever quips and references.

Mickey Mouse: Merry & Scary is rated TV G for everyone.

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‘Mickey and the Roadster Racers: Start Your Engines’ revs up for home viewing


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Gear up for fun with Mickey and the Roadster Racers: Start Your Engines, which includes seven episodes from the Disney Junior television series. This preschool series introduces kids to problem solving and plenty of other skills while entertaining them at the same time with Mickey and the gang.

Included among the episodes on this DVD are a couple of “royal” stories. One has Goofy mistaken for his doppelganger who is a secret agent who has all the technological goodies in his car ala James Bond. When the queen is expected for a spectacular tea party with the gang in Mickey’s garage, an evil sleuth tries to steal the royal briefcase that has mistakenly been entrusted to Goofy who bears a remarkable resemblance to the secret agent. Well, things get turned topsy turvy but in the end they all enjoy a splendid afternoon with the queen, with Minnie and Daisy in their new fascinators just for the occasion.

Another royal episode focuses on the stolen royal jewels that Minnie mistakes for her anniversary gift from Mickey. But once that gets straightened out, the gang must make sure the jewels are returned safely.

Included in the DVD box is a flag kids can use to decorate their room. This black and white checkered flag is also colorful with images of Goofy and his Turbo Tubster, Minnie and her Pink Thunder, Mickey and The Hot Doggin’ Hot Rod, Donald and The Cabin Cruiser, and Daisy and her Snapdragon.

Mickey and the Roadster Racers debuted in January 2017 as the replacement for Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, and Pluto, along with Minnie’s helper Cuckoo-Loca, enjoy plenty of adventures in their amazing vehicles. While they all focus on their fun vehicles, Minnie and Daisy also have their Happy Helpers business. They are pretty handy when it comes to fixing the vehicles too!

This preschool series has been popular with boys and girls. It’s filled with good life lessons as well as cooperation lessons and tools for everyday life. And with these classic characters, you know your kids will enjoy everything they have to offer.

As with their other DVD releases, Disney Junior has included a fun bonus inside the box – the flag. Parents can help kids hang the flag via the two holes on the top, or simply tape it to a wall. With images of the characters and their colorful vehicles, it’s a nice way to decorate a room.

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Moana Saves a Turtle – Disney Animators’ Moana Mini Doll Play Set

For anyone who has seen the film Moana (and that includes most people), a memorable part of the story is in the beginning when a very young Moana discovers the ocean. This adorable little girl is filled with a kind heart and when she sees a baby turtle trying to crawl over the sand to get to the water, she takes a large palm frond to shelter it from predator birds. She wobbly walks next to the turtle shielding it until it is free in the ocean.

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The new Disney Animators’ Moana Mini Doll Play Set lets kids play out their own scene with little Moana and the turtle, as well as put their imaginations to work creating other situations for her, the turtle, the water, HeiHei the rooster, and Pua the pig. This newest play set includes all of these as well as an amulet. They come in a plastic carrying case so kids can easily take them from one place to another.

Little Moana is about 5 inches high but with her wave hairstyle, she is almost an inch taller. Remember back to the film when the water pulled her hair high above her head? That’s what this doll represents. That first encounter the little girl had with not only the turtle, but with the ocean. Moana means ocean and this character has a unique relationship with the ocean. Moana has a pink flower in her hair, wears her shell necklace, and a sweet smile on her face. She is more than adorable. She’s precious and articulated with moving legs, arms, and head. This little Moana can stand on her own.

Pua measures almost three inches high and is a bobble head representation of Moana’s pet pig. HeiHei, the crazy chicken, is about two inches high.

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The palm frond is sculpted with a little handle to let Moana hold it while protecting the turtle. Plus, there is a five and a half inch-high sculpted wave. After all, what would Moana be without water?

With all of these elements included in this set, young imaginations will be entertained for hours. And the case makes it great to take along in the car or to a play date. The dedication to detail is amazing. On the handle of the case are sculpted shells.

Due to the size of some of the objects, this play set is for ages 3 and up. This Disney Animators’ Mini Doll Play Set lists for $19.95.

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Sneak Peek at ‘Descendants 2’

The story deepens in the music-driven sequel to the global smash hit “Descendants,” as the teenage sons and daughters of Disney’s most infamous villains — Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay (also known as Villain Kids or VKs) — try to find their place in idyllic Auradon. When the pressure to be royally perfect becomes too much for Mal, she returns to her rotten roots on the Isle of the Lost where her archenemy Uma, the daughter of Ursula, has taken her spot as self-proclaimed queen of the run-down town. Uma, still resentful over not being selected by Ben to go to Auradon Prep with the other Villain Kids, stirs her pirate gang including Captain Hook’s son Harry and Gaston’s son Gil, to break the barrier between the Isle of the Lost and Auradon, and unleash all the villains imprisoned on the Isle, once and for all.

“Descendants 2” is coming to Disney Channel this summer.de

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‘Moana’ CD- Enjoyable Music from the Movie


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The Disney movie Moana was an instant classic. The story of the young girl whose courage and steadfastness saved her people is a beloved film for the entire family. And the songs in the movie are definitely memorable. With the Moana CD, you and your family can relive the moments of this delightful story.

The Moana Original Motion Picture Soundtrack includes not only the songs to sing, but also the background music that led the young girl through her adventure. The original score was composed by Mark Mancina.

The song that has captured the hearts of viewers is “How Far I’ll Go” which was nominated for a Golden Globe for best original song as well as an Academy Award!

Auli’i Cravalho brought the young girl to life on the screen with her voice and Dwayne Johnson voiced the demigod Maui. Both are part of this CD. Cravalho sings the trademark song “How Far I’ll Go” and Johnson sings the fun song “You’re Welcome,” which describes Maui’s conceited attitude so well. “Where You Are” is a fun, upbeat song about the Polynesian village where Moana lives. The beat will have listeners humming and tapping their toes, if not dancing around to the music.

The CD includes a booklet with information about the tracks and lyrics to the songs so everyone will soon know all the words (if you don’t already) and sing with the cast. The Polynesian influence in the music is apparent. This is a great CD to play in the background or sit and listen to while remembering the movie, which will soon be released on Blu-ray to replay as often as you want.

The Moana soundtrack CD brings back all the fun, adventure, and enjoyment that audiences have embraced in the film.

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Francine Brokaw has been covering all aspects of the entertainment industry for over 20 years. She also writes about products and travel. She has been published in national and international newspapers and magazines as well as Internet websites. She has written her own book, Beyond the Red Carpet The World of Entertainment Journalists, from Sourced Media Books.

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