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The Peanuts Movie Review

peanuts movieToday I surprised my daughter with a trip to the movies to see The Peanuts Movie. Yesterday she had told me that she wanted to see it and I had told her that going to the movies is expensive and that daddy could not afford it. She then said “we never have any money”. It broke my heart when she said that, and while she is right, she is also wrong. We try really hard to budget and keep extra spending to a minimal. That doesn’t always happen. Today I dipped into the funds I earn from illustrating. It’s not a lot but it is extra money that I keep aside for special occasions.

So I talked with my wife about taking her to see the movie and Destiny was actually really excited and encouraged me to take her. So I looked up the times and figured a very early show would do as they are cheaper. I told Abby this morning to get ready and that we were going to run an errand. She likes tagging a long but typically if it’s an errand she knows it will be a little boring, but she goes anyway. The entire drive there she kept asking where we were going and I wouldn’t say a word. She had never been to the theater I took her too either so she did not know what the place was when we parked. Once we got inside she started to get really excited seeing all of the posters and cardboard cutouts, and once I asked for two tickets for The Peanut Movie she knew exactly where we were and was super excited.

12190106_10206248768952868_6589527187437449923_nWe got some popcorn and a drink and found our seats. We had the cool lounge chair seats and Abby loved being able to kick her feet up and relax while watching the movie. She got a little wiggly towards the end of the movie but she remained in her seat and was very good through-out the entire movie and only needed one bathroom break.

12184970_10201183694072627_6443856413513237210_oThe movie itself was very cute. As an adult who grew up watching the various Peanuts cartoons I really enjoyed the movie. It has the same type of story line and of course Charlie Brown messes up things right and left but it ends beautifully. The animation was great. Blue Sky did not get as detailed as they have in the past on Ice Age or Rio but the style they used in The Peanuts Movie fit perfectly and was great. I really liked how they used some traditional animation to add to the cgi animation.

All in all, the movie was a 4 out of 5 on the St. Louis Dad rating scale. The voices and animation were spot on. The story could’ve used just a little bit more but when it comes to Peanuts the story is usually not as epic as you would expect. It was a fantastic day to take my beautiful little girl out on a daddy/daughter date. I hope we get to spend some more days like today together. I seen trailer for a new Alvin and the Chipmunks sooo, maybe we will go see that in a few months.

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13 Nights of Halloween – Coraline

The_Other_MotherOur last night of 13 Nights of Halloween has arrived and in my opinion we have saved the best for last. This stop motion animated film was directed by the same man responsible for The Nightmare Before Christmas, Henry Selick. This stop motion animated film is my top scariest children’s movies of all time.

I don’t know what it is about Coraline that creeps me out but I think it has a lot to do with The Other Mother and her button eyes. They look innocent enough but oh boy does the creep factor really set in when watching her interact with Coraline.  The hidden meaning of mind control in the movie is also rather creepy and though provoking at the same time. The simpleness of story but tied with the deep association of mind control really show how well this movie was written, directed, and produced. Which is why it tops out our list for 13 Nights of Halloween.

I hope you enjoyed these last 13 nights as much as I did. Our family watched some classic and some not so classic Halloween movies. Tonight we will set out and gather up our own tricks and treats, so be sure to be safe and have a Happy Halloween!

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13 Nights of Halloween – The Nightmare Before Christmas

nightmarebeforexmasOnly one more night until Halloween. So that means we need to step our game up with our 13 Nights of Halloween! Tonight’s movie is the classic The Nightmare Before Christmas. Originally I had planned on being the last movie we watched on our 13 Nights of Halloween, but I had a change of plan for Halloween night.

The Nightmare Before Christmas is a good family movie that shows what those in Halloween Town would do if they were responsible for Christmas. There are a few scary and creepy parts but for the most part the movie is just classic entertainment. The stop motion is incredible and is usually attributed to Tim Burton, but Burton only wrote the story. It was Henry Selick who directed this masterpiece. You can definitely see some of Burton’s influences but it’s all Selick here.

After Halloween is over commercials and television will switch on their holiday lights and it will be all about shopping and black Friday. So get your scary on while you still can and be sure to connect and follow St. Louis Dad on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook!

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13 Nights of Halloween – Frankenweenie

FrankenweenieAnother Tim Burton classic Halloween movie has made its way to our 13 Nights of Halloween is Frankenweenie! Oddly enough this movie is a remake from the 1984 Tim Burton short film of the same name. It is also a throwback to the classic Frankenstein movies.

Filmed in all black and white this movie does a great job with the whole creepy factor. The reanimated Sparky is a joy to see and the other supporting characters that mimic some of their classic counterparts, such as Elsa Van Helsing and Edgar “E” Gore.

If you haven’t seen Frankenweenie yet I highly recommend it. Don’t let the black and white put you off, as some of the best and creepiest movies are filmed with no color. Do you have any favorite black and white classic movies? List them below and be sure to connect and follow St. Louis Dad on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook!

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