Open World Games You Have To Try

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If you are an enthusiastic gamer and you fancy trying your hand at something new for the festive season, there are tonnes of amazing games to choose from in the world. For a start, there’s shoot ‘em ups such as COD and Splinter Cell to play with: you could choose a racing game such as Real Racing, or perhaps adventure and puzzles are more your thing… in that case Uncharted is perfect for you. Today though, we are going to take a quick look at some of the top open world games which are on the market at the moment, and there are some awesome picks for every type of gamer.

Assassins Creed

The Assassins Creed franchise has been one to dominate the world in the last few years and there are so many games for you to choose from and to enjoy. In these games you are an Assassin who is tasked with taking down the evil Templar Empire in different time periods.  One game you will be in renaissance Italy and the next you’ll be in Victorian London. There’s a game out there for everyone and you can take on the main missions at your own pace.

Fallout 4

For those of you who enjoy games where you have to learn to survive: Fallout 4 is the ideal pick for you. In the story you are caught up in a nuclear event which effectively ends the world, however you, your partner and son are able to stay in a bunker and are cryogenically frozen for 200 years. Your partner is killed and your son is taken, and you have to navigate a post nuclear world with your wits and get him back. It’s a great game to play because the map is huge meaning you can spend hours in one place and the next day you can be somewhere totally new.

Just Cause

This game really was a pioneer in the open world category, and suggested by the name, you can do anything at any time… Just Cause. If you feel like beating the mob and shooting it up, go for it. If you would rather drive around and cause mayhem for a few hours… the choice is yours! This game is purposely built to let you do whatever you fancy, and this is what makes it a great open world game.


Runescape is probably one of those games you played back in the day at school and it is still beloved by man people today. In Runescape you can build a character, choose what kind of creature it is and then you’ll play in an open realm with others from around the world. We would suggest to buy osrs gold when you are in gam to help you get the most out of it all, and it can be a game you get lost in for hours and hours.


The prequel of the well-loved game Skyrim is one which is just too funny to miss, and although for a serious gaming session it might not be the best choice, it is by far the most entertaining one you can play on this list. The open world of this game has been ambitiously filled with people who have conversations and get on with their day to day lives around you, but it doesn’t always go to plan. When mistakes are made it is hilarious and it is well worth having a friend or two with you when you play this game.

Lego Marvel Superheroes

For years now, the Lego games have been taking over the video game world with fantastic adaptations of some of the world’s most beloved franchises, and one of the ones which have to stand out from the crowd is Marvel Superheroes. This game has every hero you could possibly think of from Marvel Comics as well as the bad guys, and you are able to explore New York freely and complete tasks for citizens and heroes alike during the gameplay. It is a game ideal for a family and one which you could easily have some friendly rows over!


Ahh, Grand Theft Auto. We all remember a few instances where we would try to drive along with the rest of the traffic in the originals before getting bored and speeding off into the distance. For a game where you can be shooting people one minute and flying a plane the next: there really isn’t much else to say about this.


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4 Achingly Cool Retro Games Seeing A Resurgence

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It seems that everywhere you look at the moment there is something retro making a comeback. Mid-century Scandinavian furniture is all the rage, people love taking their polaroids on vacation, and the odd kooky pal will choose a Nokia 3310 over the latest smartphone. The world of gaming is no different with an untold number of 16-bit classics from the 1980s and 1990s making a comeback, albeit in a more advanced and sophisticated twenty-first century way. With an improvement in graphics and gameplay, a new generation of gamers is discovering the joys of a whole host of retro titles.

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Super Mario Run

Although Mario never really went away, he did make his first venture into the world of smartphone apps in 2016 with Super Mario Run. From the days of old when he had Yoshi as a sidekick, and he was in search of the princess, up and down pipes, and battling Bowser on a range of Nintendo devices, he still retains his cheeky and likable persona. There’s no hint of a Call of Duty shoot ‘em up encroaching on the sweet innocence of this little Italian plumber. Mario has a new legion of fans who enjoy playing games on their smartphone as much as their console. By moving with the technological times, Mario looks set to be a franchise that will continue to build on its success.

Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire

Hironobu Sakaguchi’s science fiction classic from 1987 has had a lifetime of installments, adaptations, and enhancements. Exploring different worlds and battling with magic or fighting hand to hand has been the stalwart of these games. As an RPG, this franchise has been the best selling of all time and has spawned books and anime series of the same name. You can experience Final Fantasy 15 by downloading an app straight to your smartphone. Gone are the days of the NES; now it’s all about Android and the iPhone.

Bubble Bobble

If you loved nothing better in your youth than controlling two little dragons and helping them out of some random obstacle courses by popping bubbles, then you’ll be pleased to know that the Commodore 64 which launched the game is making a comeback in 2018. Preloaded with the original 1989 game and other Commodore classics, there have been no updates or developments to make the game sharper or make it a more immersive experience. The game is how it was nearly thirty years ago with the same blips and glitches as before.

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Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition

It doesn’t matter whether you enjoyed battling as Ryu, Ken or Blanka, the original characters from the 1987 classic beat ‘em up all appear in the latest installment. With its manga-style graphics, awesome gameplay and cool special moves, Street Fighter is simplicity at its best. Highly addictive with the arcade editions proving the most thrilling to play, Street Fighter remains head and shoulders above its rivals.

If you fancy getting your offspring into gaming without the gore and violence of Call of Duty or GTA, take a look at some retro classics to bring some fun into the household.


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Sofia The First – The Secret Library FREE Printable Activities

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Sofia the First The Secret Library cames to DVD today! Grab your copy now and check out the fun, free activities below:

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ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS – FREE Coloring Sheets, Activity Pages, & New Clips!

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Alice Through the Looking Glass is now in theaters. Here are 2 fun clips and some FREE printable coloring pages. Enjoy!

“Meet the Young Hatter” Clip

“Save the Hatter” Clip

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image004In Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland to save her friend the Mad Hatter. Directed by James Bobin, who brings a unique vision to the spectacular world Tim Burton created on screen in “Alice in Wonderland,” the film is written by Linda Woolverton based on characters created by Lewis Carroll and produced by Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd and Tim Burton with John G. Scotti serving as executive producer. “Alice Through the Looking Glass” reunites the all-star cast from the worldwide blockbuster phenomenon, including: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Matt Lucas and Helena Bonham Carter along with the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall. We are also introduced to several new characters: Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans), the Mad Hatter’s father and Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen), a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock.

Alice Kingsleigh (Wasikowska) has spent the past three years sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland. Reuniting with her friends the White Rabbit, Absolem, the White Queen and the Cheshire Cat, Alice must save the Hatter and Underland itself, before time runs out. Presented in Digital 3D™, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D, Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” opens in U.S. theaters on May 27, 2016.



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FREE Finding Dory Activities!

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With FINDING DORY swimming into theatres everywhere next month, here are some fun FREE Finding Dory activities for your family! I can’t wait for Finding Dory to come to theaters June 17th. I feel like I’ve been waiting forever to see it. Are you as excited as I am? Click the image or the wording to download the activities!

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Micky Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Sport-y-Thon Now on DVD- Preview and FREE Activities

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Micky Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Sport-y-Thon is now on DVD. Here’s a few previews for you:



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RATCHET & CLANK is coming to theaters nationwide on April 29, 2016! Learn about the movie, watch clips, and play the fun new sheepinator game below:

From Rainmaker Entertainment and Blockade Entertainment, Ratchet & Clank is a CG-animated movie based on the iconic PlayStation video game. Two unlikely heroes struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. Ratchet is the last of his kind, a foolhardy “lombax” who has grown up alone on a backwater planet with no family of his own. Clank is a pint-sized robot with more brains than brawn. When the two stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team of colorful heroes called The Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy. Along the way, they will learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one’s own identity.

Voice Cast:
 Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson, Jim Ward, James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Armin Shimerman, and Sylvester Stallone

Directed by: Kevin Munroe
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 94 Minutes


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“Combat Gear”




“Phase One”

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Disney Infinity 2.0 Plus LOTS of Big Hero 6 Toys For This Holiday Season #BigHero6Event

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Disclosure- I have been provided an all expense paid trip to Los Angeles for the Big Hero 6 movie premiere and ABC TV Event in exchange for coverage of these events.  All opinions are 100% my own.   Thank you so much Disney and ABC TV!

Disney_ToyBox_1My family and I are a bit behind the times when it comes to video games.  We have an old Wii that doesn’t work anymore and my girls have Nintendo 3DS but that’s it.  I was so amazed when I learned about Disney Infinity 2.0.  Video games have come a long way!  Disney Infinity is an interactive gaming platform where players have unprecedented freedom and endless opportunity to create stories and play experiences starring the beloved characters from across the worlds of Disney. The latest chapter, Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, launched this September. In the all new game, players use real-world interactive figures to activate original storylines (Play Sets) in the virtual game worlds of popular Marvel franchises and create new adventures with other Disney Infinity characters in the Toy Box mode.

Disney_ToyBox_5A special Disney-themed Toy Box Starter Pack and line of Disney Originals figures launched in November. This unique Starter Pack allows fans to begin their Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) experience using existing Disney figures and Power Discs, new Disney Originals characters, and the latest additions from the recently launched Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes game in the enhanced Toy Box mode.

Disney_ToyBox_2Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) is rated E-10+ by the ESRB.

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Disney-Lineup_2-0Bring on the Disney Originals! Stitch, Merida, Tinker Bell, Maleficent, Donald Duck, Baymax, Hiro, Aladdin and Jasmine are coming to Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition)! This great cast of characters is playable with all Disney Infinity 1.0 and Marvel characters in the Toy Box 2.0, where it’s even easier than ever to build worlds and share them with the community.

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Chem-Capsules Shhhh, don’t tell my girls but I’m thinking about getting an XBox 360 so they (ok WE) can play with the Disney Infinity: Toy Box Starter Pack (2.0 Edition) and Big Hero 6 figures that I received from Disney when I went to Los Angeles last month.  It looks like so much fun!  I love that my girls will be able to use their imaginations to create their own games as well as play with preset games, too.  It is great for most ages and levels so it is perfect for our family.
Disney Infinity 2.0 is available for Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Just in time for the holidays, Big Hero 6 products are available now at mass and specialty retailers nationwide, Disney Store locations and  There is something for everyone in your family.
big hero 6 merchandiseHere are some of my favorites:
deluxe baymaxDeluxe Flying Baymax
MSRP: $39.99 
Retailers: Mass
Large and in-charge, this massive Baymax is ready to fly into battle using all his great weapons and features. Towering at 11” inches with a soaring 18-inch wingspan, the Deluxe Flying Baymax features 20 points of articulation, multiple lights, sounds and other fun features such as a launching rocket fist. Baymax comes with a 4.5” Hiro Hamada figure, which when attached to Baymax’s back unlocks additional flying sounds that vary depending on whether Baymax is flying up, or down.

armor up baymaxArmor-Up Baymax
MSRP: $19.99 
Retailers: Mass

Transform Baymax from his 6” white nursebot form to an 8” crime-fighting hero with the Armor-Up Baymax. 20 body armor pieces construct a powered-up Baymax, growing two inches in height while preparing for battle in his red armored suit.
honey lemon go go dollGoGo Tamago and Honey Lemon 11” Dolls
$16.95 each
Retailers: Disney Store and

These fully poseable character dolls feature their accessories from the film, including GoGo Tomago’s spinning ”mag-lev discs” and high-speed armor and Honey Lemon’s messenger bag.Projection SFX Baymax10” Projection/SFX Baymax
MSRP: $29.99 
Retailers: Mass

Smooth and fun to touch, the 10” vinyl Baymax has an incredible projector feature in his belly, allowing fans to view images and hear sounds from the film.plush baymaxBaymax Plush-Medium-15”
Retailers: Disney Store and

Cuddle up to soft stuffed Baymax for compassionate care and comfort throughout the daily adventure of life. This big plush robot is sure to cure any dull day.fist rocketBaymax Rocket Fist
MSRP: $19.99 
Retailers: Mass

Put the power of Baymax in your hands with the Baymax Rocket Fist. Easy reloading and fun launching up to 10 feet in distance with soft material on the fist makes it safe and fun to play.Big Hero 6 MasksBig Hero 6 Masks
MSRP: $9.99 each
Retailers: Mass

Featuring comfortable padding with an adjustable strap, fans can take on the evil forces of San Fransokyo as Big Hero 6 heroes Hiro Hamada or Baymax.

big hero 6 beddingBig Hero 6 Prodigy Bed Set
MSRP: $19.88-199.99 
Retailers: Kohl’s, Walmart and

After a long day of adventures and defeating bad guys, cozy up in this five-piece bedroom set that features Hiro Hamada and Baymax graphics.big hero 6 pjsBig Hero 6 PJ Pals for Boys
Retailers: Disney Store and

He’ll be able to battle baddies in his dreams in the comfort of Disney Store’s Big Hero 6 PJ Pal featuring Baymax and other colorful characters from the movie.big hero 6 clothesBig Hero 6 Graphic Tees 
MSRP: $12.95-14.95 each 
Retailers: The Children’s Place

Channel your inner hero with these colorful Big Hero 6 cotton tees that feature all of your favorite characters from the film.
big hero 6 bookBig Hero 6: Hiro and Tadashi
ISBN: 978-1-4847-0831-6
MSRP: $16.99
Retailers: Wherever Books Are Sold

This beautifully-illustrated picture book timed to release with Big Hero 6, focuses on tech-wiz Hiro and his older brother, Tadashi, as well as their unique styles and tastes in building robots! Readers will get a feel for their fun, compelling relationship, their mutual love for technology, and get to know the characters behind the super team, Big Hero 6!big hero 6 iphone caseBig Hero 6 Baymax iPhone 5/5s Cases
$39.95 each
Retailers: Disney Store and

Protect your iPhone 5/5S in style with these sleek and lightweight cases that feature Big Hero 6’ breakout character, Baymax.big hero 6 appBig Hero 6: Baymax Blast App
MSRP: $5.99
Retailers: iTunes App Store

Big Hero 6: Baymax Blast is an action-packed endless runner adventure that invites fans to join Baymax and Hiro as they search San Fransokyo to recover Hiro’s stolen Microbots. Featuring original video clips and art style based on the film, fans will learn more about each character in truly unique and immersive ways as they fly with Baymax, complete challenging missions, unlock upgrades and new characters, and more!

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My Little Pony Games to Play in Celebration of MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS: RAINBOW ROCKS

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My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow RocksMy Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks3Head on over to rock on and rock out with these fun My Little Pony games in celebration of MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS: RAINBOW ROCKS on DVD and Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo now in the US and Canada from Shout! Factory Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios!

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Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue Games, Activities, and Fun Facts!

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Planes: Fire and Rescue is available on video now and here are some games, activities, and fun facts for you.

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Planes: Fire & Rescue by the numbers! How many people worked on the movie? What’s the number on Dusty’s wing? How many voice sessions did the actors tackle? The answers are all here…


“Making an animated movie like Planes: Fire & Rescue takes a lot of time and a lot of people,” explains the movie’s producer, Ferrell Barron. “In total, around 900people worked on this movie, start to finish. That’s a big, ambitious undertaking!”


Planes: Fire & Rescue is released a year after the first Planes movie, but it took much longer than a year to make,” reveals director Bobs Gannaway. “I’ve been working on the movie for almost fouryears!”


“When we started to research ideas for the story of Planes: Fire & Rescue, we took a closer look at the background of crop duster planes like Dusty,” explains Bobs Gannaway. “That’s when we discovered that crop dusting planes have also been used for wildfire air attacks. The first operational air tanker was a repurposed crop duster, which made its first air drop on the Mendocino National Forest in 1955. Fighting fires is in Dusty’s heritage!”


The filmmakers took a ton of research trips during the making of the movie. “We took at least one trip to Yosemite National Park and one to Yellowstone,” says the movie’s art director, Toby Wilson. “We also took three trips to Hemet-Ryan Air Attack Base, two trips to Redding and one trip to Grass Valley. There were a lot of research trips, but a lot of other research was pulled from our own personal experiences, too.”


“We spent about two and a half years – or 912 days – on the research and development of the fire seen in the movie,” explains Ferrell Barron. “There was a lot of preparation work to do before we got to the production process!”


Look closely at Dusty Crophopper and you’ll notice the number sevenon the design of his body. “The number seven is often seen as a lucky number,” reveals Toby Wilson. “It’s also the favorite number of Klay Hall, the director of the first Planes movie.”


“Our recording sessions with the voice actors are always a lot of fun,” chuckles Ferrell Barron. “Each session usually lasts for four hours, but some are much less than that. We don’t want to strain the voices of our actors, so four hours is usually the maximum.”


In the story, Dusty Crophopper suffers a career-ending injury during race training in Propwash Junction. “As a racer, Dusty was running at about 140 percent of what he was designed to do,” says the movie’s flight supervisor, Jason McKinley. “This put his gearbox under tremendous stress, so he starts to fall in the middle of a flight. He’s at the top of his career – visually, he’s at the top of a loop – and he falls.” Eek!


The filmmakers met a graduating class of smokejumpers while they were researching the movie. This inspired one of the teams of fearless firefighting characters seen in the movie including Drip, Blackout, Avalanche, Dynamite and Pinecone. “The smokejumpers we met were strong, incredibly skilled young men and women – all in tip-top shape – who parachute in to fight fires on the ground,” reveals Ferrell Barron. “We got to witness them gather their gear, get in uniform, strap on these enormous backpacks and board the aircraft – all in less than three minutes!”


One of the many challenges that the filmmakers tackled during the making of the movie was the creation of Piston Peak National Park. “It was a huge challenge for the art team,” admits Bobs Gannaway. “We had to capture a panoramic feel, since our planes don’t really fly in straight lines. And we have more than two million trees in there!”


Composer Mark Mancina created the melodic score of Planes: Fire & Rescue with a 90-piece orchestra. “There’s a lot of orchestral percussion, French horn, strings and woodwinds,” the musician reveals. “There is added texture from other types of instruments, but the heart of the score is an orchestra.”


There’s a whole host of fun and friendly new characters in Planes: Fire & Rescue. An outgoing and spirited air tanker named Dipper [voiced by Modern Family actress Julie Bowen] is skilled at skimming lakes, scooping up more than 1,600 gallons of water to douse angry fires!


Windlifter is a heavy-lift helicopter who can hoist dozens of trees or a huge tank of fire retardant. Three different helicopters inspired the design of Windlifter: a Sikorsky Skycrane, a Kamov KA-26 and a Mil MI-10.


A loyal and trustworthy tour bus at Piston Peak National Park for 72 years, Ol’ Jammer knows every trail, stream, rock and tree. This strong and seasoned bus is eager to share his vast knowledge of the park’s history with the multitude of admiring daily visitors.


“The Blade helicopter in Planes: Fire & Rescue has the number 301 on his side,” explains Ferrell Barron. “We took that number from the side of a helicopter at CalFire [California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection] at Hemet-Ryan, which is where we did a lot of research for the movie. We did that as a tip of the hat to them.”


Pulaski is Piston Peak’s structural engine, responsible for protecting the buildings and bridges in the park. With a 2,000-gallon tank, he can pump water at 1,000 gallons per minute. Whoosh!


Look closely at Pulaski and you’ll be able to spot the number 64 on his body. “I took my kids on a Disney research trip to my local fire station,” explains Toby Wilson. “They got to climb all over the Redondo Beach Fire Engine No. 64 during their visit. Pulaski has the number 64 on his side as a thank you to them.”



Piston Peak National Park was established in the year 1872.


Piston Peak National Park measures 12 miles long and four miles wide. It’s bigger than the Grand Canyon!


What’s the number seen on Dipper’s body? 28.


There were 139 episodes of CHOPs  made… And Blazin’ Blade was the star of the show.


In the movie, Harvey and Winnie visit Piston Peak National Park to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Bless!


Pssst! Want the inside scoop on Dusty’s new adventure, PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE? We quiz the filmmakers and animation team for super fun facts and sizzlin’ insider secrets…



“We love to hide fun numbers in the animation,” reveals Planes: Fire & Rescue art director Toby Wilson. “The ‘301’ you see on the side of Blade is actually the number from the CalFire’s air-attack helicopter at Hemet-Ryan air base. We used that as a thank you because we spent so much time there researching the movie. Watch out for national identification numbers on the planes and helicopters, too. They often hide things like birthdays or special dates for the filmmakers. The birthday of Bobs Gannaway, our director, is one of the national identification numbers in the movie!”



“In the movie, there’s a scene where a new character named Blade takes Dusty Crophopper into a mine to protect him from a fire,” explains Planes: Fire & Rescue director Bobs Gannaway. “Well, that sequence is based on a true story. A firefighter named Pulaski saved his crew by taking them into a mine in Idaho during 1910’s Great Idaho Fire. In honor of the famous firefighter, we named our yellow fire truck in the movie Pulaski. It’s an absolute honor to have him represented in the film.”



“We wanted to take audiences somewhere they’ve never been before,” reveals Bobs Gannaway. “The film has a little bit of Americana woven into a mash-up of Yellowstone, Yosemite and a few other national parks – all with our own distinctive spin.” Keep your eyes peeled when the action of the movie heads to the Grand Fusel Lodge of Piston Peak. The quirky building was directly inspired by Yellowstone’s iconic Old Faithful Inn!



“I have no idea how I ended up in an amazing Disney animation like this,” giggles actress Julie Bowen. “Out of the blue, I got a call from Disney offering me the role – but I’ve since discovered that John Lasseter [the head of Walt Disney Animation Studios] is a huge fan of my show, Modern Family. When they offered me the role of Dipper in Planes: Fire & Rescue, the first Planes movie hadn’t been released – but I knew I was in safe hands. My kids love the fact that I’m in a Planes movie. This whole experience has been an absolute blast!”



A lot of time and effort goes into the creation of an epic animation like Planes: Fire & Rescue. “In total, a team of 900 people spent four years creating the ambitious animated movie,” admits producer Ferrell Barron. “That includes everyone from animators and voice artists to writers and musicians.”



Most of the high-flying vehicles in the movie are fictional, but their design is usually inspired by real aircraft. The look of Dusty Crophopper was inspired by three planes: the Air Tractor 502, the Cessna and the Air Dromader. The design of Windlifter was inspired by three helicopters: the Sikorsky Skycrane, the Kamov KA-26 and the Mil MI-10. Many of the land-based vehicles are also based on real automobiles. The design of Mayday – Propwash Junction’s feisty fire truck – was based on the 1940s Fordson Tender.



“I had a lot of fun in the recording booth,” admits Julie Bowen. “You have to repeat the same lines a million times, but it never gets boring. The director and his team sit behind a big glass window. They have to press a button for me to hear what they are saying, but I’d always see them chatting away whenever their fingers left the button. It made me panic. I’d think, ‘Oh no! Am I doing this wrong?’ Eventually, I asked them to keep their finger on the button so that I could hear everything. That’s when I discovered they were talking about the most boring things in the world! They would turn to each other and say things like, “Um… Did anybody change the toner in the fax machine?” They weren’t talking about me at all!”



Blade Ranger and Windlifter are two exciting new helicopter characters in the movie. In order to research how they fly, the filmmakers turned to a world-renowned aerobatic helicopter pilot named Chuck Aaron. Aaron has more than 42 years and 20,000 flight hours under his belt! “They asked me if I would watch the movie and look at the storyboards to determine if the helicopter movements were factual and feasible,” says Aaron. “It brings authenticity and realism to the movie.”



“Maru is the name of the friendly mechanic tug at Piston Peak Air Attack base, but his history dates back to the first movie,” explains Toby Wilson. “On one of the research trips for the first movie, the team went to Wisconsin where they met a mechanic with one hand. Outside his garage, it said ‘Maru’s Garage’ written in big letters. Our creative executive, Paul Gerard, went inside and asked him, ‘So, where’s Maru?’ The mechanic replied, ‘The name’s Marv!’ It turns out he had really bad handwriting on his sign. Marv is the real-life inspiration behind Maru in the movie.”



“I’ve always been a fan of all Disney movies when I was growing up, especially the musicals,” admits Dane Cook. “I used to love Bedknobs And Broomsticks, which was live action and animation combined. I just loved it, and I always wanted to be a part of it. I’d love to see a Planes musical. After Frozen was released, I said to everyone, ‘We need music in Planes.’ Maybe next time?”



One of the many difficult tasks that the filmmakers tackled was the creation of Piston Peak National Park. “It was a huge challenge for the art team,” explains Bobs Gannaway. “And more than 2 million trees were incorporated into its design.” The animation team ensured that just the right trees were incorporated into the scenery – including lodgepole pine, ponderosa pine, incense cedar, red woods and giant sequoia!

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