October 26, 2016

Commercial Test - Wordless Wednesday

While walking in Washington Sq Park, my son was asked to test for a Febreze commercial. So unexpected but we flowed with it.

He didn't mind talking for a few minutes but longer then that and he was "over it" and wanted to go play. We never heard back from them. I don't think we made the cut. LOL

Giveaway: Halloween Fun with Party City & Candlelighters NYC Pediatric Cancer Patients

The Halloween season is a great time for kids to dress up and have fun. So Halloween, Party City is making sure all kids are included in the fun by partnering with the nonprofit Candlelighters NYC and donating costumes to kids fighting cancer.

Note: This is a sponsored post in partnership with Party City. While I received product sample for review purpose, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own

During a special in-store event, Party City and Candlelighters NYC hosted a surprise for these families, where they were able to pick from a wall of nearly 3,000 costumes and go trick-or-treating at the 60 ft. long Candy City!

“Halloween is a time for fantasy, and when kids can escape reality, if even for a day,” said Gerry Rittenberg, Executive Chairman of Party City Holdco Inc. “Party City is committed to all children being able to enjoy the excitement of Halloween and I was honored to partner with Candlelighters NYC to provide these deserving kids the chance to dress up.

As a guest of Party City invited to cover the event, I saw first hand how happy the kids (and families) were. The kids proudly wore their costumes while walking around the store and checking out the displays.

We even had a chance to share in their excitement when Party City invited us to also pick a costume and go trick-or-treating on the candy wall!

Since Party City has so many kid costumes to choose from, it took my son a little while to decide. FINALLY he picked a Star Wars Storm Trooper costume. Thankfully we had an in store "expert" there to help him pick and check the stock.

Then we headed to costume pick-up and the in-store dressing room. My son came out dressed and ready to hit the candy wall.

Then my son joined the Candlelighters NYC families to pick various candies to put into their treat buckets.

Thanks to Party City and Candlelighters NYC, the kids were so happy and it was nice to join them in that moment. But this is not their first time doing this. Since 2011, Party City and its customers have raised more than $14 million in donations and fundraising, primarily focused on causes benefiting children, the heart of Party City.

While Party City is ready with everything you need for Halloween fun, the store also offers many more products and services. After the event I took some time to walk around the store and check out the isles.

Party City has tons of items for kids parties and events. They so many favorite kids brands and products for families to use. My son and I were excited to even find WWE products.

But the kids don't have all the fun, there's lots for adults also. From adult costumes, entertaining supplies, party and gift bags and even customized banners and invite cards.

As you can see Party City has lots to offer to make sure families enjoy their fun times.

To learn more about Party City, please visit - www.PartyCity.com

For more information on Candlelighters NYC, visit - www.Candlelightersnyc.org

Ready to visit Party City for your families fun time? Then enter this giveaway for Party City gift card!

  • (1) Party City $50 Gift Card

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October 25, 2016

Sleep Better with Dr. Oz National Sleep Survey & S+ by ResMed digital device

Do you get enough sleep? I sure don't and it seems many of you don't either. This was actually a recent topic on the “The Dr. Oz Show” that lead to them launching a national sleep survey and offering a S+ by ResMed device to help people track, better understand and improve their sleep.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, 60% of Americans are not meeting their sleep needs. To help them (and me!), ResMed, the global leader in medical devices and digital connected care for the diagnosis, treatment and management of sleep apnea, has teamed up with “The Dr. Oz Show” to foster better public understanding of sleep health.

"Sleep is the most underappreciated health crisis in America," said Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of "The Dr. Oz Show." "Type 'Why am I' into Google and the first and most commonly searched terms are 'so tired' and 'always tired.' In our surveys, 42 percent of respondents sleep less than six hours a night. This partnership with ResMed is a great way for us to assess the sleep habits of our nation. Understanding public health patterns lets us build new pathways to wellness, and sleep is an area where we can make a huge difference.

As part of the campaign, you can participate and purchase an S+ by ResMed for only $50 (a $79.99 discount from the manufacturer’s suggested retail price), by redeeming a code through www.doctoroz.com or on the Sleep Score website.

S+ by ResMed is the world's first non-contact sleep tracker, which uses patented bio-motion sensors to measure your sleep stages and environment, and deliver personalized feedback that helps improve your sleep from the very first night. It monitors breathing patterns and body movements without requiring uncomfortable wristbands, mattress strips or electrodes. It also captures the light, noise and temperature levels in your room, and lets you log lifestyle factors that can affect sleep such as caffeine and exercise, to analyze patterns over time and deliver personalized sleep strategies.

If you enroll in the survey, you'll also be entered to win a dream vacation to the award-winning Six Senses Zil Pasyon Resort & Spa on private Felicite island in the Seychelles.

If you want better sleep, then enroll in the national sleep survey and get a S+ by ResMed to log your sleep scores and start to solve your sleep problems.

To learn more and take the survey, visit - www.sleepscore.com

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Little Passports Launch Science Expeditions Subscription Boxes #LittlePassports #ScienceExpeditions

For the launch of their new children’s subscription, SCIENCE EXPEDITIONS. Little Passports hosted an event where families could try out science experiments while learning more.

Note: I was invited as media to the event. However any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

The founders of Little Passports took time to explain to us why they added SCIENCE EXPEDITIONS

“We were inspired to expand our subscription offerings into a new field of study based on the amazing feedback we’ve received from our loyal customers,” said Amy Norman, co-founder and co-CEO of Little Passports. “Science Expeditions is made for the creative and curious kid, who’s interested in learning about science not only in school, but also at home. As new packages arrive each month, kids can explore new themes and fun science experiments that will inspire and encourage a love of science.”

To encourage a love of science is such a great reason to have this product available for families. My son, and other kids these days, are VERY curious so this is a perfect educational subscription box.

During the event we had the chance to see real science in action at various stations.

Science Expeditions brings to life real-world STEM-related concepts, exploring monthly themes such as magnetism, forensics, rockets and more. Science Expeditions aims to extend a child’s science education beyond the classroom, and inspire kids to learn through curiosity and hands-on experiments.

Designed for kids ages 9 and older and featuring Little Passports’ popular characters Sam and Sofia, Science Expeditions monthly themed packages will include:
  • Guide and materials for hands-on science experiments
  • 16-page comic book with a glossary and bonus activities
  • A new mystery to solve with Sam & Sofia
  • Achievement badges
  • Access to bonus online videos and science content
Science Expeditions are sold in monthly, 6-month, and 12-month subscription options, starting at just $17.95 per month.

To learn more and purchased online, visit - www.littlepassports.com

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Interviews & Tim Burton World in Dolby Cinema #StayPeculiar #DolbyCinema

When 20th Century Fox hosted the press junket for film "Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children", I enjoyed a full day of learning both about the film and the book it was based on.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children press junket

Note: I'm part of Dolby influencer program and will share information about their products. I was invited as media to the movie screening and press junket interviews. However any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

During the press junket....

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children cast Interview including Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Lauren McCrostie and Finlay MacMillan

I interviewed "Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children" cast including Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Lauren McCrostie & Finlay MacMillan.

Colleen Atwood Interview for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

I interviewed with Colleen Atwood, the Costume Designer for "Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children".

Ransom Riggs Interview for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Film

I interviewed Ransom Riggs, Author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children book series.

But before I did all those great interview, I attended a screening of the film at Dolby 88 theater, which was amazing. There's nothing like watching a movie with Dolby Atmos surround sound. And if you can find a Dolby Cinema, I high recommend watching a movie there.

Dolby Cinema enables richer and more detailed storytelling through Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. The Dolby Vision projection system, which uses state-of-the-art optics and image processing, delivers high dynamic range with enhanced color technology and a contrast ratio that far exceeds that of any other image technology on the market today.

The result is a dramatically viewing experience that presents strikingly vivid and realistic images, making viewers feel like they are inside the movie’s world.

Dolby Cinema also includes the award-winning Dolby® sound technology Dolby Atmos, which moves audio around the cinema, even overhead, with amazing richness and depth.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is really such a magical film. Which is something that Director Tim Burton shared about in this video.

Director Tim Burton brings his poetic style to this haunting tale of children living in a magical place, with sights and sounds coming vividly to life in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Poster


From visionary director Tim Burton, and based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable motion picture experience.

When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.

Visit the website - www.foxmovies.com/miss-peregrines-home-for-peculiar-children

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October 24, 2016

Giveaway: Yogurtland & DreamWorks' Trolls toppings & collectible spoons #DreamWorksTrolls #MyTrollifiedTreat

For a limited time, you can Trollify your Yogurtland treat and let your creativity shine, thanks to a partnership between Yogurtland and DreamWorks' Trolls film!

Yogurtland and DreamWorks' Trolls toppings and collectible spoons

Note: Prizing and samples courtesy of 20th Century Fox, DreamWorks Animation & Yogurtland. However any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Yogurtland and DreamWorks' Trolls toppings and collectible spoons

Visit Yogurtland stores between now and December 21st to try ten hair-raising flavors, new toppings & collectible spoons fashioned after Justin Timberlake & Anna Kendrick's Trolls characters (while supplies last).

These deliciously fun flavors will inspire Yogurtland & DreamWorks fans alike, to sing, dance & eat along.

Share your Trolls inspired yogurt on social media using the hashtag #MyTrollifiedTreat and the coolest Trollified treats will be featured on Yogurtland’s social pages! Hurry and dance in while supplies last, as these bright flavors are only available for a limited time!

Make sure to sign up for Yogurtland’s Real Reward program and receive a free 3 oz.!

Also follow Yogurtland online on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram

Then get ready for TROLLS to open in theaters on November 4, 2016.

DreamWorks' Trolls poster


From the creators of Shrek comes DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls, a smart, funny and irreverent comedy about the search for happiness, and just how far some will go to get it.

This hilarious film transports audiences to a colorful, wondrous world populated by the overly optimistic Trolls, who have a constant dance in their step and a song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomachs.

DreamWorks' Trolls movie

After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy (Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious curmudgeonly Branch (Timberlake) set off on a journey to rescue her friends. Together, this mismatched duo embarks on a rescue mission full of adventure and mishaps – trying to tolerate each other long enough to get the job done.

DreamWorks' Trolls movie

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Russell Brand, Zooey Deschanel, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Funches, Icona Pop, Quvenzhané Wallis, with John Cleese and Gwen Stefani

Directed By: Mike Mitchell; Co-Director: Walt Dohrn

Produced By: Gina Shay

Utilizing music to further the film's narrative, the Trolls soundtrack is produced by Justin Timberlake and features five original songs including songs by Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande, Anna Kendrick and Gwen Stefani, in addition to a number of classic hits from the ‘60s through the ‘80s.

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Yogurtland / Trolls film prize
  • (1) $20 Yogurtland gift card
  • (1) Yogurtland T-shirt
  • (1) 3 oz. Yogurtland coupon


Entries must be made on or before 11:59 p.m. October 31, 2016.

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Finding Dory Halloween Activity Sheets #FindingDory

Ready for some spooky fun with your favorite blue tang? Check out these new Disney and FINDING DORY Halloween themed activity sheets. There's even a pumpkin stencil!

Download Finding Dory Halloween Activities

Then get ready for when "Finding Dory" swims home with hours of immersive bonus features on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere Oct. 25 and Blu-ray™ Nov. 15, just in time for the holidays.

Finding Dory Bluray

From the Academy Award®–winning creators of Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” (Best Animated Feature, 2003) comes an epic undersea adventure filled with imagination, humor and heart.

When Dory, the forgetful blue tang (Ellen DeGeneres), suddenly remembers she has a family who may be looking for her, she, Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) take off on a life-changing quest to find them...with help from Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Bailey, a beluga whale who’s convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny, a nearsighted whale shark.

The film’s playful and plentiful bonus offerings include “Piper,” the theatrical short film starring an irresistible sandpiper hatchling an all-new mini short featuring interviews with Dory’s pals from the Marine Life Institute a behind-the-scenes look at the most challenging character Pixar has ever created never-before-seen deleted scenes, including a digital exclusive featuring the Tank Gang from “Finding Nemo” who make it their mission to get Marlin and Nemo to the Marine Life Institute; and much, much more.

To learn more about FINDING DORY, visit www.disney.com/findingdory

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October 19, 2016

Spain’s Maduixa Theatre “DOT” at Kingsborough Brooklyn

All the way from Spain, Maduixa Theatre will present "DOT" on October 29 as part of On Stage at Kingsborough's 2016-2017 season.

Spain’s Maduixa Theatre Presents DOT at Kingsborough Brooklyn

“DOT,” is an engaging performance in which dance, theatre, music, new technologies, and the inspiration of American artist Sol LeWitt are combined to create a magical puzzle where a giant white wall is transformed into a world full of colors.

Laia takes great care to erase any stains that appear on her big white wall but she could never imagine what would happen when Dot arrives! With a little bit of magic and a lot of imagination, Dot and Laia begin a journey across music and colors, turning a simple wall into the perfect setting to make their dreams come true

Kids and adults alike will love this musical and colorful adventure. The audience will have the chance to meet the cast after the show


Date: October 29, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM
Price: Tickets: $12

Media Sponsor: Brooklyn Family, El Diario, Russian Parents

Click here to purchase tickets 

On Stage at Kingsborough is a leading performing arts presenter located at Southern Brooklyn's Kingsborough Community College.

For the most up-to-date scheduling and line-up for all programming, including video previews, follow OSK via the below links for information.

Website: www.onstageatkingsborough.org

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Eric Carle's 10 Little Rubber Ducks Animated Film

Jonathan Rockefeller has released his animated film, 10 Little Rubber Ducks narrated by Tony Award-winner Bernadette Peters.

Eric Carle's 10 Little Rubber Ducks Animated Film

Rockefeller’s 10 LITTLE RUBBER DUCKS brings to life Eric Carle’s magnificent illustrations that follow the adventures of 10 rubber ducks as they leave the factory, destined for faraway countries, before being washed overboard from a cargo ship and are swept away in all directions: West, East, North, South, left, right, up, down, this way, and that way...

Eric Carle's 10 Little Rubber Ducks Animated Filmg

“I have been a fan of Eric Carle’s work since I was very young. It has been a true honor to work with him and bring his stories to life on stage and now on film. In fact, Eric recently told me that he thought my little film may well have actually improved upon his original work.
While I was deeply grateful for his kind and generous words, I would not think it possible to ‘improve’ on the impossibly beautiful and unique work of Eric Carle, which has been used for generations by parents and teachers alike to help children learn to read. I am thrilled to offer my film, 10 Little Rubber Ducks--bringing these vivid and imaginative illustrations to life.” Jonathan Rockefeller, filmmaker.

10 LITTLE RUBBER DUCKS is a delightful film that brings the magic of Eric Carle's illustrations to life on the small screen, it is a perfect addition to the video collection of any parent on the go.

10 Little Rubber Duck is available on all platforms including On iTunes, Googleplay, Amazon Video, Hulu and Vimeo.

For more information on Eric Carle, visit -  www.eric-carle.com

For more information, on this film and Mr. Rockefeller, visit - www.JonathanRockefeller.com

October 18, 2016

Kid Friendly Netflix Halloween Movies #StreamTeam

With Halloween only a few days away, many families are looking for thrilling movies to watch together. But what if you have young kids or your family isn't into super scary movies?! My family sure isn't!

Kid Friendly Netflix Halloween Movies

Note: I'm part of Netflix #StreamTeam sponsored program and will share news about their service. However any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Kid Friendly Netflix Halloween Movies

Don't worry! Your family can still enjoy some Halloween-ish but NOT scary movies available on Netflix. These movies wont leave the kids (or you) afraid to go to sleep so they're perfect for family movie night.

Netflix Inspired DIY Costumes

Now that you have your movie suggestions, check out these quick and easy costumes inspired by shows currently on Netflix. Isn't the Care Bears costume adorable!

As you can see there’s lots in store for your family on Netflix. Whether it's costume inspiration or delightfully frightful titles to add to your watch list.

To learn more about Netflix, visit - www.netflix.com

YouTube Kids Halloween Playlists: DIY projects, Sing-Alongs & More

This October, head to the YouTube Kids app to check out the frightfully fun DIY projects and videos that will have little viewers excited and able to get into the Halloween spirit anytime, anywhere for a full month!

YouTube Kids Halloween Playlists

YouTube Kids’ Halloween celebration will feature a themed takeover of the homepage featuring curated playlists, like Frightfully-Fun Halloween Costumes & Crafts and Not-So-Scary Halloween Sing-Alongs.

Also, popular YouTubers Eh Bee Family, Cool School, and Kidz Bop will be curating playlists that will delight little ones.

Some of the awesome content that will gives kids and their families thrills and chills, and great advice for creating the best Halloween costumes and decorations on the block include these 10 videos on YTK you don’t want to miss:

  • Om Nom Stories: Halloween Special - With funny costumes and tons of candy, Halloween should be one of Om Nom's favorite holidays. But, first, he needs to overcome his fears!
  • I'm Not Scared - Fraggle Rock - The Jim Henson Company - Wembley sings to convince himself he'll be fine when he finds himself in the Terrible Tunnel with a special introduction from Uncle Travelling Matt.
  • Sesame Street: Happy Halloween! - Trick or Treat? Here's a treat for you: all of your favorite furry buddies on Sesame Street dressed up for Halloween. Elmo's going to be a robot, and Abby is going to be an Argyle Sock Puppy! What are you being for Halloween?
  • Minecraft Xbox - Pumpkin Party [133] - Mega-gamer stampylonghead celebrates Halloween by trick-or-treating with friends, having a pumpkin party, visit his haunted Minecraft house.

And many more…

The YouTube Kids App is the first Google product built from the ground up with little ones in mind. The App makes it easier for children to find videos on topics they want to explore and is available for free on Google Play and the App store.

To download YouTube Kids visit - www.kids.youtube.com

TMNT: Out of the Shadows Halloween Makeup Tutorial & Activity Sheets #TMNT2

Halloween will soon be here. Which is a fun time to dress up and hangout with friends. This Halloween the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles wants to help you put a little "turtle power" spin on things.

TMNT: Out of the Shadows Makeup Tutorial

Try out this great makeup tutorial by artist Kat Sketch that can work for both adults and children.

TMNT: Out of the Shadows Printable Activity Sheets

Then you can download this printable TMNT: Out of the Shadows Activity Book filled with coloring sheets and puzzles.

Now your ready to join the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles an celebrate Halloween, maybe even join a parade like Mikey did in this clip from the movie

After all your Halloween fun, you can come back home and enjoy a movie night with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Blu-ray Combo Pack or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Blu-ray Combo Pack.

TMNT: Out of the Shadows Blu-ray DVD Combo


After supervillain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop and Rocksteady, to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world.

As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater threat with similar intentions: the notorious Krang.

Cast: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Laura Linney, Stephen Amell, and Tyler Perry in the live action film that is fun for the whole family.

The film additionally features a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack* remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead.

Plus, the DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack comes with reversible Turtle Masks in all four colors, for a limited time while supplies last.

The TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Packs include more than 40 minutes of action-packed bonus content.

Blu-ray Features
  • Feature film in high definition
  • Bonus Content:
  • We Are Family
  • Whoa! Expanding the Turtleverse
  • House Party
  • It’s Tricky: Inside the Van
  • ILM—The Effects Beneath the Shell
  • Did You Catch That? Turtle Eggs!
  • Deleted Scenes

DVD Features
  • ·Feature film in standard definition

To learn more about the movie, visit - www.teenagemutantninjaturtlesmovie.com

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Halloween Fun with Cheetos's Chester on the Dresser Book & Plush

Halloween is this month but with all the candy demands, some might wonder what happened to the fun tricks of the season. Where did the trick in trick-or-treat go?

Halloween Fun with Cheetos Chester’s on the Dresser Plush and Book

This year Cheetos is both bringing the tricks back AND giving parents the opportunity to add some prankster fun to their families’ activities. This October, the Cheetos brand will kick of “31 Days of Tricks” to inspire families to have a little sneaky fun together throughout the month leading up to Halloween – and Chester will be there watching.

Using the limited edition Chester on the Dresser doll, and the 31 Days of Halloween Mischief book as inspiration, parents are encouraged to get their prank on. Chester is on the dresser to keep an eye out, ensuring the Halloween season is full of fun tricks, pranks and wisecracks. Whether it’s “Balloon-a-room” or “Spooky Eyes” all is fair game.

Parents are encouraged to tweet and post photos or videos of their most cunning deeds on Instagram and Twitter using #chesteronthedresser to show off their pranking prowess and inspire other tricksters to get in on the fun. The best played tricks will make it onto Chester’s Halloween Wall of Mischief and Fame, proving which families are pranking pros.

Chester on the Dresser packages are sold for $29.99 and available on www.chesteronthedresser.com (while supplies last)

October 17, 2016

Disney's MOANA NYC Presentation w/ Lin-Manuel Miranda #Moana #MoanaEvent #FestivalPeople

During a special presentation at the People en Espanol Festival, I had a behind-the-scenes preview for Disney's MOANA with Animator Jorge Ruiz plus heard Lin-Manuel Miranda share about working with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and making music for the film.

Lin-Manuel Miranda at Disney's MOANA NYC Presentation People en Espanol Festival

Note: I was invited as media to this event. However any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Lin-Manuel Miranda at Disney's MOANA NYC Presentation People en Espanol Festival

Lin-Manuel Miranda shared how he found out he was hired to work on Disney's MOANA the same day he learned his wife was pregnant. Double excitement!

He also shared how he juggled writing music for the Disney's MOANA while being in the Broadway musical HAMILTON and how he picked songs for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to sing.

You can watch my video to hear more of the interview

Lin-Manuel Miranda also gave some advice on how to view treat others and be creative.

Lin-Manuel Miranda at Disney's MOANA NYC Presentation People en Espanol Festival

"Karma is real. Be nice to everyone you meet. You never know where your next opportunity will come from"

"If you are unhappy with how you are represented, the only thing you can do is create things to change that. No one is going to write YOUR dream show. Your dream show is YOUR dream show. You have to write it. You can't just sit around and wait for someone to make it. You have to make it yourself."

Animator Jorge Ruiz at Disney's MOANA NYC Presentation People en Espanol Festival

That is such great advice! I'm excited that Lin-Manuel Miranda worked on the music for Disney's MOANA because it's amazing! During the behind-the-scenes preview, I was able to hear some of the music used with scenes of the film. Both so powerful!

Animator Jorge Ruiz at Disney's MOANA NYC Presentation People en Espanol Festival

Animator Jorge Ruiz explained a bit about the history and idea behind the movie. The movie is based on the real life migration of a Polynesian culture.

Jorge also shared how he hopes Disney's MOANA helps all people to be proud of their culture and heritage.

I so agree and can't wait for when Disney's MOANA arrives in theatres everywhere on November 23rd!

Disney's MOANA poster


Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows exactly why.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people.

During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho) meets the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder.

Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.

Voice Cast: Auli‘i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Jemaine Clement, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Nicole Scherzinger, Alan Tudyk.

Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”), produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i.

Visit the official MOANA website - www.movies.disney.com/moana

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