googlea875c0213e6e807d.html] Fandads: 2019

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Petition to End Petitions

The Fandads are fans of many fandoms (say that 10 times fast) and we know that things don't always come out how we expect them to be. With all the movies, comics, television shows, and video games we consume there are times where we think to ourselves, "That's not what I would have done." but we move on and read/watch/play the next thing. 

Monday, July 15, 2019

Visit Uglyville with the UglyDolls

Disclaimer: The Fandads received a review copy of the movie UglyDolls in exchange for hosting the giveaway. All thought, opinions, and 

UglyDolls is another movie that we never got a chance to see at the theaters. Why the reviews on the movie varied, it is still a good movie for younger children to see about being who they are and loving themselves. While older children might roll their eyes at how the movie portrays this message, this will be a fun movie to watch with the family on a summer night.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Aquaman to attend Wizard World Chicago

Wizard World Chicago is coming soon and Aquaman, Jason Mamoa, himself will be in attendance. The Fandads have been attending Wizard World before we became the Fandads and this is one of the fun shows that we love attending. This year's line up runs the gamut of celebrities and might just have someone that you are excited to meet. Check out the line-up and we'll keep you posted on more updates as they are released.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Fly away with Dumbo! #giveaway

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with a review copy of Dumbo and digital codes to giveaway in exchange for promoting the home release of Dumbo. All words, thoughts, and thoughts of joining the circus are our own. 

When the first trailer for the live-action Dumbo came out and they played the "Baby of Mine" song I started tearing up. That moment in the original cartoon was always so heartfelt and beautiful that you had to feel something. How will I react to seeing this scene in the movie? Will it hit me the same way or will it not? With the home release of Dumbo those questions will be answered or maybe not. 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Getting Lost with the Toys in Toy Story 4

By the time you read this, tickets for Toy Story 4 will already be on sale and people will be lining up to see the latest adventure of Woody and Buzz. Some people might be thinking, "Do we really need another Toy Story movie?"  The answer to this question is YES!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Take a (Mind) Trip with US! #giveaway

Disclaimer: The Fandads received an advance copy of US for review in return for promoting the home release of the movie. All thoughts, opinions, and sleepless nights are our own. 

From the opening scene in the funhouse to the moment the doppelgangers arrive, US takes you on a trip that will mess with your mind. The Fandads were unable to see this when it was originally released in theaters, but now we can watch it at home and hide our eyes with our favorite blanket. Us was just released on Blu-ray and Digital HD and it shows that Jordan Peele knows how to get a scare out of his audience. Keep reading to see what the home edition has to offer and how you can win your own copy of the movie.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Dad jokes make the world go round! #sponsored

Disclaimer: The Fandads have teamed up with Laffy Taffy for this post. All thoughts, opinions, and, corny fantastic jokes are our own. 

You see the picture above? You see how sad and unhappy the children look? The reason for this look is that these children have not heard a good dad joke in a few hours. Yeah, Dad jokes get a bad rap, but when told at the right time, it can either make your children laugh or cringe and walk away from you. Now, if you fancy yourself a master of dad jokes we have a contest for you from our friends at Laffy Taffy. 

Cinderella Signature Edition is out now on Digital.

In honor of its upcoming 70th anniversary, the timeless animated classic “Cinderella” waltzes into the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection and the hearts of a whole new generation. The enchanting tale, which showed us that dreams really do come true — and inspired countless fans to reenact the Royal Ball and Cinderella’s infamous midnight dash — arrives home Digitally in HD and Movies Anywhere on today and on Blu-ray™ and DVD on June 25.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Fiercest Father Challenge at Medieval Times

Last Thursday, Medieval Times held their inaugural Fiercest Father Challenge and it was a way for dads to show their mettle in front of Queen Maria Isabella. While the Fandads we unable to attend, we did want to share some coverage of the event and hope that this challenge will continue in the years to come.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Fandads Father's Day Gift Guide

Disclaimer: The Fandads are not affiliated with any of the brands showcased within this post unless noted. The Fandads will only promote items that they are fans of or have used themselves. All thoughts, opinions, and wishes for all dads to have a great Father's Day are our own.

It's that time of the season again where you start thinking about what to get for the father in your life. If you are looking for that perfect gift, your friends here at Fandads have collected a few suggestions that might help. I think we have something for all the dads: clothing, books, toys, and home decorations. Take a peek and thank you in advance to all the dads in the world.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Who Says You Can't Make New Friends!

June 8th is National Best Friend Day and what better way to spend it than by making new friends. The new friend we are going to make is called Forky and he is from the latest Toy Story movie. In Toy Story 4 Bonnie creates her new friend in school and when she brings him home, that is when the fun begins. Thanks to our friends at Pixar and Disney we receive our own Forky, we just have to build him first.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Having A Blast with the Chicago Dogs

Disclaimer: The Fandads were invited to attend the Chicago Dogs game for this post. All thoughts, opinions, and good times had are our own. 

Baseball season is in full swing and it is always a great way for families to spend time together. With the local teams in the city, it can be a little costly to attend one of those games. Especially if you are a family of four with two children that like to eat a lot, you have to find an alternative to the big league games. While the big league games are pretty fun to attend the real action is at the minor league games like the Chicago Dogs. Last weekend the Fandads were invited to attend a Chicago Dogs game and it was a great time for our family.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Exploring The Zodiac with Camilla D'Errico

We had the privilege of interviewing our friend Camilla D'Errico recently on her new exhibit: The Zodiac. Camilla shared some of her time to break down her inspiration for the exhibit and other projects and conventions that she will be at.

It is always great to talk to someone that has such a strong passion for their work that you can feel them glow as they talk to you. Talking to Camilla has inspired me to work on projects that I have in mind and hopefully will come into fruition sometime soon. During our conversation, we talked about how she decided on interpreting the signs with her unique style, how supporters create a great community and our guilty pleasures.

Toward the end of our interview, I bought back a segment that we did on the Fandads podcast called "PWR". In this segment, we asked Camilla what games she is Playing, what shows/movies she is Watching and what books she is Reading. We received some fun replies to these questions.

Read a little about Camilla and her awesome talents and listen to our interview below.

Camilla has distinguished herself as one of the breakthrough artists in pop surrealism and manga, weaving western styles with surrealist elements. Her unique style bridges cultural and geographical boundaries and has caught the eye of celebrities including Brittany Spears, Guillermo del Toro, and George R. R. Martin. Camilla is published by Random House/Watson Guptill books, Image Comics, IDW, Dark Horse Comics, and more, and self-published her literature-inspired series, Tanpopo.

She tours cities throughout North America and is featured at various events including the upcoming San Diego Comic Con. Camilla will return to Haven Gallery, following the prior success with her Masquerade solo exhibition in 2016. Her new paintings, each embodying a different sign of the Zodiac, feature characters of all shapes, sizes, and races with a message of love, unity, and diversity worked into each one.

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If you are in the New York area, make sure you check out her exhibit at the Haven Galley until June 16th and visit her site to view her work and purchase some of her art too.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Prepare for the Comic Con Revolution!

Friends, we are excited to attend the first ever Comic Con Revolution in Chicago. Now while this event has happened in other cities, it is great to have another comic convention in the Chicagoland area. We will be there on Saturday covering the event and sharing with you all of the amazing things we see.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Watch Your Favorite Movie in Your backyard with the SunBrite TV Veranda Series

Disclaimer: The Fandads were compensated by Best Buy for this post. All thoughts, opinions, and desire to own this television are our own. 

With the barbecue season coming up, it is a great time to start gathering with family and friends outdoors. While we are looking forward to those fun summer nights of eating, laughing, and watching something together as a group the one thing that usually ends up happening is everyone going inside to watch whatever game or movie is on television. With the new SunBrite| Veranda Series Outdoor 4K UHD TVs with HDR we could still enjoy the summer nights while watching television outside. That's right! Now, the best seat in the house is outside!

Monday, May 27, 2019

Captain Marvel is coming home!

Disclaimer: The Fandads we provided with Digital Download copies to giveaway to our readers in exchange for coverage of the home release of Captain Marvel. All thought, opinions, and cheers are our own. 

Captain Marvel was a fun movie that we reviewed earlier this year and it gave us insight as to what role she will play in Avengers: Endgame. While this movie was met with some backlash and criticism of the leading actress, the movie proved them all wrong by soaring to the billion-dollar mark within 3 weeks of being released. Captain Marvel proved that it was a movie to watch and now we can relive our favorite moments at home.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

What Happened to Sporty Dad?

It’s been a while since I have posted anything about being a sporty dad, but that does not mean I have been living the sporty dad life…(that sounds weird). Since my last Sporty Dad post, I have run a few races, did a Spartan race, and I did not run the Chicago marathon. That is the one race I was sad I did not run, but maybe I'll do it again in the future. So here is what went down last year.

Monday, May 6, 2019

A&A Ballet Presents Sleeping Beauty

Disclaimer: The Fandads were invited to A&A Ballet's Presentation of Sleeping Beauty. All thoughts, opinions, and wonderment are our own. 

Attending a ballet performance is not something that we do that often in our family. When my daughter was younger she took ballet classes and we attended two recitals in her short ballet career. Even though she still continues taking dance classes that are not ballet, she still likes watching ballet performances. When we were invited to see the new A&A Ballet presentation of Sleeping Beauty, my daughter was excited to go.  

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Avengers: Endgame Mini-Review and Our Favorite Moments

Marvel Studio's Avengers: Endgame is the culmination of 21 Marvel movies all leading to the 22nd that wraps up the Infinity Stone Saga. Now while we are hoping many of our readers have seen the movie by now, we know that this may not be the case. We have a mini non-spoiler review for those that have yet to see the movie, and for those that have seen the movie, Gil and I list our favorite moments.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Enter the Hidden World with How to Train Your Dragon

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with a giveaway copy in exchange for promoting the home release of How to Train Your Dragon. All thoughts, opinions, and dragon wrangling are our own.

Who would have known that a series about a young boy and his dragon would become one of the greatest animated series of this generation? How to Train Your Dragon has been a fun series to watch with my family and now the final chapter is coming home for everyone to enjoy it. Read about the upcoming home release and the special features that it has and see how you can win a copy for yourself.  

Friday, April 26, 2019

The End of an Era - Avengers: Endgame

Bear with me for a moment or two, but at least for us, this Era begins almost twenty years ago. It's the year 2000 and surprise, surprise, the world did not succumb to the Y2K problem and Earth was still around. That summer we'd spend a lot of time at the movies watching the first X-Men movie. As a comic book aficionado, it was truly the first time I saw my childhood heroes on the big screen. In "real life" or as close as they had ever been. Wolverine, Cyclops, Professor X up on the big screen. Sure, there had been previous movies, Batman, TMNT, Spawn, and many more, but I think this was different.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Celebrating Star Wars in Chicago at the Star Wars Celebration

Disclaimer: The Fandads received press passes to cover Star Wars Celebration Chicago. All thoughts, opinions, tears of joy, and enormous feelings of happiness are our own.  

 Chicago was the center of the Star Wars universe and the Fandads were there for all 5 action and not-so-action packed days. So what did we see? What did we do and who did we meet? Keep reading to find out.

Monday, April 15, 2019

GLASS is coming home this week. Are you ready for the Beast? #giveaway

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with a copies of GLASS to giveaway, in return for promoting the home release. All thoughts, opinions, and theories are our own. 

In a world where superhero movies have become the norm, we have become used to seeing incredible action sequences on the screen followed by unbelievable feats of strength. We allow ourselves to be whisked away into these fantasy worlds that look like our world, but the only difference is that they have superheroes in it. Glass is not that movie. Glass is the continuation of a story that started 19 years ago and is the perfect opening to a new world of possibilities. 

Friday, April 12, 2019

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Teaser Trailer Reveal

Today at Star Wars Celebration Chicago the Episode IX panel was held and it gave everyone that was waiting in line for hours what they were waiting for: a teaser trailer. Let give you a quick break down of the trailer.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Reminiscing about the First Star Wars Celebration

With Star War Celebration coming up this week in Chicago, I wanted to reminisce about going to the first Star Wars Celebration in Denver April 30 - May 2, 1999 with an old friend of mine, Sean. This was the first time I ever took a trip on my own and I was excited to attend this first event that was everything Star Wars. 

Thursday, April 4, 2019

We adopted a Pelican! #StormBoy

Disclaimer: The Fandads teamed up with Good Deed Productions and The World Animal Foundation in exchange for a review of Storm Boy. All words, thoughts, and brainstorming sessions on naming our pelican are our own. 

It seems like every year we get a movie involving a child helping out some type of animal or a movie about a dog or cat going on an adventure. Now while these movies may be cheesy to some people, these movies are what some of us need to see with our family in between all of the big action blockbusters. Storm Boy is one of those feel-good movies that involves a young boy helping out three pelicans and shows the friendship that they form. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Taking on C2E2 with the Fandads

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided Press passes for attending C2E2. All words, thoughts, tired feet, and amazing experiences are our own. 

This year marked the 10th anniversary of the Chicago Comics Entertainment Expo or C2E2 as more people have come to know it and this year was a blast. We have been attending C2E2 since it first started and have only missed one year, but we always try to attend and enjoy the weekend with like-minded individuals and our families. Let's give you a rundown of what happened this year.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Laffy Taffy sings "We have no banana, today!"

Disclaimer: The Fandads have teamed up with Laffy Taffy for this post. All thoughts, words, and distaste for banana flavor Laffy Taffy are our own. 

Banana. Say it with me: Ba-Na-Na. It’s such a strange word. It’s one of those words that makes you feel funny when you say it. It’s kind of like the word moist. There’s just something about that word that makes you feel weird.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Taking on new adventures with Kim Possible! "giveaway"

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with an advance copy of Kim Possible in exchange for a review and giveaway.  All thoughts, opinions, and flashbacks to the old cartoon are our own. 

Ok, let's start this off by stating the obvious. This movie is made for today's generation of children who have never seen the original cartoon series. This movie will probably entertain them at most and at the same time get some eye-rolls from adults who loved the cartoon. Now, the movie does have it's fun moments and hopefully, it will lead to your children wanting to see the original cartoon themselves.

Getting a Second Act with Jennifer Lopez "Giveaway"

Disclaimer: The Fandads received an advance copy of Second Act in exchange for a review and giveaway opportunity for our readers. All words, thoughts, and laughter are our own. 

Jennifer Lopez is pretty much everywhere at the moment. From judging dancers on World of Dance to preparing to launch a nationwide tour and now she is going to continue to take over your television with her latest movie, "Second Act. So what can we expect in her latest role? Keep reading to find out.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

How do you define aging? #DadsDisruptAging

Disclaimer: The following post is sponsored by Disrupt Aging from AARP. All thoughts, opinions and body pains are my own. 

Have you ever thought about why you do the things you do? For me, it's trying to be athletic and show my children how athletic I am, but that has not always been the story. I was never much of an athlete when I was younger. I ran around with my friends playing games like freeze tag, and hide-n-seek, but never anything too strenuous. When I went to high school, I joined a few teams, but not being physically fit, my high school athletic career did not advance at all. After graduation, I started thinking that I passed my prime. I passed my time to be fit and to be athletic, but all that changed when I had my daughter.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Mary Poppins Returns: An Amazing Experience to Watch at Home

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with a review copy of Mary Poppins Returns in exchange for a review and giveaway opportunity for our readers. All thoughts, opinions, and elated feelings of joy are our own. 

Sometimes there are movies that you do not et the chance to see in the theaters and you kick yourself when you watch them at home. Mary Poppins Returns is one of those movies that should have been experienced in the theaters, but with its recent release on digital and now on Blu-ray, it is a movie that just needs to be experienced by your family.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Wonder Park shows us that our imagination is a wonderful thing.

Disclaimer: The Fandads attended an early screening of Wonder Park in exchange for a review and product for a giveaway. All words, thoughts, opinions, and love of chimpan-zombies are our own. 

As a child, the one thing that we have that makes playing with our toys so much fun is our imagination. With our imagination, we take our toys to far away worlds and have adventures that some time rival the books and movies that we see. In these worlds, our characters have lives of their own and rely on you for their next adventure. What would happen to these characters if you lose your imagination? What would happen to this world if you never went back? Thankfully, Wonder Park is here to give us some answers to those questions.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Cartoon Network Arcade launches today!!

Cartoon Network fans, today a new app was released that will keep you entertained for hours. The Cartoon Network Arcade launches today and you have to get your hands on it. Let us tell you why.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Saving the universe with Captain Marvel

Why is her name missing from the plane? 

Who is Carol Danvers? Who is Captain Marvel? Why is she getting a movie now and where was she all of this time? These are probably a few questions that many people who are not familiar with the Marvel character have, but these questions do get answered and show us why Captain Marvel is a great addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Being Internet Awesome with Wreck-It Ralph and Google.

In Ralph Breaks the Internet we see Ralph and Venellope traveling inside the internet and meeting all types of characters. From the cool and fast driving Shank to the strange and seedy Double Dan. While this was an animated movie and we knew that Ralph and Venellope would be safe by the end, we all need to know how to traverse the internet and Google's Be Internet Awesome initiative is a great way to help parents teach their children how to be safe online. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Make Ariel Part of Your World with this Signature Edition Home Release

Disclaimer: The Fandads received a review copy in exchange for promoting the home release of The Little Mermaid and hosting a giveaway. All thoughts, opinions and what is that called? Oh yeah, laughs, are our own. 

Out of all the Disney movies that I have seen with my daughter I am surprised that we have never introduced her to The Little Mermaid. She knows most of the Disney Princesses, but Ariel was the one that she has heard of, but never seen. With the upcoming release 30th anniversary release of this beloved classic, it arrived digitally on February 12th, we will finally go to that magical world under the sea together.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Who you gonna call? Transformers!!

Autobots, Decepticons and ghosts?! Hasbro, Inc. and Sony Pictures Consumer Products today revealed the first-ever TRANSFORMERS-Ghostbusters Collaborative figure, the ECTO-1 ECTOTRON, available at GameStop summer of 2019 and for pre-order starting February 15 at, GameStop and EB Games Canada. This year marks the 35th anniversary of both the TRANSFORMERS brand & the original Ghostbusters film.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Get Ready for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Last year there were so many great movies that came out at the theaters and sadly we were not able to see them all. One movie that I wished that we saw in the theaters was The Nutcracker and The Four Realms. This was an amazing movie filled with fantastic images that would require multiple viewings. Now you can re-watch this Disney hit over and over again since it was just released this past Tuesday. 

Get Ready to Break Stuff with Ralph Breaks the Internet

One of the funniest movies we saw earlier this year was Ralph Breaks the Internet and it is coming home for you to enjoy again in a few weeks. You can read our review of the theater release here and read what the home release is going to come packed with below. Our review of the home release will come soon.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Get Ready for a Fun Adventure with The Kid Who Would Be King

From the first time I saw the trailer to "The Kid Who Would Be King", I instantly thought of "The Goonies", "Explorers", and "E.T.". What I have been hearing from early reviews is that this movie is a lot of fun and great for the entire family.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Get Ready for Mickey's Search Party

Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party brings the magic closer to fans than ever before through dynamic and immersive moments that take place on the ice, in the air and in the seats. Produced by Feld Entertainment, Inc., the worldwide leader in live touring family entertainment, Disney On Ice is once again elevating the ice show experience with brand-new engaging elements that will fascinate both newcomers and seasoned guests alike. This show starts on January 24th at Allstate Area and runs until the 27th.

Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic to Appear at The Chicago Theatre

Everyone’s invited on an amazing journey with Elmo to discover the “power of yet” in Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic. Featuring favorite Sesame Street pals Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and more in a brand-new, magical adventure live on stage. Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic will visit Chicago on Saturday, Feb. 9, and Sunday, Feb. 10, for six performances at The Chicago Theatre. Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic is produced by family entertainment giant, Feld Entertainment, in partnership with the non-profit educational organization Sesame Workshop.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Are You Ready for the Rexcelsior?

The Lego Movie 2 is coming out next month and the blitz of figures and sets are hitting the stores with a vengeance. While we covered the biggest LEGO set to come out, now we have word on a new set that is sure to be one that you would like in your collection if you are a fan of The Lego Movie. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Shape Comes Home Again

Halloween is one of those horror movies that I watch every time I see it on the television. I remember watching it when I was younger and just being scared everytime Micheal Myers appeared on the screen. While I never got the chance to see the latest Halloween movie, I can now watch it as it comes home today, January 15th.

Are you ready to be scared again with Goosebumps 2?

The first Goosebumps movie was a fun way to see what happens when most of the characters from the Goosebumps stories come to life. It was cool to see them on the screen, but it was also a little scary to see them live, I'm talking to you Slappy!  Get ready to get scared again on January 15th.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Get Ready to Bring Home the Grinch

It seems like the Grinch has been everywhere this winter season in Chicago. He graced the stage of the Chicago Theater in November and was on the big screen at our local theaters. While we did not get a chance to see him on the big screen, we will get the chance to see him on the small screen when Dr. Seuss' The Grinch comes home digitally on January 22 and physically on Feb 5.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Walk on the Moon with First Man

Disclaimer: The Fandads received a review copy of First Man in exchange for promoting the home release of the movie and product to host a giveaway. All thoughts, opinions, and claustrophobic moments are our own. 

Imagine sitting in an experimental rocket and hearing all of the nuts and bolts creak and jiggle as you are shooting into space. That feeling of claustrophobia hitting you as you realize how tight the quarters are for you and your fellow astronauts. Damien Chazelle's First Man makes you feel like you are in all of these scenes in the amazing story of Neil Armstrong's trip to the moon. 

Friday, January 4, 2019

Let's Not Make This a Yearly Thing, please!

A few weeks into 2018 my son had a seizure. We did not know it was a seizure at the moment and we spent the day in the ER having all sort of tests and bloodwork done on him. Although it was an interesting way to start the new year, we decided that we were going to make the best of 2018 and not let his condition prevent us from having a great year. 

Well, here we are at the beginning of 2019 and we made another trip to the ER and my son has been admitted. This time we stayed overnight and are looking at another night at the hospital. Before I get ahead of myself, let me start at the beginning.