Review: 3 Very Good Reasons to See The LEGO NINJAGO Movie on September 22!

BY: - 20 Sep '17 | Reviews

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My oldest daughter and I just came back from an awesome trip where we spent some much needed quality time together.  We were  invited by Warner Bros. Pictures to LEGOLAND, outside of San Diego, Ca for a special advance screening of “The LEGO NINJAGO Movie“.

And you’re probably thinking, it’s a LEGO® movie, why didn’t you take one of your younger daughters.  Well…besides the fact the our entire family usually enjoys the LEGO® movies, my oldest daughter has never been to California and it is one of her dreams to actually move there one day.  So this was the perfect trip for her.

Movie Info - In this big-screen NINJAGO adventure, the battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu.

Movie Info – In this big-screen NINJAGO adventure, the battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu.

Advance tickets are now available: http://tickets.legoninjagomovie.com

“The LEGO NINJAGO Movie” did not disappoint.

1- It’s the latest animated adventure in Warner Bros. Pictures’ LEGO® franchise, and it was hilarious. The writers did an excellent job of appealing to adults and kids alike. The entire theater was filled with laughter. And I don’t know who laughed more, the kids or their parents. When asked the question: “what made you decide to join the Lego franchise?”  Dave Franco (who plays young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja) said:

…the creative team behind these movies somehow finds a way to make the humor appeal equally to my  nephews, who are all under the age of five, as it does to my friends who are in their 30s. And that’s not an easy task.

2- “The LEGO NINJAGO Movie” stars Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Zach Woods, and the legendary Jackie Chan.  This star-studded cast did a great job of bringing their talents, skills, and experience to their roles. For instance, Justin Theroux, who played Garmadon, created a special voice for the charter that was befitting an evil warlord.  He said he created the voice because his normal voice was not that sinister.

The LEGO NINJAGO Movie has an incredible star-studded cast.

The LEGO NINJAGO Movie has an incredible star-studded cast.

3 – Although I am genuinely a fan of the entire cast, Jackie Chan is by far my favorite and he did not disappoint as the wise-cracking, Master Wu.  I did not know how much I really liked Jackie Chan until I saw him “up close and personal” during the press conference. He was just as animated and hilarious while answering the questions at the press conference as he was a Master Wu in the movie. Jackie Chan said he loved being Master Wu in the animated series because Master Wu never dies (lol) and because participating in animated films helps him to stay connected to the younger generations.

I had several opportunities to ask Jackie Chan to take a picture with me...but I froze which my daughter thought was hilarious. So I ended up with a picture of the back of his head.

I had several opportunities to ask Jackie Chan to take a picture with me…but I froze which my daughter thought was hilarious. So I ended up with a picture of the back of his head.

We're all smiles. We had a great time at LEGOLAND, we enjoyed The LEGO NINJAGO Movie, and we even hit the bit for a while.

We’re all smiles. We had a great time at LEGOLAND, we enjoyed The LEGO NINJAGO Movie, and we even hit the beach for a while.

Overall, my daughter and I had a great time in San Diego and we recommend that you take the entire family to see the “The LEGO NINJAGO Movie” that arrives in theaters on September 22, 2017.  Advance tickets are now available: http://tickets.legoninjagomovie.com

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Disclosure – This post is sponsored by Warner Bros. Pictures.  I was invited to a special advance screening of “The LEGO NINJAGO Movie” to help spread the word that it arrives in theaters on Setpember 22, 2017.  All opinions are my own.

 

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Ronnie Tyler wrote 524 articles on this blog.

Ronnie Tyler is the co-creator of BlackandMarriedWithKids.com and co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing. The proud mom of 4 has been selected by Parenting Magazine as a Must-Read Mom and is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Bloggers.

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Why Every Parent in America Should Know about Home Fire Drill Day

BY: - 4 Oct '17 | Parenting

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I hate to admit this…but sometimes my kids behave just like me, especially when it comes to some of my more “embarrassing or quirky” behaviors.  You see, I am always tripping, falling, getting startled, screaming, and running around the house in circles when scary movies are on or when I see bugs or lizards. And when our kids exhibit such behaviors, you can find my husband laughing and shaking his head. He’s probably thinking: “They get it from their mama.”

And for the most part, we think it’s funny. But there are certain serious situations where we want our kids to think clearly (and not panic or run in circles.)  And this is why we talk to our kids about how to react when strangers approach, or if someone is trying to bully them, or if they see wild animals loose in the neighborhood or if there is a Zombie invasion (ok, yes we watch too much Sci-Fi.) But up until recently, I’ve never talked to them about what to do if there was a fire in our home.

We talk to our kids about a lot of things, and now we are adding Home Fire Drills to that list.

We talk to our kids about a lot of things, and now we are adding Home Fire Drills to that list.

Over the next few weeks, I am partnering with Nationwide to spread the word about their Make Safe Happen (MSH) program to help raise awareness about home fires and to provide families with the information they’ll need if they’re ever faced with a home fire.

Saturday, October 14, 2017 is Home Fire Drill Day, a day when families across the country are encouraged to practice home fire drills, ensuring that the American family, especially the kids, know what their escape plan is and are prepared in the event of a home fire. And since my kids and I are somewhat excitable (yes..that’s a nice way of putting it), we need to know our escape plan like the back of our hands.

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What I found out is that I am not the only parent that has never discussed home fire drills with the kids.  In fact, a Nationwide Make Safe Happen survey of more than 1,000 parents found that less than half the parents (that were surveyed) created a fire escape plan with their children.  But given that home fires are one of the biggest threats facing American families today, home fire drills should be discussed and practiced by every family in America.

I live by the motto: “when you know better you do better.”  And thanks to Nationwide and their partners (Nationwide Children’s Hospital, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the American Red Cross (ARC)) I now have so many great resources to conduct home fire drills at home with my kids.  On the site, HomeFireDrillDay.com, you’ll find:

You know what else I found out?

I found out that many Americans (62 percent) incorrectly think they have five minutes or more to escape (American Red Cross), when in fact, a family has less than two minutes to get out safely. This means that my kids and I have no time for hysterics and running in circles.  We are going to practice home fire drills so my kids are familiar with the sound of the smoke alarm and they already know what to do if it should sound off in our home.

Home Fire Drill Day is October 14, 2017. Here is our escape plan.

Home Fire Drill Day is October 14, 2017. Here is our escape plan.

PLEDGE & PLAY

Let’s face it, although home fires are a very serious topic, practicing home fire drills can be a lot of fun and can help to save your kids’ lives. Checkout how much fun this father is having practicing with his kids in the video below.  I might be quirky, but my husband is seriously competitive and I know he is going to turn this into a competition.

Make a pledge to practice your home fire drill twice a year and get your friends to do the same. Help us spread the word about Fire Drill Games on social media.

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BMWK Family – Let us know in the comments below if you already practice home fire drills with your family or if you plan to start practicing them.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written on behalf of Nationwide Insurance. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

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Ronnie Tyler wrote 524 articles on this blog.

Ronnie Tyler is the co-creator of BlackandMarriedWithKids.com and co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing. The proud mom of 4 has been selected by Parenting Magazine as a Must-Read Mom and is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Bloggers.

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