Tag Archives: Focus Features

A Monster Calls Giveaway

A Monster Calls (Felicity Jones)

Focus Features is releasing a new film called A Monster Calls. It’s a story of a young boy who copes with his mother’s terminal illness by using his imagination to create fantastical creatures, specifically a large tree monster, voiced by Liam Neeson. The movie will open in theaters on January 6th, but Portlanders will have an opportunity to see the movie on January 4 at Pioneer Place with a 7pm start time. Thanks to Focus Features, I’m giving away five prize packs consisting of VIP tickets and some promotional items. Continue reading to find out how to win VIP passes and promotional items for the movie.

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Kubo and the Two Strings Blu-ray Giveaway Winners

Hello, dads and moms. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and a stress-free Black Friday. I did almost all my Black Friday shopping online. Sweet! I have one winner announcement today. But first, below are the current giveaways on my dad blog.

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Kubo and the Two Strings Blu-ray Giveaway – 4 winners

Kubo and the Two Strings

The kids and I are excited about the upcoming release of Kubo and the Two Strings (review). We loved it when we saw the animated film earlier in the year. We can’t wait to see it again. It’s a really good movie. As I mentioned previously, I went on a set tour at Laika Studios and was very impressed. BTW, one of the people who worked on the special effects for the movie was at our Halloween party last month. Small world. And thanks to Laika Studios and Focus Features, I’m giving away four copies of the movie on my dad blog. Kubo and the Two Strings will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on November 22th. Continue reading to find out how to win this awesome movie.

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Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Review

Kubo and the Two Strings | Laika Studios

The kids and I saw an early screening of Kubo and the Two Strings on Monday. We loved it and think it’s Laika’s best film to date. The new stop-motion movie features more CGI than previous Laika movies. I also thought the film was more emotional than previous releases from Laika. Parts of the story were sad and reminded me a little of the opening story in Disney Pixar’s Up movie. The soundtrack was also excellent — during the sad scenes. Kubo and the Two Strings (Laika Studios and Focus Features) is out in theaters today. The 101-minute animated film is rated PG for thematic elements, scary images, action and peril.

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Memorex, Suffragette and Wild Thornberrys Giveaways Winners

Good morning, dads and moms. Today is Halloween — the best holiday of the year! Too bad it’s suppose to pour in our area tonight. Anyways, I have three winner announcements this morning. But first, below is an upcoming giveaway on my dad blog.

  • Santa’s Little Helper DVD Giveaway (coming soon)

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Boxtrolls Sweepstakes Winner

Good morning, moms and dads. I have to start gathering my paperwork for taxes this weekend. What fun. Before I get started, I have a winner announcement this morning. But first, below are the current giveaways running on my dad blog.

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Angels Sing DVD Giveaway Winner

Good morning, dads and moms. I hope everyone had a fun and safe New Year’s. I have to start putting away our Christmas stuff this weekend. Before I get started, I have a winner announcement this morning. But first, below is the current giveaway running on my Portland blog.

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So that's how they made Norman in the ParaNorman movie

Making Norman video ~ ParaNorman, ~ LAIKA Studios

The kids and I can’t wait until ParaNorman [Facebook | Twitter] opens in theaters on August 17th. When it comes to ParaNorman, I’m a little bias for a couple of reasons. First, the 3D stop-motion animation was made in the Portland area. Unlike LA, a lot of films are not made in our city. The second reason I’m high on ParaNorman is because my daughter and I went on a tour at LAIKA Studios a few months ago, and we got a behind-the-scenes look at ParaNorman. BTW, LAIKA is also the animation studio that created Coraline.

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A behind-the-scenes look at ParaNorman – coming soon to a theater near you

ParaNorman 3D stop-motion animation film ~ LAIKA Studios

My oldest daughter and I were invited to a tour of LAIKA Studios about six weeks ago. LAIKA is the animation studio that created Coraline. LAIKA’s next movie is ParaNorman (Focus Features), which opens in theaters this summer (August 17th). My daughter and I got a behind-the-scenes tour for the production of ParaNorman [Facebook | Twitter]. All production on ParaNorman took place in a huge, 151,140-square foot building in Hillsboro, Oregon. A large space was needed because ParaNorman had a crew of over 320 designers, artists, animators and technicians. At any given time during the shoot, there were 52 separate shooting units.

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