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Still smiling from Date Night double feature

Harvey and I had an awesome “Date Night” last night. We’d gotten out of the habit of our Saturday night dates but I hope this marks a return to them. It’s wonderful how smiley I still feel today after watching this animated double feature:

The Lego Movie -- Really Is Awesome!

The Lego Movie — Everything Is Awesome!

How To Train Your Dragon -- A Great Movie!

How To Train Your Dragon — A Great Movie!

I love animated movies and these are two of the best ever that didn’t come out of Disney. It was so much fun comparing the animation styles. “The Lego Movie” world is, of course, made out of Lego but it was amazing how expressive each character was. The way the animators used Lego blocks to represent water, fire, and clouds was really clever. The stiff units were built into flowing, rapidly changing shapes. It all just worked although there was always a piece of my mind thinking about how the movie was animated. But then, that was part of a cheeky tone of the whole film.

The beautifully rendered world of “How To Train Your Dragon” really drew me in. At one point I remember wondering why it was animated–it was so real and the plot was SO good. But then I thought “Because, dragons!” and was swept along. Who knew dragons would be so cat-like? This was my second viewing of this movie and it was at least as enjoyable as the first; I loved seeing it with the Harv. This is just an all-round excellent movie and I am excited that the sequel is out!

If you’ve missed either one of these great films, fix that situation! Yep, I’m still smiling.

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Lowly Worm made me smile today

richard-scarry_wide-ef1bad6c2dedf01c49ad2892361c05ffcf72ad2c-s18-c85 Ah Lowly Worm! I was a little too old to actually learn to read from the delightful books by Richard Scarry, but I still had a great time finding Lowly Worm on each page.

I remember going through “Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever” with my then two-year old niece Arielle. On one page I pointed to a picture of a fireplace and said, “Fireplace,” and she pointed to the fireplace in the room (even though it looked very little like the illustration) and gleefully pronounced, “Fireplace! Fireplace!”

Richard Scarry was a great writer and illustrator. So glad to hear his son is adding to his legacy.

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This is just what you’ve needed if you’ve needed what I’ve needed

There. Don’t you feel better?

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Disney has that effect on me, too

The safety and freedom to be a kid again. Yeah.

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Those ears!

The baby bear here made me smile today. I’d like to go swimming, too, but maybe not with Mom there.

Photo by Marco Mattiussi.

Found on Cute Overload and they got it from Bored Panda. So I guess it made them smile too.

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Smile!

Why I don’t post more pics of my Abys

This is sooooo true!