Ever since I was a little girl I have loved animation, movies and technology, so the chance to learn about Disney and Pixar’s latest productions was a priceless gift to me. In a few days I’ll be packing my bags for San Francisco for a special event that will take me not only to Pixar, but also to the Google campus. I’m still wrapping my head around it!
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First stop? Getting to know more about the beautiful film Inside Out, available on Blu-ray and Digital HD on 11/3. After a special screening of the all-new short film “Riley’s First Date?”, I’ll interview director Josh Cooley and producer Mark Nielsen. That’s not all, because I’ll also be face to face with the amazing actor Kyle MacLachlan, voice of “Riley’s Dad”, whom I have admired for years. Yes, years. Those of us who grew up in the eighties and nineties and are film buffs watched him in Dune, Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks. Now many kids will know him as “Riley’s Dad.” This press day would not be complete without an interview with Kaitlyn Dias, the voice of Riley. Here’s the trailer for Inside Out in case you still haven’t seen this wonderful movie.
That night another dream comes true as I will set foot on the Pixar campus to watch a special preview of “The Good Dinosaur”, which will open in theaters on November 25 for Thanksgiving weekend. Truth be told, I have a soft spot for this dino…
That same night I’ll watch the short film “Sanjay’s Super Team”, which opens in theaters with The Good Dinosaur. What makes this short so original is how it shows Hindi culture through the eyes of a little boy living in the US. It was based on director Sanjay Patel’s own childhood.
The following day I will be able to interview the great team behind The Good Dinosaur, including the director, producer and animators. Did I mention this experience will take place at the Pixar campus?!
It only gets better. Along with a group of outstanding bloggers, we’ll head to Google for a special screening of Disney Junior’s newest production, Miles From Tomorrowland. Then it’s time for a panel focusing on the importance of encouraging kids, especially girls, to explore STEM fields and how entertainment can play an important role. This is something near and dear to my heart. We need more girls and women in the science, tech and math fields. I hope we can revert the trend. My own daughter loves math and science and I want to keep her interested in those fields so she doesn’t feel they’re only “for boys” and can excel in whatever career she chooses.
Right before I head back to Miami, I will be visiting the Walt Disney Family Museum. I was there in August with family for the Dali Disney exhibit, which we loved. However we did not have enough time to explore the entire museum, so I’m super excited.
Disclosure: I’ve been invited to an all-expenses-paid press event in San Francisco but I have not received compensation for this post.