On the Studio lot...

Hooray for ...
Statues of the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea...
Historical Landmark... Hotel Roosevelt... photo taken from the studio parking lot...
The Jim Henson Company Studio...
I was invited my MomLogic.com to attend a private movie screening in the studio theatre...

Unstable Fables: Tortoise vs. Hare...
Here's MY review...

The movie starts off with the story most of us know... the classic fable of the Tortoise (Danny Glover) and the Hare (Jay Leno) and the moral "sure and steady wins the race." Then... fast forward 15 years and meet the new generation. This time the tortoise is a girl (Keke Palmer) and the hare is a boy (Drake Bell) and the competition is on again... but with a few twists and some modernization.
This movie is enjoyable for parents as well as children. There are issues most of parents can relate to. The stay at home mom vs the career mom... what is right for you? Should you condemn either one? Should you push your children into competition? Why do you have your children participating in certain events... is because they want to... or you want them to? Do you force your ideas onto your children without listening to want they desire?

Ok... Fifi... lighten up... tell them it's FUN, enjoyable and full of laughs! Yes... it IS all those things too! You will laugh... you're children will laugh! The animation is adorable and musical score is delightful. This is a must see feature!

The End... Credits...
Following our viewing... a little conversation with Lisa Henson, producer and daughter of Jim Henson along with Howard E. Baker, director ensued. They both seem very excited about this project. They gave us some background as to casting, animating, and modernization of an old fable.
The screening was followed by lunch in the courtyard... pretty florals on the tables... Yummy Cobb Salad with creamy balsamic dressing and homemade chocolate chip oatmeal cookies... sorry, I did not take a photo of the food... but I did take a photo of one of the WONDERFUL storyboards that were displayed nearby while we ate...

As a special treat after lunch we received a tour of the studio... The Studio is a historical landmark... it was originally built by Charlie Chaplin in 1917... later it became A&M Record Studio and was taken over by the Jim Henson Company in 1999...
This is evident with the addition of Kermit the Frog on the lot...
and a couple other animated creatures
History... animals, animating process, and great architecture made for a wonderful tour... BTW... the studio does not give tours to the publc... so this was an amazing treat!
Bungalows in front of the Sound stage... entrance next to Charlie Chaplin on the wall Fabulous fixtures

At the end of the tour... we were given a gift bag... Tortoise vs Hare and 3 Pigs and a Baby...Thanks to this perk... my two boys were able to view Tortoise vs Hare... they really seemed to enjoy it.... they were glued to their seats... watching intently... these are the comments I received from them... My sweet 10 year old - " I liked it because it was funny and exciting." My cool 13 year old - "The parents were so annoying."

Ok... Tortoise vs Hare is available on DVD... TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th... purchase a copy... have a family movie night... or if you don't have children, but love animation or just have see the SEQUEL to the old fable... get your all time favorite candy... pop some popcorn... and ENJOY!

Now... I'd like to thank the Academy... lol... seriously... Thank you to MomLogic.com for inviting me, thank you to Jim Henson Company for your hospitality and to everyone else in attendance; you are all such lovely people... I enjoyed spending the day with you!

13 comments:

Inkspot Workshop said...

What an amazing trip and opportunity! I want to see a picture of that cobb salad and cookie:O

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Sounds like you had a great time.
It was fun to have a peek into something the public doesn't usually get to see.
Movie sounds cute and I like how you illustrated the studio.

Debbie said...

Oh my WORD Fifi! What a delightful day to remember. Thanks for sharing.

Even though I'm not a mother, I do have three step-children grown and well we have two still in college. But this review has me dying to see the show. I know I'll be glued to my seat when the time comes.

Thanks Fifi and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Angie said...

How fun! I lived in LA for a couple of years and always brought visitors to that area...your pics are great and it sounds like you had a fun time!

Clare said...

Oh wow Fifi! What a fabulous day. I love the muppets. What a great opportunity to have that tour. Im soooo envious.

Stephanie said...

How Awesome! I would have loved to tour the studio, and you got to meet Jim Henson's daughter... too exciting! Thanks for visiting my blog, see you around the blogosphere.

amy said...

sometimes i think i should live in LA...

Sandra Ree said...

I really enjoyed this post Fifi! Thank you for sharing your amazing day with us! What fun! :D

a little bird said...

so fun!

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please sir said...

Oh my gosh - looks like an amazing time! You are sooo lucky - have a great weekend!

Sabina said...

I really enjoyed taking a look at all of this. Such a fun post!!

My Petite Maison said...

How do I get on a list like that?

It doesn't get better than Jim Henson (what a lovely man he was), Charlie Chaplin (love those old fixtures calling back to history), a lovely luncheon and goodie bags.

I also love the old stories about the Roosevelt Hotel - nice to see that photo too. I believe Marilyn Monroe stayed there for a time.

Happy weekend!
xo~Tracie

Tracey said...

Wow! I love this post....so now I can say I "know people"...LOL!!
That sounds like it was very cool!!!

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