Disney’s The BFG {Big Friendly Giant} Comes To Theaters July 1 (Plus The Gobblefunk Glossary!)

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Disney's The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) Movie In Theatres July 1

3-D glasses on and popcorn in hand, we settled in to see what the two-hour Disney’s The BFG would bring us.

For a little bit in the beginning, the boys were unsure, especially our 5 year old.  It was a little intense, from their perspective.

To balance the danger and intensity, there was also a good bit of humor in the film.  The BFG himself had a hard time with words and had his own, somewhat comical, way of saying things. (Roald Dahl actually created a language called Gobblefunk – see the Gobblefunk Glossary below!)

The Frobscottle drink, where the fizzy bubbles floated down instead of up, and the results of such, whizzpoppers, was clearly one of the boys’ favorite parts! :O  Especially after the Corgis had some! :O :O

By the middle of the film, my youngest kept saying it was the funniest movie he ever saw!  LOL!  He has seen more-intentional kid comedies, but I was glad to see him able to enjoy the silly amongst the drama.

I thought the movie was very well-done and truly brought Roald Dahl’s story to life.  Although I may have, I do not remember reading The BFG as a child, so I was hearing  seeing this story for the first time… and I loved it!!

I liked that they didn’t modernize it.  If you pay attention, you will catch a question that could only be from the 80’s: when the Queen was on the phone and asked, “Nancy, is Ronnie there?”

All in all, it was a great family film, but there is intensity and a little darkness (the bad giants have pretty brutal attitudes), so may not be for the youngest of the kidlets.  I would still absolutely recommend checking it out when it comes out this weekend.

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From Disney:

The talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg – finally unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic “The BFG” to life.

Directed by Spielberg, Disney’s “The BFG” tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. “I think it was kind of genius of Roald Dahl to be able to empower the children. It was very, very brave of him to introduce that combination of darkness and light which was so much Disney’s original signature in a lot of their earlier works like in ‘Dumbo,’ ‘Fantasia,’ ‘Snow White’ and ‘Cinderella,’ and being able to do scary, but also be redemptive at the same time and teach a lesson, an enduring lesson, to everyone, it was a wonderful thing for Dahl to have done, and it was one of the things that attracted me to want to direct this Dahl book,” says Spielberg.

The BFG (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part.

Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the BFG prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle.

Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite gentle and charming, and, having never met a giant before, has many questions.

The BFG brings Sophie to Dream Country where he collects dreams and sends them to children, teaching her all about the magic and mystery of dreams.

Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one another quickly grows. But Sophie’s presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome.

Says Spielberg, “It’s a story about friendship, it’s a story about loyalty and protecting your friends and it’s a story that shows that even a little girl can help a big giant solve his biggest problems.”

Sophie and the BFG soon depart for London to see the Queen (Penelope Wilton) and warn her of the precarious giant situation, but they must first convince the Queen and her maid, Mary (Rebecca Hall), that giants do indeed exist. Together, they come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all.

The BFG Gobblefunk Glossary

Gobblefunk is the language create by Roald Dahl to give The BFG his unique voice.

It is comprised of silly words that are similar to words found in the English language and are used when ordinary words just won’t do.

Cannybully – Cannibal

Chatbags – Chatterbox

Chidlers – Children

Crickety Crackety – Sound of cracking bones

Delumptious – Delicious

Despunge – Deplore

Earbursting – Loud

Figglers – Fingers

Frobscottle – Carbonated soft drink where bubbles float downwards rather than upwards

Frumpkin Fry – Pumpkin Pie

Giggler – Little girls

Glummy – Yummy

Glumptious – Scrumptious

Golden Phizzwizard – A wonderful dream

Hippodumplings – Hippopotamus

Hipswitch – Hence / Straightaway

Human Beans – Human Beings

Humbug – Humble

Humplehammers – Something that is very big

Jabbeling – Babbling

Jiggyraffes – Giraffes

Majester – Majesty

Murderful – Murderous

Phizzwizards – Happy dreams

Rummytot – Nonsense

Rumpledumpus – Rumpus

Scrumdiddlyumptious – Scrumptious

Scuddling – Scurrying

Skumping – Worried

Sloshfunking – Like Godforsaken

Snozzcumber – A gruesome vegetable only found in Giant Country

Splitzwigged – Caught

Swalloped – Swallowed

Swigpill – Swill

Swizzfiggling – Deceiving

Telly-telly Bunkum Box – Television

Trogglehumper – A horrible nightmare

Whiffling – Going off to somewhere

Whizzpopper – Fart

Whopsey – Adjective similar to little or trifling

Get a printable copy of The BFG’s Gobblefunk Glossary.

Roald Dahl’s “The BFG” (Big Friendly Giant) was first published in 1982.
The BFG opens in U.S. theaters on July 1, 2016, the year that marks the 100th anniversary of Dahl’s birth.

Kingdom Keepers: The Return Book Series + Free Printable Bookmarks

Kingom Keepers The Return Book Series and Free Printable BookmarkGraduation from high school has left five kids who worked for Disney on separate tracks.  Nicknamed the Kingdom Keepers for having battled the Disney villains, and won, Finn, Philby, Charlene, Maybeck, and Willa will soon be off to college.

But not so fast…

Thank you to our sponsor, Disney Hyperion, for providing the Kingdom Keepers: The Return series as part of our Summer Reading: Children’s Book Series.  This post may contain affiliate links.

Book One: Disney Lands

AR Level 4.6 ~ 8 points

With the defeat of the Overtakers behind them, the five teenagers known as the Kingdom Keepers should be celebrating. By all accounts they saved Disneyland from certain destruction. Why then did their mentor leave one last puzzle for them to decipher? In The Return Book One: Disney Lands, the Keepers must solve a puzzle of the past, or be crushed under an evil that makes the Overtakers seem like gentle souls.

Book Two: Legacy of Secrets

AR Level 5.0 ~ 11 points

Disneyland, Opening Day, 1955. In The Return Book Two: Legacy of Secrets, when five present-day teenagers known as the Kingdom Keepers find themselves thrown into a past that would make anyone envious, things don’t exactly work out the way they’d hoped. Finn, Charlene, Maybeck, Willa, and Philby open a door into a place and a time when the legend of the Disney parks is just starting.

They are there, in 1955, to retrieve Walt Disney’s infamous pen that once saved the parks as we know them. But like all things Disney, nothing is as it seems. The early days of the Tower of Terror, the origin of the Overtakers (Disney villains), and the real power of magic unfold in an unexpected series of events that propel both the Keepers and Disney itself into a darkness no one saw coming.

Along the way, the Keepers visit Walt Disney’s hilltop home, Disneyland’s opening day and reception, and find themselves separated from friends sixty years away. The three Fairlies, young women in Disney’s School of Imagineering, girls with astonishing powers of their own, have unmasked a long-buried secret that threatens the lives of their friends as well as everything Walt Disney worked for.

Free Kingdom Keepers Printable Bookmarks!

Head over to Kingdom Keepers Insiders to print your own Kingdom Keepers Insiders bookmarks

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Kingdom Keepers Original Book Series

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Disney’s Alice Through The Looking Glass Fun Printable Kids Activities

Alice Through The Looking Glass Kids Printables Activity PackDisney’s Alice Through The Looking Glass Fun Printable Kids Activities:

Alice Through The Looking Glass Bookmarks Printable Activity
6 pages, full color.  Print on cardstock for best results.

Alice Through The Looking Glass Coloring Sheets Printable Activity
5 pages.

Alice Through The Looking Glass Maze Printable Activity
1 page, full color.

Alice Through The Looking Glass Spot The Difference Printable Activity
1 page, full color.

Alice Through The Looking Glass GIANT Underland Jigsaw Map Printable Activity
21 pages, full (muted) color.  Print on cardstock and mount on poster board for best results.

Movie Synopsis:

Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) has spent the past three years living her dream and sailing the high seas as captain of her own ship. Upon her return to London, she finds that, while much has changed in her absence, the antiquated views as to women’s role in society still remain and the future she envisioned for herself may no longer be possible.

While attending a reception at the home of Lord Ascot, Alice causes a scene and flees to the parlour, where she spots Absolem (Alan Rickman), who is now a blue Monarch butterfly, and follows him to a magical looking glass, through which she is able to return to the fantastical realm of Underland.

There, she is reunited with her friends the Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry), the dormouse (Barbara Windsor), the March Hare (Paul Whitehouse), Tweedledee and Tweedledum (Matt Lucas) and the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), who, unfortunately, is not himself. Or as the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen) says, “The Hatter’s the matter.” You’ve been gone too long, Alice.

There are matters which might benefit from your attention. Friends cannot be neglected…hurry.

Convinced his family is still alive, the Hatter has lost his Muchness, and Mirana (Anne Hathaway), the White Queen, needs Alice’s help. In order to save him, Alice must seek out Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen).

A peculiar creature that is part human, part clock, Time lives in a void of infinitude and possesses the Chronosphere, a metallic globe which Alice must borrow in order to go back in time and save the Hatter’s family.

Meanwhile, Iracebeth (Helena Bonham Carter) remains in exile, having been banished by her sister to the Outlands, where she has befriended Time and is plotting to steal the Chronosphere for herself.

Alice returns to the past, crossing paths with friends and enemies at different points in their lives, and sets off on a perilous race across the Oceans of Time to escape the Red Queen and Time and save the Hatter… before time runs out.

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