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Hi!

This is a little bit of a different post for me, and I can completely understand if you hate it. But at the same time, we’re all a little bit nosey and I figured this might help you to get to know me a little better. I was totally inspired by Lucy (LucysRoomToys) and her #MoreAboutMeMonday on instagram.

I figured it was best to keep things short and sweet because I drone on enough as it is. So here are some little bullet points and I’ll include a little gallery at the end.

  1. I am 22 Years old, my birthday is September 11th.
  2. I’m half British and half American. My dad was from Texas, which means I am a dual national, it also explains why I love Woody so much… he’s a Cowboy!
  3. I’m a university student, and I’m actually about to go into my final year. I did two years of a Psychology course at University of Sunderland before changing to a Media, Culture and Communication degree at the same university, which means I’ll have done a total of five years of University by the time I am finished next summer..
  4. I fundraise for the UK Sepsis Trust annually in a big event. It started last year and we’re going to Carry it on as long as possible. So far we have raised a little under £8000 in memory of my Dad.
  5. I sing, and was in my county choir for just over 10 years. We even did a tour of Krakow, Poland. I miss it so much.
  6. I love Rapunzel but Cinderella is my favourite princess.
  7. I love making jewellery. I find it so therapeutic, and I would love to start selling some of my creations.
  8. I have never seen a Star Wars film in my life. I realise this is sacrilege, but it is completely true.
  9. I have two tattoos, one on my ankle in tribute to my dad, and another on the top of my back in tribute to the role music plays in my life. I would love to get more.
  10. I LOVE dogs.

For those of you that have stuck around to the end, thank you!

I would love to know more about you too! Comment a little fact about yourself below…

Amy xo

Disney

Making Your Own Forky!

Since the release of Toy Story 4, the new character Forky has become extremely popular! But with issues in the Disney Parks and across the US Disney Stores with their Forky plush release, it might be a struggle to get your hands on your own.

The Range has been stocking a Make Your Own Forky kit, and it is priced at just £6!

The kit is made by Sambro Toys, and contains a large, thick plastic spork, that has a Pizza Planet logo embossed on the handle. Three pots of playdough, in red, white and blue. Pipe Cleaners and stickers.

It is super easy to make, especially as the feet are also plastic and dont need to be stuck into place! There are stickers to make the feet look like Forky’s own popsicle stick feet, and others for decorating.

To begin, you stick on his eyes, which are just googly eyes in two sizes with peel-off sticker backs. There are moulded slots that they fit into making this job even easier!

Next, you need to mould his face from the provided Playdough. Starting with the red, make his monobrow then with the blue, make his mouth. You are given far more than you need so you might even be able to have some additional crafting fun with the leftovers.

What I will point out, the kit is designed to be used for animation, and so the dough once dry won’t stay stuck, so if, like me, you are hipong to use the Forky as decoration only, you may want to buy some supergue too.

Next, you need to add the stickers to Forky’s feet. This is a relatively easy task, and there are stickers for the bottom of his feet too so that you can add your name, or your child’s name, just like Bonnie does in the film. The next step is adding the white playdough to the base, giving the effect that he is held together by the dough. This again will dry out if left out, but will stay in place unlike his facial features.

Finally add the pipe cleaner arms. To make the fingers, fold over one end of each pipe cleaner three times to create fingers, then the opposite ends are to be wrapped around the handle of the spork. The pipe cleaners are a little bit shorter than expected, and so this bit can be tricky, but certainly not impossible.

As mentioned earlier, the kit is designed to be used to make little stop motion animation films. I personally didn’t want this feature, and so I didn’t download the app onto my phone. But, the cardboard scene that came with the kit is great for taking photographs with, be it with Forky, or other Toy Story characters you might own.

All in all I had a lot of fun making Forky, this kit made it quick and easy, and actually really fun. Forky is fairly big, and makes a great decoration in any Disney bedroom.

Have you purchased a Make Your Own Forky kit? I would love to see your creations, tag me on Instagram!

Amy xo

Film, Marvel

Review: Spider-Man Far From Home

The sequel to the 2017 film Spider-Man Homecoming acts as a soft jump into the next phase of Marvel’s cinematic universe. It ties up any loose ends left by Avengers: Endgame, and provides what is almost an antidote to the heartache caused by it.

This film sees Peter Parker (Tom Holland) take a school trip around Europe in which his only mission is to tell MJ (Zendaya) how he feels, but this is a superhero film, not a teen rom-com so as you can probably imagine, things don’t go his way.

If you have lived on another planet, and by some chance still haven’t seen Endgame, I would probably stop reading, and head to a cinema as soon as possible, because everything from here on out will ruin that for you. Do not fear though, there will be no Far From Home spoilers here.

With Iron Man gone, questions are rising about the Avengers and who will take the lead, with much of the speculation falling upon Spider-Man. Whilst Peter Parker is certainly smart enough, it is his own self confidence that leads him to believe otherwise, all he wants is to take a break and travel Europe.
The film gives further insight to what happened during Thanos’s Snap which is now referred to as ‘The Blip’, and gives some comical explanations as to the goings on around it.

But there is only so long that Far From Home can dwell on the previous films before needing to set out its own plot. The film sees the introduction of Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), a character that is filled with immense power and many surprises, serving as an awkward bro for Spider-Man and a new father figure, almost.

The film relies heavily on CGI but is visually stunning, and brings a very perplexing Marvel comic book character to life without breaking a sweat. Through most of the movie the laughs fall on Parker stumbling through Europe, making awkward chat with MJ and abandoning his superhero responsibilities , but by the end of the film it is impossible not to empathise with him!

Far From Home isn’t a perfect film, but it achieves heights that Homecoming couldn’t have even dreamed of. The conflict of the film is slow starting, bogged down in the transition from the trauma of what came before, but the visuals certainly make up for that.

There are two post credit scenes which give a exciting insight into the next phase of Marvel’s cinematic universe, and of course what is next for Peter Parker in his role as Spider-Man.

Have you seen Spider-Man: Far From Home yet? What are your thoughts?

Amy xo

Disney, Film

Review: Toy Story 4

It has been almost 25 years since the first Toy Story release, and beloved characters Woody and Buzz were introduced, and the fourth instalment of the franchise sees them cross paths with a scary, and very unloved doll, as well as a very loveable piece of trash.

The majority of Toy Story 4 is great, ish. It’s animation is next level, something the Toy Story franchise has always been known for. The film is filled with jokes that have not only the children but the adults laughing along too, and of course, this is a Pixar film, so there is always something that will hit you right in the feels. This movie is exactly what you would expect.

Toy Story 3 seemed to give the franchise the perfect, rounded ending, but you should never expect anything to be over in sequel-happy Hollywood.

This film sees the addition of several new characters, and a proper introduction of some that were barely introduced in the third film. Forky (Tony Hale), is a fantastic and hilarious addition to the gang, and serves well as a tool for teaching children to discover who they really are, and their purpose. Duke Caboom (Keanu Reeves), Giggle McDimples and the Combat Carls (Carl Weathers) also make great additions to the film, adding to both the story, and humour. Ducky (Keegan-Michael Key) and Bunny (Jordan Peele) take the jokes to another level, but be fooled by their fluffy exterior.
It is Gabby Gabby (Christina Hendricks) and the Vincent Dummies (Steve Purcell) that add a truly creepy element to the story. Not only are they terrifying, they want to harm precious Woody, but it is for good reason.

Whilst the addition of these new characters helps along the plot, and adds new humour, it does mean that old favourites such as Slinky Dog, Hamm and even Jessie take a back seat.

For many, Toy Story is a franchise that they have grown up with, with the main character Andy, going though similar situations in his own life at the same time as those watching the films, giving even more meaning to each of them, and hitting everyone in the feels. It is believed that the toys being passed on to toddler Bonnie at the end of film three is the passing on of the franchise to a new generation, and after watching the Toy Story 4, it is easy to see why.

Whilst this is a great film, that pushes the boundaries of animation once again, it takes a perfect ending, and opens it right back up. With that being said, it is still heartwarming, funny, and everything you would expect from Pixar. Take tissues!

Have you been to see the film yet? What did you think? Do you agree or have I completely missed the mark?

Amy xo

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Disney, Everyday

Beating the Disney Trip Blues

Leaving Disney can be the worst feeling in the world, particularly if you don’t know when you will be able to get back to the happiest place on Earth. As a poor student, with 488 days until her next trip, I totally understand, it’s been six months since my surprise trip to Disneyland Paris, and those blues have hit like a train. For times like this, there are several things you can do…

Instagram, it gives me a huge case of FOMO, but I also live vicariously through everyone else’s trips! Some of my favourite accounts such as GregoryGaige, AnnaofAgrabah, and Bishop_Please have been posting some amazing Disney parks content lately, and I’m so here for it!

Disney movie marathons! It’s not quite the same as wandering down Main Street, but it definitely gives your taste of the magic. Sometimes getting cosy with a drink or two, and maybe even some Disney snacks can cure anything!

Visit some Disney spots closer to home. If you’re in the UK a trip to Birmingham could always be on the cards, their new Disney Cafe is adorable, and you can get your Mickey waffle fix too!

How about a Disney store trip!? If you’re lucky enough to live close to an Imagination store, go early and help perform the opening ceremony, you get a lovely little keepsake key, and it’s so much fun! You could always travel to a new city and make a day of it if you aren’t local!
Imagination stores are located in Aberdeen, Glasgow, York, Blackpool, Milton Keynes, Stratford, Oxford Street (London), Belfast, Bromley, Sunderland and Dublin!

Try to recreate your favourite Disney snacks and drinks. There are so many videos on the internet with recipes and challenges to try. Whether they are accurate, is another thing, but at least you’ll have fun giving them a go!

If nothing else, book another trip! Of course this is an expensive option, but definitely the best cure. It brings back the excitement (or stress) of planning, and you get to go on a little spending spree of all your favourite Disney essentials!

What are your favourite ways to get a Disney fix? Do you have a current trip that you’re counting down too?

Amy xo

Film

Review: Live-Action Aladdin

This live-action remake of the 1992 hit, Aladdin is a hit, filled with flamboyant musical numbers, and lively performances. Directed by Guy Ritchie, the film had a lot of people nervous. Particularly as some of Ritchie’s previous films have lacked the awe required to leave an audience feeling fulfilled. However, Aladdin is filled with clever special effects, some political debate and enough pizzaz to certainly wet the audiences appetite.

The iconic role of the Genie is played by Will Smith, another element that had fans of the animated role worried, but Smith takes the role with a cocky bravado, and many wisecracks, making the role lovable and truly his own. There are definitely some nods to Smith’s previous role as The Fresh Prince, which is a subtle nod to the 90’s, and keeps the sassy nature of the Genie without cloning Robin Williams’ take on the character.
Aladdin (Mena Massoud) is first introduced whilst picking pockets, and Massoud manages to capture his cheeky personality perfectly, whilst also adding depth and a likeability that is difficult to explain. Naomi Scott stuns throughout in her role as Princess Jasmine, again there is a depth added to the Princess that was difficult to depict in the animated character, and certainly a new air of power to her words. The terrifying Jafar, is brought to life by Marwan Kenzari, and he does not disappoint. There is just the right amount of sneering and scheming, topped with more than a touch cunning malevolence.

Whilst the live-action does feature songs from the original film, such as ‘Prince Ali’, ‘Friend Like Me’ and of course ‘A Whole New World’, it doe put its own revamped spin on the classic tracks. There are also some new tracks, and ‘Speechless’ sang by the Princess herself is musically stunning.
Whilst this is a musical, there are at times, moments where the music simply slows down the telling of the story, particularly ‘Speechless’. It comes in at a key scene, and whilst it gives Scott a chance to display her incredible vocal ability, add to the determination of her character and dedicate a moment to the political elements of the film, it completely stops the flow of the film, and makes the scene confusing.
The iconic ‘A Whole New World’ felt lacking in the Disney magic that flowed through the original, and the same can be said for ‘One Jump Ahead’, but, they were still enjoyable.

Aladdin had the potential, and for many was expected to be, a cynical repackaging of a Disney classic, but it is actually a joyful ride. It is certainly a nice was to introduce the classic to a new generation of Disney fans, or a lovely way to revisit an old favourite.

Overall, this live-action Aladdin deserves 4 stars. It was fun, enjoyable and a fantastic visual but just didn’t capture the magic of the original.

What are your thoughts? Did you love it, or is this review too kind?

Amy xo

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Welcome to CastleTalk!

Hello everyone,

CastleTalk is a place for everyone, somewhere your inner child can be set free. I hope you’ll settle in just fine.

As a person that has often been given funny looks and some silly comments for wearing Disney clothes as an adult, watching Disney films and even being excited about holidays to the parks, I understand. I wanted there to be a space online that I could fill with my love of Disney, be it in my every day life, my holidays or on a screen in front of me, and I wanted to be able to share that space with anyone who may need it.

I don’t remember when my love of Disney started, but I know that it’s something I couldn’t be without, and everyone deserves to express themselves.

And so, here we have it. CastleTalk. A place where you can love Disney no matter your age, or your background. That is after all what Walt himself intended.

I’m going to post film reviews, my park planning and how I fit Disney into my everyday life.

You can also find me on Instagram. Come and say hello!

Amy xo