This is a really fun sponsored post. Last weekend, I got an email saying that I’d been selected to preview Blank (Disney’s new Vinylmation movie) and then invite you, my wonderful readers and friends, to watch it too for free!
Our girls don’t watch a lot of TV or movies. In fact, this is only the third movie (after Planes and Winnie the Pooh) our oldest daughter has watched. (We even missed the Frozen fad!) But this sweet little movie was a welcome addition to our evening.
There are no words in Blank. This makes it a little tricky for little ones (our daughter is three) who aren’t aware of common nonverbal cues, but for our family this was part of the movie’s appeal. We asked lots of questions. (How do you think they’re feeling? What do you think’s going to happen next?) And by the end of the 38-minute movie, our little one was asking questions and making observations all on her own. (“Why are they sad? I think they’re scared.”)
The cranes are a little creepy. With the music, my little one said, “That noise makes my bottom cheeks scared.” Oh, really? Your bottom cheeks?
A second or two later she reassured us: “I’m not scared any more.”
Even without verbal cues, our three-year-old understood that Blank is a story of friendship. What she didn’t notice as much was that Blank is also a story about being a creative, non-conforming individual.
To illustrate this a bit more, I decided that my girls might like to paint their own Blank-inspired trinkets. In the movie, Blank and Bow are white vinylmation characters in a uniformly colorful world.
Disney sells Vinylmation characters (like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck) in the online Disney store, but we used little plaster figurines my mom found for us at a yard sale.
In one scene, Bow (the girl) decorates her blank friends with random pieces of metal and cloth.
I reminded my three-year-old of that scene and then set out all kinds of colorful trinkets to see how she might decorate her little guy that she named, “Doggywoofmommyrachaelbrown.”
The finished product is so sweet, and I was impressed by her focus. She painted and glued for over an hour.
Our one-year-old missed the movie, but she was happy to paint without inhibition her little ducky that she named, “Baabaamoo.”
Disney’s Blank is offered for free exclusively through GooglePlay, which you can watch on a variety of devices using the Google Play Movies & TV App. If you’d like to share scenes with friends and family with a digital greeting card, you can unlock special bonus scenes! Check it out here.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.