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Toy Story Perler Bead Coasters

So for the last few days, we’ve been celebrating the release of one of my favorite movies, Toy Story.  And today I’m so excited to share this project with you!

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Made with Perler Beads (those little beads you used to play with when you were a kid…remember?  They go on the grid and then you burned yourself ironing them?  Yup!  Those beads!), these coasters are made to look like a couple of my favorite Toy Story characters.

This pack of 6 coasters contains one each of Woody, Buzz, Rex, Mr. Potato Head, Jessie, and a three-eyed alien.  Aren’t they just the cutest?  I think Buzz is probably my favorite!

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You can add a felt backing to these so they won’t scratch up the tabletop.  That part is optional, but I think the backing helps give these a completed look.

Want to make your own set?  Well, you’re in luck!  I’ve included a printable chart with the patterns to make all of these coasters, as well as how many beads you’ll need in each color.  If you want to change up the colors, go right ahead!  Just save the Excel sheet to your computer and edit away.

Toy Story Perler Bead Coasters

Materials:

  • Printable Toy Story Coaster Patterns
  • Perler Bead Large Peg Board
  • Perler Beads (amounts of each color are on the Excel sheet)
  • Parchment Paper or Masking Tape
  • Iron

 

Instructions:

  1. Following the printable patterns, arrange your design on your Peg Board.  You’ll do one coaster at a time.  There should be one bead on each peg…just follow the pattern, it’s super easy!  If you’re having trouble getting the beads on the board because you have chubby fingers like me, a tweezers works really well.
  2. Once your design is complete, cover your design with parchment paper.  If you buy a Perler Bead set, it may also come with ironing paper.
  3. Set your iron to the hottest setting and start going over your design with the iron.  Make circular motions, always moving your iron, until the beads have melted and molded together.  For a sturdy piece, keep ironing until all the bead holes close.  This shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes or so.  Just keep moving the iron and eventually all the beads will melt.  Once all the beads are melted, place your piece under  a heavy book to keep it nice and flat (do not remove the parchment paper or peg board…just place the book right on the parchment paper-covered coaster).  Once cool, remove the parchment paper and cover the back with felt, if desired.

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To Infinity and Beyond!

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Creativity Inc. Book Review

In my 30 or so years of existence, I’ve spent a good 15 to 20 years in the work force.  I’ve had good bosses and bad bosses.  I’ve had co-workers I’ve loved and who I consider family…and I’ve had co-workers I probably will never see again.  I’ve worked as a minion, a trainer, a key holder, and a manager.  I’ve had jobs that have changed me as a person and jobs that are completely weird and unique.  But in every job, no matter what it is, I need to be inspired.  I need to feel like I can make a difference and challenge myself to do better.  This is a feeling that has forced me in and out of companies and has helped influence several decisions I’m both proud of and ashamed of…

During a particular difficult time in my professional career, I was given the book, Creativity Inc. by my dad.  It was a pre-run copy that he got from the library where he worked and he allowed me to read it in the hopes it would inspire me to get out of my funk.  What resulted after reading Creativity Inc. was a life-changing moment…a defining moment…in my career.  It completely changed the way I view management, work life, and the humanity (or lack thereof) of corporate America.

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Written by Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, Creativity Inc. sets out to explore how we can bring fun and creativity back into the workday.  Meant for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, this manual of sorts aims to train individuals to inspire originality and positivity in the workforce.  By using examples of how he manages at Pixar, as well as how day-to-day operations are led at the studio, Catmull teaches readers how to build a creative culture, no matter what your company aims to do or sell.

It’s no secret that Pixar is a behemoth in the animation industry.  With 30 or so Academy Awards and movies that almost guarantee a box-office hit, Pixar knows what they’re doing.  So what’s the secret?  Why is Pixar so widely admired…and so profitable?  The answer is simple…the employees.

People at Pixar are encouraged to brainstorm.  They are encouraged to take risks.  They are encouraged to fail and encouraged to dream.  THEY LIKE WORKING THERE.  They’re committed to doing their best and pushing themselves because their success is everyone’s success.  There are no scary labels there.  No “rules” about who you can and can’t talk to.  Do yourself a favor and Google “Pixar Offices”…you’ll see that nearly everyone surrounds themselves with things they love, people they love, objects they love.  It’s a company that knows it’s only as good as the people that work there…and the people that work there love and respect that.

That’s not to say the path has been easy.  Pixar wasn’t always the amazing company it is today, and it took a long time, and a lot of training, to get leadership to where it is today…but when a company has leaders that believe in the message and that work WITH the team instead of ABOVE the team, well, then you are on the way to greatness.

At its core, Creativity Inc. begs to answer the following question:  What does it mean to manage well?  Everyone has their own idea of what a GOOD manager is, but what qualities in a leader make a team successful?  How does one learn those qualities and use them in a way that will encourage the team to motivate each other and encourage each other to succeed?  Filled with all kinds of helpful quips and tips, this book attempts to offer some suggestions on how to manage, how to lead, how to inspire, and how to motivate.  If a leader doesn’t lead or isn’t trusted, the results can be detrimental.

After I read Creativity Inc., I quit my job.  I came to realize that I was not happy and was not being encouraged and motivated in the ways I knew I needed to be.  After checking Pixar’s employment page (because I mean, I’d wash floors just to work there!), I embarked on a job search to find something I could stand behind, a company I believed in and a job I could be proud of…and I found it.  And everything changed.  My stress levels plummeted.  My interest in work and success improved.  Hell, my desire to just do my daily job was fueled by the fact that I was HAPPY.  This is the secret, folks.  Whatever it is that makes you happy, that will help fuel your success no matter what it is you do.  Pixar knows it.  Google knows it.  More and more companies are FINALLY coming to realize that when their employees are happy, the company benefits…and if companies big and small make this a priority in how to improve their business, well, I think corporate America can make a huge change for the better…and as individuals, we can make changes that will help us for the better, too…both personally and professionally.

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15 Fun Facts about the Toy Story Franchise

It’s been a little over 20 years now since the first Toy Story hit theaters…and with a fourth installment underway, Toy Story is just as beloved today as it was nearly two decades ago.

To help celebrate the anniversary of the release of the original Toy Story movie, I’ve gathered 15 fun facts that you might not know about the Toy Story franchise…starting with the fact that the original Toy Story is—by far—my favorite Pixar movie of all time. To infinity and beyond!

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15 Fun Facts You May Not Know About the Toy Story Franchise

The Pizza Planet delivery truck has appeared in every Pixar film, except The Incredibles.

During their most productive week during Toy Story production, the team only completed 3.5 minutes of animation.

Billy Crystal was originally offered the chance to voice Buzz Lightyear, but declined. After seeing the film, he said that decision was the biggest mistake of his career (he later got his chance to be a part of Pixar in the film, Monsters Inc.). Jim Carrey and Bill Murray were also considered, but were out of budget.
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For the original Toy Story, Tom Hanks recorded his dialog during breaks of Sleepless in Seattle and A League of Their Own.

A sweet nod to his Home Improvement days, the toolbox on top of the milk crate that Woody is trapped under in the original Toy Story is a Binford, the same type of tool that Allen used in his TV show.

Comedian Don Rickles was the first and only actor considered for the role of Mr. Potato Head. The popular line, “What are you looking at, ya hockey puck?” is one of the actors catchphrases.

The number “95” appears frequently throughout all three Toy Story films. It’s a reference to the year the original Toy Story was released, 1995.

The character of Andy is named for Andries “Andy” Van Dam, a Brown University professor and computer science and animation pioneer who taught many of the makers of this film series.

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is the first sequel to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar without any of its predecessors being nominated.

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is also the first animated movie to make over $1 billion at the box office worldwide. It’s the #5 highest grossing movie of all time, behind Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Titanic, and Avatar.
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Animators had to strap boards to their feet to figure out how to animate the toy soldiers.

The first Toy Story was completed on a $30 million budget using a staff of 110 people. In comparison, The Lion King, released just one year prior, required a budget of $45 million and a staff of 800 people.

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is the best reviewed movie of all time on Rotten Tomatoes. The original Toy Story comes in at #4.

The Barbie and Ken dolls in Toy Story 3 actually existed! Barbie is modeled after “Great Shape” Barbie (1984) and Ken is based on “Animal Lovin” Ken (1988), which I’m pretty sure I had when I was little!

 

Tom Hanks’s brother, Jim, voices Woody on all Woody toys and video games.  Sneaky, sneaky, Tom…
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Disney Villains…Where Are They Now?

Everyone knows the best part of any movie is the villain…and for years, Disney has been making some of the best villains of all time!

But what ever happened to those awesome voices behind some of our favorite movie villains? With backgrounds in theater and radio, several of Disney’s most well-loved villains are actually celebrated actors and actresses with astounding and award-winning careers.

So get ready for the ultimate conclusion to our Disney Where Are They Now series with some of the most recognizable and hilarious characters we all loved to hate!

Don’t forget to check out these other Disney articles!

Disney Princesses…Where Are They Now?
Disney Princes…Where Are They Now?

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The Evil Queen
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Voiced By: Lucille La Verne
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latest-11Known for her silent, scolding, and vengeful roles in early color films, Lucille La Verne began her acting career in 1914. Best known for her role in Snow White, Verne was typecast into playing several older women, mothers, and aunts during her career. She died from cancer eight years after her work on Snow White, which would be her last film.

 

Lady Tremaine
Cinderella (1950)
Voiced By: Eleanor Audley

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audley-1-sizedA Broadway baby, Eleanor Audley was born in New York City and got her start acting in several Broadway plays and musicals. She spent a majority of the 1940s and 1950s doing radio and film and was given the chance to voice Lady Tremaine in 1950. Disney liked her so much that she was cast again a few years later to voice one of the scariest Disney villains to hit the screen: Maleficent. Audley’s likeness was used to create the characters of both her Disney villains. After her work at Disney, Audley went on to do some TV work, including appearances on I Love Lucy, Perry Mason, Dennis the Menace, The Twilight Zone, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, and many more. She was added as a series regular to Green Acres from 1965 to 1969, playing the disapproving mother, Eunice Douglas. She passed away in November of 1991 due to respiratory failure.
The Queen of Hearts
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Voiced By: Verna Felton

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verna-felton-1-sizedWhile Verna Felton had a good slew of film and TV appearances, she is perhaps best known for her work on radio. She was a part of the popular radio show, The Cinnamon Bear, and also worked on The Jack Benny Program and The Abbott and Costello Show. Previous to her work on Alice in Wonderland, Felton also voiced Dumbo’s mother in Dumbo and the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella (1950). After Alice in Wonderland, she worked on three more Disney movies: Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, and The Jungle Book, which would be her final role.   Felton died in 1966, the day before Walt Disney passed away. She was married to another radio actor named Lee Millar, who also did animation voices, notably for Disney’s Pluto.

 

Captain Hook
Peter Pan (1953)
Voiced By: Hans Conried

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220px-Hans_Conreid_1977Best known for his voice acting roles, Hans Conried provided the voice for both Mr. Darling and Captain Hook in Disney’s Peter Pan. He started his career on stage, playing several classical major roles after his studies at Columbia University. As a voice actor, he had several roles in various radio productions and TV shows, including Mister Ed, Lost in Space, The Beverly Hillbillies, Gilligan’s Island, Laverne & Shirley, The Love Boat, Hogan’s Heroes, and many more. He was perhaps best known for his work on Make Room for Daddy, where he played Uncle Tonoose. He died of a sudden heart attack in January 1982.

 

Maleficent
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Voiced By: Eleanor Audley

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See Lady Tremaine entry.

 

Cruella de Vil
101 Dalmatians (1961)
Voiced By: Betty Lou Gerson

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220px-Betty_Lou_Gerson_1941Another star of the radio, Betty Lou Gerson is best known for her role as Cruella de Vil in 101 Dalmatians, a role that made her a Disney Legend (the only villain on this list to achieve that honor). She got her start in radio dramas and soap operas before she moved to Los Angeles and got some minor roles in film and TV. Before her work on 101 Dalmatians, Gerson was cast as the narrator in Disney’s Cinderella. After her work as Cruella, she had a few more appearances in TV and film, including a small role in Disney’s Mary Poppins and a few guest appearances on The Twilight Zone, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and Hazel. She retired from acting in 1966 and passed away from a massive stroke in January 1999.

 

Madam Mim
The Sword and the Stone (1963)
Voiced By: Martha Wentworth

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Martha Wentworth, like so many before her, also got her start on radio…starring in popular radio shows such as The Cinnamon Bear, Crime Classics, and The Abbott and Costello Show. Her work on The Cinnamon Bear was perhaps her best, as she starred as the terrifying Wintergreen Witch.  She appeared in some westerns before her work at Disney and also voiced the role of Nanny in 101 Dalmatians two years before The Sword in the Stone.  Her work on The Sword in the Stone would be her final performance. She died 11 years later at the age of 84.

 

Shere Khan
The Jungle Book (1967)
Voiced By: George Sanders

MV5BMTgyODU3MDQ4NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTgwOTkxOA@@._V1_UY317_CR22,0,214,317_AL_With a career that spanned more than 40 years, George Sanders definitely made his mark in entertainment. An actor, singer-songwriter, music composer, and author, Sanders was involved in a little bit of everything. His amazing base voice often led him to be cast as sophisticated villains, both on screen and as a voice actor. A British actor who was drawn to films with British casts, Sanders had memorable roles in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, and All About Eve, a role that awarded him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar. A few years before his work on The Jungle Book, Sanders released his autobiography, Memoirs of a Professional Cad, which gathered critical praise for its wit and humor. He suffered from dementia later on in life and grew severely depressed when he could no longer play his piano. He died of a drug overdose in April 1972.

 

Prince John
Robin Hood (1973)
Voiced By: Peter Ustinov

Sir_Peter_Ustinov_portrait_Allan_WarrenA renowned filmmaker, theater and opera director, stage designer, author, screenwriter, comedian, humorist, newspaper and magazine columnist, broadcaster, and presenter, Peter Ustinov was a noted and celebrated entertainer who won several awards for his work in entertainment. After his humorous work as Prince John and King Richard in Robin Hood, he continued acting in films, receiving Best Supporting Actor Oscars for his roles in Spartacus and Topkapi. His autobiography, Dear Me, came out in 1977 and was well received by critics. The later part of his life was spent working for various organizations, including UNICEF, for which he was a Goodwill Ambassador and fundraiser. Fluent in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Russian, he also spoke some Turkish and modern Greek. Ustinov was also proficient in accents and dialects in all his fluent languages. He passed away in March 2004 from heart failure.

 

Madame Medusa
The Rescuers (1977)
Voiced By: Geraldine Page

529full-geraldine-pageGeraldine Page was a celebrated actress who was nominated for Academy Awards eight times between 1953 and 1985. She finally won an Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in The Trip to Bountiful. After her work as Madame Medusa in The Rescuers, she starred in several Broadway shows and was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1983. She has worked with Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Maya Angelou, Lee Strasberg, and several other well-known stars of the theater and stage. After winning her Academy Award in 1986, Page was cast in a revival of Blithe Spirit, a role that landed her a Tony Award nomination. She did not win the award and passed away several days after the ceremony.

 

Ratigan
The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
Voiced By: Vincent Price

vincent-vincent-price-35944932-1080-960A stable in the horror genre, Vincent Price had an illustrious career in TV and film. Before his work on The Great Mouse Detective, Price starred in several popular films, including House of Wax, The Fly, House on Haunted Hill, Laura, and much more. Around 1975, after the horror film genre suffered a huge slump, Price transitioned to voice over work and theater. His role as Professor Ratigan was one of his last major roles, and one of his favorites. After The Great Mouse Detective, he did some small work on TV before passing away in October 1993. Price was also a noted gourmet cook and art collector and authored several cookbooks with his wife.

 

Ursula
The Little Mermaid (1989)
Voiced By: Pat Carroll

220px-Pat_Carroll_1972An Emmy, Drama Desk, and Grammy Award-winning actress, Pat Carroll is a voice actress who has enjoyed a long career on radio, film, and TV. Another regular on the sitcom, Make Room for Daddy, Carroll also appeared on several variety shows and even had a one-woman show on Gertrude Stein. In 1989, Carroll was cast as Ursula, a role she has referred to as one of her favorites. She has reprised the role in several video games and spin-offs as well. Currently Carroll can be seen on various game shows and theater productions.

 

Gaston
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Voiced By: Richard White


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A native of Tennessee, Richard White is an actor, opera singer, and voice actor best known for his role as Gaston in Beauty and the Beast.  He was nominated for a 1985 Joseph Jefferson Award for his role in Carousel at the Marriott Theater in Chicago (REPRESENT!!) and was in a national tour and Broadway revival of Jekyll and Hyde from 2012 to 2013.  White has starred in several regional and off-Broadway productions and most recently was in a Broadway production of GIGI.

 

Jafar
Aladdin (1992)
Voiced By: Jonathan Freeman

1Johnathan Freeman is best known for his role as Jafar in the Aladdin franchise, as well as in the Kingdom Hearts video game series and the 2011 Aladdin Broadway musical. Before his work on Aladdin, Freeman was a puppeteer for Shining Time Station and appeared in several Broadway revivals, including How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Producers, On the Town, and 42nd Street. Currently, Freeman is starring as Jafar in the musical adaptation of Aladdin on Broadway.

 

Scar
The Lion King (1994)
Voiced By: Jeremy Irons

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A golden child of the theater, Jeremy Irons has appeared in several Shakespearean shows and other Broadway productions. He has a long award-winning film career, filled with several movies where he played a villain. After his work on The Lion King, he won an Emmy and Golden Globe Award for his role in the TV mini-series, Elizabeth I. Despite his long and colorful career, he’s perhaps best known for his role as Scar. He has provided voice overs for three Disney World attractions and reprised his role as Scar in Fantasmic. Another fun fact…a 2008 study found “the perfect male voice” to be a combination of Jeremy Irons and Alan Rickman, both of whom played brothers in the Die Hard films. An advocate for several causes, Irons is celebrated both politically and professionally. Currently, Irons is performing in Long Day’s Journey into the Night at the Bristol Old Vic theater and has two movies coming out in 2016 and 2017: Assassin’s Creed and Justice League.

 

Governor Ratcliffe
Pocahontas (1995)
Voiced By: David Ogden Stiers

David_Ogden_StiersA native of Peoria, Illinois, David Ogden Stiers attended high school with film critic Roger Ebert and attended Julliard. He has performed with the California Shakespeare Theater, San Francisco Actor’s Workshop, and the improv group, The Committee. Before his work with Disney, Stiers was an actor on M*A*S*H, a role for which he received two Emmy nominations. After his work on Pocahontas, Stiers did additional voice work on The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Lilo & Stitch, Hoodwinked, and voiced several characters in various video games. He is the associate conductor for the Newport Symphony Orchestra and has guest-conducted more than 70 orchestras around the world.

 

Hades
Hercules (1997)
Voiced By: James Woods

JamesWoodsYet another actor who got his start on stage, James Woods appeared in 36 plays before finally making his Broadway debut in 1970. If he has a familiar face, that might be because he’s appeared in more than 130 films as of 2013 and has had several roles doing voice over work, including his favorite role, that of Hades in Hercules. After Hercules, he had roles in several other movies, including The Virgin Suicides, Any Given Sunday, Riding in Cars with Boys, John Q, and most recently, Jamesy Boy and Bling. Currently he plays the voice of Lex Luthor in Justice League Action.

 

Shan Yu
Mulan (1998)
Voiced By: Miguel Ferrer

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Another actor known for playing villains, Miguel Ferrer has starred as the guy you love to hate in several TV shows and movies. After his work on Mulan, he had roles in Traffic, Sunshine State, The Manchurian Candidate, Iron Man 3, and Rio 2. Currently he plays the voice of Death in Adventure Time. One of five children of the lovely Rosemary Clooney, Ferrer is also first-cousins with fellow actor George Clooney.

 

Dr. Facilier
The Princess and the Frog (2009)
Voiced By: Keith David

the-cape-9A fellow graduate of Julliard School, Keith David is an actor praised for his voice over work. He has appeared in several films and TV shows, including Armageddon, There’s Something About Mary, Barbershop, Crash, and Requiem for a Dream. He has narrated Ken Burns, The War, as well as several other Burns films. He’s voiced video games characters and was cast in the leading role in the 2015 drama series, Greenleaf.

 

Mother Gothel
Tangled (2010)
Voiced By: Donna Murphy

MV5BMjI2OTA5NTIzNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDY1MjM1Nw@@._V1_SX1024_CR0,0,1024,1457_AL_A five-time Tony Award nominee, Donna Murphy is a celebrated actress of the stage. She has won Tonys for her roles in Passion and The King and I and has appeared in a handful of films and TV shows. After her work on Tangled, Murphy appeared in the films Higher Ground, Dark Horse, The Bourne Legacy, and House of Versache. She’s also had roles on The Good Wife, Royal Pains, and Resurrection. She won a Drama Desk Award for LoveMusik in 2007 and was nominated for several awards in 2011 for her work in The People in the Picture.

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Adorable PIXAR Decorations You Need in Your Life

Besides carbs, Leonardo DiCaprio, and beer, I also love a good Pixar movie! Whenever I need a good cry, there’s nothing that will get to me like watching Up, or Wall-E…and don’t even get me STARTED on Toy Story 3. “So long, partner…” OMG THE TEARS!!! THE TEARS ARE REAL!!!!

So despite the fact that Pixar loves to just pull your heart out and stomp on it using only the sweetest of characters, their movies often have some real-life messages that resonate with you no matter what your age. And just because you’re not a kid doesn’t mean you can’t surround your tiny apartment with reminders of your favorite childhood friends, right?

So I’ve scoured ETSY and found a few grown-up yet fun ways to decorate your apartment, house, or room with all things PIXAR!

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Finding Dory:
Finding Dory Quote, Finding Nemo Quote, I Couldn't Forget You, Finding Dory Print, Finding Nemo Nursery Wall Art Art Print

The Good Dinosaur:
Brontosaurus Wooden Dinosaur Decor Jurassic Sign Kids Room Decor Brachiosaurus Good Dinosaur Nursery Wall Art Kids Room Decor Dinosaur Art

Inside Out:
Inside out Sadness inspired cushion cover Pillowcase 16x16 inches 40x40cm

Monsters University:
oozma kappa. roar omega roar.. disney.. monsters university.. green logo.. digital copy

Brave:
Penguin Books Classics Movie Poster — Brave Pixar Studios — High Quality Giclee Print Ikea Ribba Size

Toy Story:
To Infinity and Beyond Lime Green and Navy Blue Painted Wood Sign, Boys Decor, Sign for Boys Rooms, Space Sign

Up:
Adventure is Out There - Set of three woodburned spoons - Up the Movie, Pixars Up, wooden spoon gift, compass, graduation gift, kitchen gift

Wall-E:
Wall-E -Movie Poster - The Colors Of Motion

Ratatouille:
Chinese Ratatouille - Minimalist Disney Pixar movie poster, Minimalist Retro Poster,

Cars:
Flo's V8 Cafe - Cars / Disney Pixar Inspired - Movie Art Poster

The Incredibles:
Violet Parr Incredibles themed cushion/pillow.

Finding Nemo:
Finding Nemo quote digital print, finding nemo poster, finding nemo nursery decor calligraphy print motivational quote poster decor

Monsters Inc:
I wouldn't have nothing if I didn't have you || Disney Pixar Monsters Inc. Quote

A Bugs Life:
Watercolor Bug's Life - I only got twenty-four hours to live and I ain't gonna waste it here.

 

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Disney Princes…Where Are They Now?

A few weeks ago, we took a look to see what happened to the voices behind our favorite Disney Princesses. Now what about their counterparts?

Though many of the official Disney Princes didn’t have a lot of screen time, they were still essential to every Disney story. Voiced my strong men of all kinds, these princes set the bar for every little girl dreaming of her Prince Charming.

Whether they rode in on a white stallion or a flying carpet, these men made little girls dream of fairy tale endings, sang some of our favorite Disney songs, and brought us into royal worlds that were once only figments of our imaginations.

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Prince Ferdinand
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1938)
Voiced By: Harry Stockwell
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A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Harry Stockwell made his film debut in the 1935 film, Strike Up the Band. However, his claim to fame came two years later when he was cast as “The Prince” in Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Though he was not held to such insane terms as his vocal counterpart (see Disney Princesses: Where Are They Now), this small role remained his best-known part throughout his career. A noted Broadway performer, Harry also performed as “Curley” in Broadway’s Oklahoma!, a role he maintained until 1948. He is also father to two fellow actors, Dean Stockwell (Anchor’s Aweigh, The Secret Garden, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Blue Velvet, Married to the Mob) and Guy Stockwell (Adventures in Paradise, Knight Rider, Magnum P.I., Murder She Wrote, Columbo, Quantum Leap, The War Lord, It’s Alive). He died in 1982 at the age of 82.

Prince Charming/Prince Henry
Cinderella (1950)
Voiced By: Mike Douglas
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Mike Douglas (born Michael Delaney Dowd, Jr.) was a “big band” era singer, entertainer, and television host. Born in Chicago, IL, Mike started his career as a choirboy and radio singer. In 1950, he offered his singing voice for the role of Prince Charming in Disney’s Cinderella, then began the upward battle of trying to keep big band music relevant amidst a changing musical culture. Mike eventually went back to his TV hosting skills and started The Mike Douglas Show in June of 1965. The show helped introduce entertainers such as Barbara Streisand and Aretha Franklin and showcased popular guests like Truman Capote, Richard Nixon, The Rolling Stones, and Moe Howard of The Three Stooges. The Mike Douglas Show remained on air until 1981 when it was cancelled due to low ratings. Mike passed away suddenly in 1990 on his 81st birthday.

Prince Phillip
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Voiced By: Bill Shirley
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A cherished singer from the age of 5, Bill Shirley grew up in a musical household and would often sing along with his mother, Inez Shirley, who was a well-known professional pianist. He sang in church and was an active member of the Children’s Civic Theater, the Ogden Chorale, and the Irvington Playhouse. When he was 19, he moved to Hollywood with his mom and began his movie career with small roles in hard-to-find pictures. He signed on with Republic Studios in 1941 and appeared in rare B-list films, including Rookies on Parade, Sailors on Leave, and Doctors Don’t Tell. Besides a few radio and TV spots, Bill had trouble furthering his Hollywood career. It wasn’t until he was approached by The Walt Disney Company to voice the character of Prince Phillip that his career began to take shape. After his work on Sleeping Beauty, he got another big break as a ghost singer in the film, My Fair Lady, acting as Freddy Eynsford-Hill’s singing voice (“On the Street Where You Live” was sung by Bill Shirley). Unfortunately, Bill often received little to no credit for all the work he did in front of and behind the camera, so the great scope of his accomplishments is unknown. After years of directing plays and performing on camera and on stage, Bill retired from acting in 1963. He passed away from lung cancer in 1989, at the age of 68.

Prince Eric
The Little Mermaid (1989)
Voiced By: Christopher Daniel Barnes
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At the tender age of 16, C.D. Barnes was cast as the voice of Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid. He reprised the role 17 years later in the 2006 Kingdom Hearts II game.   He also voiced Prince Charming in two Cinderella sequels, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True and Cinderella III: A Twist in Time. After The Little Mermaid, C.D. got what is thought to be his big break in the business. From 1994 to 1998, he voiced the lead role in the Spider-Man cartoon series, which remains the longest-running TV show based on the superhero. He’s also done some work in front of the camera, appearing as Greg in the Brady Bunch parody movies and has appeared in several TV shows, including Malcolm & Eddie, Wings, Blossom, The Golden Girls, Touched By an Angel, 7th Heaven, and Day by Day. Most recently, C.D. Barnes reprised his role as Spider-Man in the Marvel Heroes 2013 video game.

The Beast/The Prince
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Voiced By: Robby Benson
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Robby Benson (Robin David Segal) is perhaps best known for his role as The Beast in Disney’s famed classic, Beauty and the Beast. Before landing the gig, he acted in several coming-of-age films and smaller Hollywood movies, including The Death of Richie and Ice Castles. After voicing The Beast, Robby took to the written word and landed a spot on the LA Times Bestseller List with his 2007 novel, Who Stole the Funny?: A Novel of Hollywood. He released his medical memoir, I’m Not Dead…Yet! in June 2012, a candid journey through his Hollywood life and his courageous battle with a congenital valve defect and how he survived four (FOUR!) open heart surgeries. He’s a two-time Golden Globe nominated actor and has directed more than 100 TV episodes and pilots. He’s taught film at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and was nominated for the New York University’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2006 and the David Payne-Carter Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010. As of 2016, Robby is currently Professor of Practice in Telecommunications at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.

Aladdin
Aladdin (1992)
Voiced By: Scott Weinger
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Scott’s first professional acting work was in a national commercial for Ideal Toys. He went on to act in Police Academy 5 and made a guest appearance on ABC’s Live Goes On. He became a friendly face on TV, appearing in The Family Man and Full House as well. It was during his run in Full House that Scott was cast as the voice of Aladdin. He reprised his role several times after, appearing as the street urchin in the CBS Aladdin series and direct-to-video sequels. He also appeared in The Return of Jafar, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, and voiced the character in several Kingdom Hearts and Disney video games. Scott graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1998 with a degree in English and American Literature. He has written and produced for several TV shows and has returned to the Tanner dwelling as Steve Hale in Fuller House.

John Smith
Pocahontas (1995)
Voiced By: Mel Gibson
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A familiar face to most movie-goers, Mel Gibson is a stable in the Hollywood role call. With great success previous to his role in Pocahontas, Mel went on to create three movies in 2000 that each grossed more than $100: The Patriot, Chicken Run, and What Women Want. In 2002, he went on to appear in M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs, which became the highest-grossing film of Mel’s acting career. After Signs, Mel took a break from acting until 2010 with his return in the film, Edge of Darkness. He has starred in, produced, and directed several films, including The Passion of the Christ, the highest grossing rated R film of all time. His most recent credit is Blood Father, a Jean-Francois Richet film due to hit theaters in August 2016.

Li Shang
Mulan (1998)
Voiced By: B.D. Wong
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A celebrated Tony Award-winning actor and performer, B.D. Wong is no stranger to the big and small screens. His more notable roles include parts on Law and Order: SVU, Oz, and a reoccurring role as Dr. Henry Wu in the Jurassic Park series. He has appeared in several Broadway shows, including M. Butterfly, a role that earned him a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and Theatre World Award all for the same role (he’s the only actor to achieve this monumental feat). After his work on Mulan, B.D. Wong went on to voice Li Shang again in Mulan’s direct-to-video sequel and the video game, Kingdom Hearts II. A standout in the LGBT community, he also donates his time and resources to a number of charities, including the Ali Forney Center, Materials for the Arts, and Rosie’s Theater Kids. Currently B.D. Wong appears in the TV series Gotham.

Prince Naveen
The Princess and the Frog (2009)
Voiced By: Bruno Campos
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A native of Brazil, Bruno Campos is perhaps best known for his role as Dr. Quentin Costa in the award-winning TV show, Nip/Tuck. Raised in the US, Bruno attended Michigan’s Interlochen Arts Academy at the age of 14. He went on to study drama at Northwestern University and earned a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School In 1995, he starred in the Brazilian film, O Quatrilho, which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. After his work on The Princess and the Frog, Bruno left the acting business and is now a litigation associate at the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. He’s set to reprise his role as Prince Naveen in the 2016 Kingdom Hearts III video game.

Flynn Rider
Tangled (2010)
Voiced By: Zachary Levi
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A native of the stage, Zachary got his start acting at the age of 5, appearing in regional productions of Grease, The Outsiders, Oklahoma!, Oliver!, and The Wizard of Oz. His first starring role came in 2007 in the TV series, Chuck. After his work on Tangled, Zachary went on to continue work in TV and on the stage. He was signed on in 2015 to reprise his role as Flynn Rider in the upcoming TV series, Tangled: Before Ever After, set to air on the Disney Channel in 2017.

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