Review: The Pixar Documentary

The Pixar Documentary
The Pixar Story

a documentary by Leslie Iwerks 
 
Around two years ago I was recommended the Pixar Documentary in an Instagram comment by Youtuber, blogger and fellow spoonie Meg. I can’t remember her exact words, but they rang with a sincerity of how good it was and almost an urgency that I simply had to watch it. If you follow her blog or have seen any of her videos then you know as well as I do that she has such a positive energy about her and only mentions things she genuinely loves herself, so having read her comment I immediately purchased the documentary. 
 
There is so much I could say about this documentary. In fact, there’s too much to say about it that I quite honestly don’t know where to start. First of all, Meg was right. Her recommendation was spot on and I feel so grateful to have stumbled upon it when I did. Up until this past Christmas, my download of the documentary had sat collecting digital dust on my iTunes account. Feeling burnt out, in a constant state of brain fog and entirely uninspired, I decided to grab a cuppa and snuggle down to watch it during the holidays. 
 
The title is pretty self-explanatory with the documentary being the story behind Pixar, the people behind it and the way it came to be the box-office breaking company that it is to this day. It starts with a little bit about the three men at the helm of the company: the talented artist John Lasseter, the creative scientist Ed Catmull and the visionary entrepreneur Steve Jobs. The documentary goes on to tell us how the paths of these men crossed, what led to the creation of Pixar and most importantly the struggles they faced along the way. There’s also footage from throughout the developing years of the movies and building Pixar as a company, along with accounts from the staff members themselves. 
 

‘Pixar’s seen by a lot of folks as an overnight success, but if you really look closely most overnight success’ took a long time’   -Steve Jobs 

 

I personally love all the Pixar movies. Some of my first memories are of sitting in front of my godmother’s tele watching Toy Story with her son. Pixar movies are something so deeply rooted in the childhood of my generation, and later generations, that makes watching something like this so fascinating. Having watched the work behind those beloved movies, I feel as though I have a newfound respect for Pixar and everyone behind it. After seeing what goes into it, you can’t help but remember those people and everything they said when you rewatch those movies. 
 
This documentary found me at the perfect time and reignited a flame within me to keep working towards the things that I want because, as Jobs says, they don’t happen overnight. Everything is a work in process so it’s important to keep chipping away at those dreams regardless of the struggles that stand in your way. I’d recommend this to any Pixar or Disney lover, young or old: it’s enjoyable for all. 
 
Have you seen it? You need to
Cheerio for now! 
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Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour // Hogwarts Express

If you haven’t been to the Warner Bros Studio Tour and you’re hoping to in the futures, then I would skip this post, and any future posts titled ‘Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour’, as it contains spoilers
Platform 9 3/4 Sign
Platform Conductors Costume
Hogwarts Express Steam Engine
^^Moment of sheer joy, It’s the HOGWARTS EXPRESS!! 
Hogwarts Express side sign Train
Platform Entrance
You have to take the photo ops when they come -when can I ever try to access platform 9 3/4 again?! 
Train Carriage
Pretending to be Lavender Brown
My Lavender Brown moment
Wizard Word Sweets
Every Flavour beans Flavours
First Train Journey Carriage
Honey dukes Sweet Train Trolley
Final Train Scene Costumes

To read about the accessibility of the Hogwarts Express, and the studio tour, in general, please click here


Have you ever been to the Studio Tour? What did you think of the Hogwarts Express?

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Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour // Miscellaneous Pt.4

Hagrid’s Hut & Dumbledore’s office 

If you haven’t been to the Warner Bros Studio Tour and you’re hoping to in the future, then I would skip this post, and any future posts titled ‘Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio tour’, as it contains spoilers
Dumbledores's Office
Portraits in Dumbledores office
More Portraits in Dumbledore's office
Dumbledore's office
Cabinet of Collected memories
Hagrids Hut
Hagrids Hut Outside Set
Inside Hagrids Hut Set
Hagrids Costume
Fang - Hagrids Dog
 
Have you been to the Studio Tour? What did you think of Dumbledore’s 360 office set? 
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Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour // Miscellaneous Pt.3

If you haven’t been to the Warner Bros Studio Tour and you’re hoping to in the future, then I would skip this post, and any future posts titled ‘Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour’, as it contains spoilers.

Costumes, Props, Sets and Special Effects
Character Costumes
Wig & Make up desk
Bellatrix Wig
Urghh! How I wish my hair was like Bellatrix Lestrange
Gryffindor Boys Dormitory
Boys' Dormitory
Wands of the Characters
Newspapers, Books and Publishings from the film
Marauders Map
Books used within the films
Flirting Fancies & Love potions
Weasley Goods
Wizard World sweets - shock-a-chocs, Cauldron Cakes, cheeri owls, bertie boots every flavour beans, fizzing wizzbees
Goblin Special Effect Masks
Make up Special Effects
Fawkes Phoenix
Book
Weak Voldemort Prop From Deathly Hallows
House elf & Aunt Special Effects
Special Effects
Dragon Special Effect Props
Have you ever been to the Studio tour? What did you think of the costumes, sets, props and special effects? (I personally weren’t a fan of that book)
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Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour // Miscellaneous Pt.2

If you haven’t been to the Warner Bros Studio Tour and you’re hoping to in the future, then I would skip this post, and any future posts titled ‘Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour’, as it contains spoilers.
Ministry of Magic Monument
Ministry Monument
Ministry of Magic Back drops and set design
Black Family Tree Tapestry
Black Family Tree Tapestry - Sirius Black's Burnout
Black Family Tree Tapestry - Bellatrix, Lucius and Malfoy spots
Umbrage's Pink Office Set
Umbridge's Pink Office set
Dolores Umbridge Pink outfits
School Proclamations
More Hogwarts School Proclamations
Death Eater Boget
Death Eater Masks
Invisibility cloak and Hermione and Ron costumes
Order of Phoenix costumes
Borgin & Burke Shop Sign Set
Borgin & Burke Shop Set
Peculiar Set and Props for Borgin & Burke
The Burrow set & Weasley Family costumes
Mr & Mrs Weasley Costumes
Burrow Set
Potions Class Set & Slughorn costume
Potion Classroom Set
Potion Set & Snape Costume
Ministry of magic costumes from Atrium rule
Deathly Hallows Hermione, Harry & Ron costumes
Hagrids Motorbike & Side Car
Death Eater Meeting
Horcruxes
Have you ever been to Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour? What did you think? 
Cheerio for now! 

my favourite videos from the past few months

For me, Youtube has become the new television in my life. I tend to lean towards keeping up to date with my subscription box more than any TV shows. I also prefer online videos because I can stop and start wherever I want, plus videos vary in length with most being shorter than your average TV show which is so ideal when you have a concentration level like mine. 

I follow a ton of YouTubers and have watched some great content over the past few months but here are some of my favourite videos

  • The Michalak’s: Probably up there with my favourite YouTubers, I love this family. There’s a certain realness to their vlogs that I think a lot of others lack. My favourite vlog theirs is probably the Iceland one. I found it so calming and peaceful but it also sparked a little wanderlust inside me watching their spontaneous adventure. 

  • Vagabond Youth: As the skincare junkie I’m starting to morph into, I loved watching Amy Lee’s Skincare video. It was so great watching and learning about someone else’s skincare routine, especially as that someone’s beliefs align with your own. I tend to spend far more money and time on the hunt for the effective and nourishing products, as opposed to makeup to conceal my face. 

  • Simply_Kenna: Favourite blogger (and Instagrammer) of all time, it would be wrong of me to put together this post without included videos from McKenna. I’m always swooning over her makeup tutorials and trying to recreate them -needless to say they never turn out as pretty as hers. I’ve yet to try her Pixie makeup, however, I can’t wait to have a go at it. I loved the gold freckle flecks and think they’ll look darn right adorable throughout the warmer months. I also really enjoyed her how I edit my insta photos videos, especially as she spoke about how she does her rainbow flares. 

  • Estée Lalonde: I have always loved both Estée’s blog and channel, but my favourite video lately is her Magazine Shopping and Haul video. I’ve been on the hunt for new magazines to read for around a year now and have found some real keepers but have still kept up the search. I couldn’t have clicked on this video any quicker when I saw in pop up in my subscription box. 

  • Grace: The bookworm that I am, it’s only natural to follow a few booktube channels. I have found so many  amazing YA reads through Grace’s channel but my favourite of all her videos is probably things I do in bookstores. I found it so funny and amusing, but also really relatable and almost reassuring that there are other people out there watching people in bookstores. 


  • Fashion citizen: A newer Youtube channel for me, so I haven’t got too many to share but I’m loving the vibes of these videos. My favourite videos so far are A day in the life and Get ready with me. I also love their thrift hauls and their moment’s videos.  

What are your favourite videos from the past few months? Let me know below
Cheerio for now! 

Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour // Miscellaneous Pt.1

If you haven’t been to the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour and you are hoping to visit in the future, then I’d suggest skipping this post, and any future posts titled ‘Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour’, as it contains spoilers
 
When you come out of the Great Hall you then go into a huge studio full of sets, props, costumes, etc from the films. Now there is so much to take in and I took a lot of photos which I now have to organise is some way. I think I’ll just try to sort io photos in the order the items are used in the movies -if that makes sense. 
The Mirror of Erised and the singing lady portrait
mirror of erised
(That is Simon, my carer for the day)
Gringotts vault door
Moving Staircase
Quid ditch display - costumes, props and visual effects
Quidditch display props and costumes
Entrance to Dumbledores Office
Chamber of Secrets Entrance
Leaky Cauldron Fireplace
Now this is the Leaky Cauldron. Neither of us could place this in any of the movies so we asked one of the workers. Turns out it’s only in a few shots and they are so quick that you often don’t notice it in the background.
Leaky Cauldron Illusion hallways
Gryffindor common room
Gryffindor Common Room Fireplace
Professor Lupin's Defence Against the Dark Arts costumes and props
Goblet of Fire
The Goblet of Fire, The Triwizard Cup and The Golden Egg (and Yes, I am listening to the mermaid song while putting this together). 
Tri-Wizard Cup & Golden Egg
The Yule Ball Costumes & Ice (looking) Sculpture
Hermiones, Vikram, Harry and Cho's Yule Ball Outfits
Ron's Yule Ball Outfit
Feast props from the movie
Feast props from the movie
I hope you enjoyed these photographs -stay tuned for more.
Cheerio for now! 

Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour // Great Hall

If you haven’t been to the Warner Bros Studio Tour and you’re hoping to visit in the future, then I would suggest skipping this post, and any future post titled ‘Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour’, as it contains spoilers
 
Great Hall Entrance door
Stone Carvings aside the door
Film Costumes within the hall
House Costumes within the hall
Great Hall Fireplace
House Costumes in the Hall
House Crests carved onto the Fireplace
Gryffindor Character Costumes
The Sorting Hat
Hagrid and Filch costumes
Professor Costumes
Dumbledore and Snape Costumes
 
After the cinema experience, you then go on into the great hall, which let’s just say is a pinch-me moment! You are actually standing inside the Great Hall -where all those amazing actors and actress’ have once stood! Where all the magic happened. There was a part of me that massively wanted to reenact Professor Quirrell’s ‘Troll in the dungeon” scene but I refrained. 
 
Along each side, there are the long tables as well as costumes from students along with the house crests. When we went there was also the sorting hat in the centre of the room just before the professors’ costumes. I have to admit I got a little emosh when I saw Alan Rickman’s Snape costume. 
 
Have you ever been to the Studio Tour? What did you think? 
Cheerio for now! 

Warner Bro’s Harry Potter Studio tour // Entrance

If you haven’t been to the Warner Bros Studio Tour and you’re hoping to in the future, then I would skip this post, and any future posts titled ‘Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour’, as it contains spoilers.

The Making of Harry Potter - Studio Tour Entrance

Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio tour
Within the Entrance Hall - Character Pictures and Weasley's Flying Car
Weasley's flying car
more Character pictures
Character pictures and train trolleys
Astronomy Tower Artefact
From the moment, you walk into the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour you’re immediately met with photo ops. Pictures of the characters’ on the wall to props and pieces from the movies, It all starts from when you walk through the entrance. 
 
When you book you are giving a time slot for the tour you are on, and your recommended to be there half an hour before your tour starts. We had a bit of time to spare so we grabbed a hot drink in the Starbuck’s while we waited. Before it was time to go in we also grabbed a free activity passport from the lobby to collect stamps throughout. I think these are for children but that didn’t stop me -I was actually pretty shameless about the whole thing…
Posing with my Studio Tour Passport
When you first go in you enter the cinema where you watch a few short clips about how Harry Potter came to be, some behind the scenes footage and accounts from the actors and crew involved. I won’t tell you how the film ends and how you end up at the great hall but let’s just say I was pretty impressed by how the whole thing was executed. 
 
Have you ever been to the Studio Tour? What did you think of the cinema experience? 
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Accessibility: the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour

Outside the entrance to the Warner Bros.Harry Potter Studio Tour
Being reliant on a wheelchair when I leave the house means there is always factors to consider whenever I go anywhere. Will there be ramps? Will the flooring be smooth? Will doorways be wide enough to maneuver? and a dozen other things to ask. Visiting the Studio Tour was no different. After the excitement and adrenaline had subsided, I was faced with the anxiety of its’ accessibility. The website was really helpful and even had a video of a wheelchair user explaining all the facilities they had to offer for disabled or physically impaired visitors. 
 
The majority of the site is wheelchair accessible with ramps and wide doorways throughout. Some of the ramps are a little more difficult to manoeuvre, particularly the ramp leading to the castle and the one along Diagon alley. Diagon Alley is cobblestoned so it is a little uncomfortable but it is the characteristics of the set. As mentioned there’s a bit of a slope to it so my advice for self-propellers, scooters or careers is to try not to stop as you could get stuck in one of the gaps of the cobbles: as well as the fact that where it’s sloped it can be a little more tricky to get out of. 
 
There are a few things that aren’t accessible such as the Hogwarts Express and the Castle Bridge. I didn’t go on the Castle Bridge but I did go on the Hogwarts Express. It was a very narrow carriageway but had handrails the whole way through which was so helpful -I also had a handy little helper to let me lean on (Thanks, Anna!). When on the train you start at one end and come out the other, so it was inevitable that once out I would have to trek to the other end to get back into my wheelchair. Lucky for me there was a really helpful worker manning the train entrance and when I came out the other end, there she was waiting for me to hop back in. I know it doesn’t sound much but little things like that made the whole day more enjoyable. 
 
In terms of sound and light sensitivities, at times I found it a little overwhelming but again it’s the characteristics of the studio tour and the Harry Potter films. The Hogwarts Express hoots loudly every now and then and the soundtrack of the movies is played throughout. The whole attraction itself is fully booked for the majority of the time so naturally, it’s constantly busy. It’s not extremely bright inside though having said this the artefacts, sets and costumes throughout are all lit by spotlight so every so often you may be hit in the eye but in general it weren’t so bad. 
 
If you are light sensitive,  I would recommend that if stopping in the cafe/picnic area sit with your back facing the glass wall as it lets in a lot of natural light and after being in such dimly lit rooms it can be quite intense (almost like coming out of a dark cinema!). 
 
Another thing I was really impressed with was the photo opportunities. Going into the tour I knew I didn’t want to have a go at any of the green screen photo ops, though when by the Hogwarts Express we decided to have a group photo. I thought I had to get out my chair but when we got into the carriage I saw there was a huge gap for wheelchair users: and not by the side where the camera could see but by the window. I personally was really impressed by this as it meant that wheelchair users who can’t physically use their legs could be a part of the magic also. 
 
When you first go in your taken into a cinema where you’re shown a few short clips. I personally found these to be very loud and bright so if you are sensitive to light or sound in any way I recommend keeping some earplugs on you and your sunnies too. 
 
I think that is all, but I may have missed some things. If you have ever been and can think of anything I may have missed please put it in a comments below! 
 
Have you ever been to the Studio Tour? What did you think of the Accessibility? 
Cheerio for now!