There were definitely a lot LESS intense scenes in this new movie, compared to the first (no sharks or scary chases or anything that may be a trigger), and I can't think of a child (or adult) who wouldn't love it. There were a few scenes where I did tear up, and once again, Disney dances around parental death in the way only Disney can. The messages of believing in yourself, standing up for the people you love and being brave run throughout the film, and would make a great discussion topic with kids.
The film debuts in theaters on Friday (June 17th) and I suggest you see it in theaters if you can, and preferably in 3D if you enjoy films that way. As we have come to expect from Pixar, the animation is AMAZING, and the short that runs before the feature (Piper) took my breath away.
Also, make sure you stay until the END of the credit roll. A few characters make a cameo worth staying for. Overall I'd give Finding Nemo a strong 4.5 out of 5.
Hank the Octopus Stenciled SignAnd now, to celebrate my new found love for Hank, I created a Silhouette stencil file featuring the little guy and an ode to his three hearts. I used it to create this driftwood sign for the baby's nautical room.
Josh is already calling it his "op-toe-pus" which is pretty darn adorable.
I cut my stencil out of removable vinyl (the best deal to get vinyl is Expressions, especially if you doing a lot of projects like this which use large pieces)
I also love these pick and probe sets for weeding. They are perfect for the small pieces. much nicer than the Silhouette hook.
Next I applied my transfer paper (I used clear contact paper) and added the stencil to the sign. You can see I decided I wanted the words "I Love You" to be a little higher so I cut the stencil apart with the transfer paper already attached. Worked great.
I did have a few ripples in my contact paper since the boards weren't totally flat. As long as I pressed them down right before stenciling I don't have a paint seepage problem.
For the paint I used Martha Stewart's "Popcorn" (since it was leftover from my laundry room cabinet makeover.) That paint line is no longer available.
After the paint was slightly tacky (but not completely dried) I removed the stencil with the weeding pick.
The final sign is adorable. I considered distressing it, but decided against it. I liked the look already.
And it goes great in the Nursery along with my foam core anchor a his model ships.
Now I can't wait to take him to the Finding Dory to show him exactly who inspired his OpToePus.