There’s nothing like having children to force you to tap into your inner child and stare her in the eye. And, finding the fortitude to watch the same programming or read the same book over and over again. There was a point in my life when I could recite the whole of Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham without having to look at the book.

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living; it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities. –Theodor Seuss Geisel

With the plethora of animated films, you eventually learn to watch without watching and piecing the story together in pieces. Fortunately, the people at places like Pixar have learned how to incorporate elements that entertain adults as well but, after watching a film 14 times, even those start to lose their shine. But, there is also something to be said about the joy you experience – if you allow yourself to – from watching your child truly revel in something. Plus, children’s films and books are great tools for teaching your children life lessons.

When life gets you down do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do? Just keep swimming! – Dory, Finding Nemo

With all of this in mind, Club Med and Disney have hooked me up with tickets to take my children to the pre-screening of the latest Disney Pixar film Inside Out on Sunday, June 14th, 2015. The film will be launched globally on June 19th. In addition, they’ve given me 2 sets of tickets of up to 4 tickets to give away.

“Do you ever look at someone and wonder what is going on inside their head? Disney•Pixar’s original new film “Inside Out” ventures inside the mind to find out. 

Based in Headquarters, the control center inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. Fear (voice of Bill Hader) heads up safety, Anger (voice of Lewis Black) ensures all is fair and Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) prevents Riley from getting poisoned—both physically and socially. Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith) isn’t exactly sure what her role is, and frankly, neither is anyone else.  

When Riley’s family relocates to a scary new city, the Emotions are on the job, eager to help guide her through the difficult transition. But when Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind—taking some of her core memories with them—Fear, Anger and Disgust are left reluctantly in charge. Joy and Sadness must venture through unfamiliar places—Long Term Memory, Imagination Land, Abstract Thought and Dream Productions—in a desperate effort to get back to Headquarters, and Riley.”

It is directed by Academy Award® winner Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.”, “Up”), produced by Jonas Rivera, p.g.a. (“Up”) and features an original score by Michael Giacchino (“The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Up”).

To win these tickets, answer the following question in the comments section of this post:

Who does the voice of Joy in the film?

You can also tweet me the answer @kojobaffoe or leave a comment on my Facebook page. I will randomly select the winner on Friday, June 12th. The pre-screening is taking place in Johannesburg so please only enter if you will be able to attend with your little ones.

In this modern world where activity is stressed almost to the point of mania, quietness as a childhood need is too often overlooked. Yet a child’s need for quietness is the same today as it has always been—it may even be greater—for quietness is an essential part of all awareness. In quiet times and sleepy times a child can dwell in thoughts of his own, and in songs and stories of his own. – Margaret Wise Brown

 

 

 

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