Archives for September 16, 2022

Cars on the Road * Perfect For Younger Viewers – Colorful Animation, Short Stories And Catchy Tunes

Set months after Cars 3, the new series follows Lightning McQueen and his best friend Mater on a cross-country road trip across the United States as they journey eastward to attend a wedding for Mater’s sister. The episodes depict the characters in various scenarios, for example, them being chased by dinosaur-like cars. It is set in new locations with a multitude of new characters, including their new friend Ivy, a girl monster truck who travels with them, as well as featuring the return of already established characters from the franchise.

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Kyla C. comments, “With nine episodes ranging around ten minutes in length, this show is perfect for pre-existing Cars fans and younger kids. The catchy tunes are a wonderful backing for the colorful animation and short stories happening on screen.” See her full review below.

Cars on the Road

By Kyla C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critics, Age 13

Get ready to go “Lightning” fast when you watch Cars on the Road, a new spinoff series from Disney/Pixar. With nine episodes ranging around ten minutes in length, this show is perfect for pre-existing Cars fans and younger kids. The catchy tunes are a wonderful backing for the colorful animation and short stories happening on screen. Get comfortable in your seat because Cars on the Road will keep you riveted with its action and adventure.

Cars on the Road follows Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) as they go on a long road trip to attend Mater’s sister’s wedding. A distinct mini-plot takes up the majority of each individual episode, with the only overlapping plot points being the roadtrip. One of the best episodes involves a well-developed character who discovers her inner self and finds where she belongs. With appearances of other characters from the original Cars movies, as well as many brand new characters, Cars on the Road is sure to keep you watching.

Cars on the Road has some of the most real looking, 3D-seeming animation I’ve ever seen. In one of the episodes, Lightning and Mater arrive at a speed stop, where cars are getting attachments in order to drive faster. They stop to talk and there’s a building and trees in the background. It is truly stunning how much the cars look like they are popping off the screen. The animation throughout the show is also colorful and fun, setting a cheerful tone. However, when the show hits a couple of dark moments, that cheerful color vanishes, replaced by a dark and gloomy feel. So, not only is the animation pleasing for the eyes, it helps to tell the story with changes in moods. On the other side of things, the music is so upbeat and fun. It’s engaging and catchy. The theme song that plays at the beginning of each episode is the perfect short clip for this show. On top of that, there are a few other songs spread throughout that have to do with that episode’s story. They are naturally included, and I always look forward to when the next song will appear. The animated dancing that goes along with these songs is also pretty brilliant. To put a cherry on top, the acting performances are wonderful. A few of the original Cars actors star in this show, as well as plenty of actors new to the Cars world. They make their characters’ personalities funny, vulnerable, sweet and always lovable by kids. One character and acting performance that stands out as adding positive energy to the show is Ivy, who is played by Quinta Brunson. She gives the already lively character her own personal spark. Ivy truly shines throughout the show.

Cars on the Road is definitely a perfect pick for a young child. There are vital messages that are clearly conveyed in each episode. Sometimes, the characters even talk about that episode’s lesson and reflect on how they could’ve been a better friend or sister. Among many others, teamwork, healthy friendships and knowing that your opinion isn’t the only opinion are some of the primary themes of Cars on the Road.

I give Cars on the Road 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8.  Three-two-one-GO! have some fun watching Cars on the Road exclusively on Disney+ beginning September 8, 2022.

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Agustus, Sept. 15th Pet of the Week!

Right out of the saddest storybook you could read to your kids hopped Agustus. The poor little guy was found lost and confused in the outdoors, where no house rabbit can defend themselves. Luckily, a kind soul brought him to the shelter. He’s neutered and is friendly and social—he absolutely loves people! At only 2 years old, he’s ready for a long life and a happy ending! You can speed up the process to adopt or foster Agustus and any of our other pets by emailing PetAdopt@longbeach.gov or petfoster@longbeach.gov. You can also call (562) 570-4925. Even better, stop by during our new open walk-in hours every Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Our shelter is located at 7700 E. Spring St. Ask for ID#A605387 to meet Agustus. We’re at capacity, and everyone needs homes!

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Descanso Gardens’ Carved & Enchanted Tix Go on Sale Sept. 15th to the General Public

Descanso Gardens announced today that tickets will be going on sale for its beloved holiday events, Carved and Enchanted Forest of Light starting at 10:00 a.m. on September 1, 2022 for members and September 15 for the general public at descansogardens.org.

Descanso’s unique take on Halloween, Carved, will occur October 7-31, 2022 and will feature exciting new displays and experiences. Enchanted, everyone’s favorite light show, will be held November 20, 2022-January 8, 2023 with its preview party fundraiser on November 19, 2022.

Carved is a family-friendly event for all ages. For three weeks in October, thousands of carved pumpkins will line the Camellia Forest. This year’s event will be bigger and better than before, with all kinds of new activities and activations. Along with the pumpkins, the ever-popular pumpkin house, hay maze, and holiday-themed food and beverage, guests will enjoy:

●     UV “black light” experiences

●     Artists sculpting pumpkins

●     Special Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) installation at the Amphitheater

Visitors can once again experience the wonder of Enchanted Forest of Light from November 20, 2022-January 8, 2023. Popular returning favorites include an entire town of magical “stained glass” creations built in the Rose Garden by contemporary sculptor Tom Fruin; sparkling, swirling installations from HYBYCOZO on the Main Lawn; Flower Power on the Promenade; and exquisite lighting effects in the Ancient Forest.

Support the Gardens and be the first to experience Enchanted Forest of Light at the Preview Party fundraiser on Saturday, November 19. The event will give visitors a chance to experience the show before it opens to the public on November 20. Tickets include food and drinks, plus special entertainment and directly benefit the Gardens. Tickets are currently on sale for $195.

Ticket prices for Carved are $20-$26 for members, $32-$38 for nonmembers. Ticket prices for Enchanted are $22-$28 for members and $34-$40 for nonmembers. Kids under 2 are free.

Credit: Descanso Gardens.

Kid’s Club Pajama Party at 2nd & PCH

POP-UP KIDS CLUB PAJAMA PARTY

Join us for a pop-up kids club pajama party Wednesday, September 21st  10:00 am – 12:00 pm on the grand staircase stage.

Activities include:

  • Performances and meet and greets with surprise guests
  • Crafts at the picnic benches nearest Johnny Was
  • Complimentary face painting
  • Balloon artist

6400 EAST PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY LONG BEACH, CA 90803

Credit:  2nd & PCH

Today is Nat’l Guac Day! Celebrate with Rubio’s!

Calling all guac lovers. In honor of National Guacamole Day on Friday, September 16, Rubio’s is giving out free chips and guacamole to Rubio’s Rewards members, with any order. Simply place your order through the Rubio’s app, or scan your phone at the register.

Rubio’s guacamole is made onsite daily, using rich Hass avocados, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, and natural sea salt. Tortilla chips are also prepared fresh daily with a light sprinkling of all-natural sea salt.

Rubio’s locations across California, Arizona, and Nevada are open, and guests are encouraged to order through the Rubio’s app and Rubios.com. Rubio’s is offering take-out, curbside or express pick-up and free delivery with a minimum order of $20. For more information about Rubio’s Coastal Grill and to view the menu, visit Rubio’sFacebook and Instagram.

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