Movie Review – ‘Cars 3’ Desperately Tries Not to be Cars 2

cars 3

If you haven’t been brought up to speed over the last eleven years of Cars history, I’ll help you out. The Cars movie only exists to sell toys. And if you’re parent, it’s likely you know this pretty well by now. Pixar makes bank selling Lightning McQueen and Mater toys. However, as a film franchise, it’s one of the worst Pixar properties in their long and successful film history. Of all their movies, Cars 2 is the only critically panned Pixar film to date.

Usually, when a sequel gets panned, a studio ends it and moves on. But since Cars is a merchandising cash cow, it was only inevitable they’d release the third installment and make it a trilogy. As a side note, it’s a little sad their worst property has a trilogy before The Incredibles. But I digress.

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Minnesota Zoo Breaks Ground On Nature-based Playground

Minnesota Zoo Nature-based playground

If there’s one thing we love in Minnesota, it’s the great outdoors. With more about 75 state parks, we have lots of ways to get out and explore. Now the Minnesota Zoo is creating another opportunity to experience the great outdoors, specifically for kids.

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Como Park Hosts Groovin’ in the Gardens Series

Groovin in the Garden

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory’s free concert series Groovin’ in the Gardens started this week. The event is a series of concerts that take place every Thursday at 6 pm from June 18 until August 6. The weekly concerts are held on the Visitor Center lawn at Como and feature local Twin Cities bands.

The series is kids-friendly, with plenty of activities accompanying the concert. These include a climbing wall, bouncy house and lawn games. Food, ice cream, beer and wine will also be available.

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Duck, Duck, Gray Duck: Six (Semi) Scientific Arguments Explaining Superiority

Pollard Gray Duck Map

There’s a goose roast going on in Minnesota and the whole world is invited. Not a real goose of course, it’s totally figurative. For we, as a people, are undertaking the prolonged and laborious effort of explaining what seems like common sense to us, but comprises a mind-blowing revelation for those outside our borders. What revelation you ask? That the game “Duck, Duck, Gray (or Grey) Duck” is decidedly more awesome (and beneficial) than “Duck, Duck, Goose.”

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