California Fire Department Welcomes 9 Newborns

California Fire Dept. Welcomes 9 Newborns
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Welcoming a new baby can often be a cause for celebration among an entire community. This rings especially true in tight-knit organizations such as fire departments. Serving side-by-side, day in and day out, makes your coworkers feel more like family than just casual work acquaintances.

Now imagine that besides sharing often life-threatening danger together, you and your fellow firefighters are also expecting newborns at the same time. That was the case for nine — yes, nine — firefighters in California. Between March and July of this year, seven girls and two boys joined the junior ranks of the Rancho Cucamonga Fire District.

Recently, the proud new papas came together at their fire station for an awesome photoshoot that has now been shared thousands of times, making headlines around the world. A look at the resulting photos shows why they spread so quickly.

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“Say hello to Rancho Cucamonga Fire’s newest little family members! Between March and July of this year, nine babies were born in the department and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to capture this special moment.” RCFD shared in a Facebook post. “We are thrilled to see our RCFD fire family keep growing!”

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Dozens of commenters asking the department “What’s in the water?” Others requesting regular matching photoshoots as the children continue to grow up, something the department and the parents have likely already been plotting. Just imagine nine little Power Wheels all racing to an imaginary fire or climbing little ladders to rescue kittens in a tree or maybe— Ok, let’s just wait and see.

Although these brave men are all well versed in putting out fires, chances are with nine newborns in the mix, all that training will come in handy. We salute the men and women who put their lives on the line each and every day, only to return home to the same diaper duty as the rest of us.

Magical Dad Constructs Hidden Diagon Alley Behind Daughter’s Wardrobe

Daigon Alley Closet
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The global pandemic has forced all of us to make changes in the name of health, safety, schooling, and more. It hasn’t been easy, and we’ve had to make a lot of sacrifices. But there’s one thing it has given us more of, and that’s time. Time with our kids and families, time to learn new skills, and time to kill without much of the entertainment options we might otherwise have.

One amazing dad tackled all three of those things at once. His name is Dylan, and he lives in London where he shares custody of his daughter. He had a trip to Disneyland planned, but thanks to COVID, that had to be scrapped, so Dylan found another way to give his daughter Ella an amazing memory.

“I had to cancel our holiday to Disneyland and seeing Ella work so hard on her school work with me working (I have Ella with me half the time) was good, but gutting to not be able to give her all my time, I wanted to do something special,” he told The Dad.

 

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Building one of the shops, lots of late nights and early mornings!!

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He remembered the two of them bonding over the first Harry Potter movie, and it gave him an idea for her birthday.

“One day I was standing in part of my house and I thought ‘it’s a bit like a mini street…’ I remembered the first day I watched the first Harry Potter film with Ella and thought wow how amazing would it be to put Diagon Alley in.”

He says it so matter-of-factly – “to put Diagon Alley in,” as if that were somehow possible. Well, for this handy, dedicated dad, it was. My man did it, spending months planning and designing the alley, making sure to customize the various shop fronts for his daughter’s interests, and another month to build it, making sure to do the work when his daughter was with her mom.

Not only did Dylan recreate JK Rowling’s famous street, he hid it behind his daughter’s wardrobe, calling to mind another beloved fantasy series.

“I kept having new ideas like the wardrobe as a way in, as she likes Narnia too.”

 

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Finding a secret street in a wardrobe durning lockdown!

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“Ella’s reaction was stunned silence,” Dylan said,” and then her assertiveness kicked in and she said ‘can we keep this here forever!’ The rest of the day was spent exploring it and opening a few presents I had put in the shops. I also dressed up as Hagrid which was hilarious for us both as I had a rubbish accent and acting skills but it was fun all the same. We went as Hagrid and Ella back through the wardrobe and took her dad’s cushions for her reading nook.”

THERE’S A READING NOOK!

To recap: He spent months designing a secret Harry Potter-themed street, spent a month building it in secret, hid it behind his daughter’s wardrobe, stocked the different shops with gifts, and then he dressed in costume to explore it alongside her.

I think the Dad of the Year contest is over. We all lose.

Dylan’s handiwork has gotten a lot of attention over the past few days – both via his Instagram account and his YouTube channel, where he details the project and preps for his next one (a new toy shop just in time for Christmas) – but he didn’t do it for clicks, he did it for his daughter.

“The main inspiration for it was Ella,” he explained. “She has an amazing imagination as do most kids and it’s hard to keep up! Building it I was constantly excited when I finished something new she would discover so I’m going to keep going, adding bits and new games to play.”

He’s going to keep adding to it? Can we move in?

Follow Dylan via Ella’s Secret Street accounts on IG and YouTube, and check out the making-of video and Photos below.

12 Funniest Parenting Tweets of the Week 10/23/20

12 Funniest Parenting Tweets of the Week 10/23/20
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Another week closer to Halloween, another bag of candy replaced after you ate the whole thing in what we call “Adult Trick-or-Treating” (standing in front of your open pantry dazed and exhausted, shoving candy down your throat without even chewing like some kind of snake). Though Halloween season already looks a lot different than previous years, one thing is certain – kids will continue to be kids, but this time, hyped up on sugar. Fortunately, Twitter parents continue documenting the best and funniest parenting moments. Whatever the season looks like, Twitter parents deliver. Enjoy 12 of the funniest parenting tweets of the week, a welcome constant in an unpredictable world.

Wanna guess why?

What they lack in size they make up for in vindictiveness

How the- it actually was a giraffe

Calories don’t count because technically it wasn’t your food

It’s what’s on the inside that counts

It’s the abridged version

Hear me out though: Transformer baby

An understandably under-celebrated milestone

Dad: 1, Kid: 4,829

[Out loud] I like this tweet

Nothing good ever starts with “close your eyes”

Abracadadra

Did you miss last week’s funniest parenting tweets?

A Live-Action Addams Family Series From Tim Burton is a Spooky Dream Come True

Tim Burton's Live Action Addams Family Series
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The reigning king of creepy movies, Tim Burton, has brought us gems like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, and Edward Scissorhands. He has an unparalleled talent for bringing spooky stories to life in a way that pulls you in, and doesn’t let you go until the end credits roll. His movies have withstood the test of time, but until now, Burton has never taken on a live-action TV series. It seems fitting that Burton’s first leap into the world of live-action TV revolves around the world’s kookiest household – The Addams Family.

Originally created in 1938 by cartoonist Charles Addams, the spooky family has been brought to life again and again both on TV and in films. It’s no secret that Tim Burton is a lover of the bizarre and macabre, and his newest project is no exception. Next up on Burton’s bucket-list is a live-action Addams family series, which he is set to executive produce.

Burton is teaming up with Alfred Gough and Miles Millar of Smallville fame, who will act as head writers, showrunners, and executive producers. According to Deadline, Burton is also working on negotiations to direct the series.

The specifics of the rebooted Addams Family series are not yet confirmed, but sources say it will be set in present times. More than any other year in recent memory, it seems like the freaky family would have a lot to say about 2020.

MGM TV, who holds the intellectual property rights for the Addams Family franchise, is set to finance the series. Where the show itself will land is undecided, but the bids are already rolling in from streaming services and networks.

Could Tim Burton’s live-action Addams Family series be the next binge-worthy show to hit Netflix, or will we have to wait for a new episode each week like our ancestors did in the old days? A lot of questions are still unanswered, but with Burton in the driver’s seat, it’s sure to be incredible.

First Look of Tom Holland as Nathan Drake in Long Awaited ‘Uncharted’ Movie

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Tom Holland is a great Spider-Man, but now we have his first look at playing another beloved character, ‘Uncharted’s Nathan Drake. For those of you now catching up (maybe you’ve come from the MCU, welcome!), Uncharted was an epic video game franchise and one of the best-selling ever. It’s about adventurer slash treasure hunter Nathan Drake, the series is universally acclaimed, was developed by Naughty Dog, and is now going to be a movie.

OK, to be fair, most movie news about Tom Holland these days is about Spider-Man 3 and the possibility of the Spider-verse, but seeing Holland as Drake means a lot to a bunch of people.  Mainly, because it’s the first sign that the project is actually starting to make some progress.

Holland shared the first look on his Twitter of him as Drake in his typical getup (simple plus pistols).


You’d figure a best-selling video game franchise would’ve already had a movie or six, but this is a project that has been in development for a long time. Like, seriously long. Almost a decade. It’s gone through a bunch of scripts, seven different directors, a handful of different target release dates, but now it looks like it’s finally getting into gear.

Holland reportedly is playing a younger version of Drake, so it may be a prequel/origin story for Drake. The original voice actor of Drake in the video games shared some shots from the sets too, so this is really happening!


The ‘Uncharted’ movie is supposed to be released in the summer of 2021. Who knows if COVID will change that schedule, as it has so many others, but we’re closer than ever to the end of a project that feels ancient at this point. The movie is also supposed to star Mark Wahlberg and Antonio Banderas, so you know it’s gonna rock whenever it does finally make it to a theater.

14-Yr-Old Wins $25K for Discovery That Could Help Defeat COVID

Anika Chebrolu covid
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As if 2020 weren’t bad enough, now teenagers are outperforming us!

Thankfully, 14-year-old Anika Chebrolu’s work should benefit all of us. Anika was recently named the 2020 winner of 3M’s Young Scientist Challenge, and she did it for a project that couldn’t be more important right now.

With her project, titled “Combating the COVID-19 Pandemic: In-Silico Molecular Docking Study of Spike Protein of SARS-CoV-2 virus to develop Novel Antiviral drug”, Anika discovered a molecule that can *checks notes* selectively bind to the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. And apparently, that’s good news!

“The last two days, I saw that there is a lot of media hype about my project since it involves the SARS-CoV-2 virus and it reflects our collective hopes to end this pandemic as I, like everyone else, wish that we go back to our normal lives soon,” Anika told CNN

The discovery netted Anika, an Indian American, a victory in the challenge, and $25,000 to go with it. And she won after switching gears midway through. Initially, her project, which she started when she was in 8th grade, had nothing to do with COVID-19.

“After spending so much time researching about pandemics, viruses and drug discovery, it was crazy to think that I was actually living through something like this,” Anika said. “Because of the immense severity of the Covid-19 pandemic and the drastic impact it had made on the world in such a short time, I, with the help of my mentor, changed directions to target the SARS-CoV-2 virus.”

And she’s not done. She plans to continue her work and hopes to collaborate with other scientists to create an actual cure for the virus.

“My effort to find a lead compound to bind to the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus this summer may appear to be a drop in the ocean, but still adds to all these efforts,” she said. “How I develop this molecule further with the help of virologists and drug development specialists will determine the success of these efforts.”

You can learn more about Anika, and watch her entry video which details her project, on the 3M Young Scientist Lab website.

Warwick Davis Is Back for ‘Willow’ Series on Disney+

Warwick Davis Willow Return
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Back in the 1980s, every movie studio was trying to replicate the success of Star Wars, which helped usher in the blockbuster era and made fantasy epics the superhero movies of their era.

So overwhelming was the desire to create the next fantasy saga that even George Lucas himself, the man behind Star Wars, tried to capture lightning in a bottle the second time, this time with the help of Ron Howard and Val Kilmer.

It didn’t go so well. 1988’s Willow, directed by Howard from a story by Lucas, wasn’t exactly a huge success, and never spawned any sequels. But the fantasy tale of a farmer’s unlikely alliance with disgraced soldier Madmartigan in order to protect a baby from an evil queen has endured as a cult favorite.

And now it’s going to be a TV series that takes place years after the events of the film, with Warwick Davis reprising his role as Willow Ufgood and a pilot directed by John Chu, the man who directed Crazy Rich Asians. He has a strong connection to the material.

“Growing up in the ’80s, Willow has had a profound effect on me,” Chu told Deadline. “The story of the bravest heroes in the least likely places allowed me, an Asian-American kid growing up in a Chinese restaurant looking to go to Hollywood, to believe in the power of our own will, determination and of course, inner magic. So the fact that I get to work with my heroes from Kathleen Kennedy to Ron Howard is bigger than a dream come-true. It’s a bucket-list moment for me. Jon Kasdan and Wendy Mericle have added such groundbreaking new characters and delightful surprises to this timeless story that I can’t wait for the world to come along on this epic journey with us.”

The show starts production next year, and will eventually find its home on Disney+.

Yippy Ki-Yay, Mother F*ckers! 50+ Quotes From Die Hard, The World’s Greatest Christmas Movie

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In 1988 something truly spectacular happened: We watched Die Hard and met Bruce Willis’ salty, sassy John McClane. The New York detective was the stuff of nightmares for bad guys everywhere…especially Hans Gruber (RIP Alan Rickman). He was a boss’ worst nightmare. He cursed worse than any sailor or trucker we’ve ever met, even as adults. And, you guys, he was so freaking cool. The movie was full of quotable lines, which earned it instant icon status and us a firm talking to or a mouthful of soap if our moms ever heard. That didn’t exactly stop us, though… did it?

John McClane started off old and crotchety and has only gotten better with age. We’re now thirty-something years and five movies into the franchise. He’s like a fine wine because he only gets better with age. Was A Good Day To Die Hard our final chance to hang with John McClane? We hope not. We need to keep watching him age to know how we’re supposed to do it properly. The film also started one of the longest-running debates in film history: is Die Hard a Christmas movie? In fact, according to the latest search data available, there are nearly 2,500 Google searches for that same question a month. A month!

Warning: (Read this in a John McClane voice). Obviously, this isn’t PG-13. Get over it and don’t read it around children.

Iconic Quotes From Die Hard

1. Dwayne T. Robinson: How do you know that?
Sgt. Al Powell: A hunch, things he said. Like being able to spot a phony ID.

Dwayne T. Robinson: Jesus Christ, Powell, he could be a fucking bartender for all we know!

2. John McClane: Glass, who gives a shit about glass?

3. Hans Gruber: Mr. Mystery Guest? Are you still there?

John McClane: Yeah, I’m still here. Unless you wanna open the front door for me.

4. Dwayne T. Robinson: This is Deputy Chief of Police, Dwayne T. Robinson, and I am in charge of this situation.

John McClane: Oh, you’re in charge? Well, I got some bad news for you Dwayne, from up here it doesn’t look like you’re in charge of jack shit.

5. John McClane: Now I know how a TV dinner feels.

6. Hans Gruber: We do NOT alter the plan!

Karl: And, if HE alters it?

7. John McClane: Welcome to the party pal!

8. Hans Gruber: Uh, no, I’m afraid not. But, you have me at a loss. You know my name but who are you? Just another American who saw too many movies as a child? Another orphan of a bankrupt culture who thinks he’s John Wayne? Rambo? Marshal Dillon?

John McClane: Was always kinda partial to Roy Rogers actually. I really like those sequined shirts.

9. Hans Gruber: Now I have a machine gun. Ho-ho-ho.

10. John McClane: [huddled in an air vent, recalls his wife’s invitation] Come out to the coast, we’ll get together, have a few laughs…

11. Hans Gruber: You asked for miracles, I give you… the FBI.

12. Hans Gruber: [Hans’ radio turns on] I thought I told all of you, I want radio silence until further…

John McClane: Ooooh, I’m very sorry Hans. I didn’t get that message. Maybe you should’ve put it on the bulletin board. I figured since I’ve waxed Tony and Marco and his friend here, I figured you and Karl and Franco might be a little lonely, so I wanted to give you a call.

12. Store clerk: (looking at Twinkies) I thought you guys just ate donuts?

13. Hans Gruber: (On the radio) You are most troublesome for a security guard.

14. Hans Gruber: Who are you, then?

John McClane: Just a fly in the ointment, Hans. A monkey in the wretch. A pain in the ass.

15. John McClane: It’s okay, I’m a cop. Trust me, I’ve been doing this for eleven years.

16. Takagi: You want money? What kind of terrorists are you?

Hans Gruber: Who said we were terrorists?

17. John McClane: I’m a cop from New York.

Hans Gruber: New York?

John McClane: Got invited to the Christmas party by mistake. Who knew? (Hans looks at John’s bare feet) Better than getting caught with your pants down. (Laughs) I’m John McClane.

18. Sergeant Al Powell: Hey Roy, how you feeling?

John McClane: Pretty fuckin’ unappreciated, Al.

19. Hans Gruber: I spent a weekend at a combat ranch. You know that game with the guns that shoot red paint? Probably seems kind of stupid to you.

20. Holly Gennero McClane: You’ll have to forgive Ellis. He gets very depressed this time of year. He thought he was God’s greatest gift. You know?

21. John McClane: I think he’s got his eye on you.

Holly Gennero McClane: That’s okay. I have my eye on his private bathroom.

22. John McClane: No. [hands him the gun] Time for the real thing, Bill. All you gotta do is pull the trigger.

23. Marco: No more table! Where are you going to go now? Let me give you some advice: Next time you have the chance to kill someone, don’t hesitate!

John McClane: (Kills him) Thanks for the advice.

24. John McClane: Why don’t you take THIS under consideration, motherfucker?

25. John McClane: You throw quite a party. I didn’t realize they celebrated Christmas in Japan.

Joseph Takagi: Hey, we’re flexible. Pearl Harbor didn’t work out so we got you with tape decks.

26. John McClane: “Nine million terrorists in the world and I gotta kill one with feet smaller than my sister.”

27. John McClane: No fucking shit lady, does it sound like I’m ordering a pizza?

28. Ellis: Hey babe, I negotiate million-dollar deals for breakfast. I think I can handle this Eurotrash.

29. John McClane: You’re pretty tricky with that accent. You oughtta be on fuckin’ TV with that accent.

30. Hans Gruber: You Americans are all alike. Well, this time John Wayne does not walk off into the sunset with Grace Kelly.

John McClane: That’s Gary Cooper, asshole.

31. Holly Gennero McClane: Only John can make somebody that crazy.

32. Hans Gruber: Do you really think you have a chance against us Mr. cowboy?

John McClane: Yippie Ki Yay Motherfucker!

33. Hans Gruber: I am going to count to three. There will not be a four.

34. Tony: You won’t hurt me.

John McClane: Oh, yeah? Why not?

Tony: Because you’re a policeman. There are rules for policemen.

John McClane: Yeah. That’s what my captain keeps telling me.

35. Dwayne T. Robinson: We’re gonna need some more FBI guys, I guess.

36. Hans Gruber: I wanted this to be professional, efficient, adult, cooperative. Not a lot to ask.

37. Hans: The following people are to be released from their captors: In Northern Ireland, the seven members of the New Provo Front. In Canada, the five imprisoned leaders of Liberte de Quebec. In Sri Lanka, the nine members of the Asian Dawn movement…

John McClane: (listening on the radio) What the fuck?

Karl: (mouthing silently) Asian Dawn?

Hans: (covers the radio) I read about them in Time magazine.

38. Hans Gruber: Alas, your Mr. Takagi did not see it that way… so he won’t be joining us for the rest of his life.

39. Hans Gruber: We can go any way you want it. You can walk out of here or be carried out. But have no illusions. We are in charge.

40. Dwayne T. Robinson: Oh god I hope that’s not a hostage.

41. Hans Gruber: That’s a nice suit. It’d be a shame to ruin it

42. John McClane: Happy trails, Hans.

43. John McClane: Is the building destroyed?

Sgt. Al Powell: No, but it’s gonna need a new paint job and a shit-load of screen doors.

Quotes From Die Hard 2: Die Harder

44. Capt. Grant: Too bad, McClane. I kinda liked you.

John McClane: I’ve got enough friends!

45. John McClane: How can the same shit happen to the same guy twice.

46. Marvin: You like it, huh? How ’bout you give me twenty bucks for it.

John McClane: How ’bout I let you live?

Marvin: Man knows how to barter.

47. Capt. Grant: You are just in the wrong place, at the wrong time.

John McClane: Story of my life.

48. John McClane: Just once, I’d like a regular, normal Christmas. Eggnog, a fuckin’ Christmas tree, a little turkey. But, no! I gotta crawl around in this motherfuckin’ tin can!

49. Flight Attendant: (to Holly) What did you do?

Holly: Knocked out two of his teeth.

Flight Attendant: Would you like some champagne?

50. Lorenzo: Yeah, yeah. I know who you are. You’re the asshole that’s just broke seven FAA and five District of Columbia regulations, running around my airport with a gun, shooting at people. What do you call that shit?

McClane: Self-defense.

51. McClane: Powell, put down that Twinkie and talk to me!

Powell: John! How the hell you been?

52. Holly McClane: Listen Dick. That is your name? Dick. If you’re gonna continue to get this close do you think you might consider switching aftershaves?

Thornberg: Anything else?

Holly McClane: Stronger mouthwash would be nice.

Father Figures: Half the Man

“This is my dad, Jeff, on one of the many vacations my parents were sure to take me and my brother on as youth.

At 21, I now find myself thinking everyday about the incredible impact and example he has set for me throughout my life. He has shown me a loving marriage with my mom, how to be a good friend and person, how to work hard, to not be afraid to show emotion, to be accountable, and above all, how to deal with adversity.

When I was 13, our town was devastated by flooding, my childhood home included. We were forced out of our home for well over a month, with nearly all of our belongings being destroyed. Throughout this whole ordeal, facing emotional and financial stresses I couldn’t imagine, my dad made sure my brother and I were never worried.

He shouldered the weight of the clean up, finding a new home, and setting us up again, all while making sure we still had our summer. He showed me that tough times don’t last but tough people do. I feel comfortable talking to him about any issue or feelings I might have to this day, as I know he will help me down the right path.

If I can be half the man and father my dad is, I will be happy.”

– Adam Pahl

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The Trailer for Disney’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Is Badass

Raya Dragon Trailer
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We’ve got our first new look at Disney’s latest animated offering, as the trailer for ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ has been released and it looks incredible. The movie, starring (the voice of) Kelly Marie Tran of Star Wars fame, will hit movie theaters in the spring of 2021.

Like many other movies, this too was affected by the COVID, moving it out of its original winter 2020 opening. But fear not, because this looks worth the wait. And it’s a nice showcase for Tran, who rose to fame in Star Wars ‘The Last Jedi’, only to see her role sidelined a bit in the final film of the trilogy (although she’s back for the Lego Holiday special!). Raya is about an ancient world of magic, adventure, creatures, and the like, and you can certainly see why it was so hyped.

Here’s the official synopsis for the film:

Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. But when an evil force threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, that same evil has returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the legendary last dragon to restore the fractured land and its divided people. However, along her journey, she’ll learn that it’ll take more than a dragon to save the world—it’s going to take trust and teamwork as well.

It’s a big moment for Tran, who becomes the first Southeast Asian actress to lead a Disney animated film. And in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she talked about why this role is different (and so badass).

“What’s really cool about this project, about this character specifically, is that everyone’s trying to flip the narrative on what it means to be a princess,” Tran said to EW. “Raya is totally a warrior. When she was a kid, she was excited to get her sword. And she grows up to be a really badass, gritty warrior and can really take care of herself.”

Sounds cool, looks pretty cool, and definitely hope we’re in a place where we can watch this in an actual movie theater, as we used to in olden times. Slated for a March 2021 release, it could certainly get moved again, as COVID is still a big wildcard for the entire industry. That being said, Disney has had some success with digital releases, so this could be another one you stream straight from your couch.