Movies that kids can watch are big business! Whether it’s live action superheroes or animated family themes, successful kids’ movies can be big dollar earners for studios. Toy Story 3 and Ice Age both made $850 million+ worldwide. But even if films don’t do so well at the box office, there’s millions (if not billions) more that can be made in merchandise – just ask Disney!
So with the four day break ahead (and longer in some states), we take a look at some of the kids’ movies around, or about to start.
Adventures in Zambezia – G
This is a South African film which is not quite as sophisticated in its themes of technology as American animated films. But it has a sweet story – especially for younger kids – and some different animals and birds for children to see. If you go along, don’t expect to hear any jokes for adults. This one really is for children.
The Croods – PG
This is an animated caveperson story which follows the Croods family in a previously unknown era known as ‘Croodacious’. The Croods have to find a new family cave in order to preserve the species. It’s a wild environment, a wild ride and full of amazing creatures - helped along with the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds. It’s very American but it’s worthwhile going for the message it gives.
Hi-5 Some Kind of Wonderful
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Monsters University - PG
A prequel to Monsters Inc which was released 12 years ago, this plot follows Mike and Sulley’s relationship back to their time at the University of Fear – showing that they weren’t always the best of friends. But they overcame their differences and, together, became professional scream catchers. As you do. With John Goodman and Billy Crystal heading the voices, this is likely to be another hit.
Oz: the Great and Powerful - PG
This live action prequel to The Wizard of Oz is produced by Disney and stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz.
Small-time circus magician Oscar Diggs thinks he’s hit the jackpot when he’s transported to the Land of Oz but he encounters three witches. Encouraged by the locals, he becomes the great wizard they’re hoping for and expecting. It’s visually stunning but maybe a bit long for some kids to sit through.
Return to Nim’s Island – G
This is the sequel to the 2008 movie with Bindi Irwin. It’s not the best screenplay, and the performances are not fantastic – other than from the perennial John Waters - but it’s worth seeing for the pet sea-lion and the ease with which Bindi frolics with her.