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Kids' Flicks: School Holidays and Beyond

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by Lucy Watson (subscribe)
A stay at home Mum who doesn't stay at home much; too many exciting things to be discovering in this city...
Published September 23rd 2019
The best films for families
By noon of day one of the spring school holidays, my brood was already threatening to maim one another. I dragged them all off to the local cinema in an effort to keep things from deteriorating further. We discovered that there are lots of great kids' films currently out or coming up after the holidays. I can highly recommend Abominable which was our film of choice it appealed to all three of my kids whose ages range from 4 to 10 years (and I loved it too!). Keep reading for our other top picks:

Abominable. So it turns out that there is such a thing as a yeti and he manages to get stuck in a busy city in China. With the help of his three new friends, Everest the yeti must find his way home to the mountains whilst avoiding the clutches of a money-hungry scientist. Abominable is out now and is definitely one for the whole family.

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Angry Birds 2. This computer-animated film is based on the Angry Birds video games and is a sequel to the first Angry Birds movie (most critics agree it is better than the original). In this movie, the birds and pigs work together to save themselves when an advanced weapon threatens both Bird and Piggy Island. My six-year-old is in stitches every time we see the trailer for this and I have promised her a trip to the drive-in to see it lots of laughs. Angry Birds 2 is out now.

UglyDolls. If you want a movie with a good moral this is probably your best bet. The free-spirited UglyDolls learn what it means to be different and struggle with their desire to be loved. They discover that who you truly are is what matters more than anything. UglyDolls is computer-animated and is a musical to boot, probably appealing to the younger end of the primary and preschool spectrum. UglyDolls is showing at cinemas now.

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Dora and the Lost City of Gold. Dora the Explorer is well known in pre-school circles, but this live-action movie targets a slightly older audience with a PG rating. In this version, Dora is a teenage explorer who leads her friends on an adventure to save her parents and solve the mystery behind a lost city of gold. Her trusty monkey friend, Boots, will also feature in the movie as well as Dora's famous backpack. This film has just been released to the general public.

Paw Patrol: Ready Race Rescue. I have a Paw Patrol loving 5 year old and I fear I will not be able to avoid this movie. Pre-schoolers will enjoy the 45 minute film which sees Marshall take the wheel of a racing car in a competition against cheating rival, The Cheetah, Presumably, the pups, as always, will come out on top and save the day with a few lessons for us all to take away. Paw Patrol: Ready Race Rescue will grace the big screen from the start of October.

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The Addams Family. This film won't be playing until December but we saw a trailer for it whilst watching Abominable and I felt compelled to include it on this list. It is an American 3D computer-animated comedy horror film (who knew there was such a thing?) and featured plenty of laughs just in the trailer fans of the TV series and original films should enjoy this one. The Addams family move to New Jersey and face the trials and tribulations of life in the 21st century, including a greedy and sly reality TV host Margaux Needler. One for the summer school holidays I think.

This list is by no means exhaustive. Wait for a rainy day and pack up the family to discover your favourite kids' flicks you won't be disappointed.
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