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Published September 24th 2015
A quick and easy guide for parents these holidays
Chidren love to go to the cinema. Beside being fun its a part of the adult world they long to be a part of. Image by the writer.
PIXELS Release Date September 10 (also in 3D) Rated PG
If you are old enough, you may remember the first computer games and the Pac-Man who came and gobbled the game to shreds and then you won. Oh gosh, these 80s characters have come to life in the form of giant sized pixels who are going to eat us all. Never fear, we have some talented gamers out there who will save us from doom.This film has live actors and animated or computer made monsters. One for the big kids here. Little ones will be far too scared. Suits ages 7 - teens.
Official movie poster for Pixels. Source- wikipedia.com
THE DARK CRYSTAL
Release Date September 13 Rated G
An animated film by the talented team of Jim Henson and Frank Oz. There are a few scary scenes in this one so it's suitable for older children. An adventure type one that boys will like. Suits over ages 8 years.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND Release Date September 16 Rated G
This is the original classic animated Disney film from 1951 in the full bright technicolour of the time. Sweet little Alice stumbles into a magical world. Does she make it home? I have never seen this one, but I remember going to see Fantasia, my first Disney and I was mesmerised by the bright colours. Kids of all ages up to grandparent's will enjoy this one. It doesn't run for long (only 75 minutes) so it's a good first film for young cinema goers.
BLINKY BILL: THE MOVIE Release Date September 17 Rated PG
Yet another remake of this animated film. Can screenwriters not find any other Aussie classic tales to make a movie out of? What about Gumnut and Cuddlepie, or we may even enjoy a remake of Skippy. I remember wintery Sunday mornings curled up on my parent's bed, and while Mum enjoyed her tea, Dad would read me the Adventures of Blinky Bill from that big red book. Memories are made from this, not cartoons. After the movie, get the book and read to your kids and ask them which they like best. I bet you know the answer. However, Bill will be a likeable character to little kids and this would be a great choice for some quick city entertainment to fill in the holidays. The movie website has an app and some detail about the story, as well as a trailer to view here. Suits ages 4- 10 years.
One of the characters from Blinky Bill- a fast talking emu named Beryl. Image from movie website.
LOVE LIVE! THE SCHOOL IDOL MOVIE Release Date September 12 Rated G
This is one of those Japanese anime films with the comic style animated characters with the big starry eyes and brightly coloured hair. They wear huge shoes and hip little outfits just like the teenagers in real life Japan. In fact, my observations of Japan is that it's full of fantasy and escapism into songs and fashion, so this film reflects what's going on there. These cutesy syrupy sweet girls are out to save their school, and the only way they can is by becoming singing stars. In Japanese with English subtitles, young kids will not be able to follow it. Perhaps apt for tweenies, but the boys will be bored. If you are into comics then it may be enjoyable.
Release Date September 17 Rated G
This is worth taking the kids to see even if just to show them or introduce them to real acting with live actors. Finding a non-animated film is rare these days and there hasn't been a real life kid's film released in Australia since Paper Planes last summer. These characters are fun and fabulously lovable, including the humans. The story of one gorgeous dog who has the job of looking after an island of penguins and his humans. Beautifully set on an island off the coast of WA, and starring Shane Jacobson as the wacky granddad.
Oddball is a wonderful Marema dog. Official movie poster.
DOCTOR PROCTOR'S FART POWDER
Release Date September 17
Here is one for the boys and maybe some dads who never lost their school yard toilet humour. All young kids love a good fart joke and this movie is full of it. It's all in fun and the kids will be in fits of laughter, which is what school holidays are all about. Two children all alone and bored make friends with an inventor who makes the magic powder. Made in Norway, this movie will be the hit of this Spring's holiday list. Suits all ages from 5 to young teens.
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 (Also in 3D)
Release Date November 26
This is a family animated film just right for a Saturday afternoon. An ageing vampire decides on a family reunion at a hotel just right for this motley crue. Anything with Adam Sandler has got to be funny. This film has all the family holiday hiccups with the red headed kid brother and some cute cartoon animals. Family fun for all.
TWO BY TWO
Release Date September 19 Rated G
I have often wondered this myself. How did Noah fit two of every animal on the ark? Well the answer is that not all of them made it. Before the movie, you best tell the kids some background to the Noah's Ark story, so they know what is going on here. These animated weird little critters are an unlikely pair, having missed the boat. So they make the best of it and use teamwork and co-operation to survive. This is a sweet little picture and a good one for the littlies. Suits ages 4-9 years.
To view the official movie trailer click here
Official movie poster for Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder.
Release Date September 24 (also in 3D)
There have been many movies made about Peter Pan, but this one is being marketed as a blockbuster. With real actors and who would believe that this is Hugh Jackman? This one is all new with a twist and a little more wicked and dastardly. Older kids will love it and it would be a good film to view with the family. It's got some good scenes and a pirate ship that sails through the night sky with special digital effects. Perhaps you could carry the pirate theme on throughout the holidays with some craft and a visit to some maritime museums. The official movie website here is amazing and has games, activities, and a fancy image uploaded where kids can make a poster of themselves as the star. Keep all this until home time after movie day and that about fills a whole day.
Hugh Jackman stars as the baddie Captain Hook in the movie
Release Date September 19 Rated PG
Dear Robin Williams stars in this 1990s classic Peter Pan favourite. Peter is now a Dad and the bad guy Hook kidnaps his children so he must return once more to Neverland to rescue them. This has adult themes and would be scary to young children so one for over 8 years old I would suggest.
There you have it. All children's movie selections from a variety of cinemas near you showing these school holidays and over Spring months. Ratings are given where known. Check your cinema guide for screening times.