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Published March 4th 2016
What's on and what's good in children's cinema
With Christmas holidays now long gone, it will soon be school break again. Here is a selection of movies that will be screening during early 2016 for children and family entertainment.
I had this book by Antonie de Saint- Exupery when I was I child, and I found it hard to read and dismissed the story altogether. I now look forward to seeing this adaptation now in animated form on the big screen. There are three main characters to this story. One is an aviator and flies across the Sahara and crashes his plane, whereupon he meets a young boy who claims to be a Prince from outer space. A young girl is the third character. The story in the book is a classic text, and somewhat weird and hopefully in this format kids will understand it. Best for school age children. You will have to search for a venue theatre as it will be classified as an arthouse flick.
KUNG FU PANDA 3 (also 3D) Release Date- March 23 It's back again for a third instalment. These cute little pandas in a Dreamworks hit that all little kids seem to relate to. Excellent animation as always from this company, with a story line children can follow. This time the pandas need to unite but are they up for the task at hand.
THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE Release Date- May 12 These muppet lookalike creatures live on an island sanctuary all to themselves. But what has got them so angry? Three of the birds investigate the problem that faces them. It looks like this could be a humorous film. A good choice for ages 6- 13 years, with lots of big bright feathers.
THE JUNGLE BOOK (also 3D) Release Date- April 7
This classic tale from Rudyard Kipling's original story has been made into a movie before. But this new version would be visually the best. With the latest technology the live action animation such as used in the Polar Express film is used here. In 3D this film will look its best as the jungle comes to life before the viewers eyes. This is the story of a little boy who is lost in the jungle and grows up with the help of the animals who live there.
ZOOTOPIA (also 3D) Release Date- March 17 This fun Disney animated movie would be great family entertainment over the holidays. All the animals live in their own city and have their own rules and conduct of living. It's sort of like the real world, but they are all animals, with good ones and bad ones and some just plain silly.
Release Date- March 18
This would be an ideal film for a parent to share with their child. It's about and father and son who have a little adventure. Dad's tool box is stolen so the pair head off to find the thieves themselves, and during the unfolding events spend time learning more about each other and becoming closer. A good chance to take some time to discuss the movie and some feeling topics after the movie. It runs for an hour and a half and is rated PG, and I would recommend this for 7 years and up into teens for this film, and also a good film for boys. The movie is real actors in a believable script which kids these days do not have enough exposure to.
BATMAN VS SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE
Release Date- March 25
Before you grab the kids and head out to see this one consider this; the film runs for 2 hours and 31 minutes. That is a very long movie even for adults. Even though it is rated PG I would not say this is suitable for younger children. They would not follow the concepts, nor be able to sit there for that long. Best keep this one in mind for older kids and teens who you know can sit in the theatre for almost 3 hours when you consider taking your seats and the 15 minutes of trailers beforehand. I know I couldn't.
Some release dates may vary for regional areas. To find out where a movie is screening, google the title and your town and options of available cinemas will come up. Please consider the classification code for taking children to the cinema. Even a PG film could be a little scary for some. G rating is the lowest and most suitable for younger kids. Do enjoy a new release movie with the kids at the flicks these holidays.