Thursday, 13 February 2014
Check out the latest children's movies
Fancy a trip to the flicks with the little ones this half term? We round up the best kids films on the big screen this February
Well, it's been a long time coming but the Lego movie is finally with us and boy does it deliver. If you've ever wondered what it would be like to be plucked from obscurity to join a band of superheroes in their quest to save the world, then wonder no more. This laugh-a-minute, action-packed adventure sees Emmet (Chris Pratt) as the workaday hero who is mistakenly chosen to lead a band of rebels in their attempt to overthrow the evil Lord Business (Will Ferrell). Packed full of gags and boasting a stellar cast (including Jonah Hill, Morgan Freeman and Elizabeth Banks), this is one movie that's – as Emmet would say – like, awesome!
Mr Peabody & Sherman
You can always rely on Dreamworks' to give you a fun-filled flick and they certainly don't disappoint with their latest offering. Based on the 1960's American cartoon series this 3D animation follows Mr Peabody (Ty Burrell), the smartest dog in the world (he talks, is an inventor and has even won a couple of Olympic medals) and his adopted boy Sherman (new child star Max Charles) in a race around history as they try to fix a hole in the space time continuum that they themselves created (oops). Meet some of the greatest characters in history, including King Tut, Leonardo Da Vinci and Einstein, as they use Mr Peabody's latest invention the WABAC (way back, geddit?) to try and repair the damage they've caused.
Tinkerbell and the Pirate Fairy
When naughty fairy Zarina (Christine Hendricks) decides to steal Pixie Hollows all-important blue dust and run off to join forces with Captain Hook (Tom Hiddleston), it's up to Tinkerbell – or Tinker Bell as she's somehow become – and her chums to stop her and restore their world to normality. Far from playing second fiddle to Peter Pan, this sweet cartoon sees Tink (Mae Whitman) as a heroine in her own right. And about time too. While it's no Pixar (there's a distinct lack of gags here), Disney sure knows how to get you rooting for the good guys.
Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie
Claiming to have the most real-life dinosaurs you've ever seen (which is true until they start to talk), this big screen update of the BBC's impressive documentary series owes far more to Disney than it does to David Attenborough. The fairly basic story follows Patchi (Justin Long), a young Pachyrhinosaurus (you know, dinosaur), on his journey from runt of the litter to adulthood dodging carnivores and falling in love along the way. John Leguizamo is effective as the narrator (he also plays a kind of prehistoric parrot), and the visuals are certainly amazing but be warned, even though it's quite tame it might not be one for really tiny tots.
Compiled by Rachel Price