Into The Woods – check out the poster!

image002One of the upcoming releases I’m most looking forward to here at Movies4Kids is Into The Woods, the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s stage musical. A modern twist on the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, it stars Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Johnny Depp as The Wolf, Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood, and as you can see from the poster, Meryl Streep as the Witch.

 

Directed by Rob Marshall, who made the film version of Chicago, the movie opens in the UK on 9th January. Check out the trailer below:

 

 

Meet… The Boxtrolls

One SheetThe latest stop-motion animated movie from the makers of Coraline and ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls is based on the Alan Snow book Here Be Monsters. It’s the story of a community of creatures who raise a young boy named Eggs in their home – an underground cavern below the streets of the human town of Cheesebridge. A quirky adventure that looks fantastic, The Boxtrolls opens in UK cinemas on September 12th, with previews on September 6th and 7th.

 

Check out the clip, and we have some fun activities for kids at the links below, too…

 

 

 

Boxtrolls activity sheet

 

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London Film Festival – pick of the family movies

image006The London Film Festival program for this year has been announced, and there are some terrific films for grown-ups – and some treats for kids, too.

 

Running from Wednesday 8th October until Sunday 19th October, the festival takes place at cinemas in London including the Odeon Leicester Square, Odeon West End, the ICA and Vue West End. Among the movies everyone is getting excited about are opening gala film The Imitation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch, Fury, the Second World War epic with Brad Pitt, Foxcatcher with Steve Carell and Channing Tatum, and the World War I drama Testament Of Youth with Alicia Vikander and Game Of Thrones’ Kit Harington.

 

There are some family films to seek out, including:

 

Song Of The Sea – an animated Irish fantasy about Saorise, a child who is the last of the Selkies (who can transform from seals to people), with voices by Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan and Pat Shortt.

 

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Ray’s Big Idea – the world premiere of a short film from Aardman (the geniuses behind Wallace And Gromit and Shaun The Sheep)

 

There will also be a showing of the UK’s first animated feature, 1954’s Animal Farm based on George Orwell’s novella, and a celebration of 20 years of DreamWorks Animation. DreamWorks Animation: Taking Flight And Beyond will showcase the work of producer Bonnie Arnold and director Dean DeBlois, who will be joined by How To Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell. New footage of The Penguins Of Madagascar will also be shown to audiences, ahead of its release in December.

 

Booking for members of the BFI begins on 11 September (join at http://www.bfi.org.uk/join) and public booking opens at 10am on 18 September. 

Telephone Bookings: 020 7928 3232 between 09:30–20:30
Online: www.bfi.org.uk/lff

In person: BFI Southbank Office: 11:30–20:30

NB. Last minute tickets are available to be purchased on the day about 30 minutes prior to the screening at Festival venues

 

RIP Robin Williams

robin-williams1For the last hour, I have been crying over the death of someone I never met. But as I am sure many, many people do, I really feel the loss of a great talent today, that of Robin McLaurin Williams – comedian, actor and Oscar winner. Friends, colleagues, even US President Barack Obama, have paid tribute to him, while newspapers have added moving obituaries to their websites. There is little I can add apart from sending my sincere condolences to his wife and family and those who had the privilege to know him. All I offer is this – watch Good Morning Vietnam, Insomnia, The World According To Garp, The Fisher King and Good Will Hunting to see his extraordinary talent at work (and if you can, catch Mork & Mindy, the TV series that made him famous which I loved as a kid), and if you have children, just show them these movies and watch them laugh…

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ sad tweet on the news of Robin William’s death:

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Everyone’s favourite Guardian – Groot!

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If you’ve seen this summer’s best blockbuster so far, Guardians Of The Galaxy, chances are one of your favourite characters is Groot. Descended from a race of walking flora, he’s basically a big tree who utters just three words (“I am Groot”), but ends up being one of the biggest heroes of the film. So, in appreciation of the tall and branchy one, here is a Groot-tastic clip and tips for the kids on how to respect the environment this summer…

 

 

Groot’s all about saving the galaxy, and here is how everyone can help save our own planet:

 

1) Save paper and only print when you need to

 

2) Try to reuse and recycle paper. You could use cut outs from old wrapping paper to make birthday cards, or turn a cardboard box into a dolls house.

 

3) Don’t harm trees and their branches – and don’t carve your initials in a tree trunk, either!

 

4) Plant a tree. Want to grow your own Groot? Here’s how to grow from a cutting: Ehow/Tree

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Earth To Echo activity sheet!

0144 Earth To Echo_UK Quad_AW_Final_30One of Movies4Kids’ favourite movies for summer 2014 is Earth To Echo, which opens in cinemas on July 25th. Check out the trailer below – it’s a little bit ET, a little bit The Goonies, but with a 21st century twist that will appeal to today’s kids.

 

 

 

And we also have a cool activity sheet for kids – just click here for a large version…

 

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Guardians Of The Galaxy – Meet The Team

I’m off to the Guardians Of The Galaxy screening this evening, which is set to open in UK cinemas next Thursday (31st). It’s the first of the summer blockbusters I’m really excited about, and these quirky characters are the reason why:

 

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For those who don’t know much about the movie, it’s the latest collaboration between Disney and Marvel Comics. It’s a space adventure following Peter Quill and a group of misfits (the guys above) as they try and keep a powerful orb away from bad guy Ronan.

 

Here’s the trailer – and we’ll have more news on the movie later this week…