Kubo And The Two Strings – new clips

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We’re looking forward to the movie Kubo And The Two Strings here at Movies4Kids – it’s from Laika, the studio that made Coraline and ParaNorman, and features a voice cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara and Ralph Fiennes. If you have seen the trailer, you will have heard a new version of George Harrison’s classic song While My Guitar Gently Weeps, and you can watch the official video, featuring Regina Spektor, below.

 

 

The movie opens in the UK on September 9th, and we also have a new featurette, ‘The Myth Of Kubo’, you can watch below:

 

Florence + The Machine’s new song for Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

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One of the most interesting movies opening in cinemas this autumn is Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, based on the novel by Ransom Riggs and directed by Tim Burton. You can check out the trailer below, and also listen to the new song from the movie, ‘Wish That You Were Here’, by Florence + The Machine, by clicking here.

 

The track is available to buy from 5pm today (Friday) from iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play and Spotify.

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children opens in the UK on September 30th.

 

 

 

Happy 80th birthday Robert Redford!

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Actor/director/producer Robert Redford is 80 years old today – Happy Birthday from Movies4Kids!

 

Of course, many of his best-known roles are in ‘grown-up’ movies like Barefoot In The Park, Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, The Sting, The Way We Were, All The President’s Men, The Great Gatsby and Out Of Africa to name just a few, but thanks to his appearances as Alexander Pierce in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the voice of Ike The Horse in Charlotte’s Web and his current role in the lovely Pete’s Dragon, a whole new generation can enjoy his performances.

 

Many happy returns!

10 Classic Kids Novels on Screen

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The new version of Swallows And Amazons comes to UK cinemas this week, reminding many grown-ups of the Arthur Ransome book that it is based on. Of course, there are millions of movies out there based on kids’ novels – just click on the Adaptations section at Movies4Kids and you’ll find movies based on everything from Tolkein’s Lord Of The Rings to Stephen King’s Carrie and Marget & HA Rey’s Curious George. It’s virtually impossible to pick the best – so here, instead, is just a personal pick of 10 terrific movies based on classic kids’ books (we’ve not included more recent bestsellers like The Hunger Games, and click here for the list of best Roald Dahl adaptations we featured when The BFG was released).

 

10 Classic Movies Based On Classic Children’s Novels

(click on each movie title for the Movies4Kids review)

 

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

Disney’s 1954 movie version of Jules Verne’s classic sea adventure, with James Mason and Kirk Douglas.

 

 

 

A Little Princess

Frances Hodgson Burnett’s lovely book about a little girl’s life at boarding school during the war makes an equally gorgeous film.

 

 

The Adventures Of Huck Finn

Elijah Wood is Huck in this adaptation of Mark Twain’s southern adventure. It’s not particularly faithful to the novel but kids – boys especially – will love it.

 

 

 

Anne Of Green Gables

Anne Shirley stars as headstrong orphan Anne in this movie based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic novel.

 

 

Charlotte’s Web

Adorable animated version of EB White’s tale of the friendship between a spider and a pig. Have tissues at the ready.

 

 

The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe

A big budget adaptation of CS Lewis’ story of the children who step through a wardrobe into the magical land of Narnia.

 

 

Little Women

George Cukor’s 1933 adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel, with Katherine Hepburn and Joan Bennett.

 

 

Kes

Barry Hines’ novel A Kestrel For A Knave was turned into director Ken Loach’s most moving film, the story of a lonely boy and the kestrel he trains.

 

 

Old Yeller

One of the saddest movies ever, this Disney classic about a boy and his dog is based on Fred Gipson’s weepy novel.

 

 

The Railway Children

E Nesbit’s much-loved novel about the Waterbury family’s life in the country after their father is mysteriously taken away is a pretty, heart-breaking and beautifully English movie.

 

 

RIP Star Wars star Kenny Baker

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Movies4Kids is very sad to hear the news of the passing of actor Kenny Baker, best known as the man who played R2D2 in six Star Wars movies, beginning with Episode IV: A New Hope in 1977 and ending with Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith in 2005. The 81-year-old actor also played Bungo in the Wombling Free movie, and appeared in such varied films as The Elephant Man, Flash Gordon, Time Bandits and Mona Lisa. Our sympathies to his family.

 

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Darth Vader! New Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in cinemas on 16th December, but while we are waiting, here is a brand new trailer…

 

 

 

Pete’s Dragon Week: Activity Sheets

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Oakes Fegley is Pete and Oona Laurence is Natalie in Disney’s PETE’S DRAGON, the story of a boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just happens to be a dragon.

 

 

Watch out for our Pete’s Dragon review tomorrow, and the movie itself in cinemas on Friday, but in the meantime click on the links below for these activity sheets for the kids to do:

 

Spot The Difference

 

Colouring Sheet

 

Maze