Family movies at the London Film Festival


This year’s BFI London Film Festival runs from the 4th to the 15th of October, and public booking opens today. There are hundreds of films for grown-ups, including Andy Serkis’ directorial debut Breathe, the award-winning The Shape Of Water, and the sports drama Battle Of The Sexes with Emma Stone and you can view the entire festival brochure and book tickets by clicking here.

As well as upcoming movies (and often, potential Oscar winners – last year’s festival line up included La La Land) for older audiences, there are always some interesting family movies in the festival and this year is no exception. Below are the Movies4Kids pick of the family movies to take the kids to – do book early, however, as they will all be very popular.


big-bad-fox-ears-lff17-100.jpgThe Big Bad Fox And Other Tales

Three farmyard tales are told in this French animated comedy that should delight kids aged six and over. There’s ‘A Baby To Deliver’, ‘The Perfect Christmas’ and our favourite, ‘The Big Bad Fox’, in which the eponymous villain steals some eggs only for them to hatch, and the cute little chicks believe he is their mother.



big-fish-begonia-fence-lff17-103.jpgBig Fish & Begonia

Beautiful Chinese animation for the over-8s, this is a fantasy story about a mystical world beneath ours. When the inhabitants turn 16, they visit us to observe, and when Chun leaves her magical realm she takes the form of a dolphin and goes on an adventure involving a young human boy.




12-year-old Belgian Niilas is sent away to spend the summer with his mother in Swedish Lapland in this live action drama. Unhappy about his situation, he plans to leave and return home, and discovers that the natural world he is exploring can be both beautiful and dangerous. For ages 8+.



ivan-tsarevitchet-and-the-changing-princess-3-lff17-294.jpgIvan Tsarevitch And The Changing Princess

French animator Michel Ocelot brings together a collection of fairy tales for this animated adventure, including The Sorcerer’s Pupil, about a Persian boy who becomes an apprentice to a powerful magician, The Mistress of Monsters, in which a young girl challenges the monsters that strike fear in everyone, and the title story, that follows an exciting journey to save the life of a Tsar. For ages 8+.



lu-over-the-wall-green-lff17-365.jpgLu Over The Wall

This award-winning Japanese animation is the story of young Kai, who befriends a mermaid named Lu. She loves music and is vulnerable to sunlight, and their story, and that of the fishing village where Kai lives that is under threat, is a really enjoyable one for kids over the age of 10.


Click here for the full London Film Festival brochure.



New trailer for Disney/Pixar’s Coco!



The latest film from Disney/Pixar, Coco, opens in the UK on January 18th next year (the lucky USA get to see it from November 22nd this year). It tells the story of Miguel, who dreams of becoming a talented musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Miguel’s journey to achieve his dream leads him to the colourful Land of the Dead and the real story behind his own family history. You can check out the new trailer below:




New Early Man trailer!



Early Man, the new animated comedy from Aardman and Nick Park, the creators of image001.jpgWallace And Gromit and Shaun The Sheep, is coming to cinemas on January 26th 2018, and there is now a new trailer and poster for the film.



Set at the dawn of time, Early Man is the story of caveman Dug (Eddie Redmayne) and his friend Hognob, who challenge enemy Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) when he threatens their tribe. With Timothy Spall, Richard Ayoade and Johnny Vegas among those providing the voices, we’re expecting great things!


Here’s the trailer:


Olaf’s Frozen Adventure coming soon


Disney and Pixar have announced some exciting news for Frozen fans – a new 21 minute long mini-movie is to be released in cinemas this year. For UK fans, the featurette, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, will. be shown at screenings of the original Frozen in cinemas on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November. Tickets will be on sale from 1st November.



The mini movie features four new original songs, and the return of characters including snowman Olaf, who teams up with Sven to find the best parts of Christmas to celebrate with his friends Anna, Elsa and Kristoff.  Here’s the trailer:


And don’t forget, there will also be a full length sequel to Frozen, coming to cinemas in November 2019.


Will Smith releases first photo from set of live action Aladdin!


Will Smith has posted a photo from the set of Disney’s live action Aladdin, which has just started shooting. You can view Will’s full post by clicking here – and check out the photo, above, with Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari as Jafar and, of course, Will as the Genie.


Following on from the live action versions of The Jungle Book, Cinderella and this year’s Beauty And The Beast, Disney’s new Aladdin will retell the classic story as shown in the 1992 animated movie. The film is directed by Guy Ritchie.



First trailer for Christmas movie The Star



It may still be summer but we’re all about getting you in the Christmas mood here at Movies4Kids! With that in mind, here is the first trailer for the new animated adventure The Star, which tells the story of the first Christmas from the perspective of a brave little donkey named Bo. Breaking free from his ordinary life, he goes on a journey that teams him with a sheep named Ruth and a dove named Dave, and together with some wise-cracking camels they follow the star they see in the sky that leads them to a very special place.


Featuring the voices of Steven Yeun, Gina Rodriguez, Kelly Clarkson, Ving Rhames, Oprah Winfrey and Christopher Plummer, the movie opens in the UK on November 24th and November 10th in the US.



The Boss Baby – activity sheets for the summer holidays


DreamWorks Animation’s hit movie The Boss Baby is now available on Digital Download, Blu-ray and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, and to tie in with the release, we’ve got some activity sheets for you to print out for the kids. Click here for the Movies4Kids review, and check out the activities below by clicking on each one for a printable version:


Boss Baby Colouring Page

Boss Baby Colouring Page 2

Boss Baby: Hidden Message

Boss Baby: Maze

Boss Baby: Pattern

Boss Baby: WordSearch