The end of the year is almost nigh, so it’s time for the Movies4Kids 2013 Awards! Movies4Kids are pleased to announce the winners of the best kids and family movies (and performances) shown in the UK during the year… and it was tough to choose as there have been some great ones. Have a look – are your favourite movies award-winners? And if not, comment below and let us know the films for kids and teens that had you laughing, crying and sitting on the edge of your seat in 2013…
(click on each movie’s title for a link to the original Movies4Kids review)
BEST MOVIE FAMILY: The Croods
The prehistoric, loveable and very funny Croods kept us laughing throughout their cute movie.
BEST CAMEO PERFORMANCE: Captain America (Chris Evans) in Thor: The Dark World
We don’t want to spoil it too much for those who haven’t seen it, so all we’ll say is look out for Evans’ brief appearance in Thor: The Dark World, as it’s cracking.
BEST BLOCKBUSTER SEQUEL: Iron Man 3
A vast improvement on Iron Man 2, and funnier than the first movie, Iron Man 3 was so good it made us all hope Robert Downey Jr doesn’t hang up the metal suit for a long time to come.
BEST PERFORMANCE (grown-up): Matthew McConaughey in Mud
A tough choice to make in a year with great performances from a host of actors and actresses, including Emma Thompson in Saving Mr Banks and Sam Rockwell and Steve Carell in The Way Way Back, but McConaughey deserves the award for his mesmerising performance as the mysterious fugitive in Mud.
BEST PERFORMANCE (child): Conner Chapman and Shaun Thomas in The Selfish Giant
Both newcomers Chapman and Thomas stunned in this British drama loosely based on the Oscar Wilde short story, so rather than single out one or the other of these two bright young actors, the award deservedly goes to both of them.
BEST TEEN MOVIE: The Way, Way Back
Because this is really what teen life is like. Embarrassing parents, awkward situations and a summer that turns out quite differently than you imagined.
BEST ORIGINAL SONG: Let It Go, from Frozen
Sung by the marvellous Idina Menzel and written by Book Of Mormon songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, this is a four-minute slice of Disney magic, a Broadway musical-style song that stays with you long after the movie’s end credits.
TURKEY OF THE YEAR: Free Birds
Yes, a movie about turkeys is the obvious choice for Turkey Of The Year, but this animated comedy really deserves the thumbs-down award for lack of laughs, lack of fun, lack of coherence and even lack of holiday spirit. Even the trailer was laugh-free.
BEST SIDEKICK(S): The Minions from Despicable Me 2
It had to be these pill-shaped yellow guys who stole the show in Despicable Me, delivered all the best sight gags in 2013’s Despicable Me 2 and get their own movie in the summer of 2015. They’re friendly, too…
BEST SUPERHERO: The Wolverine
Hugh Jackman flexed his muscles once again as X-Men’s Wolverine, but this time got to deliver some fun one liners and kick loads of butt while he was at it.
BEST PRINCESS: Elsa and Anna in Frozen
Hurrah to Disney for bringing us not one but two kick-ass princesses in their twist on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen. Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella seem like simpering girlies next to these two tough chicks, one who can turn the world to ice, the other who charges up a mountain to save her big sis from herself. Surely no parent would mind their little girl playing with dolls based on these bright and brave belles. (And we’re rather fond of Elsa’s icy thigh-split dress, too – do they come in adult sizes?)
BEST BADDIE: Loki from Thor: The Dark World
He’s sarcastic, rather handsome and totally evil – just three of the reasons to secretly love Tom Hiddleston’s Loki. And if that wasn’t enough, Hiddleston delighted fans at September’s Comic Con by appearing in character and declaring to the crowd: “Humanity, look how far you’ve fallen!”
And finally, the award for BEST FAMILY MOVIE OF 2013 goes to: