Monthly Archives: September 2014

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.


MV5BMjE3MDg2MTExNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDY4NjMzMTE@._V1_SX67_CR0,0,67,98_AL_Moomins On The Riviera – A new animated adventure featuring Tove Jansson’s The Moomins.





u6q1rpYellowbird – Dakota Fanning and Seth Green provide the voices in this animated animal drama.






UnknownRobot Overlords – Gillian Anderson and Ben Kingsley star in this sci-fi action/adventure from director Jon Wright (who made the more grown-up Grabbers) set in the future when robots from another galaxy have conquered Earth.


rsz_12014_-_the_satellite_girl_and_milk_cow_still_6-thumb-630xauto-45583The Satellite Girl And Milk Cow – a South Korean animated story about a satellite that transforms into a robot girl searching for a melody she heard while looking down on Earth.



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 and public booking opens at 10am on 18 September. 

Telephone Bookings: 020 7928 3232 between 09:30–20:30

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