New Kids Movies
New Kids MoviesFor children who are seeking new films to entertain them, the past few months have been wonderful. Hollywood has stepped up in a big way, releasing some family-friendly fare that is designed to delight the younger set. Also, many adults will be thrilled with these exciting new offerings.
"The Good Dinosaur"Pleasing to both parents and future paleontologists alike, this film focuses in on the life of Arlo, an Apatosaurus who befriends a little boy. In this alternate reality, the infamous asteroid that brought down the dinosaurs actually missed the planet, allowing humans and huge dinosaurs to inhabit the planet simultaneously. This exquisitely animated film has impressed audiences with its rich characterizations and strong storyline, honing in on the themes of friendship and abandoning fears. The film boasts spectacular vocal performances from actors like Frances McDormand.
"Minions"This movie has been so wildly popular that it seems difficult to avoid. With plenty of advertising and a plethora of merchandising opportunities, the characters from "Minions" have seemed omnipresent during the past year. The main characters Bob, Stuart and Kevin are challenged with the biggest obstacle they've ever faced; they must stop villainess Scarlet Overkill from taking over the world and destroying it. Of course, they're Minions, so they manage to use their trademarked style and humor to defeat the evil Scarlet. Adult audiences undoubtedly will recognize Scarlet's voice, which is provided by movie star Sandra Bullock.
"The Peanuts Movie"A new take on an old classic, this film focuses on the drama and hilarity that ensues when Charlie Brown's crush, The Little Red-Haired Girl, moves into the neighborhood. Meanwhile, his steadfast best friend—the beagle Snoopy—embarks in a fantasy adventure of his own. As a fighter pilot, Snoopy engages in a battle with the evil Red Baron while pursuing a relationship with a poodle named Fifi. Voiced by Broadway veteran Kristin Chenoweth, Fifi the poodle is a whimsically funny character.
"Pan"Another fresh take on a familiar tale, this movie chronicles the world of a 12-year-old boy named Peter, who finds himself suddenly transported to Neverland. In this riveting reboot, we see Peter befriending the heroine Tiger Lily and the iconic character James Hook. However, instead of Hook being the ultimate enemy this time, the group becomes united in their quest to defeat Blackbeard the pirate. In this film, Blackbeard is played by the brilliant Hugh Jackman. Eventually, Peter begins to realize his destiny as the Peter Pan that the whole world has come to know and love.
"Hotel Transylvania 2"This is a second installment that chronicles new developments with the Hotel Transylvania clan. The gang is back and better than ever in this one, except Drac has become concerned that his grandson Dennis isn't exhibiting as many vampiric tendencies as he would like. His anxiety leads to a hilarious comedy of errors when Drac's grumpy old father Vlad pays everyone a visit. Mel Brooks fans definitely will get a kick out of his performance as this foul-tempered old vampire.
"Goosebumps"Although this movie isn't technically a revamp, the plot is based upon the books of a beloved author. R.L. Stine is the famous writer of the "Goosebumps" series and in this fictional film, the monsters from his twisted tales truly come to life. Life become very interesting for the main character when he teams up with R.L. Stine himself—and Stine's daughter—to force the monsters back into whence they came. All generations will enjoy this film, which uses a popular series to launch an entirely new set of characters and exciting circumstances. Actor Jack Black plays the role of Stine to perfection, so the movie provides entertainment from start to finish.
With so many fantastic kids' movies released within the past few months, it's a great time to get to the theater and indulge in some entertainment that's good for the entire family. Children and adults alike are bound to enjoy these films, and with many new installments of old classics, adults will be pleased to see a whole host of familiar characters popping up on the screen.