Take a voy­age to the sil­ver screen

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Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - JELLYBEAN JOURNAL - THERESA SMITH

IT’S HOL­I­DAY time and there are some great movies out for kids to en­joy.

Two of the biggest Bri­tish book se­ries have been turned into films that are play­ing at the same time this sum­mer. The lat­est Harry Pot­ter film has an age re­stric­tion for a rea­son – this one’s def­i­nitely not meant for young kids, but the lat­est Narnia film is an­other mat­ter al­to­gether.

The third film in The Chron­i­cles of Narnia is The Voy­age of the Dawn Treader, which opened yes­ter­day. The two youngest chil­dren from the first two films – Ed­mund (Skan­dar Keynes) and Lucy (Ge­orgie Hen­ley) re­turn to Narnia and once again meet Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes).

This time their ob­nox­ious cousin Eus­tace (Will Poul­ter) tags along as they ex­plore the far-flung is­lands of Narnia. There is no real bad guy, but the film looks at the nas­ti­ness we can all show from time to time.

The best part, though, is the mag­i­cal places they travel to and the fan­tas­ti­cal crea­tures they meet along the way. We al­ready know how this place works, so they don’t spend too much time ex­plain­ing what’s go­ing on, but just launch you straight into the ad­ven­ture.

By the end of the film we re­alise that Ed­mund and Lucy are grow­ing up and won’t get a chance to come back, but hav­ing read the books, I know Eus­tace will be back in The Sil­ver Chair (which will be turned into a film if Dawn Treader makes enough money).

Open­ing next week is DreamWorks’s Megamind. This com­puter-an­i­mated film about su­per­heroes and su­pervil­lains also has amaz­ing graph­ics. Will Fer­rell pro­vides the voice of bad guy Megamind, while Brad Pitt is his arch-neme­sis Metro Man. Tina Fey voices TV an­chor­woman Roxie, who al­ways finds her­self be­ing kid­napped by Megamind and saved by Metro Man.

The story is a mix be­tween De­spi­ca­ble Me and The In­cred­i­bles and adults will en­joy it too, so don’t be too sur­prised if your dad in­sists on tak­ing you to the movies.

Both Dawn Treader and Megamind are in 3D, which means there is a great depth to what you see, but un­like De­spi­ca­ble Me there is noth­ing jaw-drop­pingly amaz­ing about how the film-mak­ers have used the technology.

The hun­gry bear from the Hanna-Bar­bera car­toons makes it on to the big screen in Yogi Bear, which opens on Christ­mas Eve. The film has been adapted from the TV se­ries and fol­lows the bear (voiced by Dan Ack­royd) and his pal Boo-boo (voiced by Justin Tim­ber­lake) as they try to help Ranger Smith (played by Tom Ca­vanagh) stop Jelly­stone Park be­ing closed down. The film is a mix of live ac­tion and com­put­eran­i­mated char­ac­ters and will also screen in 3D.

Just be­cause Gul­liver’s Trav­els (opens Jan­uary 7) fea­tures Jack Black trav­el­ling to an is­land pop­u­lated by tiny peo­ple, doesn’t mean it’s nec­es­sar­ily go­ing to be a kids’ movie. Con­sid­er­ing it’s a Jack Black film, it will prob­a­bly end up with a PG rat­ing, be­cause he loves rather rude hu­mour.

Tron: Legacy (opens De­cem­ber 31) will also get at least a PG rat­ing be­cause of graphic vi­o­lence in the vir­tual world. While you may be tempted to watch be­cause the spe­cial ef­fects look great, this is a se­quel to a very naff-look­ing movie from the early 1980s, so it will mean much more to adults.

Once the hol­i­days are over and the ex­cite­ment around your new school uni­form has died down, you can look for­ward to Tangled (Jan­uary 28). Based on the Ra­pun­zel fairy tale, Tangled is a tra­di­tional Dis­ney mu­si­cal, which fea­tures com­puter an­i­ma­tion and not just a girl with long hair, but also a guy who is a mas­ter thief.

LOCKED: Ra­pun­zel gets her man in the an­i­mated movie

about a girl with long hair and a guy who is a thief.

FILM FUN: Ge­orgie Hen­ley plays Lucy in The Chron­i­cles of Narnia: The Voy­age of the Dawn Treader. Metro Man (Brad Pitt, mid­dle) high-fives his fans in DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion’s Megamind. Megamind (Will Fer­rell, right) tells Rox­anne Ritchi (Tina Fey, left) that Metro Man won’t res­cue her this time.

CREA­TURE FEA­TURE: stars Boo-Boo, voiced by Justin Tim­ber­lake, and Yogi, voiced by Dan Ack­royd.

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