Take a voyage to the silver screen
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.
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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.