Childrens

Pinocchio – A fantastical and magical return to the Collodi classic

This review is brought to you in partnership with our friends at Vertigo Releasing In 1883 Italian writer Carlo Collodi published The Adventures of Pinocchio; a magical wooden puppet desperate to become a real boy. The rural poverty of Tuscany and emerging industrialisation of Italy sitting at the heart of a story embedded in social change. Since that first publication, …

Muppets Now: Kermit and company stream their way back into hearts

It’s hard to believe that Kermit and co have lacked a dedicated TV presence ever since the first and only series of The Muppets on ABC back in 2015. I loved the mockumentary series, but alas its never found a dedicated audience, skirting between kids and adult comedy in a slightly confused manner. But, thankfully the good folk at Disney …

Kids Mix Summer 2020 – Think Like a Dog / Teen Titans / Onward / Horrible Histories

Every quarter we bring you four top picks for younger viewers. Kids Mix Summer 2020 features Think Like a Dog (PG), Teen Titans Go! to the Movies (PG), Onward (U) and Horrible Histories: Rotten Romans (PG) Think Like a Dog (2020) Director: Gil Junger Cast: Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Gabriel Bateman, Minghao Hou, Kunal Nayyar  Any dog owner who loves their furry …

Artemis Fowl – A young criminal mastermind lost in action

It has taken nearly 20 years for Eoin Colfer’s young criminal mastermind ‘Artemis Fowl’ to make it to our screens. His arrival suffering numerous production problems, ranging from fall of the Weinstein empire to Disney’s acquisition of Fox. Therefore the announcement that Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation was heading to straight to Disney + was not a surprise. Especially after the critical …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – Waiting for Anya

Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel, first published in 1990. Director Ben Cookson navigates the tightrope of bringing holocaust drama to children’s orientated filmmaking. While embracing the challenge of filming entirely on location. With the French mountain village at the centre of Morpurgo’s book, providing an important backdrop to the narrative. Creating a film that excels in both visual style and …

Abe – The truly delicious role food plays in celebrating diversity

This film review is brought to you in partnership with our friends at Breaking Glass Pictures Fresh from the 2019 TIFF and Sundance film festival, filmmaker Fernando Grostein Andrade brings us a sweet exploration of cultural and gastronomic fusion. In a film that follows a simple yet nuanced narrative, encompassing themes of both individual and social identity. As we follow …

The Goonies at 35: A treasure trove of fantasy, comedy and adventure

We can only imagine the scene at the Warner Brothers offices back in 1983/84. When Steven Spielberg pitched a new film to nervous executives desperate for the Spielberg magic in box office revenues. After all, this was a director who continued to push the boundaries of filmmaking. With E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Jaws …

Muppet Movies: The Essential Collection

Many children of the 1970/80s will have The Muppets deeply embedded in their hearts. Their presence felt through TV, movies, music and theatre over the course the decades proceeding the mid-1970s. However, Jim Henson’s dysfunctional family of foam have of course been around far longer than a mere 45 years. With many early versions of the gang appearing from 1955 …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – Onward

It is hard to believe that Toy Story burst on to our screens 25 years ago, changing animation forever. While equally embedding the wonderful worlds created by Pixar into our collective conciousness. However, as time has passed has the magic of Pixar slowly diminished? And can Pixar still find original stories that engage and inspire new generations of children and adults alike? …