Each week we tell you about our favourite new DVD releases for young kids to teens, under the age of 18.
We kick things off with the FILMCLUB Film of the Week!
The Gruffalo’s Child (2011, U)
Director: Uwe Heidschötter; Johannes Weiland
Voice Cast: Helena Bonham Carter, Shirley Henderson, Robbie Coltrane, Rob Brydon, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson, James Corden
A brave, young monster hunts for the legendary Big Bad Mouse in this charming and witty, animated sequel to the Oscar-nominated short The Gruffalo. But though her dad’s warned her about going into the “deep, dark wood”, she’s determined not to be frightened – even when tracks in the snow lead her to a trio of creatures she’s never seen before.
The snake, owl, and fox add to her parent’s worrying description of the elusive rodent, making her surprised that the mouse she actually encounters is snack-sized, rather than scary! Yet despite being tiny, the furry fella’s got a clever trick up his sleeve that will teach the Gruffalo’s Child an amusing lesson, and save him from her tummy.
Fascinating Fact: The short film is based on the best-selling kids’ picture book by Julia Donaldson – the MBE-awarded author of The Gruffalo, who was appointed Children’s Laureate for 2011-2013.
The film features all the same voice cast from 2009’s The Gruffalo, with the addition of Shirley Henderson as the titular mini-monster.
Like this? Then also try these great films: The Gruffalo (2009, U); Lost and Found (2008, U); The Snowman (1982, U); James and the Giant Peach (1996, U); Fungus the Bogeyman (2004, U); Monsters Inc (2001, U)
Each week we look at the DVD releases for young kids to teens, under the age of 18.
Dolphin Tale (2011, U)
Director: Charles Martin Smith
Cast: Harry Connick Jr, Kris Kristofferson, Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff
Human compassion and persistence are celebrated in this uplifting and well-acted story about a boy and his aquatic friend. Based on real events, it’s a thoughtful and sincere family drama in which a lonely, young outcast called Sawyer develops a powerful bond with Winter, an injured dolphin.
The brave, and, naturally, totally cute, bottlenose lost her tail in a crab trap, and is now struggling to survive without it at a marine hospital. But dedicated Sawyer’s got a radical idea that could offer Winter the miracle she needs: approaching a specialist doctor to give the critter a prosthetic replacement.
So begins an amazing journey to recovery that poignantly provides inspiration and hope for people all around the world.
Like this? Then also try these great films: Whale Rider (2002, PG), Free Willy (1993, U), Storm Boy (1976, PG), Flipper (1996, PG), Soul Surfer (2011, PG)