Each week we look at the DVD releases for young kids to teens, under the age of 18.
Two brilliant animated films, both recommended by the experts at our friends, the film education charity FILMCLUB. Here’s the first…
Horrid Henry: The Movie
Running Time: 90 mins
Year Produced: 2011
Director: Nick Moore
Cast: Anjelica Huston, Parminder Nagra, Richard E. Grant, Theo Stevenson
With 19 books published and over 100 animated television episodes made about him, it is no surprise that Henry – the mischievous schoolboy – has now brought his devilish pranks to the big screen. In this 3D outing Henry continues his constant war on the teachers and girls of Ashdown Primary. Rival school headmaster Vic Van Winkle poses a whole new irritation altogether however. With Winkle hatching a devious plot to have Ashdown closed, Henry attempts to win a kids’ television show competition that just might save the day. Fun cameos and sharp comedy timing make this a sure-bet to entertain Horrid Henry fans.
Like this? Then also try these great films: Matlida (1996, PG), Son of Rambow (2007, 12), Where The Wild Things Are (2009, PG), Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010, PG)
This one is totally different, but also gets the FILMCLUB stamp of approval!
A Better Life
Running Time: 97mins
Year Produced: 2011
Directors: Chris Weitz
Cast: Damien Birchir, Jose Julian, Nancy Lenehan, Isabelle Rae Thomas
In A Better Life we meet Carlos, a Mexican gardener, who is struggling to raise his 14-year-old son, Luis, in a tough Los Angeles neighbourhood. Living in constant fear of deportation, and with Luis being drawn into a life of gangs and crime, Carlos tries to be the best father he can. He sleeps on the couch so Luis can have the bed and continues to tend to the lawns and palm trees of his wealthy clients. This look at life on the bottom rung of American society is very different from director Chris Weitz’s previous film, Twilight: New Moon, and features outstanding performances from its lead actors.
Like this? Then also try these great films: The Golden Door (2006, PG), An American Tail (1986, U)