Each week we look at the DVD releases for young kids to teens, under the age of 18.
First up is a blockbuster recommended by the experts at our friends, the film education charity FILMCLUB…
The Lion King
Running Time: 89 mins
Year Produced: 1994
Director: Rob Minkoff Roger Allers
Cast: Rowan Atkinson, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick, Whoopi Goldberg, James Earl Jones
On its release, The Lion King was hailed as an instant classic from Disney. This animated epic is not only beautiful visually, but the story is equally captivating.
Lion cub Simba runs away from his pride, believing he caused the tragic death of his beloved father King Mufasa. With Simba away, his evil uncle Scar can become king.
But while wandering in the African wilderness, Simba meets Pumba and Timon, two colourful characters, whose friendship gives him the strength to face his destiny.
Like this? Then also try these great films: Two Brothers (2004, U), Duma (2005, U), The Bear (1988, PG), The Jungle Book (1967, U), Born Free / Living Free (1972, U)
This one also gets the FILMCLUB stamp of approval!
Running Time: 40 mins
Year Produced: 2010
Director: Matthew Dyas
Cast: David Attenborough
The prehistoric world of the mighty pterosaurs comes to life in this fascinating groundbreaker from the brilliant British naturalist, Sir David Attenborough.
Using gob-smacking 3D technology and CGI to enhance scientific facts, he tackles the mysteries surrounding these extraordinary flying reptiles that ruled Earth’s skies 220 million years ago – the period when the dinosaurs were beginning to dominate the land.
With wingspans of up to 40 feet and bodies the size of giraffes, it’s incredible that such monstrous lizards actually made it into the air, and Attenborough and his visual wizards do a fantastic job of showing both how and why they achieved it.
Globetrotting visits, including an ancient pterosaur landing site in France, add extra authenticity, resulting in an ultra-thrilling nature lesson.
Like this? Then also try these great films: One Million Years BC (1966, PG), Jurassic Park (1993, PG), King Kong The Eighth Wonder Of The World (2005, 12), Avatar (2009, 12), Secrets Of Nature (1950, E)