“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”
In 1937, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” captured the imagination of children and adults alike and set Disney on the path to creating countless classics, including “Fantasia” (1940), “The King Lion” (1994) and many more. To celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary this year, Disney+ is streaming a 4K restoration of “Snow White.” Although children may know the story of the Dark-Haired Princess, her evil, mirror-loving stepmother, and the Seven Dwarfs, it’s worth showing them the restored film version so they can enjoy it. soaking up history in all its original splendor (enhanced by modern technology). , Of course).
“Snow White” was the first animated feature film, and the classic characters, visuals and story deserve to be passed down to the next generation.
Unless you are the most relaxed in the world parent at liberty, you’ll probably identify with Allison (Jennifer Garner) and Carlos (Édgar Ramírez). They used to be cool. They went skydiving and rock climbing. They said yes to everything – until they had three kids and started saying no every time one of them went near a butter knife or monkey bars. When teachers tell Allison and Carlos they’re too strict, a guidance counselor (Nat Faxon) suggests they try a yes day, where they spend 24 hours saying yes to their children.
Based on the children’s book of the same name, “Yes Day” could be considered a wholesome, family-friendly version of “The Purge,” where the craziest things that happen involve eating giant ice cream sundaes and running through a station car wash with windows. down. Director Miguel Arteta (“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”) inserts himself into the story with some genuinely funny moments: the couple’s teenage daughter, Katie (Jenna Ortega), writes a haiku to school about being a caged bird with a prison governor for a mother, and their son Nando (Julian Lerner) makes a short film comparing his mother to Stalin and Mussolini. If you’re looking for a simple, sweet movie to watch with elementary or middle school aged kids, this is a fun one.
In order to appreciate this one, it’s best to put aside questions like: “Why did these ancient Egyptians have a British accent?” » The story centers on three very cute undead mummies who wander the underworld of ancient Egypt: an ancient charioteer, Thut (voiced by Joe Thomas); Princess Nefer (Eleanor Tomlinson); and Thut’s little brother, Sekhem (Santiago Winder). Their pet crocodile also follows them.
The Pharaoh (Sean Bean) arranges a wedding between Thut and Nefer (yes, even though they are dead), but when an evil, undead archaeologist named Lord Carnaby (Hugh Bonneville) steals the engagement ring, the mummies travel to modern times. London to find it. This Spanish production, directed by first-time feature film director Juan Jesús García Galocha and distributed by Warner Bros., should entertain toddlers and other little ones charmed by cute characters, fun dance numbers and animated crocodiles.
‘We can be heroes’
Writer-director Robert Rodriguez understands that kids who love superheroes love watching kids who are actually superheroes. He perfected this dynamic in films like “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D” (2005) and this year’s “Spy Kids: Armageddon.” “We Can Be Heroes,” which he wrote with his son Racer, focuses on the next generation of superheroes Sharkboy and Lavagirl.
Here, children must harness their powers to save the world when their parents are captured by evil forces. The government hides the children in an underground bunker run by Ms. Granada (Priyanka Chopra Jonas), but the children soon realize that it is up to them – not the adults – to save the day. Yaya Gosselin as Missy Moreno, the leader of the young pack, is particularly fun to watch, as is Vivien Lyra Blair as Guppy, the small but mighty daughter of Sharkboy and Lavagirl. Pedro Pascal and Christian Slater play two of the older superheroes, and Oscar nominee Adriana Barraza (“Babel”) plays Missy’s grandmother. The film’s themes of teamwork and collaboration add to the frothy fun.
This film is not a spin-off or reboot; It’s an original story written by Lucy Alibar, known for working on scripts for films set in the South, such as “Where the Crawdads Sing” and Beasts of the Southern Wild”, which earned her an Oscar nomination. With “Troop Zero,” she leans into her Southern roots — and Allison Janney, Viola Davis and Jim Gaffigan lean into Southern accents.
The action takes place in a small town in Georgia in 1977. A girl named Christmas Flint (Mckenna Grace from “I, Tonya”) would rather learn about science and space travel than paint her nails. like the other beauties. When NASA announces a contest that would allow a few winners to have their voices recorded on a disk to be sent into space, Noël must join the Birdie Scouts (think Girl Scouts mixed with “Mean Girls”) to be eligible. She recruits a group of other misfits to join her, prompting the villains to quip along the lines of, “You all suck for being girls.” » But Christmas and his team are not to be discouraged. The result is a funny, slightly saccharine celebration of self-acceptance. Directed by the duo Bert & Bertie, “Troop Zero” should appeal to elementary-aged children who like to support the underdogs.