October Half Term’s coming – so what’s on at the cinema to keep the kids entertained?
As always there is a bumper bundle of great kid’s movies coming in September and October to coincide with the school holidays – so here is our round-up of the best films to watch this autumn.
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The LEGO Ninjago Movie (PG) is set to be the must see-movie for half term. The battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret warriors and LEGO Master Builders. Led by kung fu master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, the Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad.
Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their true power. With the voices of Olivia Munn, Justin Theroux and Jackie Chan.
Goodbye Christopher Robin (PG) gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh.
Along with his mother Daphne, and his nanny Olive, Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family? Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
The Jungle Bunch (U) is the tale of Maurice; He may look like a penguin - but he's a real tiger inside! Raised by a tigress, he's the clumsiest Kung-Fu master ever. Along with his friends, The Jungle Bunch, he intends to maintain order and justice in the jungle, as his mother did before him.
But Igor, an evil koala, wants to destroy the jungle once and for all, helped by his army of silly baboons... With the voices of Michel Mella, Emmanuel Curtil and Paul Borne.
My Little Pony: The Movie (TBC) A dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity – embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship to save their home.
The film has an all-star voice cast including Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Liev Schreiber, Michael Peña, Sia, Taye Diggs, Uzo Aduba and Zoe Saldana.
The Little Vampire (TBC) is based on the characters from the bestselling novels by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg, tells the story of Rudolph, a thirteen year old vampire, whose clan is threatened by a notorious vampire hunter. He meets Tony, a mortal of the same age, who is fascinated by old castles, graveyards and - vampires. Tony helps Rudolph in an action and humor packed battle against their adversaries, together they save Rudolph's family and become friends.
Starring Jim Carter, Rasmus Hardicker, Tim Piggot-Smith and Miriam Margolyes.
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Earth: One Amazing Day (PG) Over the course of one single day, we track the sun from the highest mountains to the remotest islands, from exotic jungles to urban jungles. Astounding breakthroughs in filmmaking technology bring you up close and personal with a cast of unforgettable characters; a baby zebra desperate to cross a swollen river, a penguin who heroically undertakes a death-defying daily commute to feed his family, a family of sperm whales who like to snooze vertically and a sloth on the hunt for love.
Narrated by Robert Redford, Earth: One Amazing Day is a documentary from BBC Earth Films.
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Despicable Me 3 (U) Set to be THE must-see movie of the summer, it continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters - Margo, Edith and Agnes – and, of course, the Minions. Balthazar Bratt is a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date.
With the voices of Jenny Slate, Kristen Wiig, Steve Carell and Trey Parker.
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The Emoji Movie (Cert TBA) The Emoji Movie goes inside your phone to Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live. Each emoji has only one facial expression - except for Gene, an exuberant emoji who is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become "normal" like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak.
But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it is deleted forever.
With the voices of T.J. Miller, James Corden, Ilana Glazer, Jennifer Coolidge, Patrick Stewart, and Maya Rudolph.
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Cars 3 (Cert U) Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet, and a few unexpected turns.
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Favourites Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Cheech Marin, John Ratzenburger and Bonnie Hunt return to provide the voices of your favourite characters.
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