The Santa Clause

The Santa Clause (1994)

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family Film

This is a classic Christmas movie suitable for the entire family πŸ˜€ . The story itself is very entertaining and captivating from beginning to the end. The dialogue is witty and amusing which will create some laughter from you whether you are a child or an adult πŸ˜› . The idea of the story is unique β€œThe Santa Clause” and how Scott Clavin is forced into this story. The effect he goes under is very funny and helps keep the story entertaining but light hearted too πŸ™‚ . I liked the North Pole world and the explanation for how Santa gets down the chimney (when you watch it you will know πŸ˜› ). The ending was sweet and the animation on the reindeers is not that bad, which makes it passable for the tale. Tim Allen as Scott Clavin is great and his costume as Santa Claus is awesome πŸ˜€ !! He is certainly the picture of Santa that you imagine πŸ˜› . Charlie (Eric Lloyd) is adorable and his relationship with his father is sweet. The elf’s were good especially Judy (Paige Tamada) but personally, I was not a fan of Bernard (David Krumholtz) but you can’t say his character is not memorable πŸ˜› . Laura Calvin Miller (Wendy Crewson) and Dr. Neil Miller (Judge Reinhold) are not good characters in this (work for the tale but not likable) but to be fair, I disliked the mother more. Let’s just say she is not winning Mother of the Year awards from her actions in this movie πŸ˜› . Β Overall, a great Christmas movie for the entire family πŸ˜€ . Enjoy πŸ˜€

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

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What is your dad was Santa Claus?

The Smurfs

The Smurfs (2011)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Children

Whether good or bad you will be compelled to watch this movie at least once if you ever loved the Smurfs as a child πŸ˜› . Overall, this is an amazing movie for children that will have them laughing and enjoying throughout πŸ˜€ . It is a little too childish and tries too hard to be funny for the adults to enjoy this but it is not too offensive to watch as a family. Though, the storyline was easy enough (plain and simple πŸ™‚ ) to follow and to keep you watching until the end. The CGI is alright and the cast in this are pretty good (Neil Patrick Harris, Katy Perry, Jayma Mays plus many more πŸ™‚ ). There is also some modern references that you will note which can be funny and the slapstick humour is okay. The major problem with this movie is that nothing is truly memorable and you don’t really connect with the human characters or the Smurfs. Plus this movie might not keep you captivated throughout if you are older than a certain age. However, saying this it is a movie about Smurfs and it does what it says on the tin πŸ˜› . Overall, this is a really pleasant and traditional children’s movie that is just about escaping a villain and returning home πŸ™‚ . If you go and watch this with little expectations than you might enjoy this and feel quite nostalgic for the original Smurfs πŸ™‚ . Enjoy πŸ˜€

I give this film 2.5 Stars out of 5!

P.S. Happy Easter πŸ˜€

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Where the Smurf are we?


The Rugrats Movie

The Rugrats Movie (1998)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Children

This is a film that fans of the original series will absolutely enjoy but those who didn’t might not πŸ˜› . The artwork is familiar and matches the series well so you can’t fault it. There are some references to pop culture such as “Indiana Jones” at the beginning πŸ˜› . My favourite character was (and always will be) Angelica who is fabulous in this narrative and has an amazing song! Her hunt scene while singing Blondie’s “One way or another” was one of the best scenes in the movie πŸ˜€ . The humour in this film is mostly aimed at children but it tried to appeal to adults as well. Parts of the humour got a little weird, strange and some I assume is only for children because it wasn’t funny. The plot is simple enough to follow and is interesting enough. I enjoyed the parents side of the story more than the Rugrats but overall it was not too bad of a story. The relationship between Tommy and new baby Dill was nice enough for the narrative but got a little annoying for me. I was totally on Tommy’s side and it got dragged too long though when it got over the “problem” it became okay (I suppose πŸ˜› ). Overall, a great film for those who want to take a nostalgic trip down 90’s children series classics but not for everyone πŸ˜› . Enjoy πŸ˜€

I give this film 2 Stars out of 5!

An adventure for anyone that ever wore diapers.

Swallows and Amazons

Swallows and Amazons (2016)

Genre: Family Film, Adventure, Children

This is a wonderfully pleasant adaption of a children’s book that the entire family can enjoy πŸ™‚ . I have not read the book but I do know that this film has diverted from the original tale and even from the era it is set in πŸ˜› . However, that shouldn’t matter as the story is engaging, entertaining and interesting. The pace of the tale was good, had a decent amount of suspense and drama while having an old war time children’s story nostalgia πŸ™‚ . The acting is superb in this film especially the children! My favourite was Roger (Bobby McCulloch) who was simply adorable and acted fabulously for his age. There are some funny moments in this film especially the β€œboat theft at night” scene which had me in stitches πŸ˜€ ! The relationship between the children was believable as a family and the character of Captain Flint (Rafe Spall) worked for this story as well (his role in the film). The scenery is wonderful and the action scenes (that are probably not in the original story) were gripping! Overall, a fabulous children’s movie that is simply pleasant but not mediocre. There are plenty of stuff in this movie for all ages to be entertained. Enjoy πŸ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

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Amazons Rule. Swallows Forever.

Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots (2011)

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Children, Family Film

A spin off the Shrek’s Movies that tells the audience the back-story of one (possibly the most) popular character from the franchise! Puss in Boots πŸ˜€ . The film delivers fairly well and does keep you pretty entertained. The movie references in the narrative and jokes embedded in this film are good (and I am pretty happy they are still here as this is a typical addition to Shrek’s Movies πŸ˜€ ). The character of Puss (Antonio Banderas) is great and it is nice to see his beginning plus a great film if you simply love the character. The new main characters Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) and Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) assist in the story well (good additions πŸ™‚ ). As much as the tale is interesting and will keep you entertained enough but my favourite was the humour. Like the dance fight, the light chase and the random cat who says “ooh” constantly πŸ˜› . Some the humans (and the way they treat Puss) can be annoying but works for the tale and the “slightly predicable” twist works πŸ˜€ . A wonderful film for the entirely family but not the best that DreamWorks has made. Enjoy πŸ˜€

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

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Recess: School’s Out

Recess: School’s Out (2001)

Genre: Disney, Comedy, Animation, Family Film, Children

This is a decent and nostalgic film for those who loved the original Recess series πŸ˜› . First off it is not as good as the series and if you don’t like the series then it isn’t captivating or interesting enough. Though those who are fans the series (young and old πŸ˜› ) will enjoy it πŸ™‚ . Secondly,Β  all you hear in this movie is James Wood (aka Hades from Hercules) who voices a decent villain, they tried to include all the characters from the series and the narrative isn’t half bad πŸ˜› . It’s a slow start but gets mildly better as it continues and has funny moments. My personal favourite funny moment Β was Mickey versus the guards while he sings opera (I will try not to spoil πŸ˜› ). The choice of music of this film is great and the drawing matches the series. The moral of the story was good, loved the ending (especially the end credits) and I can’t deny that I was entertained πŸ™‚ . Great if you are a fan otherwise might not be the best. Enjoy πŸ™‚

I give this film 3 Stars out of 5!

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Saving The World One Playground At A Time!

The Good Dinosaur

The Good Dinosaur (2015)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Disney, Pixar, Children, Family Film

The newest Disney Pixar film about a lost dinosaur trying to find his way home with his adorable critter “human” . This is a pleasant enough film that keeps you entertained throughout and has moments that make you giggle quite a lot πŸ˜› . However, it is hardly anything compared to their most recent film “Inside Out”. This film is definitely aimed at the younger generation and at times they hit the mark as adults and children were laughing in the cinema πŸ˜› . You will definitely see a certain “The Lion King” reference with a pretty different end to a character (won’t spoil πŸ˜› ). However as much as I enjoyed this film, there was a certain dullness to this movie and characters. I wasn’t spellbound, the characters attempted to move me and none of the cast really left an impression. Some areas might be too dark for the children they are aiming for but there are some decent scenes and Spot is a epic companion πŸ˜› . Enjoyable, pleasant enough and worth a watch for Pixar alone but not one of their best. Enjoy πŸ™‚

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

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The AristoCats

The AristoCats (1970)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family Film, Children

Another Disney Classic that everyone knows of but it’s classed as a bit of an underrated Disney Movie πŸ˜› . This film deserves more credit πŸ˜€ . The drawing is a traditional old fashioned way of animation (Disney’s anyway) that gives it quite a charming effect πŸ™‚ . The narrative itself is entertaining and is perfect for children. The main characters (my favourites are the kitten especially Marie πŸ˜› ) are pleasant and are unique enough to remember.Β  The comedy element in this film ruins the charming effect quite a lot as it is only going to be enjoyed by (true fans) or children. The humour is typical of the 70’s and it has lost that original comedy factor. The songs are really good though πŸ˜› . They match the film well and “Everybody wants to be a Cat” is my favourite section of the entire film. Though the Aristocrats does have some questionable lines “If you want to turn me on?” sung by Duchess herself πŸ˜› . However, through all those questionable or unfunny sections it is still a Classic worth remembering. So if you fancy watching a charming, sweet, old fashioned Disney film then this is for you πŸ˜› . Enjoy πŸ˜€

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

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Enchanted (2007)

Genre: Comedy. Family Film, Fantasy, Disney, Children

I watched this when it first came out and have loved it ever since πŸ™‚ . It’s one of my favourite Disney films where we have a mixture of animation and “real life” acting! What I love most about this film are the references to the (Disney) Classics and those fairytales we have grown up with. They make fun of themselves and because of this the “OTT” acting/singing/scenes work πŸ˜› . The choice in cast are exceptional: Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Timothy Spall and Idina Menzel to name a few πŸ˜› .Β  The songs are catchy and really good! My favourites where “So Close”, “That’s How You Know” and “Ever Ever After” πŸ˜€ . Β The narrative is well worth the watch with a good message to kids, allows the adults to laugh while being great for the entire family. My favourite sections where the beginning and the characters entering the real world πŸ˜› . Enjoy πŸ˜€ !

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

The real world and the animated world collide.
The real world and the animated world collide.