How could the movie that has captivated every youngster not make our list? Anna and Elsa, voiced by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, are sisters and total opposites. For one, Elsa is a snow queen cursed to turn anyone and anything to ice. She hides away from the world while outgoing Anna yearns to meet new people and open the doors to their mostly closed kingdom of Arendelle. When Elsa freezes Arendelle, she flees to the mountains. Anna goes after her with a quirky and loyal crew made up of kooky snowman Olaf, mountaineer Kristoff and a lovable reindeer. Be warned: every song will get stuck in your head.Rated: PGCommon Sense Media: Ages 5+
The Day the Earth Blew Up A Looney Tunes Movie is an upcoming animated movie based on the Looney Tunes Cartoons series set to air on Cartoon Network's ACME Night block of films. It was written by Kevin Costello.
The movie has clear positive messages about choosing kindness, appreciating everyone for who they are (rather than what they look like), and true friendship; empathy and perseverance are also strong themes.
Matching family Christmas pajamas, mouth-watering holiday cookie recipes, and binge-watching all of the best Christmas flicks for kids? It's that time of the year (the most wonderful time, to be specific!). There always seems to be an endless number of feel-good holiday films and we can thank Hallmark's "Countdown to Christmas" lineup for that. But, for movies that truly make you feel like a kid again, nothing feels quite like a good ole animated Christmas movie.
From recent favorites that are a must-watch each year like The Polar Express to timeless classics like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, family-friendly animated Christmas movies always keeps the entire crew entertained throughout the holiday season. We've rounded up a jam-packed list filled with story lines appropriate for all ages, funny cartoon characters that leave our stomachs sore and tons of catchy holiday music that'll be stuck in your head for longer than you'd like to admit.
To be honest, you could probably spend 365 days a year glued to your TV screen and still not able to catch up on all the best Christmas movies on Netflix, best Disney Christmas movies, or the stellar lineup of Christmas movies on Disney +. No worries, though! You'll have a hefty lineup to choose from so pop your favorite popcorn, snuggle up with some blankets and settle in for a movie marathon of animated Christmas movies that'll put the whole family in the Christmas spirit.
There's a reason Amazon reviewers say their kids watch this Christmas movie over and over again during the holidays. The cute and educational Cat in the Hat spin-off will keep children of all ages entertained.
Watching all of the movies at once helped me to appreciate how having fifteen films to tell its story allowed this series to become much richer and more diverse than it ever could have been otherwise. It gave me the chance to spot and appreciate the evolution and growth we see within the characters as they move from film to film. It inspired some newfound appreciation of less prominent characters within the DC Universe, like Deadshot, Batwoman, Steel, Deadman and Silver Swan. It reminded me of the unlimited possibilities that shared continuity can bring, while making a good case for the power of standalone stories.
Tim Beedle covers movies, TV and comics for DCComics.com, writes our monthly Superman column, "Super Here For...", and is a regular contributor to the Couch Club, our weekly television column. Look for him on Twitter at @Tim_Beedle.
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Researching Disney's history is like that feeling you get when your mom says she's going to start looking into your family history. Like, "Oooh, please don't find out our ancestors were slave owners. Please don't find out grandpa was a Nazi." Except everything Disney has done is well documented in their cartoons.
Maybe you think Disney is getting better because we finally do have a black princess. Maybe you think it's just appeasing us because of how whitewashed Frozen turned out to be. Whatever you believe now, we can all agree on one thing: early Disney cartoons were racist as hell. They employed caricatures that helped educate children on how they expected other races to look and act. They slipped racists jokes easily into their scripts even into the '90s.
Get ready for a romp through a prehistoric tundra in this animated movie comedy that follows three primeval creatures determined to help a human baby find his clan. The CGI animation brings the ancient world to life with plenty of humor the whole family will enjoy. Check out 16 more funny movies perfect to watch with your kids.
Spread a blanket in front of the TV screen and spread out some Legos for the kids to play with while they watch. The Lego characters in the movie and their brightly colored set pieces will inspire the family to get creative with their favorite toy. The movie boasts a witty script and unforgettable characters.
The lovably cranky green ogre Shrek, from the Dreamworks Animation team, always captures hearts. This is wonderful film to return to for family movie night due to its brightly colored palette and innovative CGI style. The voice talent of Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy give this fairy tale redux a hilarious charm, as they help out Princess Fiona, voiced by Cameron Diaz, who might just fall for the green guy.
Screen this lush and gorgeous animated Irish film when you want to add magic and wonder to family movie night. In the age of CGI, this mythological story was hand-drawn by animators giving it rich detail and a stirringly beautiful cartoon style. The story follows a brother and his sister, who happens to be a selkie, as they contend with an Owl Witch and search for their missing mother.
Russell is a loud, hyperactive, anxious, high-strung, and curious but fun-loving boy. His behavior and personality often annoys Carl throughout the movie. The fact that he had chocolate with him suggests that he may like candy, which could also explain why he is overweight.
The film's storyline follows the same continuity as the Transformers cartoon. It introduces a planet-sized Transformer called Unicron who eats other planets, and is approaching Cybertron. As part of their continuing wars, the Autobots and Decepticons have a fierce battle on Earth which sees both Optimus Prime and Megatron mortally wounded. Prime passes the Matrix of Leadership to Ultra Magnus and dies, and Megatron is transformed by Unicron into Galvatron. Starscream (briefly) assumes leadership of the Decepticons, but is killed when Galvatron arrives at Cybertron. Galvatron then chases the surviving Autobots on Earth across space, splitting them up and taking the Matrix. The Autobots find their way back to each other, and follow Galvatron to Cybertron just as Unicron transforms into robot mode and begins to eat their world. Travelling inside Unicron, Hot Rod recovers the Matrix, transforms into Rodimus Prime, and uses the Matrix to destroy Unicron.
Often referred to by fans simply as "the movie" or "TFTM", the movie was a step up in almost every area from the television series, with a more sophisticated plot, more serious treatment of war and violence, a hugely ambitious scope and a greatly increased animation budget with well-known celebrities providing voice work. For these reasons, the film remains very popular with children of the 1980s.
The film opens with characters who had been featured in the first two years of the toyline and associated media (cartoons, comic books, etc.), but quickly introduces new characters and kills many of the old ones to make room. Of particular note, Optimus Prime and Starscream are both destroyed during the course of the film.
Carrie Rickey of the Dallas Morning News chided the film in the August 13, 1986, issue of the paper, describing it as "essentially a cartoon Star Wars about robots from a toybox galaxy far, far away". She then went on to say that the film "never takes off" and derided it as "uninspired".
Nanciann Cherry in the August 13, 1986, edition of the Toledo Blade claimed the robots in the movie had little personality and faded into the background. She even went on to say that GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords was a superior film! Her review was filled with inaccuracies, however, citing characters such as "Unicon" and claiming that the destruction of Cybertron's moons by "Unicon" is what caused the Autobots to travel to Autobot City, at which point Megatron attacked. To be fair, she readily admits, "About 20 minutes into the film, I gave up on the plot and tried to count all the ideas that were stolen from other sources. Now that kept me busy." So she wasn't really paying attention, anyway.
Over time, however, the movie has acquired something of a cult following beyond the core base of Transformers fans, particularly among children of the '80s. It is sometimes screened as a midnight movie at colleges. Online, it is not hard to find amateur reviews lauding everything about it as utterly awesome, from the premise to the soundtrack, and dismissing more critical views out of hand. The Transformers: The Movie currently holds a 60% "fresh" rating based on 25 professional reviews at online review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. In response to the film's cult following, several reviewers have compared the film in a favourable light to the live-action films (prior to the unprecedented critical success of Bumblebee), stating that they lack the heart or nostalgia of the '86 movie.
Confusingly, in comparison to the Los Angeles Times article, modern box office tracking sites list The Transformers: The Movie as having made $5,849,647 in domestic (e.g., United States) theaters. Comparing this with the other online box office takes from animated films of 1986, the results are not particularly charitable; while it did better financially than GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords ($1,338,264) and Heathcliff: The Movie ($2,610,686), it performed worse than the 1986 My Little Pony movie ($5,958,456) and the second Care Bears movie ($8,540,346). Bringing up The Great Mouse Detective ($25,336,794) and An American Tail ($47,483,002) would really just be overkill. 2b1af7f3a8