The kids and I recently watched Smurfs: The Lost Village. My younger kids loved it and thought it was funny and entertaining. I thought the new Smurfs movie was OK. The main reason I didn’t enjoy it more is because until I watched it, I didn’t know it was a fully animated film (no live action). The third installment is related to the second Smurfs movie, but humans are not in the film. The story takes place completely in the Smurfs world, which is a shame because I liked the Patrick and Grace characters in the first two Smurfs films. But if you or your kids like animated films or Smurfs, then you’ll enjoy the latest Smurfs movie. Smurfs: The Lost Village, which is rated PG, is available now in 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD.
I’ll admit it. When I took my two youngest kids to see DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby at the theater earlier this year, I was expecting a kiddie movie. But I was wrong. The animated movie actually appeals to both kids and parents. It’s a cute story and we still loved the film when we saw it again during our family movie night. Naturally, one of our treats was a cookie because of the funny line in the 97-minute film, “cookies are for closers!” The Boss Baby, which is rated PG, is available now in digital HD, and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday (July 25th).
No Starch Press has a new book out. It’s called The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies! I received the book for review on my dad blog and I can tell you it’s as cool as it sounds like. The 216-page book is full of great information on how to make animated LEGO movies. My oldest son has been playing around with making animated movies and he thinks this book is awesome. It features useful advice and wonderful graphics for the budding stop-motion animator. The book was written by expert brickfilmers David Pagano and David Pickett. In the book, they share their insight from over twenty years behind the camera and introduce readers to the basics of animation before walking them through the creative process step-by-step. The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies! is available now. It has a list price of $19.95, but you can currently purchase it on Amazon for $14.76.
The kids and I saw an early screening of Kubo and the Two Strings on Monday. We loved it and think it’s Laika’s best film to date. The new stop-motion movie features more CGI than previous Laika movies. I also thought the film was more emotional than previous releases from Laika. Parts of the story were sad and reminded me a little of the opening story in Disney Pixar’s Up movie. The soundtrack was also excellent — during the sad scenes. Kubo and the Two Strings (Laika Studios and Focus Features) is out in theaters today. The 101-minute animated film is rated PG for thematic elements, scary images, action and peril.
Can you believe it’s been 15 years since the first Shrek movie came out? It’s true. I use to watch Shrek over and over again on DVD with my oldest child when she was just a toddler. Now she’s going to turn 16 on Monday. When you’re a parent, time really flies, right? Anyways, we had a fun Shrek swampathon and watched all four Shrek movies. My youngest ogre is only seven, and has not seen Shrek before. Like his oldest sister before him, he loves Shrek. In my opinion, Shrek is one of the best animated films ever. It’s very entertaining for both kids and adults. The 15th Anniversary Shrek and the Shrek 4-Movie Collection are available now on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and DreamWorks Animation.
I have a fun giveaway for you ogres out there. Thanks to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Dreamworks Animation, I’m giving away the Shrek Anniversary Edition on my dad blog. We saw the animated movie 15 years ago. It was and still is a big hit at our house. We even own the title. BTW, there are actually four Shrek films. We love all of them. Shrek Anniversary Edition is available now on Digital HD, and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on June 7th. The Shrek 4-Movie Collection is also available.
The fourth installment of Open Season will be released on Tuesday. The latest title is called Open Season: Scared Silly, which is a little more original than adding 2 and 3 after Open Season like the other two sequels. In Scared Silly, which is rated PG, Elliot decides to scare the fear out of Boog. I thought this was a bit ironic because I don’t think Elliot is brave either. I thought the animated film was a OK, but my kids love the movie. They thought it was really funny. Open Season is one of those series children will like more than adults will. Open Season: Scared Silly will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD on Tuesday, March 8th. BTW, I received a Blu-ray for review on my dad blog.
The kids and I saw an early screening of Zootopia on Monday. The new animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studio is about a society where animals from every environment live together in harmony. But the peace is shattered when some of the animals disappear without a trace. The kids and I loved the movie. The story was good, it was funny, and the main characters were very likable. I think Zootopia is going to be a big hit with both kids and adults alike. Zootopia opens in theaters today. Continue reading to learn six things about Zootopia.
If your kids are fans of Turbo (review), then you’ll love my latest giveaway. Thanks to DreamWorks Animation and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, I’m giving away season one of Turbo Fast on my dad blog. The DVD set includes 27 episodes on three discs for over nine hours of fun. Turbo Fast: Season 1 will be released on DVD on June 2nd. Continue reading for activity sheets and info on to how to enter my contest.