Our second part of the feature (read part 1 here) on kid oriented movies really starts to show the number of films in this genre being released in the latter part of the year. And it really shows off a certain formula between a number of films, not that there’s anything wrong with that.
The art of entertaining children (and the young at heart) often comes down to very simple things.
Puss in Boots (Opens November 4)
Puss has always been somewhat of a play on Zorro and it’s certainly no coincidence that they’re both played by the same actor, Antonio Banderas. However, the trailer plays that up even more, with Puss and his “quest for justice”. Armed with a heavy dose of charm and those eyes, Puss has always been one of the most popular characters in Dreamworks’ stable since he first appeared in Shrek 2. Expect lots of womanizing, swashbuckling and “Holy Frijoles!” moments as Puss teams up with Humpty Dumpty and Kitty Softpaws to save the world from two evil outlaws, Jack and Jill.
Happy Feet 2 (Open November 18)
The original Happy Feet came out of nowhere to surprise with singing penguins and a single dancing penguin. The concept sounds ridiculous, but the only thing ridiculous about that film was the amount of cuteness in that. Song and dance paired together with fantastic Antarctica landscapes and adorable fluffy penguins? You can’t go wrong with that…
The Muppets (Opens November 23)
Much like Happy Feet before, you don’t really need to know or care about the plot at all. There are only a few things you should expect from an institution as old as The Muppets; songs, dances and fart jokes. This seems to have the makings of a very old school Muppet movie, Kermit will be reuniting all the Muppets to save their old theatre from an oilman hell bent on razing it to the ground for oil drilling. It’s a very simple concept and with Bret McKenzie from musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords composing the music, there’ll be many laughs to go along with the music.
Alvin and the Chipmunks 3 (Opens December 16)
What more can I say about Alvin’s third outing that hasn’t been said? We don’t know much except that it’ll be out at sea and will probably have Alvin and gang visiting a few famous coastal locales. Singing and dancing like many of the films on this film, albeit with sped up squeaky voices.
The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn (Opens December 23)
The last of these films to be released but certainly not the least, Tintin has a whole lot going for it. It’s a little bit more for the old guys who want to feel like kids again. The script is based off three classic Tintin stories and Steven Spielberg is directing it. The film though, is part animation and part live action. The movie uses motion capture to record photorealistic images of the actors and then turn the footage into one with an animated look. The result is duper as you can see… that blend of live action and animation has lent the film an ultra-cool film noir look. In addition, the movie is bolstered by a stellar cast; Jaime Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig and my personal favourite, both Simon Pegg and Nick Frost! Tintin has had a long and drawn out production process, having been in the works since 1983 and by this trailer, it’s looking like it’s going to be worth every minute of the wait.