Best kids’ movies this summer
With the weather a bit unpredictable, it's a good week for a cinema trip. It'll keep 'em quiet for a couple of hours while you have a sneaky snooze, right?
Can’t face another trip to the park in the drizzle? I hear you. If you’re struggling to keep small people entertained this week, then how about a cinema trip? (Curzon Oxford is my venue of choice – more on that here). If you take ear plugs you might even manage a sneaky snooze so everyone’s a winner. Important: don’t forget the first rule of kids’ movie outings – take your own snacks. Unless you fancy spending £8,000 on pick & mix, that is. Here’s seven that are now showing.
Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans
The brilliantly anarchic CBBC show, based on Terry Deary’s books, makes its big screen debut, with a compellingly varied cast, from Kim Cattrall to Lee Mack to Kate Nash (whatever did they chat about in the pub?). Today’s history lesson? Boudicca’s uprising against the Romans. Squint and it could almost be Monty Python.
The Angry Birds Movie 2
A sequel to a film based on a mobile phone game is unlikely to be the new Citizen Kane but 8-year-olds aren’t massively bothered about that, let’s face it. I know you’re dying to know the plot: sworn enemies, the birds and the pigs, join forces to stave off a new ice age.
Toy Story 4
Gotta love a kids movie that has jokes adults actually find funny too. Woody is back, this time searching for love interest Bo Peep, who got sold off in a yard sale – brutal. Plus there’s a newbie; a home-made toy called Forky, made with – spoiler alert! – a plastic fork.
Spider-Man: Far from Home
Tom Holland (looks 12, is actually 23) returns as the webby one and, er, that’s as much as I understand about the plot, being not exactly the world’s biggest comic book adaptation fan. But I’m sure your little Spideys will love it.
The Lion King
The ’90s version of lion cub Simba’s coming-of-age tearjerker was animated but this Disney remake features insanely lifelike lions. It looks beautiful – all sweeping shots of the savannah – and stars Beyoncé. I’d postpone that snooze in this case.
Playmobil: The Movie
You’ve spent years playing it with grumpy toddlers, now watch it come to life on the big screen. Er, yay! Think The Lego Movie but not as a good. Out 9 Aug.
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
The plucky explorer goes in search of – can you guess? – a lost city of gold. A live action outing, starring Isabela Moner and Eva Longoria. Out 16 Aug.