The good thing about a slow weekend at the theaters is it makes me turn to the Web for some entertainment. And I found just that in the new web series, Written By A Kid. The format is simple: A kid tells a story to the two hosts, who ask questions, and as the child is talking, it cuts away to scenes from the story. The first webisode, “Scary Smash,” is fun, funny, and full of geeky cameos. Extra credit goes to the person who can identify the person playing the “S.Q.U.A.T.” leader. Check out the vid below.
Come March 2012, the Seuss will be loose in theaters again. Movie adaptations of the classic books can be hit or miss. For example, I can watch the animated version of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas over and over again. The live-action version? Not so much. That’s why I’m happy the upcoming Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is animated. Cartoons seem a better medium for trying to capture the Dr.’s whimsical, extraordinary imagination. Check out the trailer teaser below.
The cat’s out of the bag in theaters this weekend as the Shrek sidekick gets his own animated feature, Puss in Boots (Rated PG). The new adventure takes place before the charming kitty meets the grumpy ogre. Check out a toe-tapping clip from the movie that’s set to Lady Gaga’s song, “Americano.”
Just in time for All Hallow’s Eve, Willy Wonka & Chocolate Factory (Three-Disc 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition) is coming out. I know what you’re thinking: Wait, Willy Wonka isn’t a Halloween movie. And you’d be correct. But the first time I saw this movie–at 4 or 5–I was frightened. The young me was pretty sure that I’d also fall into the chocolate river (I knew I was a klutz even back then), and forget about the Oompa-Loompas. Terrifying. Now I love the movie and can appreciate the dark side of the candy paradise. But this got me thinking about what’s scary when you’re little. So we want to know which scary or slightly spooky movies creeped you out when you were a child. Tell us in the comments section below.
Is it just me, or does the movie, Real Steel (rated PG-13), remind anyone else of the classic game, Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots? Apparently, the live-action movie isn’t based on the game about boxing robots. But the trailer could have fooled me. Check it out, and let me know what you think.
Based on the inspiring real-life story of a dolphin that loses its tail, the live-action Dolphin Tale (Rated PG) is the kind of young kid/animal buddy film that most of us grew up watching. Check out the trailer below.
We’ve interrupted our regularly scheduled “Friday Night Movies” column to bring you our First Annual Readers’ Movie Poll. Now that Labor Day is upon us and the summer blockbuster season is sadly coming to a close, we want to know which family-friendly movies and DVDs have become your favorites of the year (so far). Vote in the poll below. Don’t see your pick for best movie or DVD? Add it in the comments section below! We’d love for your family to weigh in!
P.S. While they’re not out yet, a few classics that we’re excited for are re-releasing on DVD and Blu-ray this fall. If you think Dumbo (70th Anniversary Edition), The Lion King (3D), or Willy Wonka & Chocolate Factory (40th Anniversary Edition) still has what it takes to blow away the new guys, feel free to make one of them your top pick in the comments. Happy voting!
Move over James Bond! One of our favorite multitasking moms is taking on the world of espionage and intrigue in Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World (Rated PG, out now). We recently chatted with Jessica Alba, the mom of (now) two, when she was still preggers. Check out a snippet from our Q&A:
Why did you choose this role?
“Robert Rodriquez [the director] is a friend, and I will basically do anything he wants. After I had my daughter and before I started working again, he came by the house and I said, ‘I don’t know if I can go back to work. I feel so different now having a kid, and my priorities have changed.’ And he said, ‘You don’t have to work excessively like you did before, but it’s part of who you are.’ I agree there’s a balance between work and family. I don’t know if I achieved it yet. My family is obviously my priority, but trying to figure out how to spend quality time with Honor and stay true to my own journey and fulfillment creatively is challenging.”
To read the full interview, check out the August issue of Parents.