DreamWorks released the first-look trailer for its big 2013 animated adventure, The Croods, which hits theaters in spring. The first part is a bit reminiscent of Brave, but then it takes an interesting turn. Check out the vid below, and let us know what you think.
Today’s blog is brought to you by the letters E and T. Actually, this entire column is kind of brought to you by the Spielberg classic. It was the first film I saw on the big screen and the last time my whole family went to the movies together. Stuff memories—and fan —are made of. I still remember being wowed by the movie as a wee tot, kicking off my lifelong film geekdom. So 30 years later, a big shout-out to the movie that started it all. Pick up E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Anniversary Edition, and phone home with your family.
Halloween is right around the corner, and you know what that means: Lots of candy, costumes (I called Fired Big Bird!), and scary movies. This year is all about PG creature features for kids, from last month’s ParaNorman to last week’s Hotel Transylvania. Now Frankenweenie is creeping into theaters. Check out the trailer below. It’s alive!
Attention all fantasy geeks, big and small! The new trailer for The Hobbit was released this week. The film doesn’t hit theaters until December 14, so until then, we have to settle for teasers. Check this precious clip out below.
It’s a very lucky family tree these days that doesn’t have a least one of its branches spliced by a split-up. We have several divorces in our extended family, and now that our ever-curious kids are old enough to notice (4 and 5), I’ve had to explain several times why certain grandparents are unattached and other relatives are out of the picture all-together. Tricky stuff. So when I got an invite for a screening of HBO Family’s documentary, “Don’t Divorce Me,” which touchingly follows several preschoolers and elementary schoolers as they cope with their parents’ split, I RSVPed yes. You’ll blink back tears, but also come away with real-life ways to help your kids cope in the wake of an event that truly does rock their little world. My favorite tip (from a tween who hadn’t cut her hair since before her folks called it quits): Let your children hold onto their memories. “Don’t Divorce Me” airs Thursday September 21 at 6:30 p.m., and might be the most well-spent 30 minutes of your day.
Nemo has to be found all over again. Poor fish. But this time, it’s in 3-D. That’s right! Finding Nemo is back in theaters this weekend in all three dimensions. Disney will also be releasing Monsters, Inc. in 3-D before the end of the year, continuing its winning formula. I’m still not sold on this whole 3-D thing, but I do have to admit that it’s nice to see some of the classics on the big screen again. What do you think? Vote in our poll below (sorry, it’s only in 2-D).
Now that the kiddos are back in school, it’s officially the end of the summer blockbuster season in theaters. We want to know which big animated film topped your family’s list. Vote in our poll, or add a comment below.
I finally made it to a screening of ParaNorman (rated PG) this week. Ever since seeing The Last Unicorn and Labyrinth as a kid, I’ve loved the slightly dark and supernatural children’s movies. This movie kicks up the childhood spookiness a notch with a full on (and trendy) zombie invasion. Luckily, Norman can communicate with ghosts and ghouls. If your kid was creeped out by Coraline, this movie will definitely be a little too much. Check out the trailer below: