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If you watched the original 1994 animated Lion King then this movie will be very familiar. In this live action remake the story is almost identical, with the addition of a few funny lines and a new song, however it is considerably more violent and dark then the animated original. Younger kids may find this movie too scary. There are great themes for discussion, including the theme of leadership.
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Toy Story 4 is the sequel to Toy Story 3 and brings back all the great characters from the franchise as well as introducing some fun new characters like Forky and Duke Caboom, as well as some creepy characters in Gabby Gabby and her ventriloquist dummies. While adults may find this more ‘scary’ then kids there are some scenes that might be difficult for younger kids. There are many good themes for discussion for all ages in this movie!
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Aladdin is another live action remake from Disney of the 1992 animated version. It is a fun, family friendly movie, although younger children may find the cave of wonders scene and Jafar with his sorcery scary. This movie lends itself well to discussion about integrity and consequences for actions. This version also adds in a strong message of female empowerment in Jasmine.
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Dumbo is a live action remake of the classic Disney animation about a flying elephant. While it includes an expanded storyline that brings in some dark, intense, sometimes scary and sad scenes there are also some great themes of compassion, empathy and courage displayed as well as a the theme that being different makes someone special. Very young kids may find parts of the movie too intense and scary.
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How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is the third and final movie in this series. It is a fun, ‘growing up’ movie with the same stunning visuals as the previous movies. There is lots to discuss around the themes of love, family and relationships, and team work. Overall it is a great family movie however there are lots of battles and violence that younger kids may find scary.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second part is a funny, entertaining movie that picks up where the first movie ended. It is full of adventure and action, including fights, explosions, chases and more that younger children may find scary but overall is a good and fun family movie with lots of great themes to discuss for kids and adults!
The Kid Who Would Be King is a fun, modern twist on the King Arthur legend of the sword in the stone. There are several great themes that could be discussed, particularly with older kids/tweens. The scenes with Morgana are creepy and several violent battles that could make this movie scary for younger children.
Mary Poppins Returns has captured all of the joy and magic of the first movie! It is silly, joyful and filled with family, love and adventure! The music is fun and exiting as the Banks family seek to save their home!
The Grinch is a sweet movie! The Grinch doesn’t like Christmas, and will go to great lengths to try to steal it! With sweet humour and fun characters, families will enjoy this story of loneliness and kindness.
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Smallfoot is a really fun movie about a Yeti out to prove the existence of people! The characters are fun and accessible and deal with issues that are highly relatable to kids. There is music, adventure and good humour.
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Incredibles 2 is a funny movie that has many great themes that could be discussed as family! Warning: it may not be suitable for young children. There are a few inappropriate words used and it does bring up the theme of parents being killed by robbers.
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The Star is a funny movie about the birth of Jesus as told from the perspective of the animals! This is a great movie for families and suitable for all ages from child through adult! Very young children may find some of the characters scary in some parts.
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Ice Age Collision Course is the 5th movie in the Ice Age movies. It is not necessary to have watched the previous movies, however it could be helpful. This one is a bit less violent then the previous Ice Age movies but it does contain natural catastrophies, some insulting words and some suggestive sexual comments.
Finding Dory is a sequel to Finding Nemo but instead of a parent searching for a child, Dory is searching for her parents. There are some emotional parts that may be difficult for young children but overall a great movie for all ages that also addresses the theme of disability beautifully.
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