We do family movie night around here often. It is a nice low key way to curl up and spend some time together. Typically I get out all the pillows from the beds, throw some blankets on the floor. We make popcorn and lay back and watch a movie. It is always a lot of fun.
But with 2 small kids (ages 2 and 7) it is not always easy to find something they will both enjoy and I feel comfortable showing them. I am the crazy mom that previews most everything they watch before they see it. But there are still some movies that I know will be a hit even if I haven’t seen it.
Some films that I love come from Phase 4 Films. They have a huge selection of family friendly movies with their kaboom! Entertainment line.
kaboom! Entertainment is the dedicated kids and family label for Phase 4 Films. kaboom! releases episodic television series on DVD, along with full length animated and live action family features.
I learned recently that I am a Phase 4 Film ambassador. This means over the next few months they will send me a couple movies so we can have a family movie night and then share with you what we thought!
I received a special Limited Edition copy of The Jungle Book. The Limited Edition comes with a pair of figurines, Mowgli and Baloo. This is actually a remake of the classic Jungle Book that we all know and love and I was excited to share it with my kids.
There’s trouble in the jungle, and as usual, Mowgli and Mani are at the center of it all! While they enjoy their time drumming away at logs in the jungle, Shere Khan plots to put an end to the noise. Meanwhile, Tabaqui is stuck in a well, Appu gets lost, and there’s something fishy going on at the Cold Lair.
Will Mowgli escape the clutches of the evil Shere Khan, and manage to still have time to join his friends in the jungle rhythm? This action packed feature length film promises to bring you the best of The Jungle Book.
Made entirely with computer animation the kids loved every minute of it. And I loved that rather than a full length film it was actually more like episodes the all worked together. This made it very easy to pause the movie and take breaks and not feel like you were cutting off any of the action. This of course is the only way to watch a movie with small kids! And the figurines were a great way for the kids to act out the movie together.
It was a very cute movie and we enjoyed watching it. We all give this one two thumbs up!
A couple of weeks later I sat down to watch Horrid Henry.
When Henry fails yet again to hand in his homework, he inadvertently sets off an unexpected and curious chain of events. He forms an unlikely alliance with Moody Margaret, the infuriating girl next door, outwits corrupt school inspectors, topples an evil headmaster, wins a talent contest, and stands up to his ultimate nemesis. With each antic crazier than the last, Henry finds himself inexplicably trying to save the very school which he has always professed to hate.
While this movie did have some parts that were funny it was very much slap stick humor. And at the end of the movie this was one that we did not watch as a family film. It is full of boogers and slime and while I am sure that Genghis would have loved it, I was not a huge fan of the way Henry seemed to be rebelling against everything; his family, school, life in general. Maybe in a couple of years we will visit this one.
Both films are available at Walmart and would make a great addition to your movie collections. There are plenty of new kaboom! titles on the horizon including a few Berenstain Bears titles. We have a ton of the Berenstain Bear books so I am excited to see these.
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