I saw very few movies growing up. I lived in England as a very young child, and then again from about age 10 onwards. I can count on one hand the movies I saw in a movie theater. No joke.
- Star Wars
- Jaws — not sure why I was taken to this one as I was scared to death for weeks, but eventually I read the book which was better…although I have yet to see Jaws a second time.
That’s it. British TV was limited back then. No dish. No FIOS. 3 channels. One started broadcasting at noon and ended around 8 p.m. Even on TV, my movie viewing options were limited to showings of black and white films on TV, occasional broadcasts of Elvis film as part of a marathon, and for some unknown reason the uncut Rocky Horror Picture Show. By the mid-80s my dad rented a VCR for my family, but opted for Video 2000 rather than VHS or Betamax. Never heard of it, right? Just picture a small bookshelf of videos on display at a local movie rental store only the selection NEVER changed in the 5 years we had the Video 2000 system.
So you can imagine the culture shock I had when I watched movie after movie as a freshman in college. Really, I haven’t stopped watching movies. I love plays and musicals, but give me a good movie and I am completely hooked in.
My kids are the same. Many times we’ll ask the kids what they want to do for family night and the number one choice is “Watch a movie!” This summer our family movie watching has been a welcome break from busy weeks of work, swim team, summer workbooks, and travel. Movies are a fun part of our #seizingfamilytime activities.
A couple of DVDs landed in my mailbox that I wanted to share with you. All these titles are from Kaboom Kids. I added descriptions from the Phase 4 Films website for your perusal. You can read our family’s review of Donkey X, Freddy Frogface, and Smitty here.
This lighthearted animated film is based on the true story of Belka and Strelka, two dogs sent to space in 1960 who humbly become the world’s most famous canine cosmonauts. Rated G. 88 minutes.
Kiara the Brave
The animated tale follows the courageous Princess Kiara as she conquers the evil Dreadmis and restores harmony to her beautiful kingdom, Dreamzone. Rated PG. 80 minutes.
Starring Peter Fonda, Mira Sorvino and Louis Gossett Jr., this heartwarming movie tells the story of thirteen-year-old Ben and his smart farm dog who helps teach Ben important life lessons about friendship, family and responsibility. Rated PG. 94 minutes.
This animated film centers around ten-year-old Victor who can’t wait to perform in his town’s talent show with his dog Sausage. The town bully Freddy Frogface has a sinister plot to spoil Victor’s plans. Rated PG. 85 minutes.
Based on the 400 year-old Spanish classic, Don Quijote de la Mancha, this animated film follows Rucio, the bravest donkey of Castile, as he tells the story of the legendary Don Quixote. Rated PG. 90 minutes.
I Heart Shakey
Starring Steve Lemme of Broken Lizard and Steve Guttenberg, I Heart Shakey follows J.T., and his daughter Chandler as they move from a small town to Chicago where they are forced to find their lovable mutt Shakey a new home. Chandler hatches a plan to keep Shakey and teaches her dad a valuable lesson about loyalty and the importance of keeping family together. Rated PG. 102 minutes.
Featuring the voice of Glee’s Jane Lynch, Rockstars is an animated film about Gloria and Barry, two earthworms who attempt to make the world’s greatest disco band. Rated PG. 78 minutes.
My Friend Bernard
This animated movie follows Sam and his polar bear sidekick Bernard. Bernard helps Sam conquer his fears and stand up to scary monsters with bravery and humor. Rating Pending. 70 minutes.
The Kaboom Kids catalog includes Garfield, Chuggington, Noddy, Max & Ruby, Super Why, and many more fun, family titles!
I was sent a selection of Kaboom Kids movies to facilitate my review. The views expressed in this post are my own. I follow the tenets of Blog With Integrity.
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