Spring Break is still sweeping across the land, and that means many families are getting a chance to share some extra bonding time. Even those whose vacation has come and gone might be experiencing a little more togetherness lately, thanks to all the April showers raging through the country (they ARE going to lead to May flowers though, right???). So I thought some kiddie rental picks might be helpful right about now.
Here are four new family-friendly titles at redbox!
Arthur and the Invisibles 2 & 3 (Both rated PG)
Yep, you get two full-length movies for the price of one! The Revenge of Maltazard and The War of the Two Worlds are the follow-ups to the 2006 original, all directed by Luc (The Fifth Elemant, Taken) Besson and starring Freddie Highmore. They boast an impressive voice cast, too, featuring the likes of Selena Gomez, Jimmy Fallon, Snoop Dogg, Fergie, and more. Though I’ll forewarn you that some of the humorous innuendos are a tad “adult” at times, I think that overall the adventures of Arthur in the tiny land of the Minimoys provide a ton of fun for movie-lovers of all ages. And don’t forget that when you reach the end of the first disc you’ll need to flip it over for the trilogy’s conclusion!
Check out its trailer below if you need more convincing!
Elle: A Modern Cinderella Tale (Rated G)
After the death of her parents, country-girl Elle (Ashley Hewitt, Nashville Star) struggles to find herself. She dreams of becoming a singer, but is held back by the guilt over her parents’ accident — they were on their way to one of her concerts when they met their untimely fate. Eventually, while working at her uncle’s independent record label, Elle meets a famous pop singer (Sterling Knight, 17 Again) whose support of her music gives her the motivation she needs to pursue her passion once again. And yes, parents, that’s none other than Dr. Michael Mancini (Thomas Calabro from Melrose Place) in the mix!
The Little Engine That Could (Rated G)
Yep, it’s the classic childhood story you loved so much, adapted into a full-length film! Little Engine’s got to bust up the mountain to deliver toys — come on, say it with me: “I think I can… I think I can…”
This one obviously skews a big younger than my other picks as far as target audiences go, but its moral remains relevant to kids of all ages. It’s got a wonderful voice cast as well, including Whoopi Goldberg, Jamie Lee Curtis, Patrick Warburton, Alyson Stoner, Corbin Bleu, and Brenda Song.
Luke and Lucy: The Texas Rangers (Rated PG)
Brother-and-sister duo Luke and Lucy team up to solve the mystery of the world’s shrinking population after finding a teeny tiny Texas Ranger in a bottle.
They ride off into the Wild West in order to put an end to the evil Jim Parasite’s plans to miniature everyone and rule the world… but can they stop him in time?
Want a sneak peek first? Here’s the trailer (featuring the vocal stylings of Billy Ray Cyrus):
Have you watched a great family flick with your brood lately?
Then make sure you share your recommendations with others in the comments section below,
it’ll bring good karma!