The country plunged into winter this past week, and here in Chicago we’ve experienced windchills down to -15. Brrr! I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to do when it’s this cold (and icy!) is go outside. Meaning it’s the perfect time of the year for a family movie night.
Here are 5 great picks to snuggle down and watch together:
The Addams Family – New to the Box and On Demand, this stop-animation reboot of the classic ‘60s TV show features an awesome voice cast including Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Snoop Dogg and more! (Seriously there are so many celebrity voices in this.) It revolves around the “creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky” family after their hilltop mansion in the New Jersey suburbs is discovered by a pesky reality TV host who wants them out of the neighborhood.
Abominable – My kids loved this animated tale about a a teenage girl named Yi who finds a young Yeti and becomes determined to reunite him with his family … who just so happen to live on the top of Mr. Everest! Joined by her friends Jin and Peng — and with a no-good businessman hot on their trail — these characters offer the perfect mix of adventure and sweetness.
Toy Story 4 – I try to convince anyone who’ll listen that this is actually a movie for adults, with its deep (yet funny) themes about the nature of our very existence and purpose, but the good news is that it offers something for kids of all ages, too. Follow Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz (Tim Allen) as they take off on another adventure with the rest of the gang and attempt to rescue Bonnie’s new kindergarten creation: Forky (Tony Hale). My two kids are absolutely wild over Forky!
Dora and the Lost City of Gold – A friend recently pointed out that if parents spent years watching the animated version of Dora the Explorer when their kids were younger, they will especially appreciate the inside (and sometimes sarcastic) humor this live-action movie offers. The story, which takes place after the events of the cartoon series, finds a teenaged Dora whisked off to Peru in order to lead some baddies to her parents, who disappeared while trying to find the mythical Incan city of gold: Parapata. And yes, the monkey Boots is still around — and voiced by Danny Trejo!
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu – And finally we come to a movie I’m recommending because I’ve lost count of how many times my kids have wanted to watch it, yet with each viewing I notice something new. If your children have ever been into Pokémon, this is a must-see, though I will forewarn you that there are a few intense scenes that my 4-year-old daughter isn’t fond of. Otherwise it’s color-bursting eye-candy that you’ll be pausing a lot in order to “catch” all of the different Pokémon in each scene. And picking Ryan Reynolds to be the voice of Pikachu was just a brilliant move.
Enjoy your family movie night and stay warm out there!