What's on at Arts Picturehouse Cambridge - Kids' Club
Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker. Voices: Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House. USA 2016. 113 mins.
On the mythical and mystical island of Motuni in the South Pacific lives the titular Moana (delightful newcomer Cravalho), daughter of the tribal chief and last in a long line of navigators. Her family have long since abandoned their fabled oceanic adventuring, but with encouragement from her grandma (House), the teenage Moana sets off to sea in search of a mysterious island, accompanied by a spiky demigod (Johnson) and a pet rooster. In their first digital animation – which involved much specially written software – and with a starry voice cast including actors with Pacific island roots, legendary Disney directors Clements and Musker (Aladdin, The Little Mermaid) have created a visually stunning work, adding music and humour to the tale of an unlikely but endearing friendship.
Adapted from L. Frank Baum’s timeless children’s tale about a Kansas girl’s journey over the rainbow, The Wizard of Oz opened in 1939 and subsequently received five Academy Award nominations , including Best Picture (Outstanding Production), and captured two Oscars® - Best Song (“Over the Rainbow”) and Best Original Score - plus a special award for Outstanding Juvenile Performance by Judy Garland.
The film was directed by Victor Fleming (who that same year directed Gone With the Wind), produced by Mervyn LeRoy, and scored by Herbert Stothart, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg.
The film was an overwhelmingly popular and critical success upon its initial release and repeated its ability to captivate audiences when MGM reissued the film in 1949 and 1955. The film made a new kind of history with its network television premiere in 1956. Nearly 45 million people tuned in for this initial telecast, marking the beginning of an annual tradition. Ever since, The Wizard of Oz has been shown all over the world; its magical story and heartfelt performances have enabled it to grow from a perennial classic to its current status as a treasured icon of popular culture.
Directors: Eric Summer, Eric Warin. Cast: Elle Fanning, Dane Dehaan, Maddie Ziegler. 2016. France/Canada. 89min.
Felicie has one dream, to become a ballerina at the world’s best ballet school. She also has one big problem; she’s stuck in an orphanage with her best friend Victor hundreds of miles away. After a hair-raising escape and a gruelling journey the partners in crime arrive in the city determined to follow their dreams; Felice’s to dance and Victor’s to become a famous inventor. She is taken in by the kindly Odette to work with her as a house maid but Odette has a secret; a talented dancer herself until her dreams were shattered, she sees the potential in Felicie and agrees to train her. Driven by her passion for dancing Felicie goes to extraordinary lengths in order to audition for the role of a lifetime, but now the hard work will begin. With her mentor Odette and Victor by her side, will Felicie master the grace, skill and discipline it takes to become a professional dancer? One thing is for sure, she’ll have to strive harder than ever before to achieve her dreams…
During an ordinary day in Hundred Acre Wood, Winnie the Pooh sets out to find some honey. Misinterpreting a note from Christopher Robin, Owl convinces Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Pooh, Kanga, Roo, and Eeyore that their young friend has been captured by a creature named "Backsoon", and they set out to save him.
It's Eeyore's birthday on the 29 April, so why not come and celebrate the classic A. A. Milne characters in this 2011 Disney feature, narrated by John Cleese.