Director: James Bobin.
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter. USA 2015. 113 mins.
Based on Lewis Carroll’s much-loved books, this sequel to 2010’s Alice In Wonderland again stars Mia Wasikowska as Alice. Since her last adventures, Alice has spent three years sailing the high seas with her father. Now she returns to London, where through the prism of an enchanted looking glass she discovers that her old friend the Mad Hatter (Depp) has turned even madder than usual.
To avert his demise before it's too late, Alice turns to Time, part-man, part-clock (Sacha Baron Cohen). Despite warnings that she can’t change the past, she borrows a chronosphere, a mystical time-travelling device coveted by the Red Queen (Bonham Carter). The consequences are both mysterious and magical, with many familiar characters revealed as never before.
The dazzlingly brilliant Mr. Peabody -- who happens to be a dog -- and his adopted boy Sherman embark on a comical time travel adventure through the defining moments of world history. But even a transcendent genius like Peabody must grapple with the most daunting challenge of any era: figuring out how to be a parent.
The London International Animation Festival (LIAF) returns to Kids Club this March with an eclectic mix of wonderful animated shorts from all over the globe. Definitely not to be missed and don’t forget to vote for your favourites!
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.
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…
Easter shenanigans aplenty in this charming kids' comedy from the director of ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS.
Mixing live-action and computer-animation, HOP tells the story of E.B. (Brand), the starry-eyed son of the Easter Bunny, who finds himself in hot bother after following his nose to Hollywood in pursuit of a career in music.
When unemployed lay-about Fred O'Hare (Marsden) hits E.B. with his car on his way home, the youngster takes full advantage of the situation and convinces Fred to take him in while he recovers from his 'injuries'. With Easter approaching and E.B.'s leg showing little sign of repair, it's suddenly up to Fred to save the day and deliver the eggs on time.