We know how it is: it's the half-term holidays, the kids are manic and you're desperate for something to capture their attention for 90 minutes. Dare we suggest a movie is what the doctor ordered? We've rounded up the best new family movies currently available on Virgin Movies for your viewing pleasure, available to watch online no your PC/laptop now, or on your TiVo box. Have fun!
The migration skills of Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra and the rest of the Madagascar gang have never been too hot, but now, after a serious miscalculation, they wash up on the shores of Europe, a long way from their beloved New York. Turns out the French aren’t too keen on wild animals roaming the streets, so the gang hitch a lift with a travelling circus, but they must prove their circus skills are up to scratch to earn their keep. In Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and David Schwimmer return to lead an all-star voice cast in this colourful, lively adventure.
From the team behind Coraline comes ParaNorman, another terrific spooky family film with just the right level of scary bits for kids who love Halloween no matter what time of year it is! Norman wants to be an ordinary kid, but his special gift for seeing ghosts means that Norman will always be extraordinary. When a herd of rampaging zombies show up, it is down to Norman and his unusual talent to step up and save the day... with a little help from his friends.
With their hectic schedules of scaring and spooking, it’s important for celebrity monsters like Frankenstein, the Invisible Man and Bigfoot to take a vacation from time to time and where better to recharge the batteries than Hotel Transylvania with its hospitable host, Dracula (Adam Sandler). When Dracula throws a 118th birthday bash for his daughter Mavis, an uninvited guest – a human! – unleashes chaos in the monster retreat, particularly when the unsuspecting human takes a shine to Mavis. Hotel Transylvania takes familiar ghouls and ghosts and plays with their legends in a novel, funny way.
You know the name, you know the theme tune, chances are you can do a half-decent impression, but now the indisputable leader of the gang is back! But this time, TC is going to need every one of his nine lives when the new Police Chief throws him in dog jail. Luckily, Top Cat’s wisecracking, street smart gang are on hand to hatch a plot to get TC back on the streets of New York and up to his usual mischief again. Top Cat provides nostalgia for the grownups and a colourful cartoon caper for the little ones.
If only life was like a Disney movie! People would burst into song and talk with the birds and squirrels and everyday objects would be enchanted with magical powers. Meet Princess Giselle (Amy Adams) – she’s about to be transported from her fairytale animated land to the very real and occasionally mean streets of New York City. Giselle’s wide-eyed naivety makes her stick out like a sore thumb, so she must quickly adapt to her new surroundings before the evil Queen Narissa (the wonderfully villainous Susan Sarandon) tracks her down. But maybe Giselle is just what cynical New Yorkers need to bring a little enchantment to their lives...
The recent winner of the Best Animation BAFTA, this new animation from Pixar is set in the Scottish Highlands where an impetuous flame-haired Princess Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) refuses to tow the line and sets out to create her own rules. After snubbing an arranged marriage, Merida flees, enlisting the help of a witch to take revenge on her mother. A top line-up of Brit talent voice the colourful characters in Brave, including Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane and Billy Connolly.
A half term treat based on the beloved Dr Seuss book with an important message told in a fun, imaginative way. 12-year-old Ted (voiced by Zac Efron) lives in a land where everything is plastic and artificial. Audrey (Taylor Swift), the girl Ted is desperate to impress, dreams of seeing a real-life Truffula Tree. The Once-ler (Ed Helms) tells Ted the story of the demise of the trees and how The Lorax (Danny DeVito), a grumpy little creature with an awesome moustache, tried to protect them. Now it’s down to Ted to save the trees!