Summers are finally here, so are you excited Symphonites? Research has shown how much stressful lives kids lead during school with regards to the peer pressure of academics, homework, the social scene, and all sorts of activities that keep them busy. Thus, time to chill and relax is much needed for them as the summer vacations calls for dollops of fun with family and friends along with outdoor activities. And, after all those exciting activities including picnics on beaches, swimming in the pool, hanging out with pals, playing cricket or otherwise different forms of exercise, mostly kids seek indoors in order to relax with their choicest TV shows.
&pictures – India’s premium mass Hindi movie channel – brings along a perfect afternoon for kids which ensures them watching some great blockbusters with subtle life lessons that are picturized in the most entertaining ways. It’s latest summer movie festival, ‘Kiddies Express’, creates a fun-filled ride for the audiences with global successes packed with a lessons to learn. This would be airing daily at 12 noon starting from Monday, 9th May up to Friday, 13th May.
Come on board with the &pictures’ ‘Kiddies Express’ that presents the following five movies which are deemed to run your kids’ imagination wild:-
Kung Fu Panda
Po the Panda, discovers himself to be chosen as the Dragon Warrior in the Valley of Peace despite being obese and an absolute novice at martial arts. Directed by John Stevenson and Mark Osborne, the movie stars the voices of veteran Hollywood talent like Angelina Jolie, Jack Black, Ian McShane, Dustin Hoffman, Seth Rogen, David Cross, Lucy Liu, Randall Duk Kim, Jackie Chan, and James Hong.
An excerpt from the film:
Po: “Maybe I should just quit and go back to making noodles.”
Oogway: “Quit, don’t quit… Noodles, don’t noodles… You are too concerned about what was and what will be. There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”
This film presents the story of four animals who’ve been spending their lives in blissful captivity in Manhattan’s Central Park Zoo. Chris Rock calls for Marty, a jaded zebra who is all set for a change after ten years of captivity at the Zoo in sheer comfort. He then flees for the green fields of Connecticut, striving towards a rescue mission by his best friends: the star attraction of the zoo, Alex the lion (Ben Stiller), a bossy hippo called Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith), and the clumsy, hypochondriac giraffe Melman (David Schwimmer). However, unexpectedly they are shipped back to Africa and end up in getting shipwrecked on the island of Madagascar.
The film spreads the message of rejoicing each and everything that life throws upon us akin to what Kurt Vonnegut said, “Enjoy the little things in life cause one day you’ll look back and realize that they were the big things!”
Stuart Little 2
Stuart Little 2 scripted by Bruce Joel Rubin (Academy Award-winner, “Ghost”), claims to be the best family films of the summer. Thanks to its subtle humor and loveable characters!
The story starts on focusing Stuart’s brother, George (his voice provided by Jonathan Lipnicki) who find a new friend to play with, leaving Stuart (beautifully voiced by Michael J. Fox) who feels left out. His mother Mrs. Little (Geena Davis’ voice) is overprotective of her minuscule younger son after he narrowly escapes an injury in a soccer game. His father (voice over by Hugh Laurie) sympathizes, but then Stuart is reminded by him of an old family adage, “Always look for the silver lining in the cloud.” Stuart rescues a homeless bird called Margelo (voiced by Melanie Griffith) from the sinister Falcon and it is then when that silver lining appears in his life.
They turn into friends and all is well until one night when Margelo disappears. Stuart gets convinced that the one responsible is Falcon who ventures out with the family cat Snowbell (voiced by Nathan Lane) with a mission to rescue her. Stuart Little 2 is a must-watch film for the love of its characters, music, dialogue, animation and all the fun moments. Stuart Little would seem humble and courageous while Snowbell is much hilarious.
This is indeed an aesthetically appealing movie which is deemed to provide wholesome entertainment for kids with Stuart enlightening the audiences with some serious friendship goals like trust, determination, respect, and acceptance.
Inspired from a beautiful picture book story of the same name by Chris Van Allsberg, Jumanji takes the audiences through a flamboyant magical adventure which turns into a thrilling ride which defies everything. The brilliant amalgamation of comedy and adventure are the biggest assets of the film. A timeless adventure, Jumanji is a film about two kids playing a magical board game. While playing it, an adult trapped in the game is accidentally released by them. In the scenario, they have to encounter numeous dangers that will only come to an end when the game is over.
Written by Jonathan Hensleigh, Greg Taylor, and Jim Strain, the film stars Robin Williams, David Alan Grier, Kirsten Dunst, Jonathan Hyde, Bonnie Hunt, and Bebe Neuwirth.
A crisp narrative and some equally spectacular technical expertise is what’s amalgamated to make Mr. Go one of the best family films with big laughs, big emotion and even bigger thrills. It has such an engaging plot that offers a completely enjoyable experience for people belonging to all age groups. Based on the classic 1980s comic ‘7th Baseball Club’, the movie features the titular character which refers to a 285 kg circus gorilla which is firstly recruited by a savvy baseball agent for joining the professional Korean Baseball League.
While the stage for the gorilla is all set with Ling Ling’s journey to Korea, it witnesses the Great Sichuan Earthquake in 2008, causing the death of the grandfather of a 15- year old Wei Wei’s (Jiao Xu) who is left in charge of his circus with a huge debt over their heads. As she is harassed by the debtors, Wei Wei is left distressed on how to save the circus along with the forty other orphans who’ve been staying under the same roof. And so, when the wily Sung (Korean actor Sung Dong-il) comes to rescue, she accepts his offer ready with a vision to transforming Ling Ling into a baseball star. While dreaming of success, Weiwei and Ling Ling visit South Korea and Ling Ling becomes a superstar rapidly in the baseball league.
What makes this film a must-see film is by how it makes you smile across its poignant, heartwarming, and inspirational storyline.