Summer films for kids
Find films released this summer to suit children of every age
Summer in the city is as much about lazy days at the movies with buckets of popcorn and fizzy drinks as it is about picnics in the park. Here we pick our favourite family film releases of 2012, but don’t forget to check weekly listings for festivals, independent screenings and one-offs.
Rating: 3/5Released Jul 13 2012
If you’ve any ambition for your child to become a paleontologist, best not expose them to the geological inaccuracies rampant in the hugely popular ‘Ice Age’ series. Anyone else should lap up this fourth adventure with Manny the mammoth, Sid the sloth and Diego the sabre-toothed tiger as they set out across the ocean on a floating ice raft, encountering various prehistoric sea-beasts en route. The formula may be well established, but the ‘Ice Age’ movies combine warm characterisation, mild peril and wacky slapstick to winning effect.Read Ice Age 4: Continental Drift review
Rating: 2/5Released Jul 27 2012
Hollywood’s efforts to manhandle the work of Dr Seuss into family-friendly narrative entertainment haven’t been entirely successful: for every cheerfully goofy ‘Horton Hears a Who’ there’s been a creepy, oddball ‘Cat in the Hat’. From the same folks who gave us ‘Horton’ – and utilising the same computer-animated style – ‘The Lorax’ is the tale of young Ted Wiggins (voiced by Zac Efron), whose life in the perfect artificial world of Thneed-ville is interrupted by the arrival of small, rotund, bright-orange environmental activist The Lorax (Danny DeVito).Read Dr Seuss' The Lorax review
Released Aug 17 2012
The idea of a feisty female-fronted fairytale is nothing new, but trust Pixar to do the concept justice. ‘Brave’ tells the story of Merida, a flame-haired Scots princess who defies her lord father’s wishes and takes part in a boys’ only archery contest. But when she turns to a wise old witch for guidance, Merida’s actions have disastrous consequences. With a voice cast including Kelly Macdonald, Julie Walters and (no surprise) Billy Connolly, ‘Brave’ may be flirting with Hollywood’s time-honoured depiction of the Scots as mouthy, violence-crazed dress-wearing barbarians – but that shouldn’t pose a problem for younger viewers.