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Here we go, movies that won’t turn your brain to custard. In no particular order.
1. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Proof that people who write kids movies absolutely take drugs! This one is wacky and a lot of fun. A scientist makes a machine that turns water into food, it gets into the atmosphere and the world faces a potential foodpocalypse.
2. The Jungle Book
A story you probably remember from your childhood reimagined with fantastic special effects. Mowgli is a little bit grating but you’ll be compensated by great voice acting from Idris Elba, Scarlett Johnasen, Christopher Walken and Bill Murray who more than make up for any shortcomings. I did think my three year old would be scared of this one but he loves it.
Andy Samberg heads up the voice actors in this hilarious movie. I had low expectations because the premise seemed ridiculous. Which, in hindsight, is stupid considering I’ve got a movie about snacks falling from the sky at the top of this list! This movie is seriously funny and harks back to some of the Looney Tunes cartoons I enjoyed as a kid. You’ll laugh out loud during this one.
4. Hotel Transylvania
In spite of the title, no scares tonne had here, just a lot of fun. Dads will relate to the overprotective hotelier version of Dracula who would do anything to protect his teenage daughter from a young boy who stumbles into the hotel and develops a crush. Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, Selena Gomez and Fran Drescher are the tip of the star studded iceberg of actors lending their voices to this film.
5. The Croods
Another overprotective Dad movie. The Croods is loads of fun and laughs, particularly with Nicolas Cage playing caveman dad Grug, Emma Stone as daughter Eep and Ryan Reynolds as Guy, who changes the way the Croods see the world and helps them along on their journey.
If I had a dollar for every time my kid had made me watch this movie I’d be able to pay off my mortgage. It’s still good though, Owen Wilson’s Lightning MacQueen learns humility and respect thanks to the cars of radiator springs. Cow tipping tractors ensures you can’t go wrong.
7. The Lego Batman Movie
This is a cracking film, Will Arnett could be the best Batman since Adam West. There’s lots of action to keep the kids happy and plenty of gags for the parents. With a full rogues gallery The Lego Batman movie crams more bad guys into one movie than Zack Snyder, Christopher Nolan, Joel Schumacher and Tim Burton combined, including Voldemort and Sauron!
8. Inside Out
This one gets you right in the feels. A really cool story about emotions that actually gives kids a lot of perspective and insight into how and why they may feel a certain way in certain situations. Amy Poehler is perfect as Joy and Louis Black is probably my favourite as Anger. I still feel sad when I think about Bing Bong… Watch and you’ll see what I mean.
9. How To Train Your Dragon
What dad isn’t going to love a movie with vikings, with the added bonus of dragons. Gerard Butler heads a voice cast that also includes Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plaase and Kristen Wiig. I was surprised by this one but it’s a great adventure story.
Johnny Depp as a baked chameleon out in the desert who is tasked with bringing the law to the wild west. Anything that has the voice of Bill Nighy and Ray Winstone therein is going to be something special. Rango is weird, witty and as much fun for adults as it is kids. Actually, even if you don’t have kids this one is worth a watch!