Kids Movies 2012 – Guide26.06.12 # Movie Releases # 18 Comments
Starring: (voices) Charlie Tahan, Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Landau
Directors: Tim Burton
Out: 5th October 2012
When Victor’s pet dog Sparky (who stars in his home-made monster movies) is hit by a car, Victor decides to bring him back to life, Frankenstein-style. But when the bolt-necked “monster” wreaks havoc on Victor’s neighbours, he has to convince them (and his parents) that Sparky’s still the good loyal friend he’s always been. This is black and white stop-motion, based on the Frankenstein-parody short that was Tim Burton’s calling card back in 1983. If you liked ‘Corpse Bride’, you’ll probably like this.
Starring: (voices) John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Sarah Silverman
Director: Rich Moore
Out: 2nd November 2012
Wreck-It Ralph (Reilly) is an arcade video game “bad guy”, who has played the same thankless role since the 80′s. Determined to prove he can be a good guy, he escapes his game cabinet into more recent ones, including Hero’s Duty, a light-gun shooter similar to Halo, and a Mario-Kart style racing game. There he learns of a dire threat that could affect the entire arcade, one that he may have inadvertently started. This is Disney’s ode to videogames. The trailer wasn’t hilarious, but looked like it could be charming. It’ll be filled with references to (and cameos from) actual games. As a gamer since the 80′s I can’t wait.
Rise Of The Guardians
Starring: (voices) Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Chris Pine, Isla Fisher, Jude Law
Director: Peter Ramsey, William Joyce
Out: 21st November 2012
A group of guardians – Santa Claus (Baldwin), Easter Bunny (Jackman), Jack Frost (Pine), Sandman and Tooth Fairy (Fisher) – join forces to stop the Boogeyman (Law) from replacing the hopes, beliefs, and imagination of children with fear and bringing the world into total darkness. The movie is being co-directed by the man behind ‘Meet The Robinsons’, and the author of ‘The Guardians Of Childhood’ book series on which it is based. The trailer didn’t have any laughs, but it did have unconvincing accents and slightly off-putting character design (Santa is now a gruff tattooed Russian).
Dorothy Of Oz
Starring: (voices) Lea Michele, Dan Aykroyd, James Belushi, Martin Short
Directors: Dan St. Pierre, Will Finn
Out: TBC 2012
After Kansas is devastated, Dorothy finds a way back to the Land of Oz, only to discover that her old friends the Scarecrow (Aykroyd), Tin Man (Grammer), Cowardly Lion (Belushi) are all in grave danger. So she bands together with new friends like the Marshmallow Man, a china doll princess and a tugboat on her journey to stop the wicked Jester responsible (Short). Based on the 1989 book by the (less capable) great-grandson of the original author. It’s not being made by a particularly good animation company, and has a d-list voice cast. Expect this to veer more towards being childish than childlike, with a much narrower age appeal than the 1939 original.
What have you liked/disliked? What are you looking forward to?