Best kids films on Sky Cinema
Running out of things to do this summer? We've got you covered.
The summer holidays are an enjoyable but incredibly busy period for families so sometimes it's nice to just take a break and relax with a great film.
Sky Cinema has plenty in its vast library to keep the little ones thoroughly entertained so here's our pick of the best currently available.
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The perfect antidote to an uncomfortably hot summer’s day, the whole family will happily get together and cool off with Dreamworks’ Abominable which follows its trio of young heroes across the snowy landscapes of China and Nepal.
Gently funny, warm and good-natured without being too saccharine, Abominable sees friends Yi (Chloe Bennet), Peng (Albert Tsai) and Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) embark on a journey to help an adorable young Yeti return to his family on Mount Everest.
The Lego Movie
While feature films based on beloved children’s toys haven’t always had the best track record, see both Battleship and GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller struck gold with the brilliant The Lego Movie.
It’s a clever, vibrant and genuinely hilarious film that can be enjoyed by both adults and children. There’s also some great characters, like Will Arnett’s brooding Batman, and some seriously catchy songs. Try getting Everything is Awesome out of your head!
How to Train Your Dragon
Dreamworks’ incredibly charming How to Train Your Dragon follows the endlessly endearing story of a geeky, socially awkward misfit learning to become a hero. This time it’s young viking Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) who decides to tame and befriend a cute, puppy-like dragon named Toothless rather than slay it.
It’s full of nice, positive messages for children and despite Toothless not speaking, thankfully avoiding the smart-talking animal sidekick cliche, the bond between him and Hiccup is really well-crafted. The animation is also absolutely gorgeous with a surprisingly epic final battle.
Although the newer trilogy, set to be completed next year with Jurassic World: Dominion, contains two enjoyable blockbusters, nothing compares to Steven Spielberg’s 1993 original which has the ability to entertain multiple generations of children and adults alike.
Despite now being over 20 years old, Jurassic Park is still able to inspire awe, excitement and terror in equal measure with its still-incredible CGI and thrilling action set pieces. Particularly the iconic “Welcome to Jurassic Park” scene and the nighttime T-Rex attack in the rain.
The Witches (2020)
Robert Zemeckis’s take on Roald Dahl’s classic novel might not quite live up to the 1990 version for any adults watching, but budding young horror fans will have plenty of fun being creeped out by its delightfully twisted story and dark, quirky visuals.
The plot hits all the same beats as the original following a young orphan boy (Jahzir Kadeem Bruno) and his grandmother (Octavia Spencer) as they fight to stop The Grand High Witch (a brilliantly bonkers Anne Hathaway) turning all of America’s children into mice.