Description: This is a thorough hands-on review on the top 10 Best animation films for Kids/Children in 2014 and tips for backing up these valuable movies.
A smorgasbord of films for kids are on their way in 2014, and Marvel fans in particular will be satisfied with all that is on offer. Disney is bringing us one of the year's most anticipated films, a retelling of the classic Sleeping Beauty tale; there are sequels galore, spooky stories, action, laughs and hours of entertainment to be had so sit down with the kids and take a look at the best movies for the family coming in 2014.
Part I: Top 10 Best Animation Films for Kids/Children in 2014 Reviews
1. Mr. Peabody & Sherman – release date 7th March 2014
DreamWorks are going back to the 60s to reimagine of Characters from everyone’s favourite all American cartoon The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. This labour of love has been in the pipeline for years and expectations are high at DreamWorks that this can be a worldwide smash. Featuring the voices of Ty Burrell (the Dad in ‘Modern Family’), Max Charles, Stephan Colbert, Lesley Mann and Ariel Winter. The release will be accompanied by a DreamWorks short featuring the actual Rocky and Bullwinkle characters and it will be used to test the water for a full length feature of the iconic characters.
2. Muppets Most Wanted – release date 21st March 2014
After the critical and commercial success of the 2011 ‘The Muppets’ it was only a matter of time before Disney green-lighted an eighth instalment in ‘The Muppets’ anthology. When the Muppets take on a European tour successfully selling out theatres in Berlin, Madrid and London they come across Kermit’s doppelganger Constantine, a frog with wicked intent and the Muppets get caught up in an International crime caper. As you’d expect all hell breaks loose. Influenced by the crime capers of the 60s like the Pink Panther and such but no panthers, just a frog, a pig, a bear…
3. Island of Lemurs: Madagascar – release date 4th April 2014
Wild lemurs on the Island of Madagascar face extinction in the next five years. This is a film dedicated to the wonderful uniqueness of the species and a look at the attempts of a team of scientist who are doing everything they can to ensure their future. Narrated by Morgan Freeman and captured in stunning HD this is an IMAX release that is educational as it is a glorious visual spectacle for the whole family.
4. Rio 2 – 17 April 2014
Bluesky Studios return with the sequel to Rio bringing back the all-star voice cast of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, will.i.am Jamie Foxx, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, and Jake T. Austin. The first was a success but the sequel is times to come out a few months before the World Cup to capitalise on the hype of all things Brazilian. Just as the first the second is set in Rio de Janiero.
5. Legends of OZ: Dorothy’s Return – release date 9th May 2014
A 3D CGI animation based on the L. Frank Baum’s Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the source of inspiration for the 1956 movie and the more recent ‘Oz the Great and the Powerful’. Basically the film takes up where the original leaves off, only when Dorothy returns to Earth she finds it devastated. She finds a way to return the Oz only to find that her old friends the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer), Cowardly Lion (Jim Belushi) and the entire Land of Oz are all in grave danger. Together they embark on another weird and wonderful adventure where Dorothy meets a whole host of new friends.
6. The Good Dinosaur –release date 30th May 2014
Pixar does Dinosaurs. The Good Dinosaur begs the question ‘what if the Dinosaurs had never been wiped out by a cataclysmic asteroid?’. The story follows Arlo, a lively 70-foot-tall teenage Apatosaurus with a big heart, who has an unlikely companion in a young boy called Spot. Fans have been waiting for this for quite some time. When the promotional video for UP was released, many noticed a sculpture in the background of animator Greg Dyksta’s office, it started the rumour mill turning and it hasn’t stopped. Dinosaur fans may be disappointed at the cartoon-like depiction of the terrible lizards, but it’s Pixar, so they must know what they’re doing.
7. How to Train Your Dragon 2 – release date 19th June 2014
Four years after Hiccup wowed the Island of Berk with his Dragon taming skills and showed the world that DreamWorks was ready to challenge Disney Pixar critically and commercially, the Dragon trainer is back. Now dragon racing is the island’s preferred contact sport and Hiccup, whose father wants him to settle down, decides to go exploring other lands.
8. Planes: Fire and rescue – release date 18 July
A sequel to ‘Planes’ , ‘Fire and rescue’ is the second part of a trilogy and features a quirky crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from a raging wildfire. Planes was reviewed as ‘Cars’ all over again, only in the air. Animation geeks have been quick to point to the ‘Planes’ and ‘Cars’ franchises as the first blot on Pixar’s otherwise impeccable portfolio. Why they insist on pursuing these average storylines? The answer is merchandising.
9. The Boxtrolls – release date 26 September 2014
Laika the US stop motion animators breath life into Alan Snow’s novel ‘Her Be Monsters!’, featuring the voice of SIR Ben Kingsley among others, it promises to be a delightful, artful, old school animation that children and adults will love. One of the highlights of the year.
10. Big Hero 6 – release date 7th November 2014
Big Hero 6 is a super hero team in Marvel comic series. Disney bought Marvel Entertainment in 2009 and this is one of the many possible adaptations that has become fully realised. While the film has been fully rendered by Disney Studios, unusually it represents a new stylistic departure, leaning heavily on the East and Manga heroic styles.
Part II: Backup Best animation movies for Kids/Children
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