Family films

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Maya the Bee 3: The Golden Orb review – pants ants antics
The third instalment in the animated insect franchise for kids is a buzz-free disappointment

Cath Clarke

14, May, 2021 @7:56 AM

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Cranston Academy: Monster Zone review – colourful if derivative Hogwartsian animation
Two students at the Cranston Academy unleash a portal of monsters in a busy family offering from Mexico’s Anima Estudios

Leslie Felperin

18, Apr, 2021 @2:57 PM

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A Dragon’s Adventure review – a mess of mind-melting, happy-clappy animation
Perhaps elements of this computer-animated children’s story got lost in the adaptation from German TV, but it’s inoffensive enough

Leslie Felperin

03, Apr, 2021 @11:05 AM

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Raya and the Last Dragon review – dazzling Disney animation
A sword-wielding princess is tasked with uniting a divided kingdom in a buoyant tale starring Awkwafina’s goofy dragon

Simran Hans

07, Mar, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Petite Maman review – Céline Sciamma's spellbinding ghost story
A girl meets her mother as a child in the woods in a moving jewel of a film about memory, friendship and kin

Peter Bradshaw

03, Mar, 2021 @5:00 PM

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Dragon Rider review – starry family animation seeks fire
Patrick Stewart voices a baddie trying to obliterate lovable dragons in this bland but entertaining family film

Cath Clarke

10, Feb, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Forget Ratatouille, here's Ratatoing! The rise and rise of the 'mockbuster'
If there’s a big animated film coming out, a studio somewhere will be rushing to release a cheap imitation. But who makes them? Are they proud of their work? And how did they become an internet hit?

Amelia Tait

28, Jan, 2021 @6:00 AM

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The Wacky Hen review – circus comedy is a flightless flop
Despite a laudable ethical stance on performing animals, this family animation’s zero-to-hero tale fails to engage

Leslie Felperin

20, Jan, 2021 @10:00 AM

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We Can Be Heroes review – nutrient-free tween superhero caper
These Gen Z school-age superheroes don’t buck the downward trajectory of director Robert Rodriguez’s recent work for kids

Peter Bradshaw

25, Dec, 2020 @8:01 AM

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A meta-masterpiece: why The Muppet Christmas Carol is the perfect festive film
With songs written by a former addict, the tale of redemption is sincere. And its heartfelt goofiness awakens your inner child

Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

21, Dec, 2020 @11:19 AM

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Come Away review – an indigestible lump of kid-lit stodge
Combining elements of classic children’s books and starry cameos, this leaden family fantasy is flatter than an empty sweet wrapper

Peter Bradshaw

17, Dec, 2020 @7:00 AM

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Space Dogs: Return to Earth review – Russian canine astronauts make feeble third go of it
Belka and Strelka, inspired by the first two animals to survive space travel, take on aliens to defend planet Earth in a confusingly weird adventure

Ellen E Jones

09, Dec, 2020 @11:00 AM

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