What makes a good family film? How about likeable characters, a good plot, a baddy and some hijinx? Well, Surf's Up 2: Wave Mania has all those things plus some cool surf moves. On Sunday, my family and I went to the DVD launch party for Surf's Up 2 and we had loads of fun. The film is about an ambitious and clever penguin, Cody, who is desperate to achieve fame and fortune through surfing. Along with his friends, Lani and Chicken Joe, they battle it out to see who can join the famous Hang Five surf team (voiced by some of the superstars from WWE).
On Monday, my family and I joined in with The Book of Life viewing party on twitter. This meant that people all over the UK watched the film at the same time and tweeted about their experience. We had a big box of goodies to help us - masks, face paints, musical instruments and some yummy snacks.
Husband and Moozles watched the film a few months ago at the cinema, but Dubz and I hadn't seen it. As Dubz is only 2 1/2, and very active, we haven't taken him to the cinema yet. This means that cinema trips are not yet family outings. So thank goodness for DVDs and Blu-rays.
If you haven't seen The Book of Life, it is a terrific film! Basically, it centres around Manolo, a man torn between bull-fighting and playing the guitar, and his quest to be with his true love Maria. Manolo travels through different worlds and the story is based upon Mexican folklore. It has a strong plot, and is filled with sweet and funny moments. The animation is gorgeous and the film is such a pleasure to watch. The Book of Life is out now on DVD and Blu-ray.
We were sent a Blu-ray of the Book of Life and a party pack to enjoy the viewing party, but all opinions are entirely my own.
Do you know who loves the Tinkerbell films? Moozles and I love them! Ever since we watched Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue when Moozles was three years old, we have been big fans. Tink and her friends are feisty and always up for an adventure. Sounds like someone else I know.
Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast was another wonderful adventure for the fairies from Pixie Hollow. This film centres on Fawn, the animal fairy, who discovers a strange creature that she's never heard of before. Everyone tells Fawn that this animal is dangerous. But Fawn listens to her heart, which tells her that the Neverbeast is her friend. It is a lovely story that emphasises that we shouldn't judge people, or monsters, from their outside. Such a great message for children, for everyone. Who we are on the inside is what matters, not what we look like.
We were very lucky to be invited to the film's gala screening on Sunday. There was a petting zoo, fairy wing-decorating, face-painting and balloon twisting (we saw fairy wings, snowmen and Moozles got a butterfly). We even saw a few celebs, including the glamourous Mel B and her daughters. Mel voices one of the new characters, Fury (I adore her northern accent!!). Moozles loved the film. She literally sat at the edge of her seat, watching with her mouth wide-open. And after the film finished, she asked when she could watch it again. The ultimate compliment.
If you fancy a sneak preview, check out the full trailer for Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast.