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).
Dubz loves receiving parcels. So imagine his joy when he opened this one to find a new movie (Home) and lots of fab goodies. Dubz has had a rough week, which included a two-day stay in the hospital for an asthma attack and lots of medications afterwards. So a little party was just what he needed.
After I popped up the car tent, I put on Home. The kids sat in the car tent, and remained in there. I offered the kids some popcorn, which they quietly ate. I tried to talk to them about sweets and face painting, but they shushed me and watched the film in hushed concentration. So our party wasn't quite the party I had expected. But the kids really enjoyed Home and have asked to watch it again. It also meant that I was able to sit down (on the sofa as sadly there wasn't enough room for me in the car tent) and watch the film. I especially loved Jim Parsons (Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory) as the voice of the alien.
After we watched Home, I downloaded it onto our iPad through the Flixster app. We are going camping in The Lake District next week and the kids can't wait to watch it again. Home Digital HD is available to download now. You can stream or download it to you television, computer, tablet or smartphone.
We were asked to review Home for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
For those of you who follow me on social media, you might have noticed that I have a severe Netflix addiction. And when Netflix asked me to join their StreamTeam, I was over the moon. So I thought I would share some of the films and shows my family and I will be watching during the half-term. Although we have some activities and play dates planned, we will have several afternoons that need to be filled with a quiet and chilled activity for both a seven-year old and a three-year old.
For my daughter:
Mia and Me - Moozles is obsessed with this show. It starts off as a live action, then transforms into a cartoon. And it's about fairies. There is only one season but Moozles has watched this season a few times.
Spy Kids - Moozles wants to be a spy, but who doesn't?! She enjoys all the Spy Kids films but the original is the best.
For my son:
Dinosaur Train - we recently bought a DVD for this show, and I have only just realised they have all the episodes on Netflix.
Mother Goose Club - Dubz has watched one of these nursery rhymes on YouTube (The Grand Old Duke of York) and it will be good to watch a few songs.
For the family:
Meet the Robinsons - we all love this film. And I cry every time I see it. It is one of our favourite family films. And there's even a dinosaur in it for a few minutes.
Adventures in Zambezia - we haven't watched this yet but looks like a cute film about an adventurous young falcon.
Husband and me:
Community - I love this American comedy. We are on Season five and still find it hilarious.
Daredevil - we have watched the first two episodes and are already hooked. I love a good bit of action, and this has great storylines to boot.
Once Upon A Time - I am currently on Season three, and am loving it. I love the fairy tale aspect, and it is just so fun to watch. There are four seasons and I have been watching two or three each week, when Husband is working late.
Begin Again - I remember seeing trailers for this film when it was in cinemas. Being a mum of two small children means that I do not get to see more than six films per year at the cinema, so I am so pleased that I can now watch this on Netflix. If only I could get Husband to watch it with me.
Will you be taking breaks next week to watch some Netflix? What will you be watching?
I am on the Netflix #StreamTeam but am not obliged to write any posts about their programming.
I loved the story and animated Disney film of Cinderella when I was young. But when I grew up, I couldn't figure out why Cinderella was such a sucker, letting her stepmother and stepsisters treat her so badly. But my six-year old daughter, Moozles, still loves Cinderella. What little girl could resist the idea of a fairy godmother, sparkly, glass high heels and dancing with a prince?
The new live-action Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh, is beautiful to look at. But more than that, the story makes more sense than the fairy tale. Ella's dying mother tells her to always be brave and kind. These words stay with her as she copes with an unwanted stepmother and rude stepsisters. And when her father dies, Ella focuses on keeping busy rather than spending any inheritance on lace and wide-brimmed hats. But a chance meeting with a handsome stranger changes everything.
Cinderella will appeal to children and adults. It is a captivating story with great acting and humour thrown in for good measure. Lily James is a wonderful Cinderella. She will draw you into her character. And there will be tears. Yes, there will be tears.
We have been short-listed in the Vue People's Pundit Family Film Competition. Please vote for this review as we would love to win and become Vue People's Pundit (free films for a year - wow!). Just click here, then click onto my review and use either Facebook or Twitter to vote for me. xx
Have you seen the Book of Life? It is an animated musical comedy that sees the hero, Manolo, go on a magical quest to rescue his true-love. Husband and Moozles watched it at the cinema last year and really enjoyed it.
To celebrate the release of the Book of Life on DVD and Blu-ray on 16th February 2015, you have the chance to win one of three fab bundles that include: Blu-Ray player, £100 worth of family DVDs and a £100 voucher for Chiquitos restaurants. And the best part is that the entry is really fun. Go to Win With Book of Life and complete one or more of the activities, then upload it onto their Facebook page. You can colour and decorate a colouring sheet or create a cool costume. And if you're a keen videographer, then you can download some quotes from the film and record your child impersonating their favourite character.
The film looks to be beautifully animated, and I cannot wait to watch it. I don't have long to wait since we are lucky enough to have a copy. Maybe you would like your own copy? Why not enter the Rafflecopter below.
The Book of Life is being released on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday, 16 February.