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5 movies to watch with your kids

Keshie Hernitaningtyas
Keshie Hernitaningtyas

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Sat, May 7, 2016 | 09:21 am
5 movies to watch with your kids

Released by Illumination Entertainment, which made the Despicable Me franchise, The Secret Life of Pets offers an intriguing and hilarious tale as it follows a terrier named Max who gets involved in a rivalry with a mongrel named Duke obtained from a dog pound by his owner Katie, who lives in a Manhattan apartment building. (www.thesecretlifeofpets.com/-)

Taking kids to the movie theater offers a great alternative for an easy activity, as movies made for children are usually entertaining as well as educational.

From this month until early July, there are at least five kids' movies slated to be released in Jakarta. Check out the trailers to see which one is the most suitable for your children. 

The Angry Birds Movie

In theaters: May 13

Adapted from the oh-so popular video game series of the same name, The Angry Birds Movie follows Red (Jason Sudeikis), who is constantly angry despite living among peace-loving flightless birds on a small island. The peaceful situation quickly changes though, following the sudden appearance of green piggies led by Leonard (Bill Hader). Red, alongside other outcasts, namely Chuck (Josh Gad) and Bomb (Danny McBride), is determined to figure out what they are up to.

Said to have the largest budget in Finland's film industry with around US$80 million, the movie will also release a soundtrack featuring songs from Blake Shelton, Demi Lovato, Imagine Dragons and Rick Astley, as well as a series of six Lego sets.

Alice Through the Looking Glass

In theaters: May 27

A sequel to 2010's Alice in Wonderland, most of the previous cast members reprise their roles in this fantasy adventure, including Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Mia Wasikowska as Alice Kingsleigh and Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen. The story follows Alice on her latest adventure in the whimsical land of Underworld as she embarks on a mission to save the Mad Hatter from a part-clock creature.

James Bobin, who previously directed The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted is helming the Tim Burton-produced movie, while Linda Woolverton is returning to write the screenplay.

Finding Dory

In theaters: June 17

Those who enjoyed 2003's Finding Nemo can rejoice as the sequel is set to be released soon. Produced by Pixar Animation Studios, the movie takes place six months after the events of the first installment and follows the amnesiac Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) as she sets out to find her family, accompanied by Nemo (Hayden Rolence) and Marlin (Albert Brooks).

In addition to DeGeneres and Brooks, Andrew Stanton also makes a comeback as the movie's writer and director.

The BFG

In theaters: July 1

Directed and coproduced by Steven Spielberg, the movie is based on the Roald Dahl novel that follows the friendship between Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) and a friendly giant named the BFG (Mark Rylance). As the human world is being invaded by evil giants, the duo set out on an adventure to capture them.

The BFG is said to be Spielberg's first debut as a director for a Disney-branded film as his previous roles for the studio were as a producer. 

The Secret Life of Pets

In theaters: July 8

Released by Illumination Entertainment, which made the Despicable Me franchise, The Secret Life of Pets offers an intriguingly hilarious trailer as it follows a terrier named Max (Louis CK) who gets involved in a rivalry with a mongrel named Duke (Eric Stonestreet) obtained from a dog pound by his owner Katie (Ellie Kemper), who lives in a Manhattan apartment building. But a common enemy changes everything, in the form of a white rabbit named Snowball (Kevin Hart).

Codirected by Chris Renaud who also helmed Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2, the film also features Steve Coogan (Despicable Me 2).

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