Curl up on the sofa with your family over the festive season and catch up on the top kids’ movies and TV box sets from 2017. From cartoon squirrels to teen rom-coms and as much LEGO as you can shake a stick at, there’s plenty of entertainment for grown-ups too.
The first of the LEGO Movie spin-offs, this hilarious tale follows Batman in his usual fight against The Joker, taking on the film series’ typical irreverent style. There’s a lot for older fans to enjoy too, as it’s full of comical references to the many versions of one of DC’s biggest characters. Of course, there’s also plenty of slapstick for the kids, as well as some very cool action scenes in Batman’s LEGO lair and immense vehicles. You even get to find out how fellow-orphan, Robin, becomes Batman’s sidekick.
What crazy plans does Surly the squirrel have this time, when the mayor threatens to dig up the beautiful park where the animal gang live to build an amusement park? There are just as many explosions, electric shocks, dynamite, nutty capers and laughs as the first film. However this time, Surly also has to rescue Precious the pug from the clutches of the Mayor’s daughter, and needs the help of the cute yet deadly kung-fu mouse Mr Feng to save the day.
Be Cool, Scooby Doo! proves that ‘if the format isn’t broke, don’t fix it’. There are more of the classic mysteries, ghosts and spooky happenings in this new series, but with modern themes and the setting of a post-high-school summer road trip for the meddling kids. Follow brainy Velma, damsel in distress Daphne, hapless leader Fred and Scooby Doo and Shaggy (who need no introduction), in their high-tech adventures to save the day.
Now in season seven of the Masters of Spinjitzu series, LEGO Ninjago Hands of Time sees the ninja face Master Wu’s long-standing enemies Acronix and Krux in a battle to save Ninjago’s history. The evil twins need to collect four Time Blades in order to control all of Ninjago and have rendered Wu powerless by rapidly aging him with a Time Punch. Fast-paced and brilliantly sound-tracked as ever, how will master-in-training Lloyd fare in leading the ninjas so they can save Wu and their world?
Get the tissues handy for this teen rom-com that sees a girl who’s too ill to step outside her house risk everything for love. A film that older kids and parents will both love, this heart-warming and uplifting story is centred on Maddy, an 18-year-old whose body can’t fight infections. When Olly moves in next door their friendship develops from texts and gazes through the window into a great adventure for them both. But danger lurks for Maddy in everything, even a first kiss.
As well as these there’s always the classics you can enjoy time and time again. So whatever you choose, we wish you happy viewing over the festive period!