As Grown Ups hits cinemas, Movies.ie looks at 7 great childrens films for Grown Ups
Arguably the best superhero film ever made, The Incredibles followed a family of superheroes forced out of suburban retirement by a dastardly villain. While the majority of Pixar pics are adult appropriate, The Incredibles stands out. Colorful costumes, super powers, giant robots, secret headquarters, the film proved that powered crime-fighters don’t have to be watered down to find acceptance among the broader movie-going audiences.
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Jack is perfectly realised as the “town hero” who seeks more in his life/death, a place Sally is lovelorn and pines for Jack to not only love her, but just notice her. Christmas, Halloween, Tim Burton, how can it miss?
The ultimate in body swap cinema, Tom Hanks plays the little boy trapped inside a man’s body. Best scene? Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia’s Chopsticks duet on the giant FAO Schwartz piano is a moment of pure bliss. Perfect film for anyone who is “just a big kid at heart”
FANTASTIC MR FOX
A Wes Anderson cartoon featuring family dysfunction as well as a soundtrack featuring the Stones; Fantastic Mr Fox is even hip enough to take in a Jarvis Cocker cameoit. George Clooney plays the mischievous title character mired in a midlife crisis. The best Dahl adaptation since The Witches…
Hayao Miyazaki ‘s tale of a young girl who is transported to a strange spirit land where her parents are turned into pigs and she must change her spoiled attitude in order to get them back to normal. The world is populated by a host of weird and wonderful characters, that will delight adults and terrify children…
THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE
The film version of the goofy, cult underwater adventure series. Reasons to enjoy? David Hasselhoff makes a cameo and Alec Baldwin’s mysterious biker nods to John Goodman in Raising Arizona.
WHO FRAMED RODGER RABBIT?
Robert Zemekis created an incredibly fun world where toons co-exist with humans. The opening cartoon is a hoot, especially for anyone that loves the mayhem of classic Tex Avery cartoons. Kids will think Roger is hilarious, and adults will love the double entendres and Jessica’s @assets”.