Up to date information about children's entertainment – film, TV, DVD and more…. from founder and president of KIDS FIRST! Ranny Levy

Great Films for Kids Coming this Month

Check out these new titles for your kids and family collection:

Horton Hears a Who – Dec 9
This 2008, full-length animated movie features the voice talents of Jim Carrey as Horton, Steve Carrell as the Mayor of Whoville, Carol Burnett as the Kangaroo, and Jesse McCartney as JoJo and promises to delight a whole new generation of children and their parents and grandparents. The technological wonders of computer animation have allowed 20th Century Fox Animation to bring to life the wacky, colorful Whoville with its minute inhabitants and the lush Jungle of Nool with its host of distinctive animals and the result is a rich, fantastical world of wonder worthy of Dr. Seuss’ own imagination.

Elephant Tales- December 9
Teenage Zef and little brother, Tutu, are two happy elephants. Who wouldn’t be with the biggest backyard in the world to play in — the wild plains of Africa! Zef is just the big brother to show Tutu how to have fun and get into all kinds of mischief… until one dreadful night when their mother and the family herd are taken from them by The Badness. Now these two carefree brothers must summon their courage and do whatever it takes to rescue their family! Voices – Jean-Francios Balmer and Richard Bohringer

The Nutty Professor – November 25
Join Jerry Lewis and Drake Bell for a fun twist on a timeless story. When a nerdy boy genius drinks a secret potion created by his scientist grandfather and unleashes his super-cool alter ego, he’s sure all his problems are solved…or are they? Subtitled in Spanish. Starring Drake Bell and Jerry Lewis

Beethoven’s Big Break – Dec 15
America’s favorite pooch leads this howl-arious all-new comedy starring Jonathan Silverman, Rhea Perlman, Moises Arias (Hannah Montana) and Eddie Griffin. Long before he became the world’s most paw-pular star, Beethoven was just another loveable, struggling stray. When two studio big shots cast him in their new movie, Beethoven breaks into Hollywood, stirring up trouble on the sets while winning over a few hearts. Featuring a new song by the Jonas Brothers. Directed by Mike Elliott.
Unstable Fables: Goldilocks – Dec 15
Goldilocks, a sassy reality TV star, discovers what it’s like to be part of a family when she gets stuck at the humble home of the three bears. Tune in for all the fairytale action in this funny, heartwarming movie. It’s just right! Subtitled in Spanish. Starring Tom Arnold, Brooke Shields, Jaime Lynn Spears.

Igor – Dec 31
This hilarious animated twist on the classic monster movie is must-see family fun! Determined to prove he can create his own diabolical invention, a mad scientist’s (John Cleese) nice-guy assistant, Igor (John Cusack), creates a female Franken-monster. But his creation, Eva (Molly Shannon), is sweet and sings show tunes! That is, until she falls into the clutches of Dr. Schadenfreude (Eddie Izzard) and his shape-shifting girlfriend (Jennifer Coolidge). Now it’s up to Igor and his sidekicks (Steve Buscemi and Sean Hayes) to save Eva – and their country – from real evildoers, including sneaky Prince Malpert (Jay Leno)!

Space Chimps – Nov. 25
When Ham III, the slacker grandson of NASA’s legendary chimpanzee astronaut, is recruited to help retrieve a lost space probe, he has a close encounter of the hilarious kind as he teams up with the lovely Lieutenant Luna and their by-the-book commander, Titan. But when the ship crash-lands on a strange planet, can this mismatched chimp crew work together to save the mission without driving each other bananas? The simian slacker becomes a reluctant hero and learns the true meaning of courage as he and his crewmates risk everything in an effort to save the peaceful inhabitants of a distant planet from an evil dictator.

Growing Up Gift Set – Dec 2
Featuring episodes from the series in a five-disc collector’s set – “Growing Up Arctic”, “Growing Up Wildcats”, “Growing Up Safari”, “Growing Up Wilderness”, and a bonus disc, “Growing Up Primates” – experience the amazing stories of these diverse baby animals as they embark on incredible journeys into adulthood. From an orphaned arctic seal; the birth of two tiger cubs; a rhino mud-bath; a pack of timber wolf pups; to an orphaned baby gorilla, each “Growing Up” series provides a variety of heartwarming tales.

Peter & The Wolf  –  December 9th

Combining stop-frame model animation using state-of-the-art digital technology, a new recording by London’s Philharmonic Orchestra, and a timeless tale, a magical world appears in which youngsters learn to find the strength and courage to overcome their fears. Resonating with over five generations of children worldwide, the story of the irreverent Peter has been updated to include environmental themes resulting in “an eco-savvy tale that weighs the price of compassion.”Based on the classic musical composition by Sergei Prokofiev, Peter & The Wolf was honored as  the Best Animated Short Film at this year’s Academy Awards®.

Harry Potter Giftset – November 11
Includes all five single disc Harry Potter films – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™.

The Longshots- December 2
Based on the awe-inspiring real-life accomplishments of 11-year-old Jasmine Plummer, who became the first female quarterback in Pop Warner’s 56 year history. Starring Ice Cube and rising star Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee), the storyline follows the superstar quarterback’s journey as she leads her local football team to the league’s Super Bowl under the coaching of her uncle, a former high school football star.

Meet Dave – November 25
There’s something that makes Dave stand out from everyone else in New York City. It’s that he’s an alien! More accurately, he’s an alien ship, on a mission to Earth to save his home planet. Torn between the voices in his head – a tiny alien crew led by a high-strung, miniature version of himself – and the world around him, Dave struggles to appear normal. But when he falls for an Earth woman, the consequences are hilarious in this “cleverly conceived…comedy” with “plenty of laughs for all ages.”

Fly Me to the Moon – Dec. 2
A space adventure of the third kind! Fly Me to the Moon combines the Apollo 11 mission with a whimsical twist involving three tween-aged flies who go along on an incredible space adventure. The film introduces new generations to space exploration and the historic moment when the world was united for this awe-inspiring achievement. A g-rated family film, the story is voiced by talents Kelly Ripa, Christopher Lloyd, Nnicollette Sheridan, Tim Curry and a live action/animation cameo by real life Apollo 11 astronaut, Buzz Aldrin.

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