(Written by Jona Javier) Knowing what to get the kids at Christmas time can be tricky. However, if there’s one safe bet, it’s entertaining movies. Youngsters love getting engrossed in a story with their favorite characters and there are plenty to choose from online and in stores this year. Here are five of the best movies for kids in 2014.
One of the most popular BluRay movies this year is Monsters University from Disney/Pixar. This animated comedy is great for all ages and even better in high definition. It centers on the character of Mike Wazowski, whose voice is provided by Billy Crystal. He has long dreamed of becoming a scarer, but during his first semester at Monsters University, his plans go quickly awry when he meets James P. Sullivan
Fellow animated movie Despicable Me 2 has also proved a hit among youngsters. This high-octane adventure sees the return of Gru, who is unwillingly recruited by the Anti-Villain league to help combat a threatening new super criminal. With all the brilliant minion characters the kids will remember from the first instalment, this is an excellent way to keep them occupied while you get on with your Christmas duties!
Another superb stocking-filler this festive season is The Croods. Also a computer animated film, it focuses on the world’s first modern family as they set off on an adventure across a mesmerizing landscape following the destruction of their cave. With prehistoric jokes the adults will be on board with and enough slapstick fun for the kids, this is a good crowd-pleaser for the holidays.
Meanwhile, Planes is also likely to sell well this Christmas. A Disney animated comedy and a spin-off of Cars, it follows an aircraft that wants to become a competitor in a fast-paced aerial race but is afraid of heights. The film boasts a high-profile voiceover cast featuring the likes of Val Kilmer, Teri Hatcher and John Cleese.
For older children, the Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey could be perfect. The first of three installments, it centers on the story of Bilbo Baggins, the eponymous hobbit played by Martin Freeman. He finds himself on a journey to help reclaim the Dwarves’ lost kingdom of the Lonely Mountain from Smaug the dragon. This epic adventure captures all of the magic of the LOTR trilogy and kids will be entranced by the mind-blowing effects.