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Children's & Family Theatre

Enjoy your journey down the yellow brick road and into the wondrous world of family films. Children's and family-oriented films are often suitable for all age groups, and cover a wide range of genre categories (comedy, adventure, fantasy, musicals, etc.). There are several category choices with something to entertain the little ones or the whole darn family. For the younger ones click on 'Pre-School Entertainment' in green on the left. 'Disney Animation', 'Family Animation' and 'Classic Animation' can be accessed via the 'Animation' link further up the menu. Pictured: 'The Wizard of Oz', one of the best-loved family films of all time.

Holes (2003)

7/10
Director: Andrew Davis
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Patricia Arquette, Tim Blake Nelson, Shia LaBeouf

Delightful screen adaptation of Louis Sachar's immensely popular novel stars Shia LaBeouf as Stanley Yelnats, a young boy wrongly accused of theft who... Read more

Princess Mononoke (1997)

8.4/10
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Gillian Anderson, Minnie Driver

This stunning masterpiece by animation wizard Hayao Miyazaki is set during Japan's Muromachi era, when a maddened Boar God infects a prince with a dea... Read more

Whale Rider (2002)

7.6/10
Director: Niki Caro
Starring: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Cliff Curtis, Vicky Haughton, Rawiri Paratene, Grant Roa,...

There is a legend that Paikea rode on the back of a whale and led his people to New Zealand. Since that time tradition has decreed that the first-born... Read more

Mary Poppins (1964)

7.8/10
Director: Robert Stevenson
Starring: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Glynis Johns

Beloved Disney film combines brilliant, animated sequences with a delightful story about Julie Andrews as a magical nanny who transforms the lives of... Read more

Home Alone (1990)

7.5/10
Director: Chris Columbus
Starring: Catherine O'Hara, Daniel Stern, Joe Pesci, John Heard, Macaulay Culkin

Accidentally left behind when his family rushes off on a Christmas vacation, eight-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) embarks on a hilarious... Read more

The Karate Kid Trilogy (1984)

Director: John G Avildsen
Starring: Ralph Macchio, Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita, Elisabeth Shue

A bumper dvd presentation featuring the first 3 "Karate Kid" movies (there was a 4th called "The Next Karate Kid" starring Hilary Swank) contained in... Read more

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)

Director: Chris Columbus
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, John Cleese, Robbie Coltrane, Richa...

In this enchanting film adaptation of J. K. Rowling's delightful bestseller, Harry Potter learns on his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned son of t... Read more

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

7.9/10
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Robert MacNaughton, Peter Coyote, Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace

The winner of 4 Oscars and now a classic, about a 10 year old boy befriending a creature from another planet that's been stranded on Earth. A warm, in... Read more

Labyrinth (1986)

7.4/10
Director: Jim Henson
Starring: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud, Shelley Thompson

Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) wished her baby brother would be taken away by goblins, and now her wish has come true. Jareth (David Bowie), the Goblin Kin... Read more

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

6.9/10
Director: Ken Hughes
Starring: Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries

Dick Van Dyke is a slightly offbeat inventor in this modern fairy tale about a magical car. Charming songs, whimsical humour, wonderful special effect... Read more