Is there anything better than a family movie night? There’s the delicious snacks, all the comforts of home, and spending precious quality time with your favorite people. Now you can make family movie night even better with fun activities, creative recipes, coloring sheets, and more – all based on some of the best family films out there. So revisit some favorites, make all-new discoveries, and make your next family movie night extra special with all these great titles.
Finding a well-rounded kids movie isn’t always easy. Cute animation doesn’t necessarily correlate with a thought-provoking message, which can leave some parents wanting more to keep their kids engaged. That’s where Smallfoot comes in. The film comes with a well-thought-out story and characters who learn and grow through their experiences. Add some great animation and catchy songs on top, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a perfect Family Movie Night.
Smallfoot tells the story of a yeti named Migo who lives at the top of a big mountain in the Himalayas. He and the other yetis in the village have grown comfortable living life as they know it by telling mythical stories to explain everything around them. But when one day Migo witnesses a human being for the first time, his whole world gets flipped upside down. He goes on a journey to find out the truth about his surroundings and what lies beyond them. And he may even discover himself in the process too.
A Star-studded Cast and Great Music to Boot
There’s tons of great creative talent involved in the making of Smallfoot. If you loved Over the Hedge, Chicken Run and James and the Giant Peach, you’ll be happy to know the mind behind those favorites, Karey Kirkpatrick, also wrote and directed Smallfoot. The voice actors in the production are some big names that might surprise you too. Channing Tatum does the voice of the main character, Migo, and his father’s played by the hilarious Danny DeVito. Other stars include James Corden and even LeBron James. There’s impressive musical talent here as well, including Zendaya and Common, who take part in some of the catchy tunes in the production too. The music in the movie is just the icing on the cake, with plenty of positive messages in the lyrics to boot. And that thoughtfulness ties the whole movie together with some important lessons for the characters.
Inspire Curiosity and Bravery
Smallfoot has some surprisingly thought-provoking messages for a kids’ movie. The film shines in its ability to show the importance of being curious about the world and looking beyond the surface to find meaning. At the heart of that curiosity is the encouragement to ask questions, and not being afraid to do so. This helps the characters learn to look beyond what they have always known and accept all-new ideas to expand their world view.
Of course, such change is never easy and the story doesn’t shy away from that. A big part of Migo’s character development is the way he grows after seeing things from a different point of view. He makes mistakes on his journey and isn’t afraid to apologize when he realizes he’s wrong. He discovers the importance of standing up for what you believe in, no matter how difficult, and no matter how many are against you. Ultimately, by gaining a different perspective, Migo also gains courage and self-confidence. This makes him a great model and gives the positive messages in the film even more impact. And that’s something we can all get on board with.
Check out these awesome Smallfoot activities you can do to really make your family movie night a blast. We’ve got mazes, word searches, coloring sheets and more!
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Scoob and the gang are back for an all new mystery-solving adventure in Scoob! The movie is a blast for family members big and small, touching on lessons about the importance of friendship and giving us some serious nostalgia feels with classic cartoon characters that join in on all of the fun.
Friendship Saves The Day
One of the most heartwarming aspects of the movie is Shaggy and Scoob’s friendship. We get to see the origins of their relationship and how quickly they bond and grow to become best friends. From hanging out and bowling, to making bizzare foods to eat together – they are a match made in heaven. But all of that fun doesn’t come without some important lessons too. As they and the gang go on the adventure of their lives to save the world, things begin to change. And both Scoob and Shaggy must learn that lifelong friendships don’t come without their fair share of challenges, growth, and sacrifice.
Revisit Your Favorite Hanna-Barbera Characters
One of the biggest delights about the movie is how many characters we get to see revived in 3D from classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons we grew up with. And if you’re not familiar with Hanna-Barbera, they were a studio founded by the creators of Tom and Jerry and other animation legends. Hanna-Barbera has put out iconic gems like Scooby Doo of course, The Flintstones, and Yogi Bear, all the way up to early seasons of Johnny Bravo and The Powerpuff Girls. Chances are that if you watched TV from the 1950’s through the early 2000s, you’ve come across a ton of their cartoons.
The makers of Scoob! paid homage to the classic Scooby Doo cartoons, most excitingly in the rendering of the the iconic Scooby Doo chasing intro to the tune of “Scooby Dooby Doo Where are You.” And there are little details in the animation reminiscent of the old style too, which has a uniquely fun way of taking us back in time.
Other classic characters we meet include the villain Dick Dastardly, voiced by the talented Jason Isaacs, and his companion Muttley, who make a blast from the past from the Wacky Races cartoons. Muttley still has the same hyena-like laugh we know and love, while Dick Dastardly’s flying ship is all too reminiscent of his purple pointy race car from the show.
Blue Falcon and Dynomutt are some of the key characters we meet in Scoob!. And with Mark Wahlberg doing the voice of the cocky Blue Falcon and Ken Jeong playing the sarcastic Dynomutt, these two are another dynamic duo that’s a force to be reckoned with.
Captain Caveman also makes an appearance, and with the hilarious Tracy Morgan doing his voice in Scoob! he makes it even more fun to watch.
Half of the fun is finding all of the classic cartoon references in Scoob!. Think you can spot all the easter eggs hidden throughout the movie? Try it for yourself!
We’ve got plenty of awesome activities for you to do at home before or after you watch Scoob!, from word games, to recipes and coloring sheets. So have a blast with the whole family and enjoy the show!