Can we have a treat? and But I'm still playing with it! Big Sister E and Little Sister B can often be found asking When's our next movie night?
Although they might not happen every week, we love the family togetherness of all four of us snuggling up on the couch to watch something entertaining and fun.
Being able to pause the show whenever someone needs to go to the bathroom or someone else is just getting too antsy (which usually indicates we need to take a little break and make some popcorn) works out well for our younger attendees and the night usually ends up one big hug-fest... with some buttery fingers mixed in.
Most recently, our movie nights have been even more exciting than usual thanks to the arrival of a fun (and tasty) collection of supplies from Phase 4 Films.
Just add a comfortable seat and a warm blanket and what more could you need?
We kicked off our kaboom! Entertainment movie night endeavors (kaboom! is the dedicated kids and family label for Phase 4 Films) with The Jungle Book The Movie: Rumble in the Jungle.
With a running time of only 62 minutes, The Jungle Book The Movie: Rumble in the Jungle is a family-friendly, action-packed film focusing on Mowgli living in the jungle with the animals.
From the evil Shere Khan using his sidekick Tabaqui in his attempts to catch his next meal, to Mowgli setting out to prove that he belongs in the pack just as much as the wolves, to Baloo imparting his endless wisdom to all, this feature film kept the girls riveted from beginning to end.
As both girls weren't familiar with the concept of The Jungle Book, they were initially confused at the concept of a human living with the animals (The animals don't know that he's a human, right?) but soon were rooting along with Mowgli to succeed in each plot twist.
By the time the credits rolled, Big Sister E declared that she thought Mowgli and his friends were cool, with Little Sister B agreed that he was nice and that she liked the parts of the movie that were "not scary." I, on the other hand, appreciated that this movie included lots of important lessons throughout — friendship, honor, truthfulness, trust and family — that I'm always happy to have reinforced with my kids!
Available as a limited edition with two collectible toys for $14.86, The Jungle Book The Movie: Rumble in the Jungle can be found exclusively at Walmart stores in the U.S. and Canada now (the DVD will release nationwide in May, 2013).
After the success of our first kaboom! Entertainment movie night, the girls were more than ready to grab another bowl of popcorn and get comfy the following weekend to watch Horrid Henry: The Movie.
Based on Francesca Simon's popular children's book series of the same name, Horrid Henry: The Movie caught my girls' attention right away due to the packaging. What kid wouldn't be immediately interested in the limited edition official Horrid Henry slime pack?
However, as we haven't read the Horrid Henry books, I do have to admit that my family was slightly befuddled by some of the plot lines.
The story revolves around Henry, a boy who has a tendency to find trouble in pretty much every aspect of life... a stark contrast to his polite, perfectly-behaved younger brother. When Henry fails to hand in his homework for the umpteenth time, he inadvertently sets off an unexpected and curious chain of events and surprises.
From causing the firing of his eccentric teacher (played by Angelica Huston) to outwitting corrupt School Inspectors to forming an unlikely alliance with his infuriating neighbor, Moody Margaret, to win a talent contest, Horrid Henry's crazy antics take all sorts of creative and outrageous twists and turns.
When Horrid Henry: The Movie ended with Henry managing to save the very school which he had always professed to hate, we were appreciative for the happy ending and the focus on the importance of friendship and following your dreams... but again, we were still slightly confused.
Fortunately, we were able to lend this movie to friends who love the Horrid Henry books to get a different perspective and they loved it! According to their opinion, this adaptation of the books does a great job bringing the large cast of characters to life and keeping with the humor and fun that the written words present. So, if you are fans of Horrid Henry in your home already, this movie will surely bring a lot of laughs!
Available exclusively at Walmart stores in the U.S. for $14.86, Horrid Henry: The Movie is rated PG and has a running time of 93 minutes.
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As a Phase 4 Films Blogger Ambassador, I have received products and compensation from Phase 4 Films in order to facilitate and thank me for my review. However, as always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.