Sunday, October 9, 2011


Although world has, for some reason, developed a taste for dark and morbid stories, I know that among you there are those who want something positive and colourful for their kids, or for themselves if they have a kid in them. Here's HOLLYWOOD SPY's guide through Autumn/Winter 2011 family and animated films.

The first one to open Autumn/Winter 2011 season of the animated characters will be the most charming one, off course, the biggest
feline seducer and the breaker of so many pussy hearts - PUSS IN BOOTS. The beloved character from the famous SHREK animated saga now has his own film which should hit cinemas November 4th. The story is set way before Puss ever met Shrek, when our suave and furry feline hero went on a swashbuckling ride, teaming up with mastermind Humpty Dumpty and the street-savvy Kitty to steal the famed Goose that lays the Golden Eggs. The brilliant voice cast includes Antonio Banderas who did outstanding job with Puss, while Salma Hayek was the obvious choice for the
voice of Kitty. The director of the film is Chris Miller who wrote and directed SHREK THE THIRD and gave his own voice to Kowalski in MADAGASCAR :) Click for the unbelievably adorable trailer. You don't want to miss the scene in which Puss drinks milk!
Another film for kids and family premiering November 23rd is Martin Scorsese's HUGO. The film which tells the story of an orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station. With the help of an eccentric girl, he searches for  the answer to a mystery linking the father he recently lost, the  ill-tempered toy shop owner living below him and a heart shaped lock,  seemingly without a key. Based on the bestselling and award winning book from Brian Selznick this movie, coming out this November, has Jude Law, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Lee and Ray Winstone in the cast. The film was shot in 3D. Check out the trailer which features some really lovely visuals.

Bringing those adorable little penguins back to cinemas on November 18th is HAPPY FEET 2. As the sequel to the Academy Award winning animated smash hit,  it returns audiences to
the magnificent landscape of Antarctica in superb 3D. Mumble, The Master of Tap, has a problem because his tiny son, Erik, is choreo-phobic. Reluctant to dance, Erik runs away and encounters The Mighty Sven, a penguin who can fly! Mumble has no hope of competing with this charismatic new role model. But things get worse when the world is shaken by powerful forces. Erik learns of his father’s “guts and grit” as Mumble brings together the penguin nations and all manner of fabulous creatures—from tiny Krill to giant Elephant Seals—to put things right! Brad Pitt,
Robin Williams
and Elijah Wood are just some of the names in the voice cast. Watch the super cute trailer.

One of the films, I've mentioned a lot before is ARTHUR CHRISTMAS which finally premieres November 23rd. This 3D,CG-animated family comedy will at last reveal the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question: "So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?" The answer: Santa's exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic - a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be
completed before Christmas morning dawns. The brilliant voice cast is lead by James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy....Watch the delightful trailer.

I'm not sure this one would be for kids, but it is animated.  Premiering December 21st is THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: SECRET OF THE UNICORN. I read the original comics as a kid,
but I've never got the appeal of the character, so I'm hoping that this Steven Spielberg directed movie adaptation will put something interesting and thrilling in it, although I didn't like the trailers so far. The story chronicles the escapades of a junior reporter who has a nose for a good story and a talent for attracting trouble, which more often than not imperils his life!Using state of the art performance capture technology Spielberg has shot the first film, while Peter Jackson is supposed to shot the second one. The voice cast includes Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig, Cary Elwes and Simon Pegg. Click for the latest trailer.

And those crazy little furry creatures, for which you don't know
whether they are adorable or annoying, the screechy little squirrels are back in ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED which hits cinemas on December 16th. In this sequel, the vacationing Chipmunks and Chipettes are turning a luxury cruise liner into their personal playground, until they become 'chipwrecked' on a remote island. As the Chipmunks and Chipettes try various schemes to find their way home, they accidentally discover their new turf is not as deserted as it seems.
Check out the crazy trailer too (you don't wanna miss Chips singing Gaga's BAD ROMANCE! Kids will love it, I'm sure.


  1. Bring on Puss N Boots. I cannot wait for this charmer to hit the screen. I'm also in love with Happy Feet 2. Definitely no Tin Tin for me. It looks like another silly adventure aimed at boys.

  2. Oh wow, what a feast of fabulous movies!! Especially looking forward to PUSS IN BOOTS and HUGO but they ALL look wonderful

  3. I love the idea of Martin Scorsese making a kids film. I love the trailer. I really can't wait to see this one.

  4. @Melsy
    PUSS IN BOOTS is just ridiculously funny :) All the trailers we've seen for the film were hilarious, I almost died laughing in this last one when he stops the action to slurp some milk :)
    I'm not watching TINTIN either, it was a rather boring comic.

  5. @Lyndy
    I know animated films are your favourite genre :) Hope these films will put a lot of smiles on people's faces this winter and fall :)

    it is highly unusual of him, so I don't know what to think :)

  6. Dezzy - What a great post. Hugo sounds really, really good. Puss in Boots looks silly, but fun. Happy Feet - makes my feet happy. LOL. Hope your Saturday was amazing.

  7. lovely films to watch with your kidos, Shells :)

  8. These look great. I didn't even know some of them were coming out. My kids are dying to see Puss in Boots! Who doesn't love that guy? Looks like we'll have lots of other fun choices too. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Puss in Boots looks really funny. Hugo is one I'll watch just because my son and I liked the book so much. Don't know about the others.

  10. Since we no longer have kids in the house anymore we don't watch many kids movies here. Of these I guess Hugo and Arthur Christmas intrigue me most. And who knows, Tin Tin could be a surprise considering who's involved, but like you I never got into that character.

    Tossing It Out

  11. I have to watch Puss in Boots! :D

  12. I love to see Cat in Boots,he is sooo cute. Tin tin is the second one I want to see,it was one of my favorite childhood comics.

    Not sure I want to see Happy feet as I still haven't watched the first movie no matter how many times TV had played it.i think it hadbe rerun 10 times and I didn't watch any one of them,only several minutes and it bored me and I changed the channel.

    Hugo looks stunning,thank you for sharing that. Hope it'll be played here.

    Chipmunk of course going to be my other DVD movies ;) Will watch it next year.

  13. Puss in Boots does look really good from all the trailers, but those can be misleading and after Shrek 3 and 4 I don't have a whole lot of confidence in them. I hope it will be as good as it looks though.

  14. Although these are not really my type of movies, I am looking forward to many of them: Hugo, TinTin (because I used to read the comics as a child) and Puss in Boots.

  15. @Abby
    thanks, Abby, glad you liked the Sunday spotlight and that I got you informed about some of them for the first time :)

    PUSS is absolutely inescapable :P HUGO could be interesting, although I have a feeling it won't be a hit in the cinemas

    yep, ARTHUR CHRISTMAS could be your kind of film, since it have that intelligent British humor and is not solely for kids :)

  16. @Pesos
    you absolutely must :)

    PUSS you must see, of course :) HAPPY FEET really were deadly boring for some reason. I also found myself falling asleep couple of times while watching it. It did have nice characters but the story was monotonous and the film lacked some soul

  17. @Reilly
    your waiting will be over in December

    those three will probably score most money at the box=office from all the films above :)

    yes, SHREK films were boring, but I hope that the charm of Puss' character would be enough for a great film

  18. I didn't know Alvin and the Chipmunks were still around... I LOVED them as a kid.

  19. I didn't know Chipmunks were around when we were kids :) I first heard about them a few years ago when the first film was released :)

  20. I might check out Puss in Boots, as i did like Shrek. Hugo also looks interesting to me, if only to see how Scorsese does with a kids film.

    The rest don't really interest me. Especially the Chipmunks movie

  21. what?!? You mean you don't like Chipmunks' smashing hits and their enchanting voices??? :PP

  22. From what i've heard its pretty bad. If i want to see them that bad i would rather watch the original cartoons instead.

  23. puss in boots the best :P haha
    nice post

  24. thanks, Damon, glad you liked it ;)

  25. Love the Puss in Boots! None of the previews reveal much of a plot, but I really don't care.
    Skipping Happy Feet 2 - I can do without the liberal preachy message.
    TinTin's animation looks incredible though.

  26. yep, Puss in Boots trailers weren't exactly plot revealing so far :) but they were very catchy.

  27. oooh! hugo sounds cute! and i KNOW my boys will want to see the chipmunks one!

  28. I'm not sure I'll see any of these, with the exception of TinTin. I'm rarely a fan of animated sequels, so most of these are no nos for me :P

  29. @Vics
    oh, no, you will have to listen to Chipmunks music hits too :))

    sorry to hear that, Jamie.