Saturday 16 May 2020

Five Movies & TV Shows That Will Delight Your Inner Child

I'm not sure if it's because I'm still a 12 year old trapped in a 25 year old body, but I absolutely love watching kids movies and shows. These day shows or movies aimed at children are so much more different than what I grew up with, but I love that advancements in technology have made it so that animations are a lot more impressive. Here are some of my favourite kid-friendly and super fun shows and movies.

The Willoughbys (2020)

This has been the latest addition to my favourite kid's movies! The Willoughbys is based on Lois Lowry's book with the same name. The story follows the 4 Willoughby children in their quest become a perfectly happy family, by devising a plan to get rid of their selfish and unloving parents. I loved the overall message this movie delivered as well as the animation quality to it. Also Ricky Gervais as the narrating cat was a great addition.

Cinderella - Live Action (2015)

Amongst the many Disney live action remakes, Cinderella really does fly under the radar. For me though, it's the most enjoyable of the bunch to watch, mostly because of the direction of the remake and the incredible performance by the cast. It's interesting to see the live action attempt to re-tell Cinderella, a very well known story, without it being a boring repeat but I loved every moment of it. It strips back on the musical element that is a large part in the original animation, which didn't bother me surprisingly, and portrays the stepmother's character through a different lens. I actually quite liked that as it added a layer to the stepmother beyond just being evil and makes her seem human. If anything, Cinderella is beautifully shot and Lily James was a great choice to depict Cinderella in real life.

Carmen Sandiego (2019 )
Netflix - Seasons 1-2

I was absolutely engrossed with the Carmen Sandiego series after discovering it on Netflix. I quickly learnt that it's based on the well-known educational kid's game, that now has a large and ever-growing franchise. The series is based on Carmen Sandiego who has escaped V.I.L.E, the one and only place she's ever known, to use her bad-ass fighting skills to take down the academy. It draws on the franchise's emphasis on learning about geographical locations and facts to not only get kids excited but also teach them about other nation's cultures. Recently, Netflix released a movie, continuing on from the series. It's an interactive experience, which is basically a choose your own adventure.

For older viewers, this musical brings together a number of well-known fairytales and intertwine them to build a story on what really matters in life and how to truly find happiness or your "happily ever after". It features a blockbuster cast, including Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Cordon and Anna Kendrick, all of whom put on an amazing performance. Seriously Meryl Streep is amazing.

Ever After High (2013-2016)
Netflix - Seasons 1-7

The Ever After High franchise is actually a Mattel production, in line with the Monster High line (which I have never seen). It originally appeared on YouTube before having 7 seasons with 4 episodes each appear on Netflix. Ever After High is a boarding school attended by children of the most famous and infamous fairytale characters. In the Netflix series, the premise revolves around Apple White (Snow White's daughter) and Raven Queen (the evil Queen's daughter) and how each have they, and their friends, struggle to accept their pre-determined stories. Honestly, I wish I had this show to grow up with as a kid and really admire how most children's shows now aim to introduce ideas of determining life goals and finding oneself. It's also just a fun show overall with some pretty cool characters adapted from well-known fairytales.

Notable Mentions: Zooptopia, No Good Nick, Totally Spies, Maleficent

What Are You Favourite Kid's Shows or Films?


  1. I loved Into the Woods! And my daughter enjoyed the Ever After High books---we'll have to check out the series.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. Yes! The series is great, I hope you both enjoying watching it :)