Do you fancy a family cinema during the Easter holidays? We help you choose. Here are the movies available in theaters, ranked by age of children.
Is magic! – From 3 years
In theaters April 6
Ten years after the Gruffalo first appeared on film, adaptations of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s books continue to delight young viewers.
And to celebrate this anniversary, the distributor premieres 4 programs of animated short films entitled C’est Magic!.
Gruffalo father and son, Monsieur Bout-de-Bois, The Whale and the Snail and Zébulon the Dragon thus return to the cinema in programs of 50 minutes each: From father to son, Sweet, salty…, A la baguette or Everything fire, everything flames.
A great way to introduce kids to movies.
Max and Emmy: Easter Mission – From 5 years
In theaters April 13
6 years after Rabbit School, Max returns for new adventures in Max and Emmy: Easter Mission. Easter is fast approaching – Max, Emmy and all the bunnies are busy for the big day! But the foxes, captivated by the decorated eggs, decided to steal them. Then begins the Easter mission for Max, Emmy and her friends to save the big bunny party!
This German film is based on the children’s book by Albert Sixtus. First published in 1924, the book has sold 2.5 million copies.
Directed by Ute von Münchow-Pohl, the film revisits the Easter bunny myth and shows that a fox and a rabbit can be friends.
The Bad Boys – From 6 years
In theaters April 6
The latest from DreamWorks Animation studios, The Bad Guys follows a gang of 5 animals considered by all to be “bad”: a wolf, a snake, a shark, a piranha and a tarantula. But after years of untold misdeeds, those who have become arguably the world’s most wanted thugs end up being arrested. Mr. Wolf then concludes a deal to save him and his friends from spending many years in prison: the Bad Guys will become honorable.
Inspired by a series of children’s books, Pierre Perifel’s feature film deals with the prejudices and labels that society attributes to people. An important topic that will allow discussion with the children after the screening.
As for parents, they will not be ashamed of their pleasure in front of this true heist movie in the tradition of Ocean’s Eleven and Reservoir Dogs.
Icarus – From 8 years
We follow the young Icarus, who lives on the island of Crete with his father Dédale. From his friendship with the young minotaur, son of King Minos’s wife, to his fatal escape, the film tells us the story of this young man, his hopes and his disappointments.
If the myth of Icarus who burns his wings after flying too close to the sun is known to everyone, his personal history and his childhood remain a mystery. The director, passionate about Greek mythology since he was a child, brings these mythical figures to life and allows viewers to better understand these legends.
These hard-to-tell stories then become clearer for younger viewers (no earlier than age 8).
Sonic 2 the Movie – Ages 8+
In theaters March 30
The little blue hedgehog, video game hero, returns to the big screen. He is presented with a major challenge when Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) reappears. Accompanied by Tails and Knuckles, Sonic leaves. in search of an emerald with the power to destroy all mankind.
In line with the first opus, Sonic 2 is action-packed and reminiscent of superhero movies.
Note that a third movie is already in the works.
A pure moment of family entertainment.
Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets – From 10 years
In theaters April 13
Fans of the Harry Potter saga have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Postponed by the covid crisis, the third part of the Fantastic Beasts saga is finally coming to the cinema.
In Dumbledore’s Secrets, Professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) learns that the mighty Gellert Grindelwald (now played by Mads Mikkelsen) is out to take over the wizarding world. Unable to stop it alone, he enlists the help of Norbert Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and his intrepid team of wizards.
They set out on a dangerous quest during which they will encounter fantastical animals and face off against the ever-increasing number of Grindelwald’s followers. But with so much at stake, how long can Dumbledore stay out?
This third feature film directed by David Yates will delight fans of the original franchise, ages 8 and up.
The Stag King – From 10 years
In theaters May 4
Presented in Competition at the 2021 Annecy Animated Film Festival, The Stag King is the first feature film co-directed by Masashi Ando (Animation Director for Your Name and VFX Supervisor for Spirited Away) and Masayuki Miyaji.
Van was once a brave warrior of the Lonely Twig Clan. Defeated by the empire of Zol, he has since been its prisoner and lives as a slave in a salt mine. One night, the mine is attacked by a pack of rabid wolves, carriers of a mysterious plague. The only survivors of the massacre, Van and a girl, Yuna, manage to escape.
The Empire of Zol soon discovers their existence, ordering Hohsalle, a medical prodigy, to hunt them down to find a cure. But Hohsalle and Van, both bound by the raging plague, will discover a much more terrible truth.
Adapted from the fantasy novel “Shika no Ou” (in 2 volumes) by Nahoko Uehashi, which has sold more than 2 million copies in Japan to date, the feature film plunges us into a world devastated by war.
To be seen in theaters from the age of 10, the images and the theme can offend the sensibilities of the little ones.
My Afghan Family – From 12 years
In theaters April 27
Jury Prize at the Annecy Animated Film Festival 2021, My Afghan Family takes place in Kabul in 2001. Herra, a young woman of Czech origin, decides to leave everything to follow her future husband, Nazir.
She then becomes a witness and actor of the convulsions that her new Afghan family experiences daily. Lending her perspective as a European woman, in a context of cultural and generational differences, she sees, at the same time, her daily life shaken by the arrival of Maad, an unlikely orphan who will become her son.
Adapted from the novel “Freshta” by Petra Procházkova, the feature film by Michaela Pavlatova is a profoundly human work in which the author, inspired by her own journey, has been able to empathically transpose the efforts of Afghan women to live free in the post-war period . Taliban Afghanistan. A theme that resonates sadly with the news.