As far as school holidays go, the third term holidays are pretty much the worst of the lot. Not only are they frustratingly close to the end of the year, but the weather’s still a little too unpredictable for making plans outside.
Librarians, we know you’re superheroes all year round, but here’s your chance to save the day yet again for busy parents and bored kids. We’re declaring these school holidays a boredom-free zone – and we’ve selected twelve of our most popular movies and TV shows, just for kids.
The twelve titles we’ve featured in this post are available right now, and if you order them now, they’ll arrive just in time for the school holidays. However, we’ll also be linking to other related products that aren’t out just yet, so if you’re unsure, take a look at the release date on each title before you place your order.
So – let’s get on with it! There’s a little bit of everything here, from classics to the latest releases. But they’ve all got one thing in common – they all get the Digitales boredom-buster seal of approval!
In a city full of animals, Buster Moon, an optimistic koala, hosts a singing competition in a last-ditch attempt to save his beloved, but crumbling old theatre. From hundreds of auditions, five finalists are selected. Who will be declared the winner…and how will they react when they find out Buster doesn’t actually have the prize money he promised?
Sing is imaginative, fun – and a little surreal in the best possible way! It’s loaded with charming characters, the setting is vibrant, and it’s absolutely chockers with songs you know and secretly (or maybe not-so-secretly) love that will have you itching to sing along. We reviewed Sing here on the Digitales blog, so make sure you take a look!
In a happy suburban neighbourhood, with its well-kept gardens and white picket fences, sits a black house with a dead lawn. This is the secret hideout of Gru, who, with his army of excitable yellow minions, plans to Take Over the World! But with the arrival of three little orphaned girls, determined to make him their Dad, Gru’s reputation as a super villain is in jeopardy…
With Despicable Me 3 coming out on DVD later this month, now’s the perfect time to relive the charming, original film that won hearts everywhere – and spawned the Minions phenomenon – back in 2010.
The Paw Patrol pups are going for the gold in these seven sporty adventures! Whether it’s a basketball game, a soccer match, snowboarding, a big race, or the ancient art of Pup-Fu, the pups are ready to romp to victory while they play and save the day.
The citizens of Adventure Bay are always getting into trouble. It’s lucky they’ve got Chase, Rocky, Marshall, Rubble, Tracker, Zuma, Everest and Skye – the Paw Patrol pups to come to their rescue all the time! This animated show for kids aged from around three years and older celebrates friendship, teamwork and problem solving – and cute puppies. It’s no wonder kids love it! Here’s the rest of our Paw Patrol range.
The ninja team has defeated countless villains, but how can they stop foes who control the power of Time itself? Two ancient and powerful beings, Krux and Acronix, have returned, leading an army of warriors made of writhing serpents. With Master Uu aging rapidly due to the power of the Hands of time, only the ninja stand in the way of a complete conquest of the Ninjago world!
It’s been a big year for all things Lego! The Lego Batman Movie is still one of our most popular recent release titles (here’s our review) – and The Lego Ninjago Movie due to come out in cinemas later in September (you can already pre-order it on DVD here!). Hop on board, with Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu – an animated TV series about a group of young ninjas, battling evil in the world of Ninjago, where cool, futuristic technology exists side by side with ancient cultures. Awesome!
When Buttercup hears that her true love Westley is dead, she reluctantly agrees to marry the loathsome Prince Humperdinck. After Westley returns to rescue Buttercup, the two begin an epic adventure filled with fencing, fighting, giants, monsters, miracles, true love and hilarity.
Yeah yeah, it’s a kissing story…but it’s undoubtedly the best kissing story ever! We think it’s about time The Princess Bride found a whole new generation of fans!
Kubo lives a quiet, normal life in a small seaside village until a spirit from the past turns his life upside down by re-igniting an age-old vendetta. With gods and monsters after him, Kubo must locate a magical suit of armour once worn by his late father, a legendary Samurai warrior.
Visually stunning, Kubo and the Two Strings is that rare thing – a beautifully-animated movie for kids that’s entertaining, dream-like, funny and emotionally complex. It’s the thrilling story of an epic quest, told using a combination of CGI special effects and stop-motion animation that will enchant viewers of all ages.
Pampered pet mouse, Roddy St James, thinks he’s got it made…until he’s literally flushed away to a bustling underground world of ninja frogs, hench-rats and singing slugs. Roddy’s only hope of escape is teaming up with Rita – a sly scavenger who naturally, wants something in return. When Roddy and Rita attract the attentions of an evil, rodent-hating toad, getting home is the least of Roddy’s worries…
This smart and funny film is seriously underrated. It’s the brainchild of Aardman Animations – the studio behind claymation classics, Chicken Run and Wallace and Gromit – so you know it’s going to be hilarious. In fact, parents might love Flushed Away just as much as their kids do…
Hotshot rookie race car Lightning McQueen is living life in the fast lane until he hits a detour on his way to the most important race of his life. Stranded in Radiator Springs, a forgotten town on the old Route 66, he meets Sally, Mater, Doc Hudson and a variety of quirky characters who help him discover that there’s more to life than trophies and fame.
The third Cars film is gearing up to race into cinemas (it’s available for pre-order here) this school holidays, so why not go back to where Lightning McQueen’s story first began? The first Cars film still has what it takes to get auto-obsessed kids’ engines running!
When Charlie Bucket and four other children find Golden Tickets inside their Wonka chocolate bars, they win a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the legendary factory run by the mysterious Willy Wonka. On a whirlwind tour of Willy’s incredible, edible realm of milk chocolate waterfalls, elfish Ooompa-Loompas and industrial-sized sugar-coated creations, one very special boy will discover the sweetest secret of all: a generous, loving heart.
Enter a world of pure imagination. A classic for all the right reasons, the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is just as colourful, catchy and charming as you remember.
A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity to become human again arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted. But in order for Belle to fall in love, the Beast must confront his beastly nature…
At first, you might wonder whether this live action remake of the Disney animated classic is really necessary…but after a while, you’ll realise that this film is so much fun, you won’t mind so much. Here’s our Fast Five Review.
Adventure Time features unlikely heroes, Jake the Dog and Finn the Human – buddies who traverse the mystical Land of Ooo and encounter its colourful inhabitants. The best of friends, our heroes always find themselves in the middle of heart-pounding escapades. Finn, a silly kid with an awesome hat, and Jake, a brassy dog with a big, kind heart, depend on each other through thick and thin.
Come on, grab your friends! There’s something seriously addictive about this surreal animated series, set in a post-apocalyptic world that’s teeming with fun characters, treasure and adventure. It’s no wonder fans – of all ages – are obsessed with Adventure Time. Season 6 is out now and Season 7 will be released soon – click here to take a look at all our Adventure Time titles.
Venture under the sea where Ariel, a free-spirited mermaid princess, longs to be part of the human world. After bravely striking a bargain with Ursula, a sneaky sea witch, Ariel embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. But the fate of her father’s kingdom is in her hands. With Flounder and Sebastian at her side, Ariel will need all of her courage and determination to make things right.
The Little Mermaid is a Disney favourite, but it’s just the beginning. Check out the new Disney Classics series, which includes all of Disney’s greatest hits – from Fantasia to Moana – and make these timeless films part of your world.