Looking for something to watch as the weather turns wet and cold? Here are the top DVDs borrowed during April:
1. Thomas & friends series
2. Babar and the adventures of Badou series
3. Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated series
4. The Garfield show series
5. Dinosaur train series
6. Dino Dan series
7. Hotel Transylvania
9. Tinker Bell and the secret of the wings
Children’s DVDs cost 80 cents per week.
Looking for something great to watch? Pick one of these – the 10 most popular DVDs for February.
- Thomas and Friends (series)
- Dinosaur Train (series)
- The Garfield Show (trilogy)
- Strawberry Shortcake (series)
- Puss in Boots (movie)
- Dino Dan (series)
- Tinkerbell and the secret of the wings (movie)
- Brave (movie)
- Alvin and the Chipmunks (movie)
- Madagascar (movie)
Brave took home the award for Best Animated Film at last week’s Golden Globes and is one of the nominees for Best Animated Film in this year’s Academy Awards.
Pixar Animation Studios, the creator of Toy Story 3, whisks you away on an astonishing adventure in the Scottish Highlands full of mystery, magic and tradition. Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor defies an age-old custom, where she competes against (and defeats) each of her suitors in an archery contest during the Highland Games by which she states she is “shooting for her own hand”, much to the outrage of the lords of the land and causes a rift between mother and daughter. Merida then acquires a magic spell from a witch the witch agrees to give Merida a spell to “change” her mother (into a bear) in the form of a cake. When chaos is unleashed in the kingdom as a result of Merida’s actions, she must harness all of her skills and resources to break the beastly curse before it’s too late, mend bonds “torn by pride” and discover the meaning of true bravery.
From the kilt-wearing lords to the bagpipe music and traditional Highland games and Merida’s triplet brothers’ pranks and endless attempts to steel sweets, This is a very entertaining mother/daughter movie and a celebration of Scottish culture.
Best for age groups 5 years and over.
Here is your classical fairy tale flipped on its head. We are all familiar with the Puss in Boots made famous by his appearances in the Shrek movies, and now he has his chance to shine all by himself.
This story takes place when Puss (in Boots) is a kitten and getting up to mischief with his sidekick Humpty Dumpty. Their search for the Giants’ magic beans and golden goose gets them into all sorts of trouble, until one day, Humtpy gets them both into so much trouble that they are separated- Humpty to Jail, and Puss is exiled. Years later they reunite only to experience danger, backstabbing, love and finally triumph as they storm the giants’ castle and claim the Golden Chick (the Golden Gooses’ baby) for themselves.
A very entertaining animated film, well worth watching. The humour is well aimed at the kids, and any adults watching will certainly appreciate all the innuendo. Neither mum, dad or kids could possibly be bored watching it.
I give it 8/10
Review by: Emily Simcox, Librarian at the Wellington Central Library
Yay, the school holidays are just about here. So what will you be doing? The library has heaps of Christmas CDs and DVDs for kids to help brighten your festivities!
Going to a Christmas party? Don’t forget to take some of our festive music CDs for everyone to dance and sing-along to like Glee: the Christmas Album, Glee: the Christmas Album Volume 2 or Putumayo Christmas Around the World:
Having a sleepover? The library has plenty of Christmassy DVDs for you and your friends to choose from including Arthur Christmas, Countdown to Christmas, and The Muppet Christmas Carol.
Is your family planning a road trip? Why not borrow some audio books for the journey – they’re perfect for long car rides!
Take a look at our What’s New page to see more new CDs, DVDs, and books galore! And what ever you and your family are doing these holidays make sure to have fun and be merry!
Have you seen the movie Puss in Boots?
It is the story about what happened to Puss in Boots before he met Shrek. Humpty Dumpty, the Bean Stalk and the Golden Goose also star. It features the voices of Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek. A good action packed movie for young everyone will enjoy.
We have new copies at all our branches for you to take home and watch.
Seen the movie? Now read the book. Here are some great movies that started their lives as books:
Mr Popper’s Penguins Book and Movie
The Night at the Museum Book and Movie
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Book and Movie
The Hundred and One Dalmations Book and Movie
The One and Only Shrek! Book (on CD) and Movie
The Polar Express Book and Movie
The Lorax Book and Movie (well, this hasn’t been released on DVD yet. But it will soon…)