Keep warm this winter with Disney movies.

Hey Kids! Winter is around the corner and there will be more days spending indoors. To curb the winter’s blues… and boredom, why not head on down to your local library and rent some Disney movies to keep you entertained. Featured in this post are recommendations on classic and some what recent Disney movies, with some movie trailers of latest Disney releases coming to theaters later this year!



Fr… Fr… Frrr…. Frozen

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You can never go wrong with Frozen. Relive the magic and musical renditions of “Let it go” in this amazing classic about family, friendship and diversity.

Brace yourself, kids! The gang – Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven are back for a chilly instalment of Frozen 2. Judging from this trailer, looks like the sequel is going to be better than the first movie!

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Olaf’s Christmas adventure

Olaf teams up with Sven on a merry mission. It’s the first holiday season since the gates re-opened and Anna and Elsa host a celebration for all of Arendelle. When the townspeople unexpectedly leave early to enjoy their individual holiday customs, the sisters realise they have no family traditions of their own. So, Olaf sets out to comb the kingdom to bring home the best traditions and save this first Christmas for his friends.


Also is Maleficent back to her evil ways? Find out by watching the official trailer to Maleficent 2: Mistress of Evil.


Chase away the winter blues with some Polynesian themed movies, such as Moana and Lilo and Stitch:

image courtesy of amazon.comMoana 

Moana , a spirited teenager, who like most Disney princesses has a lot on her plate. This involves sailing out on a daring mission to save her island, restore the heart of Te Fiti – the island goddess, fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest and save the world. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui, and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures against impossible odds.

Check out songs featured in the movie soundtrack such as  How far I’ll go performed by Auli’i Cravalho and  You’re welcome performed by Dwayne Johnson.


image courtesy of amazon.comLilo and Stitch

They certainly didn’t get that wrong in the wonderful world of Disney with regard to Stitch, a genetic experiment who has escaped from an alien planet and journeys to the lush and tropical Hawaiian Islands. There he is adopted by a lonely tittle girl named Lilo, who thinks he is an innocent puppy.

Check out Walt Disney movies trailers where Stitch gate crashes classic Disney movies such as Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid! Man oh man, are they funny! A repetitive line throughout the trailers are “Get your own movie!” Hmmm irony?

Also check out songs featured in the movie soundtrack: Hawaiian Roller Coaster ride performed by Mark Keali’i Ho’omalu and New Zealand’s own North Shore Children’s Choir and a cover of Elvis Presley’s hit song, Can’t help falling in love by A-teens.


Take a magic carpet ride into whole new worlds with Pocahontas and Aladdin

image courtesy of amazon.comPocahontas II, Journey to a new world

Escorted by dashing British gent John Rolfe, her oversized bodyguard Uti and stowaways Meeko, Percy and Flit, Pocahontas begins an important mission of peace. An eye-opening “new world” awaits her on the bustling streets of London – but so does a deadly new threat from Ratcliffe!


image courtesy of amazon.comAladdin

Soar away on a magic carpet ride of nonstop laughs and thrills in one of the most spectacular adventures of all time! Now meticulously restored and enhanced – experience the wonders of Aladdin like never before – In the heart of an enchanted city, a commoner named Aladdin and his mischievous monkey Abu battle to save the free-spirited Princess Jasmine from the schemes of the evil sorcerer Jafar. Aladdin’s whole life changes with one rub of a magic lamp as a fun-loving, shape shifting Genie appears and grants him three wishes, setting him on an incredible journey of discovery

Here is another trailer to the live action movie, Aladdin, which will be released in theater on May 23rd… not long to go.


Try Toy Story

Brace yourself for another Toy Story adventure with Toy Story 4! When a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.

Check out the official trailer below!

In the meantime, why not watch the original movies back to back with Toy Story 1, 2, 3, and relive the magic of the Toy Story trilogy/soon to be quadrilogy. DVDs are available at various Wellington City Library branches.

These films are timeless classics that takes you on a journey into the world of the secret life of toys. Join Buzz, Woody, Jessie and lots of amazing toys that unexpectedly embark on adventures that challenge and change them. These films are full of excitement, adventure and will change the way you think of toys.

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Get wild with The Jungle Book (Animated and Live Action)

An epic adventure about Mowgli, a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan, who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self discovery, guided by panther turned stern mentor Bagheera, and the free spirited bear Baloo.


And, finally, we love Pete’s Dragon

Pete’s dragon 

For years, Mr. Meacham has told tales of the fierce dragon deep in the woods. To his daughter, Grace, these stories are little more than tall tales, until she meets Pete. Pete is a mysterious ten-year-old with no family who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliot.

Kids’ Club Review by Millie: The wishing spell

The wishing spellThe wishing spell, Chris Colfer ; illustrated by Brandon Dorman

This is an awesome book about fairy tales made into a chapter book. I stayed up way past my bedtime reading this! In this story Alex and Conner Bailey get an old book from their grandmother. A few days later they get sucked through the book into a mysterious world. To get back they must find fairy tale items such as the glass slipper. I loved how this book made you make connection back to when you read fairy tales. I would recommend this book to 9-13 year olds.

5 stars

Reviewed by Millie from Island Bay and South Wellington Intermediate , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Olivia: Once upon a time : a story collection

Once upon a time : a story collectionOnce upon a time : a story collection, by Shannon Hale

I absolutely loved Once Upon A Time. My favourite character was Kitty Cheshire with her funny pranks and mischievous disappearance, though they don’t always work out the way she wants them to. I love how the author made all the fairy tale characters have daughters and sons. It’s like a fairy tale life cycle.

5 stars

Reviewed by Olivia from Karori and Karori Normal School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Aadarsh: Happily ever laughter

Happily ever laughterHappily ever laughter, Roy L. Hinuss ; illustrated by Matt Hunt

This book is based on a little prince called Carlos Charming. He is the prince of Faraway Kingdom.

I like Carlos because he is a very good royal jester and he knows cool dance moves. I liked it when there was a food fight at the birthday party of Dire Dominion. I recommend this book to people who like comedy. I give this book a rating of 5 out of 5.

5 stars

Reviewed by Aadarsh from Johnsonville and Churton Park School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Molly: The unfairest of them all

The unfairest of them allThe unfairest of them all, by Shannon Hale

On legacy day, Raven (daughter of the evil queen) does not pledge to follow in her mother’s evil footsteps like the other children of fairy-tale parents. Not only has Raven put everyone’s destiny in jeopardy, but she is also trying to save Madeline Hatter who has been banished. I thought this was an okay story but I think it was more suitable for someone younger. I recommend it to children aged 7+.

3 stars

Reviewed by Molly from Karori and Karori Normal School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Anna: The unfairest of them all

The unfairest of them allThe unfairest of them all, by Shannon Hale

This book is about Raven and Apple. When Maddie the Mad Hatter’s daughter is going to be banished. Raven and Apple must find a way to save her. Will they find a way to save her. I found this book a little bit boring as I do not really like princess stories. A perfect book for children who like these sort of stories.

3 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Karori and Karori Normal School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Lopa: The enchantress returns

The enchantress returnsThe enchantress returns, by Chris Colfer ; illustrated by Brandon Dorman

This was the best book I ever read. It was: Imaginative, adventurous, depressing, amusing and full of joy.

Conner and Alex Bailey found out that in the fairy tale word the enchantress (who cursed Queen Sleeping Beauty into deep sleep) is now attacking once again to all the kingdoms. They escape their house and make run for it to into the fairy tale kingdom. Who knowns if they will be able to defeat the enchantress with one of the wonderful wands in their hands? Will they be able to bring peace and joy back to the kingdoms?

When I finished reading the book I felt like I was actually in the fairy tale world and that I was going on a big adventure around the world. There is just problem: that you can’t put it down!

Wonderful! Brilliant! Amusing!

5 stars

Reviewed by Lopa from Johnsonville and Samuel Marsden Collegiate School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by cardi: Worlds collide

Worlds collideWorlds collide, Chris Colfer ; illustrated by Brandon Dorman

I really liked this book. It is about Alexandra/Alex and Conner Bailey, as they begin to fight the army i talked about in an author’s odyssey. But, as i also said at the end of an author’s odyssey, Alex has turned bad. with some difficulty, Conner brakes the curse and they live happily ever after in the land of stories. I recommend this book to 7 and over. This is the last and final book in the series.

5 stars

Reviewed by cardi from Brooklyn and Homeschool , 8 years old