With the doctor ordering three weeks of lock-down for all South Africans, families are going to be turning to Netflix harder than a millennial mid-break-up. But if 21 days of Peppa Pig, Barbie, and Smurfs makes you want to go into quarantine from your quarantine, best you line-up a decent array of films the whole family will enjoy! Here is our suggested list of super entertaining family favourite movies that both kids and parents will love watching.
Based on the book ‘Matilda’ by British children’s author Roald Dahl, this film is about Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson), an extremely curious and intelligent little girl who is very different from her low brow, mainstream parents (Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman), who quite cruelly ignore her. As she grows older, she begins to discover that she has telekinetic powers but its not until a teacher shows her kindness for the first time does she realize that she can use those powers to do something about her sufferings; in particular, her evil school headmistress.
Director: Danny DeVito | Stars: Mara Wilson, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman
The Karate Kid (2010)
12-Year-old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) could’ve been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother’s (Taraji P. Henson) latest career move has landed him in China. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr Han (Jackie Chan), who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies at his school will be the fight of his life.
Director: Harald Zwart | Stars: Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan, Taraji P. Henson
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
Inspired by Ron and Judi Barrett’s beloved children’s book of the same name, ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ follows inventor Flint Lockwood (voice of Bill Hader) and a brainy weathergirl (voice of Anna Faris) as they attempt to discover why the rain in their small town has stopped, and food (like hamburgers and ice-cream) is falling in its place. Meanwhile, lifelong bully Brent (voice of Andy Samberg) relishes in tormenting Flint like he did when they were kids, and Mayor Shelbourne (voice of Bruce Campbell) schemes to use Flint’s latest invention – a device designed to improve everyone’s lives – for his own personal gain.
Director: Chris Miller | Stars: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Andy Samberg, Bruce Campbell
Hotel Transylvania (2012)
Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s (voice of Adam Sandler) lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula invites some of the world’s most famous monsters to celebrate his daughter Mavis’s (voice of Selena Gomez) 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis.
Director: Genndy Tartakovsky | Stars: Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018)
Acclaimed actor and director Andy Serkis reinvents Rudyard Kipling’s beloved masterpiece, in which a boy torn between two worlds accepts his destiny and becomes a legend. Mowgli (Rohan Chand) has never truly belonged in either the wilds of the jungle or the civilized world of man. Now he must navigate the inherent dangers of each on a journey to discover where he truly belongs. It’s a visually spectacular and emotionally moving adventure.
Director: Andy Serkis | Stars: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, Rohan Chand, Matthew Rhys and Naomie Harris
Next Gen (2018)
In a future where people rely entirely on personal robots, Mai (voice of Charlyne Yi) feels neglected and alone until she stumbles upon 7723, a top-secret experimental robot. Together, they embark on an intense, action-packed adventure to foil the plot of a vicious villain, who has nefarious plans take over the world by robot.
Directors: Kevin R. Adams, Joe Ksander, and Ricardo Curtis | Stars: John Krasinski, Charlyne Yi, Jason Sudeikis
Surf’s Up (2007)
Surf’s Up is a “mockumentary” on how penguins were actually the inventors of surfing, including behind-the-scenes footage from the Penguin World Surfing Championship, and its newest participant, up-and-comer Cody Maverick. It’s a fun romp with a cast of hilarious characters and the kind of humour that both adults and kids will respond to.
Director: Ash Brannon, Chris Buck | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Zooey Deschanel, James Woods, Diedrich Bader, Danny Mann, Jon Heder, Mario Cantone, Kelly Slater
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
When four high-school kids discover an old video game console with a game called Jumanji, they get drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the avatars they chose. Gamer Spencer becomes a brawny adventurer (Dwayne Johnson), football jock Fridge becomes a nerdy biologist (Kevin Hart), popular girl Bethany becomes a middle-aged male professor (Jack Black), and wallflower Martha becomes a badass warrior (Karen Gillan). To beat the game and return to the real world, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives and change what they thought they knew about themselves.
Director: Jake Kasdan | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Bobby Cannavale
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
A clumsy panda bear becomes an unlikely kung fu hero when a treacherous enemy spreads chaos throughout the countryside in this animated martial arts adventure. By day, Po (voice of Jack Black) works faithfully in his family’s noodle shop, but by night he dreams of becoming a true master of the martial arts. Now an ancient prophecy has come to pass, and Po is the only one who can save his people from certain destruction. With time running short and malevolent snow leopard Tai Lung closing in, Furious Five legends Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper, Monkey, and their wise sensei, Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman), all draw on their vast knowledge in order to transform a lumbering panda bear into a lethal fighting machine.
Director: John Stevenson, Mark Osborne | Stars: Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Ian McShane
The Land Before Time (1988)
From Steven Spielberg and George Lucas comes the animated classic that started a global phenomenon. Go back in time with Littlefoot, Cera, Spike, Ducky, and Petrie – a group of very different young dinosaurs who find themselves thrown together when the world around them quickly changes. With one common dream of making it to the lush, legendary Great Valley, they quickly learn that they’ll need to overcome differences and trust each other in order to survive.
Director: Don Bluth | Stars: Pat Hingle, Gabriel Damon, Judith Barsi, Helen Shaver
Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ornery ogre named Shrek (voice of Mike Myers) whose precious solitude is suddenly shattered by an invasion of annoying fairy tale characters. There are blind mice in his food, a big, bad wolf in his bed, three little homeless pigs and more, all banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow). Determined to save his home, Shrek cuts a deal with Farquaad and sets out to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) to be Farquaad’s bride. Accompanying him on his mission is wisecracking Donkey (Eddie Murphy), who will do anything for Shrek…except shut up.
Director: Vicky Jenson, Andrew Adamson | Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow, Vincent Cassel
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
The third instalment in the Spielberg/Lucas Indiana Jones saga, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is an unforgettable adventure that sees archaeology professor, Indiana Jones, go on a quest to search for the Holy Grail. What follows is a roller-coaster of thrills, whisking both him and his father to Venice, Berlin, and the most treacherous regions of the Middle East with gorgeous Alison Doody and a bit of Nazi Germany thrown in to complicate matters. This movie is a total classic (they just don’t make adventure movies like this anymore) but very young viewers beware – there are some scary scenes.
Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody, Denholm Elliott, John Rhys-Davies, Julian Glover