2012 is shaping up as a huge year for pint-sized movie buffs. For those that like fairytales there’s a great performance from Julia Roberts as a wicked witch, while Hugh Grant makes his first appearance in an animation voicing a bumbling pirate. There’s also the return of some old favourites with Madagascar and Ice Age making welcome returns with new installments, while Nemo comes back to the big screen 9 years later with a full 3D treatment. There are also plenty of new characters to fall in love with, with Pixar releasing an all new story called Brave while ParaNorman introduces us to a boy so cute, even ghosts and ghouls love him. And let’s not forget that Dr Seuss again hits the big screens, this time in The Lorax.
All in all, there’s a lot to enjoy. So grab a cup of tea, break out the Tim Tams, and enjoy these previews from 2012’s ten biggest movies for small people and the small at heart.
From the makers of Despicable Me comes a new movie inspired by the boundless imagination of Dr Seuss. The Lorax follows Ted (Zac Efron), an idealistic young boy who lives in "Thneed-Ville", a city that, aside from the citizens, is completely artificial. He sets out to find the one thing that will win him the affection of Audrey (Taylor Swift), the girl of his dreams, who wishes to see a real tree. While attempting to find a seed, he discovers a secret about his world that he just has to share.
Scheduled release date: 2 March 2012
A wicked enchantress (played wonderfully by Julia Roberts) schemes and scrambles for control of a spirited orphan's (Lilly Collins) throne and the attention of a charming prince (Armie Hammer). When Snow White's beauty wins the heart of the prince that she desperately pursues, the Queen banishes her to the forest, where a ravenous man-eating beast hungrily awaits. Rescued by a band of diminutive highway robbers, Snow White grows into an indomitable young woman determined to take back her realm from the treacherous Queen.
Scheduled release date: 30 March 2012
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
From clay-mation experts Aardman Animations comes their latest feature length movie. Hugh Grant stars in his first animated role as the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award. It’s a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they battle a diabolical queen (Imelda Staunton) and team up with a haplessly smitten young scientist (David Tennant), but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure!
Scheduled release date: 27 April 2012
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple; King Julien, Maurice and the Penguins are along for the adventure. This time the road takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent Madagascar style!
Scheduled release date: 8 June 2012
Pixar have given us some classic movies over the last few years – Toy Story, The Incredible, Cars and many more. Brave is another to add to that fine list.
Brave follows the courageous Merida (Kelly Macdonald) as she confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts. Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), surly Lord MacIntosh (Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Wise Woman (Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.
Scheduled release date: 22 June 2012
Ice Age 4: Continental Drift
Manny the wooly mammoth, Diego the sabre-tooth, and Sid the sloth embark upon their greatest adventure yet after a cataclysm sets an entire continent adrift. Separated from the rest of the herd, they use an iceberg as a makeshift ship, which launches them on an epic seafaring quest. Manny and the gang are challenged like never before to become heroes and do the impossible, as they encounter exotic sea creatures, explore a brave new world, and battle ruthless pirates. And Scrat’s reunion with his cursed nut catapults him to places no prehistoric squirrel has gone before.
Scheduled release date: 13 July 2012
In "ParaNorman," a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee), who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he'll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst, of all, grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.
Scheduled release date: 17 August 2012
Finding Nemo: 3D
This looks set to be the cinematic re-release of the year: the world’s favourite clown fish, now in 3D!!!
Nemo follows the comedic and eventful journeys of two fish - Marlin and his son Nemo - who become separated in the Great Barrier Reef when Nemo is unexpectedly taken far from home and thrust into a fish tank in a dentist's office overlooking Sydney harbor. Buoyed by the companionship of a friendly-but-forgetful fish named Dory, the overly cautious father embarks on a dangerous trek and finds himself the unlikely hero of an epic journey to rescue his son - who hatches a few daring plans of his own to return safely home.
Scheduled release date: 14 September 2012
Rise of the Guardians
Rise of the Guardians tells the story of a group of well-known childhood heroes (Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, Jack Frost and Sandman) – each with their own extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch (also known as The Boogeyman) lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.
Scheduled release date: 21 November 2012
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever... Gollum.
Scheduled release date: 14 December 2012
For those that like fairytales there’s a great performance from Julia Roberts as a wicked witch, while Hugh Grant makes his first appearance in an animation voicing a bumbling pirate.