Kids love space adventures. There's something about the vast openness of the great beyond and futuristic potential of lasers, rocket ships, aliens, and super technology that sparks the imagination in our youngsters. Here are five great kids movies that are out of this world.
Zathura (2005) is the sister movie to Jumanji, which involves a couple of siblings playing a cosmically powerful game that re-enacts the events on the board in their actual lives. The movie takes the two brothers (played by Josh Hutcherson and Jonah Bobo) deep into space where they put aside their sibling rivalry to work together.
The special effects hold up nicely even nine years later in the light year advancement of today's CGI, but the strength of the movie is unpredictable twists and turns presented by the game. The film features cameos from several well-known faces, including Kristen Stewart, Tim Robbins and Dax Shepard.
Rating: PG | Watch Zathura online now
Released in 2013, Escape from Planet Earth is an adventurous romp about aliens that are captured by the U.S. government in Area 51. The story focuses on a famous older brother (voiced by Brendan Frasier) and his rather normal younger brother (Rob Corddry). They are opposites in their interests and abilities, but somehow they must learn to combine their different personalities and skills so they can escape from the compound and get home.
The computer generated imagery is top notch with a range of interesting characters and pulsing action sequences. Completing the cast is William Shatner, Jessica Alba, Craig Robinson, George Lopez, Jane Lynch and Sofia Vergara.
An animated adventure combining classic literature, anime, and steam punk influences - Treasure Planet (2002) is a creative re-take on the classic Treasure Island story beloved by generations. The main character Jim Hawkins (voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) finds a treasure map leading to the legendary treasure planet. The film was a critical and financial success, earning over a $US100 million worldwide and garnering an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature.
The cast is bolstered by character actors of great pedigree, including Emma Thompson, David Hyde Pierce, Martin Short, and Roscoe Lee Browne.
Rating: PG | Watch Treasure Planet online now
The Muppets have returned and there's no better way to satisfy your kids need to see even more antics, comedy, and outrageous jokes than digging into the body of work of previous films. Muppets from Space (1999) has all of the great characters from the franchise, such as Kermit, Fozzy, Ms. Piggy and Gonzo, voiced by their original portrayers from the 1970s variety TV show.
Muppets from Space features Gonzo finding out more about his mysterious past, finally finding a sense of belonging. The moral message is a great addition to an already fun family film.
Rating: G | Watch Muppets from Space online now
Battle for Terra (2007) is cut from the mold of modern kid action-adventure franchises, such as Ben10 or Boy vs. Beast. It's a slick computer animated film with sweeping visuals of outer space and creative characters.
The film features a Hollywood heavyweight cast, including Justin Long, Chris Evans, Danny Glover, Brian Cox, David Cross, Luke Wilson and Dennis Quaid joining the cast of players. You're kids are sure to love this interstellar film.
Rating: PG | Watch Battle for Terra online now
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