Trailer Watch: Kids Movies

There are several fun trailers out for upcoming kid flicks.  Let's take a closer look at them. 


Based on the popular stuffed animals, the trailer features some rather odd looking creatures that live in Uglyville and one day discover a place called The Institute of Perfection.  

I know, I know.  I've already gone on record complaining about animated movies that overwhelm you with their celebrity voice cast and a catchy pop tune (Smallfoot, Angry Birds, Rio 2).  But I really LIKE this voice cast and catchy pop tune.  How can you not be excited about a new Janelle Monáe performance?  Or Pitbull playing a pitbull named Pitbull?  Okay, technically his character is called Ugly Dog but still...When he belts out, "It doesn't get better than this!", you kind of wanna dance.  

The Secret Life of Pets 2  

The Secret Life of Pets had a trailer with more promise than the actual movie.  It was one of the best trailers of that year.  So it's no surprise the trailers for the sequel are a lot of fun, each one focusing on a different character. The best ones so far are the the Snowball trailer and the Daisy trailer. Both ads give us a glimpse at Snowball the rabbit’s reformed life as a tamed pet with his new owner Molly from the end of the first movie. No longer a villain, he has done a 180 and is now a self-proclaimed superhero. Daisy is a new character voiced by Tiffany Haddish who had good chemistry with Kevin Hart in Night School.

Sean the Sheep 2: Farmageddon

The first Sean the Sheep was hilarious.  My girlfriend and I laughed all the way through it.  In the teaser trailer for the sequel, the sheep play a prank on the farmer by creating crop circles before one of them is beamed up into an actual UFO.  Is Sean going where no Sheep has gone before?  No matter what the sequel has in store, it should be a good time.  

The Kid Who Would Be King

I've seen two different trailers for this movie and I think it has a lot of potential.  It's not going to be The Lord of the Rings.  But it looks like a truly enjoyable, well-made adventure for middle schoolers with plenty of humor.  I'm not sure Hollywood produces enough of that kind of film anymore. I'm hoping this is as much fun as The House with a Clock in Its Walls. Writer-director Joe Cornish was a writer on Ant-Man and wrote and directed Attack the Block. These trailers makes me nostalgic for some of the movies I watched in middle school like The Mighty Ducks or the 1980s classic Explorers.

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