Phase 4 Films’ label, kaBOOM! Entertainment is one of the most recognizable brands in the children’s and family market. Established in 2000, the label releases both episodic properties that include Max & Ruby, Franklin and Chuggington, along with full length animated features including The True Story of Puss ‘N Boots and The Adventures of Young Doctor Dolittle.
We were given the opportunity to review lots of fun movies from Phase 4 Films, some are included below and others you’ll see later on this month! All the movies you can get at your local Redbox, that wonderful little red box that gives you movies for $1.00! So the next time you are at Walmart, Walgreens or McDonalds and you are trying to find a fun kid movie for the weekend, you’ll be covered!
June and July may have already passed, but we wanted to share these titles with you before we move onto August. You can view trailers on any of the links for the movies and also get more information! Let us know if you’ve already seen one of the films and what you think in the comments!
The exciting, animated tale based on the true story of Belka and Strelka; two Russian dogs sent to space in 1960. A circus dog and a stray dog embark on an out-of-this-world adventure to become the world’s most famous canine cosmonauts!
This is a really cute film and also very educational. Space Dogs is based on the actual story of Belka and Strelka who went to space in 1960 and eventually came home to live happily ever after. Actually, one of Strelka’s puppies went on to live with JFK and later their puppies became the Kennedy family dogs!
Of course, the film isn’t exactly like their factual story. Their commanding officer is a German Shepard afterall. It is very well animated, however, and my son loved it; especially because it has rockets!
Mischievous thirteen-year-old Ben is sent to his grandfather’s farm for the summer, where he crosses paths with a lovable mutt. With help from the unlikely canine companion, Ben learns the importance of friendship, family and responsibility. When life gets tough for Ben, a friendly paw is all it takes to pull him through.
This is a really beautiful movie, especially at this time. Smitty is let loose after a foreclosure and he travels across country finally winding up with Ben after his Grandfather wants to teach him responsibility. The two of them together grow a bond that unites his family together and teaches Ben the importance of family, friendship and responsibility.
I’ve watched a lot of family films this summer and this is the one I highly recommend. It’s a strong story with a wonderful message and you can’t help but be touched by the characters, the reality of their stories and of course Smitty.
Being small doesn´t make life easy for little ten-year-old Victor and his friends, who not only have to face a world full of stern grown-ups but also the town bully Freddy Frogface. When a circus comes to the sleepy little town, Victor is thrilled at having the chance to perform in a talent show with his dog Sausage. Yet Freddy soon comes up with a sinister plot of his own to spoil Victor´s plans…
Freddy Frogface is my son’s favorite. It was the very first of all the movies he wanted to see and he’s 3. The animation just drew him in, it really is very beautifully done. I’d actually rate this movie more for tweens/teens as the language, not exactly vulgar, has a harsher tone to it as it’s about bullying. I’m pretty positive it’s nothing that our teens/tweens haven’t already heard in school from people picking on one another, which is also why I think it is a good film, because in the end it shows how Victor and his friends stand up for themselves.
Follow Rucio, the most adventurous, brave, and mischievous donkey of Castile as he tells the true story of the legendary Don Quixote. Rucio jumps at the opportunity to join Don Quixote on his quest to battle The Half Moon Knight and overcome the dangerous obstacles that lurks them on the way.
Donkey X has extremely stunning visuals. I had to say that first off because out of all the movies, this one kind of topped it off the market with how well it was made. The story is based off of the tale of Don Quijote as he seeks out his true love Dulcinea. Although the movie is a dub over (there are no subtitles, just English and Spanish), I actually really enjoyed it. It was a little too old for my youngest and my teen is off on summer vacation, but considering the ridiculous humor in the film (you know that kind of humor you find in movies like Shrek?) I’m sure he is going to love it. There is a lot of heart in this movie and it is great entertainment. If you can get past the dubbing, you will really enjoy watching it!
This month I’ll be reviewing (with the help of Rachel and fam!):
- I Heart Shakey
- My Friend Benard
Until then, check out June and July’s Features at Redbox! You can also see the entire line of Phase 4 Films on their site, including what’s coming up in later months!
I received films and snacks for the purpose of reviewing (and eating). Opinions are my own and are not influenced by any form of compensation.