Mufasa and Simba in 'The Lion King'. Credit: Walt Disney Studios

Why are lions the king of the Serengeti, like in ‘The Lion King’?

Jul 21st, 2019 Animation, Drama, Musical Marcus Goh 9 min read

The Lion King is a story about the succession of royalty in the Pridelands, an African savanna that is inhabited completely by animals. The lions are clearly the rulers of this idyllic paradise, so the battle to be the next king of the Pridelands is purely between the lions. But oddly, none of the other animals ever seem to object to the lions ruling over…

Crayon Shin-chan: Dangerous Honeymoon - The Lost Daddy. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Anime like ‘Crayon Shin-chan’ can make these ordinary places seem romantic

Jul 15th, 2019 Animation, Child-friendly Marcus Goh 8 min read

The amazing thing about anime is how it can make anything look beautiful – just look at the Crayon Shin-chan series! While Shin-chan and his family are unmistakably ugly (they were designed that way, after all), they’re still pretty decent to look at, in a cute anime way. Just take a look at Shin-chan and his parents in Crayon Shin-chan: Dangerous Honeymoon – The Lost…

Movies at the cinema in July 2019

For most younger moviegoers, July means the start of the second and last semester of the school, but on the movie calender, it is full steam ahead. The first blockbuster of the month to be released is Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, a movie that has been said to be the finale to the MCU’s Infinity Saga, as well as the much-anticipated live action remake of…

Toy Story 4. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

How come none of these classic toys have appeared in a ‘Toy Story’ film yet?

Jun 23rd, 2019 Adventure, Animation, Child-friendly, Comedy, Fantasy, Teens Marcus Goh 13 min read

One of the joys of watching a Toy Story film is to see how your favourite toy would behave if it came to life. Everyone has owned at least one of the toys that have appeared in the Toy Story film franchise before, be it a Tyrannosaurus rex, a Potato Head figure or even a colourful slinky. It’s always a thrill to see a new…

Marina Bay Sands in Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire. Credit: ©2019 Gosho Aoyama/Detective Conan Committee and Odex

See Singapore in a different light in ‘Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire’

Jun 10th, 2019 Action, Animation, Child-friendly, Crime, Drama, Thriller Marcus Goh 9 min read

The year was 2016. The Singapore Writers’ Festival had a very special guest – the  creator of the Detective Conan series, Gosho Aoyama. Of course, Detective Conan fans were delighted to have the creator of their beloved series visiting our sunny island – but little did they know that he had fallen in love with Singapore as well. So when Aoyama-san returned home, he set…

Movies at the cinema in June 2019

It’s the June holidays, finally. This means catching a break from having to rise at an ungodly time, and whole afternoons at the cinema! Kids will love animated films such as the new musical comedy UglyDolls, the heartwarming (and probably tear-jerking) Disney’s Toy Story 4, as well as Japanese movie Detective Conan: The Fist Of Blue Sapphire, which is set in Singapore. Action movie fans are probably…

Some not-so-secret voices of pets like those in ‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’

May 30th, 2019 Adventure, Animation, Child-friendly, Comedy Andre Teh 14 min read

If you’re a pet owner, have you ever wondered what would it be like to understand your animal companion’s barks, purrs or chirps? Well, thanks to the magic of animation and voice acting, the critters in Illumination Entertainment’s new movie perfectly intelligible! Our favourite house pets in The Secret Life Of Pets 2 get up to some big adventures to boot in this sequel to the 2016 film….

Celebrities’ kids who are allowed to be unconventional

May 28th, 2019 Animation, Celebrities, Child-friendly, Event, Free Stuff, GV Exclusive Rachel Chan 11 min read

What do you do if your son wants to dress up like a Disney princess? Or if your daughter insists on dressing in only boys’ clothes? Do you make your kids change the way they are? Or do you go the route of the UglyDolls and celebrate what’s unconventional? These days, modern parents are wiser to the fact that gender identification can be non-binary, and…

Pokémon Detective Pikachu. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Do you know which Pokémon can actually speak English?

May 10th, 2019 Action, Adventure, Animation, Child-friendly, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction Marcus Goh 8 min read

In Pokémon Detective Pikachu, former Pokémon trainer Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) discovers a Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds) with a special power – it/he speaks English (we’re talking about the Pikachu, not Tim)! If you’re a Pokémon fan, you’ll know why that’s amazing, because Pokémon generally can’t speak English. Pokémon communicate with each other by repeating their name again and again (kind of like Groot), so Pikachu generally goes “Pika pi”…

Movies at the cinema in May 2019

You may still be reeling from Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame, but May is marching on with a pretty decent slate of movies. From action-thrillers like Hotel Mumbai and Godzilla: King of the Monsters, to Disney’s live-action Aladdin and a subversive superhero movie produced by Guardians of the Galaxy alumni James Gunn – there’s something that you’ll surely want to watch.   Hotel Mumbai Release date: May…