Movie Releases Summer School Holidays 2017

Ferdinand Blue Sky Studios movie

A trip to the movies during the school holidays is a great outing for families and with many cinemas now offering cheaper tickets it’s can be an outing you can afford to do once (or even twice) during the holidays. The great news is there are so many awesome movies for kids out these school holidays that appeal to the big kids just as much as the little ones!  We have made a complete guide of movie release dates over the school holidays, so you and your Brisbane Kids know what is coming up so you don’t miss a thing.


Wonder the movie

Release Date: 30th November 2017

Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder, tells the story of Auggie Pullman, who at the age of 10 has had 27 surgeries. While the surgeries have helped Auggie to hear and see they have not made him look normal which makes fitting into mainstream school very hard.  Entering the 5th grade, Auggie, his parents, sisters, classmates and the community all struggle to be caring and accept Auggie into the school. However, Auggies journey will prove to everyone that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out. Starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and newcomer Jacob Tremblay as Auggie, this movie is sure to tug on the heart strings and inspire those who watch it to be kind.

To find out more about the upcoming movie Wonder click here

You can check out the official trailer for Wonder below:

Star Wars The Last Jedi

Release Date: 14th December 2017

Star Wars fans will rejoice as the next chapter in the Skywalker saga continues. Directed by Rian Johnson, the latest installment sees Luke Skywalker’s peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he meets Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Having taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rey joins Luke Skywalker in an adventure with Leia, Finn, and Poe that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past.

To find out more about the upcoming Star Wars the Last Jedi click here

You can check out the official trailer for Star Wars the Last Jedi below:


Ferdinand and his band of misfits

Release Date: 14th December 2017

Following the success of Rio and The Ice Age movies, Blue Sky Studios are bringing the world their newest movie, Ferdinand, to the big screen. Based on the book, The Story of Ferdinand, the movie tells the story of a bull, who has the perfect life but after an unfortunate incident with a bee, is mistaken for a dangerous beast and is captured and taken away from his home town. Since Ferdinand is a really big bull, everyone assumes he will be the perfect fighting bull. However, even though he appears big and strong, he is a big softy with a big heart who doesn’t want to fight at all. Determined to return home to his family, he puts together a team of misfits who go on the ultimate adventure together providing a lot of laughs along the way.  “Ferdinand” is a heartwarming animated comedy adventure with an all-star cast that includes John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez and Anthony Anderson, that will have you laughing out loud these school holidays and make you think before you judge a bull by his cover!

To find out more about the upcoming movie Ferdinand click here

Ferdinand The Review

Along with 5 lucky Brisbane families who won our recent competition, we were invited to attend the preview screening of Ferdinand in early December. Having never read the book, we were unsure of the exact story of Ferdinand, but knew from the movie previews it was a story about a bull who did not want to be a fighter. We discovered the movie was about this…and a lot more! I don’t think I have ever been to a screening of a kids movie with so much laughter. You can tell the guys from Blue Sky Studios, famous for the Ice Age franchise, had added their touch to the movie with their sense of humour shining through the characters. While there were lots of laughs, the movie also pulled on the heart strings communicating a message about the importance of  friendship, family and not judging people by their appearance. We loved Ferdinand and the entire family left the cinema talking about what an incredi-bull movie it was.

You can check out the official trailer for Ferdinand below:

Paddington 2

Paddington 2

Release Date: 21st December 2017

Paddington 2 picks up where Paddington the original movie stopped. Happily living with the Brown Family in Windsor Gardens, Paddington is looking for a present for his Aunt Lucy’s birthday when he stumbles across the perfect present at an antique shop. Determined to raise the money for the present, Paddington takes up a number of odd jobs to raise the money for the book. However, the book gets stolen before he can purchase it, so it is up to Paddington, with the help of the Brown Family, to solve the mystery of the stolen book and unmask the thief, so Aunt Lucy can get the best present ever! With an all star cast including  Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris and Samuel Joslin, this is a movie the whole family will love watching together during the Christmas break.

To find out more about the upcoming movie Paddington 2 click here

You can check out the official trailer for Paddington 2 below:

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Release Date: 26th December 2017

For 2 decades, the game Jumanji sat unplayed, but it has been found again and played once again by some unsuspecting teenagers in detention who find the console in an old room. After finding the game, a warning is issued as they are told – Jumanji is a game for those who seek to find a way to leave their world behind, but they are intrigued and after picking their Avatars, they get sucked into the game and go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives. They soon work out that they must survive and win or they will be stuck in the game forever! Starring Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan, everyone is about to find out that you don’t just play Jumanji –Jumanji plays you.

To find out more about the upcoming movie Junanji: Welcome to the Jungle click here

You can check out the official trailer for Junanji: Welcome to the Jungle  below:


coco, guitar and skeleton friend

Release Date: 26th December 2017

Coco is the newest movie from Disney Pixar, about a boy Miguel who tries to become a musician. The problem is that his family has a ban on music, and when they forbid him from going in the local talent contest, he goes anyway and ends up in the nightmare of the Land of the Dead. . While he is there he meets the charming trickster Hector and discovers the truth about his family, in particular, who his great grandfather really was. This movie is as much about music as it is family and as with all Disney movies has some valuable lessons for the audience to learn along the way including the power of love, forgiveness and music and how it can bring everyone together.

To find out more about the upcoming movie Coco click here

Coco The Review

We were lucky to be invited along to a special preview of the newest Disney Pixar movie, Coco, and have to say that the whole family loved it!  We laughed and cried as the movie delivered a great message about the importance of family and following your passion. Not knowing much about the tradition of Day of the Dead, the movie was also informative, culturally interesting and provided a  beautiful way to explain what may happen to us after we die which has lead to a lot of great conversations between Miss 8, Master 10 and myself. Although a lot of the movie features skeletons, Coco is presented in a way that is not scary for Brisbane Kids. On a side note, If you get the chance to see Coco in 3D do it. We were lucky enough to see it in 3D and the animation was amazing. Coco has to be on your must see summer movies list these school holiday, we will be joining the crowds and watching it again when it hits cinemas on Boxing Day!

You can check out the official trailer for Coco below:

To find some old movie favourites to watch on DVD or Netflicks over the school holidays or for the best cinema experiences, check out our Movies We Love section. For more fun school holiday ideas make sure you check out our Brisbane Kids Event Calendar or sign up to our newsletter here 

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