It’s going to be a three-way.. knock down.. drag out.. Adorable fight in the theater this Holiday weekend. In each corner, three family movies will open, aimed at the youngest generations. But which one will win the hearts of the youth, and the dollars in their parent’s pockets?
In the First corner, THE MUPPETS obviously have an edge, with the soft creatures making an indelible mark on the minds of generations of audiences. But will the little Tikes drag their parents to see it? Or will the reminiscing parents carry their children there, or even go alone?
In the second corner is a fantasy film, surprisingly directed by Martin Scorsese, simply named HUGO, which is based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret. It’s about a boy… Hugo… whose father invented a mysterious mechanical man, and a little girl seems to have the key to activate it. Personally, I’m interested in seeing what Scorsese did with the material. Will Hugo pull out a machine gun and whack all his enemies? I don’t know, it’s Scorsese.
In the third corner is a somewhat under-the-radar, but first Christmas movie this season – ARTHUR CHRISTMAS, a nice little CG movie about Santa’s youngest son Arthur, who has taken on the mission of delivering a toy to a poor little kid that was Missed on Santa’s famous Christmas Eve toy drop. I wonder if her gift will include Therapy?
HUGO and ARTHUR CHRISTMAS are in 3D also. I guess MUPPETS are too soft and squishy for the digital upgrade (Thank God!).
And lets not forget the Penguin possessed by the spirit of BOJANGLES, the sequel HAPPY FEET 2. I’m sure it will take some of the wind out of the opening movies this weekend too, even though it opened last week.
I will be interested in the numbers this weekend, and see where the minds and hearts of today’s kids are this season. Which movie do you think will be king of the hill? The classic, the book-movie, or the ‘Every kid gets a Toy’ story? If I see any of them, I will be sure to review them here. But since my kids are grown, well don’t hold your geeky breath.