Are we nearly there? Children's films
Saturday 09 November 1996
The Adventures of Pinocchio (U):
This live-action version of Carlo Collodi's fairytale has puppets from Jim Henson's Creature shop and the latest post-Toy Story digital technology.
Alaska (PG): Charlton Heston plays a big game poacher in this Disney eco-thriller for a slightly older audience. Good teen performances, a cute polar bear cub and breathtaking snowscapes.
Dragonheart (PG): More computer-generated special effects in this tale of a medieval Knight (Dennis Quaid) travelling the countryside with the world's last dragon, Draco, voiced by Sean Connery.
A Goofy Movie: Mickey's gangling side-kick gets a movie all to himself in this full length musical cartoon which sees Goofy taking his offspring to the country for a spot of father-son bonding.
James and the Giant Peach (U):
Joanna Lumley and Miriam Margoyles give splendid cameos as James' spiteful aunts Sponge and Spiker in this part-animated film about an orphan and the insects he befriends.
The Wind in the Willows (PG): Terry Jones' poorly received live action version of the Kenneth Grahame classic, with a green-faced director as Toad.
Roald Dahl's Matilda (PG): Danny De Vito directed and stars in this knockabout screen adaptation of Dahl's book, which retains all the rude nastiness that children love so much.
(1.30pm, 6.30pm Odeon West End, Leicester Square, London W1, today).
Look beyond the usual shows for the best festive telly
The battle for control of Stieg Larsson's £30m legacy
Geoffrey Macnab does not like the comedian's big screen debut
- 1 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 2 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber is 'retiring from music'
- 3 Iain Duncan Smith leaves Commons food banks debate early
- 4 Cycle death inquest: Boyfriend hugs driver of 32 tonne tipper truck that killed his girlfriend
- 5 Burglar steals video tapes of child abuse, hands them into police
Exclusive: Young people ‘want UK to stay in Europe’: Four in 10 adults aged 18 to 24 are ‘firmly in favour’ of membership, poll shows
Tom Daley ‘is gay because his father died’ says UK evangelist
Iain Duncan Smith leaves Commons food banks debate early
Kiss and yell: Italian protester charged with sexual assault after kissing riot police officer
PM denies two child limit for benefits is part of Tory welfare policy
Anachronistic and iniquitous, grammar schools are a blot on the British education system
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