Iain Gray Freelance Writer

Prepare the perfect Christmas #3

Stick on a DVD - for the children

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
The boy wizard is back. With Harry and Dumbledore’s warning about the return of the evil Lord Voldemort ignored, a sinister bureaucrat takes control of Hogwarts.

Everything you could want from a Potter movie is here, although it is now far too dark and violent for the really little ones.

Lazytown – Go Go Lazytown
The Icelandic children’s phenomenon comes to DVD. Over-achieving athletic dogooder Sportacus encourages the Lazytown kids to be active rather than sitting at home playing computer games, much to
Rotten Robbie’s annoyance. Great fun.

My Neighbour Totoro
An absolutely magical animation from Hayao Miyazaki, the visionary director behind Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. Sisters Satsuki and Mei move with their father to the countryside to be nearer to their ill mother. Initially unsure about their new environment, they soon encounter all manner of strange and bewitching creatures. Unforgettable.

Shrek the Third
Although it may not reach the peaks of genius of the first two films, this is still smart enough to keep the grown-ups amused while the little ones howl with delight at the continuing antics of Shrek, Fiona and trusty sidekicks Donkey and Puss in Boots. When King Harold falls ill, Shrek is seen as the natural heir to the kingdom. However, he’d prefer to stay in his beloved swamp…

High School Musical 2
What list would be complete without some mention of this year’s sensation? Yes, the sequel is upon us as Troy, Gabrielle and the rest of the gang get work at Sharpay’s country club. Sharpay has her sights set firmly on Troy and has a devious plan to steal him away from Gabrielle. You won’t get what all the fuss is about but the kids are sure to love it.


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