Children are in for a treat at local cinemas on April 22

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish. Photo: DreamWorks Animation LLC

KRS is holding another edition of Children Cinema Day on April 22.

On the day, cinemas in Malta and Gozo will be offering a selection of films for children with a reduced admission price. Shows will start at 9am and run till 7pm.

The programme includes pictures for children of all ages, starting off with the very young ones.

Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience (U) comprises previously unreleased epsiodes and musical interludes of the animated TV series featuring stage-show versions of Peppa Pig and her brother George.

Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience (U). Photo: Hussein Mahdy

Another animated movie, Strange World (U) by Walt Disney Pictures, follows a family of explorers whose differences threaten to topple their latest and most crucial mission.

Also suitable for the very young ones is Epic Tales (U), a French animated adventure based on the Greek mythological tale of Jason and the Argonauts but whose protagonists are a courageous mouse and the cat who adopted her.

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Strange World (U), Photo: Walt Disney Pictures

Another fun animated adventure is the English-language Spanish movie Mummies (U), which follows three ancient Egyptian mummies who end up in present-day London and embark on a wacky and hilarious journey in search of a stolen old ring belonging to the royal family.

Then there is computer-animated Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (PG), the DreamWorks sequel to the 2011 film and the sixth instalment in the Shrek franchise. The picture follows Puss in Boots as he embarks on a dangerous quest into the Dark Forest to find the legendary Wishing Star to restore the first eight of his nine lives.

The computer-animated Super Mario Bros. Movie (PG), based on the popular video game series, sees Brooklyn plumber Mario travelling through the Mushroom Kingdom with a princess named Peach and an anthropomorphic mushroom named Toad to find Mario’s brother, Luigi, and to save the world from a ruthless fire-breathing Koopa (a turtle-like creature) named Bowser.

Super Mario Bros. Movie (PG). Photo: Nintendo

Another computer-animated picture, The Amazing Maurice (PG), follows a sassy, street-smart cat who travels across the countryside with his band of rats and a pied piper, swindling villagers with a staged rat plague. But not all goes according to plan. The film is based on the children’s fantasy novel Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by British writer Terry Pratchett.

More adventures are in store for older children on April 22. There’s the superhero sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (12A), where Scott Lang aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Hope van Dyne aka Wasp (Evangeline Lilly), along with her parents, are accidentally sent to the Quantum Realm, where they encounter strange new creatures.

Another superhero sequel showing during Children Cinema Day is Shazam! Fury of the Gods (12A). The film continues the story of teenage Billy Batson (Asher Angel) who, upon reciting the magic word “Shazam!”, is transformed into his adult super hero alter ego (Zachary Levi). The film also stars Djimon Hounsou, Lucy Liu and Helen Mirren.

Yet another sequel, Dungeons and Dragons: Honour Among Thieves (12) sees a charming thief (Chris Pine) and a band of unlikely adventurers embarking on an epic quest to retrieve a lost relic, but things go dangerously awry when they run afoul of the wrong people.

Champions (12A). Photo: Focus Features

The film line-up also includes the sports comedy drama Champions (12A). The protagonist is a former minor-league basketball coach (Woody Harrelson) who is ordered by the court to manage a team of players with intellectual disabilities. He soon realises that despite his doubts, his team can go further than they ever imagined.

Early booking is recommended. Visit the websites of the Eden Cinemas in St Julian’s, the Embassy Cinemas in Valletta, Galleria Cinema in Fgura and the Citadel Cinema in Gozo for the day’s schedule and tickets.

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