It’s Friday Night! And that means… you guessed it… it’s Movie Night!
(Also known as “Ignore the Kids for 90 Minutes Night”. Or, “I’ve Got an Hour-or-So to Myself Night”.)
We’re a big fan of movie nights chez Lena. The boys have a chance to enjoy a brand new movie – or frequently watched favourite – and I can catch up on the gazillion things I have on my “to do” list. In fact, this post is brought to you by A Turtle’s Tale 2 – Sammy Escapes From Paradise; the boys are currently enjoying their second screening! In case it’s not obvious, here’s how to successfully throw a movie night:
Step 1. Pop up some delicious popcorn. We love it Italian-style; I simply toss air-popped corn with a bit of butter, Italian seasoning and grated Parmesan cheese. Yum!
Step 2. Get the kids on the couch. This may or may not take a lot of convincing, depending on their mood and level of hyperactivity. To expedite this process, waft freshly popped Italian popcorn in front of their noses. That should do the trick every time.
Step 3. Put in a kid-friendly movie. Tonight, we’re all about Sammy & Ray in A Turtle’s Tale 2.
“When Sammy and Ray find themselves trapped in The Tank, an underwater aquarium, they must hatch a plan to escape and reunite with their grandkids, Ricky and Ella, and protect them from the dangers of the ocean. But they’ll have to get past Big D and his dopey thugs first. With the help of some unlikely friends, Sammy and Ray find that when you work together, anything is possible!”
The boys adored the movie the first time ’round and insisted on a repeat screening tonight. A Turtle’s Tale 2 has just the right amount of adventure, humour and emphasis on friendships and kindness to keep them interested. Ryder, at age 5, seemed to be more riveted than his 3-year old brother Reid, but then toddlers are known to have shorter attention spans. (Though he can quote a few lines from the movie!)
I love that the movie promotes strong family ties and from an adult standpoint, the animation is breathtakingly beautiful. The recommended age is 3-10, but there is one *slightly* scary scene at the very beginning when seagulls attempt to eat a group of turtle hatchlings as they make a run from the beach to the ocean. This really bothered Reid as he was scared for the “toortle babies”, but other than that brief scene, he enjoyed the rest of the film. All in all, this is a great movie for the entire family. And since it was released in Canada on July 9th, 2013 – it’s definitely deserving of a Movie Night!
Speaking of which – I almost forgot the most important step…
Step 4. Begin the process of avoidance and neglect for the duration of the movie. Ah, bliss.
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