With Christmas only a matter of weeks away, everything is certainly becoming increasingly merry! Let’s take a look at all things festive that TV, theatre and cinema have to offer this month…
A classic film that is guaranteed to be shown on TV this Christmas! 8 year old Kevin McCallister is accidentally left home alone by his family who set off to France for the Christmas holiday.
Kevin’s independent holiday begins well until he realises that his neighbourhood and most importantly his own house has become the target of bandits.
Soon he learns how to fend for himself whilst also learning to value his family on their return. Home Alone is one of Macaulay Culkin’s most memorable roles to date and comedy is provided throughout courtesy of Joe Pesci’s and Daniel Stern’s performances as two inept conmen.
Wicked the Musical
The award-winning musical Wicked, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, is the perfect family treat this Christmas! Having recently won the London Evening Standard ‘Best Night Out’ Theatre Award, you can experience the magic of Oz this December with extra shows over the festive period.
WICKED tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl, Elphaba.
Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda’s unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power while Elphaba’s determination to remain true to herself, and to those around her, will have unexpected and shocking consequences for her future. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Tim Burton’s masterpiece The Night Before Christmas is an alternative festive film that looks at Christmas a little differently. Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, is bored with doing the same thing every year for Halloween. After stumbling into Christmas Town one day, Jack enjoys their festive celebrations so much that he tries to get the resident bats, ghouls, and goblins of Halloween Town to help him put on Christmas instead of Halloween. Despite their whole-hearted efforts, their attempt at Christmas doesn’t materialise quite as they had hoped…
Happy Feet 2
The sequel to ‘Happy Feet,’ the Academy Award-winning animated smash hit, ‘Happy Feet Two’ returns audiences to the magnificent landscape of Antarctica in superb 3D on the 2nd December.
Mumble, The Master of Tap, has a problem because his tiny son, Erik, is choreo-phobic. Reluctant to dance, Erik runs away and encounters The Mighty Sven—a penguin who can fly! Mumble has no hope of competing with this charismatic new role model. But things get worse when the world is shaken by powerful forces.
Erik learns of his father’s “guts and grit” as Mumble brings together the penguin nations and all manner of fabulous creatures—from tiny Krill to giant Elephant Seals—to put things right. The film features the voices of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Hank Azaria, Alecia Moore (P!nk), Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Sofia Vergara, Common, Hugo Weaving, Magda Szubanski, Anthony LaPaglia, Richard Carter and Benjamin “Lil P-Nut” Flores.
Will Ferrell sings and dances his way through Jon Favreau’s goofy comedy, as the optimistic elf Buddy, who flees his North Pole sanctuary in an attempt to bond with his New York-based father. Along the way he meets Jovie (Zooey Deschanel), a quirky store employee with whom he instantly falls in love. The plot continues as Buddy’s endeavours to save his dad from Santa’s naughty list whilst simultaneously getting used to life in New York; a tough task for an individual who believes in so much good.