Cinema with children: Fantastic Beasts 3, Sonic 2… Which films to see during the Easter holidays?

Fancy a family cinema during the Easter holidays? We help you choose. Here are the films available in theaters, classified according to the age of the children.

It’s magic! – From 3 years

Films du Préau

In theaters April 6

10 years after the first appearance of the Gruffalo in the cinema, the adaptations of the books of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler continue to delight young spectators.

And to celebrate this anniversary, the distributor is releasing 4 animated short film programs entitled C’est Magic!.

Gruffalo father and son, Monsieur Bout-de-Bois, The Whale and the Snail and Zébulon the dragon are therefore back in the cinema in programs of 50 minutes each: From father to son, Sweet, salty…, A la baguette or All fire, all flame.

A great way to introduce children to cinema.

Max and Emmy: Easter Mission – From 5 years old


In theaters April 13

6 years after Rabbit School, Max is back for new adventures in Max and Emmy: Easter Mission. Easter is fast approaching: Max, Emmy and all the bunnies are busy for the big day! But the foxes, captivated by the decorated eggs, decided to steal them. Then begins the Easter mission for Max, Emmy and their friends, to save the big rabbit party!

This German film is based on the children’s book by Albert Sixtus. First published in 1924, the book has sold 2.5 million copies.

Directed by Ute von Münchow-Pohl, the film revisits the myth of the Easter bunny and shows that a fox and a rabbit can be friends.

The Bad Guys – From 6 years old

DreamWorks Animation

In theaters April 6

The latest from DreamWorks Animation studios, The Bad Guys, follows a band of 5 animals considered by all to be “bad”: a wolf, a snake, a shark, a piranha and a tarantula. But after years of incalculable misdeeds, those who have become without question the most wanted thugs in the world, end up being arrested. Mr Wolf then concludes a deal to avoid himself and his friends, many years in prison: the Bad Guys will become honorable.

Inspired by a series of children’s books, Pierre Perifel’s feature film deals with the prejudices and labels that society attaches to people. An important subject that will allow discussion with the children after the screening.

As for parents, they won’t hide their pleasure in front of this real heist film in the line of Ocean’s Eleven and Reservoir Dogs.

Icarus – From 8 years old

Film Tray

In theaters March 30

First feature film by Carlo Vogele, who previously worked in the animation department of Pixar, Icarus immerses the viewer in full Greek mythology.

We follow the young Icarus, who lives on the island of Crete alongside his father Dédale. From his friendship with the young minotaur, the son of King Minos’ wife, to his fatal flight, the film tells us the story of this young boy, his hopes and his disappointments.

If the myth of Icarus who burns his wings after flying too close to the sun is known to everyone, his personal story and his childhood remain mysterious. The director, passionate about Greek mythology since childhood, brings these mythical figures to life and allows spectators to better understand these legends.

These hard-to-tell stories then become clearer to younger viewers (not before age 8).

Sonic 2 the movie – From 8 years old

Paramount Pictures

In theaters March 30

The little blue hedgehog, hero of video games is back on the big screen. A major challenge presents itself to him when Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey), reappears. Accompanied by Tails and Knuckles, Sonic leaves in search of an emerald with the power to destroy all of humanity.

In line with the first opus, Sonic 2 is action-packed and reminiscent of superhero movies.
Note that a third film is already in preparation.

A pure moment of family entertainment.

Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets – From 10 years old

Warner Bros.

In theaters April 13

Fans of the Harry Potter saga have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Postponed due to the covid crisis, the third part of the Fantastic Beasts saga is finally coming to the cinema.

In Dumbledore’s Secrets, Professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) knows that the powerful Gellert Grindelwald (now played by Mads Mikkelsen) seeks to take over the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he enlists help from Norbert Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and his intrepid team of wizards.

They leave for a perilous mission during which they will meet fantastic animals and come up against the followers of Grindelwald, more and more numerous. But with the stakes so high, how long can Dumbledore stay out?

This third feature film directed by David Yates will delight fans of the original franchise, from 8 years old.

The stag king – From 10 years old

Star Invest Films France

In theaters May 4

Presented in Competition at the 2021 Annecy Animation Film Festival, The Stag King is the first feature film co-directed by Masashi Ando (animation director for Your Name and visual effects supervisor for Spirited Away ) and Masayuki Miyaji.

Van was once a valiant warrior of the Lonely Twig Clan. Defeated by Zol’s empire, he has since been their prisoner and lives as a slave in a salt mine. One night, the mine is attacked by a pack of rabid wolves, carriers of a mysterious plague. The only survivors of the massacre, Van and a little girl, Yuna, manage to escape.

The Empire of Zol not taking long to discover their existence, he mandates Hohsalle, a prodigy of medicine to hunt them down in order to find a cure. But Hohsalle and Van, both bound by the plague that rages, will discover a much more terrible truth.

Adapted from the fantasy novel “Shika no Ou” (in 2 volumes) by Nahoko Uehashi, which has sold more than 2 million copies in Japan to date, the feature film plunges us into a world devastated by the war.

To be seen in theaters from 10 years old, the images and the theme may offend the sensibilities of the youngest.

My Afghan Family – From 12 years old

Diaphanous distribution

In theaters April 27

Jury Prize at the 2021 Annecy Animation Film Festival, My Afghan Family takes place in Kabul in 2001. Herra, a young woman of Czech origin, decides to leave everything to follow the one who will become her husband, Nazir.

She then becomes the witness and the actor of the upheavals that her new Afghan family experiences on a daily basis. By lending her perspective as a European woman, against a backdrop of cultural and generational differences, she sees, at the same time, her daily life shaken by the arrival of Maad, an unusual orphan who will become her son.

Adapted from the novel “Freshta” by Petra Procházkova, Michaela Pavlatova’s feature film is a deeply human work in which the author, drawing inspiration from her own journey, has been able to transpose with empathy the efforts of Afghan women to live free in post-Taliban Afghanistan. A subject that resonates sadly with the news.

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