Holiday Movies: Ice Age 4 and Brave

It’s nearly school holidays again, which means that it is kids movies time again.  Yay!  I adore kids movies!  Especially modern animated movies with their amazing 3D graphics.

There are two films in play for the July school holidays – Brave and Ice Age 4.  As there is still another week before school holidays start, and we’ve already seen both films thanks to our local cinema offering sneak previews, we’re going to have to come up with something else to do during the school holidays.  Hmmm, maybe “housework” or perhaps “gardening”.  Do you think I could sell that to Boyo?  No?



First up is Brave.  It is rated PG and has the further rating of “some scary scenes”.

Brave is about Merida, a Scottish princess from the 10th century, a time of castles, clan wars and legends, who is determined not to follow the traditional princess path.  She is horrified by her mother’s plans to turn her into a “proper princess”, one who doesn’t ride horses and shoot arrows, and in an effort to prevent herself being married off to the son of one of the local clan chiefs, she consults a local wisewoman and creates absolute chaos with a magic spell.

Of course, there is a happy ending, but in the meantime, there is much hilarity and drama and a relatively complex story line.  There is also lots of fighting, and the aforementioned scary scenes are, in fact, quite scary.  Even 8 year old Boyo mentioned that some bits were quite scary, so I would advise against taking younger children.

I was impressed by the feisty princess who broke the traditional Disney princess mould.  Yes, Disney princesses often rebel, just like Merida, but usually end up toeing the party line and getting married after all.  Not this princess.  Love this!

The voice cast also adds greatly to the movie’s appeal.  Kelly McDonald as Merida, Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson as the King and Queen.  Julie Walters voices the witch and Robbie Coltrane is one of the clan chiefs.  Don’t forget to keep an ear out for John Ratzenberger – it’s just not a Pixar movie without him!

The adults in our family enjoyed this movie as much as the kid, and I’m looking forward to watching it again when it comes out on DVD.

I would give this four and a half thumbs up out of five.



Next up, is Ice Age 4 : Contintental Drift.  It is rated G and is definitely the pick for younger children.

Ice Age 4 continues the tale of the original herd of Manny the woolly mammoth, Sid the sloth and Diego the smilodon (or sabre-toothed cat) along with their added mammoth members, Ellie and Peaches and their possum posse, Crash and Eddie.  New characters are introduced to great success in Contintental Drift.  Of course, there’s also Scrat, the nut-obsessed squirrel making his cameo appearances.

The separation of the land masses causes Manny to become separated from his family, and in their struggle to return home, they are kidnapped by a band of pirate animals.  As you do.  There are lots of fighting scenes, some comic scenes and generally all round fun for the whole family.

Once again, the voice cast is excellent.  There’s the usual suspects and I love that junior Leguizamos and Romanos are part of the voice cast.  Jennifer Lopez voices the sultry Shira, a slinky female sabre-toothed tiger, and Captain Gutt, a gigantopithecus evil pirate captain, is voiced to perfection by the dulcet tones of the fabulous Peter Dinklage.  That voice!



We loved this movie.  It was a lot of fun, and the Ice Age crew are some of our favourite movie characters.  We hang out with them a lot in our house.  I would give this three and a half thumbs up out of five.

However, for my money, Brave is definitely the pick of the movies for this school holidays. However, if you’ve smaller children, you can’t go wrong with Ice Age 4.

The Welshman and Boyo are planning a special trip to see The Three Stooges.  Thank all the gods, because I think it looks truly terrible.  I’m hoping to tee it up with a special Kimba viewing of Snow White and the Huntsman.

Do you plan to see any movies these school holidays?  I’d love to know your reviews!  Do you also think Peter Dinklage has a voice like molten chocolate … or is that just me?


I’m linking up with Jess from Diary of a SAHM for her I Blog on Tuesdays blog hop.  Come join in the fun!

  • […] planning for my inaugural blogging experience – Blogopolis 2012.  Boyo and I reviewed Ice Age 4 and Brave, and I guest posted for B Being Cool on […]ReplyCancel

  • Rita - 27 June 2012 - 3.50 pm

    We are planning to go see Brave with the nieces and nephew during school holiday and I’m looking forward to see it. ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 28 June 2012 - 6.24 am

      You sound like a fun aunt and uncle! I don’t see my nieces and nephew very often because we live in different countries. I hope you enjoy it. Love to hear your review. 🙂ReplyCancel

      • Rita - 28 June 2012 - 9.46 am

        Thank you! They are actually the nieces and nephews of my husband! Mine are also far away, in Canada…ReplyCancel

  • sarahbraaksma - 26 June 2012 - 8.04 pm

    ohh I am planning a movie day with my two eldest to see Ice Age 4!! Bring on Holidaaaaaaysss!! woohooo!!!! Also~ love Peter Dinklage..he is awesome!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 26 June 2012 - 8.32 pm

      I love movie days! Peter Dinklage’s voice is worth the price of the ticket alone! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Renée @ Née Say - 26 June 2012 - 7.16 pm

    Your reviews are such good timing! We have just been debating which movie to take our 5 year old to tomorrow. He’s never been to the cinema before and is a bit of a scardy cat (Cars2 is too scary!) so you helped me overcome my own personal desire to see Brave – he just wouldn’t cope. Ice Age 4 it is 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Rachel from Redcliffe Style - 26 June 2012 - 5.39 pm

    We took the girls to see Brave on the weekend. Great movie for the whole family. RxReplyCancel

  • salwa - 26 June 2012 - 1.32 pm

    We have some free movie passes so I will definatly be taking the kids to the movies these holidays. They want to watch Ice age as they loved the others so that would be the pick of the day for us. ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 26 June 2012 - 1.56 pm

      Oh, free movie passes are the best! I think you’ll really enjoy the next Ice Age instalment. They’re such great characters and really well voiced.ReplyCancel

  • Grace - 26 June 2012 - 1.09 pm

    We saw Brave a couple of Sundays ago at a special advanced screening. And yes, it was a little scary for the twins (they’re two and a bit). Can’t wait to go and see Ice Age 4, though! We’re big fans of Manny, Sid and Diego ! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 26 June 2012 - 1.57 pm

      Yes, I read your review. I’m impressed your two year olds made it through! I didn’t even attempt taking Boyo until he was 4.

  • Rachel @ TheKidsAreAllRight - 26 June 2012 - 12.59 pm

    They both look fantastic. I was planning on taking the almost 3 and 4 yo’s to Ice Age, but I might give Brave a go too – they like to watch Harry Potter so they’re not easily scared. Peter Dinklage is fantastic.ReplyCancel

  • Jess Newman - 26 June 2012 - 12.42 pm

    I like the look of Bravem but I think I’ll wait till its out on DVD, as it costs a fortune to take 4 kids to the movies, and I’m really not that keen. ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 26 June 2012 - 1.07 pm

      That is one of the benefits of having only children. We also got $12 3D tickets at the special sneak preview. Event Cinemas have family movie sessions at special prices. I can see why you’d be DVDs – almost cheaper to buy a new release DVD than 5 movie tickets!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Hill - 26 June 2012 - 11.28 am

    I’m busting to see Brave! I’ll be taking my god-daughter and her sister (and probably their mum)this Sunday, although now I’m not so sure because the girls are 5 and 7… maybe the scary bits are too scary for them… I’ll have to check with their mum!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 26 June 2012 - 11.34 am

      My 8 year old was a little bit scared but in an enjoyable way – not like in a screaming, get me out of here way! Their mum will know best whether it’s too scary for them. How lovely to have a goddaughter! xReplyCancel

  • A Mum in the Wild - 26 June 2012 - 11.14 am

    I sooooo want to see brave. I’m a Disney nut. I think I nearly have them all. It’s not just Disney though, Mirida is a red head (like me), so it’s going to be even better to watch! Woot!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 26 June 2012 - 11.35 am

      Pixar do fabulous hair! They’ve really got that technology down pat. And Merida’s hair is almost it’s own character – fabulous! 🙂 I long for red hair, but am too nervous. Also am nervous about the cash it takes in upkeep. Think I’d rather spend the money on new shoes than hair dye! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Crafty Mummy - 26 June 2012 - 10.04 am

    Thanks for the reviews! I was thinking about Brave but sounds like I should head for Ice Age instead.ReplyCancel

  • Deb @ home life simplified - 26 June 2012 - 9.45 am

    I am 40 and I really want to see Brave (the trailer looked so good when we saw the Muppets) but my girls (7 and 9) are refusing – they are highly sensitive and hate any scary scenes – watching the trailer had them immediately saying “no- not seeing that one”ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 26 June 2012 - 11.11 am

      Oh, what a shame. My 8 year old loved it, but did clutch at Daddy’s arm for a quick cuddle during a scary scene. How funny – if you manage to get a couple of hours to yourself, you might have to sneak off to see a kids movie, not a grown up one! 🙂

  • Misha - 26 June 2012 - 8.51 am

    With the weather the way it is, I think we’ll be seeing more movies this holidays than I’d originally planned. My girls have been asking to see Brave, so it was good to read your review of it. It’s funny how you mention there is some “scary stuff” within the movie…. my husband and I were just talking the other day about how every movie aimed at children seems to have lots of scary stuff! Oh well, they seem to love it. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 26 June 2012 - 11.13 am

      I loved that the princess was feisty, and I adore a Scottish accent too. Whilst there are scary bits, there’s also funny bits. Kilt flashing, for example! 😉

      There are lots of movies and shows aimed at kids that I think are really a bit grown up for them. Half of Cartoon Network is now inappropriate, I think. 🙁

  • AParentingLife - 26 June 2012 - 8.29 am

    They both sound like great movies. We were going to go to the sneak preview of Ice Age but never made it! Hopefully we will get there when it is released though

    Fairy wishes and butterfly kisses #TeamIBOTReplyCancel

  • Lisa Berriman - 26 June 2012 - 8.23 am

    Hello! We chatted about Blogopolis a few days ago and I have found you again through IBOT. Thanks for this post. I am thinking of taking my three year old to Ice Age. She has the second one on DVD and just loves it. She only lasts about an hour (with popcorn) in the movies though but it is fun taking her.ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 26 June 2012 - 11.23 am

      Hi Lisa! Looking forward to meeting you at Blogopolis. (You know, I keep typing Blogopolish!) I didn’t take Boyo to the movies until he was 4, but he is really good in movies. The popcorn sure does help! 🙂 I think she’d really like the other ones too. You can pick them up really cheaply now. Might be good for a rainy day. 🙂ReplyCancel

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