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Disney's marvellous run continues

REVIEW: Big Hero 6 is 90 minutes of slick, only slightly scary for littlies, smart school holiday entertainment.

Meet the voice behind Peppa Pig

The voice behind Peppa Pig belongs to 13-year-old Harley Bird.

Why our family went TV-free

Could your family go television-free? Here, one mum explains why she was the most unlikely to take on such a challenge, but now that she has, she's never looked back.

Festive films

Is it really Christmas if you haven't hunkered down in front of your favourite seasonal movie? Like the Muppets taking on Dickens, or George Bailey seeing life anew.

Have courage, be skinny?

Disney tried to spread some magic about its latest movie, Cinderella, but instead it managed to get everyone talking about Cinderella's waist.


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Paddington Bear's hidden message

It's a cute family comedy, but there's lots more going on in the film than first meets the eye.

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Terrible, horrible but good viewing

It's an unfortunate truism, but seeing bad things happening to people on screen is just inherently funny.

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Cashing in on Frozen

Who knew letting it go could be so lucrative? An American family is making US$10k a month from YouTube covers of Frozen songs.

Blu-ray review: Sleeping Beauty

The 1959 story of how Princess Aurora falls under the terrible spell of Maleficent looks as if it was animated yesterday, in this stunning Blu Ray release.

Gabriella Goat sues Peppa Pig

A woman with the same name as a Peppa Pig character wants NZ$157,000 compensation for ridicule.

Kiwi kid scores Hollywood role

10-year-old Dylan Farrell is kicking off his acting career in a high-octane Hollywood action flick.

Toy Story 4 in the pipeline

Woody, Buzz and the gang will be coming to a cinema near you once again.


A world without TV

When our TV broke down during the week there was a bit of mild panic in the air.

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JK Rowling's Twitter riddle

JK Rowling has sent the Muggle world into a frenzy with just 12 words.

Life lessons from Frozen

Like most parents, I've watched Frozen approximately 473 times. Here's what I've learnt.

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Limiting screen time

Do you need some tips in how to wean your kids off TV of the iPad?

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Soap addresses tough issue

Extra staff will be brought in to crisis helplines this week as Shortland Street tackles a youth suicide storyline.

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Planes: Fire and Rescue

REVIEW: Overall, Planes: Fire and Rescue is one trip to the movies worth taking these school holidays.

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Turtles go back to the future

REVIEW: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles does everything you could hope for and delivers exactly what the trailer promises.


Motherless Disney princesses

Why are so many heroines in Disney movies motherless? One theory is that Walt Disney was guilt-ridden over his mother's death.

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