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Marvel Movie Locations That You Can Visit Part 1

Hi everyone, hope your enjoying all this lovely weather we are having. It is nice to be able to go on days out with our families and get out and about and enjoy the fresh air and feel the sun on our faces once again.

Have you ever wondered where your favorite movie was filmed, well… over the course of the next few months I will be doing just that? I am not afraid to say that I love movies, but I also love to travel and explore places I visit, I’m more of an adventurer than sitting on the beach all day, trying to get a tan that never ever comes, instead I am left looking like a beetroot.

I am starting film locations off with MCU franchise, but because there’s a few I will be doing it in two parts.

Locations of Where These Movies were Filmed

We all know that to create the movies we love like Avengers, Captain America and Doctor Strange there is a lot of CGI involved. Some movies are done in front of a green screen and made to come alive with computers.

Although they use CGI, and film studios, the creators do like to use the real world too, either for inspiration or as filming locations. They do like to use restaurants, special landmarks and buildings that have been used in previous movies.

Movie locations mean there is a lot of travelling that comes into creating these spectacular movie scenes you see whether it is local or far and wide across the world. Here is a look at some of the locations that you can go and see.

‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ – Liverpool, England

Marvel’s first Avenger Captain America was filmed in many locations throughout the course of the movie, but one place they did visit was Liverpool’s Stanley Dock in 2011. They brought over 500 cast and crew, so they could transform the docks into the Victorian dockland of 1940’s New York’s Albert Dock before they continued on with production in other areas of the Uk like Manchester, London, and Wales, before heading back to the US to continue with scenes from locations in Manhattan and New York.

Stanley Dock was used in the scene at the beginning of the movie, where Steve Rogers gives chase after Kruger that sees them running along the Brooklyn waterfront. To transform Liverpool in to looking as if they are still in New York for their five-day shoot. It took around a month’s work of preparations, to change the red brick into New York stone.

  • Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK
  • Manchester, Greater Manchester, England, UK
  • Stanley Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK
  • Bourne Woods, Farnham, Surrey, England, UK
  • Manhattan Beach, California, USA
  • New York City, New York, USA
  • Northern Quarter, Manchester, Greater Manchester, England, UK
  • Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Times Square, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Thor Ragnarok’ – Queensland, Australia

Thor Ragnarok was filmed in many locations throughout Australia to create the home of Thor, his brother Loki, and the Norse gods. Director Taika Waititi choose Australia for its out-of-this-world locations. It took 450 people and 4 months to recreate the outdoor set of Asgard. Mount Tamborine and Cedar Creek Falls become the setting, before going over to the US for any reshoots.

  • Mount Tamborine, Queensland, Australia
  • Cedar Creek falls, Queensland, Australia
  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • Dirk Hartog Island, Australia
  • Australia

‘Black Panther’ – Argentina & Brazil South America

Black panther was mainly done in South Korea, added with a sprinkle of Argentina and the USA, what do you get, a magical location set in the fictional world of Wakanda, the African world of Black Panther.

It was during the fight scene with T’Challa and his arch nemesis Erik Killmonger, that you get to see this fabulous backdrop of the Iguazu Waterfalls. While the action shots were done on a soundstage in Atlanta, Georgia, the widescreens were done at the Iguazu falls, that borders both Argentina and Brazil in South America.

  • Iguazú Waterfalls, Misiones, Argentina
  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Busan, South Korea
  • High Museum of Art – 1280 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Gwangan Bridge, Busan, South Korea
  • The north side of the Sajik Baseball Stadium, Busan, South Korea
  • Haeundae Gwajeong Bridge, Busan, South Korea
  • Georgia, USA
  • South Korea
  • Argentina
  • USA

‘Captain America: Civil War’ – Leipzig, Germany

Captain America: Civil War had many beautiful locations that set the scene for this movie, it picked up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, after the battle in Sokovia. This is where Steve Rogers leads one team and Tony Stark leads the other. Both having their own ideas on where they should go from here. Tony wants to follow the governments rules, but Steve doesn’t which leads them to come to blows in an epic battle.

Germany’s tiny airport, Leipzig/Halle has featured in several Hollywood movies, including Captain America: Civil War, this airport was also used in the thriller Flightplan (2005) starring Jodie Foster and Unknown (2011) starring Liam Neeson.

  • Puerto Rico
  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Leipzig/Halle Airport, Leipzig, Saxony, Germany
  • Potsdamer Platz, Mitte, Berlin, Germany
  • Brazil
  • Iceland
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Spree River, Berlin, Germany
  • Clayton State University, Morrow, Georgia, USA
  • Leipziger Straße, Mitte, Berlin, Germany
  • USA

Thor: The Dark World’ – London, England

Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World was mainly filmed in the UK spreading itself across many locations. London as featured in many Marvel films, with the Capital being at the forefront of the projects, giving you the setting for the perfect scene. Although it was Doctor Strange that had visited its Embankment, when learning all about his powers and how to use them, but it was Thor: The Dark World that as featured the capital most assiduously.

  • Skógarfoss Waterfall, Iceland
  • Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, England, UK
  • Bourne Woods, Farnham, Surrey, England, UK
  • Stonehenge, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, England, UK
  • Blythe House, 23 Blythe Road, West Kensington, London, England, UK
  • London, Greater London, England, UK

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ – Edinburgh, Scotland

Avengers Infinity War was mostly done in Atlanta and in the United Kingdom. It was done simultaneously with Endgame because of financial reasons, has this was one of the most expensive films ever made, it featured an all-star cast with the MCU coming together to create two spectacular films ever going. They also had to factor in the availability of all its stars which is the reason why they did it back-to-back. The action was spectacular from start to finish, it just never stopped.

The story may take you across the universe, but one location stood out for me and that was Edinburgh, following Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany), they thought that they could be a normal couple by trying to hide from Thanos and the world, as all they wanted was to be together, but that was never going to happen as no one hides from Thanos… Not even them.

  • Durham Cathedral, The College, Durham, County Durham, England, UK
  • Banaue Rice Terraces, Ifugao, Philippines
  • Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Maranhao, Brazil
  • Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  • Inverness Castle, Scotland, UK
  • Waverly Train Station, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  • St Abbs Head, Berwickshire, Scotland, UK
  • Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • New York City, New York, USA
  • Tallulah Gorge, Tallulah Falls, Georgia, USA

‘Captain Marvel’ – South California, USA

Captain Marvel locations was based just in the US, mainly surrounding California, it is one of the only Marvel movies to be solely in the US. Edwards Air Force Base in Kern County, Southern California was based on the Top Gun style setting. The team wanted to try and do as much of the shoot on location before eventually turning, to use the effects of CGI, this way it gives you the more authenticity that it needed. 

The air force base may of course look familiar to some of you, as the Edwards Air Force Base, Southern California, the base has been the subject of a few film locations from the likes of the Transformers movies, Armageddon, Marvel’s Iron Man, and many more.

  • Shaver Lake, California, USA
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
  • Oxnard, California, USA
  • Simi Valley, California, USA
  • Mojave, California, USA
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  • Rosamond, California, USA
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Valley Plaza, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • California, USA
  • Louisiana, USA
  • New York, USA
  • Edwards Air Force Base, California, USA
  • USA

‘Doctor Strange’ – Kathmandu, Nepal

Ancient places are always good to use as back drops for setting the scene in movies, Doctor Strange was no different. This place transports you back to a place of beauty and to a time where it is untouched to the outside world. There is some amazing traditional architecture, colourful streets markets and sacred temples. Doctor Strange was set mostly around Kathmandu with its rich history as the base for the setting, added with amazing special effects used to transport him through space and time. Along with Kathmandu there are also a few other locations to visit, why not check them out!

  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Deerpark, New York, USA
  • Hong Kong, China
  • National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Place, Westminster, London, England, UK
  • 319 West 4th Street, New York City, New York, USA
  • Exeter College, Turl Street, Oxford, England, UK
  • Los Angeles, California, USA

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Have a good week and I will see you all next week.

Jennifer Aniston

 Hi everyone, I hope you are all keeping your spirits up. I first off want to apologise for my post being late. This is the second time I have written this out, as my computer decided to shut down on me and I lost everything that I had done, Anyway on with today’s post.

Today is a day in which we celebrate Jennifer Aniston birthday as she turns 52 today. She is not only an amazing actress but she is also a film producer, a businesswoman and philanthropist. Born into a family of actors, she decided to follow her parent’s footsteps early in life and trained herself accordingly. However, regardless of her best efforts, success had not come for six exceptionally long years.

Her career really took off when she got the part of Rachel Green in the extremely popular television sitcom ‘Friends’ and it was then that she started to make her mark. Thanks to her portrayal of Rachel, she became so popular that she was known as The Rachel. Even though it made her so well known, she, unfortunately, became typecast. It was not until she played an unglamorous cashier in the ‘Good Girl’ that set her free from her stereotype image. It was not long before work started pouring in for her, and she began playing many lead roles that went on to become major hits. In addition to that, she appeared in many commercials and successful music videos. She had also signed a contract with Elizabeth Arden Inc, and worked there for more than a year to launch a new perfume called ‘Jennifer Aniston’, she also has two other perfumes to add to her credits ‘J’ and ‘Near Dusk’. Aniston fights for equal rights for the LGBT.

Jennifer Aniston and her dad John Aniston

The Early Years

Jennifer was born Jennifer Joanna Anastassakis on February 11, 1969, in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles to parents John Aniston and Nancy Dow. She spent the first part of her childhood in Eddystone, Pennsylvania, where the family shared a three-bedroom house with her grandmother. It was there she begun her education in an elementary school. Later the family moved to New York City.

She went on to Waldorf School at six years where they would discourage you from watching television, so she would go to the theatre instead. Three years later her parents separated. Her dad went on to marry someone else and had her half-brother Alexander Aniston. She instantly became the middle child as she also has an older half-brother John T. Melick from her mother’s side.

Jennifer first started acting at eleven while she was studying at Waldorf. She later enrolled at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts and graduated from there.

Jennifer as a teenager

Her Career

In 1988, Jennifer started her acting career by working in Off-Broadway shows like ‘For Dear Life’ and ‘Dancing on Checker’s Grave’. However, she was not making much money out of her acting career, instead, she took on some side jobs to help support herself, taking on jobs such as telemarketer, waitress and bike messenger.

In 1989, she went on to appear on ‘The Howard Stern Show’, the American radio show hosted by Howard Stern. In the same year, she moved to Los Angeles, where her father used to stay. Not long after her move, she got a part in 1990’s ‘Molloy’ alongside The Big Bangs Mayim Bialik. It aired for just for one season. She then went on to do a television series named ‘Ferris Bueller’ starring with Charlie Schlatter again, that only lasted for a season.

Undeterred by this, she went on to act in another two-television series before finding fame on the television sitcom ‘Friends’ in 1994. Which lasted 10 seasons, it became a success, It catapulted her career, and she became a household name. It was then she had finally established herself firmly as an actress and has made several successful films.

Ever The Philanthropist

Jennifer is a well-known activist and philanthropist, she has been so generous with both her time and money as she has donated to several different philanthropic organizations, such as Project A.L.S., Feeding America, Doctors without Borders, AmeriCares, Friends of Al Faro, EB Medical Research Foundation, OmniPeace, and Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, Clothes Off Our Back, etc.

Jennifer has also helped with other causes like LGBT and has hosted shows like Stand Up for Cancer, and It Cannot Wait.

Facts

  • Her birth name is Jennifer Joanna Anastassakis. She later shortened her name to make it easier for people to remember it.
  • Both her parents are actors and encouraged her high school interest in drama. her father, John Aniston, is best known for his role as Victor Kiriakis on the daytime drama Days of Our Lives. Her mother is Nancy Dow.
  • She has royal blood in her. Through her mother, Jennifer is a direct descendant of the royal House of Stuart of Scotland.
  • As a child, Aniston lived in Greece for a year with her family. They moved to Pennsylvania, then to New York City.
  • Aniston attended a Waldorf educational school in New York when she was six and harnessed her love for acting at age 11 at the school.
  • When she was 11, one of Jennifer’s paintings was placed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • Aniston was bullied throughout her school life, as other kids decided to make fun of her. She was known as the class clown.
  • She went to school with Chaz Bono, and she would go to his house after school.
  • Jennifer had other jobs before becoming an actress, which she was not any good at, she worked as a bike messenger, and drove into an open car door. When she was a waitress, she accidentally dropped a few burgers on customers’ laps.
  • Aniston made her screen debut in the television series Molloy (1990), but her film career began in the horror film Leprechaun (1993). The horror flick was a bad experience for her and made her consider giving up her acting career.
  • She appeared in ‘Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ music video for the 1996 song “Walls.”
  • Her big break came when she was cast as Rachel Green in the NBC sitcom Friends. The hugely popular series made her a star and a household name.
  • Directors originally had other ideas about who would play who on the show “Friends,”. They had picked Courteney Cox to be Rachel and Jennifer Aniston to play Monica. The two actresses persuaded producers that they were better suited to play it the other way round. Aniston got the role after she was told by the producers to lose 30 pounds. Ouch!
  • Chris McMillan, who managed the ‘Friends’ star’s hair for more than a decade, admitted he was stoned when he cut Jennifer Aniston’s into the iconic “Rachel” haircut.
  • Her best friend is her Friends co-star Courteney Cox.
  • She won both a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award during her tenure on the show.
  • She went on to star in 238 episodes of the hit series, becoming one of the highest-paid actresses in a television show at $1 million per episode.
  • Jennifer offered to be Matthew Perry’s personal trainer in 2002 to help him lose weight.
  • She has a fear of flying – even though she must do it so often for her work.
  • Jennifer was once recognized by a fan when she was naked in a sauna.
  • Jen has been friends with Adam Sandler for an exceptionally long time, way before they became famous. Aniston was dating one of Sandler’s friends. They were two teenagers and met at Jerry’s Deli while hanging out with a group of other kids. They have been friends ever since.
  • Aniston and Sandler have appeared in two movies together, “Just Go With It” (2011) and Netflix’s “Murder Mystery” (2019).
Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston (best friends for life)
  • Jen met her former husband Brad Pitt on a blind date in 1998. The couple got married in 2000.
  • Jennifer is the first woman to win the GQ Man of the Year award. She shared the award with 50 Cent and Vince Vaughn in November 2005.
  • She stays in great shape by practising yoga. She filmed the introduction to her instructor’s 2009 Yogalosophy DVD.
  • The late actor Telly Savalas was her godfather.
  • Jen is 5′ 6″ (1.68 m) tall.
  • Aniston has dated actors Vince Vaughn, singer John Mayer and SNL cast member Jason Sudeikis following her divorce from Brad Pitt.
  • Her favourite colour is blue.
  • She began dating former husband Justin Theroux in 2011 and the couple got engaged in August 2012. Aniston and Theroux met while filming Wanderlust.
  • Jen and Justin threw away the traditional honeymoon of just the two of them, they decided to have a holiday with a group of friends, which included Jason Bateman, Courtney Cox, and Chelsea Handler. They wanted the partying to carry on.
  • Jennifer owns a Welsh corgi-terrier mix named Norman and a white German shepherd named Dolly.
  • Her birthday is February 11, 1969, and she shares it with Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, Burt Reynolds, Sheryl Crow, and Kelly Rowland.
  • She dislikes spicy foods also Greek, Chinese, and Indian food, but is very fond of Mexican food.
  • Jen has been the crush of many Hollywood actors, which included former husband Justin Theroux, Jake Gyllenhaal, Cole Sprouse, and John Mayer.
  • Her favourite movies include “Wuthering Heights” and “Fame.”
  • She is the godmother of Coco Riley Arquette, the daughter of Courteney Cox and David Arquette.
  • If Jennifer were not an actress, she has said that she would have been a therapist today.
  • She is widely known for her beautiful locks, but before all that, she used to keep a tiny pair of scissors in the glove compartment of her car so she could trim any split ends when she found them.
  • What does she dislike reading about herself? “Try that Jennifer Aniston diet.” There is no secret diet – she says she follows a healthy diet and exercises often.
  • She went through a goth phase in high school, as she wanted to be rebellious.
  • Her father, who has starred on Days of Our Lives since 1985, also discouraged his daughter from following in his footsteps. “He said, ‘I do not want your heartbroken. The rejection is brutal. He begged her not do it, and become a lawyer.”
  • When Jennifer Aniston was a young child, she was riding a tricycle around the swimming pool and ended up crashing it into the water. She was too scared to let go of the trike, so her brother had to help her out of the water. This caused her to be terrified of being underwater…and even now she has a hard time filming scenes in the water.
  • Jennifer has struggled with dyslexia which made reading difficult for her. Before she was diagnosed, she just thought she was not good at academics since she was not able to retain any of the information.  
  • Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman have been friends since there early 20’s. They have appeared in five movies together “The Break-Up” (2006), “The Switch” (2010), “Horrible Bosses” (2011), “Horrible Bosses 2” (2014), and “Office Christmas Party” (2016).
Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston BFF

Films I Like of Hers

Earliest to Latest

  • Picture Perfect (1997)
  • Bruce Almighty (2003)
  • Rumor Has It (2005)
  • The Break-Up (2006)
  • Marley and Me (2008)
  • He’s Not That Into You (2009)
  • The Bounty Hunter (2010)
  • The Switch (2010)
  • Just Go with It (2011)
  • Horrible Boss (2011)
  • Wanderlust (2012)
  • We’re the Millers (2013)
  • Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)
  • Mother’s Day (2016)
  • Storks (2016)
  • Office Christmas Party (2016)
  • Murder Mystery (2019)

Thankyou for taking the time to read my blog. See you all next week.

Disney Halloween Movies for the Whole Family

Hi everyone, this years Halloween is going to be a lot different because of the pandemic. I was going to write about how Halloween first came about, but I thought that wouldn’t be constructive with what is going on in the world today, so I thought it doesn’t matter what you are doing as long as you are with family or friends, whether you have them at home or you spend your time connecting with them via Skype, FaceTime or some other way. I thought you could still share a movie together as if your were actually there with them. The movies I have chosen is for the whole family, something for everyone so enjoy!

Movies to Enjoy with Your Family

Halloweentown [1998]

This comedy adventure is one of the most beloved Halloween movies of all time. Halloweentown follows the story of a young girl called Marnie and her family on a rollercoaster of adventures. On Marnie’s thirteenth birthday she discovers that she’s a witch, just like her mother and grandmother before her, but not just any witch – a Cromwell witch whose destined for great things but for now she needs to aid her grandmother in saving Halloweentown against the evil forces that wish to destroy it.

Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge [2001]

Marnie and her grandmother work together to foil the plans of a wicked warlock’s son before he can use powerful spells to create chaos in the world. Marnie and her sister Sophie have to go back to Halloweentown, to investigate why the town seems to have lost its magic. Turns out, an evil warlock has stolen their grandmother’s book of spells, and he wants to use it on humans — to turn them into the costume they were wearing on Hallows Eve, permanently.

Halloweentown High [2004]

When a supernatural teen who comes from a family of witches brings some monster friends into her “mortal world,” she bets her family’s magic that nothing will happen to them whilst in the mortal realm — while at high school they are disguised as foreign exchange students, her school — and her magic — is threatened by an evil enemy.

Return to Halloweentown [2006]

Marnie is all grown up, this time headed to Witch University in Halloweentown on a full scholarship. But there are still some secrets left for her to uncover before she graduates. Excited about learning alchemy and amulets, potions and portents, Marnie travels through the portal to become Witch University’s most famous coed. But everything is not what it seems. There’s a new school rule: No magic allowed! Marnie also learns about an ancient prophecy — and it turns out she holds the key to revealing the ultimate secret. With the help of old friends Ethan and Benny the Skeleton, and new friends Professor Periwinkle and Aneesa the Genie, will Marnie make the right choices in time for Halloweentowns’ 1,000 Year Anniversary Celebration?

Hocus Pocus [1993]

A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century for practicing dark magic — are now conjured into the present day. The Sanderson witches run amok in Salem and are literally digging up old friends from the past, find they are running out of time in a desperate attempt to preserve their youth…

The Haunted Mansion [2003]

A realtor and his wife and children are summoned to a mansion, which they soon discover is haunted, and while they attempt to escape, he learns an important lesson about the family he has neglected.

Twitches [2005]

Two teen witches who were separated at birth and were adopted by two different families meet on their 21st birthday and must use their powers to save the world in which they were born, where their birth mother still lives, in the magical realm of Coventry..

Twitches Too [2007]

Alex and Camryn now know that they’re royalty, but they can’t quite agree on how to handle their new titles. What they can agree on? Uniting against a new supernatural villain. After using their powers to battle the forces of darkness, the sisters settle down to lead normal lives. However, they soon discover that their biological father who as been missing for years is still alive but trapped in the shadowlands. Can these siblings set a side their differences and come together to save the day?

Girl vs Monster [2012]

The night before Halloween, Skylar a fearless teenage girl discovers that she is a fifth generation monster hunter and unleashes a wild monster called Demetria who is determined to get rid of her before she can continue the family tradition. Now with the help of her friends she must rescue her parents from captivity and defeat Demetria in the process, all before going to the party of the year and meet up with her crush of the century.

Z-O-M-B-I-E-S [2018]

In cheerleader Addison’s world, zombies are real—but they’re not so scary! In fact, the government has discovered a way to keep the zombies from eating human brains, and now the two species co-exist peacefully (or, at least, they should). But as the Zombietown kids and the humans struggle to integrate at the local high school, Addison collides with zombie Zed and learns an important lesson.

Z-O-M-B-I-E-S 2 [2020]

A follow up to the first movie, continuing the adventures of the students at Seabrook High Addison and Zed with their budding romance and the beginning of the school becoming an integrated place is about to be threatened by the arrival of a truckload of werewolves.

Tower of Terror [1997]

Down-on-his-luck journalist named Buzzy Crocker who just lost his job and now writes for a supermarket tabloid, travels with his niece Anna to the Hollywood Tower Hotel that’s believed to be haunted by five guests who disappeared in an elevator back in 1939. He’s determined to get a story out of the myths (whether he has to fake it or not), but he soon finds that the hotel IS really haunted and he and his niece have to figure out how to break the curse before they face the same fate as those who haunt the hotel!

Invisible Sister [2015]

Cleo is a science geek and outsider at her school where she is constantly compared to her much more popular older sister, Molly. After successfully turning a moth invisible with her new science experiment, Molly also ends up accidentally getting affected by the new concoction and must find a way to turn herself back before she ends up stuck like that forever.

Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire [2000]

Adam and Chelsea won’t let anything get in the way of their plans for the night — especially being grounded. To distract their mom, they set her up on a date, but things don’t go as planned. When their little brother realizes the man they set their Mom up with is a vampire, they end up fighting for their (and their mom’s) lives in this horror-comedy.

Coco [2018]

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector and together they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

The Wizard’s of Waverly Place: The Movie [2009]

The last thing teen wizard Alex wants to do is go on is a family vacation. Her parents (Maria and Jerry) insist that she comes along and while on vacation, a frustrated Alex wishes that her parents had never met. When Alex’s wish comes true and Maria and Jerry have no memory of their marriage and family, she and her brothers (Justin and Max) realize that they will cease to exist unless they can undo the spell. While Max babysits their quarrelling parents, Alex and Justin set off on a quest for a magical stone that pits sister and brother against each other in a battle between the young wizards.

Happy Halloween Scooby Doo! [2020]

Scooby-Doo and Shaggy’s favourite holiday is upon us! With fake monsters and candy galore, Halloween is heaven for these hungry foodies going door-to-door. But this year, their sweet holiday turns sour when the neighbourhood pumpkin patch is tainted by toxic ooze, creating high-flying jack-o’-lanterns and a king-size pumpkin leader that squashes everything in its path. It’s up to Scooby-Doo and the gang, who team up with their pals Bill Nye the Science Guy and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, to solve this mystery of gigantic proportions and save Crystal Cove!

Spooky Buddies [2011]

The buddies are back, so join them on their Halloween adventure. Their journey takes them far across town to a mysterious mansion where something very spooky is going on. With the help of some unexpected new friends — including a friendly ghost — this exciting adventure is howling-good Buddy fun, as they try to save the world from some very bad dogs. In a race against time the Buddies and their new friends, Pip, Zelda, Rodney and Skip, must stop Warwick the Warlock — and save the world from his dastardly deeds.

The Black Cauldron [1985]

Taran is a young man who undertakes a heroic task in the magical and mystical land of Prydain. He sets out on his quest to prevent the evil Horned King unleashing the supernatural powers of the Black Cauldron on the people of Prydain. All he has is his magic sword and his travelling companions (the beautiful Princess Eilonwy, Gurgi the funny, furry creature and a clairvoyant pig) in the race to find the Black Cauldron first.

Now You See It… [2005]

Professional magician Mystic Max hosts a reality TV show. Allowing three winning teams of minors, would be TV directors and cameraman as well as the best young magicians to go on to a final competition at Hollywood’s Magic Mansion. — Allyson Miller the producer of the new reality TV show accidentally reveals something that was never meant to be seen on television.

Into The Woods [2014]

Into The Woods as a modern day twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and The Beanstalk and Rapunzel – all tied together by an original story. It surrounds a baker and his wife’s quest to break a witch’s curse in order to start a family. Along the way, they encounter several well-known fairy tale characters and together they learn what happens after “happily ever after.”

Maleficient [2014]

As a beautiful young woman of pure heart, Maleficent has an idyllic life in a forest kingdom. When an invading army threatens the land, Maleficent rises up to become its fiercest protector. However, a terrible betrayal hardens her heart and twists her into a creature bent on revenge. She engages in an epic battle with the invading king’s successor, then curses his new-born daughter, Aurora — realizing only later that the child holds the key to peace in the kingdom.

James and the Giant Peach [1996]

When his parents are killed by a giant rhino, James Henry Trotter has to live with (and skivvy for) his nasty aunts Spiker and Sponge. However, after he is given magic crocodile tongues by a stranger, amazing things begin to happen. James escapes from his aunts by climbing inside a giant peach, and setting off with all the friendly, talking insects who live inside it. A mixture of live action for the out-of-peach sequences and animation for the main part of the story.

Monsters, Inc. [2001]

Top Scarer Sulley and his enthusiastic Scare Assistant Mike work at Monsters, Inc., the largest scream processing factory in Monstropolis. The main power source of the monster world is the collected screams of human children. However, monsters believe children are dangerous and toxic, and they are scared silly when a little girl wanders into their world. Sulley and Mike do their best to return the girl home, but they face monstrous intrigue and some hilarious misadventures along the way.

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