Greetings, dear readers! I have several great recommendations for your family viewing pleasure this weekend. An awesome mermaid movie is hitting theaters this weekend: Lu Over the Wall is creative Japanese anime at its finest. It’s only playing in select theaters, but it’s well worth seeking out. A beautiful Masterpiece production of Little Women is premiering on PBS on Mother’s Day. Carol Burnett has a new very family friendly, G-rated fun reality show called A Little Help featuring a panel of cute kids on Netflix.
Lu Over the Wall (In theaters, now playing)
Lu Over the Wall is a fun and joyous Japanese animated film hitting theaters this weekend from my favorite distributor, GKIDS. They are responsible for bringing the beloved Studio Ghibli movies to the big screen (a festival is starting next week). They also tout numerous Oscar nominations for lesser-known yet super awesome animated movies.
Lu Over the Wall promises to be quirky with surprising visuals, and GKIDS is emphasizing that it is family friendly. Variety calls it “wildly imaginative.” It is directed by Masaaki Yuasa and recommended for all ages, in select theaters this weekend.
Here is the official synopsis:
From visionary anime auteur Masaaki Yuasa comes a joyously hallucinogenic but family-friendly take on the classic fairy tale about a little mermaid who comes ashore to join a middle-school rock band and propel them to fame. Kai is talented but adrift, spending his days sulking in a small fishing village after his family moves from Tokyo. His only joy is uploading songs he writes to the internet. When his classmates invite him to play keyboard in their band, their practice sessions bring an unexpected guest: Lu, a young mermaid whose fins turn to feet when she hears the beats, and whose singing causes humans to compulsively dance – whether they want to or not. But since ancient times, the people in the village have believed that mermaids bring disaster and soon there is trouble.
Check out the trailer:
Little Women on PBS
Premiering Sunday, May 13th, 2018 on MASTERPIECE on PBS at 8/7 central
Little Women on PBS is my Mother’s Day pick for family viewing this weekend! The new adaptation of this literary classic comes to us from Masterpiece, which brought us Downton Abbey and Queen Victoria. Here’s my favorite part: screen legend Angela Lansbury stars as Aunt March! If your kids ask who she is, just tell them she’s the voice of Mrs. Potts in Disney’s animated Beauty and the Beast, famous for singing “Tale as Old as Time.” The movie is three hours and will be screened in three parts. It will premiere on PBS and will also be available for streaming – details here.
Loved by generations of women worldwide, Little Women is a truly universal coming of age story. Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the story follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother, Marmee, and while their father is away at war, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from sibling rivalry and first love, to loss and marriage.
Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, this three-part adaptation from the award-winning creator of Call the Midwife Heidi Thomas (Cranford, Upstairs Downstairs) is directed by Vanessa Caswill (Thirteen, My Mad Fat Diary).
Check out the trailer:
A Little Help with Carol Burnett (Netflix)
Speaking of (small) screen legends, I’m applauding wildly because Carol Burnett is back! Her new series on Netflix is called A Little Help. Celebrities ask a panel of judges for help with problems they are facing: for instance, Lisa Kudrow ask for suggestions on how to manager her busy schedule, while Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things needs advice about texting etiquette. Kids do say the darnedest things, and this fun show is rated G, recommended for all ages!
Comedy legend Carol Burnett will make her return to series television and her Netflix debut in 2018. A Little Help With Carol Burnett features Carol, celebrity guests, and every day people receiving advice to their real-life problems from the straightest-shooters around: little kids.
Check out Carol Burnett’s hilarious job interview at Netflix: