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Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013: the best family films

Monsters University, Fantastic Voyage and Jurassic Park 3D among the EIFF's family friendly screenings

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Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013: the best family films

Comrade Kim Goes Flying

Monsters University

The Edinburgh International Film Festival has a history of fruitful collaboration with Pixar - the fest was where Wall-E, Toy Story 3 and Brave received some of their earliest UK screenings. That tradition continues with this prequel to 2001's Monsters Inc, in which Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) meet for the first time on the grounds of the titular campus.
Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Sun 23 Jun.

Jurassic Park 3D

Maybe one for your more steely-nerved youngsters, this one, but there's no denying Jurassic Park has enough large-scale spectacle to make it worth a return to the cinema. It's been given a thorough going over as well, to make sure those CGI effects - groundbreaking when the film was first released in 1996 - are still just as jaw-dropping in IMAX 3D.
Cineworld, Mon 24 Jun.

Comrade Kim Goes Flying

The first Western-financed feature film made entirely in North Korea is a brightly-coloured comic adventure about a preternaturally talented acrobatic coal miner who goes to the big city in pursuit of her dream: becoming a circus superstar. Grown-ups can ponder the political subtext such a film might contain; kids can simply enjoy the giddy, gaudy action on display.
Cineworld, Sat 22 & Thu 27 Jun.

Fantastic Voyage

The EIFF's retrospective on American director Richard Fleischer wisely stops short of some of his later, more questionable output (Mandingo, Red Sonja, Amityville 3D), focusing instead on his middle period from 1952-1973. Slap bang in the middle is this 1966 sci-fi adventure, in which a submarine is shrunk to microscopic size and injected into the human bloodstream.
Cineworld, Sat 22 Jun.

Monsters University

  • 3 stars
  • 2013
  • US
  • 110 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Dan Scanlon
  • Cast: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Tilly
  • UK release: 12 July 2013

This prequel to Monsters, Inc. explores the tumultuous relationship between Mike and Sulley when they met at the University of Fear.

Jurassic Park

  • 1993
  • US
  • 127 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Cast: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Joseph Mazzello, Ariana Richards, Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, Wayne Knight

A group of scientists are invited to give their approval to a theme park filled with genetically engineered dinosaurs, but the giant reptiles are soon running amok. Top-notch computer effects ensure that the dinosaurs themselves are terrifyingly believable (more so than the PG certificate would suggest), but by the…

Edinburgh International Film Festival

The oldest continually running film festival in the world, the EIFF draws on its prestige to consistently present abundant programmes of new features, documentaries, retrospectives, shorts, panel discussions and educational workshops, with a few high profile premieres thrown in for good measure.

Fantastic Voyage

  • 1966
  • US
  • 100 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Richard Fleischer
  • Cast: Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch, Edmond O'Brien, Donald Pleasence
  • UK release: 14 October 1966

A top Russian scientist is critically wounded after defecting to the West. The only hope of saving him lies in miniaturising a surgical team and injecting them into his bloodstream to operate on his blood clot. A classic of Sixties pop cinema.

Comrade Kim Goes Flying

  • 3 stars
  • 2012
  • Belgium/UK/North Korea
  • 81 min
  • Directed by: Kim Gwang Hun, Nicholas Bonner, Anja Daelemans
  • Cast: Han Jong Sim, Pak Chung Guk

The first Western-financed feature to be made entirely in North Korea tells the story of a young miner who trains to become a trapeze artist in pursuit of her childhood dreams of flying.

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