All praise St Pixar. BP (Before Pixar) children's films were all crap. Monsters Inc is the first children's film I can remember seeing as an adult, and actually enjoying. (I didn't even have kids when I saw it, but it was a hot day and the cinema was air conditioned.) The Incredibles was also funny. Cars was very clever and I'm actually looking forward to the sequel this summer. Wall-E... well, the less said about that, the better. But one of the boys I took to see it actually fell asleep. Up was just lovely on so many levels. Pixar raised the bar, and Dreamworks and other studios have followed.
Today I saw Diary Of A Wimpy Kid 2: Roderick Rules with my 8 year old. It was really funny! I think I enjoyed it as much as my son, though I don't think he was as touched by the elder son/younger son relationship changes as I was. I'm so glad we're moving into this 'tweenie' type of film. I don't mind quite as much shelling out £20 for a couple of hours for one of them. I quite liked Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, and The Sorcerer's Apprentice as well.
Films I would rather poke my eyes out than sit through again include:
Toy Story 1, 2, or 3. I just want to slap Woody's smug face hard.
Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakual.
Our local cinema is a Vue and their Kids AM sessions are really good value, especially if you spend so much time taking someone to the toilet that you can't follow the plot anyway. £1 for a ticket, and £1.50 for a popcorn and drink. Bargain.
I am looking forward to this summer when I think my oldest will be old enough to go into the cinema on his own, while I sit in the cafe with the paper and a quiet coffee.