Animated features & magical creatures this Easter at Showroom Cinema

By Ryan Finnigan, Programme Manager

Starting from 31 March, Showroom Cinema is celebrating the Easter holidays with a mini-season of films featuring extraordinary creatures and animated features for all ages to enjoy. With princesses, puppets, an enthusiastic little shell and the most famous superpowered alien, we have something for every imagination.

Winner of the Best Animated Feature Academy Award, Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio returns to our screens with intricate, awe-inspiring stop motion animation. The master filmmaker’s take on the beloved wooden puppet that wants to be a real boy is a worthy winner of the Oscar. Alongside it, one of the worthy runners-up, the charming animation Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, also returns to tell the delightful tale of a tiny shell looking for his home and family.

Animation is of course one of the cinematic specialities of Japan and any season of magical animations wouldn’t be complete without some Studio Ghibli titles. The beautifully illustrated The Tale of Princess Kaguya returns to celebrate its 10th anniversary and is complemented by one of the studios most underrated releases, The Red Turtle, a dialogue-free film that is simply dazzling.

Anime master Makoto Shinkai’s much-anticipated new film Suzume will be released on 14 April and has already been a huge hit in Japan. If you’re wondering who Makoto Shinkai is, don’t worry we’ve got you covered! During the week leading up to Suzume’s release, Shinkai’s previous smash-hits, Your Name and Weathering with You will play to give fans old and new a chance to catch up with the anime titles everybody’s talking about.

Jaw-dropping puppetry is on offer in National Theatre Live’s Life of Pi, which is screening over the holidays, including on Easter Sunday. Filmed live in London’s West End and featuring state-of-the-art visuals, the epic journey of endurance and hope is bought to life in a breath-taking new way for cinemas screens.

For the big kids, Richard Donner’s Superman will be returning for some special screenings to celebrate its 45th anniversary, the perfect time for parents and grandparents to revisit a childhood classic since its release in 1978. To this day, Christopher Reeve’s take on Clark Kent is one of the most brilliant superhero portrayals, and in an age where Marvel and DC dominate mainstream cinema, this is the perfect opportunity to show the young ones where the modern superhero film began.

Showroom Cinema’s Easter Family Films are now on sale at /family-films


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