Crazy pets and toys, a genie, ugly dolls headline summer movies (from our June print edition)


As school ends, movies debut in the theaters to entertain kids during the summer months. Some of the movies are remakes of animated movies like the live-action versions of “Aladdin” and the “Lion King” from Walt Disney. Other films are sequels like “Secret Life of Pets 2” and “Toy Story 4.”

Kids are interested in these movies and excited to see the new releases.

“I want to see ‘Toy Story 4’ because it is the last one of the series and I really want to see it,” said Sophie McCann.

“I am super-duper excited for ‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ because I love dogs, and they are nice, kind and compassionate,” said Ryan Kraus.

“I can’t wait to see ‘Spiderman Far From Home’ and ‘Dark Phoenix,'” said Cristian Rodriguez.

Calista Considine said, “I am really ecstatic for ‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ because I didn’t see the first one.”

Francie Jones said, “I really want to see ‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ because I really enjoyed the first movie and I liked it.”

On Memorial Day weekend, “Aladdin” made its debut in theaters with a 58% Rotten Tomatoes score. The prediction score of Rotten Tomatoes for “Secret Life of Pets 2,” which came out on June 7, is 73%.

According to the Behindwoods site,”Disney’s live-action ‘Aladdin’ impresses with Will Smith’s charm, but leaves us longing for the Aladdin we are familiar with.”

In another summer movie, “UglyDolls,” the main character Moxy and her friends fall into a different world where everyone is perfect, unlike the dolls. They show the people that being imperfect is a good thing. 

“Messages somewhat mixed,” said one review of “UglyGirls” on Common Sense Media. “Intended messages are that conventional beauty doesn’t equal goodness, that an unconventional appearance doesn’t equal worthlessness, that our differences are actually what makes us unique and special. But often key characters say the exact opposite, so positive messages end up weakened.”

In the movie, “Secret Life of Pets 2” the characters Duke and Max face some changes like their owner getting married and having a child.