Joe Wright’s new fantastical Pan is released tomorrow. With it’s swashbuckling adventure and unbelievable sequences set in the magic world of Neverland, we decided to take a look back at some of the best children fantasy films.
No fantasy list would be complete without the works of J.K Rowling and the world of witchcraft and wizardry at Hogwarts. Full of magic and mischief these films and the story of friends Harry, Ron and Hermione have all the charm and fun you could want from a fantasy film.
As the most recent adaptation of Cinderella hit the screens in March this year with a fantastic new cast, this had to be an entry on our list. The beautiful story of Cinderella and her magical fairy godmother has stolen the hearts of children and families alike for years, teaching children the moral lesson of good and evil and tragedy and triumph.
This 1993 Halloween classic tells the tale of the witches the Sanderson sisters, who on the eve of Halloween 300 years later after their death, return seeking revenge on the town of Salem. Sisters Dani and Allison and friend Max must try and save the town from these evil witches.
Another recent Disney adaptation released in 2014 retells the famous ‘Sleeping beauty’ from the viewpoint of the seemingly evil Maleficent. Here we see Maleficent’s story and the events that drove her to curse the young Princess Aurora.
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
A heart-warming story of the young, innocent Charlie who comes from a poor, but loving, family, as five golden tickets to visit Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory are released. Young Charlie Buckett wins one of the sought after tickets and we see his adventure through Willy Wonka’s weird and wonderful world.
Based on Neil Gaiman’s novel of a countryside town with a border to a magical land, a young boy named Tristan Thorn promises the girl he loves, Victoria, that he will retrieve a fallen star from the magical realm of Stormhold. Little does Tristan know that the star is a girl named Yvaine, whom also has many villains after her and her magic powers, including three evils witches, and so Tristan’s quest to return Yvaine safely and their love story begins.
An adaptation of the classical story of Rapunzel, as runaway thief Flynn Rider stumbles across Rapunzel locked away in her tower, against her mothers wishes she takes him up on his offer to show her the world, as she has never seen it before.
A selfish 16-year-old girl named Sarah wishes for her baby brother to be taken away. Little does she know, the Goblin King, played by the great David Bowie, hears her wish, and grants it. Now Sarah is given 13 hours to solve his Labyrinth and retrieve her baby brother.
Last, but by no means least, is Joe Wright’s new magical PAN, an adaptation on the classic children’s story of Peter Pan looking back at Peter’s life as a young boy and how he met all the friends and foes we know of today.
Pan is released in cinemas tomorrow.