In this highly physical game and variety show, Japanese pop idols Arashi pit their wits, strength and courage against a different team of entertainers or sportspeople every week. The battles are intense as the teams compete for points and very cool prizes. In Japanese.
In 2009, Yoko Ono wrote the timeless message of Home, Hope, Faith and Love. With powerful, instructional prose such as: 'Do you know where your Hometown is? Your Hometown is a place you choose'. 'Look after your hometown in your mind. Send it lots of love'. Weaving a storyline that encompasses children and places from all over the world, this 7 minute animation of original illustrations, plays out Yoko's instructional positivism, using a backdrop of her voice, recorded especially for this film.
Now ruler of the Pridelands, Simba is also a devoted father to Kiara, a cub enjoying a happy childhood under the watchful eyes of bumbling babysitters Timon and Pumbaa. But being just as mischievous as her father was, Kiara wanders into trouble when she explores the forbidden outlands. There she meets Kovu, an adventurous cub who is being groomed to overthrow Simba. Love blossoms between the young lions, and together they become the last hope of bringing two feuding worlds together in this exciting, song-filled animated delight.
Argentina's official submission for the 2002 Academy Awards tells the story of an Argentinean family's struggle during the violent political coup of 1976. It is told through the eyes of ten-year-old Harry, whose family is forced into exile in order to start a new life and to protect themselves from the authorities.
When Jeff Wilson is in danger of losing his circus to crooked creditor Carter, faithful roustabout Antonio enlists the aid of seedy attorney J Cheever Loophole. Despite the best efforts of this trio and the help of Punchy, matters go from bad to worse when the box office is robbed by Goliath, Professor Atom and aerialist Peerless Pauline.
The film finds Pat, everyone's favourite postman, centre stage as a contestant in a national TV talent show competition. Will success and fame tear him away from his hometown of Greendale and the friends he loves? Can Pat return to town in time to foil a sinister plot to replace him with legions of Patbot 3000 robots destined to take over the world? Only Postman Pat can save the day.
A magical adaptation of the beloved children's books, the Borrowers are four-inch high 'little people' who live happily under the floorboards, until the landlord decides he's going to demolish the house they live in and evict the tenants. The Borrowers vow to save the house, embarking on a wild romp filled with outrageous gags and stunts.
Opening in 1948, when Miss Daisy, an elderly widow, backs her Packard into her neighbour's prized garden. Her frustrated son insists that she allow him to hire a driver. So begins a friendship that blossoms over the next 25 years, until her mid-90s.
Back when the Earth was being overrun by glaciers, and animals were scurrying to save themselves from the upcoming Ice Age, a stupid sloth named Sid, a woolly mammoth named Manny, a saber-toothed tiger named Diego, and an acorn-loving saber-toothed squirrel named Scrat are forced to become unlikely heroes.
Mary Haines, Crystal Allen and Sylvia Fowler battleground is the beauty parlour and fashion-show runway. The engagement begins when Mary's husband takes up with shop girl Crystal, and scandalmonger Sylvia gives Mary advice that quickly results in divorce - but that is only the opening salvo in this cracklingly sharp, classic comedy.
Working on a revolutionary source of energy in the hopes of alleviating Medfield College's financial problems, the professor accidentally invents a miraculous, gravity-defying goo called Flubber. Soon, chaos and calamity ensue as cars, bowling balls - and even people - begin flying through the air at remarkable speeds.
Peter Nicholls is an academic, broadcaster, critic, author and editor. His special area is science fiction, an area in which he is hailed as the world's foremost authority. He is also an unconventional man who has led an extraordinary and unique life. This profile reveals Peter Nicholl's life-long passion for and insight into the world of science fiction as well as his foibles and eccentricities.
Tim Marlow meets ex-Monty Python Terry Jones at the National Gallery of Art, London, as they talk about his life through his six chosen artworks. Jones is perhaps best remembered for his portrayal of middle-aged and screechy-voiced women in the parody series - but his writing and directing skills saw him branch out to writing books and presenting documentaries after his Python days were over.
Join the fun when the Little family adopts an adorably spunky boy named Stuart, who looks a lot like a mouse. Mr and Mrs Little fall in love with Stuart right away, but their older son, George, isn't so sure. As Stuart tries to win over his new brother with hilarious feats of courage and daring, the family's cat, Snowbell, gets involved with a gang of shady felines who devise a dastardly plan to get Stuart out of the house - permanently.
Episode Five looks at the taboos in journalism, the stories that are not broadly told. Leading journalists Maxine McKew, Ray Martin, Andrew Rule and Brisbane's Tony Koch talk about the pressure on reporters to censor themselves when reporting on black violence in Aboriginal communities. Finally, we hear the stories of two journalists - one well known, one lesser known - who have struggled with the ethics of chequebook journalism.
Hold in to your berets - the Rugrats kids are headed for Paris. France doesn't stand a chance. When Stu Pickles is summoned to work at EuroReptarland, Paris' newest amusement park, the Rugrats kids tag along. From the Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame, no attraction is safe from the Rugrats kids who find that fun is the same in any language. Meanwhile, love is in the air for Chuckie's dad, Chas. Could Chuckie be getting a new mum? The Rugrats kids learn valuable lessons in courage, loyalty and true love in this music-filled journey.
Set in 1879 Paris. An orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina and flees her rural Brittany for Paris, where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house. US title: Leap!
Follow the story of three unlikely heroes - Despereaux, a misfit mouse, Botticelli Remorso, an unhappy rat, and Miggery, a servant girl. Their fates are all intertwined as they set out on a quest to rescue Princess Pea. Will they be able to rescue her without putting her in harm's way?
Emma Woodhouse is a congenial young lady who delights in meddling in other people's affairs. She is perpetually trying to unite men and women who are utterly wrong for each other. Despite her interest in romance, Emma is clueless about her own feelings, and her relationship with gentle Mr Knightly.
Jake is a self-absorbed college student whose dad lures him home for Christmas with the promise of a car. But after one of Jake's schemes gets him in trouble with the school football team, the players pay Jake back by leaving him stranded in the California desert wearing a Santa suit and a glued-on white beard. Now Jake must walk, hitchhike, freeload, and bully his way to New York in time to collect the car and save his girlfriend from a conniving rival. In his frantic cross-country quest, this reluctant Santa meets some unforgettable characters, and learns the true meaning of Christmas. Touching and funny, this is a holiday family treat.
Spring has sprung, and Verne and his woodland friends awaken from their long winter's nap to discover that a large, green hedge has cropped up right through the middle of their once-natural habitat. Enter RJ, an opportunistic racoon who explains that the world beyond the hedge is 'the gateway to the good life' where peculiar creatures called humans live to eat, rather than eat to live. "For humans," RJ proclaims, "enough is never enough."
Travel back in time to the faraway planet of Thra. Cheer on the Mystics as they fight to overthrow the evil Skeksis and take back control of their planet! When Jen, a member of the Gelfling tribe, sets out to find the crystal's missing shard, his dangerous journey brings him face to face with monsters at every turn. Determined to restore peace to their planet, Jen will not back down! From the brilliant imagination of Jim Henson, this masterpiece of animation recounts the timeless tale of good versus evil and has become a cult favourite of children and grown-ups alike!
In this adaptation of Oscar Wilde's witty play about mistaken identities, two proper gentlemen in 1890s London use the same pseudonym, Earnest, for their on the sly courtship activities. Pandemonium ensues when the two men find themselves face-to-face and have to explain who they really are.
A touching true story about a 35-year-old baseball coach who becomes one of the oldest rookies ever to play major league baseball. Jim Morris dropped out of minor league baseball because of an injury to his pitching arm, but 12 years later he is inspired by the young men on his high school team. He promises that if they make the playoffs, he'll try out as a pitcher on a professional baseball team. When the team makes the playoffs, Jim tries out for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and steps up to the mound as the oldest major league rookie in nearly three decades.
A sassy, working-class London street vendor and the elitist Professor Higgins, attempt to turn Eliza into a sophisticated lady through proper tutoring. But, when the humble flower girl blossoms into the toast of London society, her teacher may have a lesson or two to learn himself.
It's a hilariously haunting Halloween in the Hundred Acre Wood. Roo's best new pal, Lumpy, is excited to trick-or-treat for the first time - until Tigger warns them about the dreaded Gobloon, who'll turn you into a Jaggedy Lantern if he catches you. But if they catch the Gobloon before it catches them, they get to make a wish! With Roo by his side, Lumpy knows he can face anything. So when Pooh eats all the Halloween candy, Lumpy and Roo decide to be "brave together, brave forever" and catch the Gobloon so they can wish for more.
Join the expedition visiting legendary Candy Man Willy Wonka in a splendiferous movie that wondrously brings to the screen the endlessly appetising delights of Roald Dahl's classic book. Coated with flavourful tunes and production design that constantly dazzles the eye, this effervescent musical never fails to enchant young and old. On a whirlwind tour of Willy's incredible, edible realm of chocolate waterfalls, elfish Oompa-Loompas and industrial-sized confections, a boy named Charlie will discover the sweetest secret of all: a generous, loving heart. And you'll rediscover the timeless magic of a delicious family classic.
A wild and witty comic adventure! Get ready for an amazing family adventure you'll never forget. Disney uncages the laughs in this hip and hilarious comedy. When a funny band of furry friends escape from the city zoo, they discover that New York City is the biggest, craziest jungle of all.
Scott Calvin, a divorced father whose strained relationship with his son Charlie begins to mend only after a bizarre twist of fate transforms him into the new Santa. When Scott accidentally kills the current Mr. Clause on Christmas Eve, Scott dons Santa's suit and with Charlie, finishes Santa's Christmas deliveries.
Multi award-winning psychological illusionist Derren Brown returns in the recording of his acclaimed live show Infamous. Featuring Derren at his baffling best with the excitement of a live theatre audience, Infamous includes amazing, provocative, jaw dropping demonstrations of his incredible skills of magic, suggestion, showmanship and misdirection in a must-watch roller coaster of emotions.
An irresistible song-filled adventure about Lady, a lovingly pampered cocker spaniel, and Tramp, a roguish mutt from across the tracks. Together with friends Jock, Trusty and Peg, they share thrilling adventures on a lovely bella notte as Lady learns what it means to be footloose and leash-free.
Set in a world where every holiday has its own special land, this film follows the misguided passion of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown's beloved Pumpkin King, who oversees the creation of all the ghoulish delights, frights and surprises that his holiday traditionally exports to the 'real world'. Bored with the same annual routine, Jack finds a new purpose in life when he accidentally stumbles upon the entry to Christmastown and becomes instantly enraptured with the bright colours, toys, decorations and warm spirit that he discovers there.
This film tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realise that city life is not all he had imagined until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says "Please look after this bear. Thank you," and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.
Tim Marlow meets best-selling crime writer Ian Rankin at the National Galleries of Scotland in his home town of Edinburgh. Most famous for his award winning Inspector Rebus novels, Rankin talks openly about his life and career through his chosen works. These include a Francis Bacon piece and work from Scottish artists Eduardo Paolozzi and Douglas Gordon.
This special ventures behind-the-scenes for an exclusive look at the origins and evolution of the Academy Award winning film Frozen, now the biggest animated feature of all time. A breathtaking and fantastic saga, the special tells the real story of making a modern movie based on a timeless tale that nearly overnight became a cultural touchstone for legions of fans.
Taking place in a Manhattan apartment building, Max's life as a favourite pet is turned upside down, when his owner brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke. They have to put their quarrels behind when they find out that an adorable white bunny named Snowball is building an army of lost pets determined to take revenge.
As Andy prepares to depart for college, Buzz, Woody and the rest of his loyal toys are troubled about their uncertain future. It's pandemonium as they try to stay together, ensuring no toy gets left behind.
Travel back to the stone-age in this big-budget treatment of the world's favourite prehistoric family! Fred Flintstone, a put-upon blue-collar worker struggling to squeak by, with the help of his best buddy Barney and his wife Wilma. After an aptitude test mix up, Fred Flintstone trades his job as Slate and Company Bronto-crane operator for a vice presidency. But there's trouble brewing in Bedrock: An evil executive and his sinister secretary are now plotting to use Fred as the fall guy in an embezzlement scheme!
An unforgettable journey she probably won't remember. Finding Dory reunites everyone's favourite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale?
In this classic musical fantasy, Judy Garland stars as Dorothy Gale, a young Kansas farm girl who dreams of a land 'somewhere over the rainbow.' Dorothy's dream comes true when she, her dog, Toto, and her family's house are transported by a tornado to a bright and magical world unlike anything she has seen before. Unfortunately, she makes a mortal enemy of a wicked witch when the house falls on the hag's sister.
Imagine losing everything. Your home, your business - entire towns and villages swept away. Discover the stories of the people whose lives will be forever changed. This emotional documentary follows the movement underway to reunite objects lost in the 2011 Japanese tsunami.
How can Santa deliver billions of presents to the whole world in just one night? With Santa's exhilarating, high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole! So how could this incredible operation have missed one child? To Santa's young son, Arthur, it threatens to end the magic of Christmas. With retired Grandsanta, a rebellious young elf, an old sleigh and some untrained reindeer, Arthur sets out in a crazy mission to deliver the last present.
When S Quentin Quale he believes he can scam rubes Joe and Rusty Panello out of the money he needs to buy a train ticket West, Joe and Rusty con Quale out of everything he owns, even his trousers. But Joe and Rusty, who are supposed to deliver the deed to Dry Gulch to lovely Eve Wilson are themselves conned by the dastardly Beecher and Baxter.
It is Wendy Darling's last night in the nursery bedroom. Her father George says it's time for her to grow up and stop telling wild stories about Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up, to her younger brothers, Michael and John. Not long after George and his wife Mary leave for a London party, Peter Pan himself flits through the nursery window
A playful pachyderm named Horton becomes a reluctant hero when he discovers the microscopic city of Who-ville on a floating speck of dust and embarks on a hilarious adventure to save the town from the dangers of the jungle.
Movie theatre usher Dan Quigley quickly learns that it's better to join the mob than become a victim of the mob. But with the police hot on his heels, he heads to California, where he soon lands leading roles as a gangster. But with fame come his former cohorts from the underworld whom he thought he had left long behind.
When a flashy new space ranger named Buzz Lightyear enters the world of a pull-string cowboy named Woody, it sparks an outrageously funny tiff between toys. Accidentally whisked away from home and into the clutches of a neighbourhood bully, these two squabbling rivals must work together as a team if they are to escape. With toy box pals Rex the dinosaur, the Green Army Men and Mr Potato Head ready to lend a hand, Woody and Buzz unite in friendship for a phenomenal adventure home!
Set in a remote Chinese village during the 1990s, 13-year-old Wei is left in charge of her class when the teacher must leave for a month. Wei is told by the mayor not to lose any students. But within days, one of the boys takes off in search of work in the city, and Wei is forced to go looking for him.
The tiny Kirikou is born into an African village upon which a sorceress called Karaba has cast a terrible spell - the spring has dried up, the villagers are being blackmailed, the men of the village have either been kidnapped or have mysteriously disappeared. Kirikou wants to rid the village of Karaba's curse, so goes on an adventurous voyage to reveal Karaba's secrets.
Meet Dumbo, Mrs Jumbo's sweet little 'Baby Mine', who charms all who see him ... until it's discovered that he has huge floppy ears! With the support of his very best friend, Timothy the mouse, Dumbo soon learns that his spectacular ears make him unique and special, allowing him to soar to fame as the world's only flying elephant.
From the makers of the Oscar-winning Peter and the Wolf comes this beautiful animated short to a soundtrack of the piano music of Fryderyk Chopin. It tells the story of Anna, a girl whose father has to leave Poland to look for work in London. She's left with her auntie and annoying little cousin Chip-Chip who desperately seeks her attention. Missing her father, Anna decides to run away, but he follows her. As she tries to hide from him in a garbage pile, the children find a broken piano which magically transforms itself into the Flying Machine and rises into the sky.
Explore depictions of Australia and it's culture through a special collection of films representing life Down Under with a range of selected content for all ages. (VCHHK072, VCHHK076, VCHHK073, VCHHC097, VCHHC098, VCHHC100)