One of the kids favorite of late is DreamWorks HOME the movie.
We actually didn’t see it in the theater. But the kids always wanted to see it, so when it recently came out on digital download we got it right away. It’s also now available on DVD and Blu-Ray, and since we’ve been watching it pretty much nonstop I thought I’d share a review of the film. I also created a fun printable board game for the kids inspired by the film (see below.)
The kids loved HOME the movie the first time out of the gate. I have to admit it took me until the second viewing to fall for this film. It’s not as complex as many recent animated features I’ve loved, but there are some wonderful themes that drew me in and certainly entertained the kids.
When alien race the Boov find themselves on the run again, they take over earth transplanting humans to a colony on Australia. The film’s story centers around a girl named Gratuity “Tip” Tucci and an outcast Boov alien named “Oh” who go on an adventure in a flying car to find Tip’s mom, whom she lost during the human relocation.
Tip really is a great lead and roll model for kids. For once we see a girl of color as our heroine. She’s smart, resourceful and realistic. No matter what she encounters, she stands up for herself and keeps trying whatever the odds. And she certainly teaches naive Oh a thing or two about friendship, loyalty and hope.
I love the diversity of the human characters, and I also really enjoyed the visual representation of the Boov and their many moods. I talked a lot about how Inside Out was a great film to teach kids about emotions. I think this film also had some great themes about kids and emotions as well. Oh coins the term “Sad Mad” to describe Tip during their journey and I’ve definitely used that line with Ellie quite a bit these last few weeks as she navigates her emotions surrounding starting a new school in the fall without her friends.
Shortly after seeing the film for the first time, I found myself saying one of my favorite film lines“What is the purpose of your face?” to Ellie when she had a sad face. Ronin chimed in with “I has confusion” and she laughed and wasn’t sad anymore. I call that a movie win.
There are lots of one liners that the kids just love. Overall, the story is less emotionally complex than some of the recent animated films that we’ve loved like Big Hero 6 and Inside Out but that’s OK. It’s a fun ride. There definitely aren’t as many tears for the audience, which isn’t a bad thing for younger kids.
Did your kids enjoy HOME?
I’ve created this fun printable board game inspired by the movie. It includes the game board and instructions sheet.
INSTRUCTION SHEET: DreamWorks-Home-Inspired-Printable-Board-Game-Instructions
GAME BOARD: DreamWorks-Home-Inspired-Board-Game-Printable
To play, you’ll also need one die and small game pieces for each player. (This is all listed on the instructions sheet.) We used these foam cubes, but any small coins or tiny toys would work.
A fun part of the game is that it uses the many moods/colors of the Boov and themes of HOME that are incorporated into the game. For example, if you land on green (Boov turn green when they lie) you lose your next turn. Or if you land on blue (Boov turn blue when they are sad) you must give the player to your right a hug. Or if you land on yellow (Boov turn yellow when they are scared) you must “run away” or move back 3 spaces.
My kids have enjoyed playing it and I hope your do too!
Also, get more information about the film and download printable DreamWorks HOME coloring sheets and kids activities here.
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