Today, “Treasure of Mikołajka” made its debut in Polish cinemas. It is the latest installment of the cult hero adventure film invented by Jean-Jacques Sempe and Rene Gościnny. This time, Mikołajek will go in search of the lost treasure. In turn, we, on a wave of nostalgia and on the occasion of the premiere, decided to recall the best children’s books and their most successful adaptations.
The best book adaptations for children. Top 10 movies worth watching
When making our choice, we were guided by a double quality criterion – both the original literary and the film adaptation. This might be an obscure approach, but who knows – maybe after a good movie, kids will be more likely to reach for a good book? You’ll find here plot and animation, old and new films, lighter and more ambitious productions. However, you will not find the series – the fantastic “Ania, not Anna” unfortunately will have to wait for the next rating. Let me know in the comments which productions were missing from the list and which children’s literature screenings you remember the most.
The classic adaptation of Rolad Dahl’s 1971 prose, “WIlly Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” starring the memeogenic Gene Wilder, has a special place in our hearts. Ultimately, though, we’re focusing on Tim Burton’s version from 2005 – a bit easier to digest after so many years, more effective, with better young players. Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka may not be in the comedy gas like Wilder, but he’s weirder, more neurotic and brings out the dark layers of Dahl’s story. Plus, great set designs, sensational costumes and a high level of surrealism – just like the creators of “Beetlejuice”, “Batman” and “Headless Horseman”. Not just for kids.
Let’s face it: the choice is Fronczewski or Maleszka. And with all due respect to the creators of the “Magic Tree” and “Hundred Minute Vacation” (as well as the wonderful “Mystery of the Marabut Password”, which remains the strangest and most twisted book for children we remember) the film “Mr. Out of the whole series we chose the most dour thing, namely “Mr. Kleks in the cosmos”, where Great Electronics and his servant Alojzy Bbel kidnap Agnieszka and bring her into the world of cinematographic fire. The question of whether screenings of Krzysztof Gradowski’s family film will be as successful for children as it is for older children seems rhetorical. We also suspect that it doesn’t require anything stronger than oranges and cake. Although we may be wrong.
As hard as it is to believe, we still remember the feelings that accompanied us during the first cinematic encounter with protagonists Sempe and Gościnny. It was something between the warmth of nostalgia and excitement that grew by the minute. And no wonder, because the adventures of Mikołaj, Alcest, Godfryd and Cleofas were a part of our childhood. Laurent Tirard’s films, like their sequels – and hopefully the latest ones – were a success, although bringing the simplicity, lightness and wisdom of the original literary masterpiece to the screen must have been a very difficult task. And even though he’s by no means perfect, he seems so underappreciated that it deserves respect. If only for the excellent children’s roles, proper directing and scriptwriting of the best songs from the original “Santa Claus”.
Forget about “Cruella“. Okay, don’t forget, because it’s a pretty good movie (or at least for those who don’t mind the pop culture trend of “rehab” bad guys). However, there’s no denying that Disney’s 1961 film based on Dodie Smith’s novels has the upper hand here – it’s a masterpiece of animated cinema. A famous and beloved plot: the parents of adorable dogs, Pongo and Perdita, set out to save their four-legged animal that was kidnapped by the cruel Cruella de Vil. Humor – timeless. Emotions – guaranteed. Regardless of whether you are a fan of dogs and animation, “101 Dalmatians” will melt your heart – and the hearts of your children.
After the death of her uncle, the underage Mary Lennox moved with her family to her large estate. Soon, he and his neighbor’s girlfriend, Dickon, decide to restore the property’s neglected garden glory. This is the beginning of a great story about friendship, dedication and the search for closeness, and at the same time the introduction of one of the best and most underrated films of Agnieszka Holland’s career. The literary great Frances Hodgson Burnett is treated with respect, camera grandmaster Roger Deakins constructs an evocative and beautiful reality that borders reality and dream, and Hol
focused and precise land made a 200% norm with actors (including BAFTA-nominated veteran Maggie Smith). Great little cinema.
“The Never Ending Tale” is another film, after “Labyrinth”, which has a special place in the hearts of cinema lovers which was lifted at the turn of the last decade of the 20th century. This is the story of a young Bastian, who owns a book that is the key to a fantasy world. Soon, it turns out that the land is threatened with destruction and only the hero can prevent it. Suffice it to say that after watching Wolfgang Petersen’s moving fairy tale, an entire generation of youngest viewers shared the dream of flying on the back of the dragon Falkor with the sound of the title song Limahl.