Summer Screen Scene Yak's Corner

Just for kids

May 25, 1998|By Helene Lorber

This summer's movie lineup has everything from adventure to talking animals, villains to sibling setups. So grab some popcorn and get ready to watch some of these flicks:

"Mulan," opening June 19, is Disney's big animated summer movie. Mulan is a young Chinese girl who has trouble fitting into her traditional world. One day, her father gets an order to serve in the army. But he is very sick, so Mulan pretends she is a man and joins the army in his place. She gets some help from a dragon who wants to be more helpful than he actually is. The actors who provide the voices include Ming-Na Wen as Mulan, Eddie Murphy as Mushu the dragon, George Takei (Lt. Sulu from the original "Star Trek"), and June Foray, who was the voice of Rocket J. Squirrel on "The Bullwinkle Show."

"Doctor Dolittle" got its start in a series of books about a man who talks to animals. Eddie Murphy plays the doctor this time out, and he gets a lot of help from a bunch of stars who are the animals' voices. Listen for Julie Kavner (also the voice of Marge Simpson), Chris Rock, John Leguizamo and many others. Henson's Creature Shop, which made the animals move and talk in "Babe," does the same job here. It opens June 26.

"In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines" is the famous start of the book "Madeline," about Parisian school-girls. Real people bring the drawings to life in the movie about Madeline, Miss Clavel and the villain, Cucuface. It opens July 10.

Ask a grownup about "The Parent Trap" - a lot of moms and dads loved the 1961 version of this comedy about a pair of twins who scheme to get their parents back together. Actress Lindsay Lohan does double duty portraying both twins. You should definitely check out the video of the original with Hayley Mills. This opens July 29.

Pub Date: 5/25/98

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