Entertainment For August

It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown (1969)

Kicking off with an oldie, It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown sees the Peanuts gang getting ready for summer camp fun and games – in their own inimitable style. As Charlie writes up a report of his time at summer camp, he recounts how badly the boys versus girls games went – with the girls coming out on top every time. Until the mysterious Masked Marvel takes on Lucy at arm wrestling…

If you’re a fan of Charlie Brown, or just looking for something short and sweet to entertain the kids during a busy morning (the running time of 30 minutes ensures there’s no time to lose interest), then this classic cartoon will be right up your street. 

Just the right amount of dry, sardonic humour for parents to enjoy, and a good healthy dollop of competitive fun to keep the kids happy, check out It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown on DVD today! 

Scooby Doo – Camp Scare (2010)

Who doesn’t love Scooby Doo? The crime fighting hound has been taking on monsters and creepy ghouls for over fifty years, with many spin-offs and specials along the way. Camp Scare is a feature length adventure featuring Scooby, Shaggy, and the rest of Mystery Inc. as they take part in some creepy campfire tales, and solve a few mysteries along the way.

Camp Little Moose is haunted, not by just one spook, but by four! And Mystery Inc. must step in (as always) to save the day. Those meddling kids are, (as always), completely outshone by Shaggy and Scooby’s bumbling yet effective attempts at catching the bad guys. Sharp eared fans will notice Matthew Lillard, who played Shaggy in the live action movies, also had his first outing voicing him in Camp Scare.

This is outright fun, and fans of Scooby (young and old) will undoubtedly enjoy this feature length caper – and the bad guys are pretty cool too, particularly The Banshee of Black Lake! Summer camp, Scooby style is a winner in this house, and you can watch it on DVD today!

Recess – School’s Out (2001)

A spin-off summer moviel from the hugely popular 90s cartoon Recess, School’s Out sees TJ and the rest of the gang from Third Street Elementary breaking up for the all-important summer vacation. But as the kids get ready to set off for summer camp, something is amiss in their beloved school, and it’s down to them to figure out what.

If you’re not familiar with Recess, it focuses on the adventures of TJ, Gretchen, Mickey, Vince, Gus and Spinelli – along with their classmates, and their ever grumpy teacher Miss Finster. The cartoon is a long standing hit with kids of all ages, and School’s Out is packed with fun and adventure from start to finish. 

Likeable, relatable characters and an action packed storyline make this an absolute must see. If School’s Out doesn’t become a firm family favourite, I’ll be shocked, so check it out today on DVD.

By Sunday Simmons

Taken from the August 2018 issue of Geek Parenting, out now!

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