The annual holiday dilemma: To stay home or go on a family vacay.
Every year, when the school WhatsApp groups begin to ping with messages about Christmas concerts and presents for the teacher, I realise that the school holidays are imminent, and I need a plan. I wonder if a family holiday is a brilliant idea or if settling for a staycation is easier.
As if literally reading my mind, Illumination Studios are about to release a hilarious family movie, Migration, that brings to life every feeling I have about family holidays.
I love animated family movies, especially ones filled with LOL moments for adults as well as kids (after all, why should kids have all the fun). So, when I heard that the creators of Minions, Despicable Me, Sing, and The Secret Life of Pets (should I go on?) were releasing a movie about a duck family going on an action-packed adventure, I was keen for a sneak peek.
It was like watching my family holidays through the lens of a duck family, the Mallards.
The story starts like many of my family holiday decisions do.
By day 2 of the school holidays, the kids have NOTHING to do and are desperate to do something fun. But they are being held back by the boring adults. In my case, it's typically that pesky responsibility of work. On-screen, the dad, Mack, wants to keep his family safe in their New England Pond forever. Cue a rebellion from mum Pam, who is keen to show the kids, Dax and Gwen, life outside of their little pond and embark on a family trip south for winter to visit the tropical paradise of Jamaica.