Big Name Actors Who Kids Love Too
I’ve heard it said more than once that the hardest thing to make is a successful kids film. Sure, kids will be more lenient in what they expect from a film, but it’s the parents who really need to be able to stand it. This is one of the reasons why studios like Blue Sky, Disney and Pixar are successful: they make the movies for the adults as much as they do for the kids.
But when it comes to live action, it takes a special kind of story and cast to make it work the same way. Let’s be honest — not too many people are pulled towards a movie without recognizing at least one person in the cast. Celebrities are their own promotional machines. And yet, if the celebrity cameos on Sesame Street have taught us anything, it’s that you can’t just stick a celebrity actor in a movie and expect the film to go well. You need to have an actor that fits the part, but can also be someone that kids will enjoy (is it just me, or is it hard to see Leonardo DiCaprio in a kid flick?). And it needs to be someone that will do more than just the odd film here and there (like Bruce Willis in The Kid and Angelina Jolie in Maleficent). Here are a few actors who have managed to become popular with the kids as well as the adults.
Hugh Jackman has had some considerable success with kids movies, although he seemed to get his start doing more voice work than anything. Lending the voice to Roddy in Flushed Away, Jackman also went on to provide voices in Happy Feet and Rise of the Guardians. He also impressed more than a few with his turn as a promoter for a robot fighter in the film Real Steel.
Dwayne Johnson seems to be one of the busiest guys in Hollywood who no one is talking about. He was the fifth highest paid actor this past year, starring in more than a few sequels. He’s also someone who can slay dragons one minute and be a favourite of kids the next. Acting in kid flicks such as The Game Plan, Race to Witch Mountain and Journey to the Center of the Earth 2, he also did some voice work in the film Planet 51. It’s even rumoured that he’ll be in another Journey movie, although that remains to be confirmed. He’s definitely someone to keep in mind when it comes time to make a kid flick (although we won’t really talk about his turn in The Tooth Fairy).
Not only has Jackie Chan appeared in a few kid films of his own, he’s even had his own animated show for kids! The Jackie Chan Adventures ran for five seasons and no doubt made more than a few kids want to sign up for some martial arts classes. In addition to the family films Around the World in 80 Days, The Spy Next Door and The Karate Kid, he also provided the voice of Monkey in the Kung-Fu Panda films.
Are there any other celebrities that you think can bounce from the kids world to the adult and back? Leave me a comment below!