Available on DVD and on streaming platforms, is the family friendly musical, Lilly’s Light: The Movie.
The film stars Sherry Hursey, Vitor Noguiera, LeRoy White, Fred Willard, as well as a cast of characters including talking animals and animations.
Lilly (Sherry Hursey) owns and lives in an enchanted lighthouse with her many foster children and adorable pets. Lilly herself became an orphan when her parents were lost at sea. She can fully relate to the children in her care.
Here is an official synopsis for the film. Normally I write my own film synopsis, but unfortunately, at the time I am writing this I am getting ready for work and I don’t really have the time (sorry).
Lilly is a loving foster mom and the keeper of an enchanted lighthouse. With her spirited crew of kids, their exotic talking pets and zany friends, Lilly, uses joy, love, laughter, and song as her tools, and shows everyone that “Life is Full of Possibilities!” When two curious members of Lilly’s crew discover the Big Book of Little Adventures, in the lighthouse basement, the adventure begins. Messenger-pelican, Pel Mel, brings news that newly orphaned Daniel and his pot-bellied pig, Oink, need a home. As sisters Peaches and Dee, snicker-bicker, Professor Crabbe, perfects the Illiator, Will and Al Patchitt, prepare for guests, Lilly, the kids, and Uncle Fitz, take Daniel on a musical journey where they meet Sir Oinks A Lot, the Wizard of Hog, Fred Willard (Everybody Loves Raymond, Best in Show) discover the secret of the lighthouse and how to turn the images into a magical adventure.s us to present day in the lighthouse basement, several years later. We are reunited with slightly older yet familiar faces, introduced to a few new crewmembers, including cousin Kenny Patchitt (Rick Cowling), and the next chapter begins with a new spark of light.
In a world of COVID and a lot of negatively that is going on right now, children NEED a fun loving film with a positive message. Lilly’s Light: The Movie is the ideal movie for children right now.
I believe this film is aimed towards children 3-11 year old, however, young and older children can also enjoy it (including “big kids” like me).
The film is a bit corny at times, but that is OK. The film places a lot of emphasis on using your imagination, which I am all for. So corny is perfectly OK. When I was a child and used my imagination, I would go on similar adventures.
One of my favorite films is Doctor Doolittle. You can’t get much more corny than a giant pink snail and a two-headed llama, not to mention a person able to understand pigs, horses and other animals.
I don’t think that children these days use their imagination. I work with children, and it seems like using their imagination is a foreign concept to them. They rely on video games, social media and television.
Back in the day, when I was a child, I could spend all day playing in my yard using whatever I found (sticks, rocks, boxes…) and go on amazing adventures. I did not need a smart phone, tablet or the television. In fact, I barely watched television as a child. I had more fun enjoying my backyard and the woods around my home.
I bet if you gave a child today some sticks, cardboard and rocks they would look at you like you were crazy. They wouldn’t think of doing something with those supplies – something FUN that required using their imagination.
Sigh… that just breaks my heart. I feel so sorry for today’s children (not to mention the COVID situation and remote learning doesn’t help either).
ANY film that can encourage a child to use his or her imagination is great in my book.
There are a lot of songs in this book. As an adult, I enjoyed some while others get under my skin. It was hit or miss when it came to the songs. Children on the other hand would most likely enjoy all of them. Musical films tend to do well with children. Case in point, Frozen. How many times did you hear your child (or grandchild) sing “Let it Go?” Ha Ha.
The acting was really good. Even the child actors did a fabulous job.
I loved all the animals in this film. Wizard the Hog was especially cute.
The message of this film is what this film is all about. It’s about love, friendship, hope and possibilities. The world needs that right now.
I have a wonderful activity book you can download and print out to enjoy with your family. You can download it HERE.
Lilly’s Light: The Movie Activity Booklet Includes:
– Music Video with Follow the Bouncing Ball Lyrics so children can sing along with Sherry and friends!
– Song Featured in Music Video: “Pass It On”
– Printable Coloring Pages from the film
– Printable Puzzles inspired by the film
You can stream Lilly’s Light: The Movie on Gather, as well as Amazon Prime Video.
Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.