Throwback Thursdays Features Award-winning Family Films

Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso

As summer’s end nears and kids get ready to head back to school, there’s still time for some family fun. Del Mar College’s Cultural Program Series and Richardson Performance Hall present a “Throwback Thursdays” Film Series beginning this Thursday, Aug. 7, with the first of four family-oriented films –– The Lego Movie.

The other three films include Despicable Me 2 (Aug. 14), Frozen (Aug. 21) and WALL-E (Aug. 28). All showings are scheduled in Richardson Performance Hall located on Del Mar College’s East Campus, Ayers and Baldwin. Matinees are 1 and 4 p.m. followed by an evening show at 7 p.m. for each film.

Admission is free for DMC students with a valid I.D. and for children age 12 and under with a paid adult ticket. Adult admission is $5 per person. Tickets are available at the RPH Box Office as well as online at (fees apply for online purchases). For more information, contact the Box Office at 698-2226 or

If you haven’t seen these movies or just want to relive the magic each provides, you’ll want to plan now to watch these money-grossing, award-winning family films:

The Lego Movie (Warner Bros. Pictures distribution) is the computer-animated adventure-comedy directed and co-written by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and based on the Lego line of construction toys. The movie tells the story of Emmet (Chris Pratt), an ordinary Lego minifigure prophesied to save the universe from tyrannical Lord Business (Will Ferrell). The Lego Movie earned more than $257 million in North America and $210 million in other territories for worldwide earnings totaling over $467 million.

Despicable Me 2 (Universal Pictures distribution) is the 2013 American 3D computer-animated comedy and sequel to the 2010 release, Despicable Me, produced by Illumination Entertainment, directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud and written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. In this film, a powerful mutagen known as PX-41 is stolen from a secret laboratory in the Arctic Circle. The Anti-Villain League recruits former super villain Gru to find out which evil person stole the lab, since he knows how villains work. Marking the first time that Illumination Entertainment made a sequel that grossed over $970 million worldwide against its budget of $76 million, Despicable Me 2 became the second-highest-grossing animated film and third-highest-grossing film in 2013, breaking a record as the most profitable film in the 100-year history of Universal Studios. 

Frozen (Walt Disney Pictures) is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy-comedy produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. Fearless optimist Anna teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped her kingdom in eternal winter. The film is the 53rd animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. Frozen was a commercial success, accumulating over $1.2 billion in worldwide box office revenue with $400 million earned in the United States and Canada and $240 million earned in Japan. Frozen won two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (“Let It Go”), the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film and the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film, five Annie Awards (including Best Animated Feature) and two Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (“Let It Go”).

WALL-E(Walt Disney Pictures) was released in the United States and Canada in June 2008. The American computer-animated, science fiction, romantic-comedy was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and directed by Andrew Stanton. The story follows a robot named WALL-E, who is designed to clean up an abandoned, waste-covered Earth. He falls in love with another robot named EVE, who also has a programmed task, and follows her into outer space on an adventure that changes the destiny of both his kind and humanity. On opening day, WALL-E grossed $23.2 million and $63.1 million during opening weekend, ranking Number One at the box office and as the fifth highest-grossing opening weekend for a Pixar film. WALL-E also grossed $521.3 million worldwide, won the 2008 Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film, the 2009 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form), the final Nebula Award for Best Script, the Saturn Award for Best Animated Film and the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, along with being nominated for five other awards at the 81st Academy Awards. WALL-E ranks first in TIME Magazine’s “Best Movies of the Decade.”

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