Fan-favorite book and animated characters on screen this holiday season

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A journey to receive a coveted last wish, a wooden boy brought to life, and a girl so smart her big brain makes things happen. These are some of the movie stories that will have you laughing, rejoicing, and even sitting on the edge of your seat this holiday season. Here are five movies — some streaming, some in theaters — for you and your family to enjoy.

Matilda the musical by Roald Dahl

The musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic book finally hits the screen. At home, Matilda Wormwood is horribly abused by her parents and older brother. At school, principal Agatha Trunchbull also bullies him. But her sweet teacher, Jennifer Honey, is kind. Miss Honey also notices how smart Matilda is – so smart she has magical powers – and helps her deal with those who make her life difficult. (On Netflix, rated PG)

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

Do you remember the cat with the cute boots from the Shrek movies? Well, Puss in Boots also has its own movies, and the second one is here. In the final episode, he realizes that his adventurous ways have taken him through eight of his nine lives. He must travel to find the Legendary Last Wish and wish for nine lives again. (In theaters December 21, rated PG)

Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro

The classic tale of the wooden boy whose nose grows with every lie he tells returns to the screen in this musical. This stop-motion animated film is about Geppetto, who sculpts a boy out of wood because he misses his deceased son. He wishes for the wooden boy to come to life, and he does. But when Pinocchio is tricked into performing in a circus, Geppetto must find a way to save him. (In theaters, on Netflix December 9, rated PG)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick’s Rules

Wimpy kid Greg Heffley must face his spiky-haired older brother, Rodrick, in this animated adaptation of the second novel in Jeff Kinney’s popular series. Rodrick, a high school student, always gives his little brother a hard time. When Greg finds himself alone with him for a weekend, he must find a way to survive his brother’s endless list of rules. (On Disney Plus December 2, rated PG)

The Boss Baby: Christmas Bonus

The tie-wearing baby is back and struggling to figure out what the hype around Christmas is all about. To get Boss Baby into the holiday spirit, his family takes him to meet Santa at a mall. But when Boss Baby is mistaken for an elf and taken to the North Pole, he does what he does best: take matters into his own hands. This time, he becomes the boss of the most famous toy factory of all time, Santa’s workshop. (On Netflix December 6, rated G)

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