Movie studios are rallying around families stuck at home due to current quarantine recommendations and are bringing new releases to digital platforms sooner than originally expected. Walt Disney Studios made both The Call of the Wild, starring Harrison Ford and Downhill, starring Will Farrell available on digital on Friday, March 27th. Both of these films were in theaters in February of this year. Read on for a synopsis of each film PLUS download The Call of the Wild family fun activities.
The Call of the Wild and Downhill Now Available on Digital
Both films debuted in theaters in February. With cinemas currently impacted by closures due to the global health crisis, “The Call Of The Wild” and “Downhill” will be available ahead of schedule to purchase on digital platforms in the U.S. for $14.99 and $9.99 respectively.
“The Call of the Wild” delighted audiences upon opening February 21, earning an 89% Verified Audience Score on RottenTomatoes®. Adapted from the novel by Jack London, it vividly brings to the screen the story of Buck, a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Canadian Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. As the newest rookie on a mail delivery dog sled team--and later its leader--Buck experiences the adventure of a lifetime, ultimately finding his true place in the world and becoming his own master. As a live-action/animation hybrid, “The Call of the Wild” employs visual effects and animation technology in order to bring the animals in the film to life. “The Call of the Wild” is directed by Chris Sanders and stars Harrison Ford, Omar Sy, Dan Stevens, Karen Gillan, Bradley Whitford, Cara Gee, Michael Horse, Jean Louisa Kelly, Colin Woodell, Adam Fergus and Abraham Benrubi. Erwin Stoff, p.g.a. and James Mangold, p.g.a. are producing with Diana Pokorny, Ryan Stafford and screenwriter Michael Green serving as executive producers.
“Downhill” debuted in theaters on February 14 after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, a married couple is thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell star in this biting comedy. “Downhill” is directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, written by Nat Faxon, Jim Rash and Jesse Armstrong and stars Will Ferrell, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Zach Woods, Zoe Chao, Giulio Berruti, Kristofer Hivju and Miranda Otto. Anthony Bregman p.g.a., Julia Louis-Dreyfus p.g.a. and Stefanie Azpiazu p.g.a. are producing with Erik Hemmendorff and Ruben Östlund serving as executive producers.
The Call of the Wild Family Fun Activities
To celebrate the early release of The Call of the Wild on digital Walt Disney Studios has provided fun and free printable activity sheets featuring scenes and characters from the movie.
The Call of the Wild Coloring Pages
The Call of the Wild Board Game
My girls aren't old enough to understand board games yet but this printable The Call of the Wild board game looks like so much fun and the perfect activity for a family that is looking for new things to do together.
All of the pieces you need are here; instructions, board (split into two pieces), game cards, player tokens and even dice! Simply click the picture below to download and print all of the parts you need to play this new game!
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