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Movies by Moonlight's kid-friendly fourth year

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Open Season (2006)

The popular Movies by Moonlight series, presented by the City of San Antonio, has returned to HemisFair Park, with films screened weekly through August near the grassy area by the Magik Theatre. Viewers are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs. The free program begun in 2008 to provide families with a fun-filled way to spend time together during the week. This year, the screenings begin at 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday night as part of Downtown Tuesdays, when free parking is available in city-operated parking garages, lots and meters after 5 p.m. This includes the Alamo lot near HemisFair Park and the Durango lot across the street from the federal courthouse.

The season continues this Tuesday, June 26 with Open Season (2006), a computer-animated feature by Sony Pictures Animation. Boog is a domesticated grizzly bear who leads a comfortable life in a park ranger’s garage. Everything changes when Boog meets Elliot, an enthusiastic mule deer, and lands himself in the forest a few days before open season. The pair lack basic survival skills and accidentally endanger the entire forest. They come to the realization that only by banding together can the animals outsmart the hunters.

Zookeeper (2011) follows on July 3. Directed by Frank Coraci, this movie follows the adventures of Griffin, a zookeeper who is a disaster when it comes to women. With the help of the zoo animals, Griffin tries to win back the love of his life, Stephanie, who had rejected his marriage proposal years before. But is Stephanie really everything Griffin’s dreamed of?

Next on the list is Happy Feet 2 (2011), screening on July 10. Everyone’s favorite dancing birds are back in this sequel, directed by George Miller. Mumble, the Master of Tap, has a son who is hesitant to dance. His son, Erik, runs away and encounters the Mighty Sven, a penguin who has the ability to fly. When the world is shaken by powerful forces Mumble must bring together the penguin nations to fix things.

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) plays on July 17. Jennifer Yuh directs this sequel about the funny tale of Po, an unlikely warrior. This movie focuses on a new villain, Lord Shen, who has created a weapon that breathes fire and spits out metal. Po and the Furious Five must destroy this weapon in order to save kung fu.

The July 24 movie has delighted kids and their parents for over a decade: The Lion King (1994). Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff direct this movie about Simba, son of the Lion King. Simba is sent into exile after his father, Mufasa, is sabotaged by his uncle, Scar. The young cub makes friends with a warthog and myrrh cat who show him a worry-free lifestyle. His childhood friend shows up later on and informs him of the terrible conditions his home is in. Simba then returns home to reclaim the throne that is rightfully his.

The first half of the season concludes with Over the Hedge (2006), playing July 31. In this movie directed by Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick, R.J. the raccoon gets into a load of trouble after stealing an angry bear’s stash of food. R.J. is given a week to repay the debt and tricks an interesting array of forest creatures into helping him. He convinces the animals that a mound of cast-off food lies beyond the suburban neighborhood that popped up while they were hibernating. Somewhere in the mix of things, R.J. learns how important family can be.

June 26 : Open Season (2006)
July 3: Zookeeper (2011)
July 10: Happy Feet 2 (2011)
July 17: Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
July 24: The Lion King (1994)
July 31: Over the Hedge (2006)
August 7: Tangled (2010)
August 14: Alice in Wonderland (2010)
August 21: Tale of Despereaux (2008)
August 28: The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

Slab Cinema

Live pre-show entertainment provided by community theaters at 7:30 p.m.; movies at 8:30pm every Tuesday night
HemisFair Park
200 S Alamo
(210) 207-3677

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