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Big Hero 6 and Shaun the Sheep among February’s Autism Friendly Films

Shaun the SheepChildren’s films Big Hero 6, Shaun the Sheep and The Penguins of Madagascar are among February’s Autism Films, service provider Dimensions has confirmed.

Cineworld cinemas will be showing Big Hero 6 on Sunday February 1. The following Sunday, at 10am, Showcase will be showing the same film.

Also on February 8, ODEON cinemas will be putting on Shaun the Sheep at 11.30am. The following day, 10 selected ODEON cinemas will screen a film for older viewers – Kingsman, The Secret Service at 6pm.

Finally, Vue cinemas will screen The Penguins of Madagascar on Sunday February 22 at 10am for just £1.75.

Disney’s Big Hero 6 is a comedy-adventure set in the future, based on a Marvel comic. It focuses on the bond between teen Hiro Hamada and his giant inflatable robot, Baymax. When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into danger, he and Baymax, along with four friends – the ‘Big Hero 6’ of the film’s title – set out to solve the mystery.

Meanwhile Aardman Animation’s Shaun the Sheep – a big-screen version of the successful series on CBBC – sees the eponymous hero decide to take a day off. Following a mix-up with the farmer, a caravan and a steep hill, Shaun and his flock end up in the Big City and it is up to him to ensure everyone gets home safely.

The Penguins of Madagascar – a spin off from the Madagascar trilogy – sees the super spy team comprising Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private join forces with undercover organisation, The North Wind. Together, they must stop the villainous Dr Octavius Brine from destroying the world as we know it.

Finally, for older viewers there is live-action thriller Kingsman: The Secret Service. Another adaptation from a comic book, Kingsman… tells the story of a super-secret spy organisation that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

Sensory friendly environment

Autism Friendly Screenings are mainstream films shown in a sensory friendly environment. Lights are on low, sound is turned down, trailers are omitted and people can bring their own food, make noise and move around the cinema as they feel comfortable.

To view a full list of participating cinemas visit www.dimensions-uk.org/autismfriendly.

ODEON tickets can be booked on the Wednesday before the screening through the ODEON accessibility helpline number 0800 138 3315. Or book online.

Vue tickets can be booked online or for information call 08712 240 240.

Cineworld tickets can be booked online or for information call 0871 200 2000.

Showcase tickets can be booked online or by calling 0871 220 1000.

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