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Zootropolis, The Jungle Book and The Angry Birds Movie among May’s Autism Friendly Films line-up

Autism Friendly FilmsChildren’s blockbusters Zootropolis, The Jungle Book and The Angry Birds Movie are among the Autism Friendly Films line-up for May, service provider Dimensions has announced.

Zootropolis will be shown at selected Cineworld cinemas on Sunday, May 1 at 11am.

Meanwhile, The Jungle Book (PG) will place at selected Showcase cinemas on Sunday, May 8 at 10am.

The Angry Birds Movie will be shown at selected ODEON cinemas on Sunday, May 22 at 11:30am. On the following day, as part of ODEON’s ongoing trial screenings for older audiences, X-Men Apocalypse (12A) will be shown on 6pm at 9 selected cinemas.

Finally, Alvin and the Chipmunks – Road Chip will play at selected Vue cinemas on Sunday, May 29 at 10am.

The eponymous Zootropolis is a city populated by mammals great and small. The story centres on Judy Hopps, the first rabbit to join the police force. Determined to prove herself as a cop, Judy jumps at an opportunity to solve a mysterious case, but to do this she must team up with a wily fox named Nick Wilde, which makes her job even harder.

Meanwhile, The Jungle Book is Disney’s live-action remake of the classic tale by Rudyard Kipling. Man-cub Mowgli, after a threat from imposing tiger Sheere Khan, flees the jungle fearing for his life. But, with help from friends Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther, he embarks on a journey, meeting on his way a variety of characters – some friends, some not – to find his own place in the jungle.

The Angry Birds Movie is an animated comedy based on the popular game of the same name and provides the answer to why the birds are so angry. When a paradise island populated by flightless birds is visited by mysterious green piggies, it is up to 3 outsiders – Red, Chuck and Bomb – to find out what they are up to.

In the latest in the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise, Road Chip sees Alvin and his brothers, Simon and Theodore, come to wrongly believe that Dave is about to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami – and dump them. They have 3 days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother.

For older viewers, X-Men: Apocalypse sees the world’s first – and most powerful – mutant, Apocalypse, wake after thousands of years. Disillusioned by how he sees the world, he recruits a band of mutants, including Magneto, to cleanse mankind and create a new world order. With the fate of Earth at stake, the X-Men, led by Professor Charles Xavier, must find a way to save mankind from destruction.

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.

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