Disney’s Cars 2 has been revealed as the most popular kids film watched by adults once the little ones have gone to bed.
That sound you here is us sending all of the UK’s adults to their rooms to think about what they’ve done.
The research, carried out by film and TV streaming service Amazon’s LOVEFiLM, examined streaming data to reveal the top ten films being viewed after the traditional 9pm kids’ bedtime, with the automobile adventure featuring the voices of Owen Wilson and Michael Caine claiming pole position. The film follows car personalities Lightning McQueen and Mater as they head to the World Grand Prix race – getting caught up in an espionage plot along the way.
Two-time Oscar-winner Up, which tells the tale of a pensioner who flies his house to the wilds of South America using hundreds of helium balloons, is second in the chart – followed by Ratatouille, the Oscar-winning tale of a rat with big dreams of becoming a chef.
All of these Disney movies on demand to choose from and they go for a bland sequel, an overrated film with a squandered first act and a ratty tale without an ending? Thank goodness, then, that LOVEFiLM users get some taste the further down the chart we go: the adorable animation Wall-E rolls into number four, just ahead of the charming Diary of a Wimpy kid: Rodrick Rules.
Perhaps the most surprising entry is Lindsay Lohan’s 90s favourite TheParent Trap, reeling in enough older viewers to slide into number six in the chart – an error on the part of adults searching for Lindsay Lohan movies to stream?
Next up is Sky High, which follows young Will Stronghold as he tries to find a balance between being a normal kid and a superhero. Eighth in the list is retro favourite The Smurfs – if the modern CGI version of the TV show can strike the right note with adults as well as kids (the sequel just hit UK cinemas), what hope does human civilization have?
The answer comes, thankfully, with a much-needed dose of Zac Efron in High School Musical 3: Senior Year – which, let’s face it, is the perfect film for any Zac Efron. Mood. Er, we meant mood.
In tenth and final place in the chart is the cautionary tale of a rich, vain Emperor reduced to a lowly llama in a botched assassination plot. Yes, it’s The Emperor’s New Groove.
The inexplicable love of Cars 2 aside, It’s interesting to note that the chart is mostly dominated by Disney films: a sign that no matter how many duff sequels the House of Mouse churns out, Mickey’s still got it.
Now, let’s start a petition to get High School Music 1 and 2 added to LOVEFiLM so we can knock some of those other films off that list. (Once they are, sleepover round our house?)