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Film Synopsis Word Clouds

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A Word Cloud is a little bit like a frequency chart using words. The more a word is repeated in the text, the bigger that word is within the ‘cloud’.

Read the instructions

  1. Read the synopses
  2. Focus on one film
  3. Now type information about the film into the box. The more you put in, the better the Word Cloud. You can use the words from the synopsis – but re-write them into your own words. Here are some questions to help you write about the film:
    • What is the title of the film?
    • Who are the main characters?
    • Describe them
    • What type of film is it?
    • Describe what you think happens in the film
    • Choose some interesting words from the synopsis and include them here
    • Who will want to go and see this film?
    • Why?
    • Why is it better to see the film at the cinema than to watch a dodgy copy?
    • Remember: it doesn’t matter if you repeat words. In fact, the more you repeat a word, the bigger it will be in the Word Cloud, so choose the right words to repeat.
  4. Now click ‘create’ and watch your Word Cloud form.
    • Which words are bigger than others?
    • Why?
    • Do you think this is a good representation of the film?
  5. When you are happy with it, you can print it off, or email it to a friend

Read the synopses


(Paramount) Release date 4 March 2011

A chameleon that aspires to be a swashbuckling hero finds himself in a Western town plagued by bandits and is forced to literally play the role in order to protect it.


(Optimum Releasing) Release date 25 March 2011

A spectacular 3D animation of the wonderful adventures of Sammy the sea turtle searching the ocean for his one true love. As he scrambles to the sea shortly after his birth on California beach, Sammy finds and loses the love of his life, a pretty hatchling called Shelly. On the epic journey across the oceans, with the help of his best buddy Ray, Sammy dodges every danger in the hope of meeting Shelly again.


(Universal) Release date 1 April 2011

Blending state-of-the-art animation with live action, Hop tells the comic tale of Fred (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker who accidentally injures the Easter Bunny (voiced by Russell Brand) and must take him in as he recovers. As Fred struggles with the world's worst houseguest, both will learn what it takes to finally grow up. The film is helmed by Tim Hill, director of the blockbuster Alvin & the Chipmunks and produced by Chris Meledandri's Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me).


(Walt Disney) Release date 15 April 2011

Walt Disney Animation Studios returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with 'Winnie the Pooh', the first big-screen Pooh adventure from Disney animation in more than 35 years. With the charm, wit and whimsy of the original Winnie the Pooh featurettes, this all-new movie reunites audiences with the philosophical "bear of very little brain" and friends Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Kanga, Roo—and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore, who has lost his tail. "Well a tail is either there or it isn't there," said Winnie the Pooh. "And yours isn't... there." Owl sends the whole gang on a wild quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit. It turns out to be a very busy day for Pooh bear who simply set out to find some honey.


(Walt Disney) Release date 22 April 2011

Take out the trash, eat your broccoli – who needs mums, anyway? Nine-year-old Milo (Seth Green) finds out just how much he needs his mom (Joan Cusack) when she’s nabbed by Martians who plan to steal her mom-ness for their own young.

Produced by the team behind "Disney’s A Christmas Carol" and "The Polar Express," "Mars Needs mums" showcases Milo's quest to save his mom – a wild adventure in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D that involves stowing away on a spaceship, navigating an elaborate, multi-level planet and taking on the alien nation and their leader (Mindy Sterling).

With the help of a tech-savy, underground earthman named Gribble (Dan Fogler) and a rebel Martian girl called Ki (Elisabeth Harnois), Milo just might find his way back to his mom – in more ways than one.


(Entertainment) Release date 11 February 2011

Garden gnomes Gnomeo (voice of McAvoy) and Juliet (voice of Blunt) have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbours. But with plastic pink flamingos and lawnmower races in the mix, can this young couple find lasting happiness?

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Frequency chart:

A diagram or graphic representation that shows the number of times something is repeated.


A shortened version of a story. You can find synopses on the back of DVDs or books.