15 Feb 2012

Classic movies your kids should see

 My hubs and me have realised that our kids (ages 2 to 10) have been spoilt by the superb 
Pixar and Disney movies!
I am not knocking Pixar, Disney or animation at all - we all LOVE these movies!
They are visually stunning, polished and perfectly written for children.

But against this benchmark, it's hard for them to engage with live action family films like we grew up with.
So we went on a mission to educate them with our favourite childhood movies :)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
A great feel good story, with lots of moral tales built in. The most striking thing for us was 
how shocked our children were that families outside Africa could be poor and hungry.
(I do also adore the Johnny Depp remake, but the original oompa loompa songs will never die!)

Home Alone.
You have never seen four kids in more hysterical fits of giggles. 
Even our toddler gets the physical slapstick humour. And the smart kid beats the dumb robbers.

The Goonies.
A bit scary for very young children, but an excellent family adventure!
We do wrap our kids in cotton wool, so it's good for them to see kids 
going off with their friends where they shouldn't really be...

 E.T.
Tissues at the ready...

Short Circuit.
Johnny 5 is alive! Super story about a robot programmed for violence, 
who rebels and befriends a human.

The Wizard of Oz.
OK so this is even older than me (1939) but it's still up there with the classic children's movies.

Superman The Movie.
The original and best. Goodies vs Baddies.

Mary Poppins.
(Yes I know it's Disney) Think Sunday afternoon, the whole family gathered around the telly, 
singing "Chim chiminy, chim chiminy, chim chim cheroo". Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious...

Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
(not to be confused with "Breadknobs and Boomsticks" as I once said accidentally 
and have never lived it down)
Animals playing football, and an apprentice witch who takes in displaced city kids 
evacuated during the war...

Spirited Away.
Anything by Studio Ghibli is definitely worth watching. Traditional folk tales of people turning into animals. This collection is beautiful to look at, and a little deeper than the super sleek blockbusters.

So there you have it, that's my humble opinion. 
I'd love to hear what your favourites were (or still are!)

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