Children's movies

So what are good movies for children?

My daughter's favourite movie (she is 6) is "Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams".

My son's favourite movie (he is 3-1/2) is "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang".

Other movies they both like are (in no particular order):

"Puss in Boots" (the animation is subpar, but the kids love it for some reason, it was produced by Phil Nibbelink) http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/movie.html?v_id=182465

All the Spy Kids movies

"James and the Giant Peach"

"Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"

"Snow White" (classic Disney version)

Have I forgotten any? Probably, the kids have too many videos (and of course, there are television programs as well).

Movies they don't like are those in which babies or toddlers or young children are helpless and in danger - if there is a crying baby in it, they probably won't want to watch it (examples would be Willow, Labyrinth and The Ten Commandments, which all have crying children in jeopardy).

Basically, it seems to boil down to movies that have some element of the fantastic (Willy Wonka) and in which children are prominant (Spy Kids) and children are empowered (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang).

Comments

ingrid said…
When I was a nanny, I took one of my little boys (a four year old) to see Bambi. He was sooo traumatized by the death of the mother. My guilt was overwhelming. Bambi is bad.
Richard said…
I'm not sure how my kids would react to the death of Bambi's mother.

After reading Little Red Riding Hood, Tania was worried about a wolf eating grandma (my mother altered the story to have it end with grandma, the woodcutter, little red riding hood, and the wolf sitting down for tea at the end of the story).

At one time, Jason used to stop me from reading Jack and the Beanstalk at the point where the giant started to say Fe! Fi! Fo! Fum! He would just close the book and pick another one.

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