Television and cinema
can be a great way to introduce and teach children great life lessons and good behavior.Selecting
the correct movies for your children to view can be extremely important. In the modern generation, computer animation
has dominated the children’s movie market.Some of the animated blockbusters today are
truly remarkable, but I strongly feel that some of the older children’s films portrayed more life lessons and goals
along with the fun characters and story.
I have decided to make a collection of 10 of the best children’s
movies that you might not have noticed for a while.Don’t be afraid to bust out the old VHS
player for your child, make a trip to the local library, and check out some classic kids movies.Trust
me, you will find your child playing the films over and over, being sure to take in every scene and mannerism.
10. All Dogs Go
to Heaven (1989)
All Dogs Go to Heaven is a 1989 animated film released by United Artists.The film tells the story of two dogs, Charlie B. Barkin and his loyal best friend Itchy Itchiford.In
the beginning of the film Charlie is killed, but he returns to earth at first for revenge, but soon meets an orphaned
girl named Anne-Marie and turns his attention to caring for her.The movie is a tale of friendship
and teaches important lessons like forgiveness and love.It shows children that people can make
mistakes in life, but ultimately correct themselves by changing their lifestyle. The film has been
rated for children aged 5+.It has scenes of lying and stealing, but the sins are redeemed by the
end of the feature.After viewing this film you can discuss ideals such as gaining trust and forgiveness
with your child.The film has good parallels on how important it is to keep you word with others.The musical score and soundtrack to the film is great.All Dogs Go to Heaven was extremely
successful on home video, but did not fair well at the box office.It is a must watch for all families.
9. Homeward Bound
- The Incredible Journey (1993)
is a feature film that tells the story of a group of dogs, one cat, and their incredible journey across the Sierra Nevadas
to find their lost family. The film stars a Golden Retriever named Shadow, voiced by Don Ameche, a Himalayan cat
named Sassy voiced by Sally Field, and an American Bulldog named Chance voiced by Michael J. Fox.It
is a great family film for children of all ages and has been rated for kids 5+.Children under the
age of five might have problems following the story, but will enjoy the animals.
Children aged 5-8 will love
the interactive and talking animals.It is a funny story, as each individual animal has a distinct
personality. It is an exciting movie for kids and can be a great initiator for parents to discuss what to do when
children get separated from their parents. The movie was a commercial success and spawned a less impressive
sequel titled Homeward Bound - Lost in San Francisco.
8. The Hobbit (1977)
The Hobbit is an animated television movie that was based around J. R. R. Tolkien's novel.The film was first broadcast on NBC in the United States on November 27, 1977.This television special manages to retell most of Tolkien’s story in a 78-minute cartoon.The film is presented in a heart-warming style, but also includes fantasy, adventure, and much excitement.
I feel the best aspect of this movie is the music.Children will love the original songs that
are featured throughout the story.The music was written specifically for the program and is widely
based on poems and lyrics from the book.It is a wonderful children’s adaptation to the novel.The film has been released on DVD and is readily available at most rental stores.
to Witch Mountain (1975)
Escape to Witch
Mountain is a Disney film based on the novel by Alexander Key.It tells the story of two troubled
orphaned children who discover that they have strange psychic powers.Ultimately, the pair decides
to go on an adventure to witch mountain in order to discover their true identities.The journey is
not easy and they encounter many obstacles along the way.This is one of the most entertaining
Disney films ever created with a mixture of mystery, fantasy, and adventure.
It will help your child build
their imagination and teach them about science fiction, which is important for normal development.It
has been rated for children aged 7+ and is a great family film. Escape to Witch Mountain helped pave the way
for many live-action predecessors.If your kids like this film, they will equally enjoy the sequel
Return from Witch Mountain.
6. The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden is 1993 film that is adapted from the 1909 book by Frances Hodgson Burnett.It tells a story surrounding the recently-orphaned Mary Lennox, who travels from her home in India to her Uncle
Archibald Craven's hundred-room house, Misselthwaite Manor, in Yorkshire, England.Initially rather
unpleasant and unhappy, Mary meets two friends and discovers her aunts long lost secret garden. She immediately
gives herself the task of bringing the garden to life. This film is an enchanting and mysterious
adventure.It also gives some beautiful views of nature and flower life.This film
is rated for children ages 8+.It is a great family film with no inappropriate content.A great idea for parents would be to read the novel with your children, then view the film, and discuss the small differences.The Secret Garden is one of the best reviewed films and books of all time and comes
highly recommended in school curriculum.
5. The Bear (1988)
The Bear, known as L'Ours in its original release, is a feature film that tells
the story of an orphaned bear cub befriended and protected by an adult male grizzly as hunters pursue them through
the wild.It is set in late 19th century British Columbia, Canada.It is a great
story and really helps give children a view of nature, wildlife, and also teaches many goals of protection and reality.As a child, it was the first film I ever viewed that had a story surrounding living creatures and it had
a lasting impact.
The Bear was an international success and received many awards, especially in France.It was filmed in the Dolomites, which is a section of the Alps.The film is recommended for
children 8+ as one short scene depicts a couple of bears mating. It is a great family film that will give your child
a new perspective on parenthood and the environment.
4. Bedknobs and
Broomsticks is a 1971 musical film produced by Walt Disney.It is one of the first films to combine
live action and animation.The film has similarities to the 1964 release Mary Poppins.It is partly set in the streets of London and shares some of the same cast and crew.The history
and education this film offers children is great.The film includes an apprentice witch, three Cockney war evacuees, and an illusionist conman who travel on a magic bed across war-torn England and beyond, encountering
various inhabitants of London, football-playing cartoon animals, and Nazi invaders.
is great as Miss Price and she provides incredible musical talent. The film was not one of the most commercially
successful Disney movies, but the soundtrack is one of the best ever created. In 1971, Bedknobs and
Broomsticks won the Academy Award for Special Visual Effects and it was nominated for Original Music Score and Best
Song.It has been rated for children ages 6+ and is a true children’s classic.
3. Swiss Family Robinson
This classic Walt Disney
picture tells the tale of a shipwrecked family who build an island home.It is a fun movie full of
adventure, discovery, pirates, shipwreck, family, and fun.Swiss Family Robinson
was one of the rare widescreen Disney films shot with Panavision lenses. The film is full of exotic locations and
animals, desert-island scenery, excitement, and a good subplot involving the rivalry of the two elder sons.
It was filmed in Tobago, which is located in the southern Caribbean Sea.The film was a commercial
success and made an astounding $40 million in 1960.It has been rated for children ages 8+, as it
contains pirates and some action scenes. Disney has announced that they will be remaking Swiss Family Robinson and the new film will be released in 2012.
Charlotte’s Web is an animated
feature film based on the E.B. White book of the same name.The film tells the heartwarming story of
a pig who is saved from being slaughtered by an intelligent spider name Charlotte.The animated special has an amazing original score and music, which was written by the Sherman Brothers, who had previously
worked on films such as The Jungle Book and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Charlotte's Web was released by Paramount
Pictures. It is a touching story that teaches children about life, death, and society.It is one of the best tales of true friendship ever written.It shows that two separate people,
as different as a spider and pig, can become great friends. The movie teachers children
about the natural life cycle, as Charlotte is old, has her children, and passes away after a full life. This film
is great for children of all ages.
1. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The best children’s film ever created has to be The Wizard of Oz.It was released in
1939 and still entertains millions of children every year.The film follows a farm girl Dorothy
Gale (Judy Garland) who lives in Kansas, after being struck unconscious during a tornado, Dorothy is transported
to the magical Land of Oz. The character development, fantasy, and adventure in this film are truly astounding. The
music is great and children can identify with the individual character traits of Scarecrow, Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion,
Dorothy, Toto, and the various witches in the film.
The Wizard of Oz continues to be one of the most recognizable
and purchased films today.Every child should have the opportunity to preview this classic.The soundtrack is considered to be one of the best of all time and the film won numerous Academy Awards,
but lost Best Picture to Gone with the Wind.This film will continue to stand the test of time and
live in children’s hearts forever.
- December 5, 2010
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