Top 10 Movies for Kids


Dustin Rowles @ Pajiba writes: "I've formed a Top 10 list of films I plan to show my son when he's old enough to appreciate them." I had to link this up for the stellar #1 choice.

i could not possibly make a similar list without including the sandlot... and probably mighty ducks 1 & 2 as well, or at least rudy or rocky or something even if it wasn't as kid friendly... I mean is it just me or does it seem sacreligious not to include at least one sports movie? I'd even settle for little giants or the big green.

and I still think toy story beats the tail off finding nemo... or any other pixar-esque movie for that matter.

If only I could have another decade and twenty more choices...

Bend it like Beckham (2002) "It put me off beans on toast for life."
Fly Away Home (1996) "Mum died, didn't she?"
Labyrinth (1986) "You have no power over me!"
[If Rowles gets Stand By Me then I get Labyrinth.]
Little Women (1994) "You can't even propose without quarreling."
Matilda (1996) "No more Miss Nice Girl!"
Monsters, Inc. (2001) "Kitty!"
L'Ours (1988) "Good luck, little fella."
Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (2001) "I finally get a bouquet and it's a goodbye present. How depressing."
[and Tonari no Totoro (1988)... I know it's cheating but I don't care.]
Shrek (2001) "What are you doing? You know, you should sweep me off my feet out yonder window and down a rope onto your valiant steed."
Whalerider (2002) "My name is Paikea Apirana, and I come from a long line of chiefs..."

Uuuuu, I love Sandlot & L'Ours (The Bear)... my brother does to.
And am I sensing that 0dysseus' a soccer/football fan?

Football is the beautiful game... and women's professional "soccer" is returning in '08! (Gone in '11?) Yipee!

I've been meaning to tell you that I just saw the touring production of Monty Python's Spamalot (as opposed to Ken Burns' Spamalot.) It was quite good. Not Tim Curry/David Hyde Pierce/Hank Azaria/Broadway good... but it didn't cost an arm and me leg.

I thought it was well written in the face of many obstacles. They hit enough of the necessary touchstones; The Black Knight, Bring Out Your Dead, the Wooden Rabbit, the Knights who say 'Ni,' the rescue of Prince Herbert, the Knights who 'til recently said 'Ni,' the Killer Rabbit and so on. I did miss the Witch, Zoot/Dingo and the Bridgekeeper. And they had just enough of a narrative thread to hold it together.

Walking out I did overhear someone say that the ending seemed to be just thrown together. If I could have reached him I would have throttled him... or at least asked him if he had seen any of the Python films. "This is the Song That Goes Like This" was the best of the new elements. It was a bit odd to have the first entrance of two of the characters greeted with applause when the original performer (Cleese, of course) was nowhere in sight.

A fun time was had by me.

Uuuu, sounds like a spiffing great event. It's just sad that it doesn't play nowhere (and I mean nowhere nowhere) near me.

>>Football is the beautiful game...
No truer words were spoken today. :)

I hardly think that in 11 years, when this guy's kid is 11, that recent movies like Because of Winn-Dixie will even be remembered, except in a nostalgic way by those that watched it as kids when it came out. I haven't seen it, but I haven't heard any of my young relatives express the love of it like they have for all the recent animated movies like Nemo. Plus, the name just reminds me of the Winn-Dixie grocery store.

When I was around that age, I was watching stuff like Jurassic Park and Akira. This was of course before the Pokemon explosion and anime was still unknown. Back then, anime was all unrated, so I would find those that had nudity and get my mom to rent them. Huzzah for rated 'NR'!

I'd never submit my thus far uncreated offspring to the horrors of The Princess Bride though. That's just cruel.

Yeah, the Winn-Dixie store actually figures prominently in Because of Winn-Dixie. I've never actually even seen one of those stores. But anyway, it's a mediocre book and a worse movie, so I wouldn't force my also-thus-far-uncreated kids to watch it.

Wow, I dislike most of those. The Princess Bride, for example? Ugh.

I'm amazed I haven't yet seen The Iron Giant; Brad Bird did a fantastic job with The Incredibles, though.

Yeah those and the eels... I, myself always hated that Vizzini had to die, and hated Westley somewhat how cold he was there.

I knew there just had to be someone who didn't like The Princess Bride... I'm just disapponted that it's someone I like and admire.

You'll almost certainly like The Iron Giant. Bird does a better job than he did on... rather, he did a worse job on The Incredibles.

I'm much older than 11 but I have to admit that the ROUSes still scare the bejappers out of me. It's probably because of what they can do to a shoulder.

It's weird, The Princess Bride and A Christmas Story are two movies everyone loves which I can't stand, and which, strangely enough, no one I know likes either.

I can't wait to see The Iron Giant; I should add it to my queue.

Did you like The Incredibles, though?

I did like The Incredibles.

(For me...) The cracks in Pixar that began in Finding Nemo started to leak. They fail to completely deliver on an excellent premise, the characters aren't fully inhabited, the voice-casting wasn't perfect, parts were too scary for the little kids, the adult references were forced and/or over the top, the pacing was weird and it all felt a bit Pixar-ish and formulaic. Worst of all: Where was Patrick Warburton?

I freely admit to holding Pixar to their own standards.

The only Pixar movie I am not in utter love with is A Bug's Life, which I've always disliked for some reason.

I am quite the Pixar fanboy, it seems.

I love Millions, but I had to cut out that wierd "nipple scene" to watch it with my younger brother. The reviewer has a point of something inspiring being in that kid's goodness.
Anyhow, in some of the ways I'm trying to introduce to my brother just good enough movies, books..., and by this I'm trying to get him away from the next trend or the next hit. Even with more "rougher" movies I'm swiling for the good stuff.
With me powering that profilic steamboat and having still a bit of a child inside me, we regulary have blasts seeing stuff.
Just watched The Princess Bride with him this Easter and I enjoyed it how he squimished about the movie.

Holes was really good watch too, although it also had one wierd children-inapropriate killing sequence.
Finding Nemo was to me kinda that gimmicky hit, 'didn't like it much. And Stand by Me is a splendid movie, but very hard for a kid to appreciate it fully, I think. Maybe Goonies are a better choice here, always 'loved that film. Babe is really nice and innocently delightful, but I was kinda bored with it when I first saw it... maybe because of the all animals, babies talkin' movies.
And I'm endeared for years now, when and when will I see that Iron Giant.