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I recently stumbled across an I Love Lucy episode and watched part of it with my 7y.o. daughter and she loved it. It doesn't seem to play on any of our channels at the moment (according to my Tivo)-- does anyone have recommendations of other good sit-coms that a child might enjoy along the same lines? She watches Fetch with Ruff Ruffman and likes it, but has expressed interest in switching her daily show for a sit-com on occasion. We watched a couple of Disney kids' shows on a plane recently and she loved them, but I thought they were awful, so I'd rather find something else she likes better!
Also, I'd love suggestions for old movies that would be fun for the whole family-- with nothing remotely scary to them (My kids scare way too easily for almost any animated movies). There have been some good suggestions in the past, but I was hoping I might get some new ideas. -Thanks for the help!
In terms of old movies, I would look for something with Doris Day as a starter. Cute with nothing scary. Many Audrey Hepburn movies would be great, too. Maybe Rock Hudson? Nikki
as far as old movies and tv, we've been enjoying them with our child since he was little. We establishe ''movie night'' on Fridays, where we all watch a movie together. It's been great, and a fun way to expose our child to TV/movie history. Here are some movie choices we've done.
The Incredible Mr. Limpett The Trouble With Angels-(he was laughing out loud) The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes-Walt disney The Nutty Professor The Love Bug Herbie Goes Bananas Herbie Goes to Monte CarloMany of these we were able to find at our local library. Hope that helps anon
We do not like ''I love Lucy'' because of the constant yelling/arguing between the spouses, but we all enjoyed the ''Lucy Show'' where Lucy is working in an office. My daughter, now 12 years old, also enjoyed ''Mork and Mindy'' but definitey prefers ''The Vicar of Dibley'' and ''Fawlty Towers'' over that. For some reason she is more drawn to British comedy. She also enjoys movies like ''Aquamarine'', ''Daddy Daycare'', ''The Pacifier'' and ''Blast from the Past'' - but that's too young for a 7- year old. She also loves the episodes of the ''Adams Family.''
Netflix is great for renting these shows. Before we joined Netflix a year ago, I bought ''Bewitched'' ''Jeannie'' and ''Lucy'' volumes on Amazon. My daughter still watches them on occasion. Anonymous
I'd love recommendations for movie musicals with great dancing for my 7yr old to watch (and dance along with!) She's been totally inspired by ''Hairspray'' (the remake) and is currently going through the probably inevitable ''High School Musical'' phase. Any good films to recommend with age-appropriate story lines? Thanks! mom of a dancing queen
I Have Found It (Kandukondain Kandukondain)has some charming dance sequences and is a lovely re-telling of Sense & Sensibility in Tamil! caution: fast-forward the 1st 5 minutes which is a battle sequence explaining past history of one of the characters. Subtitled.
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is charming fun as well - good for any age. Subtitled, but you find you won't even need to read them because the story is so obvious. Om Shanti Om!
They love this stuff but it's hard to find. We're not interested in the cruel stuff like Three Stooges where they are always poking each other in the eye and calling each other names. But there must be others from that era. Remember the "Make Them Laugh" skit from Singing in the Rain? Our boys - age 5 and 7 - are in hysterics but the end of that begging to play it again. And I've seen short clips by actors like Buster Keeton and Charlie Chaplin but don't know there to start looking for a good move our whole family might enjoy. Suzie
I'm seeking movie ideas for a 4 year old (as a more focused take on the recommendations at http://parents.berkeley.edu/recommend/arts/movies.html ). Our 4 year old's first movies were Microcosmos, My Neighbor Totoro, Winged Migration, and Kiki's Delivery Service. All those were great, but we're having struggles find more good titles.
The MPAA ''G'' rating is useless for our needs. And so many movies have unadvertised gun violence (Ratatouille), cranky adults (every Disney animation movie), large and small scale violence (Ants, Wallace and Gromit), killing (Wizard of OZ), divorced parents (Parent Trap), Barney (Barney), or other themes we just don't see need to introduce just yet. But what can we show?
What's good at age 4, for a boy who has not yet been exposed to commercial television, has a tremendously good memory, does not like guns, and will get most of the classic books in book form? Where can we find more positive stories like that in My Neighbor Totoro (without resorting to Christian Broadcasting :-)?
I can recommend, for older kids, http://www.commonsensemedia.org/ as a review source. Bryce
Also, I know Barney makes many parents cringe, but content-wise, Barney videos are terrific for 4-year olds. No violence. No cranky adults. The music? Yes, the music can be like fingernails on a blackboard to adults, but kids like it. I watch these videos along with my kids (it's like a train wreck-- I can't look away).
Also: films like That's Entertainment and That's Dancing were fascinating for my kids at ages 3 and 4 (more so than an entire musical was). Tim
Also, I am not sure whether 'commercial television' to you means 'television with commercials' or 'commercialized television programs.' Some more 'commercialized' movies/shows that my girls enjoy are, The Land Before Time, all of the Muppet Movies, Dora (coolest four-year-old on the planet) and yes, we love Barney. Barney is annoying for anyone over six, but the values presented are really the same things that you are probably doing in your own home (kindness, friendship, caring, etc). It helps your child to hear them from a different medium (other than you).
I don't understand your dislike of 'Parent Trap' other than I think it is just a little too mature for a four-year-old. Divorce is not violent. It is an everyday reality. My good friend (mother of three -- 5,3 & 1) is going through one right now. I am struggling to find a good way to introduce the topic to my girls so that they will understand the issues facing their friends. anon
We like the movie 'Curious George' (2006) with Will Ferrell doing the voice of the man with the yellow hat. A cute story and no violence. We usually end up renting DVDs of TV shows (cartoons). The British cartoon show 'Charlie and Lola' is very good. The 'Arthur' TV shows have great character development and help kids find ways to work out problems, etc. They are well done. All the PBS shows are pretty good: Sagwa, Zula Patrol, Buster, Curious George, etc. Looking forward to other movie recs
Babe The Point Yellow Submarine Spirited Away Any of the David Attenborough nature programs (Netflix has a lot of these seriebsmammals, birds, etc.) The Secret of Roan Inish The Sound of MusicGood luck. Hope something on this list works for you and for him. S Swift
My 2 boys really like Mary Poppins, Disney animated Jungle Book (great soundtrack!) and BBC Prehistoric Park (like a G rated Jurassic Park where they go back in time and capture dinosaurs and bring them back to the present using movie-quality animation).
And we only buy movies if mom can stand to memorize the lines! movie fan
Clifford the Big Red Dog Super Why Curious George(the PBS series, movie was too scary) Word World DragonTales Fireman Sam (Welsh series) The Music Man Mary Poppins (skip the chase scene with the dog when they run away from the bank) Some old Electric Company (they're bringing out an update, apparently) Be the Creature (some of the episodes--have to preview or be alert with the fast forward for the meat eaters) Harold and the Purple Crayon Max and Ruby Little Bill (great but hard to find, by Bill Cosby, have to get it in anthology of Nickelodeon stuff or on VHS) Hi5! (dippy, but good if your kid likes singing and dancing) Magic School Bus Reading Rainbow Caillou Between the Lions (hooray for PBS!)Good Luck! dulcy
Our 7 year old is still acting like a younger kid and though we are looking into social skills classes, we also wondered if there were dvd's/movies/shows that model age appropriate behavior for kids that age. E.g. DragonTales and Sesame Street are for slightly younger--shows for older kids often have the kids being extra loud, dramatic and showy (which is not what needs to be learned here!). Shows that aren't violent are crucial, ideally shows/stories with interpersonal dynamics where a kid can see how things are done in some examples that would actually be healthy to imitate....! Our child reads at a high level but is missing the cues in the stories, so that doesn't work as well as it could. anon
I've found some of the lists posted at commonsensemedia.org to be helpful when trying to find appropriate movies for my kids. It also helps remind me of ones from my youth - and at what age my kids can see them (e.g. is 8 too young for Indiana Jones? how traumatic is Old Yeller?). And then there's the slew of those released when I didn't pay attention to kid-appropriate movies (when I was in my teens to early 30s!). http://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-lists/ And, if you're a Netflix member, their lists and recommendations based on your preferences helps. But one can scroll through their site without being a member.
Specific recommendations: Monty Python (almost all) This is Spinal Tap Blazing Saddles Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety (but need to watch original genres to appreciate the references) Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters Pink Panther movies Manhattan Murder Mystery (and a few other Woody Allen comedies) Marx Brothers My Favorite Year The Man with Two Brains (and other Steve Martin films) What's Up Doc? (great SF scenery, car chases, character performances) My Cousin Vinny The King of Kong Some John Waters films (depends on your taste) Wordplay Mom of Two
We're having a movie party for our soon-to-be 6 year old boy. He wanted Jurassic Park or Star Wars but we are concerned that these are too old for his age group (Jurassic park is pg-13!). I want to give them the exciting experience they're looking for but without the potential trauma of watching inappropriate content. Would love your movie recommendations...particularly dinosaurs! sk
I really want to laugh with my kids and am really tired of all the serious and violent stuff. I would love recommendations for comedies that my kids and I will enjoy. Some we liked were ''What about Bob?'' , ''Rat Race'' and ''Father of the Bride'' one and two with Steve Martin anon
Mrs. Doubtfire Bowfinger Groundhog Day Splash Roxanne Daddy Day Care Best In Show About a Boy (not really a comedy, but has a happy ending)Hope that helps m
Other sure-fire hits at our house: School of Rock, The Three Amigos (extremely dumb and silly but fun), and The Court Jester (an oldie with Danny Kaye). Blazing Saddles is another favorite, but your kids have to be sophisticated enough to understand the lampooning of the racists (and their use of the N-word). And you have to like fart jokes. So, you have to be both sophisticated and unsophisticated, which describes us well. Like to Laugh, Too
I'd love to have some movie recommendations. Funny movies, and not very heavy is what I am looking for. Interesting is good too, if not heavy. For example, we loved Father of the Bride, but did not like Parenthood. Thanks for any ideas.
White Fang The Pursuit of Happyness Shiloh Iron Will Tucker: The Man and His Dream Groundhog Day Saint Ralph A Far Off Place Akeelah and the Bee Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken Her Majesty Monster House The Perfect Storm The Snow Walker The Greatest Game Ever Played Waking Ned Devine The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio The World's Fastest Indian Duma The Great Train Robbery Innerspace Zathura Sky High Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves MillionsHave Fun!
I will be teaching a course to middle school students (grades 6- 8) where we will be viewing tv shows and movies that depict kids their age, and then discussing how the media portrays tweens, and how the issues depicted play out in their real lives. I am looking for suggestions of movies (rated no higher than PG13 but preferably PG) and tv shows that touch on relevant issues for these kids such as peer relations, bullying, puberty, emerging sexuality, family relationships, etc. Thanks! martha
We have a Family Movie night most weeks, but we're running out of ideas for movies that will please the 7 and 10 year old daughters, as well as the jaundiced parents. We are kneejerk anti-Disney types; the alltime favorite of both parents and kids is the Marx Brother's ''Duck Soup''. Next would be Miyazaki's ''Totoro''. I'd love to know your favorites. (The website only has movies for younger kids.) In exchange, here is a partial list of some we've enjoyed:
Duck Soup (and almost everything by the Marx Brothers) My Neighbor Totoro Galileo (and the others from the Devine Science Series) Cassatt (and others from the Devine Artists Series The General (Keaton) The Yearling Three Musketeers Captains Courageous Captain Blood Princess Bride Shrek Ice Age Ever After The Secret Garden (1993) A Little Princess The Railway Children Wallace & Gromit Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle Bugs Bunny's What's Opera, Doc, etc. Beethoven Lives Upstairs (and others in the series) Fly Away Home James & The Giant Peach Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Honey I Blew Up (etc)...the Kid Lassie Come Home National Velvet Beauty and the Beast (Cocteau. Disney tolerable too) Peter Pan (Mary Martin version) Some of the Veggie Tales Mary Poppins Wizard of Oz Brave Little Toaster Wind in the Willows Secret of Roan Inish Yellow Submarine A Christmas Story Sound of Music (boy, it's long) The Music Man (sort of) Bringing Up Baby(Extra points if you can come up with something in color, but classics are fine too!) Thanks, Natasha
''That Darn Cat,'' ''The Parent Trap,'' and ''Pollyanna.'' (Over & over again.)We've also enjoyed:
''Kirikou'' French West African cartoon(sp? I believe there are subtitles or it may also be in English), Fly Away Home, My Dog Skip, Shiloh, The Adventures of Otis & Milo (Milo & Otis?), The Black Stallion, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, All the Peanuts Movies, Dunston Checks In, Little Women, Black Beauty, ET, many Charlie Chaplin movies, The Neverending Story, and the countless Ramona videos.Hope this is helpful. Enjoy! Sharron
any Haley Mills movie: Parent Trap, The Moon-Spinners, Summer Magic, Castaways, Pollyanna, That Darn Cat Escape to Witch Mountain Return to Witch Mountain The Gnome-mobile (has the Mary Poppins kids in it) Son of Flubber The Absent-Minded Professor Freaky Friday Shaggy Dog Swiss Family Robinson Mary Poppins Bedknobs and Broomsticks Old Yeller Newsies Heidi Journey of Natty Gann Candleshoe (another with Jodie Foster when she was young) Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken The Happiest Millionaire Herbie Goes Banannas Herbie goes to Monte Carlo Herbie Rides Again Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Amy Anne of Green Gables (trilogy) Apple Dumpling Gang Johnny Tremain No Deposit No Return Pete's Dragon Shipwrecked The Snowball Express Three Lives of Thomasina Annie Man From Snowy River Return to Snowy River Now You See Him, Now You Don't One and Only Original Family Band
We also really liked many of the Rogers and Hammerstein musicals like Seven Brides for Seven Brothers or Carousel. One of the biggest family favorites was The Court Jester with Danny Kaye. There are also some Roald Dahl adaptations of Matilda and The Witches that I think are good. I hope this helps. Happy Watching. Jennette
Never Cry Wolf (based on the Farley Mowat book) The Education of Little TreeThanks for your list!! Jennifer
Nightmare Before Christmas Harvey Miracle on 34th Street Anything with the 3 Stooges Monsters, Inc. Pippi Longstocking The Black Stallion The Black Stallion Returns Stuart Little Ghostbusters Man of the House (Chevy Chase) Mouse Hunt Iron Giant (one of the best!) The Secret of Nimh The King and I (Yul Brynner) My Fair Lady Toy Story Toy Story 2 (amazing, a good sequel) The Quiet ManI could go on all day... nancy
Baraka Microcosmos Pippi Longstocking films older silent films, like Wind, with Mary Pickford Panther Pachali, by S. Ray (This is a trilogy, the first part is about an Indian boy's childhood) Egg (beautiful Dutch film about a small town baker--has subtitles, but very minimal dialogue) My Life as a Dog (many Scandinavian-made films are appropriate for kids-- subtitles are the problem) National Geography documentaries (BPL has several, including a beautiful one on Nepal) Prince Achmed (experimental shadow puppet film c1920s Germany) Swiss Family Robinson Doctor Doolittle Around the World in 80 Days (also very long)Looking forward to seeing more suggestions-- Claire D.
The Trouble with Angels (in color, w/ Haley Mills, very funny) other Marx Bros. movies such as A Night at the Opera and Horsefeathers. Some of the Abbot & Costello movies, such as the Frankenstein one.Dianna
Flubber (original and remake) Nutty Professor (original) The Love Bug Herbie Rides Again What's up Doc (Ryan O'Neal, Madeleine Kahn) Help A Hard Day's Night Dr. Doolitte (original) Roman Holiday Ghostbusters The Man From Snowy River Galaxy Quest Sabrina (original) Bedknobs and Broomsticks That Darn Cat (original) Parent Trap (both versions) PollyannaHope that helps! Mollie
Mr. Hulot's Holiday, Mon Oncle, Jour de Fete, and Traffic.Enjoy! --Dana
A couple of years ago I watched October sky A coming of age movie. Here is a link to a description. http://www.cnn.com/SHOWBIZ/Movies/9902/18/review.octobersky/ I watched it with a 4 year old and a 7 year old. It was over the 4 year olds head but the 7 year old enjoyed it. Melinda
It is too addictive making this list. I must stop and get the house cleaned up. Thank you for the fun question, I have enjoyed reliving my childhood by making this list. I too am looking forward to everyone else's recommendations, here are some of mine:A Little Romance, Searching for Bobby Fisher, The Little Princess, Harvey, Max Dugan Returns, The Rescuers, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, The Neverending Story, The Sound of Music, The Music Man, The Muppet Movie, The Man from Snowy River, The Parent Trap, Swiss Family Robinson, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, The Journey of Natty Gann, The Goonies, Popeye (w/ Robin Williams), Heidi, My Fair Lady, GiGi, ET, Pete's Dragon, Old Yeller, Little Women, The Red Balloon, Babe, Where the Red Fern Grows, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, National Velvet, Treasure Island, Charlotte's Web, Tom Sawyer, The Black Stallion, Fly Away Home, The Little RascalsMovie and Book Lover
Here are a few suggestions:- Little Women (the Susan Sarandon one is only about 8yrs old) - Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea (with Megan Fallowes from about 15yrs ago) - the David MacCauley movies that go with his books (''Pyramid'', ''Roman City'', ''Cathedral'' and ''Castle'') are pretty good too - flipping through the channels one day I saw a newer version of Treasure Island with Jack Pallance as Long John Silver the part I saw was pretty good - do they like musicals? ''The Sound of Music'', ''Singing in the Rain'', ''West Side Story''
I hope some of those work out for you. Rose
How about Shirley Temple movies? I enjoy these even now! Vivienne
My kids (boys 11 and 7) love Monty Python. Also ''O Brother Where Art Thou'' (though we skip the cross-burning scene). Leslie
That's a terrific list you have there, but I detect a serious lack of musicals! Here are some of our family's favorites (I have daughters too):
in color and no particular order:Meet Me in Saint Louis, Singing in the Rain, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Help!, Funny Face, E.T., Fairy Tale, Easter Parade, the King and I, Pleasantville (not for the 7-year-old)in black and white:Bringing Up Baby, Sabrina, the Thin Man series, Chaplin shorts...Laura
Good family movies:The Navigator, The Labyrinthe, and there is one that I can never remember the name of ..., it is sort of science fiction, about people living in an apartment bldg that is in the path of a developer who wants to tear it down. The tenants are a quirky bunch, Jessica Tandy is one, Rosie Perez another. They are ''invaded'' by small creatures who ''fix'' things. The folks at the video store will have to help you out with the title, but it is a sweet movie.
I found the best family movies were made in the 50s. Often corny and overdonen but, thanks to censorship, they are almost always family fare. Two of my favorites are Trapeze with Burt Lancaster and the Pink Submarine with Tony Curtis. Janet
purplenini described a movie about a group of people living in an apartment building, which is supposed to be torn down for development, who are helped by miniscule sentient UFOs- it is called ''Batteries Not Included.''
I did not see these ones already listed so here they are:
The live action version of Cinderalla, yes it's Disney, but it is the Roger's & Hammerstein's songs, AND the racial make up of the cast is superb. Cinderalla is African American, the Prince is Fillipino, his mother is played by Whoppi Goldberg and his father is a white man, and there are no explinations offered. Definitely worth seeing.
The entire collection of Farie Tale Theatre movies, produced by Shelly Duval. I have still seen them at the video stores. The 10 year old might be a little on the older side for them.
Some one described a great movie about an apartment building slated for demolition, but she couldn't remember the name, it is Batteries Not Included.
Thanks for everyone's list. I will have lots of good stuff to watch for quite some time. -Shastine
Movies for 2-y-o with mothers & fathersFeb 2002
My 2 year-old daughter has become really interested in Disney movies. While watching Tarzan she asked, ''where is Jane's mama?'' and I honestly didn't have an answer for her. I've noticed that most Disney movies do not have mother figures or positive mother figures (Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Snow White, etc). I was hoping to get some advice about how to explain this to my child, and even more helpful would be to read suggestions of other Disney movies or other well-done animations which have 1) a positive mother figure for the main female character in the film, or 2) do not have the mother clearly missing from the daughter's life (A Bug's Life is a good one because it doesn't have a father/daugher only relationship). I would like to have a more diverse selection of movies for my children to watch. Thank you!
I kept my 5 yr old daughter AWAY from the Disney movies as long as I could. It's frustrating that they dominate so much of the media available for kids, because even the stronger women characters have exagerated female figures and send all kinds of messages to little girls that I don't think are healthy at this point (think of Pocahontas batting those big eyelashes as she tries to learn English). You can do much better. If it's a warm & fuzzy nuclear family you want, try Little Bear. They are collections of short stories, just long enough for a little one's attention span. For a two year old, I would stay away from real feature films and go for the Richard Scary's Busytown, Sesame Street kind of stuff. Toddlers don't need a full length movie to be entertained! kristin
In my humble opinion, your two year old should not be watching Disney movies, etc. The frame changes are too frequent and are not good for a two year olds developing brain. I recommend that you do some research on this, then go on to the role model issue, which I also feel is important, but secondary to the brain development issue. Remember the kid that went into convulsions from watching a fast framed video game? Anonymous
My 3.5 yr old son says the exact same thing in every Disney movie. ''Where's so and so's Mama?'' Interestingly, I just finished watching his brand new Peter Pan video with him, and can say that that Disney movie has two loving parents, and a kind of homage to mothers that runs all the way through the movie. Of course, it's still a product of its time and presents a fairly stereotypical 50's type view of family with the father a blustering buffoon and the mother the patient placater. Nonetheless, it is nice to see intact families in it. Other than that, I have to agree that a big drawback to the Disney movies is one parents is always either absent from the beginning or drops dead somewhere in the movie. Of course, Dumbo is reunited with his mother in the end, but where's the dad? Anonymous
Of the fairly traditional movies: Anastasia - she doesn't have a mother or father, but she is searching for and finds her loving grandmother. The life action version of Cinderalla that has Brandy and Whoopi Goldberg - we have the evil stepmother (again) but we also get to see the prince's parents who are both loving and concerned, and we have the fairy godmother(plus it is extremely multicultural). Mulan has a mother and a father though we don't see much of either of them, but she does kick some butt :-).
The other thing I did was just talk to my daughter: ''Isn't it interesting that the bad characters are always dark, I wonder how people with dark skin feel when they see that.'' ''Isn't it interesting that the bad woman is fat and the good woman is skinny.'' etc. She certainly got sick of the ''consciousness raising'' but she is also very savvy of media messages now that she is a young woman. Good Luck!! -Shastine
Engaging videos for 5 and 8 year oldMarch 2001
Our family has made the decision to limit TV. A little public television, an occasional Doug or Recess (I like them) and some videos. We do not have cable and I don't plan on getting it . I fear I am stunting my 8 year old daughter's development by subjecting her to our extensive library of Barney. Does anyone have any recommendations for videos that are engaging, educational, girl empowering, etc. for our 5 and 8 year old daughters? I am especially interested in the shorter ones (30 mins. to 1 hour) but a few feature length are fine. Toturro is a big hit but I would like some with a little more educational content - nature, history, science, etc.
To the woman who "actually wanted videos"--You have my sympathies for the pile of Barney videos. We survived for our first year of video watching with one old ratty Barney tape. I've found the best, cheapest and easiest way to have a good selection of videos on hand is to tape the shows my kid loves on PBS. My daughter (5 yrs) loves Zaboomafoo, Mister Rogers, and Zoom. We have 2-3 full tapes (2hrs each) for each show and she rewatches them again and again. Every month or so we retire a tape and use it to retape fresh stuff. It does mean that you need to learn how to use the recording feature of your VCR, but it's well worth it! Diane
as far as "non-fiction," the Magic School Bus videos are great, but more for the five yr old. The 8 yr old might like "The Private Life of Plants," a series of 6 videos narrated by David Attenborough. They're for adults, but my son loved them around 8. They're made by the BBC and Turner Home Entertainment--not sure if you can find them to rent, but you could buy them through Amazon, etc. Deborah
My experience is that taking a 3-year-old to the movies is fine, but that most "childrens" movies are too scary and/or violent for the very young.
A movie like "Babe" is fine. Classics like "Sleeping Beauty", "Muppets Treasure Island" and "Bambi" are way too scary, unless the child has already been acclimated by watching similar movies at home.
If you go to a matinee (early afternoon) showing of a childrens movie, then the audience generally won't mind if your child remarks on the happenings on the screen, within reason. Of course, you'll want to explain to her in advance that she can't wander around, and that she should try not to speak loudly.
For any movie that adults take seriously, you'll be expected to take your child out of the theater if she talks loudly a lot, or if she cries for any length of time. Beverly
Basically, I am not interested in Disney/commercial cinema at all, and we haven't taken Simon to see ANY films in a theater since he was teeny tiny and we sat (he slept) through several films in a Sayatjit Ray festival! We have rented 3 videos (Around the World in 80 Days, Babe, and the original Thief of Baghdad) with success. By success, I mean that Simon is thoughtfully engaged but not overwhelmed or scared, and the parents are not cringing. Buster Keaton and Chaplin shorts are readily available at most video stores, and there are other really beautiful "nature" films (like National Geo series at Berkeley Public Library) to name a few. Since we don't have a TV at all, seeing a video at a friend's house is a big treat, going out to the movies is an event of galactic proportions. From: Claire
I got sucked into the Disney commercialism once and thought that it might be fun to take her to see the Little Mermaid (at 3.5 yrs). We went and it was not a good thing. First, the sound in the theatre was too loud and it scared her. And then, as with almost EVERY Disney or commercial movie there is a scary character (the Sea Witch in this case), and that scared her so much that she had to view the entire movie on my lap. At the end of the movie she said that she had not enjoyed the movie. I also have a small collection of Disney videos (from Grandma!), and I find something objectionable in each one. Either there are no girl characters, or the girl characters are not strong, brave, etc. and they need to be rescued, or the girl/woman in the film is only interested in love or romance, or there are negative or poor ethnic/cultural stereotypes, or there is an element of violence and antagonism.
So, am I being too critical?? Are these movies really that bad? And, I am thinking of taking her to go see the new Madeline movie (she is crazy about Madeline, which I approve of since Madeline is "bravest of all!!") This movie comes out next week, if anyone sees it, can you tell me if it is appropriate for a 4.5 yr old?? From: Linda
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