12 great children's movies

Both our girls were under the weather this week and when that happens, it just breaks my heart. They are on the mends now and I'm so grateful. Between the runny nose sniffles, coughing, and cuddling, we slowly looked at books, and thumbed through magazines (India especially digs the mini size of Everyday Food) and watched a few of our favorite kid movies.

Here are 12 of our favorite children's movies which some may admittedly be slanted a little to the girly side, maybe not ... you tell me. We have also experimented in our family and work on keeping things 'G' rated around here so there isn't an increase in monster nightmares or sassy talk.

The Black Stallion - The cinematography is breathtaking. This part is my favorite.
Mary Poppins - Classic. You've seen this remix, right??
Willy Wonka & Chocolate Factory I'm partial to the first version, I still get giddy when they open the doors to the colorful candy factory.
The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking I hope to get my hands on these next, the original versions look even better. This mashup is fun.
A Little Princess - Endearing and so well done, I may shed a tear or two with this one ... maybe.
Ratatouille - Paris, great food, a rat. oui.
Pollyanna - Playing the 'glad game' is a great lesson to pick up from this one.
Alice In Wonderland - Imagination practice.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - Toot sweets and a magical flying, floating car, yes.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks - V's favorite part is the battle - she laughs her head off.
Spirit: Stallion of Cimarron - V (our horse lover) has watched this repeatedly more than any other.
Charlotte's Web - Touching tale about sacrifice and friendship. We also adore this version.

Okay, now it is your turn! What are your favorite children's movies? Shout them out.


t3reese said...

Great selection! I would add The Sandlot. Full of quotable lines and great music :-)

Unknown said...

Oh my god this is going to show you just how much I loved childhood movies, but here goes. My two all time favorites are "The Great Muppet Caper" and the Disney "Robin Hood" (where he's a fox, sooo good). I also adored "101 Dalmations," "The Big Green," and all the classic musicals like "Singin' in the Rain" and "Bye Bye Birdie." Great post, clearly got me going down memory lane :)

Marisa Seguin said...

The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking was one of my favourites when I was a kid. I was JUST singing the theme song for my friends the other day haha

Ashley Noelle said...

"Meet Me in St. Louis" is a great family film that even kids will enjoy. I also absolutely love "Summer Magic" for everything, but especially the songs like "the ugly bug ball." :)

Talia Jensen said...

these are all classics. and i may or not of watched A Little Princess last weekend in bed... what? :)

Betsy said...

Okay, you HAVE to get the original Pippi Longstocking movies! Even better if they are the badly dubbed into English version (rather than subtitled).

I would also second "Summer Magic", "Singin' in the Rain" and "Bye Bye Birdie" - my five year old niece loves them all!

Mariel said...

A Little Princess! It's been so long since I thought of that movie, what a beautiful film.

jinxxxygirl said...

Wow you brought back some memories.....and i think you named most of the good ones.....um...Wizard of Oz from my childhood they always showed it on TV in the fall so i would always look forward to it...from my daughters childhood (she is now 25) Dark Crystal is perhaps a little heard of but good movie. Hugs! deb

Anonymous said...

i would add Matilda:))

Leigh said...

These are great picks--I also love:

-The Princess Bride
-The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh
-The Sound of Music

Marisol said...

my brother and I were always Mary Poppins fans! so much we'd stand by the chimney to see if we could fly up! another favorite is The Princess Bride.

elissa said...

a little princess might be the most underrated movie of all time. i can't watch it without SOBBING uncontrollably. it's not a good scene in my house when i watch it but such, such a good movie. glad it made your round up.

Katie said...

My boys LOVE Bedknobs and Broomsticks..you know, that whole 'war' thing.
We would add Nanny McPhee, The Borrowers, and Tale of Despareaux.

admin said...

I really loved A Little Princess and Pollyanna when I was little. I also really like Ratatouille as an adult.

Unknown said...

It's incredibly refreshing that your picks don't involve a somewhat helpless girl who finds herself through a romance and lives happily ever after. So not real life, and such a bad influence on our young girls! (read: Cinderella, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid.) Good picks - stories about adventures, new discoveries, friendships, and then love. I'm a fan. =)

JASR said...

Animal movies such as Spirit: Stallion of Cimarron & Ratatouille are really good to watch. I loved Lion King and Fox and the Hound when I was younger, but yeah, they have quite some violence along the movie, but their young versions are really cute... =)

Rachel said...

This brought back some fond memories, I would also add to the list:

-The Parent Trap (the original)
-Toy Story
-The Sound of Music
-Wild Hearts Can't be Broken (your little girl who likes horses will like this)
-Now and Then
-The Journey of Natty Gann
-Escape to Witch Mountain (the original)

wow - that's more than a few. But I've always been a fan of my childhood movies!

Banners Vancouver said...

Awesome page, brings back a lot of memories.

fleur_delicious said...

has your horse-lover seen Fantasia? The animation for Beethoven's Pastorale symphony is set in a fantastic ancient Greece with centaurs - it was one of my favorites as a horse-obsessed girl! =)

Stephanie said...

I hear you on the rated G...it definitely helps with lessening the sassy talk and nightmares. Good call!

I tried to think about Luke's reaction to these movies and I think he'd say they were definitely girly...but alas he lives with girls so he has seen many of these himself!

Have we ever talked about Pete's Dragon?

bridgetwhoplaysfrenchhorn said...

Wallace and Gromit!

Eva said...

These are great choices! They were favorites of mine growing up, too (except for Spirit, which I think is newer?) Other favorites from my childhood: Annie, The Wizard of Oz, The Secret of Nimh, The Muppet Movie (the original one), White Christmas...

Maryellen said...

Any of the Hao Miyazaki movies: My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service

forefront said...

how has someone not mentioned The Brave Little Toaster!!!

Anonymous said...

i liked Madeleine and one of my all time favorites was The Secret Garden

Anonymous said...

i liked Madeleine and one of my all time favorites was The Secret Garden

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