Since I am a Momma, I’m always looking for a good movie that I can enjoy *with* my children… without wanting to gauge my eyes out.
Therefore, I decided to showcase 5 of my favorite family-friendly movies. Just to make it interesting, I limited my choices to movies I actually own on DVD. We don’t own a ton of DVDs since you can stream so many online, through Netflix and OnDemand these days. I’ll tell you right now, this list is moderately dated; a couple of recent favorites like How To Train Your Dragon & The Muppets didn’t make the cut… mainly because we don’t own them.
Follow That Bird
This was one of the first movies I saw in a theater as a child. Follow That Bird is, yes, a Sesame Street
movie… but it’s still incredibly entertaining for me to watch today. The music is timeless, and I attribute my love for preferring to sing harmony over melody to tunes like Easy Goin’
and One Little Star
. I cry every time Big Bird sings as the “Bluebird of Happiness” and laugh so hard, popcorn comes out of my nose when Sandra Bernhart serves up tossed salad to Maria & Oscar. If you haven’t enjoyed watching this movie with your family, it’s one I highly recommend setting aside your smartphone for so you can snuggle up with your kids & a big bowl of buttery popcorn while you absorb this gem of a movie.
Are you beginning to sense a theme of nostalgia here? Yes, this is another movie I enjoyed as a child… and definitely sparked my desire to perform. This movie is based on the Broadway musical, and full of incredible tunes… not just Tomorrow & Hard Knock Life, but watching Aileen Quinn sing Maybe at the beginning of the movie gets me choked up every time. But my favorite aspect of this movie? Carol Burnett. I’ve seen Annie live several times… no one beats Carol Burnett’s rendition of Miss Hannigan… although, I’d love to try to come close to her comedic performance in that role some day.
The hubs & I were lucky enough to catch this movie, in a theater, the week before it came out. We are Tenacious D fans of course, and were a little leery about School of Rock being toted as a family film. We didn’t have children yet, so hearing family film almost had us running toward the nearest Rated R corridor. We weren’t disappointed. Well, ok, so we were a little disappointed in Sarah Silverman’s character. Seriously, they couldn’t have made her role a little funnier? Other than Sarah though, the kids were incredible, Jack Black was hilarious and showcased not only his talent for music & comedy… but his big heart.
A little birdie told me that Alissa from Clever Compass hasn’t seen this movie… which I find inconceivable! Sorry, had to. As the Grandfather reads the book to a sick, 8 year old Fred Savage, the story carries you through a world filled with sword-fights, giants, pirates, an evil Prince, a fire-swamp, the pit of despair, revenge and so much more… all wrapped up with so much humor & heart, I don’t understand how anyone couldn’t love this movie. If I’m having a bad day, this movie is the perfect medicine. It’s been a family favorite since before we had children.
Every time I hear the songs from this movie, I get chills. I adore Amy Adams… and Susan Sarandon as the evil queen is pure genius. Julie Andrews narrates this fun story that pokes fun at all the fairly silly & out-there fairy-tale plot-lines Disney has made billions of dollars off of… from Snow White to Ariel (Trivia!! Jodi Bensen, who was the voice of Ariel & Paige O’Hara who voiced Belle in Beauty & the Beast actually have live-action roles in this movie).
There are so many inside jokes for the adults, and a hilarious talking chipmunk for the kids. The ending isn’t as predictable as most Disney movies can be, which I also love. The only thing that gets my panties in a twist? Like Sarah Silverman in School of Rock, Idina Menzel’s talents are wasted in this movie. I get we’re not supposed
to like these characters… but come on
. Idina couldn’t have sung a little Wickedly delicious
tune? Our family loves this movie so much that we were all slightly disappointed we weren’t able to find Gisele in person at Disney World
What movies do you love watching with your family?