5 Family Movies You Can Actually Enjoy With Your Kids.

Clever Compass' Friday 5Happy Friday! 

Today, I’m linking up with Alissa @ Clever Compass for her Friday 5.

Today’s topic: Great Movies.

There are many directions I could take this movie topic.
My absolute favorite movies?
Oscar Winners?
Movies the hubs & I enjoy together?
Favorite *recent* movies? 
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? 

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  1. Posted May 18, 2012 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Love your list. I thought about doing some of Liam’s that I love like Tangled, Happy Feet and LOVE How To Train A Dragon.

    Thanks for linking up.

    • Posted May 18, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

      How To Train Your Dragon is definitely one of our favorites. It even passed the Daddy test (he usually passes out during movies). I *heart* Tangled too!! I found myself laughing out loud at her mother. Reminded me of someone I grew up with… 😉

    • Posted May 19, 2012 at 10:54 am | Permalink

      We love pixar movies! Toy Story,Cars, Monsters Inc,& Nemo are my little guys favorites and So SO much more enjoyable than watching Diego or another Max and Ruby.

  2. Posted May 18, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    Love this list Kelli! I forgot about is great Enchanted is. Might have to show Cedella this one soon. And Annie. Love Annie!! I was singing her Tomorrow as a lullaby and wished she knew where it came from. I’ve gotta say one of our all time favs is Finding Nemo. I could watch that every single day!

    • Posted May 21, 2012 at 9:21 am | Permalink

      I adore the humor in Enchanted & Annie… so much for the adults to chuckle at while the kiddos are entertained. I love Finding Nemo too; my girls are old enough to understand that Dory = Ellen. They get a kick out of that one. Still wrapping their brain around Tom Hanks = Woody though. Maybe when they watch Big someday. 😉

  3. Posted May 18, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    I have completely forgot about Follow that Bird……all time favorite as a child. Now I need to find it to share with my kids! Thanks for the reminder 🙂

    • Posted May 21, 2012 at 9:27 am | Permalink

      YES! It’s not an easy flick to find… but I saw it on HBO and it stuck on our DVR for months… then, I found the DVD the $5 shelf a year or so ago and couldn’t snag it fast enough. I was just happy the movie & songs still held up after all these years.

  4. Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    I definitely agree with your picks here! “Annie” is a staple in most kid-friendly movie lists, but it’s such a treasured classic because of what it teaches us about family and love. Some people might think that “School of Rock” is a left-field choice, but it’s a wonderful story of being true to oneself and believing in one’s own abilities. And the sweet way that “Enchanted” teaches us that there is a prince or princess in each one of us will ensure that it stays on “favorite family movies” lists for ages to come.

    • Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:03 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Cody! I’ve seen all of these movies with & without my kids… and they are simply timeless to me. I’m geeked my kids enjoy them too.

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