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Pennwoman  (Level: 152.3 - Posts: 2478)
Wed, 28th Jan '09 2:12 PM


My nephews were just here, for a few hours as school was canceled today -- we watched a Sharks tale and the Little Mermaid --- the former their choice and the latter mine -- I was struck bu the many jokes in Sharks tale that were geared for adults, for example the fish played by Rene Zelweger reciting "you had me at hello...." it was a hoot -- and I forgot how much I loved the music from the Little Mermaid -- I told my nephew that his cousin was 3 when it came out -- he asked me if it was in black and white............funny kid! My youngest son had Little Mermaid EVERYTHING -- it was such a big part of our lives at the time...
What was/is your favorite kid movie, Disney or otherwise?

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1141)
Wed, 28th Jan '09 2:44 PM

My son and I adored Mary Poppins - that is a real classic. I love the words to the song about women's right to vote - something like "though we adore men individually, we agree that as a group they're rather stupid". It's a great story and both parents are living. I don't know why Disney keeps making films where one or both parents die - that is scary stuff. I got so mad watching James and the Giant Peach because I didn't know that the parents died - my son was horrified! Another highly enjoyable movie is Finding Nemo - Ellen Degeneres is genius! I loved the music for Little Mermaid as well. Ahhhh, great memories!

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Wed, 28th Jan '09 5:17 PM

You know, my niece (mom of 3 and who has health problems) has also pointed out that it bothered her that so many Disney children's movies were stories with one parent having died. I guess I just had never noticed that before.

When I was a kid, I loved "Lady and the Tramp" more than anything in the world!

As an adult, I can't seem to choose between Aladdin (because of the adult wit of Robin Williams) and Cars (which just amazes me).

But for the music, hands down Beauty and the Beast (Alan Menken/Howard Ashman/Tim Rice). The lyrics just blow me away.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Wed, 28th Jan '09 7:08 PM

When I was a kid I had an 8mm projector and a bunch of Keystone Kops, Laurel and Hardy, Harold Lloyd etc, 50' reels. These were all my favorites until I found my dad's stag films.

Ladyvol  (Level: 202.9 - Posts: 5435)
Wed, 28th Jan '09 10:06 PM

I have a lot of favorites but the one that my boys and I both loved watching were the Land Before Time videos..I think they made like 9 or 10 of them...My personal favorite though is Sleeping Beauty...Saw it when it first came out in 1959 and I still enjoy watching it today...Another is Lady and The Tramp...Like I said there are so many of them!

Monkeynips13  (Level: 21.5 - Posts: 647)
Wed, 28th Jan '09 11:00 PM

Growing up I adored, The Secret of NIMH, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Last Unicorn, The Neverending Story, and The Little Prince. As an adult I appreciate them even more, having read the books that inspired them in the years since first viewing them. Some of my favourite kids movies that have been released in my adult years are Finding Nemo, The Emperors New Groove, Spirited Away, and Howl's Moving Castle.

Redwingchick  (Level: 91.1 - Posts: 420)
Thu, 29th Jan '09 12:16 AM

Annie...hands down.

Salzypat  (Level: 154.4 - Posts: 5295)
Thu, 29th Jan '09 12:59 AM

Lady and the Tramp and Oliver! and Annie

Collioure  (Level: 102.3 - Posts: 9952)
Thu, 29th Jan '09 1:30 AM

I rather enjoyed "A Clockwork Orange."

Oh, little kids?

Put me down for the "Wizard of Oz."

Kaufman  (Level: 253.9 - Posts: 3936)
Thu, 29th Jan '09 5:56 AM

Help! Smaug's been assimilated!

I probably need to add a vote for Mary Poppins.

Mplaw51  (Level: 176.9 - Posts: 1582)
Thu, 29th Jan '09 6:32 AM

I'm with Jank on "Cars", so clever. I watch "Wizard of Oz" every time it airs. Well, almost every time. It used to be an event. It seems to be on every other month now. "Finding Nemo" was great. When I was young "Lady and the Tramp" and "101 Dalmations" were my favorites. I also loved The Little Rascals".

Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Thu, 29th Jan '09 7:28 AM

My favourite film as a kid was Fritz Langs Metropolis. Watching that piece of cinema history as a four year old made me appreciate the power of film, the way it captured the post industrial zeitgeist of that time stayed with me. Of course I watched that film in tandem with reading Voltaires Dictionnaire philosophique....I also liked the Goonies.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Thu, 29th Jan '09 7:30 AM

Me too, Wizard of Oz and 101 Dalmations. Had the LP of "101" and listened to it over and over. Still remember all the lyrics. "K9 krunchies can't be beat, they make each meal a special treat" Aren't you glad we don't have sound
The Wizard of Oz was so special cause it was just once a year. Remember when we got our first color tv and was so overjoyed to see the transformation when Dorothy entered Oz.
Modern? Finding Nemo!!

Zeedee  (Level: 222.1 - Posts: 1088)
Thu, 29th Jan '09 8:48 AM

Like many others, I rediscovered the Disney classics with my firstborn. I had totally forgotten (or had never really noticed because as a kid we tend to take everything for granted) the fabulous quality of the animation. Just look at the backgrounds in Pinocchio! They are wonderfully detailed. We also especially enjoyed Dumbo. Who doesn't get a little teary at that lullaby, Baby of Mine?

(p.s. I cannot tell you how many times I have read in student papers that someone or something had been taken "for granite.")

Kaufman  (Level: 253.9 - Posts: 3936)
Thu, 29th Jan '09 6:26 PM

#1 sign of rocks in their heads ...

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Thu, 29th Jan '09 6:33 PM

Maybe they were stoned. Really though, I can see how kids might think that was correct. Taken for granted kind of means "it's rock solid." Doesn't mean I think it's right though

Mplaw51  (Level: 176.9 - Posts: 1582)
Sat, 31st Jan '09 7:22 AM

I forgot the original Peter Pan, with Mary Martin. Wasn't that great? Maybe youth and time passed has made it seem more magical!

Godwit  (Level: 78.1 - Posts: 435)
Sat, 31st Jan '09 6:33 PM

The Little Prince is a movie? Missed that. A good one?
I like Madagascar. "You've got to move it, move it..."
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas is my favorite. Update Grinch wonderful, too.

Fairy Tales have always been a sort of horror story. Hansel and Gretel are abandoned and nearly get eaten. Little Red Riding hood is terrified by a wolf who ate her grandmother. The Little Mermaid loses her hair, voice and then turns into foam! Wicked stepmothers! Brothers who toss you into the well for dead! Mothers who are shot dead before your eyes! I remember watching some bear story where the mom bear is crushed to death when a rock slide falls on her head. Oh my! And then there's finding out your whole family is killed by your father who walks around breathing in a black mask and wants to take over the entire Empire!

I guess it's all about facing the dark things in the night, and overcoming them. If the parent is there, the kid would expect (rightly) that the parent face the danger for them. So--we gotta ditch the parent. Like Home Alone!

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Sat, 31st Jan '09 8:46 PM

The Lion King is my absolute favorite movie, kids category or otherwise! The music, the colors, the characters, the setting, the message...what an awesome film!

I also love Oliver!, although I'm not sure it's really a kids film. Following that closely is Mary Poppins.

May I add that it's always more rewarding to watch a kids movie with an actual child. My daughter so loved Pocahontas that we invited that Disney princess to attend her third birthday party. Okay, it really wasn't Pocahontas, and she was probably 50 years old and cost $100, but the children were mesmerized nonetheless. My then husband and I, on the other hand, could barely contain our amusement. She did wear a long black wig and croon songs from the movie into a portable mike.


Monkeynips13  (Level: 21.5 - Posts: 647)
Sun, 1st Feb '09 12:56 AM

Yep Godwit,

A musical adaptation of Antoine de Saint Exupery's novel The Little Prince was released in 1974. This undiscovered gem features some great performances by Gene Wilder as the fox and legendary Bob Fosse as the snake (incidentaly his last performance before his death.)

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sun, 1st Feb '09 9:32 AM

Now....when I was a girl....
Shirley Temple WAS the kids movies
I especially enjoyed "Heidi"

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