Sometimes, adulthood is overrated.
This is a movie about loving movies, and its energy vibrates from end-to-end, with the charm and charisma of Gene Kelly, rubber-faced Donald O’Connor, and a 19-year-old Debbie Reynolds.
Take a look back to this delectable near-silent French short film, which clearly inspired the image of a man being carried away by a rainbow bouquet of balloons.
Julie Andrews will play a major role in your child’s first decade of life, and they may even be intrigued by this whole “fly a kite” concept by the end.
The story of Alex — whose ship sinks, father dies, and is stranded on a deserted island with a wild horse — has real weight, and this is a movie that never condescends to its younger audience.
Belle is the modern-age Disney woman. Fiercely independent and with a great love of books, she’s a princess role-model parents can endorse.
Not only do kids get exposed to the idea that animation doesn’t just have to be all princesses and talking animals, but they also get their first taste of the definitive rock band.
Get your kids in front of this classic, stat! Made in the heyday of the Hollywood musical, this sweet, heartwarming tale of the singing von Trapp family and their escape from the Nazis in WWII-era Austria has endured the test of time.
There is a Christmas movie that isn’t made-for-TV holiday dreck. Miracle on 34th Street earned its place in film history thanks to a sweet script, memorable scenes, and strong performances.
This American fairy tale is even more important as a sort of Urtext for references. Toto, the Wicked Witch of the West, the ruby slippers, the Yellow Brick Road, “Over the Rainbow,” “There’s no place like home,” “We’re not in Kansas anymore,” “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my,” “I’m melting! I’m melting!”
If Finding Nemo isn’t the best Pixar movie, it might be the most beautiful one. The undersea world is a dizzyingly glorious, vast universe of its own, filled with creatures of every shape and colour.
The film is a fairy tale for the meta-age. Your boys might initially resist this now-classic based on the title alone, but Peter Falk quickly squashes that gendered prejudice as he convinces his video-game-playing grandson to give the story a chance.
The film contains a great moral lesson: stay true to yourself and stick up for others who are doing the same thing. It teaches kids that families can come in all shapes, sizes, and breeds, and that the little guy — in this case, a runt pig who wants to herd sheep — doesn’t always finish last.
This adorable kid isn’t as helpless as he seems, and when two robbers target his neighbourhood, Kevin turns his house into a giant Rube Goldberg machine of traps.
Narratives about the frailty of life are all over most Disney animated classics, and Penguins takes that approach and kicks it up a notch by turning the cameras on actual animals walking around in the wild.
Annie is a chance to see some serious economic conditions through the eyes of children who may be hungry and unloved but still have enough energy to sing some catchy tunes, including the much-loved “It’s a Hard-Knock Life.”