Now that you have 10 more days until the main event, and the little rugrats are home on Christmas vacation, you have probably been buying (and watching) your fair share of kids' movies. The latest family flick to hit the shelves is G-Force, but don't worry - if you thought that I was about to suggest that movie as part of your family-friendly viewing, think again. But it did get me thinking back to the kids classics that I still watch and love to this day.
Now, I'm a tough audience for family films, because even as a kid I didn't watch that many of them. In most cases my parents just let me watch whatever I wanted, but don't let that scare you off my list. I may have had a varied movie upbringing, but occasionally some family-friendly flicks would make it into heavy rotation -- and if there is one thing about kids and movies, we know it's that they love to watch them over and over again, which brings me to today's Cinematical Seven. That's right; I've decided to put together a list of the kid's movies that (probably) won't drive you bonkers if you are forced to sit through multiple viewings. So if you have to spend the holidays with kid-friendly entertainment on a perpetual loop, here are my seven suggestions for kids movies that won't drive you crazy..
After the jump; my picks for kids flicks that you can watch again and again...
1. The Princess Bride
It's no secret that The Princess Bride is one of the most beloved family movies of all time. But if your kid hasn't seen the story of Princess Buttercup and her true love Westley, then it's about time you sat them down to show them a classic. Plus, repeated viewings will guarantee that another generation will grow up running around the house yelling "My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die!"
2. The Incredibles
It's almost impossible to pick one Pixar flick over another as the best of the best since they have all become classics of kid-friendly entertainment. But if you are looking for a rollicking good time you could do a lot worse than The Incredibles. The story of a family of superheroes who get back into the business may have drawn some unlikely comparisons, but I wouldn't worry about your kids turning to objectivism any time soon -- after all, it is just a kid's movie, and as this clip demonstrates your kids might even learn a valuable lesson about the dangers of capes
It's a given that if you've got kids at home for the holidays you are going to be watching oodles of Christmas movies, but at least with Will Ferrell's Elf, there is enough funny to go around for kids and adults alike. The story of Buddy the Elf meeting his real family and teaching them the meaning of Christmas sounds terribly sappy on paper, but thanks to Ferrell's performance as Buddy he is completely genuine and utterly lovable, and the movie becomes a holiday comedy that everyone can enjoy.
4. The Goonies
I'm probably much too young to be complaining about the kids' movies 'back in my day' but at the risk of sounding like an old coot, it does seem like most kids movies are afraid to look at the darker side of life. But in the '80s there was always a little bitter with the sweet, and in the story of a group of misfits trying to save their home from developers by finding a sunken treasure, Richard Donner seamlessly blended adventure with genuine emotion to create a group of kids that everyone can identify with.
5. The Muppet Movie
The Muppets have always had that uncanny ability to hit a chord with kids and adults. The story of Kermit and the gang's trip to fame and fortune has the usual brand of life lessons that are the bread and butter of all kids movies, but with none of that sickly sweet tone that can grate on the nerves of anyone over the age of consent. As an added bonus parents (and guardians) of a certain age can amuse themselves with cameos from Steve Martin, Richard Pryor, and even Orson Welles.
6. Young Sherlock Holmes
Before there was Guy Ritchie's action-packed take on Sherlock Holmes; there was Barry Levinson's 1985 origin story about the famed literary character's early days at boarding school. The film was written by Chris Columbus and followed Holmes' very first mystery involving a cult and some trippy hallucinogenic darts. But I probably should warn you, if your kids are the sensitive sort, some of this film may be a bit scary (I was 10 when I saw it, and walked away unscathed) but just in case, take a look at the clip and judge for yourself if your kids can handle it.
7. Sleeping Beauty
You can't talk about kids movies, and not give a nod to Walt Disney. So even though I don't consider myself the biggest Disney fan, as a little girl Sleeping Beauty was my favorite of the classic fairy tales. You can keep your Snow Whites and that doormat Cinderella, because as far as I was concerned, all my sympathies were with poor Aurora, who was just the victim of a poorly composed guest list. Originally released in 1959, the film took nearly a decade to complete and was the last fairy tale film that Disney produced before his death. But, it's not like any of that is going to matter to kids. Nope, if they are anything like me, it's going to be all about the dragons and a magical ball gown.
Leave your picks for family films that stand up to repeated viewing in the comments...