Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood. -Walt Disney
I remember as a kid sleeping out under the stars, but the few times we did, we usually had an outdoor movie. I am sure with six kids my parents felt getting everything ready was quite an event–dragging the heavy television into the backyard, finding something that would hold its weight, connecting the (then VHS player) with the many extension cords that would extend into the house, making popcorn, finding enough blankets, pillows, sleeping bags and then trying to pick a movie that everyone would like. [A little exhausting] Thanks Mom and Dad. Your efforts were well worth the good memories.
I now do the same thing for my daughter Kate and her ten cousins. We try and make it a fun event because we know the memories will last even longer. Summer is short, childhood goes by so quickly, but the memories will always remain.
Well, backyard, outdoor movies are one of my favorite memories for summer fun, so I thought I would compile some top family movies to make your movie night fabulous!!!
According to IMDb “Highest Rated Family Feature Films with at least 1,000 votes”
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) 2. Spirited Away 3. Toy Story 3 4. Wall-E 5. The Lion King 6. The Kid 7. Up 8. Toy Story 9. The Gold Rush 10. My Neighbor Totoro 11. The Wizard of Oz 12. How to train your dragon 13. Finding Nemo 14. Children of Heaven 15. Howl’s Moving Castle 16. The Princess Bride 17. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale 18. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:Part 2 19. A Wednesday 20. Castle in the Sky
Here is the link to the rest of this list: http://www.imdb.com/search/title?genres=family&title_type=feature&num_votes=1000,&sort=user_rating,desc
According to Parents.com their Top 10 Family Movie Classics
1 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) 2 Ella Enchanted (2004) 3 E.T. (1982) 4 Freaky Fiday (2003)
5 Harry Potter 6 The Sound of Music (1965) 7 Spy Kids (2001)
8 Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971) 9 Whale Rider (2003) 10 Wizard of Oz (1939)
I found this list awhile ago, but they also just listed the 50 best movies for kids and here is the link: http://www.parents.com/fun/entertainment/movies/50-best-videos-for-kids/#page=1
According to TopTenReviews.com their Top 10 Family Movie Classics
1 E.T. 2 Wizard of Oz 3 Toy Story 4 Oliver (1968) 5 The Sound of Music 6 Up 7 Finding Nemo 8 The Incredibles 9 Time Bandits (1981) 10 A Christmas Story (1983)
They also have lists for Best Movies of each year and genre, from the 1930’s on up.
An article from Belief.net lists Family Movies that Teach Values
This article lists: It’s A Wonderful Life (teaches responsibility), Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (teaches Integrity), A Man for All Seasons (teaches Courage), Babe (teaches Courtesy), Remember the Titans (teaches tolerance), Toy Story 2 (teaches loyalty), Akeelah and the Bee (teaches learning), War Games (teaches Peace), A Little Princess (teaches Helping Others), Holes (teaches Fairness)
Here is the link to the complete article: http://www.beliefnet.com/Love-Family/2009/Family-Movies-That-Teach-Values.aspx
A few of my personal family favorites:
The Family Man (2000) is a great movie that is about a man who truly learns what is most important .
The Princess Protection Program (Disney 2009) is a great movie that teaches many good morales–kindness, believing in yourself, helping others, being princess like.
I like all the National Treasure movies—they put a fun spin on adventure, but you can also learn something within the twists and turns. I think it makes kids want to learn more about history. Plus, there is suppose to be a third out sometime in 2014. Fun for the whole family.
This also reminds me of the Night at the Museum movies–they seem to be a doorway to a child’s imagination, with a hint of history, nostalgia and lots of fun characters.
Other fun family movies that would be perfect for an outdoor movie, a family movie night or just some plain, summer FUN: The Game Plan, Nancy Drew, Dreamer, Bedtime Stories, Ever After, The Wizards of Waverly Place Movie (adventure), Nim’s Island, Return to Nim’s Island, both Nanny McPhee, The Parent Trap (old and new versions), Ella Enchanted, I could go on and on…The Kid, Freaky Friday, Tangled, Hotel for dogs…and thats not even touching on some of the great animated films like The Lorax, Despicable Me, Wreck-it Ralph, Rise of the Guardians, How to win your Dragon…and on and on…lots of fun, family movies to enjoy this summer!!
Well, as summer gets going, get outside and watch a fun, family movie!! [Or watch one inside] Make it a memorable experience with a fun show, big pillows or comfy mats, maybe some new summer pj’s, yummy food & snacks, smiles and family. Those are the ingredients to some of the best summer memories.
-Happy Summer, Heather