frogdogdog , Parent asks:

What Are Your Top Ten Movie Picks for Children?

I'm looking for a Top Ten movie list for my young children. First things that come to mind are the classics: The Aristocats, The Lion King, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Monsters Inc, Toy Story, The Wizard of Oz, Babe, Charlotte's Web, and Cinderella.

I would love to know what everyone's favorite children's movies are.
In Topics: Children and screen entertainment (TV & movies), Family fun / holiday celebrations
> 60 days ago



Mar 11, 2010
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A parent asked me a similar question ( on my website, Ask the Mediatrician. He wanted to know what some good movies for 5-year-olds were, and on top of my own recommendations, our Facebook Fans ( contributed theirs!  Here is the conversation and combined list:

Q: They don’t seem to make enough good kids’ movies that don’t feature in-your-face dialog, terrifying characters, fast cuts, or just over-the-top crazy stuff designed mainly for adult audiences (that I have to spend half the movie explaining to my 5 year old). As a Mediatrician and film buff, can you recommend a few of your favorites, either classic or contemporary?
--Frustrated by Films in Framingham, MA

A: Dear Frustrated by Films,

In addition to being the Mediatrician and a film buff, I also have a 5 year old! Some of my kids' favorites are short films featuring Kipper, and classics I've introduced them to like Singing in the Rain, and The Music Man. But I think the important bit of guidance I can give you is not a list of my favorite movies but rather advice on how to find what may become your daughter's favorites!

The trick to choosing good movies for your child lies in combining your knowledge of the movie with your understanding of your child: What are her likes and dislikes? What scares her? What does she enjoy? One approach is to find a movie you loved when you were her age and then watch it together. In addition to giving you an opportunity to share something that was important to you, it can also help you remember how children of her age see and process movies. For example, I remember seeing Snow White when I was 5 and being terrified not by the witch but by the forest coming to life, and tree branches tearing at Snow White as she runs. But I also remember the wonderful experience of seeing The Incredible Journey, where 3 pets who were left behind find their way, through natural and man-made obstacles, back to their people.

Such memories can remind you of the sorts of things that a child might find frightening (which are not always the things you might expect) and the sorts of things they might enjoy (which don’t have to be masterpieces and don’t have to be new and flashy). The two things a 5 year old wants are a good story and something to share with you. For ideas of classic movies that can provide both, I recommend Ty Burr’s The Best Old Movies for Families: A Guide to Watching Together.

I also suggest that whether or not you know the film you are about to share, pay attention to your daughter’s reactions to it. That way, you can respond immediately to her needs (whether for comfort, explanation, or a change of activity) and learn more about what will work for her in the future.

>>See related question: My daughter was scared by a movie, what do I do?

>>When we posted this question on our Facebook page, our fans listed these movies as their favorites at age 5:

    * Apple Dumpling Gang
    * Shirley Temple movies
    * Sword and the Stone
    * Old Yeller
    * Swiss Family Robinson
    * Thomas the Tank Engine
    * Blues Clues
    * Pete’s Dragon
    * Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    * An American Tale
    * The Muppets Take Manhattan
    * Kipper
    * Winnie the Pooh
    * Sound of Music
    * Mary Poppins
    * 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea
    * Bed Knobs and Broomsticks
    * Peter Pan
    * Follow that Bird
    * Charlotte’s Web
    * Herbie the Love Bug

Enjoy your media and use them wisely,
Dr. Michael Rich, The Mediatrician®
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laurenf writes:
I grew up in the 90's and these are the movies I really liked:

1. Beauty and the Beast (the Disney one from the 1990's)
2. The Lion King
3. The Little Mermaid
4. Aladdin
5. Pocahontas
6. Mulan
7. Beethoven
8. The Jungle Book
9. Mighty Ducks
10. A Goofy Movie

Coincidentally, they're mostly Disney movies, but Disney does make a pretty good movie.
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eliad , Parent writes:
These are some of my kid's favorite (Not in a particular order)

1. Wall-E
2. E.T
3. The Magic School Bus (TV Series DVD's)
4. Lion King
4. Finding Nemo
5. The Jungle Book (We love both the book and video)
6. Shrek (The first one)
7. Monsters inc.
8. Scooby Doo (TV series DVD, NOT the movie version)
9. Ratatouille
10. The Wizard of Oz

My wife and I introduced them to some of our childhood classics and surprisingly they really liked them too

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins, Annie and few others

We try to schedule a movie night once a week (Popcorn, snacks and the whole deal..) it's been wonderful time spent.
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salfam writes:
I'd like to add a couple older ones too: Babe and the Sound of Music.
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BigSis writes:
Here are some movies (not in any particular order) that my 11 year old sister loves:

1) Master of Disguise (our family's favorite!)
2) Lion King 1 1/2
3) The Emperor's New Groove
4) Harry Potter movies
5) Percy Jackson & the Olympians- The Lightning Thief
6) Singing in the Rain
7) Pink Panther (cartoon version) episodes on DVD
8) 17 Again
9) The Princess & the Frog
10) Fiddler on the Roof

I've also found a link with interesting movies that families can enjoy watching together:
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johnPeyton writes:
Rank Rating Title No. of Reviews
1. 99% The Wizard of Oz (1939)
2. 98% E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
3. 100% Toy Story 2 (1999)
4. 98% Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
5. 99% Toy Story 3 (2010)
6. 98% Up (2009) 280
7. 99% Finding Nemo (2003)
8. 100% Pinocchio (1940)
9. 100% Toy Story (1995)
10. 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011)
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johnPeyton writes:
Finding Nemo
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