Tuesday, July 14, 2009

KIDS’ MOVIES

After enduring the new Transformers movie the other night, it got me thinking about kids’ movies I’ve watched with my eleven-year-old, or his older sister and brother when they were kids, or even when I was a kid.

So last night’s helping-me-fall-asleep alphabet list was of favorite kids’ movies I’ve caught either in the theater or on TV over the years.

ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD, ANTZ
BUGSY MALONE, BIG, BILLY ELLIOT, A BUG’S LIFE
CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS (Spencer Tracy as a Portugese fisherman!, but still brilliant after more than half a century), A CHRISTMAS STORY, CROOKYN (Spike Lee’s filmic memoir of his childhood), CHICKEN RUN
DROP DEAD FRED
E. T.
FINDING NEMO, FLUSHED AWAY
GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE
A HIGH WIND IN JAMAICA, A HARD DAY’S NIGHT, HARRY POTTER (all of this series but especially the first)
THE IRON GIANT, THE INCREDIBLES
JUMANJI
KUNG FU PANDA
LITTLE FUGITIVE (this early inependent film is finally getting its due)
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (the original black-and-white with Natalie Wood as the child), MARY POPPINS, MY LIFE AS A DOG, MONSTERS INC., MONSTERS VS. ALIENS
NATIONAL VELVET, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
OLIVER!
THE PRINCESS BRIDE, THE PARENT TRAP (Lindsay Lohan when she was still an amazingly talented kid actor)
QUEST FOR FIRE (not exactly a kids’ flick but fascinating to them)
THE RED BALOON
SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, THE SECRET GARDEN (both the 1940’s black-and-white Hollywood version of this classic children’s story and the more recent English version from the ‘90s), SPY KIDS, THE SECRET OF ROAN INISH
TOY STORY, TOY STORY 2
UP
V?
THE WIZARD OF OZ, WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND, WILLIE WONKA AND THE CHOCLATE FACTORY (The original with Gene Wilder), WHALE RIDER, WALL-E
X?
YOUNG TOM EDISON, THE YEARLING, YELLOW SUBMARINE
ZATHURA (the underrated space game fantasy)

8 comments:

Tom King said...

How about Pirates of the Carribean and Treasure Island.

Tom King said...

Oh, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!

Lally said...

Can't believe I left off TREASURE ISLAND and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN! But as for CHITTY CHITTY, not one of my favorites.

Anonymous said...

How about any Bowery Boys movie. I loved those as a kid. I think they became the oldest teenagers in the world.

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Lally said...

I used to make my older kids watch the Bowery Boy movies on TV when they were little, much to their confusion. I loved those guys and had a framed photograph of them I clipped from a newspaper in my home(s) for decades. I also used a still from one of their early movies—ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES (not as "Bowery Boys" but after DEAD END where they first appeared)—on one of my early books—ROCKY DIES YELLOW—as the cover. My friend poet Ray DiPalma reminded me that our old buddy poet Robert Slater wrote a poem about the Bowery Boys (I think I mentioned them here and there as well in poems and prose, especially Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall—who I got to meet before he passed) but I haven't located it yet. Maybe I'll throw it on the comments here when I do.

AlamedaTom said...

"The Last Starfighter." One of the best, and most overlooked, films that kids and adults can dig together. Saw it in the theater with my kids in 1984 when it came out, and they just loved it, as did I. I recently rented it again up at Lake Tahoe when a family with a teenage boy was visiting us up there. Everyone, including me (again), really enjoyed it. In other words, it holds up after all these years. If you and Flynn haven't seen it, rent it and watch it together. You won't be sorry.

~ Willy

Lally said...

Tom, Never saw it. We'll check it out.