Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Movies my kids love, and don't love

It's a mystery to me which movies my kids ask to watch over and over and which of my beloved old favorites they reject out of hand after one (or not even one) viewing.

For example, The Little Mermaid. One of my childhood favorites. Miriam had a fling with it when she was two years old but neither of them will sit through it now. Sad.

See also: Up. Obviously, I didn't see this one until I was an adult, but I thought it was really good. Too bad it bores Miriam and terrifies Magdalena.

Miriam loved Wall-E beyond all reason but again, Magdalena has a strange aversion to it.

Fortunately, they both like Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast, which are more favorites from my childhood.

And they love, LOVE, Cars. They could watch that movie five times a day and never be tired of it.

They also love White Fang, and I am so glad because that movie is a treasure.

More recent hits include Tangled (which we call "Rapunzel") and The Muppets.

Lately, they've also been hooked on "Laura & Mary," aka the new-ish Little House on the Prairie miniseries/movie thing. I've sat down to re-watch it with them a few times and I have to say that it has really grown on me. My favorite thing about this production is that it captures the childlike wonder of the books. The camera angles are low, from a child's point of view, and the events unfold in a way that matches a child's interpretation. The Ingalls family rolls through a remote prairie town, for example, and all the townsfolk stare them down with unfamiliar, unfriendly eyes. In real life I'm sure they were just strangers so they seemed unfamiliar and unfriendly to Laura and Mary.

Or the part where Laura finds the blue bead near the Indian camp. The movie makes it out like that bead is the most amazing, beautiful thing that Laura has ever seen. But it's just a bead, you know? But it also really IS the most amazing, beautiful thing that Laura has ever seen. The movie really stays true to the kids' vision of how things were, and I love that. It makes it so fun for my girls to watch.

What are your kids watching or not watching these days?


Sarah Familia said...

Cars is a hit around here as well. But my children's favorite movies are the Planet Earth series, narrated by David Attenborough.

Britney said...

I'll have to check out that Little House movie. My kids and I started reading the first book this week.

Also, regarding The Muppets movie, we watched it ONCE and my kids were totally and surprisingly affected by it. In fact, my daughter, age 5, now frequently and passionately belts out the song, "Am I a Man... or Am I a Muppet?"


Ariana said...

My kids LOVE Lilo and Stitch...

Suzanne Bubnash said...

What about the Wee Sing videos? Or have they not bridged the generations well?

Crys said...

E loved Wall-E...which was sad because this mom hated it! My kids unfortunately do not get to see a lot of Disney here. I'm against buying anything full price and Disney and it's stupid we hold it for a years and then re-release it drives me nuts. I usually only buy the new ones. Which is kind of sad because I loved the music from Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. All of my kids love Madagascar 1 and 2. We were also huge fans of the Avatar cartoon. I mean after all I have a son...can't be all Princes all the time :)

Katie said...

That's funny, I think about this all the time. I'm always trying to get them to watch and love the movies that I watched and loved. Yesterday I FORCED them to watch Peter Pan. They were sure they didn't like it, until they watched it then Jonah said "Mom, I DO love Peter Pan!" I was like, "THAT'S RIGHT! I knew you would" Also, Oliver LOVES The Nightmare Before Christmas. I would think that it's too scary. When I first saw it as a kid I was pretty freaked out, but Oliver really loves it. I love it too now, but it scares Jonah.

Tia said...

Peter Pan, Despicable Me, Toy Story 1,2,3, and all Disney princess movies are favorites here. Top pick currently: Peter Pan

Katie Lewis said...

I'm pretty sure there is some kind of video drug that they put in Cars so that every child who ever watches it would instantly become addicted. Olivia would watch it over and over again all day every day if I would let her, but she's not really like that about any other show. Several of my nieces and nephews are/were intensely infatuated with it too. Though, in full disclosure, I really like Cars as well. Guess I got hit with the drug too. Haha. Bryan, by the way, did not. :)


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