With Little Kids: Ideas for Family Movie Night!

What to watch with your little ones on family movie night!

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Question:

We've been doing family movie-and-pizza night once a week with my 3.5 year old and our Netflix queue is looking sad since we've run out of ideas. Anyone have favorite films that little kids AND parents can enjoy?  We've run through most of the usual suspects like Sound of Music and the Shirley Temple version Heidi, plus all the age-appropriate Miyazaki films and Disney animated classics that aren't too nightmare-inducing. My criteria are that the movies not be too violent/scary and not give my son even more ideas about ways to give lip to mommy and daddy, which rules out films like "The Incredibles."

 

Answers:

Family Movies (young-child appropriate) on DVD Recommended by PSP Members (11/07, updated 1/16, updated 10/16 to include member responses for movies with diversity)

 

Classics/Musicals:
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Alice in Wonderland
Annie (with Carol Burnett and Albert Finney)
Bed knobs and Broomsticks
Benji
Buster Keaton films
Charlie Chaplin films
Cinderella
ET
Fiddler on the Roof
Flipper
Fred Astair/Ginger Rodgers films
Grease
Grease
Harold Lloyd films
Heidi (Shirley Temple version)
Jacob and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Jungle Book (a bit scary)
Lassie
Mary Poppins
The Muppet Movie
The Music Man
National Velvet
Oliver
Peanuts
Skippy
The Sound of Music
The Wizard of Oz (despite scary parts)
Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder version)

 

Newer Films:
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A Bug's Life
All Wallace & Gromit films (although be warned there are guns in The Wrong Trousers and Curse of the Wererabbit).
Babar (if you can get past the poachers killing his mother)
Babe
Brother Bear
Cars
Charlotte's Web
Chicken Little
Curious George
Duma
Finding Nemo
Flushed Away
Kiki’s Delivery Service
Madagascar
Milo and Otis
Monsters, Inc.
My Neighbor Totoro
Over the Hedge
Pee Wee Herman
Prancer
Ratatouille
Ratatouille
Secret World of Arriety
Stuart Little
The Cat Returns
The Lion King
Totoro
Toy Story and Toy Story 2

 

Movies with diversity:

Akeelah the Bee
Annie (remake w/ Quvenzhané Wallis)
Big Hero 6
Check out BAM & Children’s Film Fest movies
Cinderella (remake w/ Brandy & Whitney Houston)
Doc McStuffins
Dr. Doolittle 3
Finding Nemo / Finding Dory
Going To School (documentary)
The Golden Blaze
Home
Hugo
Kahllil Gibran’s The Prophet
The Karate Kid (remake w/ Jaden Smith)
Kiki’s Delivery Services
Kirokou
Lilo & Stitch
The Little Prince (new on Netflix or Amazon)
Magic School Bus
Meet the Robinsons
Mister Roger’s Neighborhood
Mulan
My Neighbor Totoro
Peanuts Movie
Pee Wee
The Princess & the Frog
Polly (remake of Pollyanna w/ Keisha Knight-Pulliam)
Very first couple seasons of Sesame Street
Spirited Away
The Song of the Sea
Toy Story
Up
Wall-E
Whale Rider

 

Not-Movies:

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Andy Griffith
Fraggle Rock
I Love Lucy Episodes
Looney Tunes
Nature Shows
Peter, Paul and Mary in concert (Clips from classic films and performances from YouTube)
Pingu
Pink Panther Cartoons
Travel series on Alaska, Serenghetti, etc.