You have to proceed with caution when introducing a child to any new movie. If they like it (which they will, because children seem to love literally any combination of sound and flashing colors), you’ll be stuck watching it over and over and over until Disney releases Frozen 2 or you accidentally-on-purpose run over the DVD with the vacuum cleaner.
However, it’s quite true that children stories take us away from the world of despair, cut-throat competition to a world of innocence and friendship. Here’s a list of 15 movies guaranteed to please kids without making you hate all of cinema.
Matilda is a movie which adults love to watch. Little Matilda’s love for reading and her struggle with and eventual victory over tyrant Miss Trunchbell, is a story worth watching over and over again.
Four diverse animals from New York Central Zoo escape, unwittingly assisted by four absconding penguins, in search of a new home and find themselves in Madagascar, among a bunch of merry lemurs. The I like to Move it Move it bunch will bring you a film full of emotions and drama. The best characters in the film: King Julian and the penguins.
3. Home Alone
Home Alone, the cult series is a perfect Sunday treat. It leaves you in splits every time you watch it. The series comprises of three parts, each of which are equally loved by the audiences and will ensure you never leave your kid(s) home alone
4. Taare Zameen Par
Aamir Khan’s Taare Zameen Par, a heat-wrenching story of a dyslexic child who overcomes his disorder with the help of his teacher played by Aamir. The Indian movie is a must watch for every individual and leaves you crying every time.
5. Little Rascals
Changing the name of the clubhouse from “He-Man Womun Haters Club” to adding “Women Welcome” to the title, Little Rascals is centered on the adventures of a group of neighborhood children and is truly a family entertainer.
Frozen, the most watched animated movie of the year, setting various records, is much loved by adults as much as it is by children. Disney went a little off track with their monotonous storyline but that’s what made it so special. There’s a reason the whole world has been singing Let It Go for the better part of a year.
7. Charlie and the Chocolate factory
A young boy from a poor background wins a tour to the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world’s most unusual candy maker, Willy Wonka, who hires the strangest little creatures, Oompa-Loompas. Enough said. Getting lost in a chocolate factory is undoubtedly every child and adults’ dream, by the end of the movie you’ll be humming to the tune ’Oompa, Loompa, doom-pa-dee-do…’
8. Baby’s Day out
Baby Bink, gives his kidnappers a run for their money (pun intended). The toddler is not only one step ahead of them, but is smarter than the three bumbling criminals. Perfect ‘anytime watch’, sure to get you laughing hysterically.
9. 101 Dalmatians
101 Dalmatians is a treat for dog lovers. Not only is there a dog overload in the film, but they story line brings forth many true injustices that animals face in the real world. The dogs’ fitting revenge from a rich, cruel woman will restore your faith in justice and be a moral lesson for your child too.
10. Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo is one of those children’s movies that has as many jokes and characters for adults as it does for kids. The neurotic, weird collection of fish in the dentist’s office fish tank are funny when you’re 10 but hilarious when you’re in your 20s. A moving film, Finding Nemo is a must watch for some nice bonding time with your little ones.
11. Parent Trap
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Twins Annie and Hallie (Lindsay Lohan) are strangers until happenstance unites them. The preteen girls’ divorced parent live on opposite sides of the Atlantic, each with one child. After coincidentally meeting at camp, American, Hallie and British-raised, Annie engineer an identity swap, giving each other a chance to spend time with the parent they’ve missed. Parent Trap is a true family entertainer.
Tangled is a journey of Rapunzel who has been locked away for years and desperately wants freedom. The feisty teenager strikes a deal with Flynn Rider (her captive), and together they begin a whirlwind adventure, eventually falling in love. A twist on the classic tale, the lively Rapunzel will make you fall in love with her when she discovers freedom.
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Shrek set the bar for self-referential, anti-Disney animated features. The schtick might feel a little dated today, only because so many movies have jumped on its tonal bandwagon, but the first Shrek movie is still a ton of fun for kids and adults alike.
14. Monsters Inc.
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Monsters under the bed were never a funny tale till this movie came along. Monsters Inc. is laugh-out-loud funny, and adventurous at the same time. It will keep you and your children’s emotions heightened till the last minute.
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Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, Up is pretty much universally-loved. Sure, the first six minutes will make you sob like a baby, but if the kids are young enough, with any luck, that whole sequence might go over their heads.