My husband and I initially bonded over our love of movies. And we are both excited to share some of our all time favorites with our children. However, our kids are young, and so our recent playlist mainly consists of the latest (and semi-latest) kids movies.
We couldn’t wait to take our oldest son to the theater for the first time for his second birthday. We watched Cars 2. My husband recently reminded me that sometime during the middle of the movie, Harrison pointed at the screen and plainly said “Gabba!” I guess he wasn’t thrilled with his first movie outing either. Despite Harrison’s desire to “change the station” during Cars 2, I have been subjected to that movie more times than I ever wanted. And it does not get any better upon repeat viewings. Thankfully, my children don’t request it often, because there are so many other movies out there that are not obnoxious (and don’t star Larry the Cable Guy!).
So here’s our family’s list of movies that Mama can stand to watch more than once. Please keep in mind that I’ve only listed movies that are around 5 years old or less (a list of classic kids’ movies will come later!). And I have three boys, so my list may be a little testosterone-skewed.
I must admit, when I first saw the trailer for this movie, I was a bit confused. A snail goes to race at the Indianapolis 500? What? The first thing that won me over in this movie is the soundtrack. “Eye of the Tiger,” “Jump Around,” and other fun upbeat tunes abound throughout this movie, so even if you’re not really paying attention, you can jam to the songs. Other aspects that won me over are some of the sight gags involving the snails trying to eat overripe tomatoes (my kids laugh out loud during those scenes) and the voice cast. It’s a silly little movie, but it’s a lot of fun.
We were introduced to How to Train yo1ur Dragon because of the Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics that were offered over the summer. When my sons built a replica of the Toothless character in the movie, we decided to check it out. The film offers plenty of action (although it’s a little scary for little ones at times) and my boys absolutely love it. Bonus: There’s a great lesson to offer too.
“Monsters generate their city’s power by scaring children, but they are terribly afraid themselves of being contaminated by children, so when one enters Monstropolis, top scarer Sulley finds his world disrupted.”
Monsters Inc. is my favorite of all of the Pixar films; I tear up a little every time I hear Sully tell Boo that “Kitty’s got to go.” And although Monsters University isn’t as sweet and sentimental as the first, it appeals to my children more because of it’s sight gags and physical comedy. Billy Crystal is AWESOME, and it’s funny to spot the little Easter eggs that are thrown in as nods to previous movies.
Before there was Frozen, there was Wreck-it Ralph. I think that this movie is just about perfectly cast, from John C. Reilly as the title character, to Jane Lynch as a no-nonsense army character (and everyone else!). This movie is as much fun for the grown ups as it is for children due to a lot of throwbacks to early 80’s video games. My kids did not like this one the first time was saw it, as the principal bad guy turns into a pretty maniacal clown towards the end of the movie. They recently decided they wanted to try it again, and now it’s on constant rotation at our house.
Another movie with a really sweet lesson, Despicable Me is probably best known for its minion characters at this point. The movie itself is awesomely quotable, and the kids are adorable. I’ve probably seen this movie 75 times and I laugh every time.
What are some of your kids’ favorite movies? Describe them in comments!