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posted 10 December 2005 10:18 PM      Profile for Contrarian     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I had some good memories going down this list of the 50 best family films. Not that I agree with all of them, but a lot cannot be argued with.
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posted 11 December 2005 08:06 PM      Profile for Boarsbreath   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah...but it's missing A Bug's Life. CGI (Pixar) but still a fine film, for the family and just period.

One appreciates family films differently, these days, if one is of a fmaily...like, you see it in fragments as well as whole, and you see it often. (That warrants some emphasis. You see it about a dozen times, unless they really like it.) It's like records -- Kids Today watch movies the way we listened to records.

So I can say with perfect assurance that every frame of A Bug's Life is fine...but the best part is the point of it. It's a peasant revolt against rentier exploiters (ie ants against grasshoppers, who expropriate their summer's harvest), summed up in the immortal line of the Hopper Warlord: "It's not about the food!"


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posted 12 December 2005 11:08 AM      Profile for Accidental Altruist   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thanks for sharing that list! I've gleaned a few titles to watch with my husband and 10 year old.

We're looking forward to seeing Chronicles of Narnia tonight!


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posted 12 December 2005 11:16 AM      Profile for Contrarian     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Have fun! Yes I like a Bug's Life, but am also partial to Antz, where you hear the phrase "The worker owns the means of production."
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posted 12 December 2005 03:49 PM      Profile for ronb     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I was happy to see Miyazaki crack the top ten with Spirited Away. Not only a great childrens' film, but a great film all around. I would've preferred to see at least one other of his brilliant films in there as well - Totoro perhaps. Also my little one loves Buster Keaton, her favourite is probably Sherlock Junior. I'm a bit sad that Charlie's there, but not Keaton.
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posted 12 December 2005 04:19 PM      Profile for thwap        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This movie bored the hell out of me!
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posted 12 December 2005 04:38 PM      Profile for Weltschmerz     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Time Bandits! I love that movie! David Warner as Ultimate Evil! I LOVE David Warner!

And a Ken Loach film? That was a surprise.


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posted 12 December 2005 05:27 PM      Profile for Timebandit     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
There were some films listed that I might show older kids, but that mine aren't ready for yet.

Pity he didn't list Totoro... I love that film, and so do my girls. Spirited Away is a great favourite around here, and so is Castle in the Sky and Kiki's Delivery Service. All far, far better than any of the Disney princess movies.


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posted 12 December 2005 05:39 PM      Profile for ronb     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
You know, I'm surprised to say that we really liked the recent Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. My patience for Tim Burton is razor thin, but I think this might be his best film. I didn't resent the madeup Wonka backstory at all, quite the opposite. I laughed as much as my little one, at mostly the same things - a very good sign. I had to explain the 2001 reference though.
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Not to be contrarian, contrarian, since that would be imitative, but Bug's Life only shines the brighter when compared to Antz. (What's with the way Hollywood pumps out oddly-themed movies in pairs?)

Antz is Woody Allen. In funny images, but still just Woody Allen. Whereas Bug's Life is an original. (And when I saw them, it was Antz I was looking forward to...I love Woody Allen, albeit earlier the better, but he renders this movie a mere vehicle.)

Big jiggly-fat caterpillar, falling: "I can fly...!"


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posted 13 December 2005 08:06 PM      Profile for brebis noire     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
One of the most amazing animated films I've ever seen is Kirikou and the Sorceress.

The images and music are unforgettable, and it appeals to kids and adults but is never cute. It's an independent Belgian (or French) film and the guy who did the music is from Senegal.


Edited to fix link.

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posted 13 December 2005 09:20 PM      Profile for Walker     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hmm... Not a bad list, though the definition of 'family' is very broad, given the numerous teen-aimed titles ('Star Wars') and musicals ('Meet me in St. Louis').

Glad to see 'Babe' in there - I got it on DVD recently for my 4 year old and still bawl my eyes out every time. Non-Australians (unAustralians?) may not know, but Magda Szubanski is a comic genius.

But they missed 'The Princess Bride!


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posted 13 December 2005 10:21 PM      Profile for Timebandit     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
She was wonderful in "Babe". I cry, too, along with both the wild girls.

We've watched "The Princess Bride" several times, and the kids love it. The blond guy was a little leery of the torture and death bit, but what the hell, we read 'em Grimm's fairy tales...

My MIL brought over a Veggie Tales animation the other day. It was awful. I think I'm going to hide the tape.


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posted 13 December 2005 10:31 PM      Profile for mamitalinda   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yes, dammit, give me a little torture and bloody rodent-stabbing any day over Veggie Tales.
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posted 13 December 2005 11:39 PM      Profile for jrootham     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Which Veggie Tales was that? I can believe they can put out bad stuff, I have a serious cultural allergy for Christians (assuming we are talking about the same crowd).

However, this one is deadly. The songs are silly beyond belief and the surrounding conceit is even more so. The Pirates are trying to rig the Silly Songs contest. There apparently was a real contest and the Pirates almost won, which would have been the only thing that would spoil the joke.


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posted 14 December 2005 08:49 AM      Profile for Accidental Altruist   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
on Larry the Cucumber: I once had "oh where is my hairbrush" stuck in my head for a week.


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posted 14 December 2005 09:09 AM      Profile for stupendousgirlie     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Best Years Of Our Lives

I absolutely adore this movie because it addressed the challenges that WWII veterans faced upon coming home from war and it was released in 1946. It's a lovely, hopeful movie and an absolute joy to watch.

It was also a very progressive movie in that it talked about the ramifications of everything from alcoholism to nuclear war. Here is an astonishing quote from the movie - remember, this movie came out in 1946!

quote:
Son: Say, you were at Hiroshima, weren't you Dad?..Well, did you happen to notice any of the effects of radioactivity on the people who survived the blast?
Father: No, I didn't. Should I have?
Son: We've been having lectures in atomic energy at school, and Mr. McLaughlin, he's our physics teacher, he says that we've reached a point where the whole human race has either got to find a way to live together, or else uhm...
Father: Or else...?
Son: That's right. Or else. Because when you combine atomic energy with jet propulsion and radar and guided missiles, just think of the...

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posted 14 December 2005 11:16 AM      Profile for Crippled_Newsie     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What of Wolfgang Petersen's The Neverending Story?
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posted 14 December 2005 11:25 AM      Profile for beibhnn     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I agree with Zoot that a lot of the films would be a little scary for most of the young'uns I screen films with. And any list without Candleshoe or the original The Parent Trap is sadly lacking imho (although I am somewhat placated by the inclusion of The Sound of Music).
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posted 14 December 2005 11:39 AM      Profile for brebis noire     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Zoot:
My MIL brought over a Veggie Tales animation the other day. It was awful. I think I'm going to hide the tape.

I don't even have to hide them. We have three or four hanging around the house (including the Pirate silly songs countdown) and my kids are totally uninterested. My 7-yr-old finds them somewhat insulting to his intellect.


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posted 14 December 2005 03:29 PM      Profile for zazzo     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Whale Rider is a wonderful film about a young Maori girl who stands true for herself, but respects the teachings that were given to her. She has a warm relationship with her Grandfather, but they still disagree on some fundamental issues.
A beautiful film.

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posted 14 December 2005 03:45 PM      Profile for ronb     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Paper Moon is a fun one too. Addie is quite the character.

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Whereas Bug's Life is an original.

Much as I loved A Bug's Life, it is essentially an animated version of The Magnificent Seven, which is itself an almost shot for shot remake of Seven Samurai, one of the greatest films ever made. Inventive? Absolutely. Original? Not so much.


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Did anybody see Holes? It's an enjoyable movie with a parable that pre-teens can understand. It involves family, history and friendship.
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In reference to the originality or otherwise of A Bug's Life, are there really many movies out there that are truly original? There are hundreds of movies that use the basic premise of a band of freedom fighters.
Besides, you are comparing a western for adults to a children's movie. Maybe in that particular genre, it could be counted as original?

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posted 15 December 2005 02:50 AM      Profile for Jacob Two-Two     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Besides, it's a parody of Seven Samurai, not a rip-off. In SS the poor helpless villagers need the warriors to save them. In A Bug's Life, Flick goes looking for warriors, but accidentally comes back with circus performers, then he tries to use his inventive spirit to save the day, but finally it is the ants themselves who defeat their oppressors by realising their true strength which they had never understood before. It's a totally different movie with a totally different message, and one of my favourite kid's films (I saw it three times when it came out ) . I always get choked up when Dot brings a demoralised Flick the pebble and says "pretend it's a seed". So touching. And damn funny too. "You're all fired!"

Man, I can't believe I haven't bought that yet.


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posted 15 December 2005 03:10 AM      Profile for HellofaSandwich   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Gotta give it up for E.T.--The Extra Terrestrial.

And for recent kid's movies, Finding Nemo was pretty good, actually.


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posted 17 December 2005 09:05 AM      Profile for Clog-boy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm watching "La soupe aux choux" with Louis de Funes at this very moment. Dunno if they're known in Canada, but I think his movies also belong among the Best Family Films. I remember his movies cracking me up at the age of 8 or 9. Couldn't understand French back then, but his performances were just hilarious
This man has taken the Grumpy Old Man routine to the limit, he was born for it...

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I loved "Harriet the Spy" - forced my daughter to watch it with me again and again and again.
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posted 17 December 2005 12:26 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Has anyone else noticed that "Ice Age", "Dinosaurs" and "Saving Private Ryan" all have the same plot?
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WALL•E: A Butch/Femme Love Story... or Silly Rabbit! Robots Have No Gender

Hmmm ... Interesting take!


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Really happy to see Whistle Down the Wind.
Would like to suggest
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, with Alan Arkin as Mr. Singer and a very young Sandra Locke as his friend. It's a tragedy so probably better for older kids. Secret of Roan Inish and Into the West are real favorites of our family.

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I really liked The Iron Giant, one of my favourite movies. I remember when it first came out when I was a younger and my dad enjoyed it so much he went out and bought it on VHS the next day.

I am really quite surprised I didn't see The Adventures of Milo and Otis, or the Fox and the Hound on there. Two of my favorites.

edit:: oh, and the Dark Crystal! It freaks out the youngins' a bit, but it is a very interesting movie.

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