There is a difference between spending less and spending well. Similarly, there is a difference in watching movies and watching good movies. If watching movie and couch-sitting are on the agenda, you better choose a good movie so that you can make the most of your popcorn money. This would be masterful parenting at work. After all, most movies are heavy on crap stuff and very light on anything insightful. So, you will have to be pretty selective over here, or you would be bombarding your kids with perpetual boring or harmful stuff. Fortunately, not anymore! Let’s introduce you to great kid-friendly movies that they will surely love.
- The Karate Kid (1984)
This classic karate movie is perhaps one of the greatest films ever made for kids. It’s very inspiring, to say the least. One could watch the movie at least a dozen times and yet explode with high-spirits and motivation. In this heart-warming and exciting movie, young Danny gets bullied by a bunch of rich guys adept in karate, when he shifts from New Jersey to California along with his mother. Not wanting to be harassed anymore, the teenager decides to learn karate. Being a witness to the harassment, a local repairman/martial artist agrees to teach karate to the bullied Danny. With Mr. Miyagi’s help, the underdog learns martial arts and defends himself against his bullies. It’s a classic story of an underdog fighting for himself and his girlfriend’s honor.
- Alice in Wonderland (1951)
This movie is a strange tale of a daydreaming British girl who finds poems and literature very boring. Just as the restless Alice daydreams of her fantasy world, she spots a large fully-dressed white rabbit and follows him into the dense forest. The rabbit takes the young Alice down the rabbit hole where her dress acts as a parachute and saves her from a bumpy fall. But, she still ends up in a small room with a closed door. She actually ends up in Wonderland, leading to a world of new discoveries, adventure, and characters. It’s a great movie to introduce literature to your little ones.
- Annie (1982)
This movie features a young girl by the name of Annie, who is living a miserable life in an orphanage in the 1930’s. The orphanage is governed by a dictator woman, named Miss Hannigan. Annie’s apparently hopeless situation changes for the better as fate had different plans for her. She gets chosen to live with a wealthy industrialist family. Soon, she wins the heart of all the household members with her innocence and charm. The industrialist decides to help Annie find her lost parents and declares a reward as well. Miss Hannigan and her two accomplices decide to impersonate themselves as Annie’s parents to get the reward money. This lands Annie in great trouble. What emerges is an unforgettable movie of a determined girl’s story of rags to riches.
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
Literature’s posture boy makes it to the movie world with this movie. The kid-friendly adaptation of the novel went well with the masses, and what followed is a series of Harry Potter movies. The first few ones are particularly fit for kids, especially the first one. Harry was only eleven years old in the movie. Moreover, the film is jam-packed with splendid special effects, courageous heroes, visually enticing role-play, epic battles, and irresistible characters. The movie was simply magical and terrific. It’s still considered to be one of the best movies in the children’s domain. It had everyone at the edge of their seats. The movie turned out to be as captivating as the book!
- The Jungle Book (1967)
The Jungle Book is an iconic animated movie produced by Walt Disney Productions. The plot involves a young boy by the name of Mowgli, who is raised by a bunch of wolves after being found in a basket. His panther friend Bagheera and Baloo the bear have a hard time convincing Mowgli to return to human civilization before he falls prey to the evil clutches of the most feared predator in the jungle, Shere Khan, the tiger. Will Mowgli survive from Shere Khan? Will his jungle-friends be able to convince him to return to human frontiers? The movie has all the answers. Nevertheless, the movie will definitely teach kids the true meaning of friendship.
- Home Alone (1990)
There is no way to not fall in love with the mischievous 8-year old, Kevin McCallister whose family rush to France for a Christmas break, accidentally leaving Kevin inside the house. The elders in the house oversleep, so they had to rush to the airport. Often being bullied by sibling and cousins, Kevin had chosen to sleep on the third floor of his house on that eventful day. Being home alone proved to be a fun affair for the naughty kid until he discovers about two burglars, Harry and Marv, who plan to rob his house on a Christmas Eve. During this time, the family realizes their mistake, and they try their best to book a return ticket. All this while, it’s up to the 8-year old to save the luxurious house. Kids are sure to have a blast watching this epic movie.
- Born Free (1966)
This is an encouraging real-life story of a British couple. They bring home an orphan cub when the mother of the cub gets killed in the act of self-defense. Over time, the little cub turns into a full-grown lioness. The couple is pressurized by the locals to hand over the lioness to the zoo. Rather than turning over the lioness to the zoo, they teach the lioness how to survive in the wild before setting it free in the African jungles. The couple does everything possible for the freedom of the lioness. “She was born free, so she has the right to live free.” For those who don’t know, the film score and title song both won Academy Awards. The film has never left the memories of die-hard fans. The film sends out a touching message to respect all animals. Every kid in the world should watch this movie.