Tired of watching the same old movies? Or maybe you are looking to do one last movie bash weekend before it’s time to hit the books again. Whatever your reason, here are 10 of the best children’s movies of all times.
1. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Directed by Steven Spielberg, E.T. is the 1982 heartwarming story of a troubled young boy who digs deep to find the courage needed to help a friendly alien find his way home. And when they are discovered, the story becomes much more than trying to help E.T. phone home.
Directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jensen, this 2001 computer animated fantasy is the story of an ogre who suddenly finds his solitary life interrupted by several fairy tale characters who appear in his swamp. He soon discovers they have been exiled there by the fairytale-hating Lord Farquuad. Together with one annoying donkey, he sets out on a journey to ask Farquaad to send the characters away so he can have his swamp back the way he likes it.
3. Finding Nemo
Another computer-animated classic, Finding Nemo is the story of a family of clown fish on The Great Barrier Reef. One day Marlin and his son, Nemo become separated when Nemo is captured by divers and placed in a tank in a dentist’s office. The story tells the comedic journey of Marlin coming to his son’s rescue, while Nemo plots some pretty funnyescape plans of his own!
4. Charlotte’s Web
This 1973 classic is the animated adventures of E.B. White’s most famous characters – Wilbur the pig and his unlikely spider-friend Charlotte. The two become fast friends right before it is learned that Wilbur is being fattened for the kill. Charlotte then sets out to save young Wilbur from slaughter by writing words in her web, and turning Wilbur into ‘Some Pig’!
5. Where the Red Fern Grows
Where the Red Fern grows is the beautiful story of a young boy and his two beloved dogs. Based on the 1961 novel by Wilson Rawls, the popular story was made into a film in 1974, then remade in 2004. Make sure you have some tissues handy!
6. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
A 1971 musical film which tells the story of Charlie Bucket and his winning one of five Golden Tickets which grant him access to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Together with four other children from around the world, they tour the factory not knowing that the real prize comes at the end to the one remaining child who has honesty in his heart.
7. The Muppet Movie
The first of five live-action films, this classic tale tells the story of Kermit the Frog’s adventures on a cross-country trip to Hollywood. Along the way he encounters several of the Muppets who join him in his search for stardom, while also trying to outsmart an evil restaurateur who wants Kermit to be his spokesperson for his frog legs business.
8. Toy Story
When you were little did you ever wonder what would happen if toys had a life of their own? In this adorable computer animated classic, we find out exactly what toys are up to when he their owner is not around.
9. The NeverEnding Story
A timeless classic, The NeverEnding Story tells the tale of Bastion, a young boy who lives a life tormented by school bullies. On one such occasion, he escapes into a book shop where the book-keeper shows him an ancient story book. Bastion winds up borrowing the book which draws him into the mysterious land of Fantasia, and there he finds his chance to become a hero.
The 1942 Disney classic tale of Bambi, a deer destined to become the Great Prince of the forest. The story begins with Bambi as a fawn, and introduces us to his childhood friends. throughout the story Bambi learns the lessons such as the skills he needs to survive, and all about love. Then, one day, Bambi’s bravery is put to the test when the hunters arrive and the Great Prince of the Forest must lead the others to safety.