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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Listograpyh - Kids Movies

Go over to Kate Takes 5 to check out more awesome lists.  Kate always comes up with great ideas that I just can't resist diving into.  So, without further ado, my top 5 favorite kids' movies:

1.  Labyrinth - This movie has stood the test of time, in my humble opinion.  David Bowie in tights?  Maybe not so much.  But Jennifer Connelly?  I just knew she was destined for greatness.  I still quote this movie all of the time (though others may not realize it).  It is a truly magical adventure and one of my favorites from childhood.  I recently showed it to my niece who agreed that it is still cool (perhaps she was humoring me, but still).  On a side note, I was sure I would wear a dress JUST LIKE the one Sarah wore in the scene after she is poisoned by Hoggle.  Which, ask anyone, is pretty much the polar opposite of exactly what happened!


2.  Finding Nemo - What is not to love about this movie (other than the fact that there is a lot of overwhelming sadness that takes place)?  Dori is possibly the best cartoon character of all times, and I still giggle when I think about her reading: "Eh-scapp-aye".  And Nemo is adorable and his father is awesome and everyone learns and loves and it's just wonderful!


3.  The Little Mermaid - Okay, as a feminist, some of this movie goes against my grain.  I am so not all about scantily clad children's characters and girls who are waiting on a man to save them.  That being said, I still love this movie and choose to focus on the strong, independent nature of our friend Ariel who had the courage to go looking for a life on land.  And I have always loved the music from this movie.  I used to sing it loudly and for hours on end in my room.  The only thing that bothers me: does anyone remember the rumor about the original animation and how the castles looked suspiciously like a phallic symbol?  I remember that someone said the artist had gotten mad at Disney and hence those castles.  Funny, I don't find those same castles when I Google the photo for this post.  Things that make you go, "hmmmmm....".


4. Aladin - I don't think I need to remind anyone how Robin Williams absolutely took the Genie character to a whole. new. level.  Frankly, the story of Aladin before this movie was pretty dull to me.  But this movie?  Total game changer.  Another movie with awesome music, too!


5.  The Neverending Story - Taking it seriously old school one more time, it just doesn't get a whole lot better than this for me.  There is action, adventure, fantasy and bravery.  This is another movie that I think fits right into the modern movie landscape and would absolutely still capture the imaginations of kids everywhere.  If you've ever seen it, I know you can hear the music playing in your head right now!


So many good children's movies out there.  I can't wait to introduce The Nugget to a few more once she has a longer attention span!  Thanks for providing thoughtful fodder, Kate.  And, anyone who is reading, feel free to link up, too!

4 comments:

  1. Love your list - and as you know I chose two of them. Considered Neverending Story too, but Labyrinth won through x

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  2. Hi Mel! (Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on my list.) I would say your list could've been said by my husband. He loves Labyrinth and Never Ending Story.

    Anne @ Domesblissity

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  3. I loved the Never Ending Story but now have the song stuck in my head!

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  4. Wow - can't believe how many times Labyrinth has come up - to be honest I can't remember it at all - will have to revisit! Thanks for joining in. x

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