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Old 06-10-2021, 10:01 AM
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Every summer I have my nieces and nephews over for a few days. We always watch an older movie they haven't seen. When they were little the big hit was Homeward Bound. Last summer, they LOVED Annie (a few different versions!) and we still sing the songs all the time. I'm looking for another one that will be a hit. They are a musical family, so if we can sing along to it, that's even better.

My only idea right now is Free Willy, as that was one of my faves growing up. (And I want to see it again. )


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Old 06-10-2021, 10:05 AM
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It depends on how old they are, but we watched Guess Who's Coming to Dinner with the boys recently and it sparked some really good conversations. One of the most poignant questions came from my middle son: "If this has been going on so long, how come we haven't fixed it yet?"

Good question.
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Old 06-10-2021, 10:10 AM
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I know it's not a musical but have you thought about showing them, "The Goonies". It's such a great movie. Or how about "Ghostbusters"?
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Old 06-10-2021, 10:11 AM
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There are probably more but these are the ones I could think of off the top of my head that aren’t mainstream Disney movies.
The original Annie was my absolute favorite.

Some of my favorites when I was younger:

Andre
Matilda
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Escape to Witch Mountain (the original from 1975)
The Little Princess
Yours, Mine, and Ours (original with Lucille Ball)
The Brave Little Toaster
Sound of Music
Parent Trap (with Hayley Mills)
All Dogs go to Heaven
Fievel Goes West
Little Rascals
A League of Their Own
ET (this actually scared me until I was about 10, but that was probably just me )

I also loved Shirley Temple classic movies when I was younger.

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Old 06-10-2021, 10:12 AM
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A million years ago, my kids’ #1 fave was Milo and Otis. Then along came ET.


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Old 06-10-2021, 10:14 AM
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the Shirley Temple classics!

Milo and Otis
Fly Away Home
Dennis the Menace
Babe
Stuart Little
A Little Princess
Matilda
The Parent Trap
The Sandlot
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Old 06-10-2021, 10:21 AM
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How about some of the old standard musicals?

Sound of Music
South Pacific (You've Got to Be Taught to Hate)
Annie Get Your Gun
Oklahoma
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Old 06-10-2021, 10:24 AM
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Milo and Otis (even the older elementary kids like it)
Alice in Wonderland (the animated version)
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There was an old Disney movie
Old 06-10-2021, 10:31 AM
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Called Toby Tyler about a little boy who runs away to join the circus.
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Old 06-10-2021, 10:36 AM
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You described exactly the kind of movies I watched as a kid with my mom. Some of my favorites:

The Little Princess + Heidi w/ Shirley Temple
Darby o'Gill and the Little People and The Gnome Mobile

Kid movies that came out in the 70's, 80's with music I recall liking:

Pippi Longstocking (has a great theme song and music)
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (I love the music)
Pete's Dragon (Helen Reddy's solo number "Candle on the Water" is amazing)


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Old 06-10-2021, 10:40 AM
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Have they seen Mary Poppins? I love singing along to those songs!
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Old 06-10-2021, 10:49 AM
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The Goonies- children find an old treasure map in the attic that leads them to the actual hidden pirate ship
Harry and the Hendersons-family on a camping trip, takes home a Bigfoot

Not musical, but both great! We enjoy watching them over and over!

Now I want to watch them again!
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Old 06-10-2021, 10:53 AM
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The Three Lives of Thomasina was a big hit when I was little .

Swiss Family Robinson

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The Brave Little Taylor

Wizard of Oz
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Old 06-10-2021, 11:01 AM
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Summer Magic
High School Musical
Teen Beach Movie
Parent Trap (both versions)
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Old 06-10-2021, 11:19 AM
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My five and six year old boys are obsessed with The Absent Minded Professor.

I love this thread. Thanks for all of the suggestions! I am definitely going to use them for my own children!
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Old 06-10-2021, 11:21 AM
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Wow, thanks everyone! Now I'm going to have to watch some of these - I haven't seen many of them!
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Old 06-10-2021, 11:33 AM
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My kids and I just watched Honey I Shrunk the Kids and we enjoyed it.
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Old 06-10-2021, 11:44 AM
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Karate Kid
Richie Rich
Home Alone
Princess Bride
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Old 06-10-2021, 12:16 PM
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I'm not sure what they've seen, and some don't fit all of your descriptions, but here are few thoughts .

*Sound of Music
*Westside Story (not sure if appropriate for their age)
*Greece (again same thing)
*Beethoven
*The Trouble with Angels
*To Kill a Mockingbird
*The Newsies
*The Princess Bride
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Old 06-10-2021, 12:36 PM
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The Long Long Trailer
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Old 06-10-2021, 01:09 PM
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LOVE Mary Poppins, 1&2

Oliver! When little Oliver sings "Where is Love?" I still cry.

The Last Unicorn

Fiddler on the Roof

Hair Spray, the version with John Travolta. When Queen Latifah sings "I Know Where I'm Going" I get goosebumps every time! Just beautiful and very relevant.

MAMA MIA! 1&2

Some of these musicals have adult themes and depending on the age of the children they could be the inspiration for some spirited conversations.


P.S. Grease is great but IMO Grease 2 is a total bomb and an embarrassment to the cast and crew.
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Old 06-10-2021, 01:49 PM
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thinking of
Babe
Summer Magic
Parent Trap
Music Man

Not a classic, but The Indian in the Cupboard is pretty good.
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Old 06-10-2021, 02:00 PM
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MARY POPPINS and THE WIZARD OF OZ are required viewing for kids aren't they?

I'm liking the original GHOSTBUSTERS for an outside-the-box choice.
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Old 06-10-2021, 02:28 PM
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The Ugly Dachshund, The Apple Dumpling Gang, Harry and the Hendersons, Freaky Friday, The Parent Trap

Those are all ones that my 8th graders watched while we ate lunch in the classroom. They hadn’t seen any of them.
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Old 06-10-2021, 04:51 PM
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How old are they?

Labyrinth
The Princess Bride
The Never ending Story

If they are preteens they might like LadyHawke, not sure.
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Old 06-10-2021, 05:51 PM
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I liked Disney's Moonspinners & Pollyanna.
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Old 06-10-2021, 05:55 PM
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They are 7, 10, 11, and 13.
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Old 06-10-2021, 06:29 PM
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Musical
American Graffiti (1973)
Disney's original Snow White
Disney's Fantasia
Disney's Peter and The Wolf
The King and I
Newsies
1776
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with Gene Wilder



Not Musical
Yours, Mine and Ours with Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda
Patch Adams
October Sky
Jack with Robin Williams
War Games
Free Willy
Hook
Sandlot
Hocus Pocus
Adventures in Babysitting
Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken
Ruby Bridges (1998)
Flight of the Navigator
The Witches(Roald Dahl book)

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Old 06-11-2021, 09:10 AM
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Anything with shirley temple or hayley mills.
Also on Disney— the cat from outer space!
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Quote:
The Indian in the Cupboard is pretty good.
I want to caution people about this book/movie: it perpetuates stereotypes.
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Old 06-11-2021, 10:17 AM
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Some fantastic recommendations here and many of them were hits with my kids, too. In particular, Mary Poppins, Karate Kid, The Princess Bride, and Ghostbusters were big guys

I didn't see Rat Race listed. When my kids were preteen age, they weren't a big a fan of some if the older movies I tried to get them to watch with me. But Rat Race was a huge hit. I never watched it originally, and it's a goofy movie, but they laughed a lot. We also watched Hachi and there were many tears on all our parts (that one is much more recent though). They also loved Clue, which is one of my favorite movies.
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Old 06-11-2021, 11:28 AM
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Just showed my 4th grade class The Black Stallion. Talked about how they can tell a story with no dialogue for about 30 minutes during it. The kids loved it!
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