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Friday, November 5, 2010

Kids Today

My friend had a baby in June, and she asked me to the godparent. I accepted, because I like her, and because there a lot of grandparents actively involved in said baby's life, so the odds of me having to raise the child ala Kate Hudson in Rasing Helen, or Ted Danson, Steve Guttenberg, and Tom Sellick in Three Men and a Baby, seemed unlikely.

Anyway, this will be Kaycee's first Christmas. (Kaycee is the baby). I've been trying to think of what to get her, and Kaycee's mom has frequently said that she didn't watch the normal kids movies when she was little. She hasn't seen most Disney movies, for example. And only vaguely knows what a Muppet is. And Kaycee really enjoys watching TV. She cries when the credits come up at the end of her Baby Einstein video.

So I decided to compile a list of my favorite movies from when I was a kid and get her them. Because of Disney's stupid vault where the only release certain movies at certain times, I won't be able to get her everything I'd like to. But at least Beauty and the Beast is out now.

So here's a list of my favorite non-Disney vault movies from my childhood:
-Dark Crystal
-Neverending Story
-Neverending Story 2
-Ewok: Caravan of Courage and Battle of Endor 
-Muppets Take Manhatten
-The Muppet Movie
-The Yellow Submarine

I was basically raised by Jim Henson.

Anyway - I was born in the 80's, and I picked my favorite movies that I watched when I was under the age of five. But I'm wondering if these are films for kids today. I'm sliding down on the cool scale and started to turn into that old guy has no idea what's hip anymore. (Do people say things are "hip" anymore?)

What I'm asking is for people who have children or know children, what do your kids watch? Would they like classic films like Labyrinth? Are there films I'm leaving off my list?

I watched an awful lot of fantasy as a kid. Is that normal? I also really liked dinosaurs. Maybe I'm not the best choice at picking at movies for a little girl.


  1. Myself and my OH were born in the 80's so our kids see a lot of the films we saw as kids. Mine love Labyrinth, Dark Crystal, Neverending Story, the Goonies, the Land Before Time, etc. When I say love, I mean will sit down for two hours without taking their eyes off the telly.

    My 3 yr old daughter in particular loves Labyrinth. Some things appeal no matter what the decade/age/gender.

    On a side note, my mother used the whole us having to go live with our godparents if she died thing as a major threat when we were kids. *Shudders*

  2. My stepdaughter is almost 7 now, I've known her since she was 3, and she loves dinosaurs :) One of her favorite movies is "The Land Before Time" and she also enjoys Disney's "Dinosaur". So little girls loving dinosaurs aren't as uncommon as you might think.

  3. Oh my gosh, I completely forgot about "Land Before Time." EPIC FAIL!

    I watched that movie about ten million times. I even remember the awesome Pizza Hut commercial they had at the beginning of the VHS tape before the movie started, and I had all the plastic hand puppets from "Land Before Time" that you got at Pizza Hut. And I had a cat named "Little Foot."

    But for some bizarre reason, I have never seen Disney's "Dinosaur."

  4. Hm... I forgot we were talking movies from the 80's, "Dinosaur" is a bit newer, I think. The story is very similar to "The Land Before Time", but it's scarier, so if this is your goddaughter's first christmas, she's probably too young to enjoy it.

  5. The Brave Little Toaster is an awesome movie. It still makes me laugh. The Tiny Toons "How I Spent My Vacation" is another great movie though last time I checked they still haven't released it on DVD. Actually, I'm not sure if The BLT is on DVD, either.

    My not quite two year old niece loves anything Mickey Mouse.

  6. My kids don't really get into movies yet. Their little attention spans are too short for more than a 3o minute block of tv. My 18 month old daughter is OBSESSED with Yo Gabba Gabba, though. It's the first thing she talks about when she wakes up in the morning. My son was really big on Thomas the Tank Engine for a long time. I personally loved all those movies growing up, though.

  7. I was a terrible little girl because all I wanted to watch was Nightmare on Elm Street. Besides that...I COMPLETELY AGREE with The Brave Little Toaster! It will always be my favorite! There's also We're Back: A Dinosaur Story, which is just the bee's knees. And don't forget the Ducktales movie, Treasure of the Lost Lamp! We taped that from tv on VHS and watched it at least once a week. (I don't count it as a Disney movie, though I suppose it technically is).

  8. As far as I'm concerned, SOME (I capitalized that because I don't want to offend any Disney fanatics) of the best Disney films are the Pixar ones...and as far as I know, those never go into the Disney vault. My personal favorites are Finding Nemo and UP.

    Other things that I can suggest are:

    An American Tail
    Scooby Doo
    DVDs of some classic cartoons (Woody Woodpecker, Looney Tunes, Disney shorts, Animaniacs, and the like...)
    Ice Age

    Also, someone of Kaycee's age is probably the target audience for the Speed Racer movie. The plot might make sense to an infant, and it has lots of pretty colors.

  9. I have a four year old girl and right now she's obsessed with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Darkwing Duck. So I think getting your goddaughter a variety of different genres is a great idea. Not every girl is a girly girl. As a kid I loved:

    The Sword in the Stone
    The Great Mouse Detective
    Robin Hood
    Those weird Lord of the Rings animated movies
    Darkwing Duck
    Lady and the Tramp

    And try checking on eBay and for the vaulted Disney movies, you'll probably find them there.

    P.S. - If you're a Jim Henson fan and into sci-fi, you should check out the Farscape TV series. Hands down best space opera ever.

  10. My 3 year old daughter loves Willow, it used to be one of my favorite movies until I was forced to watch it 800 times. Ferngully is also a great movie. She doesnt really like any of the princess movies from Disney.

  11. My niece has loved Punky Brewster since she was 3. Both the cartoons and live action.

  12. The secret of Nimh....might be a little scary for a 1 year old but I loved that one.

  13. Ooo, I had forgotten about The Secret of Nimh. Rikki Tikki Tavi is another good one.

  14. I'm a 90's kid, and I have to say, I absolutely loved Matilda. :)

  15. Milo and Otis was one of my favs, along with the majority of the others people listed (esp. Willow, Labyrinth, etc.). When my first niece was born, on her first x-mas I got her Muppets Take Manhattan and Milo and Otis. As far as some other excellent kids SHOWS, I would recommend David the Knome, Fraggle Rock, and all of the sweet early 90's Nickelodeon shows such as: Ah! Real Monsters, Rugrats, Doug, The Angry Beavers, Rocko's Modern Life, Invader Zim, etc. Ah, the memories...

  16. I loved Milo & Otis a TON! (As seen by me naming a character Milo.) I also really Invader Zim. So much so that I have a tattoo of GIR from Invader Zim. And I love, love Willow. I can't believe I forgot that either.

    This is list is now turning into DVD's I need to buy myself for Christmas...

  17. Funny post :-)

    I remember what I loved, and I have an almos 2-yr old sister, and honestly if Kaycee is that young, I don't know thats she'll be interested in too many things. But I remeber watching The Land Before Time, All Dogs Go To Heaven, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Scooby-Doo, The Goonies, and even The Addams Family.

    My little sister LOVES Shrek, Barney, Spongebob, and I know this is weird, but The First Wives Club. :-)
    My mom and I LOVE that movie so I think it's in her genes....

    Anyway, it really depends on the child's personality but you can't go wrong with a movie with animals singing!!

  18. My kids are 7 and 4, and they love Tom&Jerry and Sylvester & Tweety. They also love the Pixar movies, and my daughter (the 7 yr old) laughed out loud over many of the old Muppet show skits. There are so many good videos for kids... That adults can watch without losing braincells!