We tend to reduce children’s best movies to animations only, whereas most Charles Chaplin or Buster Keaton movies won such a hit with kids. With our selection of movies suitable for children, give your children an explosive adventure while steering clear of having to dial a child support phone number for one reason or the other.
First we have ‘The Pirates! Good for Nothing, bad in Everything’ by Peter Lord. In victorian England in the nineteenth century, the pirate captain and his crew must overcome their long time opponents – Black Bellamy and Liz Lafaucheuse – before hoping to win the ‘Pirate of the year’ prize. But it does not end there: Queen Victoria, avid hater of filibusters , will do everything to capture them. Our second pick is Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Charlie Bucket, penniless little boy, lives in a wooden hut with father, mother and four grandparents. Though Willy Wonka had given no sign of life in decades, he organized a contest; the five winners of which would visit his chocolate factory. Just when all hope seems lost, Charlie finds the last golden ticket and thus achieves his greatest dream: exploring Wonka’s chocolate factory.
Indeed, we cannot go any further without mentioning Shrek by Andrew Adamson. Shrek, a green cheeky and mischievous ogre, has always lived in seclusion in his swamp. One morning, he is shocked to discover that his haven has been invaded by countless small enchanted creatures. Banned by the powerful Lord Farquaad, these creatures had no other choice but to take refuge. With a heavy heart, Shrek immediately decides to go to the castle of Farquaad. The adventure begins!
Why, no Harry Potter? I’m sure you were wondering where ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ by Chris Columbus would come in. Harry Potter, a young orphan aged 10, was raised in the suburbs of London by his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon. On his eleventh birthday, Harry is visited by Hagrid, who reveals to him that he is the son of two powerful wizards and no doubt possesses exceptional powers. He was soon invited to join the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft, where his adventure takes off with Hermione and Ron.
The Extra-Terrestrial, Steven Spielberg:In the suburbs of Los Angeles, an alien spacecraft lands overnight. The occupants of the latter, sent on an exploration mission are responsible for harvesting plants. One of them, captivated by the lights of the city, cannot help but admire the distance. But a group of men broke in and chased the creature. Elliott, a 10 year old boy, soon discovers the alien and invites him home…
Another blockbuster for your kids: Hook or the revenge of Captain Hook by Steven Spielberg. It is now a long time since Peter Pan and his gang of lost children destroyed the evil plans of Captain Hook. Now a brilliant business lawyer, he lives peacefully with his children Jack and Maggie. But one stormy night, they are abducted by his nemesis: Captain Hook. To fly to their rescue and mark the return of Peter Pan, Peter Banning will have to become the child he was for a while.
Last but not the least; your children will enjoy ‘Mary Poppins’ by Robert Stevenson. The atmosphere is stormy in the Banks family. With no one to take care of the children Jane and Michael, the couple decides to place an ad to find a new nanny. Mary Poppins is one of the numerous candidates and the adventure begins for the kids.
- Sophie Samuel (Guest Writer)