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#1 Overstreet

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 04:34 PM

Here are the entries in Looking Closer's Best Kid-Flicks Contest.

Contest entries were to include 5 - 10 recommended titles for kids 12 and younger.

Please peruse these lists, and then tell me which list you would recommend as the ideal starter-library for youngsters.


1.
Toy Story 2
Mary Poppins
Belle et la bete (1946)
Star Wars
Little Women (1994)
Rescuers Down Under
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Princess Bride
To Kill a Mockingbird
Pirates of the Carribean.

2.
The Incredibles
Hoodwinked
The Sound of Music
Toy Story 2

3.
Star Wars
E.T.
The Wizard of Oz
Alice in Wonderland (Disney)
Babe
Honorable mention: anything Pixar, Superman:The Movie, The Dark Crystal, Watership Down, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Sound of Music, Oliver!

4.
The Goonies
The Muppet Movie
Race For Your Life Charlie Brown
The Lion, The With & The Wardrobe
The Lion King (on Broadway)

5.
The Black Stallion
The Iron Giant
Babe
The Red Balloon (dir: Albert Lamorisse)
The Sword in the Stone (Disney)
Star Wars

6.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
The Champ (1931)
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
The Hobbit (1977)
Harvey (1950)

7.
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Spirited Away (2002)
Aquamarine (2006)
The Iron Giant (1999)

8.
The Cowboys
Ben Hur
The Miracle Maker
Iron Giant
Mulan

9.
The Secret of Roan Inish
The Miracle Maker
Finding Nemo
The Railway Children (1970)
To Kill a Mockingbird

10.
The Wizard of Oz
Millions
Incredibles
Summer of the Monkeys
Secondhand Lions
Babe
Iron Giant
Stuart Little
Anne of Green Gables
Sarah Plain and Tall

11.
Babe
The Incredibles
Searching for Bobby Fisher
Toy Story 2
Rigoletto
Hoodwinked
The Miracle Maker
Holes
Secondhand Lions

12.
Star Wars
The Sound of Music
Beauty and the Beast
The Lion King
A Bug's Life
Sky High

13.
An American Tail
The Goonies
The Princess Bride
Robin Hood (Disney)
Mary Poppins
The Black Cauldron
The Muppet Movie
Muppet Treasure Island
The Never Ending Story
The Wizard of Oz

14.
Willow
The Secret of NIMH

15.
Babe
The Wizard of Oz
The Red Balloon
Dumbo
Beauty and the Beast (Cocteau)

16.
Watership Down
The Yearling
The Boy with Green Hair
On Borrowed Time
The Railway Children
Gulliverís Travels
The Red Balloon
The March of the Wooden Soldiers
The Secret Garden
The Three Stooges Meet Hercules

17.
Millions
Spirited Away
The Story of the Weeping Camel
The Return
The Incredibles

18
Beauty and the Beast (Disney)
Hook
Mary Poppins
October Sky
Mrs. Doubtfire
The Jungle Book
Babe
The Karate Kid
The Never Ending Story
Pete's Dragon

19
Iron Giant
The Incredibles
Sinbad (Animated)
Holes
Spider-man
Spider-man 2

20
The Wizard of Oz
Shrek
The Iron Giant
My Neighbor Totoro
The Emperor's New Groove

21
The Secret of Roan Inish
The Princess Bride
The Wizard of Oz
Millions
The Secret Garden (1993)
The Incredibles
Finding Nemo
Spirited Away
Kiki's Delivery Service

22
Star Wars
E.T.
The Wizard of Oz
Alice in Wonderland (Disney)
Babe
Superman:The Movie
The Dark Crystal
Watership Down
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

23
The Princess Bride
The Karate Kid or Rocky
Gorillas in the Mist
Microcosmos
The Way Things Go (Der Lauf Der Dinge)
Toy Story
Shrek
Finding Nemo
The Lord of the Rings
Star Wars

24
Peter Pan (2003)
Millions
Monsters Inc
Spirited Away
Robin Hood (1973)



#2 BethR

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 05:00 PM

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(#21)
The Secret of Roan Inish
The Princess Bride
The Wizard of Oz
Millions
The Secret Garden (1993)
The Incredibles
Finding Nemo
Spirited Away
Kiki's Delivery Service

Really, really hard to choose just one--probably why you shunted the choice off on A&F, you slacker! wink.gif
However, this fine list includes almost every flick I'd have chosen (it's not mine, I hasten to note), and does NOT include "Three Stooges" in any form. cool.gif

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 05:02 PM

QUOTE(Jeffrey Overstreet @ Jul 10 2006, 02:34 PM) View Post

5.
The Black Stallion
The Iron Giant
Babe
The Red Balloon (dir: Albert Lamorisse)
The Sword in the Stone (Disney)
Star Wars


I have to say I quite like this list. Short. Sweet.

#4 Overstreet

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 05:03 PM

By the way (and it goes without saying), if you entered the contest, you can't vote for your own entry...

And I did say, at the opening of the contest, that I would ask A&F to pick the winner.

Edited by Jeffrey Overstreet, 10 July 2006 - 05:05 PM.


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Posted 10 July 2006 - 05:28 PM

List #5 for me also. You would be surprised how a seemingly slow-paced (bah!) movie like The Black Stallion can capture so many children's attention.


Also, I misread at first and actually thought that you were asking us to compile our own selections from those lists. So not to let 10 minutes of work go to waste, this is based on a combination of what my wife and I have seen, what we enjoyed, what our oldest was interested in (or may be interested in), and what we'll allow our kids to see at certain age levels:

Over 0
Toy Story 2
The Black Stallion
A Bug's Life
An American Tail
Robin Hood (Disney)
Dumbo
The Jungle Book
The Emperor's New Groove
Kiki's Delivery Service
Monsters Inc

Over 4
Rescuers Down Under
The Incredibles
The Sound of Music
Mary Poppins
Stuart Little
Hook

Over 7
Princess Bride
The Goonies
The Iron Giant
Spirited Away (2002)
Secondhand Lions
Searching for Bobby Fisher
Holes
Sky High
The Secret of NIMH
Watership Down
The Wizard of Oz
Spider-man
Spider-man 2
Pete's Dragon
The Lord of the Rings
Peter Pan (2003)

Over 10
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Cowboys
October Sky
The Karate Kid
E.T.

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 07:25 PM

I'd go with the first list, for breadth. Live action and animated. Comedies and more serious fare. Older films and more contemporary choices. Color and black-and-white. International and domestic cinema. All great choices.

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 08:17 PM

I'll take #21. I also like #1, 22 and 23. Tough choices because each list seems to be missing something important. I'm not sure which kind of breadth to make a priority: breadth of age-appropriateness, or breadth of genre...

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 08:21 PM

I'm with Beth R. - List 22

It has the requisite (for me) textbook american narrative film- Finding Nemo, and then a few off the beaten path gems as well.

I'd venture to guess that the author of list 17 has never actually MET a child.

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 08:31 PM

QUOTE(DanBuck @ Jul 10 2006, 09:21 PM) View Post

I'd venture to guess that the author of list 17 has never actually MET a child.


What, you don't think a 5-year-old would enjoy The Return?? There goes Crazy Dan Buck again...

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 09:12 PM

Ken,

If it had Magnolia, I would've voted for it.

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 09:30 PM

Has anyone out there seen The Way Things Go (Der Lauf Der Dinge)? List 23 may be at a disadvantage because of its obscurity...but its amazing. Check it out if you haven't. It's not what you'd expect, but it will captivate anyone over the age of 4 or 5.

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 09:33 PM

QUOTE(DanBuck @ Jul 10 2006, 08:21 PM) View Post

I'd venture to guess that the author of list 17 has never actually MET a child.

I actually wondered that about the author of list 1. I mean he didn't even include Nanny McPhee!

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 10:04 PM

Are there themes for the various lists, or is that part of our challenge?

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 11:23 PM

Twenty-one for me, too (sorry, Ken!).

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 03:03 AM

gotta go with 1, despite Rescuers Down Under.

Only 3 lists have Mary Poppins.

One of those also has The Secret of NIMH (blecccccccch) and The Goonies (insert disgusting noise here).

Another list has Mary Poppins and several pretty good films, but at least one film I'd never show kids under 12.

I'm appalled that there are no silent films anywhere on any list. My 1-year-old seems to like Harold Lloyd...

Edited by mrmando, 11 July 2006 - 03:08 AM.


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Posted 11 July 2006 - 06:00 AM

QUOTE(DanBuck @ Jul 10 2006, 09:21 PM) View Post

I'm with Beth R. - List 22
It has the requisite (for me) textbook american narrative film- Finding Nemo, and then a few off the beaten path gems as well.

Nothing wrong with #22, but if you really intended to endorse my pick, it was #21.

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I'd venture to guess that the author of list 17 has never actually MET a child.

Maybe, but I seem to recall that some A&F kid enjoyed Story of the Weeping Camel a lot.

Edited by BethR, 11 July 2006 - 06:11 AM.


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Posted 11 July 2006 - 07:32 AM

How can it be that not one list combines The Wizard of Oz, one or both Toy Story movies, and Star Wars? I'm stunned.

After that, Babe, The Iron Giant and The Incredibles are all obvious choices.

Less obvious but also wonderful are Watership Down, The Story of the Weeping Camel and Microcosmos, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas and The Emperor's New Groove, all of which were nominated at least once, hooray. I can't tell you how happy it makes me to see Microcosmos included rather than March of the Penguins! OTOH, where is Besson's Atlantis, or even Winged Migration? Also sadly and strangely missing are The Court Jester, Bambi and Fantasia... and no silent film at all. sad.gif

Surprising choices: Can #17 really mean Zvyagintsev's The Return?! And are Harvey or Rocky really kid-friendly? On another level, I'm surprised that anyone would consider The Black Cauldron, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), or Secondhand Lions worthy of shortlist mention.

A number of Spirited Aways, but only one mention apiece for Kiki's Delivery Service and My Neighbor Totoro, either of which I would choose first for young kids every time. Three mentions for The Miracle Maker, hooray (but none for The Prince of Egypt). And while Pirates of the Caribbean gets a mention, Raiders of the Lost Ark doesn't!

I have to go over the individual lists more, but on first glance I guess I like #3 for including Star Wars, The Wizard of Oz and "anything Pixar" for honorable mention, plus Babe and E.T. are also good choices. #11, #21 #22 and #23 are also good.

Oh, and the most interesting list may be #16.

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 02:08 PM

QUOTE(kenmorefield @ Jul 11 2006, 08:36 AM) View Post

It's Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, right? All those questions about the Sabine women...

No, Mrs. Doubtfire. Hate to sound Baehrish, but I do think Mara Wilson's "We're his g-----n kids too" is a showstopper for small kids. And it's something I'd be sure to discuss with an older kid.

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I coulda sworn my ballot said "a small panel of expets" would determine the winner.

Only expets I know of are the flock of abandoned domestic rabbits living around Seattle's Greenlake. I didn't know Jeff was going to let the bunnies be the final judges.


QUOTE(SDG @ Jul 11 2006, 08:32 AM) View Post

no silent film at all. sad.gif

SDG, which silents would you recommend for kids? I'd go with 2 of each from The Big Three:

The Kid Brother
Safety Last
Go West
Steamboat Bill Jr.
City Lights
The Gold Rush


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Posted 11 July 2006 - 02:41 PM

QUOTE(mrmando @ Jul 11 2006, 03:08 PM) View Post
SDG, which silents would you recommend for kids? I'd go with 2 of each from The Big Three:

The Kid Brother
Safety Last
Go West
Steamboat Bill Jr.
City Lights
The Gold Rush
An excellent lineup. I especially applaud your choices from Chaplin and Lloyd. For Keaton, I think The General is absolutely indispensable; for a second pick, I'd probably go with Our Hospitality.

Don't forget Douglas Fairbanks Sr! The Thief of Bagdad for sure. For a second pick, maybe The Black Pirate, although the penultimate reel of The Mark of Zorro may be the best sustained stunt sequence in all of silent film, and Don Q Son of Zorro and Robin Hood are also very good.

Equally wonderful for family viewing is the 1924 Peter Pan. Together with the 2000 Cathy Rigby musical version, it's the best Peter Pan there is. (I appreciate the 2003 P. J. Hogan version and the 1963 Disney cartoon, but I don't put them in the same class.)

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 09:34 PM

QUOTE(SDG @ Jul 11 2006, 03:41 PM) View Post

For Keaton, I think The General is absolutely indispensable; for a second pick, I'd probably go with Our Hospitality.

As much as I like The General, I figured small kids would have a hard time following it. And I like Steamboat Bill Jr. better anyway.
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the penultimate reel of The Mark of Zorro may be the best sustained stunt sequence in all of silent film[/i]

Really? I agree it's great, but I'd think Lloyd and Keaton would provide some stiff competition there. The climactic chases in Girl Shy and College are pret-ty amazing. I do need to watch some more Doug. My best friend has an almost complete collection.
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Equally wonderful for family viewing is the 1924 Peter Pan.
I'll have to look it up.

QUOTE(kenmorefield @ Jul 11 2006, 03:33 PM) View Post

I would point out that ONE of these lists had five and offered the other five as suitable replacements. (Though I hasten to assure mrmando that the ONE I speak of had Mary Poppins in the original list.

But does that mean Star Wars was also in your original list?

I remember watching Star Wars the year it came out. I was 7. I couldn't follow it. Remember, this was before the films were marketed to kids via action figures and coloring books and such.

Edited by mrmando, 11 July 2006 - 09:29 PM.