Good films for 3 & 6 year old + mummy!

(63 Posts)
SingleMama Wed 10-Apr-13 18:16:52

Any suggestions?
(I hate Pixar!)

WallyBantersJunkBox Thu 11-Apr-13 09:38:10

How can you hate Pixar?! shock

What about Space Chimps?

Ditto! How can you hate Pixar?

Don't know the studio involved, but Despicable Me is brilliant. And The Croods was surprisingky good, that's still showing at the cinema.

Disney films.

Why do you hate Pixar films.

Pamsie Thu 11-Apr-13 09:48:52

Another vote for Despicable Me. Fab movie for any age.

My 3 and 6 year old love Matilda at the moment (although the trunchball is a bit scary, but they love her!), nanny mcphee, ET, and Annie - although that is very long and they did lose interest!

WallyBantersJunkBox Thu 11-Apr-13 09:54:08

Universal made Despicable Me, as my DS had a picture taken of him hugging a "minion" in the park LY.

How about some of the Dreamworks films - Shrek for example?

Disney's Aristocats seems to go down across a variety of ages.

ChunkyPickle Thu 11-Apr-13 09:59:34

DS (2.5), DP and I sat quite happily through Wreck It Ralph (not Pixar, but is computer generated..)

Agree that Despicable Me is good too.

smable Thu 11-Apr-13 10:06:07

The lorax, Megamind, Rio, Ice Age, Madagascar(not the 3rd) all popular in our house

SingleMama Thu 11-Apr-13 10:10:27

Thanks for the messages!
I hate Disney & Pixar. & especially Dreamworks. I know I'm in the minority but I find the animation ugly and I hate Disney's racism & sexism. I also hate the way they play on negative emotions in a very dramatic way. I haven't seen loads of them but I don't like for example Ratatouille, Aristocats (The music is good- I know), Kung Fu Panda- sorry! ;-)
[Disclaimer: I know that I'm 'over reading' and 'overanalysing. That's just the way I am ;-)]
If anyone can suggest a Disney thing that's a bit different, sure why not?! (But I'll be highly sceptical) ;-)

As for some things we do like...
My Neighbour Totoro
Tintin (although can be q. violent)
Singin in the Rain!
Snoopy! <3
Kiki's Delivery Service
All of the Kirikou films (I'm a French speaker) and lots of other French language things like Azur et Asmar (The Prince's Quest.)

I'd really love to hear any suggestions anyone might have as we want to start having really regular film nights!!

SingleMama Thu 11-Apr-13 10:13:14

Ps We love Annie!! Especially the soundtrack!! (But that Miss Hannigan is a bit much when they're so young)

MistyB Thu 11-Apr-13 10:15:17


nettie Thu 11-Apr-13 10:16:32

My two both enjoyed Water horse and Nims Island, might not suit youngest child though. We're not keen on the newer disney/pixar films either (except Lion King!)

SingleMama Thu 11-Apr-13 10:30:37

And my son (he's the 6 year old) loves science & space & things. Quite mechanically minded so any suggestions there very welcome!
Has anyone seen The Story of Science?
I don't know Star Wars or Star Trek. Is it too scary for a 6 y.o? With Parental Guidance?
Thanks! :-)

nettie Thu 11-Apr-13 10:55:55

I know you are after films, but had to suggest Thunderbirds (original series not new movie) full of space gadgets. Mine are 11 and 15 now and will happily still watch it. I watched endless hours of it with ds1 when was preganant with ds2.

Unacceptable Thu 11-Apr-13 11:02:49

Star Wars ... a new hope-brilliant, suitable, moral and Harrison Ford eyecandy in the form of Han Solo (and how have you never seen it????)

Also Brave is amazing, but then I love Disney & Pixar so maybe I shouldn't be recommending that to you

SingleMama Thu 11-Apr-13 11:08:11

I will check out all suggestions. Much appreciated! :-)

Star Wars a new hope is number 4 I see. It's probably a bad idea to start with number 4 though right? It'll spoil it?

Yeah my big brother didn't let me watch these as a kid. I was a girl y'know? Can't say I've had a chance since but am really excited to watch them with my son, who is class :-D

what about some others of the Studio Gibli movies - I think Spirited Away and Howl's moving castle will be for older children, but some of the others might be better - Ponyo maybe? I haven't seen most of the newer ones.

Not sure who made Astroboy, but they may enjoy that too. My boys love a lot of the Anime and Manga stuff so they would watch Naruto and Pokemon stuff a lot. It also might be worth going back catalogue and doing Baby's day Out, maybe the first Harry Potter the Spykids movies maybe - I'll have a look through the DVD collection later but just thinking of things that our neighbours 4 and 7 year olds like to borrow.

Isn't A New Hope the first of the Original Trilogy? That would make it the first movie made so probably okay to start there.

There is also Little Rascals, but not sure who made that either.

SingleMama Thu 11-Apr-13 11:28:57

Nim's island looks good (but Im allergic to romances at the moment lol)

spiderbabymum Thu 11-Apr-13 11:32:01

You gott check this out .

I was soooooooooimpressed with my neighbour totoro

spiderbabymum Thu 11-Apr-13 11:32:20
SingleMama Thu 11-Apr-13 11:44:41

I absolutely adore The Lion, Witch & Wardrobe but I fear this hasn't been successfully put to film yet (its oftem too scary on the screen anyway) so will make do with the book :-) Planning to buy a lovely kids version.

SingleMama Thu 11-Apr-13 11:48:44

Apparently New Hope number 4.
So do you think all of them not too scary for PG sensitive 6 yr old watching? Will look at a trailer :-)

SingleMama Thu 11-Apr-13 11:52:19

Should I watch episode 1 the phantom menace first or which? Which is the original first one does anyone know? Thx!

SingleMama Thu 11-Apr-13 11:57:24

Oh hi sorry you were right- number 4 is the first one and apparently I should watch them in chronological order as they were made so 4, 5, 6, 1, 2, 3. Can't wait! Yay!

SingleMama Thu 11-Apr-13 12:50:10

Ponyo we didn't like but Astroboy looks really great!! :-) And I'd never thought of it so thanks!!
Anybody got any more suggestions?

The boys liked the Astroboy cartoon series - we never saw the movie as they were a bit too old by that point. I'll have a look when I get home and see if there is anything else that looks suitable.

TeamEdward Thu 11-Apr-13 14:46:51

My 4 & 7 yos are currently engrossed in The Hobbit
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TeamEdward Thu 11-Apr-13 14:49:14

If you ask a Star Wars geek, they'll tell you to watch Episodes 4 to 6 and ignore the prequels. I suggest starting at Episode 1 and working through (although your DCs will like it more than you will)

zipzap Thu 11-Apr-13 16:36:35

Both asterix and tintin cartoon films are very popular here - to the point that ds1 used to put dh's old asterix videos on, despite being in French (he's not a French speaker; but when he was 3 he could do a passable attempt as a result of these films; albeit with a really rough gravelly deep voice that sounded like he was on 45 gitaines a day!)

They also saw the Smurfs film last week which they both loved.

They also in the past have enjoyed g-force if they like action style films - a very basic gentle take on the genre but with impressive effects.

Another set of films they have enjoyed recently are Tom & jerry... I got a box set of 3 films for £3 in morrisons. One of the discs has a film on, the other 2 are compilations of shorter cartoons but they have all been watched lots. Boomerang channel has also shown lots of their films recently; ds2 (a young 4 yr old) loves 2 in particular; one based on the nutcracker music so quite christmassy and one that based on Sherlock Holmes. The nutcracker one in particular is good for watching in the car as it is mostly just the nutcracker music - unlike most kids films these days which have lots of shrill talking that seems to penetrate even if you're not watching!

Check out film 4 on freeview or sky etc - I think they are showing lots of the studio ghibli (sp!) films at the moment which makes for an easy way to check them out.

My 6 year old ds loves the 3 newer Star Wars films (so 4,5,6??) he wasn't scared of them at all, but he had already seen the cartoon versions on Cartoon Network, and don't think they're too different in the level of violence.

And I agree singlemama miss hannagin is definitely too much!!!

SingleMama Thu 11-Apr-13 18:17:40

Kids Love Tom & Jerry. Need to get Asterix!!!!!! Also thinking of Wizard of Oz. yeah the witch is scary but might be ok. It is a must see! I know my daughter will love it!

SingleMama Thu 11-Apr-13 18:18:26

(According to my online research ;-) the new Star Wars are 1, 2, 3)

okay had a quick squint at the dvds

Ice Age movies
Alvin & the chipmunks movies
Wallace & Gromit?

My neighbours boys like the Johnny English movies - a lot of it goes over their heads, but I think they enjoy the slapstick element.

TheYamiOfYawn Thu 11-Apr-13 18:48:32

I was going to suggest Motors, Kiki's delivery service and Kirikou, but I see that they are already on your list. The only other films my kids really like are Ponyo and The Wizard of Oz.

SingleMama Thu 11-Apr-13 19:37:15

Thanks for all those. Keep em coming! ;-)

Wow TheYamiOfYawn your kids have exactly the same taste/are equally as film fussy as mine! ;-) Must check out Motors.

SingleMama Thu 11-Apr-13 19:38:47

Yeah soontobeslendergirl my son loves anything slapstick. He actually liked the old Charlie Chaplin.

TheYamiOfYawn Thu 11-Apr-13 20:04:43

Motors was my phone's predictive text version of Totoro, sorry. My 6 year old days she also likes ScoobyDoo and Arietty.

I take it you have done the Home Alone movies then? What about Batteries not Included - story is a wee bit slow and over their heads, but he'd love the wee spaceships. Also whatever those ones are with Johnny 5 the Robot?? The Goonies?, Honey I shrunk the kids? Cheaper by the Dozen? RV?

Johnny 5 movie is Short Circuit.

Muppets movies?

we do a lot of Retro in our house, I don't like them having movies above their age and there are not a lot out for 11/12 year olds

TeamEdward Thu 11-Apr-13 21:17:21

Mousetrap with Lee Evans is a fabulous slapstick movie

peeriebear Thu 11-Apr-13 21:18:07

Curious George! It's a lovely film, none of the horrible "everything goes wrong, everyone turns on the protagonist, cue sad music" theme that runs through 99% of films. It's funny without the double level of humour that hides adult jokes from the kids. Very sweet and entertaining.

SingleMama Fri 12-Apr-13 09:30:24

Curious George the film? Like the series w the monkey? Must check that out.

I hated Macauley Culkin when I was little so home alone a no-goer. Ok maybe at Christmas.

(Cause it's films for the 3 of us Im looking for ideally)

SingleMama Fri 12-Apr-13 09:38:44

That's funny theYamiofYawn those are the exact 3 films (the only ones!) my kids like: Totoro, Kiki & Kirikou!

SingleMama Fri 12-Apr-13 09:48:10

Yeah Soontobeslendergirl a LOT of retro in our house too!
Snoopy is just amazing & my kids love oldschool Sesame Street & The Muppet Show.

The Muppet Christmas Carol is so cool! Sadly, since Disney took the reins, we hate all the Muppet films! My son even cried when I took him to see one of the latest Muppet films in the cinema. We had to walk out. Like Mother, like son!

SingleMama Fri 12-Apr-13 09:50:16

Will check out Batteries not included. Anybody think Transformers is good? Someone also suggested Thunderbirds...

SingleMama Fri 12-Apr-13 10:04:30

Anybody know any good musicals?
We found The Sound Of Music a bit slow but we LOVE Singin in the rain!
Mary Poppins, Chitty chitty no good. Too dated for us!

SingleMama Fri 12-Apr-13 10:24:50

Absolutely love Wolves Witches & Giants!!!!!
Only available on video but I really need to get this. So funny!

Yes, the boys have had Thunderbirds - both the old episodes and the newer movies. We had a lot of that stuff on video whcih is long gone and also a lot of the earlier dvds they had we have given away too.

What about A Bugs Life or Boo, Zino and the Snurks - don't think those are Disney/Pixar

SingleMama Fri 12-Apr-13 11:48:03

Those are very similar to Disney pix.
Just remembered I also love the Lotte Reiniger & Michel Ocelot films <3
Just need a couple of musicals now I think & my lovefilm list will be full for the next 2 months! (Friend got me present of 2 months free. A good way to see what my fussy kids like before we buy!)

SingleMama Fri 12-Apr-13 11:51:12

Really I don't know any musicals apart from those listed above so any suggestions very welcome!!
They're probably not old enough yet for Grease & Dirty Dancing ;-)

Sorry, I hate musicals!! Disney did loads though grin The Aristocats was pretty popular in our house.

zipzap Sat 13-Apr-13 00:42:59

DC love the phineas and ferb cartoons if you can see them, and dh and I love like them too grin

They usually have a nice song in and are good in so far as there's no shoot em ups or violence or double level jokes that you get in most things. The two main characters are uber geniuses but still nice sweet boys who make something mad each episode so on another front it is good to see geeks as positive role models grin

I know it's disney but it's not like most disney stuff! I didn't like it immediately (mostly because I was in and out and kind of assuming that it was going to be another horrible thing like ben 10 or pokemon etc) but it soon grew on me.

(This is one of our favourite songs from P&F to give you an idea!)

SingleMama Sat 13-Apr-13 14:36:28

'Carpet from the 80s' !!
Love it!

vixyytrixie Mon 06-May-13 09:31:19

Summer Holiday!
may sound odd but my son loves it to bits he knows all the songs and most of the script off by heart there's no scary parts and its very bright and summery with some slapstick and silliness that keeps the little ones entertained right the way through

NotAnotherPackedLunch Mon 06-May-13 09:36:05

Bugsy Malone might be worth a look.

vixyytrixie Mon 06-May-13 09:38:39

also just got bugsy malone to try my son hasn't watched it yet been racking my brain for musicals he would like, he also likes little shop of horrors but that may be scary for some little ones, he loves oliver twist too and elmo in grouchland, elmo and summer holiday are his absolute faves he would watch them on repeat all day every day if i let him!

MortifiedAdams Mon 06-May-13 09:41:55

Ooh I love Annie!

Mind, I also love Pixar and Dreamworks.

What about March of the Penguins (real life docu-movie)? Sound of Music? Mary Poppins?

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