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Films suitable for sensitive children

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FairyPenguin Wed 19-Feb-14 08:52:56

DS has never really enjoyed any films, complaining that they are too loud or too scary. He finally enjoyed something the other day - Mary Poppins! I think the classics might be more suited to him as they are slower-paced and don't have the animated baddies or the fast action which is what he seems most scared of. I think having people in them also caught his attention (rather than all animated). He liked the visual humour in the scenes too, and he does actually like watching Mr Bean (Rowan Atkinson originals!) and things like Swashbuckle on TV. Cartoons are hit and miss really because they often had bad people or bad things that he gets scared of.

Can anyone recommend any other films or TV series suitable for a 4yo, that will keep his attention and capture his imagination, please?

HauntedNoddyCar Thu 20-Feb-14 14:53:43

Oliver Postgate things like Bagpuss and Ivor the Engine? Dd would cheerfully watch episode after episode of them. Not films though.

Greythorne Thu 20-Feb-14 14:54:28

Have exactly the same thing with my dc.

Shriek - too scary.
Toy story - too scary.
Finding Nemo - harrowing.

Tangled at a friend's house nearly pushed them over the edge!

We have gone for old films which do indeed tend to be gentler and we have found musicals a big hit (accuse the pun) as there are no "scenes of peril".

Sound of Music (except the ending, obviously, which we forward wind through)
Mary Poppins
The Slipper and The Rose
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (I park my feminist sensibilities for this one)
Singin' in the Rain
Calamity jane - great cowboy film
The king and I

WhinGin Thu 20-Feb-14 14:55:43

What about the Alvin and the Chipmunks films? if your ears can take the squeaks A mixture of cartoon and live action, nothing scary as such and quite a lot of slapstick.

shamelesshussie Thu 20-Feb-14 15:17:06

I absolutely adore The Red Balloon also but it might be slightly upsetting for little people I still can't watch it without welling up!

I heartily recommend My Neighbour Totoro as well, it's gorgeous, magical and fairly placid, my two adore it still

BrianButterfield Thu 20-Feb-14 15:25:42

The Thomas the Tank Engine films like Hero of the Rails or Misty Mountain Mystery are very gentle wih no baddies.

Yamyoid Thu 20-Feb-14 15:44:03

I have one exactly the same too. He loves Ivor the engine, bag puss and morph.
He won't even watch Peter Rabbit on cbeebies, I think he worries about him getting into trouble.
However, we persuaded him to watch despicable me and he enjoyed it.
He'll also watch Star Wars, especially number 1, and we fast forward through violent/scary bits.

Whereisegg Thu 20-Feb-14 15:59:39

Not sure if any of the Carry On films would be suitable?

Littlefish Thu 20-Feb-14 16:03:01

I absolutely agree with greythorne on the list of old musicals

DD watched most of those repeatedly for several years.

Khimaira Thu 20-Feb-14 16:11:29

Robin Hood and The sword in the stone are favourites here. Also Planes, Shrek, the Thomas films (Hero of the rails and king of the railway), Barbapapa (but my DC speak French) and the room on the broom/gruffalo

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