We love watching films as a family. Most weekends we sit down together in front of a suitable movie. Of course, there are varying degrees of success but, for the most part, we see them in their entirety without sibling arguments or one of the kids wandering off.
I especially enjoy sharing titles that I loved as a child. Particularly when they seem to like them as much as I do! Watching their faces brings something back and I think this demonstrates the power film has to capture young imaginations. And that takes us to the point of this post.
Educational film charity, Into Film, has today published a list of 50 must-see movies to watch before the age of 11. Divided into five themes, the list is packed with family-friendly features.
Among them are some titles you would expect to see including the likes of Frozen and Toy Story. There’s also a strong contingent of films based on Roald Dahl books which is very pleasing.
The films were chosen alongside industry experts. Those that made the list were selected for their ‘timeless factor’, life lessons and diversity, making them must-sees for children to help develop their understanding of the wider world.
Looking through the list, my kids have only seen 15 of the films. It seems we have work to do. Ah well, it’s a hard job but someone has to do it.
Any list like this is going to spark debate among movie buffs. I, for one, was disappointed that neither Time Bandits nor Labyrinth made the final cut. On the flip side, I’ve never seen what all the fuss surrounding The Princess Bride is all about.
I was delighted to see a few of our favourites on there though. These include The Lorax, The Gruffalo, Shrek and Night at the Museum.
This again proves the importance of film. It inspires thought and, therefore, strong opinion from an early age.
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What would be top of your list of must-see movies for kids?
The guide to the 50 films every child should see before they grow up has been created by film education charity Into Film, in partnership with the UK video industry to launch the ‘Must See Movies Before you Grow Up’ campaign, which will see all 50 films distributed by retailers this summer. To find out more, visit www.intofilm.org