Watching good classic family movies with your kids is a great way to bridge the generation gap. When you snuggle up with your favorite childhood movies, you’re not only introducing your kids to the things you loved as a child, you’re also giving them a glimpse into the past. Whether it’s a 1980s classic (yep, my friends, our favorite flicks from elementary school years are now considered oldies!) or a trip WAY back to the first color film, good classic family movies do more than just entertain, they also teach! Check out a few of our favorites!
Good Classic Family Movies
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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy movie starring Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear, Denise Nickerson, Leonard Stone, Julie Dawn Cole, Paris Themmen and Dodo Denney. The movie is adapted from the 1964 book titled Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. The movie showcases the story of Charlie Bucket. Charlie and his family are extremely poor, living with his grandparents who are bedridden as well as his parents. While reading the newspaper one day, Charlie discovers that Willy Wonka has hidden five golden tickets inside five candy bars.
The five people that find the tickets will be given access to Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory along with candy for a lifetime. Charlie has always dreamed of visiting the factory but he knows his family can’t even afford to buy a candy bar for him. However, Charlie finds the last golden ticket, with the other 4 being discovered by bratty kids. During the tour, the other 4 kids end up disappearing in the factory, a result of not following Wonka’s rules. Charlie is the last one left, finding out he wins the ultimate prize: the factory. Wonka wanted to find an heir to the factory and Charlie was the only one who passed the test.
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The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music is a 1965 musical drama film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The movie is adapted from the 1959 Broadway musical titled The Sound of Music. Also, the movie is based on the 1949 memoir titled The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp. Ever since she was a young girl, Maria wanted to be a nun but as she got older, she found herself getting into trouble a lot. So, she is sent to the home of Captain Von Trapp, a retired naval captain, to take care of his kids, all seven of them.
Captain Von Trapp had already been through several governesses, due to the fact the kids are rather misbehaved. However, it doesn’t take long for Maria to figure out that all the kids needs is love. She teaches them to sing while at the same time falling in love with the Captain. There are two obstacles in their way, however: he is already engaged to someone else and she is a candidate to be a nun.
The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 musical comedy-drama fantasy movie starring Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charley Grapewin and Clara Blandick. The movie is based on the novel from 1900 titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Dorothy takes her dog Toto and runs away when a mean neighbor attempts to have Toto put to sleep.
However, Dorothy and Toto find themselves swept up in a cyclone, landing them on the magical land of Oz. She travels to the Emerald City to see the great wizard to help her get home. Along the way, she meets a lion who needs courage, a scarecrow who needs a brain and a tin man who wants a heart. Can they all get to the Emerald City before the Wicked Witch of the West catches them? Want to really make movie night fun? Make this Wizard of Oz cake!
Each of these good classic family movies has something different to teach kids. Willy Wonka teaches lessons about behaving properly as well as dreaming big and using your imagination. The Sound of Music is a good way to introduce a discussion about WWII with school-age kids, while the Wizard of OZ is perfect for talking about appreciating the people in your life.
What are your favorite good classic family movies? Tell us in the comments!