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Top Five Movies the Kids Will Love… (and Parents Too!)

by Devin Caldwell

Fall Time is always a special time of the year.  It is the time of year where the weather begins to change and you are no longer able to play outside all of the time. This is the perfect time for you to grab a blanket, a bowl of popcorn, and snuggle up for a great movie.  Here are some of the best movies for you and your family to watch this fall!

For The Youngest (Ages 3-6)

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Even 75-plus years after its original release, this timeless classic is the perfect introductory experience for the youngest viewer, filled with as much adventure, excitement and life lessons as any blockbuster film released since. Kids of all ages will be on the edge of their seats — especially young, first-time viewers — as they become wrapped up in Dorothy and Toto’s magical journey along the Yellow Brick Road with her unforgettable new friends, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodsman. Don’t be surprised when the smallest ones — even before ‘The End’ appears on screen — start up with, “Let’s watch it again!!”

Seeker & Fetch (2011)

All kids love adorable animal-related films, and this ‘feel-good’ story is sure to not only thrill younger viewers, but also help them understand and appreciate the unique relationship between people and their pets. Seeker, an Australian Shepherd, and Fetch, a pot-bellied pig, make an unusual pairing, inseparable, intelligent and eager to please. When they enter the life of a retired teacher, all three learn much more about themselves (and others) than any of them thought was ever possible. At times laugh out loud hilarious, Seeker & Fetch is guaranteed to be a home theater favorite.

For The Entire Family

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Bright, colorful scenery, a catchy musical soundtrack, non-stop excitement full of wondrous adventure, plus the infectious energy of screen legend Gene Wilder are all ingredients in this classic fantasy. Many valuable life lessons are taught in fun and imaginative ways, but perhaps the most valuable takeaway for impressionable viewers in this enjoyable romp are the rewards gained from having an active and ‘outside the box’ imagination. And honestly — who DOESN’T love candy?

Educational, Entertaining And Inspirational

The Lion King (1994)

It’s practically impossible to imagine that there’s anyone who HASN’T seen this universally-beloved Walt Disney Pictures animated classic, but even so, The Lion King’s timeless story never grows old or less entertaining or impactful, whether it’s viewed for the first time or the fiftieth. The Lion King is literally overflowing with excellence, from its groundbreaking animation, superb voice cast, identifiable storyline (for all ages and backgrounds), instant classic soundtrack, and above all else — inspirational and life-affirming. In short, it’s impossible to watch this masterpiece and not become swept up or emotionally invested by its heartwarming, all-encompassing message.

Different Drummers (2013)

Based on an inspiring true story, this under-the-radar film delves into the power and gratifying rewards found when unbending, unwavering faith and friendship combine to overcome seemingly hopeless odds and overwhelming circumstances. Set in the 1960s, Different Drummers relates the story of two very different friends, one (Lyle) classically hyperactive and full of non-stop energy (often to his detriment), the other (David) wheelchair-bound due to crippling muscular dystrophy, but eternally optimistic, a quality that both puzzles and intrigues Lyle, given David’s seeming disadvantage. Nevertheless, this unlikely relationship takes on a role reversal of sorts, with an ending that will not only leave viewers feeling unbelievably warm and fuzzy but also feeling inspired by the triumph of faith and perseverance.


Whether it’s a minute by minute adventure thriller, an imaginative fantasy journey, a goofy, anything but serious laughfest, a thought-provoking drama or a tale that’s both heartwarming, inspiring and life affirming, these five family film favorites are guaranteed to provide the perfect vehicle for a rewarding summertime experience for the entire family.