Musicals 101: Singin’ In The Rain

Singin' In The Rain

If you want to introduce kids to musicals, here’s a classic that quite possibly anyone can love, even those who claim they don’t like musicals. Continue reading

Take Them Over The Rainbow

(c)  Turner Entertainment Co.

Yes, the Wicked Witch is scary. Ditto for her Flying Monkeys. And there may be some nightmares after kids see this film. Let them see Continue reading

THE COURT JESTER: The Funniest Movie You May Ever Show Your Kids

(c) Paramount Pictures

About the time my children learned the word “hilarious,” they saw a movie that made them truly understand its meaning.  I’d plucked it from the Continue reading

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN: The Movie About The Man Behind The Fairy Tales

(c) The Samuel Goldwyn Jr. Family Trust

Likely your family has seen Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID.  You may have read aloud to your child THE UGLY DUCKLING, THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA, Continue reading

THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD: A Classic Any Kid Can Love

(c) Turner Entertainment

My boy/girl twins were only six when I showed them their first genuine classic made during Hollywood’s golden age, but if their many requests for Continue reading

Pooh For Beginners: Walt Disney’s THE MANY ADVENTURES OF WINNIE THE POOH

Walt Disney's Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh

This is a movie that any parent but a grumpy old Eeyore can get behind wholeheartedly.  It’s actually a collection of three classic shorts, including Continue reading

Bring Us Back To “Do” – THE SOUND OF MUSIC And The Beauty Of Scene Selection

Sound Of Music Do Re Mi

THE SOUND OF MUSIC, 1965’s Oscar winner for Best Picture, is a movie pretty much anyone with a pulse enjoys.  Put it on and even Continue reading

How To Build A Better Animated Family Movie – A Case Study of DESPICABLE ME

Despicable Me - Gru, Girls and Minions

I cannot escape the animated family movie. I’m a parent of two elementary school-age kids, boy/girl twins who live in media-opolis Los Angeles. Movie-goers since Continue reading

How To Build A Better Animated Family Movie – Checklist and Conclusion: Do Other Successful Animated Family Comedies Use These Elements?

The Incredibles

DO OTHER SUCCESSFUL ANIMATED FAMILY COMEDIES USE THESE ELEMENTS? DESPICABLE ME delivers satisfying family entertainment because so many of its script’s elements work so well. Continue reading