With the Christmas break around the corner, my six-year old will be hankering to watch TV (restricted to a few hours on weekends during the school term). Instead of going the cartoon route, I have lined up some classic movies for her to watch this time around – movies that I loved as a child and would love to revisit with my child. Here’s a few that I have picked out, you can check them out as well. These work for children above the age of five / six.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – A British musical about a magical car. The funny Dick Van Dyke plays Professor Caractacus Potts who invents a car that can fly and sail and takes the family on some great adventures to the distant land of Vulgaria. This movie is enthralling and magical and has some lovely songs as well. Interestingly, the movie is based on a novel by Ian Fleming! Warning: Has a scene at the end where the two main characters kiss each other.
Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – My childhood favourite, the original story Willie Wonka and his Chocolate Factory, with Gene Wilder as the eccentric chocolate maker, is a much more child-friendly, cheerful and delicious version than the more recent Johnny Depp one, which frankly, I found disturbing. In this musical from the 1970s, Willie Wonka is an eccentric but benevolent man who is searching for an heir to his chocolate business. And Charlie Bucket, a poor boy, is one of the lucky winners of a Golden Ticket that allows him, alongwith four other children, to enter the magical world of Wonka’s chocolate factory and experience the delights contained within. You will be equally entranced by this magical world and the cute Oompa-Loompas. Tip: This movie is best watched with lots of chocolate on hand!
The Wizard of Oz – “We’re off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of Oz”. This cheerful tune will stay with you long after the movie is over, as will the beautiful story of Dorothy who is looking for a way back home after she is lost in a tornado, a lion who wants to be courageous, a tin man who wants to have a heart, and a scarecrow who wants brains. The story is a magical telling of an age-old truth – that we each already possess the very things we want and its just a question of having the courage and strength to face situations head on and discover our own strengths. As Glinda the Good tells Dorothy in the end when Dorothy wishes to go back home – she always had the power to get back home this whole time, but she had to find that out for herself. A wonderful and sweet watch with your children.