Friday, December 30, 2011

5 Family Classics We Still Remember From Childhood

No matter how many blockbuster movie hits come and go over the years, there will always be the family classics we remember watching as a child – and these movies just never seem to get old. In fact, many have been watched throughout generations and with some of these classics, every time we watch, we feel like a kid again.

Today, a large number of classic movies from the past have been re-released on DVD. This makes it even easier to share these flicks with kids, grandkids, or others who may or may not be familiar with their stories. Watching these timeless movies is sure to take everyone – at least a little bit – down memory lane.

The Wizard of Oz 

Who hasn’t heard of following the yellow brick road or not being in Kansas anymore? This classic story of a Kansas girl dreaming of a better world that lies somewhere just over the rainbow originally starred Judy Garland in her early years.

Once Dorothy and her three friends, the lion, the tin man, and the scarecrow, find themselves being followed by an evil witch, this young girl – and Toto too – is more eager than ever to get back home. But first, they must meet The Wizard.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

This classic tale actually has an underlying lesson – although as kids, it may be hard to detect while watching Oompa Loompas dance around chocolate rivers and candy banks. Willy Wonka, a unique candy maker, is seamlessly played by Gene Wilder. While several of the kids touring his candy factory meet with “accidents,” the show proves that there is nothing to be gained by greed. This flick, with is colorful scenes, is a great story for all generations who watch – even if you’ve seen it before.

To Kill a Mockingbird

This moving classic film, originally produced in the early 1960’s, shows the very real issues of race, mental illness, and poverty in the south during the time of the depression. Atticus Finch, played by Gregory Peck, will make all dads feel like the greatest dad in the world – while also leaving viewers to really think. Although moving, this flick never gets old.

Old Yeller

Both parents and kids alike will hug their dog a bit closer after watching Old Yeller. This 1950’s classic shows how a huge Labrador-mastiff mix works his way into his family’s lives – and into their hearts. Be careful, though, because no matter how many times you’ve seen it, you will likely shed a tear at the end.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

In yet another classic from the 1950’s era, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” is more of a science fiction flick with some very good special effects of that time period. The Nautilus – a futuristic submarine headed up by Captain Nemo – becomes the rescuer for a group of ship wreck survivors and ends up taking them on a pretty incredible journey below the ocean. This family classic even won Academy Awards for Best Art & Set Direction, as well as for Best Special Effects. If you haven’t watched this one lately, it may be time to do so.

Anthony Silver is a blogger for entertainment and film blogs. He is also a huge fan of indie action and adventure movies.