The magic of watching an old classic movie from the 1930’s to the 1960’s is that there is so much more to the story than there is now days. The graphics are also amazing for the times that they were made in. I remember enjoying many of the old classic movies when I was young, and to this day my children are still enjoying those same movies. Everyone would have to admit that something that can still be enjoyed decades later has made a huge impact in the movie world.
Although it is also said that many of these movies have some harsh story lines or hard life lessons. But it helps children deal with many feelings and these movies are a great way to open up the topic of discussion. Almost everyone has watched these movies and know how great they are. They don’t give nightmares, instead they give some comfort with life lessons.
I will list the top ten movies that I can remember at the top of my head. If it stuck with me, it should stick with you. I also researched them and I am not the only one who felt this way. Popularity has not gone down with these movies. It was hard to choose, so I went with the most popular to this day.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937
Every little girl loves a movie with a princess, music, and a happy ending. It may start out with a dark scary story of an evil queen trying to kill the princess Snow White. But she is warned and gets away to safety, to show there are lots of good people in the world. The new forest friends she meets starts a new fabulous imagination of the animals communication. Snow White finds a home in the forest where some dwarfs dwell and she befriends them. It all sounds quite strange, but this story is filled with magic! Snow White’s beautiful voice and her hope to find her true love prince keeps the kids smiling. But also teaches them of sadness when Snow White falls to her deep sleep, but then rescued by her true love prince. This is sure to keep the little girls entertained and glued in. I have a daughter that has issues in keeping attention and wanting to sit through a whole movie at age 3, but this is the first movie I seen her sit through the whole thing. Not sure if boys would like this movie or not, but I remember my brother opting out here. Yet a friend’s son liked the movie because of the witch and dwarfs. So it’s up to you!
The Wizard of Oz 1939
This is also a charming story with a dark edge. This teaches kids that even though there are many bad things and people in the world, you always have your friends and family to help you. That there are good people in the world to befriend in dark times. I remember being afraid of the flying monkeys and the scary witch. This teaches children how to deal with their fear. A child should never be closed out of emotions that they are sure to run into in real life. It actually helps them cope much better if they have felt some of the emotion at least once before. The beautiful colors, the interesting characters, family bonding, terrible weather, dreams, and so much more. It kept me tied in and is still doing the same for kids today. This is a movie that both boys and girls will enjoy.
A story of a wooden puppet in hopes to be a real boy some day. It goes through making good friends, dealing with bullies, consequences, having a conscious, in which lying is a terrible thing to do. This has some great life lessons that a child should learn, but the movie makes it fun. Obviously the main character being a kid, yet different, helps a lot of kids put themselves in the movie and become entangled in the story. I remember my whole family sitting down to watch this movie. This movie tends to appeal to both boys and girls.
Being different from most of his peers, Dumbo had a terrible time trying to fit in. He was very sad and a little lonely. These are hard feelings for a kid to deal with. But if they can see that many characters feel this way, then they will feel more open to talking about their feelings. Peers can be crushing, but this movie shows that there is an awesome ability in all of us. That we are all special in some way and have something to share. So it’s a great movie for both boys and girls. I myself had hard times in elementary school, and remember using this movie to help explain to my parents how I was feeling. It was a great opener for a heartfelt conversation with my parents.
Bambi had a hard time growing up because soon after being born his mother was hunted and killed. It was then he knew that his life would be in constant danger, but his father was king of the forest and often left him alone. This sounds a lot like a typical story for a kid now days. Broken up parents, death, making new friends, staying out of trouble. Lots of underlying issues here are a lesson to be learned. Bambi with the help of friends stayed out of trouble, mourned the death of his mother, looked up to his absent father. It all sounds terrible, but these emotions need to be dealt with. It does become a happy story after all, and makes for a great family movie. Gives the parents a new way to discuss big topics with their child.
Another beautiful princess story with a sad beginning. Cinderella is poor girl whom is often ignored and does all she can to please her family. She is often locked away and is not able to partake in the goodness of the land parties. With the help of her friends she gets her work done and is able to make it to the magical ball to meet the prince. She is not recognized since she was often seen as a dirty scrubby girl, almost without a face just a doer. So she has a beautiful makeover by her fairy godmother that is there to help. She has her happily ever after ending with the rescuing of her prince at the end. She no longer had to do everything she was told, but do things for herself for once in her life. Her life is going to be new. This will teach kids that hard work will pay off in the end. That they shouldn’t be treated that way and to stand up for themselves. Anyone can read into this movie and see the lessons to be learned. Intended for girls, but the masculine characters of her friends such as the mice help the boys enjoy it too.
Alice in Wonderland 1951
Imagination is often played with in this movie. A kids imagination can go wild in this great plot of wonderful and strange characters. There are bad characters and good characters. The good characters help each other and try to follow most rules to ensure their life. Finding ways to please the queen or avoid her. It shows that following the rules can be detrimental in character. There is lots to say of this movie, but most importantly is that it is a great movie for the whole family. It has stuck so much with the world, that it has even been remade for the people of today.
Peter Pan 1953
Kids often fantasize that they will never have to grow up. That they can be kids forever, but this movie shows that there can be consequences for this behavior. They may have to fight off pirates or other odd characters. As fun as it was making new friends with these awesome creatures such as the fairies and such, family ended up being the most important to them. They often dream of this fantasy land, but they decide that being a kid in the real world isn’t so bad after all. Lovely colorings and playful characters for every kids imagination. But great for the whole family.
Lady and the Tramp 1955
Lady and the Tramp come from different worlds. But this movie shows that even though you come from different sides of the tracks, it doesn’t mean you can’t be friends. That you can find love in all characters and all individuals have an option on how they want to think or perceive life. I remember thinking as a kid how lovely it was that Lady showed her true love for Tramp even though he didn’t come from the same life as her. It was a love story that sticks in the hearts of everyone who watches it. It is about having respect for all beings no matter what. A sure joyful classic for the whole family.
The Jungle Book 1967
The jungle book is about a lost kid who wanders into the forest out of fear from the attack of a Tiger in his village. He was able to later adapt with his new forest friends who kept him safe from the predators of the forest. It is a joyous and frightening adventure. He is a child and doesn’t realize most of the actual fear that surrounds him because his bear friend teaches him so much about safety in the unknown surroundings. It is a wonderful tale of being lost and finding a way back. The hardness of saying goodbye to your best friends and rejoining a family you once lost. A magical adventure filled with many songs that will have your kids singing for days!