Now that C is 7 years old, his taste are changing. Books he loved and read daily are sitting in his bookcase waiting for someone to enjoy them once again. And it's not just his books but movies too. Dora & Diego along with the Backyardigans seem to have taken a back seat these days.
We've watched a couple of popular movies like "Star Wars: Episode I" and the first Harry Potter film. S & C watched Star Wars together & at first C showed great interest but the story didn't capture his attention for long. Now Harry Potter on the other hand is a completely different story. C knows about the character since a few of his classmates have watched the film. He finds Harry Potter interesting in a mysterious sort of way. So one day we attempted to watch the first movie which is probably the least scary of all the films but we didn't make it pass the first scene (when the uncle becomes upset with Harry Potter) and he immediately wanted to shut the movie off. So it looks like we'll be putting Harry on the back burner for a while. I guess you can say we're taking baby steps in this department.
We recently rented "Artic Tale" which he really loved but when the baby polar bear passed away there were more than a few tears shed. But I thought it was important to understand that death is normal and happen regardless of whether we want it or not.
During one of our parent conference sessions, C's teacher spoke of his imagination. She explained that children with very vivid imaginations were much more sensitive to movies or stories. And it's true in our case. S & I try our best to screen his movies but it's getting harder and harder as children are exposed to so much these days. PG movies aren't what they used to be. So in an attempt to find something he really enjoys I've decided to research some classic tales. Unlike so many of my friends I never grew up watching movies like "Mary Poppins" or "The Sound of Music". I watched these films for the first time with C. There isn't anything scary in these films. Instead they're filled with music and fun adventures. Here are some of C's favorite classic movies..
Auntie Mame is a true favorite in our house. It's a hilarious comedy from 1958 about a flamboyant aunt who gains custody of her nephew when his father passes away. Auntie Mame is a bit of an eccentric bohemian. Mix those qualities with raising a child and you've got a really great movie!
The latest movie we rented for C was a Disney musical called "The Gnome Mobile" from 1967. It's a cute story about a grandfather & his grandchildren who help two gnomes locate a gnome community so the younger gnome can find a bride. Because these gnomes think they're the last of their kind, the older gnome is suffering from an illness called "fading" and has lost his will to live.
Then there are these classics which get played over and over again. But I don't mind. They really are timeless, classic movies that are always a joy to watch.
So are there any movies you watched as a child that you have fond memories of? I'd love to hear what they are. ;)