Best Kids & Family Movie – Classics

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1. Follow Me, Boys!

by: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release date: Feb 03, 2004
Run Time: 133 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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After one year too many on the road with a ramshackle jazz band, Lem Siddons (Fred MacMurray) decides to put down roots. He marries sweetheart Vida Downey (Vera Miles) and embarks on a lifelong roller-coaster ride as a scoutmaster to a steady stream of high-spirited youngsters. Set against lovingly recreated scenes of 1930s America, this family classic shines with all the warmth and humor of Disney entertainment at its nostalgic best.
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2. Miracle on 34th Street [Blu-ray]

by: Twentieth Century Fox
Release date: Oct 06, 2009
Run Time: 96 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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From KIDS FIRST!: A classic holiday film that continues to delight children and adults alike. Doris Walker is a no-nonsense divorced Macy’s executive who desperately searches for a new store Santa. She hires a kind but quirky old man named Kris Kringle who insists that he’s the real Santa Claus. Despite reassurances by Kringle’s doctor that he is harmless, Doris remains skeptical. Eventually, Kris Kringle goes to court to try and prove it. Is he the real Santa Claus? This is truly a perennial family holiday film. Charming, with a great cast, and well produced, Miracle On 34th Street reveals typical society and daily life in the 1940s. Kids today may not realize what an anomaly a divorced working mom was at that time. Natalie Wood plays a brilliant six-year-old. While some scenarios seem unreal, the story is so strong that it suspends reality. KIDS FIRST!® Child Juror Comments: The best. Entirely held kids’ attention. Made them feel sad and then happy. “Pretty cool even though it is old.” 96 min.; Ages 8-12.
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3. Pollyanna

by: Walt Disney Pictures
Release date: Oct 19, 2011
Run Time: 135 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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4. Ben-Hur

by: Warner Home Video
Release date: Jun 01, 2004
Run Time: 212 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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After his boyhood friend Messala’s fanatic loyalty to Rome makes him a powerful enemy, Judah Ben-Hur is found guilty of an attempted murder he did not commit. His family is banished and he is enslaved on a warship. Through his ferocity in a raging sea battle, he is able to escape and become a horse trainer. To exact his revenge, Ben-Hur decides to compete against Messala in the Roman chariot races. They race, locked in a battle to the death. Barely surviving, Ben-Hur forsakes the sword for Christ and finally finds redemption. Winner of a record 11 Academy Award, including Best Picture and Actor (Charlton Heston).
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5. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

by: Shout! Factory
Release date: Sep 09, 2014
Run Time: 83 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Cinderella comes to life in this 50th Anniversary Edition of the most beloved fairy tale of all time. A sparkling fantasy of music, magic and romance, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella captivates from overture to finale with a delightful score and stunning flittering performances from an all-star cast. Academy Award nominee Lesley Ann Warren is charming as the raggedy waif turned belle of the ball with Broadway star Stuart Damon as the Prince. Also starring Academy Award nominee Walter Pidgeon, Academy Award Winners Ginger Rogers and Celeste Holm as the Fairy Godmother, Cinderella will waltz into the hearts of the entire family and live happily ever after as one of the most irresistible musicals ever made.

Featuring a new high quality digital transfer from the original master. Digitally restored from the original source material.

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6. Mr Magoo’s Christmas Carol [VHS]

by: Sony
Release date: Sep 24, 2002
Run Time: 53 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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From the VHS cover description:
Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol is the first-ever animated holiday special made for television, the one that started it all! The famously nearsighted Mr. Magoo is Ebenezer Scrooge in the musical retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol.”
Featuring original songs by Broadway legends Jule Styne and Bob Merrill (Funny Girl), this family classic stars the voice talents of Jim Backus (Gilligan’s Island), Morey Amsterdam (The Dick Van Dyke Show), Jack Cassidy and June Foray (The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle).
Running Time: 53 Minutes
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7. Toby Tyler

by: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release date: Aug 02, 2005
Run Time: 95 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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TOBY TYLER takes you back in time to when the day the circus came to town was the biggest day of the year! Now on Disney DVD, Kevin Corcoran stars as the lovable, determined runaway who believes his uncle and aunt no longer want him, and life under the Big Top will put things right. Along the way he meets Ben, Mr. Tupper, and the mischievous Mr. Stubbs — a playful chimpanzee! Together they fall into hilarious jams and scams more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Get your peanuts, popcorn, and candied apples, and jump into a classic three-ring circus that will have the whole family in stitches!
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8. Singin’ in the Rain (Two-Disc Special Edition)

by: Warner Home Video
Release date: Sep 24, 2002
Run Time: 103 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor, Jean Hagen. Movie actors struggle to make the transition from silents to talkies in this acclaimed and highly entertaining musical. Includes the outtake number You Are My Lucky Star, the documentary “Musicals Great Musicals: The Arthur Freed Unit at MGM,” a Debbie Reynolds commentary and much more. 2 DVDs. 1952/color/102 min/NR/fullscreen.
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9. Forbidden Planet (Remastered Edition) [VHS]

by: Warner Home Video
Release date: Aug 31, 1994
Run Time: 98 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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This 1956 pop adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest is one of the best, most influential science fiction movies ever made. Its space explorers are the models for the crew of Star Trek‘s Enterprise, and the film’s robot is clearly the prototype for Robby in Lost in Space. Walter Pidgeon is the Prospero figure, presiding over a paradisiacal world with his lovely young daughter and their servile droid. When the crew of a spaceship lands on the planet, they become aware of a sinister invisible force that threatens to destroy them. Great special effects and a bizarre electronic score help make this movie as fresh, imaginative, and fun as it was when first released.
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10. The Sound of Music

by: 20th Century Fox
Release date: Nov 02, 2010
Run Time: 175 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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11. The Parent Trap (Vault Disney Collection)

by: Walt Disney Video
Release date: May 07, 2002
Run Time: 129 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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The Parent Trap (Vault Disney Collection)The daughter of legendary British actor John Mills and novelist Mary Hayley Bell (as well as the sister of actress Juliet Mills), young Hayley Mills broke the surface of fame at the tender age of 12, starring opposite her father in the thriller Tiger Bay. That film, along with a Berlin Film Festival award, was enough to attract the attention of Walt Disney, who promptly signed her to a five-year contract and put her in the starring role of Pollyanna. After wringing hearts and nabbing a special Oscar, Mills segued into the comedy thing–for double the fun–in The Parent Trap, the 1961 farce in which she played twins, separated at birth, who scheme to reunite their biological parents (Maureen O’Hara and Brian Keith, both surprisingly sexy for a Disney movie). On the brink of adolescence, Mills was a saucy role model for children of the Kennedy era: cute, endearing and, above all, wholesome despite her sneaky ways–everyo
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12. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (Disney Gold Classic Collection)

by: Walt Disney Video
Release date: Oct 03, 2000
Run Time: 68 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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In the tradition of grand animated classics, Disney’s 11th animated masterpiece, THE ADVENTURES OF ICHABOD AND MR. TOAD, presents two unforgettable children’s classics. Through award-winning (Golden Globe, Best Cinematography, 1950) Disney animation wizardry, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS and THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW come together in one fabulous adventure — in its original theatrical format. Hang on for a wild motorcar ride with J. Thaddeus Toad as he drives his friends Mole, Rat and Angus MacBadger into a worried frenzy! Then meet the spindly Ichabod Crane, who dreams of sweeping beautiful Katrina Van Tassel off her feet, despite opposition from town bully Brom Bones, who also has his eye on Katrina. The comic rivalry introduces Ichabod to the legend of the Headless Horseman, resulting in a heart-thumping climax! Wonderfully narrated by Basil Rathbone and Bing Crosby, THE ADVENTURES OF ICHABOD AND MR. TOAD brims with high-spirited adventure, brilliant animation and captivating music you’ll want to share with your family again and again.
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13. Hans Christian Andersen (Import PAL) [VHS]

by: Samuel Goldwyn Home Video
Release date: Apr 17, 2016
Run Time: 112 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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14. The Jungle Book

by: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Release date: Feb 11, 2014
Run Time: 78 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Meet the most unforgettable characters and embark on a thrilling adventure with Mowgli as he journeys deep into the jungle and learns “The Bare Necessities” of life from happy-go-lucky Baloo the bear.

Meet Bagheera, the wise old panther, and crazy King Louie the orangutan. But watch out for cunning Shere Khan the tiger and Kaa, the ssssneakiest snake in the jungle! Bursting with wild fun, toe-tapping music and beloved characters, this timeless masterpiece celebrates the true meaning of friendship. Experience all the excitement of Disney’s jumpin’ Jungle Classic and share the wonder with someone you love.

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15. The Ten Commandments

by: Paramount
Release date: Mar 30, 1999
Run Time: 220 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Legendary silent film director Cecil B. DeMille didn’t much alter the way he made movies after sound came in, and this 1956 biblical drama is proof of that. While graced with such 1950s niceties as VistaVision and Technicolor, The Ten Commandments
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16. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

by: Warner Home Video
Release date: Jun 13, 2000
Run Time: 102 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Howard Keel and Jane Powell are rapturous newlyweds who tame his six rowdy bachelor brothers in the wild Oregon backwoods in this Best Score Academy Award(R)-winning song-and-dance-filled comedy.
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17. Casablanca (Two-Disc Special Edition)

by: Warner Home Video
Release date: Aug 05, 2003
Run Time: 102 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Considered by many to be the greatest Hollywood movie ever made, this WW2 classic takes place in war-torn Casablanca and tells the tale of mysterious nightclub owner Bogart and his old Flame (Bergman), her husband, underground leader (Heinreid), and other skeletons from his past. Won 3 Oscars – Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay.
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18. A Charlie Brown Christmas

by: Paramount
Release date: Jan 12, 2019
Run Time: 25 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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VHS recording of classic Christmas program
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19. Disney 4-Movie Collection: Classics (Gnome-Mobile / Darby O’gill & Little People / One & Only Genuine Family / Happiest Millionaire)

by: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Release date: Sep 02, 2012
Run Time: 462 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Your wish has been granted. the CLASSIC DISNEY MOVIES COLLECTION mixes music, magic and memories in one fantastic 4-movie set. Relive these timeless family films, featuring Sean Connery, Fred MacMurray, Walter Brennan, Kurt Russell, Lesley Ann Warren and many more of your favorite Disney stars. Get your toes tapping with two musical extravaganzas brimming with sparkling songs and irresistible dances. THE HAPPIEST MILLIONAIRE and THE ONE AND ONLY, GENUINE, FAMILY BAND are captivating stories that will have the whole family singing along. Then, enjoy a wee bit of fun with the enchanting fantasies DARBY O’GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE and THE GNOME-MOBILE. The CLASSIC DISNEY MOVIES COLLECTION has something for everyone!
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20. Music Man, The

by: Warner Home Video
Release date: Oct 05, 2010
Run Time: 151 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Let 76 trombones lead the big parade from the Great White Way into your home. It’s the Music Man, the screen version of one of Broadway’s all-time blockbusters, a skyburst of Americana as irresistible as 4th of July fireworks. Robert Preston and Shirley J Year: 1962
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21. The Parent Trap Two-Movie Collection (The Parent Trap / The Parent Trap II)

by: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release date: Sep 27, 2005
Run Time: 129 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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THE PARENT TRAP: Hayley Mills, Special Academy Award(R) winner for 1960’s POLLLYANNA, lights up the screen in Disney’s fondly remembered release of THE PARENT TRAP. Mills stars as Susan and Sharon, identical twins separated at birth. Neither twin knows the other exists until a simple twist of fate finds them at the same summer camp. Then, realizing who they are, they plan a little twist of their own. They switch places with high hopes of getting their parents back together. This delightful and heartwarming comedy will have your whole family doubling up with laughter. THE PARENT TRAP II: First time on DVD! In the full-length sequel THE PARENT TRAP II, Hayley Mills returns to reprise her roles as identical twins Sharon and Susan. Now all grown up, Sharon is a single mom whose 11-year-old daughter Nikki is just as mischievous as she was! During summer school Nikki and her new friend Mary turn into scheming matchmakers when they try to get Sharon and Mary’s widowed father together. Not quite able to make it happen, they turn to the one person who can really help — Sharon’s twin Susan!
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22. Hellfighters

by: Universal Studios
Release date: Jan 05, 1999
Run Time: 122 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Screen legend John Wayne pays tribute to oil field legend “Red” Adair, as Wayne plays Chance Buckman, a colorful Texan who tames out-of-control infernos in exotic locations around the world. He’s joined by a crew that includes Jack Lomax (Jay C. Flippen), Joe Horn (Bruce Cabot), and his assistant, Greg Parker (Jim Hutton). Between blazes Chance “carries the torch” for Madelyn, the wife who left him 20 years earlier because of his dangerous lifestyle, and Greg has his hands full at the poker table and in the bedroom with Chance’s spunky daughter, Tish (Katharine Ross). Directed by action veteran, Andrew V. McLaglen, this film features spectacular special effects and exciting locations in Texas and Wyoming. As the Duke said, “I’ve made a lot of action movies, but never one as exciting as Hellfighters.
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23. That Darn Cat!

by: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release date: May 03, 2005
Run Time: 116 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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The fur flies when a smart Siamese cat goes undercover and Hayley Mills and Dean Jones team up for mystery, adventure, and wild comedy on Disney DVD. When the irrepressible and always hungry D.C. (Darn Cat) turns up with a wristwatch for a collar, it becomes a tip-off to an unsolved robbery and kidnapping. You don’t know who’s tailing who as nosy neighbors, jealous boyfriends, and a highly allergic FBI agent play a game of cat and mouse to crack the baffling case. Don’t miss the spectacular supporting cast featuring Dorothy Provine, Roddy McDowall, Frank Gorshin, and Ed Wynn, plus 100 purr-cent feline family fun!
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24. The Red Balloon (The Criterion Collection)

by: Janus Films
Release date: Apr 29, 2008
Run Time: 34 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Newly restored and available for the first time on DVD, Albert Lamorisse s exquisite The Red Balloon remains one of the most beloved children s films of all time. In this deceptively simple, nearly wordless tale, a young boy discovers a stray balloon, which seems to have a mind of its own, on the streets of Paris. The two become inseparable, yet the world s harsh realities finally interfere. With its glorious palette and allegorical purity, the Academy Award winning The Red Balloon has enchanted movie lovers, young and old, for generations.
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25. It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

by: 20th Century Fox
Release date: Oct 07, 2003
Run Time: 161 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Spencer Tracy heads a hilariously zany cast that stars Hollywood’s greatest comedians (Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas and Jonathan Winters) and features cameo appearances by every joker and jester in the business from DonKnotts and Jerry Lewis to The Three Stooges. Nominated* for 6 OscarsÂ(r), It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is “an explosive motion picture experience” (Variety)! On a winding desert highway, eight vacation-bound motorists share an experience that alters their plansand their lives! After a mysterious stranger divulges the location of a stolen fortune, they each speed off in a mind-bending, car-bashing race for the loot and the most side-splitting laughfest in history.
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