Best Kids & Family Movie – Fantasy

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1. 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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2. Babe (Widescreen Special Edition)

by: Universal Studios
Release date: Sep 23, 2003
Run Time: 92 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Academy Award winner and Best Picture nominee, Babe is the inspirational story of a shy Yorkshire piglet who doesn’t quite know his place in the world. But when Farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell) wins him at the county fair, Babe discovers that he can be anything he wants to be – even an award-winning sheepdog! With the help of a delightful assortment of barnyard friends, the heroic little pig is headed for the challenge of his life in this endearing and fun-filled tale the whole family will love.
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3. 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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4. Forbidden Planet (Ultimate Collector’s Edition)

by: Warner Home Video
Release date: Nov 02, 2010
Run Time: 98 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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5. 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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6. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Widescreen Edition)

by: Dreamworks Animated
Release date: Feb 07, 2006
Run Time: 85 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Wallace and his loyal dog, Gromit, set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threatens the annual giant vegetable growing contest.
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7. The Jungle Book (Two-Disc 40th Anniversary Platinum Edition)

by: Walt Disney Video
Release date: Oct 02, 2007
Run Time: 78 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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One of the most popular Disney films ever, THE JUNGLE BOOK is a song-filled celebration of friendship, fun, and adventure set in a lush and colorful world. Inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s “Mowgli” stories, Disney’s 19th animated masterpiece was the last animated feature that had Walt Disney’s personal touch. The jubilant adventure begins when Mowgli, a little boy raised by wolves, is urged by his friend Bagheera, a wise old panther, to seek safety in the man village. Feeling very much at home in the jungle, Mowgli resists and runs off. Much to Bagheera’s dismay, Mowgli meets a new friend with a happy-go-lucky philosophy of life — Baloo the Bear, a lovable “jungle bum.” Together, the three buddies find the journey back to civilization anything but civilized! They encounter a crazy orangutan, the hypnotic and sly snake Kaa, and the menacing Shere Khan! Fully restored for this 30th anniversary edition, this enduring classic swings with jazzy toe-tapping music, including the Academy Award(R)-nominated “The Bare Necessities,” and the freewheeling “I Wan’na Be Like You”! A thrilling story for all ages, THE JUNGLE BOOK is an absolute necessity for your video collection.
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8. Scrooge

by: Paramount
Release date: Sep 23, 2003
Run Time: 113 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Scrooge was designed as a follow-up to 1968’s Oliver, the Oscar-winning musicalization of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. The umpteenth musical version of Dickens’ 1843 novelette A Christmas Carol, Scrooge is blessed with several sprightly Leslie Bricusse songs, including the bonafide hit Thank You Very Much. Once more buried under mounds of latex, Albert Finney is perfection itself as Ebeneezer Scrooge, proving as effective as a young (un-made up) man as the old skinflint we’ve grown to love. The Three Ghosts who turn the miserly Scrooge’s life around on Christmas Eve are portrayed by Edith Evans (Past), Kenneth More (Present) and Paddy Stone (Yet to Come). Our favorite among the huge, predominantly British supporting cast is Sir Alec Guinness as a fussy, slightly effeminate Marley’s Ghost. Best of all, Finney performs his many songs “live” and not lip-synched to a pre-recording. Though it is overproduced to the hilt, and its Technicolor photography tends to induce eyestrain, Scrooge is more than satisfactory Yuletide entertainment.
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9. Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

by: Warner Bros.
Release date: Oct 01, 2009
Run Time: 100 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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10. Ponyo

by: Disney Presents Studio Ghibli
Release date: Mar 02, 2010
Run Time: 103 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Welcome to a world where anything is possible! Academy Award winning director Hayao Miyazaki (2002, Best Animated Feature, Spirited Away) and legendary filmmaker John Lasseter together with Disney bring to life a heartwarming and imaginative telling of Hans Christian Andersen s classic fairy tale The Little Mermaid. A young boy named Sosuke rescues a goldfish named Ponyo, and they embark on a fantastic journey of friendship and discovery before Ponyo s father, a powerful sorcerer, forces her to return to her home in the sea. But Ponyo s desire to be human upsets the delicate balance of nature and triggers a gigantic storm. Only Ponyo s mother, a beautiful sea goddess, can restore nature s balance and make Ponyo s dreams come true. Ponyo will delight your family with its magnificent animation and timeless story.
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11. Toy Story

by: Disney*Pixar
Release date: May 11, 2010
Run Time: 81 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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In this 3D computer animated feature, a pull-string cowboy doll is the leader of the toys until the latest, greatest action figure enters the picture. When the toy rivals are separated from thei rowner, they ultimately learn to put aside their differences and work as a team to get back home to the boy they love.

Bonus Features include: Toy Story 3 Sneak Peek: The Story, Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs Blast off, Paths to Pixar Artists, Studio Stories: John’s Car, Baby AJ, Scooter Races, Buzz Takes Manhattan, Black Friday The Toy Story You Never Saw

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12. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus [VHS]

by: Warner Home Video
Release date: Sep 26, 2000
Run Time: 50 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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This bizarre, pagan take on the Santa Claus legend, which is based on a story by L. Frank Baum (The Wizard of Oz), was produced and directed by Rankin and Bass, the reigning kings of the Christmas special (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer), using their brand of puppet animation. In the forest of Burzee, the immortals gather to discuss the fate of Santa Claus. Found when he was an abandoned baby by the Great Ak (a wizard with big wooden horns on his head), the boy was named Claus because that means “little one” in the language of the forest. Raised by immortals and knowing nothing but peace and harmony, the adolescent Claus is taken on a tour of the mortal world by the Great Ak, and he discovers the world is rife with misery and injustice. This is when he decides he will dedicate his life to making kids happy, and he learns the best way to do this is to give them toys. After years of service, the immortals must decide whether or not to give him eternal life. Indeed, this is a very strange Christmas tale. –Andy Spletzer
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13. 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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14. Prancer [VHS]

by: MGM (Video & DVD)
Release date: Oct 05, 1999
Run Time: 103 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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A wounded reindeer and a precocious eight-year-old girl form an everlasting bond in this tender holiday drama about true devotion and friendship. An enchanting film full of “heart and gumption” (Roger Ebert), Prancer will set your imagination aflight! Jessica Riggs (Rebecca Harrell) plays an angel in her school pageant…but she becomes a real guardian angel when she finds an injured reindeer in the forest. Convinced that the deer is Santa’s very own Prancer, Jessica vows to nurse him back to health and return him safely home. But before she can carry out her plan, Jessica discovers that her father (Sam Elliott) has made another ? very different ? plan of his own! Will Jessica be able to help her antlered friend find his way back to Santa in time to make their deliveries on Christmas Eve? The magical final scene is sure to make your heart soar!
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15. Toy Story 2 [VHS]

by: Disney/Pixar
Release date: Apr 15, 2003
Run Time: 92 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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A landmark in filmmaking with cutting-edge animation and the voice talents of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, TOY STORY introduced Woody the Cowboy and Buzz Lightyear, a space age action figure. Along with a supporting cast of funny friends, TOY STORY will entertain the entire family with action, adventure, and sidesplitting laughs. Joining the original voice cast in TOY STORY 2 is a roundup of unforgettable new characters including Jessie the Cowgirl and Stinky Pete the prospector! Winner of the Golden Globe(R) award for Best Picture, this box office smash is full of laugh-out-loud humor, wonderful music, and eye-popping animation!
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16. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Full Screen Edition)

by: MGM (Video & DVD)
Release date: Nov 10, 1998
Run Time: 144 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls start your engines. You’re about to take an incredible ride with one of the most wonderful family films of all time! Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has never looked or sounded better. Dick Van Dyke stars as eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts, who creates an extraordinary car called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It not only drives but also flies and floats as it leads him, his two children and his beautiful lady friend, Truly Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes), into a magical world of pirates, castles and endless adventure.
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17. The Incredibles (Full Screen Two-Disc Collector’s Edition)

by: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release date: Mar 15, 2005
Run Time: 115 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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From the Academy Award(R) winning creators of FINDING NEMO (2003 Best Animated Feature Film) comes the action-packed animated adventure about the mundane and incredible lives of a house full of superheroes. Bob Parr and his wife Helen used to be among the world’s greatest crime fighters, saving lives and battling evil on a daily basis. Fifteen years later, they have been forced to adopt civilian identities and retreat to the suburbs where they live “normal” lives with their three kids, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack. Itching to get back into action, Bob gets his chance when a mysterious communication summons him to a remote island for a top secret assignment. He soon discovers that it will take a super family effort to rescue the world from total destruction. Exploding with fun and featuring an all-new animated short film, this spectacular 2-disc collector’s edition DVD is high-flying entertainment for everyone
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18. Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue

by: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Release date: Sep 21, 2010
Run Time: 77 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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What would you do if you met a fairy? Witness the historic moment when Tinker Bell first meets a human being … and it’s not who you think. Years before meeting Wendy and the Lost Boys, Tinker Bell met Lizzy, a little girl with a steadfast belief in the power of pixie dust and the magic land of fairies. During the fairies’ summer visit to the flowering meadows of England, two very different worlds unite for the first time and Tink develops a special bond with a curious child in need of a friend. As her fellow fairies launch a daring rescue, Tinker Bell takes a huge risk, putting her own safety and the future of all fairykind in jeopardy. Experience Disney’s astonishing all-new movie about the true power of faith and friendship. Bursting with excitement and imagination, TINKER BELL AND THE GREAT FAIRY RESCUE is magical entertainment for the whole family. You might even learn to fly.
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19. The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition)

by: Warner Home Video
Release date: Sep 29, 2009
Run Time: 101 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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The original 1939 classic film, brilliantly restored and remastered! In this charming film based on the popular L.Frank Baum novel, Dorothy and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado’s path and somehow end up in the land of Oz. Here she encounters some memorable friends and foes in her journey to meet the Wizard of Oz who everyone says can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their goals of a brain, heart and courage. The Ultimate Collector’s Editions are filled with bonus features, including over 16 hours of wonderful wizardry about this movie classic, the life and times of original author L. Frank Baum and other early screen adaptations of the Oz books – with such new-to-DVD delights as a documentary profile of director Victor Fleming, the TV-movie The Dreamer of Oz: Starring John Ritter, Annette O’Toole and Rue McClanahan and the 2007 Hollywood Walk of Fame Salute to the Munchkins.
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20. Disney, Secret of the Wings

by: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Release date: Oct 23, 2012
Run Time: 76 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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21. Charlotte’s Web (Widescreen Edition)

by: Paramount
Release date: Jun 19, 2001
Run Time: 94 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Voices of Debbie Reynolds, Agnes Moorehead. Little Wilbur the pig is destined for slaughter unless his spider friend Charlotte can save him. Based on the book by E.B. White. Animated. 1973/color/94 min/G.
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22. Charlotte’s Web (Widescreen Edition)

by: Paramount
Release date: Apr 03, 2007
Run Time: 97 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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The classic story of loyalty, trust, and sacrifice comes to life in this live-action adaptation. Fern (Dakota Fanning) is one of only two living beings who sees that Wilbur is a special animal as she raises him, the runt of the litter, into a terrific and radiant pig. As Wilbur moves into a new barn, he begins a second profound friendship with the most unlikely of creatures – a spider named Charlotte – and their bond inspires the animals around them to come together as a family. When the word gets out that Wilbur’s days are numbered, it seems that only a miracle will save his life. A determined Charlotte – who sees miracles in the ordinary – spins words into her web in an effort to convince the farmer that Wilbur is “some pig” and worth saving.
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23. The Incredible Mr. Limpit [Blu-ray]

by: Warner Home Video
Release date: Aug 07, 2012
Run Time: 99 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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24. The Time Machine

by: Turner Home Ent
Release date: Oct 03, 2000
Run Time: 103 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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25. Dumbo (60th Anniversary Edition)

by: Walt Disney Video
Release date: Oct 23, 2001
Run Time: 64 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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The Dumbo 60th Anniversary Edition was the beneficiary of an electronic film restoration process where every frame of film was scanned into a high resolution computer system, then painstakingly examined and repaired frame by frame to eliminate negative and positive dirt, film scratches and the like. A high definition transfer was done and color correction was supervised by Disney Feature Animation to ensure faithful reproduction of the colors as they were originally intended.
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