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The Top 100 Family Movies – or not?


Tuesday, 27th December

I’m sitting here on the morning of the 27th December with Toby by my side fingering his way through a Pokemon game on his GameBoy.

I have the second volume of Ian Kershaw’s ‘Hitler’ by my side. It has been my Barton read for the last year, the bookmark has dates in it to show how far I have got each time I have been here. I’ve reached 1937 and the thing is dragging a bit. I regret not taking notes as I went along. As it isn’t my book, I’ve been unable to make notes in the margin. There used to be a time when I wouldn’t or couldn’t read without a notebook or Psion. I just DON’T like this PalmOne and Keyboard the way I enjoyed the spectacle case proportions and simplicity of a Psion. WHEN something like it is recreated I’ll have one.

I also have a print out from Channel4’s ‘100 Greatest Family Movies.’

This was inspired by the C4 series that has just been on – something I could safely watch with the children and fed their desire to stock up on titles for their current interest in playing Charades.

Here’s the list:

C4 gives a review for each film and an opportunity to buy the DVBD. Clever marketing! We may go after the few films we haven’t seen or don’t currently we own. I’ll add those I think are missing.

Sneakily C4 gives us the list in reverse order, obliging one to look through the entire listing. Here I go from the top:

Like all such lists that are the creation of a channel’s audience, there is a bias towards today’s parents and children and no doubt t a skew that is both British and middle-class, even somewhat London orientated and Bohemian given C4’s audience profile.

What do you think?

What newcomers would you add? For example, the brilliant ‘Robots.’ Where is ‘Never Ending Story,’ ‘The Dark Crystal,’ and ‘My Life as a Dog?’ What about The Muppets’ Christmas Caper? I wouldn’t say that ‘My Fair Lady was for children, nor ‘The Goonies.’ Is ‘Splash’ here? And what about … ‘Thomas the Tank Engine? Or James Bond. Come to think of it, is there such as thing as a children’s film. Any good story well told that has neither gross violence or sex in it is surely suitable for a child to watch? Spartacus for example, and Ben Hur? Gladiator, but NOT Alien or Aliens … What about ‘The Great Escape?’ I’d say this was more of a kid’s movie than David Lean’s dark ‘The Great Expectations.’ And something like ‘Bend it Like Beckham’ is very much a teen film, surely? Were ‘Small Soliders’ and ‘The Borrowers’ that bad and what about ‘Fairytale?’ Or the wonderful Peter Pan ex produced by Mohammed Al Fayed? Or the recent revival of the Herbie franchise, or Bettlejuice?

1. E.T.
2. Shrek
3. Mary Poppins
4. Pirates of the Caribbean. The Curse of the Black Pearl.
5. Toy Story
6. The Lion King
7. Back to the Future
8. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
9. Star Wars
10. The Wizard of Oz
11. The Lord of the Rings. The Fellowship of the Ring.
12. Jurassic Park
13. Finding Nemo
14. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
15. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
16. Grease
17. The Incredibles
18. The Sound of Music
19. The Jungle Book
20. Raider’s of the Lost Ark
21. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
22. Home Alone
23. Beauty and the Beast
24. The Goonies.
25. Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
26. Mrs Doubtfire.
27. Men in Black
28. Ghostbusters.
29. The Railway Children.
30. Monsters, Inc
31. Oliver!
32. Bambi
33. Big
34. Gremlins
35. Aladdin
36. Edward Scissorhands
37. It’s a Wonderful Life.
38. Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
39.Bugsy Malone.
40. The Princess Bride
41. Beetlejuice
42. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
43. Miracle on 34th Street
44. Watership Down
45. Jason and the Argonauts
46. Spiderman
47. Dumbo
48. Jumanji
49. Cool Runnings
50. Babe
51. School of Rock
52. Superman
53. Bean – the Movie
54. Pinocchio
55. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
56. Chicken Run
57. My Fair Lady
58. The Karate Kid
59. The Iron Giant
60. Bright Eyes
61. The King and I
62. King Kong
63. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
64. Flash Gordon
65. Little Women
66. Born Free
67. The Muppet Movie
68. Spirited Away
69. Time Bandits
70. Great Expectations
71. Bend it like Beckham
72. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
73. The Amazing Mr Blunden
74. Free Willy
75. Fantasia
76. National Velvet
77. The Belles of St. Trinian’s
78. Freaky Friday
79. Whale Rider
80. Whistle Down the Wind
81. Lemony Snicket’s a series of Unfortunate Events
82. Swiss Family Robinson
83. Lassie Come Home
84. The Nutty Professor
85. Doctor Doolittle
86. Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines
87. Holes
88. The Red Balloon
89. Genevieve
90. Spy Kids
91. Peter Pan
92. Digby The Biggest Dog in the World
93. Belleville Rendez-Vous
94. The Love Bug
95. Fly away Home
96. A Shot in the Dark
97. Kirikou and the Sorceress
98. Tarka the Otter
99. Summer Holiday
100. Stuart Little

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