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SWAFMAN
07-21-2002, 10:18 PM
....without needing a lobotomy.


Please list movies you found especially entertaining, that were appropriate for young kids, too.


Here are a few starters:

The Indy Jones flix
SW flix
Harry Potter
Spy Kids
Last Starfighter
Doctor Doolittle (original)
Oliver! (60's version)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Omen trilogy
j/k - just seeing if you were paying attn. ;)

wedgeA
07-22-2002, 04:34 AM
Superman The Movie
Beauty and the Beast (Disney's best animated IMHO)
Robin Hood (my personal favorite Disney animated film)
TRON
STII: The Wrath of Khan- saw this when I was 8, first real exposure to ST, made me a life long fan, and the whole Ceti eel thing did not bother me, probably even more tame now.
Clash of the Titans
BTTF trilogy

I was allowed to watch Alien on HBO when I was 6. The only film my parents did not allow me to watch because they felt I was too young was A Clockwork Orange, so I tend to allow for kids to watch more mature films.

scruffziller
07-22-2002, 06:26 AM
Trainspotting, Freddy Got Fingered, Austin Powers Triliogy......:D

187-Maul
07-22-2002, 10:11 AM
I saw most horror movies already at young age and it hasn't affected me in any negative way (at least in my oppinion:D )
I think I started seeing horromovies (like alien, nightmare on elm street etc.) by the age of 8 or 9

Exhaust Port
07-22-2002, 11:28 AM
Toy Story 1/2
A Bugs Life
Willow
Princess Bride <--- The best of the lot

Jonna
07-22-2002, 11:32 AM
Much like 187-Maul, I was exposed to a lot of monster/horror movies very early on (5 or 6) that I watched with my mother. While not generally the best thing for children, I had no problem realizing it was all fake at an early age.

Mandalorian Candidat
07-22-2002, 03:38 PM
Originally posted by SWAFMAN
....without needing a lobotomy.


Please list movies you found especially entertaining, that were appropriate for young kids, too.


Here are a few starters:

The Indy Jones flix
SW flix
Harry Potter
Spy Kids
Last Starfighter
Doctor Doolittle (original)
Oliver! (60's version)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Omen trilogy
j/k - just seeing if you were paying attn. ;)

Doctor Doolittle! Why that's outrageous! Don't you know the only reason the animals can talk is cause they're possessed? I don't want my kids seeing some kind of Satanic crap like that!

;)

I think Lilo and Stitch was a good movie for the kids to see. Most Disney ones are, but I didn't take mine to Hunchback. Too dark and scary for them.

JediTricks
07-22-2002, 03:43 PM
- The Muppet Movie
- Muppets from Space
- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (although some young kids do get a bit freaked out by Slugworth and some of Wonka's "darker" scenes)

by the way, TRON was an excellent choice WedgeA, good call!

robman71
07-22-2002, 03:43 PM
I thought that Shrek was entertaining enough for children with a lot of subtle adult humor thrown in.

DarthBrandon
07-22-2002, 04:08 PM
Believe it or not The Grinch, Toy Story, A Bugs Life, Monsters Inc, Ice age, Iron Giant, Atlantis, Pete's Dragon, and I will say Harry Potter for most, cause kids do like it, although I thought it was something I already seen in many other films.

Mandalorian Candidat
07-22-2002, 05:34 PM
Originally posted by JediTricks
- The Muppet Movie
- Muppets from Space
- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (although some young kids do get a bit freaked out by Slugworth and some of Wonka's "darker" scenes)


I would also throw in The Great Muppet Caper with a pre-toupee Charles Grodin. IMO the best Muppet movie to date and pretty dang funny.

JT, I was actually scared as a kid of the knife vendor who talks with Charlie at the gates of the Chocolate Factory at night. For some reason I thought he was going to whip out a meat cleaver and turn Charlie into a Scrumdiddlyupcious.

SWAFMAN
07-22-2002, 09:42 PM
Thanks for all these!
We've seen (or own) lots of the titles suggested, but there were some I'd forgotten about. Most notably, the BTTF flix. I'm going to make a point of watching those with the kiddies this summer. Will also have to try out Iron Giant. I missed that one. And will have to figure out if we've missed any of the muppet films. Those are always as funny for me as they are for the kids, if not always for the same reasons. Thanks again :D


(BTW, wedgeA, Clash of the Titans is one of my favorite flix to watch with the kids! Have seen it probably 50 times.)

Beast
07-22-2002, 09:56 PM
Swafman, don't forget the big BTTF DVD set coming this christmas. Also wanted to let you know they are working on a Special Edition of Iron Giant and Clash of the Titans comes out on DVD August 6th. Here are a few more suggestions. :)

The 10th Kingdom - An TV Mini-series with John Larraquette, Ed O'Neil, Dianne Weist, and Warwick Davis that is a new spin on the classic Fairy Tale storylines. Really excellent special effects, and a great cast and script. :)

Legend - Ridley Scott's foray into the Fantasy Genre is pretty decent. I can't stand Tom Cruise in most movies, but he's ok in this cause it's before he got big and became a egomaniac. Tim Curry portayal of the devil-like Darkness is great, but could scare little kids. :)

Masters of the Universe - The underrated He-Man movie. Dolph Lundgren is great as He-Man and Frank Langella is wonderful as the Evil Skeletor. The plot doesn't follow the cartoon series, but it is still a good movie. :)

Watership Down - Really good animated movie about a group of rabbits fighting to survive in the world. This film could be a little intense for really young or sensitive kids. But you should enjoy it as well. :)

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

wedgeA
07-22-2002, 10:16 PM
Thanks JT, I forgot about the Muppet Movie, that was definitely of my childhood favorites. One of the best openings in a film.

SWAFMAN,
If you were aware, Clash of the Titans finally hits DVD on 8/6. The Harryhausen effects still impress me to this day. I heard that a remake is planned, and they plan to get rid of the "human chess piece stuff" used by Zeus. Yet another indication of the decline of American film-making :(.

Beast
07-22-2002, 10:28 PM
I never heard that WedgeA, infact all that I have heard about the re-make was that it was going to focus more on Perseus and less on the gods. Here's what Sci-Fi.com has to say. :)

Titans To Clash Again

John Glenn and Travis Wright, writers of the upcoming SF action movie Red World, will write a remake of 1981's mythology movie Clash of the Titans for producer Adam Schroeder and Warner Brothers, Variety columnist Michael Fleming reported. The remake will focus on Zeus' son, the ancient Greek soldier Perseus, as he tries to procure the head of Medusa to defeat an unstoppable tyrant, Fleming reported.

Bob Brassell and David Beaubaire will oversee the film with producers Schroeder and Bryan Hickel.

MTFWBY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

Beast
07-22-2002, 10:41 PM
Welp, I couldn't belive it but it seems to be true. Well, if it's still implied that the gods seem to be influencing events, they don't need to actually show them moving the chesspiece figures around. As long as the film is good, I don't mind. After all, we still have the original. From Cinescape.com: :)

CLASH OF THE TITANS remake gets going?
‘It’ writers of the moment get the task
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Dateline: Tuesday, June 4, 2002

By: CHRISTOPHER ALLAN SMITH
By: News Editor
Source: Variety

In an item recounting the triumphs of this week’s ‘it’ writers of the moment, John Glenn and Travis Wright, comes the news the duo, who just finished penning RED WORLD

for Jerry Bruckheimer, have been tapped by Warner Bros. to write a remake of 1981’s CLASH OF THE TITANS.

As Michael Fleming sketched out their take on the project, “they've dropped the cheesy chessboard manipulation of characters by Zeus and other gods that was part of the original pic. It turns all the action toward Zeus' son, the Ancient Greek soldier Perseus as he tries to procure the head of Medusa to defeat an unstoppable tyrant.”

As the duo told Fleming, “We had a 16-page take that got us the job, and the studio responded to what will be an adventure film with religious elements.”

It seems their plate has been full of remakes lately. They’ve also just finished a script for MTV’s remake of the gang flick THE WARRIORS and another version of JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH for Paramount.

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

Needles
07-22-2002, 10:56 PM
I always watched any flick at a youg age,as long as it wasnt porn,I could watch it,So I wouldnt mind having p[arents watching Gladiator or something rated R with Kids.

JediTricks
07-23-2002, 12:53 AM
Originally posted by Mandalorian Candidat
I would also throw in The Great Muppet Caper with a pre-toupee Charles Grodin. IMO the best Muppet movie to date and pretty dang funny.

JT, I was actually scared as a kid of the knife vendor who talks with Charlie at the gates of the Chocolate Factory at night. For some reason I thought he was going to whip out a meat cleaver and turn Charlie into a Scrumdiddlyupcious. IMO, Great Muppet Caper was too 'kiddyfied' for my tastes, and I felt that way when I was 6 when it came out. I feel like it just doesn't have the heart that made the Muppet Movie so special. I was very surprised to find that the post-Jim Henson "Muppets from Space" had a lot of heart though, I was expecting bupkis.

I think everybody has a "disturbing" feeling from some part of Willy Wonka, my sister is 25 and still gets freaked out when Wonka takes the boat into the dark and starts singing in his creepy Gene Wilder voice.


Another film that'd fit well in this category would be "Labyrinth" directed by Jim Henson, a bit more mature of a muppet movie but without the scary, creepy, disturbing freakishness of The Dark Crystal.


JJB, I think Legend and MOTU are both older-kids movies due to intensity and violence. MOTU is also just plain bad IMO.

2-1B
07-23-2002, 01:06 AM
Agreed - I own the MOTU DVD because I liked it as a kid, but it hasn't held up for me over the years. :(
Swaffy, you'll definitely "need a lobotomy" if you watch that with the kids! :D

SWAFMAN
07-23-2002, 01:47 AM
re: remakes

it's getting kind of disgusting to me - all the remakes of past films and old tv shows into films. sure, advancements in effects like CGI will make a new 'Titans' bigger and fancier, but I think the Olivier/Hamlin/Meredith version is great and wish they wouldn't dilute it by doing a remake.

I mean, would you want to see a remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark? (no South Park jokes ;) )

The Doctor Doolittle remake was one that especially ticked me off. They turned a sweet and wonderful movie into a toilet humor slapstick moronathon.

C'mon, film industry! Howzabout some freshness, creativity and originality (and there are some terrific, original films). And c'mon movie ticket buyers, quit paying to see insulting, lowest-common-denominator, re-tread dreck! This stuff wouldn't be getting made if there was no audience willing to spend $ to see it.

wedgeA
07-23-2002, 04:54 AM
JJB,

First off, sorry to repeat about the COTT DVD release, I missed that you already posted it. I do have reservations as the Olympian gods was one of the strongest points of the original. This is beginning to smell of First Knight. Also, who is this Fleming guy? If he is involved with the film, it is offensive that he refers to it as "cheesy chessboard manipulation".

As for remakes, if there are a direct remake, they pretty much stink, due to the lack of originality. When a film does not attempt to create its own identity, then it will always exist in the shadow of the original, which is usually a classic.