While spending extra time at home many of us turned to Netflix and other streaming services to provide the entertainment we were lacking in the greater world. It was…and still is… a great time to revisit those old family film classics from our youth and if you have children, share your favorites with them.
When I was a child our family didn’t go to the movies very often. We ate dinner out at nice restaurants every week, spent many weekends at our mountain cabin, the beach or Disneyland, and we took an annual vacation. But I have no idea why we didn’t go to the movies much. However, when we did it was usually to see a Disney movie. Those were the days when they often had a double feature. The first film was usually a nature documentary and I loved those.
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5 Favorite Family Film Classics
One of the things I miss is the experience of sitting in a dark theater eating popcorn and becoming totally engrossed in the experience of film. I know that when I finally feel it is safe to go to a movie it’s going to be something I will appreciate more than ever before.
In the meantime, however, we are taking advantage of the gift of time to watch some old favorites. Here are a few favorites of mine:
If I am remembering correctly, our family saw this while vacationing in Sun Valley, Idaho with my aunt, uncle and cousins. There was a small theater in the resort that showed family films. I absolutely LOVED this one! I had not seen it for many years but we watched it a few weeks ago. It has definitely held up over time. Of course, I’m a sucker for any movie with Haley Mills.
This one is just hilarious, silly fun. And we can all use a dose of that now and then, right?
I saw this in the theater with one of my aunts, her kids and my brothers. I think. Who can be sure about something that long ago, right? This western/comedy contains enough slapstick to keep little boys cracking up (and a lot of BIG boys, too).
Haley Mills AND Maureen O’Hara? That’s enough for me.
I read the book long before I ever saw the movie. I think I read it in third grade which would have been the year before the movie was released. I was utterly enchanted by the book. I don’t believe I saw the movie until I had kids and watched it with them. Of course, it’s extremely rare that a movie lives up to the book, but this is still a fun movie.
I’d love to know what some of your favorite family film classics are. Leave me a comment and don’t be surprised if there’s a Part 2 to this because there are a LOT more old favorites I want to re-watch in the days/weeks to come.
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