Wednesday, December 24, 2008

World's Best Children's Films

Live Action / or Mixed
  • A Christmas Story
  • A Boy Ten Feet Tall
  • The Bad News Bears
  • Babe
  • Black Stallion, The
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (animated/live mix)
  • The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T
  • Mary Poppins (animated/live action mix)
  • My Dog Skip
  • Peter Pan (2002, animated/live action mix)


  • 101 Dalmations (animated)
  • Beauty and the Beast (animated)
  • Cars (computer animated)
  • Finding Nemo (computer animated)
  • Hoppity Goes to Town (animated)
  • Lady and the Tramp (animated)
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (animated)
  • Silly Symphonies (Walt Disney's, animated)
  • Toy Story 1 (computer animated)
  • The Triplets of Belleville (animated)
  • Wall-E (computer animated)*
  • Wallace and Gromit: 3 Amazing Adventures (clay-mation)

Snow White was the first full-length animated feature film in 1938. Wallace and Gromit are Nick Park's Oscar winning short films (Wallace is his dad, Gromit the dog is himself). He's also responsible for Chicken Run, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, and Flushed Away, full-length animation films. He won Oscars for the shorts Creature Comforts, The Wrong Trousers (incredible), A Close Shave and the full-length Were-Rabbit. A Boy Ten Feel Tall features a terrific supporting performance by Edward G. Robinson in his last film. It's hard to believe he never received an Oscar® nomination; this would have been a good chance to right that wrong. The Triplets of Belleville, though animated, is really going to be understood and enjoyed more by adults; it's 'old school' animation, hand-drawn frame by frame, and even parodies old b&w cartoons in the beginning. It won many awards for animated film, and had the bad timing of being released the same year as Oscar®-winner Finding Nemo. Babe, Beauty, Nemo, and Poppins were all nominated for Best Picture. Babe is my favorite children's film and favorite animal film; let's also throw in favorite Australian film!

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