Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Children's Movie Review!

A quiet, rainy morning. Ira and I are just hanging out, I'm doing dishes while Ira watches Gustafer Yellowgold's Wide Wild World...anyone seen this? I have no idea how to describe this a trippy, sing along about this little drop of sun who is friends with a pterodactyl in a tuxedo and a mint green bee. The whole thing is set to music with songs like: "I Jump On Cake", "Rocket Shoes" and "Tiny Purple Moon". I asked Ira what his favorite movies are and he listed Gustafer, Farm Country (One of Rusty's, in which Ira likes the manure pit scene and he also like to watch for Rusty's bald spot to show when he leans over.) Eli's favorite is called "The Cave Of The Yellow Dog" which is an amazingly beautiful children's film, set in Mongolia. I loved it too. The scenery is so rich and colorful, and reading sub-titles really helped Eli's reading skills this year, not that there is a ton of dialog. And he also mentioned liking The Gnome Mobile a lot. It's an old Disney movie with the same kids from Mary Poppins playing the leading roles. This flick has some catchy songs that get stuck in parent's heads for DAYS. But then he retracted his choices and said his absolute favorite all-time movie was Swallows and Amazons. I would have to agree, it's one of the most wonderful kids movies my kids own. It's about a group of English children vacationing, lakeside, in the late 1920's. They discover a little island, set up camp and spend the summer waging (friendly) war with neighboring children over possession of this island. They also solve a mystery and befriend a "pirate" who is really just a reclusive writer living on a houseboat. If I had to choose one of these movies to watch, it would be that one, it reminds me of the games we played as kids (Not the I was alive in 1929, but it just feels so familiar somehow.) Well, there you have it, the top five movies at our house, if you're under eight...anyone out there with kids will want to check these out for sure. Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. I am so glad you enjoyed 'Swallows and Amazons'.

    I've been writing about the making of the movie. Here is a post you might enjoy:

    Barry Norman is currently seeking suggestions for the Greatest British film - perhaps write in and put forward your Blog post to encourage him to write a list of the Greatest Children's Films. Here is my Blog post about it with a link to his Radio Times link where you can add comments: