Thursday, September 14, 2006

Great Children's Movies

By Brandi M. Seals

There are a number of great children's movies out there. It just takes a little looking to find one that your child will absolutely love. Next time you are in the market for a new children's DVD, consider purchasing one of these great movies. Just make sure it is age appropriate.

Charlotte's Web
This classic film is an adaptation of the book, Charlotte's Web, written by E.B. White. It has three main characters, a pig named Wilber, a spider named Charlotte, and a rat named Templeton.

Wilber was the runt of the litter and the farmer's daughter fell in love with him. The family decided to keep and raise him. In the barn, Wilber lives with Charlotte and Templeton. Charlotte has a knack for making spider webs that say different things. She draws attention to Wilber by writing things like "Wow" and "Great Pig" over Wilber's pen.

Charlotte's skills come in handy when Wilber is placed in a competition at the fair for best pig. Wilber wins, but his victory is short lived. Charlotte dies after laying eggs. With Templeton's help, Charlotte's eggs are retrieved and brought back to the farm. Here they develop into hundreds of tiny spiders, all of which leave Wilber.

While the story is sad, it has many high points. Children will learn that although Charlotte died, she lives on through her children.

Charlotte's Web is rated G and retails for $12.99.

Ice Age
A strange mix of characters meet up in Ice Age and work together to save a lost human baby. There is Manfred (Manny) the woolly mammoth, Sid the sloth, and Diego the saber tooth tiger. During their trek to return the lost baby to his tribe, the group must stay on pace, going back to where they just migrated from. The pass to where the humans stay will soon close for the season.

The group starts out as a reluctant gathering. Diego is working to lure Manny into a trap. Manny would rather travel alone and work through his fear of humans. The human tribe killed his wife and child, but he is determined to return the human baby. Like an unwanted pest, Sid insists on going with the group.

Slowly the group begins to bond. Diego helps diffuse the trap he originally set. Sid proves to be a great babysitter, and Manny starts to open up.

During the movie there also clips of Scrat - an acorn-obsessed squirrel with a knack for causing problems. Scrat provides simple fun clips that will have your kids giggling none stop.

Ice Age is rated PG and retails for $19.99.

Lady and the Tramp
Lady and the Tramp is a classic Disney film about a family pet named Lady and a stray dog named Tramp. Lady is the apple of her owner's eyes until they have a baby. Suddenly she finds herself isolated and unappreciated. Devastated by the change in her owners as well as some harassment by two Siamese cats, Lady runs away from home.

She finds herself in trouble, but Lady is quickly rescued by the loveable yet wild Tramp. He shows her the streets. He teaches her where to get food, how to stay safe, and most importantly, how to get away from the dog catcher's.

Despite their differences, Lady and Tramp begin to fall in love with each other. After some obstacles Lady returns home to find that her owners do love her and want her around. They even accept Tramp into the family. Finally this stray dog has a place to call home.

The film ends with Lady and Tramp starting their own family. All the girls look like lady, but there is one boy that is exactly like Tramp.

Anyone who may be adding to their family may find it beneficial to add Lady and the Tramp to their DVD collection. It will help children learn that even though mommy and daddy will soon be spending a lot of time with baby, they will still have time for their first born.

Lady and the Tramp is rated G and retails for $29.99. Like all Disney movies it is only available for a short time before it will go back in the Disney vault.

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