100 Kid Friendly DVDs

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Don't know how to talk to your kids about racism?  Let them watch this former Fox network toon and they'll figure it out and enjoy the lesson.
Don't know how to talk to your kids about racism? Let them watch this former Fox network toon and they'll figure it out and enjoy the lesson.
My 10 year old loves Arnold and Willis.  This is Gary Coleman at his absolute best.
My 10 year old loves Arnold and Willis. This is Gary Coleman at his absolute best.
 Klasky-Csupo truly understood the inner workings of pre-school to teens 99.99% of the time.
Klasky-Csupo truly understood the inner workings of pre-school to teens 99.99% of the time.

I was just reading the Feb/March 2013 issue of Scholastic's Parent & Child magazine. There is a list of 100 greatest movies for kids. Which is all well and good. Except some of the movies on the list are PG and PG-13.

PG ... Parental Guidance anyone? To me parental guidance means to check something out to deem if it is appropriate for your child. However I seem to be in the minority on this topic. Because for many parents it means to take your child and ignore when a curse word comes out of a beloved character's mouth (many), when a talking dog says something extremely naughty but as a play on words (Rugrats Meet The Thornberrys) or when a character suddenly dresses in drag as a sight gag (The Spongebob Squarepants Movie).

I took a chance recently on some of the DC Universe animated films that have been produced for home video. My 9 year old loves superheroes, particularly the DC heroes. But Superman/Batman: Public Enemies isn't Superman The Animated Series. Superman/ Batman Apocalypse isn't Batman The Animated Series. Just like Justice League: Doom isn't Justice League Unlimited. Some of the same voices, but these new fangled versions of our favorite heroes tend to curse and in the case of the Wonder Woman straight-to-video, actually kill.

I suppose the creators of these straight to video offerings aren't necessarily trying to appeal to the same demographics as they were with their television offerings. However, for at least 60 years, when a kid sees Batman and Superman, he wants Batman and Superman, not realizing that a certain Justice League video game will feature Superman threatening to kick Darkseid's a**. Not cool.

In fact, it is pretty distressing as a parent of a 9 and 5 year old to be halfway through a movie only to have a criminal call a heroine a b**ch out of the blue. Talk about being blindsided. Even in such heartwarming films like Akeelah & The Bee or Karate Kid (JAYDEN SMITH version) where the films are perfect until out of the blue a character utters an unnecessary profanity.

Back To The Future and Big are on the Scholastic list. Good movies. But do I want to explain to my boys why Marty's mom is trying to get romantic with him? Or why TOM HANKS' character is grinning so hard after spending the night with his female co-worker? Not really.

With that in mind, here's my list of 100 DVDs that could be essential for your child's media library. I mean ... School of Rock starring JACK BLACK? Really Scholastic?

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Brandy and Whitney ... pure magic
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1. Blue's Big Musical Movie

2. Bambi

3. Lady & The Tramp

4. Toy Story (1,2,3)

5. Finding Nemo

6. Lion King (1,2)

7. Aladdin

8. Monsters Inc.

9. Jo Jo's Circus: Animal A Go-Go

10. Mickey Mouse's Clubhouse (any

11. Superman The Animated Series Season 1

12. Justice League: The Complete Series

13. X-Men: Volume One (Marvel DVD Comic Book Collection)

14. X-Men Evolution

15. Rugrats The Movie

16. Rugrats In Paris

17. Recess: School's Out

18. Doug Season 1

19. Batman Beyond Season 1

20. Batman The Brave & The Bold

21. Saved By The Bell Season 1&2

22. Fat Albert's Greatest Hits, The Ultimate Collection

23. Kim Possible, The Secret Files

24. The Best Of He-Man & The Masters of The Universe

25. Johnny Test, Super Smarty Pants

It doesn't get much more wholesome than Leave It To Beaver.
It doesn't get much more wholesome than Leave It To Beaver.
Kim Possible
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Howie Mandel at his best.
Howie Mandel at his best.

26-50

26. Leave It To Beaver, The Complete Series

27. The Andy Griffith Show Season 1

28. Dennis The Menace, Season 1

29. She-Ra: The Complete Series

30. Little House On The Prairie, Season 1

31. The Cosby Show, Season 2

32. Word Girl: The Rise Of Miss Power

33. Polly: The Wonderful World of Disney

34. Rodger's and Hammerstein's Cinderella

35. Duck Tales - Volume 1

36. Animaniacs, Volume 1

37. Tiny Toon Adventures, Season 1, Volume 1

38. Tom & Jerry Tales: The Complete First Season

39. Baby Looney Tunes, Volume 1

40. Bobby's World, Season 1

41. Nick Jr. Favorites

42. Superboy, The Complete First Season

43. Strong Kids, Safe Kids (VHS only but a very important video)

44. Bolt

45. Veggie Tales : It's A Meaningful Life

46. Pistachio, The Little Boy That Woodn't

47. The Smurfs, A Magical Smurf Adventure

48. Scooby Doo And The Alien Invaders

49. Blues Clues: Get To Know Joe

50. Snoopy Come Home

Superboy
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Them Dukes! Them Dukes!
Them Dukes! Them Dukes!
I pity the fool that takes their kid to see a animated movie with profanity in it, when they could watch this action packed, kid friendly DVD.
I pity the fool that takes their kid to see an animated movie with profanity in it, when they could watch this action packed, kid friendly DVD.

51-75

51. (Walt Disney) Beauty & The Beast

52. The Brady Bunch, The Complete Series

53. The Partridge Family, The Complete Series

54. The Monkees, Season 1

55. Classic Comedy TV DVD Starter Set: I Dream of Jeannie / Bewitched / Gidget / The Partridge Family

56. Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1970s Volume 1

57. Magilla Gorilla, The Complete Series

58. Thundarr The Barbarian

59. Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s

60. Saturady Morning Cartoons: 1980s

61. Mr. T., The Complete First Season

62. Underdog, The Complete Series

63. Best of Warner Brothers Cartoon Collection

64. (Hanna-Barbera) The Dukes

65. Disney Presents: Life-Size

66. Pocahontas

67. Ordinary Guy

68. Fury To Freedom

69. Balto

70. Mulan

71. A Bug's Life

72. Anastasia

73. Schoolhouse Rock (series)

74. Archie's Weird Mysteries

75. The Fox And The Hound

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Absolutely loved these guys. Knew them before I was exposed to Gumby.
I had a crush on all of these girls ... Well, except the youngest one of course.  But definitely Tisha Campbell.
I had a crush on all of these girls ... Well, except the youngest one of course. But definitely Tisha Campbell.
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76-100


76. Davey & Goliath

77. Dragon Tales: Believe In Yourself

78. The Best Of The Electric Company

79. Sesame Street: Old School (Vol 1,2)

80. Liberty's Kids, The Complete Series

81. The Honeymooners, Classic 39 Episodes

82. The Little Rascals, The Complete Collection

83. Seventeen Again

84. Twitches

85. Let It Shine

86. Jump In

87. Twitches Too

88. Read It And Weep

89. The Cheetah Girls

90. For One Night

91. Little House: Special Movie Box Set

92. Star Trek, The Animated Series

93. Sid & Marty Kroffts Saturday Morning Hits

94. The Beverly Hillbillies, The Official First Season

95. The Munsters, The Complete Series

96. Webster: Season 1

97. Diff'rent Strokes, The Complete First Season

98. Rags To Riches, The Complete Series

99. Small Wonder, The Complete First Season

100. Afterschool Specials '82-'86

TruSoulDJ is a self proclaimed expert on all things trivial to the Mainstream. He is an avid classic comic book reader, non popular music lover and tv-show-on-dvd binge watcher who shops the clearance racks near and far to find the best deals. He would like to think he knows everything important within the realm of Pop culture. But in actuality, he only knows about 99.9 percent of what he thinks he knows.

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