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Enthralling Movies for the Whole Family

Updated on June 18, 2019
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I've written, contributed to several books on film, and worked in the film industry. I like to share the insights of the movie business.

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The family wants to be enthralled and watch a movie with the instant gratification of finding a family movie that streams on either cable or an app. The following is the best family movies that I discovered with my family.

Early Man

Early Man brings laughter to the household because of the movie is cute and filled with fun and likable characters. Dug, voiced by Eddie Redmayne, is a prehistoric caveman with goofy friends. The situation is hilarious were invaders get challenged to a game of soccer because Dug and his tribe need to win back their home.

The movie will capture your family's attention because the kids relate to the innocence of the idiots, and adults will find the story funny. The undertone humor of the situations causes parents to chuckle. The claymation takes the story to another level of brilliance.

Incredibles 2

Incredibles 2 is an ideal family movie because it is about a family of superheroes. Other superheroes as well, but it is enthralling to see how the family adjusts to being superheroes when mom, known as Elastic Girl, leaves the family at home with dad in charge. Jack-Jack superhero powers are totally out of this world. Brad Bird wrote and directed the movie. His screenplay flies along with tight dialogue and plenty of funny moments. I strongly recommend this movie for family movie night because it is pure entertainment and will satisfy any age.

If you want to do movies back to back, I strongly recommend the movie's prequel - Incredibles. Again, Brad Bird directs a funny and action-packed movie for the whole family.

My library includes both movies because on family movie night we all agree on watching the Incredibles. I loan the Blu-ray to friends who haven't seen it yet. When they return it, they profusely thank me as we discuss our favorite scenes.

Any scene with Edna is my favorite. She is such a funny and quirky character. In Incredibles 2, she goes way out and befriends Jack-Jack.

The fact that all the voice actors return in Incredibles 2 shows how strong Bird is as a director. Pixar will not fail you because the voice actors create delightful characters.

Christopher Robin

Winnie the Pooh along with his best friends of the Hundred Acre Wood leave home for the big city to help Christopher Robin, who is now a father and in the workforce, become the loving and playful boy who use to be.

The journey is delightful with silly Pooh and friends trying so hard to help Christopher. The movie will capture your heart.

Disneynature’s Earth

Disneynature celebrates each Earth Day with the release of a documentary celebrating Earth, the environment, and animals. The first of the series was Earth released in 2009. The movie drew the best opening-day gross ever for a documentary making $4 million at 1,804 theaters.

Even the concessions person explained that the movie theater had four loaded school buses for the 10:00 am showing. He talked about the kids swamping concessions with orders of sixty kid's treat packages. Disney conducted an all-out promotion to schools and families to attend the Earth Day opening, a wise attempt on their part.

Three Animals Tell the Story

In the movie Earth, we are introduced to a mother polar bear and her two cubs as we first catch sight of their snouts peeking out from their winter den. The movie charts several other animals, but the documentary focuses primarily on these three animals to tell the story of Earth: the polar bears, humpback whales, and African elephants. It is by far an epic film giving the attention this in end endangered planet deserves.

Any movie night can become your own special Earth Day by watching a Disneynature film or one of the older Disney films about nature called True Life Adventures. Adventures movies focus on wildlife and an Oscar-winning series initiated by Walt Disney himself. He truly loved wildlife and saw the importance of conveying the message to keep your planet sustainable. Once your family views a Disneynature documentary, you can discuss the need to change our living habits and help preserve our planet Earth, the importance of keeping it intact for many generations to come.

Alvin and the Chipmunks

Alvin and Chipmunks were super popular in the late 1950s and then returned to 2007 as computer-generated images, known as CGI. The three little rascals look more real than ever now. Like the movie poster says, “Things are going to get messy.”

His most recent song rejected by JETT Records executive Ian Hawke, who is a former college roommate. To make the story even more interesting, Dave had at one time a relationship with Claire Wilson, his next door neighbor.

Favorite Scene

Alvin and his two buddies sing "Only You And You Alone." Dave realizes he discovered three diamonds in the rough.

The movie takes off, and the Chipmunks sing the songs he writes, and he keeps them fed and sheltered. The singing and montages in the film are brilliant. Jason Lee does a fantastic job of playing off the little CGI animals.

One of my favorite scenes is when Theodore wakes up in the middle of the night scared from a nightmare. Dave helps him feel safe by letting him sleep in his bed. Very cute, any parent or child will relate to this scene, which is later referred to with Uncle Ian in a rather poignant scene.

Little Rascals

But the chipmunks, being little rascals, cause some problems for Dave. But they are so adorable you can’t help but laugh, which makes this an ideal family movie. A cute scene is when Alvin tries to create the mood for Dave’s reunion dinner with Claire. The dinner becomes very odd and strange. She bails on Dave when he confesses, "My life is being sabotaged by talking chipmunks."

Alvin and the Chipmunks want to make up the blunder, so they record a song and get a record deal with Ian Hawke. Now, Alvin and the Chipmunks are more famous than the Jonas Brothers. The little animals are working so hard to keep up with the demand. Dave worries about them and tries to get control over the situation. With miss opportunities and Hawke’s underhanded scheme to steal the chipmunks, Dave lets them go. Hawke tells the chipmunks to call him Uncle Ian. He wants to make money off them without their well-being in mind. The little guys are overworked. They miss Dave and Dave misses them.

Family Can Watch Together

Directed by Tim Hill, the movie is fun for anyone, but it’s one that the family can watch together without worries of parents getting bored or jokes going over the kids’ head. The talented cast and voice actors make the movie. Some of the cast members are Jane Lynch from Glee, Justin Long as Alvin, Matthew Gray Gubler as Simon, Jesse McCartney as Theodore, David Cross as Ian Hawke, of course, Jason Lee as Dave.

Behind-the-Scenes

The Alvin and the Chipmunks DVD comes with a behind-the-scenes featurette detailing how the chipmunks’ singing was created. It is well worth the look, and you will discover the real singers of the movie.

VeggieTales Takes a Look at a Meaningful Life

The VeggieTales, in general, are great family movies because they are light and fluffy. The jokes are clean, and the situations are hilarious. Sure, the tales bring in the Christian faith, so what. They are fun, and kids and parents have a good time watching the veggie characters interact with each other without legs or arms, yet they still move things around in the air, as if they have extremities.

They carry books and footballs. The veggies don’t walk with legs, they kind of bounce to and fro because they are vegetables.

One such VeggieTales movie that went directly to DVD is It's a Meaningful Life - A Lesson in Being Content. The story is somewhat like Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life. The classic movie follows a businessman who is despondent on how his life has turned out, and he wishes he never was born. An angel guides him to the right path by showing how important his life is. The movie boasts James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore, and Donna Reed.

Would Life Be Better?

The Veggie Tales Larry the Cucumber plays Stewart, that’s the characters name, who loves playing football and wants to play in the Salad Bowl. He wants to be famous with all the fortune that goes with fame. But, he gets injured in a game, and his dream ends. Many years later, silly-but-sweet Stewart cares for his family and friends. He loves his job at the toy train factory.

He ponders what if he wasn't injured, became a famous football star, and made lots of money. Would life be better? He changes back time to show Steward what it would be like if it happened the way he wanted it to be. A moral is learned through Christian teachings, and Stewart learns a lesson about life.

Multi-Grammy Winner - Steven Curtis Chapman

What is really about the movie is the song, “Meant to Be,” produced by Steven Curtis Chapman, a multi-Grammy winner as well as a Dove award winner. Of course, It’s a Meaningful Life has the traditional new silly song called “Goodnight Junior.”

You can even venture over to the VeggieTales website and download some cool activities from the movie for the kids and parents to do together. The DVD comes with some cool family bonus features like sing-a-long song, interviews, audio commentary, and the Meaningful Family Life Guide.

Dolphin Tale

Dolphin Tale is a true story that follows a teenage boy Sawyer, played by Nathan Gamble. Sawyer meets his best friend, a dolphin, washed up on the Clearwater Beach in Florida. Dolphin is named Winter who loses her tale after being snagged in a crab trap. He decides to take responsibility for Winter at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and his life changes.

The dolphin plays herself in the movie, which makes the movie realistic for the family to watch. The Blu-ray/DVD offers several points of view of the dolphin’s story. The featurettes are entertaining but educational at the same time.

Sawyer helps find a prosthetic expert to fit Winter with a prosthetic fin. A fantastic and unbelievable feat – never been done before. I encourage families to watch this movie together because it is one of the best family movies I have ever seen. The movie will tug at your heartstrings with a talented cast that includes Morgan Freeman, Ashly Judd, and Harry Connick, Jr.

The Sandlot

The Sandlot is a movie everyone in the family can enjoy because the story has both tension and apprehension, which make a movie for kids to watch with their parents. The movie is about kids growing up in the 1960s where kids could play on the streets and had more freedom. They didn't have to ask permission to go to places or stay in touch with their parents. They just played and had fun all day.

Scotty, a new kid in the neighborhood, tries to make friends with the kids who play baseball on the sandlot. It's hard at first but the boys come around and the adventure begins. Scotty learns how to play baseball as the story follows him and his buddies during an adventurous summer of trying to retrieve a baseball with a Babe Ruth autograph. There are some wildest moments, scary situations, and a very first kiss. All nine boys grow up that summer becoming best friends. The movie is enchanting and a fun comedy.

Family Movies are Rewarding

Watching a good movie with the family can be rewarding on many levels. The enthralling family movies are upbeat, funny, and honorable. Whether you rent them on Netflix, Amazon, or cable, the stories are about families and share a message the whole family can relate to in a refreshing way.

© 2018 Kenna McHugh

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    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      9 months ago from Northern California

      Greg, I sat down and watched Sand Lot (Blu-ray) with my daughter when she was 16. She loved it and talked about it for quite some time. It's a timeless movie and I have it listed under my article "Timeless Movies for Kids." Thanks for sharing, Greg.

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      Greg 

      9 months ago

      I remember Sand Lot as a boy. I watched that movie over and over again on VHS! I agree with your list of movies, but Sand Lot is my favorite. I didn't realize it's been 25 years.

    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      13 months ago from Northern California

      Arby, Thank you for visiting. I enjoy watching these kids movies with my daughter. Such entertaining and heartfelt stories are truly timeless. I plan to add Incredibles 2 soon. That is a great movie. Director Brad Bird at his best. He keeps the action moving - never a dull moment.

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      Arby Bourne 

      13 months ago from USA

      I came here after seeing your post in the forums. Thanks for writing this article - these are all great suggestions. I'm a mom and always on the lookout for good family friendly things to do/watch/read.

    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      18 months ago from Northern California

      Kari,

      Thank you for reading my article. I love sharing movies with others. Veggie Tales are so funny. Alvin and the Chipmunks are so cute to watch. With the latest technology, each chipmunk's personality is easier to differentiate.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      18 months ago from Ohio

      I love family movies. I love them so much I do not need my family around to watch them. As you say, they are generally upbeat with happy endings. That's what I like. I love Alvin and the Chipmunks and Veggie Tales. I havn't seen the Veggie Tale movie, so I'll have to find it. Thanks!

    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      18 months ago from Northern California

      K S Lane,

      Thank you for reading my article. I agree about the chipmunks. I plan to add more family movies to the list. Do you have any favorites that are not on the list?

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      K S Lane 

      18 months ago from Melbourne, Australia

      I like that all your picks have a message behind them- that's the best kind of movie, in my opinion. I have to disagree with your choice of Alvin and the Chipmunks, though. The rest of my family love it, but I have to leave the room every time they put it on because I can't stand the chipmunks' voices!!

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