What films were favorites of yours when you were 10 or 12 or so that you still watch from time-to-time and enjoy as much as ever? What 'old' movies do you share with your kids or grandkids?
Raiders of the Lost Ark came out when I was 14....I am now 44...and have 6 kids....each kid has had to watch Raiders.....some liked it some did not....but they have all seen it.
The Marx Brothers movies especially. Great memories watching them as a kid and I still enjoy them
Girl > "Hold me closer! Closer!! CLOSER!!!"
Groucho > "If I hold you any closer I'll be in back of you".
Love The Marx Bros. Grouco is a hero. The great, hilarious, iconoclastic . . . "Whatever it is I'm against it!"
"Your proposition may be good
But let's have one thing understood
Whatever it is, I'm against it!
And even when you've changed it
Or condensed it
I'm against it!"
My favorite film when I was younger-- Mary Martin's Peter Pan. Great movie-- and I was totally bummed when I didn't clap my hands and Tinerbell still lived.
The Slipper and the Rose. I enjoyed it as a child and still watch it several times a year, as I now have it on DVD.
I'm afraid we're speedily approaching a time when you can run through a list of films on your tv and just pick whatever you want to watch - I suppose that's good, but I've got a library of DVDs, a great number being favorite films from my youth, that I've long counted a treasure . . . now they're beginning to feel a bit superfluous. Any other longtime favorites you watch every so often?
I'm afraid that day is a long way off for me, as my TV is very old and I only have a few channels on it. I am still getting used to videos, so how I will cope with picking what to watch on TV, I've no idea. Mind you, my family were the last people I know to still have a black and white TV, until the late '80s. And when I move out of my family home in the next couple of weeks, I have decided not to have a TV at all, but will take the opportunity to read some of the 6,000 books I have.
Another favourite film of mine, which I have only on video is 'My Fair Lady.'
There were many movies I saw as a child that I would love to share with my grandkids. Sadly most of them I cannot find. I did come across a copy of Jason and the Arguenants, My grandson loves it.
"Jason And The Argonauts" is a huge favorite of mine as well, and one that all my children and grandchildren love as well. In fact, all of Ray Harryhausen's films are favorites and my grandkids have nice 12" figures of his dragons and cyclopes and griffins, etc. You can get Harryhausen on DVD, I own "Jason And The Argonauts", "The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad" (by far his best Sinbad film and possibly his best film period), "The First Men In The Moon", "20 Million Miles to Earth", "Earth VS The Flying Saucers", and more. In fact, I published a hub on his "Mysterious Island" which is what prompted me to ask this question.
Disney classics like the Sword and the Stone are ones I enjoy watching with my son. I like to share older cartoons with him too. He is a big fan of Tom and Jerry. I have been hard pressed to find old Looney Tunes on TV. We usually watch them on YouTube. I really don't like what they have done to the new Bugs Bunny. very drab, dry and sitcom like..
I count Daffy Duck to be the funniest thing man has yet to come-up with. But, of course, I'm talking about the old, the real Daffy. The original Bugs and Daffy and Porky, etc, made for theaters were great - as they came to tv, and had the 60s prime-time show, Bugs turned into a smug Carsonesque wise-guy and Daffy just got mean and bitter. But when Daffy was in fact actually daffy (like singing ~
"Oh, when they say I'm nutsy,
It sure gives me a pain!
Please pass the ketchup.
I think it's going to rain!
Oh, you can't bounce a meatball;
Don't try with all your might.
Turn on the radio,
I want to fly a kite!"
. . . and then ends with his drawn out shmaltzy ~
"Good evening, friends!”
. . . that Dafffy is funny up there like Groucho funny.
All Disney classics for sure! Everything that was created in his lifetime, it is so amazing! I can drop everything and watch his old creations like enchanted, I just do not have time or actually means to do that now, as I do not have neither cable TV nor DVD collections for that. I love old movies but my kids find them boring.
Ms Chievous and Home Girl,
"Pinocchio" is my favorite from Disney, but of course they're all wonderful. And, with the kids, don't forget the old, real, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse . . . you can find them on DVD and my little granddaughters love just what the original generation loved about it - Annette, Tommy, Darlene, Cheryl, etc, and all the 'fun with music' and 'anything can happen' days, etc.
And don't forget the live-action Disney stuff - "Babes In Toyland" (with Annette), the flubber movies, etc.
Here is a movie I forgot about! The Brave Little Toaster! Great film.. I will have to get my son to watch it..
The animated cartoon, Gullivers Travels from 1939. I'm sure I watched that movie 50 times when I was little. And... I just found the whole movie on YouTube! It brought back great memories!
I love that as well (and own the DVD) . . . just watched a few weeks ago with a couple of my granddaughters. You know, "Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs" was rushed into production and to the theaters to be the first animated feature film because Disney was trying to beat the Fleischer Bros' "Gulliver's Travels" to the punch. The Fleischer Bros (Popeye, Betty Boop, etc) also did a series of Superman cartoons in the early 40s . . . these are some of the best animated features ever and still look beautiful today (and, nominated for Academy Awards). There are crappy copies on DVD and restored copies - if you get to see the nice ones, they are simply beautiful animation.
I have a collection of all of the old shirley temple movies , and the little rascals , and i still love them all ... I have a collection of the old books by A.A Milne(pooh) and beatrice potter whereas theyare all very popular in my family ,somewhat a tradition. great question
The Hammer Horror Films...I think I just came up with a new hub idea. Hey Thanks!
. . . sorry Rachelle, not too new - check mine out. The early Hammer horror classics (before they gave-up quality for cleavage) are great films to share as a family with your kids and/or grandkids. When my grandgirls sleepover at grampa's we watch "The Wizard Of Oz" & princess movies, etc - when the grandboys sleepover at grampa's we watch Peter Cushing & Christopher Lee.
aw....but the ones with the all the cleavage are my favorite ones!
Understand, I have nothing against cleavage, I mean, I have nothing against my wife's cleavage, I mean . . . better take a different route - the earlier Hammer films presented top-notch sets and costumes and scripts and performances. But the later ones began to reply more on gore and boobs than on top-notch sets and costumes and scripts and performances. By the time Dracula wasn't satisfied with pulling the hair from his victim's neck but instead opened her blouse to take a bite, the movies just weren't as good as they used to be - they went from lofty Shakespeareian pieces, to cheesy drive-in schlock.
I love to watch the original Parent Trap, old Doris Day films, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins.... I could go on and on
This is a GREAT question. The topic made me really have to stop and think.
12 was not a big "movies" age for me.
In between the classics of my childhood (Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music) and "date" movies (I remember seeing American Graffiti twice in the theater with two different guys!).
What I do remember from that era was watching movies after school with my mom and sister.
"Whatever Happened to Baby Jane" (Bette Davis and Joan Crawford) comes to mind.
Pretty sure I've never subjected my son to that one:-)!
That age wasn't a big movie time for me either, but I do remember loving the Halloween movie Hocus Pocus. That was always one of my favorites year round. I now have it on DVD for my oldest daughter and she LOVES it year round as well.
LOL! Well, I certainly subjected Matthew and Lauren (my kids) to "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane."
Me too - and I'm sure what some would consider a good bit worse.
Oh, don't get me wrong. It's not that I was shielding my son from bizarre horror flicks. Not at all. Just that particular one would not have appealed to him at all.
He's more of a "Children of the Corn" "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Strangeland" kind of guy.
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