Once a week the whole family watches a movie in English, our minority language. I am making a video-library for my 11 year old daughter. So far I have included: Ice Age, Harry Potter, musicals like Cats and Mamma Mia, Night at the Museum, Kung-fu Panda, Harry Potter... Can you please help me??? I am not really into movies. She is 11 years old and loves dance, animals and mystery. Thanks.
For mystery, I always loved the "Indiana Jones" series (about an American archaeologist during World War II). The "Star Wars" series is also classic. Both have some violence, so I don't know how you'd feel about them with an 11-year-old, but I think I watched both of them by that age.
Of course, Disney is great for kids. Some of my childhood favorites were "Aladdin", "Beauty and the Beast", "Lion King", and "Rescuers Down Under", and nowadays I'd probably add "Frozen", "Brave", "Tangled", and "Monsters Inc." My wife recommends "Tarzan" and "The Emperor's New Groove".
Some great animated movies that are not Disney: -- "An American Tale: Feivel Goes West" (a cowboy/adventure movie about some mice who immigrate from Eastern Europe to America) -- "Ferngully: The Last Rainforest" (about animals in a rainforest that have to save their home from loggers/developers) -- "Finding Nemo" (an adventure movie about a fish that gets kidnapped by humans) -- "Despicable Me" (two super villains compete to see who is more evil) -- "The Croods" (about a family of cavemen whose daughter is very curious/rebellious) -- "Shrek" and "Shrek 2" (about an ogre who thinks he's mean, but really he's a sweetheart.) -- "How to Train Your Dragon" and "How to Train Your Dragon 2" (about dragons) -- "Brave Little Toaster" (some house appliances go on an adventure together)
"The Page Master" (a fantasy movie about a kid who gets trapped inside books) and "The Incredible Mr. Limpet" (about a man who turns into a fish) are both half-animated, half-real.
Some great musicals: -- "Newsies" (about orphans in New York who have to sell newspapers for a living, but then go on strike because they aren't being treated fairly) -- "West Side Story" (kind of like Romeo and Juliet, but with rival gangs in New York - a little violent) -- "Oklahoma" (about a cowboy) -- "Annie Get Your Gun" (about a cowgirl) -- "The Sound of Music" (about a family of musical kids and their music teacher who have to flee the Nazis)
Does she like scary movies? "Gremlins" is a lot of fun and full of mystery, but it's scary.
For mystery, I always loved the "Indiana Jones" series (about an American archaeologist during World War II).
I really like that description of the Indy movies, Sam.
To Sam's list of Disney movies, I'd add Aristocats and the first The Rescuers movie. My daughter (and just about every girl between 3 and 7 I know) is crazy about Frozen, so if yours doesn't know it yet, give it a go. There is also the Jungle Book. (I don't know about its sequel, but the original is a classic.)
How about Home Alone? A boy is forgotten at home when his somewhat chaotic family goes on holidays. Then two burglars try to break into the house, and he gives them hell.
"Hook" (Peter Pan is all grown up, works as a businessman, and has forgotten all about his magical past. But then Captain Hook kidnaps his children, forcing Peter to try and remember his old powers so he can rescue his kids.)
"Mrs. Doubtfire" (A husband and wife get divorced and the father isn't allowed to see his kids anymore, so he disguises himself as a female babysitter.)
"Three Amigos" (about three actors who only pretend to be brave cowboys in their movies, but one of their fans thinks they're real and tries to convince them to rescue her village from an evil villain.)
My 10-year-old and 8-year-old love (in addition to all the ones already mentioned):
There's also this very interesting animated film that they loved. It's by a French guy, and it's in French, but I think you can find it in English too. It's refreshingly not Disney and not American. Jack et la Mécanique du Coeur
They've also been asking for some Shakespeare, so I'm looking for the original plays, not a modern film based on the play (they know that West Side Story is based on Romeo and Juliet).
Mayken: We're at Harry Potter Book Night at the English bookshop in Paris. The activities are all in French but my daughter teamed up for the treasure hunt with a girl who also speaks ouf ml German!
Feb 8, 2020 3:50:49 GMT 9
Amy: Was stunned to hear eldest had an anglophone (ml) accent when she began to read in the ML this afternoon!! Didn't last more than a paragraph until her brain switched language, but chuffed mum here!!
Mar 7, 2020 23:05:49 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter found the secret stash of ml books I'd bought at the closure sale of the ml book store two months ago and hidden away for later. Guess it's a good time for new books now, right?
Mar 18, 2020 5:29:38 GMT 9
Caro C.: My baby (16mo) perfectly knows what "hi5" means and readily shows her hand even when we are not showing our hand first. It feels like the first minor blossom of the bilingual seed.
Jun 1, 2020 13:05:36 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice, Caro! Give her a high-five from me! And I look forward to hearing about many more happy developments to come!
Jun 8, 2020 15:12:21 GMT 9