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New York Times Essential Library: Children's Movies: A Critic's Guide to the Best Films Available on Video and DVD Paperback – November 6, 2003


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Product Details

  • Series: New York Times Essential Library
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Times Books; 1st edition (November 6, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805071989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805071986
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,934,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This new addition to the New York Times Essential Library series transcends its genre, in that the movies it lists are more than just children's movies. They are, for the most part, classics that every adult would enjoy seeing, classics that just so happen to also be appropriate for kids. Nichols, who writes the Times's "Taking the Children" film column, says every one of these films is appropriate for the 12-and-under set. The list, arranged alphabetically, encompasses old standbys (e.g., Casablanca; The King and I), animated films (e.g., The Little Mermaid; Shrek), standard kid fare (e.g., Mary Poppins; E.T. The Extraterrestrial) and recent hits (e.g., The Rookie; Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone). Each film gets a two-page write-up, with any reservations about specific films, such as, for Rocky, "the fight is violent and little ones could be upset," or, for Groundhog Day, "Sex is involved in a couple of places." 17 b&w illustrations.
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As in Ben Ratliff's guide to jazz in the same series [BKL N 1 02], there are some surprises among Nichols' choices of the 100 best films for children 12 and younger. Duck Soup is a great movie, but aren't the Marx Brothers too culturally and linguistically sophisticated for kids? Isn't Gandhi too long and pompous? Isn't The Buddy Holly Story just too embarrassingly miscast? He may not persuade one to say nay to those questions, but elsewhere Nichols convincingly argues that kids of the right age--and he is always explicit about what that may be--will dig, say, North by Northwest, Some Like It Hot, and Sullivan's Travels. Most of his choices are much more recent films, and, not unexpectedly, animated films, from Disney features to Japanese anime extravaganzas, bulk large in the total. Except for the original King Kong, there aren't any horror movies (well, maybe Jurassic Park), and religion, if not sentimentality, is kept at bay throughout. A job well done. Ray Olson
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By stayathomemom on January 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
I picked up a copy of this at my local library this summer and have checked it out and renewed it several times. Our library has a very good movie section and I can easily find the titles included here. My children and I have enjoyed viewing many movies that never would have occurred to me to select. Each summer I plan to go farther and farther into the book, although I doubt we will ever see all 100!

The author does a good job of explaining why the movie was chosen and gives a lot of interesting background information. Sometimes the description for a particular movie might run two pages or more. My only suggestion would be to categorize the movies by genre. It is organized alphabetically, which is not the way the movies are organized in our library. There is also an appendix with an additional 100 (I think) movies to consider.
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