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Good kid movies for toddlers.

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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2007 3:01:16 PM PST
I just found out about this video called Andy's Airplanes, so I ordered it for my kids because I was tired of watching dora over and over again. I sat down with my kids and watched the video and it was actually really educational and the kids loved it. They watch it two to three times a day and talk about wanting to be pilots when they grow up. It just opened up a new world for them. What is so nice about the video is that it is taught in a way that is fun without knowing that they are learning.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2007 10:32:36 AM PST
Try the Curious George movie. This is a movie that is truly aimed at the toddler/preschool crowd. My son really enjoyed it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2007 12:54:45 PM PST
Have you tried the Ballerina Jen DVDs? They are for dance, for girls 3 to 9, teach ballet moves and life lessons, but use real girls to teach instead of adults. We heard about them after they won the Dr. Toy top 100 children's product award and top ten active toys for 2007...

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2007 6:10:45 PM PST
Wildfire says:
My little boy is 18 months old. He has always loved the Baby Einstein movies and for a while those were the only ones that would keep his attention. Now he is moving away from those and won't sit through them much anymore. Right now he LOVES the Nick Jr. Favorites part 2. We found this DVD left by tenants who moved out of one of our apartments and it has been one of the best finds ever! My little boy wants to watch it everyday and he would watch it over and over again all day if we let him! He switches his favorite episodes often and right now "Little Bill" is his favorite. He loves Lazy Town, Max and Ruby, and Go Diego Go(although Diego isn't on the DVD) He is also entertained quite a bit by clips of The Wiggles that we find online. We found a short clip of Bob the Builder the other day that he liked so I think I am going to see if I can get a good deal on that DVD.

He also likes "Goodnight Moon and other bedtime stories"....I think that is what it is called. It is a fun one to wind the day down with.

Anything with fun music that can be danced to.

It is all by trial and error. I will see something I think he will love but he won't pay attention to and then he will really like something that I didn't think he would (like Lazy Town) Let us know if you find something you and your daughter really like. I am always up for suggestions!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2007 10:53:11 AM PST
S. Bynon says:
If you can find it on DVD, I recommend Peep. It's funded by the National Science Foundation, and is about three birds who are discovering things about the world around them. My three-year-old loves it.

I also second (or third) the recommendation for Backyardigans--great music, great fun.

You should also check out some of the Playhouse Disney stuff, particularly Little Einsteins (not Baby Einsteins). Each episode features a famous piece of artwork and a classical musical number.

If you have a DVR, you can record these shows and watch them without the commercials, since all of these are shown without commercial interruption--the commercials during Playhouse Disney all come during the break in between shows, which has also been my experience for Peep and Backyardigans.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2007 11:13:29 AM PST
Mother Brown says:
I liked the answer about not letting kids read the Bible... Personally I have some big issues with a lot of the Disney movies (too violent, too sexist, too racist, too sadistic, too much a blockbuster capitalist company, too whimsical, too ugly, too noisy, wrong-headed in its vision of the natural world, you name it; the only good thing about some of them is that they encourage a bit of disobedience). On the other hand, many of them are fascinating for kids in the same (brutal, terrifying) way that fairy stories or the Bible are: imagine what it would be like if your mother died and you were alone in the woods, etc.. I have a three year old daughter, and we watch Sleeping Beauty quite a lot. I like that that movie has relatively simple animation, and that they kept some of the original Tchaichovsky ballet score; I also like the fact that it's sent up by Shrek -- a movie I also recommend for the young -- and watching both movies gives you a good way to talk to your child about these alternate visions of love and being true to oneself. We also watch Lady and the Tramp, which is (like most of Disney) borderline sexist (female creatures are always associated with domesticity and the end of freedom), and certainly racist (the Siamese Cat scene is pretty horrible); but it's quite sweet all the same, and certainly goes down well with a dog-loving child. I refuse to watch Dumbo, which is far too sadistic in its depiction both of animals in general and female animals in particular. Nemo is too upsetting for my daughter, and actually for me too: why insist on narratives in which the child is separated from its parents? Babar is bad enough. I want to assure my daughter that there are stories about togetherness as well as fear. Instead of any Disney, I recommend: The Last Unicorn (amazing fantasy movie); or anything by H. Miyazaki. Kiki's Delivery Service and My Neighbour Totoro are both lovely movies, and couldn't possibly offend anybody, of whatever religious or political views. "Blues Clues" is really very boring, but Sesame Street is pretty good, and Little Bear is ok. My daughter liked the Curious George movie, though I had some ideological problems with it (colonialism, excuse me? how can anyone in the modern world get away with pretending that it's ok just to go into somebody else's country and steal their antiquities? and why is it better for a museum to be turned into a place to splosh paint around, rather than somewhere to learn about history and other cultures? It drove me pretty crazy. Still, the monkey is cute). I know I may sound super-pretentious, but I think we do need to take our kids' moral education more seriously than just trying to teach them that it's bad to disobey. That strikes me as a very dangerous life lesson indeed; imagine what kind of democracy we'll have if all our children succeed in learning it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2007 11:23:43 AM PST
Nungesser says:
So, you won't let your kids watch classics like "Dumbo" or other Disney films because they're "ugly, noisy, and capitalist" and depict nature incorrectly... but you approve of letting kids see the Shrek films, which include drug humor, sexual references, and tons of criminal activity, not to mention "sadistic animal" treatment (remember when Shrek made balloons out of frogs and snakes?)...

I can't disagree more with that.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2007 1:28:33 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2008 9:08:04 AM PST
Kds says:
cedarmont kids dvds hands down, and jump to the music.....both of my girls love after all this time. Keepers, they
watch over and over.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2008 11:00:27 AM PST
Jane says:
Definitely second the Signing Times videos. They are great, my kid's love them.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2008 10:55:41 PM PST
Signing time is amazing. The creator for the show Andy's Airplanes was also the creator, director, etc. for Signing Time. Jon Pierre Francia. So I'm sure you can imagine what quality Andy's is.

Seriously check it out. My favorite by far.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2008 12:44:19 PM PST
Elmo in Grouchland and The Tigger Movie are really good (the music is terrific).

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2008 12:47:17 PM PST
My son began watching Star Wars at the age of about 2. The one that came our in 1977. It was the first full length movie he ever sat and watched all the way through. He's almost 11 now and still loves Star Wars.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2008 10:30:46 AM PST
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EnviroMom says:
I agree. I was raised on Disney too, and I didn't grow up with foul mouth or parental disrespect. My only problem with most movies for toddlers is the violence. (Like Babar, for instance, one of the most gruesome violent scenes...followed by those akin to the Russian Gulog...Totally not for your toddler.) I always rent a move first before buying, and skip thru each chapter checking for the horror shows before I show it to my toddler. I started doing that after showing her Happy Feet when sudden charging of giant whale's teeth actually made her jolt and scream. Although not so prevalent in Disney, violence still exists. When Bambi's mother is shot by a hunter, my daughter (2-1/2) asked for the first time, "Why?" I don't really want to get into the "people kill animals" thing at her age ... especially since often toddlers relate or even BECOME the hero(ine) in their imagination. Which begs the question, what's the deal with almost every kids movie being about the loss of their mother or both parents?! Seems like it would give her an awful fear of abandonment if she watched these thru and thru. Preparation for the loss of a parent (untimely or not), cannot be taught to a toddler, and if a toddler is so unfortunate to have to learn how to cope without parents, a movie wouldn't be the best teacher anyway. Seems like the movie industry could come up with some different plots.

I often skip thru the parental death scenes (usually only one chapter to skip...) This turns the movie into more about the hero(ine) forging through life, making decisions and learning consequences, rather than focussing on the message that parents are generally short-lived or unreliable. Movies I totally recommend, and let her watch (albeit with a tiny bit of forwarding), are BABE, (forward thru beginning pig branding), and Bambi (forward thru Mother's death) and she loves these. Movies that don't seem to have any absurdly violent parts are Lady & the Tramp, Jungle Book, Charlie Brown (she refers to as "Soopy" and giggles at all Snoopy's antics...) and Winnie the Pooh, which she watches all the way through. She also still loves her Elmos and Baby Einsteins. Toddlers don't really need a plot. We do. Since we always try to watch with her, we keep it entertaining for us too. Even if you've seen the flick a quazillion times, it can be fun to watch with your child "actively." I love when she tells me the next character or animal that will appear even before it comes on the screen, or when she jumps up to dance or march with the Jungle Book elephant brigade. Keeps her from going into that blank TV trance while giving us valuable Mommy & Me moments.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2008 10:41:41 AM PST
EnviroMom says:
Oh yes, I forgot Curious George on my post...They are great. CG is just like a toddler!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2008 9:08:59 AM PST
For the little ones (5 or so and under) you can't beat the Little Bear series. Very innocent and mild. No rock/beat music and nice stories.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2008 12:42:11 AM PST
A. Varner says:
Oh my! Do they really use the word idiot?! Your sheltered child will not be helped one iota by your fear of the mundane.

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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2008 2:44:56 PM PST
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R. Nelson says:
My 22-month old son loves Mary Poppins. He asks to watch it every day, and usually asks me to sing songs from it throughout the day. I just let him watch the Tigger Movie this week, which can be a bit intense for toddlers if they are overly sensative (my son gets teary during a few scenes). I'd also recommend Charlotte's Web (the animated version). I'm going to introduce my son to that one really soon.

What about the various Muppet Movies? It's been years since I've seen them, but I remember loving them as a child.

Re. The Little Mermaid - I agree about the Disney message. I was surprised to learn that the Hans Christian Anderson tale it's based on did not end as Disney ended it. HCA has the little mermaid paying for her own choices - daddy doesn't save her.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2008 6:16:16 AM PST
Nungesser says:
I think it's kind of wonderful that your 22-mo old boy is sensitive enough to tear up during Tigger Movie. He might really enjoy "Pooh's Heffalump Movie" (it's great for toddler boys) as well. Charlotte's Web is a classic with great songs, a good choice.

He might also like older Disney films such as Alice in Wonderland... there's others, but if he likes catchy songs, that's a good bet.

When I was his age I saw, and loved, movies like Pete's Dragon and and The Mouse and His Child... the latter is a classic, but save it 'til he's older! Pete's Dragon is a very bizarre sort of kids' movie, hard to recommend these days.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2008 1:19:55 PM PST
Goof Juice-My Sky is a Toddler video based on a sky theme. Host, parent and child do creative activities together that use mainly things around the house. The second part of the video shows the child's creative playthings appearing in real sky footage. Cute music, movement, art and exploration activities. You can get it on

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2008 7:16:46 PM PST
J. Ward says:
My 2 and 5 year old love Hi-5. Great dancing and wholesome kids.

Other recommends are My Neighbor Totoro (5 and up), Curious George episodes (you get 8 per DVD), Clifford episodes (about 8 per DVD). Those are the latest favorites.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2008 9:50:08 PM PST
L. Myers says:
I find it odd, really, that you see so many of those things as bad in a movie. You realize that your child is probably too young to understand that Ariel in Disney's the Little Mermaid is disobeying her father, etc, etc? Personally, when I was a child that movie meant a LOT to me. I looked up to Ariel and thought she was so cool, and really like the cartoon series based on it.

But whatever floats your boat.

I suggest Go Hugo Go (Also called Jungledyret Hugo) its about an unique animal that is captured and is trying to get back home and on the way he meets and befriends a little fox named Rita. It has a few musical numbers and its very cute.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2008 12:12:03 PM PST
Most Disney movies begin with a parent, usually the mother, dying. Of the titles you mentioned, Bambie's mother dies, Snow White's STEPmother is a witch who resents her stepdaughter's beauty and sends a huntsman out to kill her and retrieve her heart , and Dumbo's mother would like to help him, but she's chained and bound and has to watch him suffer helplessly from the sidelines. A lot of classic Disney movies can scare the hell out of toddlers.
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