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Initial post: Sep 9, 2008 9:43:17 AM PDT
Signe Knee says:
What are some good non-disney G rated movies out there that aren't just for little kids, but the whole family ?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2008 12:26:17 PM PDT
Scotman says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2008 4:28:29 PM PDT
I'm not actually checking the ratings on these, but they're all ones I'd let any of my brothers and cousins (ages 5-15) watch:

--Hallmark's Sarah Plain & Tall series (Sarah Plain & Tall, Skylark, & Winter's End) - Outstanding actors (Glenn Close and Christopher Walken) and great stories - as good as the book!
--Anne of Green Gables & sequels - The Kevin Sullivan version starring Megan Follows is very good; the first one is pretty faithful to the book, while the sequel combines several plots of later books, but it never fails to be funny and entertaining.
--Black Beauty - The version with Sean Bean is very well done; some mistreatment of animals might upset little kids, though.
--The Black Stallion - a great adventure and survival story.
--Fly Away Home - a funny and unusual story with great actors (Jeff Daniels and Anna Paquin) and gorgeous scenery.
--Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - NOT the new Johnny Depp version, which I found disturbing, but the old one with Gene Wilder, which is hilarious at any age.
--Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken - an unusual horse story taking place in the 1920s, with a good message about overcoming adversity.
--A Little Princess - a gorgeous story about the power of imagination, with a great score and visual effects as well.
--Little Women - the 1994 version is excellent. It's my 7 year old cousin's current obsession.
--Dreamer - another horse story, but my whole family watched and liked it!
--Hook - Peter Pan from a different point of view, with outstanding actors and lots of adventure.
--Peter Pan - the 2003 non-Disney live-action version is excellent, much better than the animated version.
--Finding Neverland - a behind-the-scenes look at the man who wrote Peter Pan. A sad death in the end, which may upset little kids, but a great story a great acting by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet.
--Ever After: A Cinderella Story - this one is actually rated PG-13, but it would be fine for kids over 10 or so. It has a total of 2 curse words, and the parental ratings on Netflix actually recommend it for ages 6+. It's a great twist on the Cinderella story.

A lot of older movies are great for family viewing, too, even those not made just for kids.
--National Velvet - a classic, starring a young Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney. Great for horse-crazy girls, but funny and entertaining for anyone.
--The Sound of Music - another classic, with well-known songs and a plot that amuses children, while appealing to adults on a deeper level
--Friendly Persuasion - the story of a Quaker family in the Civil War, starring Gary Cooper. Not overly religious, and very funny at times, yet also meaningful. My aunt and uncle and cousins (girls ages 7 and 11) all raved about it and made their friends watch it!
--How To Steal A Million - a lesser-known Audrey Hepburn film, which my aunt and cousins also loved. It's a hilarious art-theft caper plot that's simple enough for kids to follow, but funny for any age.
--The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) - the classic version with Errol Flynn. A suspenseful and swashbuckling adventure with lots of comedy thrown in as well. A few swordfights, but no graphic violence.
--Captain Blood - the title sounds gory, but that's just the guy's name. A pirate-themed swashbuckler, but with a "good" pirate hero. Lots of adventure and action.
--Mr. Smith Goes To Washington - a classic patriotic story starring Jimmy Stewart, about a small-town patriot who goes to Washington as an appointed senator, only to confront corruption and greed in the government. Little kids might not follow the political plot, but there's plenty of humor and a basic good vs. bad story.
--Mr. Deeds Goes To Town - another classic Frank Capra film, starring Gary Cooper. This one's about a small-town guy who suddenly inherits millions and has to decide what to do with it.
--Bringing Up Baby - A screwball comedy starring Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn, involving a pet leopard and a dog that steals a dinosaur bone.

My family also enjoys watching old TV shows. My aunt and cousins watch one or two episodes a night of classic TV shows. They've made it all the way through I Love Lucy, The Andy Griffith Show, Gilligan's Island, and more. My cousins really love them, even the 7 year old! She's doesn't care much for Rawhide, but loves Bonanza, and they're really enjoying a series called Big Valley now.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2008 5:35:29 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 9, 2008 5:36:21 PM PDT
Warheart says:
Nightmare Before Christmas is a Disney movie. It was originally released under Touchstone Pictures, which is owned by Disney, because they felt it was too macabre for Disney but they're cashing in on the success now that they attached their name to it.

I think you mean The Iron Giant. And that is a great movie. Also, I believe the Shrek films are G-rated, correct me if I'm wrong. And what's wrong with Disney??

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2008 5:37:29 PM PDT
Warheart says:
The 2003 Peter Pan is great but nowhere near as good as the Disney animated feature.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2008 6:20:25 PM PDT
Kate Eric says:
There is a terrific recent version of Lassie with Peter O'Toole & Samantha Morton. Also, The Water Horse just out on DVD is very good.
The Secret Garden (Maggie Smith)
The Railway Children (2000 version)
The Princess Bride
For sports fans, try The Rookie (Dennis Quaid) or Miracle (U.S. Olympic hockey team).
Perhaps Sky High (maybe PG?) or Hoot?
Pit Pony - Wonderful Canadian TV series now on DVD (Alex Wrathell, Jennie Raymond)
1960s classic comedies such as The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming.
The old Disney live-action films such as That Darn Cat (Hayley Mills), Blackbeard's Ghost, The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit, etc., are always a hit.
Other old TV comedies such as My Favorite Martian and Get Smart

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2008 9:22:28 PM PDT
I second the vote for "The Black Stallion". Not just a great family movie... It's a great movie, and I highly recommend having your kids read the books as well. They are wonderful.
Also, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" is a fun classic.
"Eight Below" was very enjoyable.
Is it possible that no one has mentioned "E.T.?"
Also, "The Dark Crystal", "Labyrinth", the original "Star Wars" and the 1978 "Superman" are all great for kids.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2008 9:53:30 PM PDT
honest abe says:
Try one called The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming starring Alan Arkin, Eva Marie Saint and Carl Reiner. I saw this with my parents when it was released more than 40 years ago and it still cracks me up. Cold war comedy at its best.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2008 9:59:26 PM PDT
Scotman says:
That's great, Kate, but she wants non-Disney for some reason. Copy and paste what I wrote above. There's the top ten non-disney animation shows.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2008 10:01:15 PM PDT
Scotman says:
Warheart, thank you for the correction. There's nothing wrong with Disney and they have not answered my question about why they request non-disney. There are a number of anti-Disney books out there, believe it or not. Sad.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2008 10:05:00 AM PDT
Eric Hagen says:
for some reason many people think that disney movies have subliminal messages indicating many things. Particularly, some find disney to be degrading to women. For example, all young, beautiful women (Little Mermaid, princesses, etc) are how girls should be, but overweight, ugly women (I don't remember the lady's name in the little mermaid) are evil, etc. Another example is in Snow White. I don't know all the details, but I have heard these complaints about Disney movies before. Apparently there is also homophobia is several movies as well as racism in movies such as Lion King. I don't think many can make this distinction, however unless they are just looking for a reason to be discriminated against.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2008 10:33:10 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 10, 2008 10:34:45 AM PDT
Scotman says:
Eric: I've heard this nonsense before. As you know, it's completely untrue and unfounded. There are just some people in the world that need to tear things down that are actually enjoyable and entertaining, which is what the Disney brand is all about. When I enjoy a cartoon, I'm not like "ooh, look at the subliminal message", when none exists. Let's make all the heroines plain-looking! Ever hear the parody of this in the song "Old Man River"? We call it now: "Elderly Individual River". Yeah, that works.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2008 6:19:25 AM PDT
Shevi says:
Shrek's PG. It's really hard to find anything G rated nowadays. I'll add the Muppet movies, though I know they are now owned by Disney. The originals weren't, and they're great.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2008 6:21:31 AM PDT
Shevi says:
ET is PG. So are all the others you mentioned.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2008 6:22:28 AM PDT
Shevi says:
What about Anastasia? I love Anastasia. And Hoodwinked. They might be PG though.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2008 6:26:23 AM PDT
Shevi says:
If it's about being degrading to women, Mulan and Lilo & Stitch aren't like that. But it's entirely possible the OP doesn't want Disney because she already has all of them and is looking for something else.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2008 7:54:34 AM PDT
Scotman says:
Good point, Shevi. I do note that since this person started the post, they've never returned nor responded.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2008 12:32:17 PM PDT
the little bear movie
the gumby movie

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 16, 2008 8:38:56 PM PDT
Rachel Hart says:
Fly Away Home - based on a true story, with great Special Features on DVD.
Nancy Drew - just fun with a great little story
Down With Love - Ewen MacGregor and Renee Zellweiger, cute, tongue in cheek
Hook - with Robin Williams.
Charlotte's Web
Rats of Nimh - interesting science aspects
The Prince of Egypt - a work of art with a purpose
Goosebumps - always better than I thought they would be
Stand and Deliver
Hair Spray - lllloooovvveee this one for the family. Intelligent historical perspectives.
50 First Kisses - Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, very sweet
Happy Gilmore - taught my child how to say Jackass -- thx very much
True Lies - Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis, laugh laugh
Grease - has nasty stuff that the young ones don't need to hear yet
Trading Places - Eddie Murphy and Dan Akroyd. Great movie.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 16, 2008 8:40:17 PM PDT
Rachel Hart says:
Can't forget

Don Juan DiMarco - Johnny Depp -- ha ha ha ha ha

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 16, 2008 9:44:24 PM PDT
DoraLady says:
honnest abe,

I loved the The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966) as a child.

I also like the sound of music.

I would not let my little ones watch Grease.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 16, 2008 10:41:56 PM PDT
THE IRON GIANT should be at the top of anyone's list; it's one of the best family films ever made IMHO.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2008 12:28:25 AM PDT
Hippie2MARS says:
If you are interested in films for the whole family, I highly recommend Feature Films for Families, ( I bought many films from them when my boys were growing up and many are still favorites of theirs (now in their 20s). The Buttercream Gang, On our Own, Baker's Hawk, Where the Red Fern Grows...ah such memories! These are not animated movies and will keep adults as well as preteen kids engaged. I didn't discover this site until my kids were around 10 or so and I wish I'd discovered it sooner! They have movies for all age groups.

Happy viewing!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2008 6:33:00 AM PDT
Shevi says:
That's true, The Iron Giant is a wonderful family film.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 22, 2008 8:06:06 PM PDT
Cree8vision says:
good non-disney G rated movies

Any Jerry Lewis movie before 1970. (Unless you don't like Lewis)
Peter Sellers movies - After the Fox, The Mouse That Roared
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
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