Amanda Hocking

Kids Today

November 5th, 2010 by
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My friend had a baby in June, and she asked me to the godparent. I accepted, because I like her, and because there a lot of grandparents actively involved in said baby’s life, so the odds of me having to raise the child ala Kate Hudson in Rasing Helen, or Ted Danson, Steve Guttenberg, and Tom Sellick in Three Men and a Baby, seemed unlikely.

Anyway, this will be Kaycee’s first Christmas. (Kaycee is the baby). I’ve been trying to think of what to get her, and Kaycee’s mom has frequently said that she didn’t watch the normal kids movies when she was little. She hasn’t seen most Disney movies, for example. And only vaguely knows what a Muppet is. And Kaycee really enjoys watching TV. She cries when the credits come up at the end of her Baby Einstein video.

So I decided to compile a list of my favorite movies from when I was a kid and get her them. Because of Disney’s stupid vault where the only release certain movies at certain times, I won’t be able to get her everything I’d like to. But at least Beauty and the Beast is out now.

So here’s a list of my favorite non-Disney vault movies from my childhood:
Labyrinth
-Dark Crystal
-Neverending Story
Neverending Story 2
-Legend
Ewok: Caravan of Courage and Battle of Endor 
Muppets Take Manhatten
-The Muppet Movie
-The Yellow Submarine

I was basically raised by Jim Henson.

Anyway – I was born in the 80’s, and I picked my favorite movies that I watched when I was under the age of five. But I’m wondering if these are films for kids today. I’m sliding down on the cool scale and started to turn into that old guy has no idea what’s hip anymore. (Do people say things are “hip” anymore?)

What I’m asking is for people who have children or know children, what do your kids watch? Would they like classic films like Labyrinth? Are there films I’m leaving off my list?

I watched an awful lot of fantasy as a kid. Is that normal? I also really liked dinosaurs. Maybe I’m not the best choice at picking at movies for a little girl.

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  • Kelly says:

    My kids are 7 and 4, and they love Tom&Jerry and Sylvester & Tweety. They also love the Pixar movies, and my daughter (the 7 yr old) laughed out loud over many of the old Muppet show skits. There are so many good videos for kids… That adults can watch without losing braincells!

  • baddict17 says:

    Funny post 🙂

    I remember what I loved, and I have an almos 2-yr old sister, and honestly if Kaycee is that young, I don’t know thats she’ll be interested in too many things. But I remeber watching The Land Before Time, All Dogs Go To Heaven, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Scooby-Doo, The Goonies, and even The Addams Family.

    My little sister LOVES Shrek, Barney, Spongebob, and I know this is weird, but The First Wives Club. 🙂
    My mom and I LOVE that movie so I think it’s in her genes….

    Anyway, it really depends on the child’s personality but you can’t go wrong with a movie with animals singing!!

  • I loved Milo & Otis a TON! (As seen by me naming a character Milo.) I also really Invader Zim. So much so that I have a tattoo of GIR from Invader Zim. And I love, love Willow. I can’t believe I forgot that either.

    This is list is now turning into DVD’s I need to buy myself for Christmas…

  • Anonymous says:

    The Last Unicorn

  • Ginny says:

    Milo and Otis was one of my favs, along with the majority of the others people listed (esp. Willow, Labyrinth, etc.). When my first niece was born, on her first x-mas I got her Muppets Take Manhattan and Milo and Otis. As far as some other excellent kids SHOWS, I would recommend David the Knome, Fraggle Rock, and all of the sweet early 90’s Nickelodeon shows such as: Ah! Real Monsters, Rugrats, Doug, The Angry Beavers, Rocko’s Modern Life, Invader Zim, etc. Ah, the memories…

  • Anonymous says:

    I’m a 90’s kid, and I have to say, I absolutely loved Matilda. 🙂

  • Teawench says:

    Ooo, I had forgotten about The Secret of Nimh. Rikki Tikki Tavi is another good one.

  • Becca says:

    The secret of Nimh….might be a little scary for a 1 year old but I loved that one.

  • Anonymous says:

    My niece has loved Punky Brewster since she was 3. Both the cartoons and live action.