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Growing a Kid (Movie Collection)

Our kiddie movie library is pretty massive: dozens of Scholastic Storybook Treasuries, a handful of Gustafer Yellowgolds, several Christmas-y ones like A Year Without A Santa, Miser Brothers’ Christmas, and Rudolph, all the ancient Strawberry Shortcake VHS tapes, Rainbow Brite, Busytown Mysteries, and Annie. So yeah, pretty massive, and also pretty dated. Clearly.

With few exceptions, it looks like we four were just thawed from a deep 2-decade cryogenic freeze. A couple of weeks ago, we all realized at the same time that we needed to beef up the collection. Big time. And so we’ve begun to do exactly that.

Here is what we have added thus far:

  • Despicable Me (I cannot believe we ignored this when it came out a couple of years ago. One of the funniest movies we have ever seen — “It’s Sooo Fluffy!“)
  • Wreck-It Ralph (I saw it in the theater alone to review Disney’s latest and greatest, but the girls have now fallen madly in love with Vanellope, Felix, Ralph and, HELLO, Q-Bert!!)
  • Hotel Transylvania (The humorous anecdote here is that the Mrs. and I saw this alone together on our 10th anniversary getaway weekend at a drive-in theater, a double feature with Paranorman. We were crazy about it straightaway, and now our girls do too.)
  • Rise of the Guardians (Brilliant adaptation from brilliant William Joyce books.)
  • The complete Superman Collection (Christopher Reeve! Gene Hackman!)
  • Arthur Christmas (the greatest modern Christmas movie ever. Hands-down.)
  • Coraline (a bit too scary for the girls right now, but it is only $5 on Amazon, so I bought it. Coraline was the first 3D movie I ever saw and the one by which all others are judged. Kinda like having my first BBQ rib experience at Rendezous in Memphis. I’m a BBQ snob and a 3D snob, because Coraline was and is a beautiful masterpiece.)

**A quick fun fact: UV Digital Copy movie downloads are NOT compatible with iTunes. Yeah, super freakin’ annoying! I’m looking at you Paramount & Hotel Transylvania.**

Next up to add:

  • The Secret World of Arrietty (A gorgeous film from start to finish. We first saw it as The Borrowers on stage in Philly. Disney did a wonderful job recreating this magical tiny world.)
  • Monsters, Inc. (I think this is the best family movie ever made. An all-timer that we need to own. The girls have seen it numerous times, but Monsters, Inc. must be owned ahead of the Monster University release this summer.)

What about you? What family movies can you & your kids not live without at home and which ones do you want to add to your collection next?

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