Filled with positive messages and strong role models, some fun, modern movies for children include "Toy Story," "Beauty and the Beast," "Charlotte's Web," "Finding Nemo" and "Frozen." Classic movies that are entertaining and offer some unique cultural perspectives for kids include "Mary Poppins," "Miracle on 34th Street," "Modern Times" and "The Sound of Music."
Appealing to children, teens and adults, Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times" provides a unique movie experience for modern society. Filmed in black and white and mostly silent, it is classic comedy slapstick that makes a political statement. Through vintage humor, including wild gunshots, thumps on the head and car chases, it is a story that raises issues of class differences. On Common Sense Media, children and parents alike rated the movie five out of five stars.
Hugely popular, Disney's "Frozen" movie features Anna, a strong female role model, searching for her sister. Together with a male counterpart, Anna faces uncertain trolls, extreme weather and a humorous snowman named Olaf. Though her sister appears confident and sophisticated, she harbors a secret: a dangerous ability to make snow and ice.
Made in 1965 and set in 1930s Austria, "The Sound of Music" stars Maria, a woman who has longed to become a nun since being a young child. After failing to succeed in this path, she takes on the role of governess for seven children. Through her kindness, joy and understanding, Maria wins the adoration of the children and their father. The story takes place with the backdrop of Austria's then-current events playing a significant role.