Who doesn't like a good movie night? Popcorn, drinks, and candy, add some cuddling under blankets, and you've got a fun family movie night. But, you don't know what would be good to watch? Well, have no fear! We've got 10 classic options to kick your movie night off with laughs, mystery, and intrigue all done in a way to make even the smallest movie goers glued to their seat!
10 Alice in Wonderland (PG
Most of us know the story of the little girl known as Alice, as she fell down the rabbit hole and turned Wonderland upside down, and later went straight through the looking glass. But did you know she returned to Wonderland? This is the tale of Alice's return to Wonderland, and her quest to return the White Queen to power… all while finding herself in the process. As she defends Wonderland from the ferocious Bandersnatch and the fearful Jabberwocky, both controlled by the wicked Red Queen, who's head is as bulbous as her ego, she learns that all the best people are a little bit mad.
A wonderful live-action sequel to the classic tales of Alice, older children and adults will love this movie. A sequel is being released May of 2016.
9 The Incredibles (PG
Imagine a world full of superheroes, forced into hiding due to politics. This is the story of Bob Parr, also known as Mr. Incredible, and his super-powered family: his wife Helen Parr, aka Elastigirl, his oldest child, Violet, who can go invisible, his son Dash, who has super speed, and his infant son Jack-Jack, who seemingly has no powers… for now. Bob ends up falling for the schemes of Syndrome, a former fan boy named Buddy Pine. It'll take working together as a family, with the help of Bob's friend Frozone, to stop Syndrome and save the day!
This is a great family movie that all ages will enjoy! And if you're wanting more, then get ready, because a sequel is in the works and is slated for a 2019 release!
8 Warriors of Virtue (PG
Ryan Jeffers dreams of a world where his physical disability is no longer an impairment, a place where he is like everyone else, where he is special in some way. After being lured to a water treatment plant by some school bullies, he falls into the tank and is transported to the mystical world of Tao, to fight alongside the Warriors of Virtue against a darkness that has reached so deep, it has permeated into the light. The warriors need to face total loss in order to come back and save Tao.
Another live action film that preschoolers and up will enjoy. A sequel has been made, but it is very, very hard to find to watch.
7 The Indian in the Cupboard (PG
On Omri's ninth birthday, he gets a cupboard and a plastic toy Indian as a birthday gift from his brother Gillon. The cupboard, he soon learns, has magical properties… it can turn any toy put into it into a real, miniature living creature. He learns about Littlebear's culture, but in the end, also learns that he is playing with magic beyond what should be touched, and that this is no game, but it's real people now, real lives.
Another 90s live action flick that teaches morals while also being good, clean fun for kids and adults to enjoy.
6 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (PG-
Young Harry Potter has been raised by his hateful, cruel Uncle and Aunt his whole life, and made to feel less than dirt every day. But on his eleventh birthday, his whole world changes. He is whisked away to a world parallel but hidden, to the non-magical world, a world full of magic, mystery, and danger as well. Something is going on at Hogwarts, the wizarding school he is sent to… but can he and his friends figure it out before it's too late?An early 2000s film based on a magically popular book series, Harry Potter has 7 other movies, which get darker in tone as the series continues.
5 Toy Story (G
The story of Andy, a young boy who - wait, no. This isn't his story… this is the story of Woody, Andy's favorite toy, and how, on his birthday, he gets a new toy, Buzz Lightyear. Buzz and Woody do not get along, but they end up needing to work together to return home after a trip to a pizza place gone awry. Will Buzz and Woody reunite with their friends and go home? A cute Disney/Pixar film that has humor for kids and adults alike, this movie is a great watch for all ages!
4 Shrek (PG
The ogre Shrek lives alone in his little swamp, until the evil Lord Farquaad sends all of the creatures from our fairy tales off to live in HIS swamp. Angry, he travels to Duloc to confront Farquaad, along with the annoying, but lovable Donkey, and is sent on a quest to save Princess Fiona from her dragon-guarded tower. Along the way, however, he comes to realize that there is more to Fiona… and himself… that meets the eye. But, can he overcome his fear before it's too late?An adorable take on a classic Princess story, with a twist. It does have a few dirty words, but even so it's a fun film for all ages!
3 Hook (PG
What would happen if Peter Pan actually did grow up? This is that tale. Peter Banning, a lawyer who takes things way too seriously sometimes, takes his family to visit Granny Wendy. But, while there, the dark Captain Hook returns, having finally found Peter, and steals his children from him. Peter has no idea he is the famous Pan, but with some help from the lost boys, he has to recover his happy thoughts, save his children, and live to tell the tale. BANGARANG!
One of my personal favorite Robin Williams movies, Hook is a great film for anyone who never wanted to grow up, but had to do so anyhow.
2 Alvin and the Chipmunks (PG
Watch out, 'cause here they come! Dave Seville is washing out as a songwriter, until he meets Alvin, Simon, and Theodore, three talking chipmunks who end up taking the music world by storm. The record company insists on lavishing their new stars, but they're just kids, and like kids, they need guidance. They need to come together as a family and learn that sometimes, making it big isn't as important as being together.
A great take on the classic cartoons, this movie can get a laugh out of Adults, Children, and maybe even get a bark out of pups. Oh, and did I mention there are sequels?
1 A Bug's Life (G
The ants are getting their annual offering ready for the grasshoppers, but one overzealous ant, Flik, spoils the offering. He is sent on a quest to find 'warrior bugs' to help stop the grasshoppers, but on his quest, he finds some candidates that are less than reputable… When he finds out their ruse, he has to come up with a way to stop the grasshoppers, keep this secret, and gain the affections of the Princess Ata, all at the same time. What's a bug to do?!
An adorable Disney/Pixar film, this movie is a great watch for all bug lovers, even with it's few scarier scenes.
How can you pick just one! Classic tales retold, adventures in Neverland and Wonderland… you may just have to watch another one… and another one… Someone grab the popcorn, it's time for round 2!