Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Kids Films I Won't Grow Out Of

Films I Won't Grow Out Of- The Princess Diaries, Bee Movie, Chicken Run, 101 Dalmatians, Matilda

Watching a film that had an 18 guidance rating always terrified me when I was really young, I remember I looked at that little red circle thinking that must be a really scary film. Since being an adult, officially six years ago it means I can watch any film I want to. That is great but sometimes when you are watching films that are for adults, you realise a lot of it is filled with downsides of being an adult. Suddenly watching violence and murder is a common occurrence in these films, sex, drugs, alcohol all become familiar to us because we are so used to seeing it, we kind of expect it. These films are all targeted towards adults because we are old enough to understand and be aware of it. But sometimes I just want to go back to being a child and watch a film without hiding under a blanket or cringing at how explicit it is. Therefore I have a few films that I always like to watch and will never grow out of watching.

The Princess Diaries
Anne Hathaway in her finest days of acting if you ask me. I mean it is a pretty solid far-fetched idea of a normal girl called Mia just suddenly finding out she is a princess, but that is why I love it. Watching this young girls life change from being an average kid who gets ignored to suddenly being told she is a princess and her life completely changing. The one reason why I love this film is the comedy in it, I find it so funny and honest. The scene in which she is told she is a princess by her grandmother is one of the funniest, Julie Andrews is the perfect person to play a Queen. Mia's adjustment with her new life and learning how to become a princess feels like an honest performance. It deals with the typical friend issues, boy issues, growing up issues you would expect from any teenager but the concept of it all is just a bit of fun.

Bee Movie
I remember first watching this film in my first year of University and it made me laugh in times I felt any homesickness. It is an animated film following a Bee named Barry who wants to see what else is in the world outside of the beehive. Obviously there are a ton of bee jokes in this film and classic things like him constantly flying into a window because he cannot tell it is glass. The roars of laughter I get from this film are ridiculous, but as most animated films are, it is the facial expressions they draw that get me every time. Jerry Seinfield and Renee Zellweger are the main voices in the film, he is the bee and she is the human he befriends (see what I did there). I can safely say that even as a twenty something girl I can never see myself getting sick of watching this film.

Chicken Run
Wallace and Gromit are always one of my favourite TV shows to watch due to how much work is put in and how every scene is created by hand. The creators also made Chicken Run which is clear to see because of the style the film has. After seeing it in the cinema, when it came out on video, apart from a really sad scene which I would always fast forward, this film was all I would watch nearly every night after school. Growing up in the countryside we used to keep chickens as pets (not for eating) and I named a fresh batch of chicks after Chicken Run characters. It has a lot of funny jokes and humour which I actually think you understand a little better if you are older. It is basically a chicken version of The Great Escape where they want to learn to fly and escape there owners Mr and Mrs Tweedy before they are made into chicken pies.

101 Dalmatians
I am not going to fully concentrate on 101 Dalmatians individually, see it as a visual for all Disney films. I love a great deal of Disney films because I think they are an incredible way of showing a child the reality of the world. Death, Love, Friendship, all factors that are important for individuals. Due to this you can kind of respect the films a lot more being an adult. Even if when you were a child you might have cried for days at the thought of Bambi's mother being killed, but in reality it is a fact of life and the way it is shown is remarkable. As a child you can watch certain films like Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty and Hercules and get a land of fantasy and imagination. But with a lot of Disney films you get a representation of reality and truth so for me as an adult is why I still love to watch them.

I used to wish for abilities like Matilda, seriously that would have been so awesome. But through most of the film she did have it tough and you realise that she had a very horrible family around her. What I love about Matilda and still do is the independence and balls that girl had. She wanted to learn, she wanted to be a good person and ultimately I think she was a great role model for children watching this. Of course it has a lot of humorous pranks she pulls on her parents and Miss Trunchball (ghastly woman) but that is all the fun of being a child. For me I will never get tired of watching this film because it sets such great morals for people and the difference between good and bad. I just wish I could read a book as fast as she does.

These are some of the films that I will never grow out of watching. I think for every grown up it is absolutely fine to watch an old children's film you used to watch. Try swapping Die Hard for a Disney film. Everyone can feel young and if you enjoyed a film regardless of if it was a universal or parental guidance rating why does that matter if it is a good film.

I would love to know if you have seen any of these films? and also if there are any films that you would continue to watch regardless of how old you became?
Let me know in the comments, I would love to read your thoughts!

Hope you are having a lovely Tuesday!

Elle x

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  1. I LOVED Mathilda when I was younger... I haven't seen it in so long, now I want to watch it! I also really liked Bee Movie!

    I used to watch a lot of Disney Channel movies... I wish I could re-watch some of those!


    1. Yay so glad you like Matilda too! It is one of those great films you can just watch on a lazy afternoon and enjoy :) Elle x

  2. LOVE this post! Chicken Run & Matilda are firm favourites of mine too! :D

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    1. Thanks lovely :) so glad you like them too! Elle x

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  4. I agree that some movies for adults are really depressing. Enough with the name calling, the violence, the negativity… Sometimes you just want to watch a movie that'll make you feel good and inspire you to follow your dreams. That's why I will personally never grow out of Disney movies… They combine reality and fantasy in a really unique way, and at the end of each movie, you feel ready to go out and conquer the world :)


    1. Perfectly put! completely feel this way you do feel ready to conquer the world after a disney film, they can be such a great motivator to life and sometimes we just need to go back and rediscover them :) thank you for your comment, Elle x


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