There are few things better as a child than dimming the lights, grabbing the popcorn and snuggling down to watch a movie. The best movies transport them to another place, engaging their imaginations and leaving them thoroughly entertained. They give kids an insight into other worlds - both real and imaginary. Many even include role models and positive messages, having a great impact on them from a young age. Here’s our list of the top 10 iconic childhood movies.
Toy Story (1995)
This Pixar classic is surely one of the best kids' movies of all time. The main character is Woody, a cowboy doll who becomes jealous when Buzz Lightyear, a new spaceman figure, takes his position as the top toy in little Andy’s bedroom. The boy loves to play with toys in his room, but when he’s not there, the toys come to life!
Charlotte’s Web (2006)
The 2006 movie Charlotte’s Web was thoughtfully adapted from the much-loved book by E.B. White. This family film captures the spirit of a humble pig named Wilbur who develops a friendship with a barn spider called Charlotte. Wilbur is at risk of being slaughtered by the farmer, but Charlotte writes messages in her web to persuade him to let him live. A gentle classic for kids and adults alike.
Disney’s animated musical adventure entertains from start to finish. In the movie, brave Anna and mountaineer Kristoff team up to find her sister – the Snow Queen, Elsa. Elsa has cast an icy spell, leaving the kingdom trapped in an everlasting winter. Battling the harsh conditions, the duo push onwards in a race against time to save their land from winter's grip. To continue the magic, take a look at our Disney collection that's guaranteed to put a smile on any fan!
Finding Nemo (2003)
Finding Nemo tells the tale of clownfish Marlin who embarks on a heroic journey across the ocean when his child Nemo goes missing. Marlin meets Dory; friendly sea turtles; and many other interesting creatures along the way. Pixar has shown they know what matters most in a kid’s movie – a good story, loveable characters and plenty of heart.
The Lion King (1994)
Disney’s The Lion King broke millions of children’s (and adult’s!) hearts when it hit cinemas back in 1994. Young lion Simba must stand tall and save his pride from Scar, his evil uncle. A meerkat called Timon and a warthog named Pumbaa become his pals and help him to overcome his fears and doubts. This movie is 25 years old, but it remains an essential watch for children!
When farmer Arthur wins a piglet called Babe at the local fair, he narrowly escapes slaughter when his new owner decides to show him. Babe takes a shine to border collie Fly and finds out that he has a talent for herding sheep. A witty and heart-warming tale that kids of all ages adore.
Cars is another Pixar classic that kids of all ages adore. In this fast-paced animated movie, a famous race car called Lightning McQueen discovers that life is all about the journey, rather than the finish line. He finds himself detoured in the forgotten town of Radiator Springs on Route 66. It’s here that this hot-shot race car finds out the real meaning of family and friendship. Continue the fun and bring the one and only Lightning McQueen into your home at the help of our huge Cars Toys collection!
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Today’s kids may be more familiar with the 2017 remake of Beauty and Beast starring Emma Watson, yet it’s the iconic 1991 Disney movie that holds a special place in most adults’ hearts. Kind and pretty bookworm Belle is a mystery to the residents of her town and is unimpressed by the advances of the arrogant alpha-male Gaston. When her father goes missing, she rides into the woods to find him, arriving at a mysterious castle with hidden secrets.
Shrek introduced us to the friendly green ogre that we all know and love. In the movie, Shrek’s home is suddenly overrun with many annoying fairytale characters which have been banished from their kingdom by evil Lord Farquaad. Shrek does a deal with Farquaad and attempts to find and rescue Princess Fiona who Farquaad plans to marry. There's plenty of toilet humour and gross-out jokes which definitely appeals to kids!
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Spielberg has directed and produced some fantastic movies throughout his career, but E.T is arguably his most enduring classic. The movie features a little boy who, along with his sister, befriends a wrinkly alien botanist who has become stranded on Earth. It is highly entertaining for kids and adults alike, yet it’s also highly educational, teaching all who watch it something about love and compassion.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
The first Harry Potty movie catapults viewers into a wonderous magical realm that’s filled with adventure and intrigue. Young Harry discovers he’s a wizard and leaves his bullying family behind for the enchanting Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Here he grows his magical powers and learns along the way that good always triumphs over evil.
Cinema has given us countless movies that stimulate and entertain children of all ages. Whether you grew up with Disney’s animated classics like The Lion King, or Pixar movies featuring incredible visual effects, there are plenty of options to choose from. After snuggling up and watching all these iconic movies put your imagination to use and create your own magical worlds! With our Toy Sale in full swing, take a look at the amazing toys we have and get creative!
Do you agree with our list or do you think we've missed out any other iconic movies? Let us know in the comments which movies hold a special place in your heart!