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Written by Shem on November 8, 2012

We’re all big kids at heart and I’m sure us grown-ups can reel off our favourite films as a child with a nostalgic glow! Even new releases have the best of us laughing out loud and engrossed more so than the kids! Here are 8 picks of fine family fun that hopefully will make for awesome Christmas film watching!

Toy Story – 1995

As a child did you ever think that your toys came to life and had all the fun without you? I used to try and catch them out but alas they remained inanimate objects! However in this Disney classic Andy’s toys do just that… come to life! This was the first feature length animation created purely by computer. Follow the adventures of Woody and Buzz Lightyear in this family adventure!

Famous line: “To infinity and beyond!”

Mary Poppins – 1964

This is definitely and ‘oldie but a goodie’ and one of my fave movies! Set in Edwardian Britain two children Jane and Michael have an extraordinary nanny to stay… Mary Poppins! Hereafter the adventures of the bored and somewhat neglected children spring into magical life! A classic sing a long musical from Disney.

Famous line: “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!”

Who Framed  Roger Rabbit – 1988

A fabulous mash up of animation and live action from the creative mind of Robert Zemecki. This follows the story of a cartoon rabbit called Roger who has been framed for murder and needs the help of a washed up drunk detective Bob Hoskins to crack the case and save Toontown! This really will have you laughing and has something for the parents and the children wrapped up nicely in under 2hrs!

Famous Line: “I can’t help it, I’m just drawn this way!”

E.T – 1982

This is another timeless 80s classic telling the story of an alien needing the help of a young boy Elliott to get home. Chased by federal agents and keeping this secret from his mum. Elliot embarks on an adventure of a lifetime to help his little alien friend. A must see for sure!

Famous Line: “E.T phone home!”

Up – 2009

From the creators of Monsters Inc introduce us to a 78 year old balloon salesman who finds companionship in an unlikely 8 year old as they become embroiled in a wild adventure! This Disney production is light hearted and funny but also touches on issues such as mortality, regret and living your dreams. Truly touching.

Famous line: “The wilderness must be explored! CA-CA! RAAWWRR!”

Babe – 1995

You’ve heard of a sheep dog right… but how about a sheep pig?! This cute pig adopted by a dog trying to find his way in life fights to become the best sheep pig in the land! This was an international smash with great special FX and a superb storyline. Follow talking farm animals bringing you adventure and humour… a truly whimsical tale!

Famous line: “That’ll do pig… that’ll do”

Wizard of Oz – 1939

Yes this film is an old timer but it still is as famous for children entertainment as it was then as it is now! Starring the formidable Judy Garland as Dorothy whose house is swept away to Oz where upon landing she meets funny characters, the wizard and evil witch in her quest to get home. This taps into a world of imagination as we all follow the yellow brick road!

Famous line: “I’m melting!”

Harry Potter – 2001 – 2011 (All 8 of them! )

If you haven’t heard about this famous wizard then well the hell have you been for the past 11 years! Brought to our screens by the insanely creative magical mind of JK Rowling and her books of one wizard Harry and his friends to ultimately defeat the evil Lord Voldemort. It’s fast paced and truly extraordinary leaving children and adults of all ages captivated by the narrative and fab special FX! Buy the boxset and watch the characters grow up before your eyes! Truly worth it… I promise!

Famous line: “So it’s true then, what they were saying on the train. Harry Potter has come to Hogwarts.”

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