Any parent will tell you the joys of the wonderful world of cinema. Yes, not only are movies a great way to keep your kids quiet for a few hours, but they also enable you to get some much needed chill time. These days, children have a gigantic amount of movies to choose from, with animation and cartoons at their peak.
However, cinema has much more to offer than just blockbuster hits and CGI, instead, it has a whole back catalog of cool and entertaining movies that your kids will no doubt love. So, here are 10 classic movies you can actually show a kid under 10.
10 Fantasia (1940)
Fantasia is one of the most bizarre Disney films to have ever been released, but it also one of the most magical. First released in 1940, the movie consists of eight animated segments all set to classical pieces of music. The film was supposed to be a somewhat comeback for Mickey Mouse who had previously begun to decline in popularity.
These days, the film is referred to as a cult classic, due to its unique and original storyline. So, if you want to introduce your kids to Mickey Mouse along with classical music and strange, inanimate objects brought to life, then Fantasia is the one for you.
9 The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
The Wizard Of Oz is not only a great children's film, but it is also one of the greatest movies in the entire world, and here is why. Firstly, the movie was one of the first to use Technicolor, a feature that blew the minds of many upon its release.
Secondly, it stars the legendary Judy Garland who steals every single scene that she is in despite strong competition from her co-stars. Finally, the music. That's right, the movie has a killer soundtrack that doesn't seem out of place nearly 100 years later. Yes, The Wizard Of Oz really is one of the most magical films out there.
8 Mary Poppins (1964)
A movie with catchy songs is a great way to capture your kid's attention, especially when the songs feature silly dances and even sillier characters. Mary Poppins is all of the above and is now regarded as one of the most entertaining musicals of all time.
At the time of its release, the movie wowed audiences worldwide due to its "special effects" and live animation. However, although it might look a little dated now, it certainly doesn't feel outdated and still can leave a smile on your face and a twinkle in your eye. Yes, your children will absolutely adore it.
7 Journey To The Center Of The Earth (1959)
Journey to the Center of the Earth was first released in 1864 as a science fiction novel by Jules Verne. Over the years, the movie has had a number of revamps. However, it is the 1959 version that remains the most favored.
The movie, which stars James Mason, was a huge financial success upon its release, mostly due to the epic special effects of the time. These days, the movie still remains a favorite, especially with young people who enjoy all things science fiction. In fact, the movie is now a cult classic, with frequent midnight screenings across the globe, although your kid might have to wait a few years to attend those ones.
6 The Kid (1921)
For some reason, silent cinema is disregarded as a form of entertainment despite the obvious positives. Think about it? Back in the day, silent movies were made due to the lack of technology that offered audiences dialogue.
As a result, the movies had to be extraordinarily captivating, making sure to keep their viewers focussed and entertained. Yes, silent movies instead focus on the music and action rather than dialogue, something that your kids will predicate. The Kid, directed by the legendary actor and director Charlie Chaplin, will give your kids something that little bit different. Plus, it is the best silent film of all time.
5 Miracle On 34th Street (1947)
Yeah yeah, we've all seen the remake, and yes it is very good, but the original is most certainly one of a kind. Miracle on 34th Street, which focusses on the old age question of "is Santa Claus real?", captivates and entertains audiences from the very beginning.
In fact, not only is it a great movie to watch at Christmas, but it is also extremely enjoyable all year round. Plus, it gives your children that little bit of hope, especially when they are getting to that age and questioning whether or not the big man in Lapland really does exist.
4 A Night At The Opera (1935)
The Marx brothers were extremely famous back in the day, and have entertained families across the globe for decades. The group consisted of five brothers in total but the focus was mainly on Chico, Harpo, and Groucho who were most certainly the stars of the family.
A Night at the Opera is the best for young children, mostly due to the anarchy and antics that are paraded on screen throughout the movie. And to make things that little bit better, the movie is also great for adults, who will also find the whole farce incredibly funny. Your kids won't know what has hit them.
3 Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, which was originally based on the Roald Dahl classic, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, is a kid's dream when it comes to plotlines. Yes, the movie follows young Charlie who wins a ticket to visit Willy Wonka (played by the brilliant Gene Wilder) and his famous chocolate factory.
The film is a barrel of laughs from the get-go and also has some catchy music to go with it. Sadly, the movie was recently revamped (even though it really didn't need to be) and didn't quite capture the same magic as the original.
2 Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Disney really knows how to make movies for young children, don't they? Yes, back in the day, Disney dominated the animation scene and continuously released hit after hit since its conception in the early 1930s. Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs was Disney's first effort at feature films, and boy did it work out.
That's right, the movie, which was originally based on a German fairytale, is as magical as it is bizarre, everything you could ever need from a children's movie. The movie did exceptionally well upon its release, with audiences left gobsmacked at the clever animation and images on the screen.
1 The Jungle Book (1967)
The Jungle Book is another Disney classic, which focusses on a young orphan who is raised by a number of animals. The movie is perfect for kids, mostly due to the talking animals and crazy characters that are introduced along the way.
Yes, who doesn't love a talking animal, right? However, although the characters might be the star of the show, the music comes a close second, with the soundtrack as fun as it is cleverly written. In fact, the soundtrack was so successful that it was even nominated for a Grammy and is still continued to be loved today, all these years later.