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Need movie recs for 3.5 yr old

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

I need to know what some good easy going movies/shows are that I can get on dvd for my 3 and a 1/2 yr old to watch sometimes.


We barely do tv/dvd's. But I think it is good sometimes!


Right now the only ones I have found that I like are Calliou and Shawn the train (which I can only find online not on a dvd?)


I don't really like animal ones where the animals are people-like. I guess this limits me a lot! I don't mind characters like muppets and so forth but when they are talking animals it bugs me. It is just a personal thing for me.


I like ones where the people are people. And I like them to be happy and not at all scary- I really like Caillou ( can't remember if I am spelling it right right now!) And I really like Shawn the train! I


Based on that, any recommendations?

post #2 of 11

Can you get DVDs at your library?  Then if you don't like them you can take them back.


We like Little Einsteins lately.  The music is repetitive, but at least it's real.

Do you like talking cars?  Chuck & Friends is fun.

Super Why from PBS is also good.

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

our library has  a tiny dvd section! I have Netflix though--- I am okay wth talking cars. I can even come around to talking animals as long as it is a good show--

post #4 of 11

Wallace & Gromit!  Gromit is a dog and very expressive, but he doesn't talk, nor do any other animal characters.  Wallace is a crazy inventor person.  These were some of the first shows my son watched when we let him start having screen time at age 2.  However, I have to mention that there is a little bit of worry and menace in the plots, some of which have bad guys, and in "The Wrong Trousers" the bad penguin shoots a gun at them--I had forgotten about this before watching it with my son.  "A Grand Day Out" is the most innocuous of their films.


We have the DVDs of selected episodes from the first 10 seasons of "Sesame Street".  Someone felt compelled to give these a disclaimer that they're for adults only and May Not Suit the Needs of Today's Preschool Child!  But we think they are awesome.  My son watched them frequently from age 3 to 6.


There are a few DVDs available of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", a sweet and wonderful and educational show that honors children's dignity and confines talking animals to Make-Believe.

post #5 of 11

Some of my girl's favorite shows on Netflix that don't include anthropomorphized animals or objects are Justin Time and Super Why. She likes Handy Manny, too, but there are talking tools, which really kind of annoy me but which she doesn't mind in the least.


She is quite sensitive to scary/perilous things in shows/movies, so the list of movies she likes is pretty short. Some of the ones that don't involve talking animals are My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, and The Secret World of Arriety. Also Ratatouille and Wall-E. I don't think any of them are on Netflix streaming, though.

post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 

thank you for the suggestions. Is anyone else bugged by talking animals? I am not rigid about it by any means it is just something I have noticed since becoming a mom-- I think it is because I am somewhat of a literal person so when I find I am teaching my 3 yr old about the world, and he is justlearning about animals I find it confusing (in books too) if they are animals that act like people.  Of course I grew up ith plenty of animals as people stories and it never confused me as a kid!  At any rate the animals as people thing is sort of an aside and I am open to suggestions of good movies even if they are animal based. I like Caillou (and I know plenty of ppl find him annoying but I don't) because he is a sweet kid who is actually a kid from a happy family doing things that a three yr old can relate to.

Somehow I don't mind shawn the train even though he is a talking train, but I found the other talking train one to be awful.


Mostly I want ones that tell sweet innocent kid appropriate stories without any violence or scary stuff!

post #7 of 11

Some of our favorite sweet, slow stories do involve talking animals, and it doesn't bother me, although at times I notice incongruous differences and dh and I laugh about them. Little Bear and Kipper are our favorites. Kipper is on streaming Netflix. Little Bear is on Amazon Prime.

post #8 of 11

My kids (5 and 2.5) love Caillou too, and I like that it's reality-like.  Recently we've been borrowing Stella and Sam DVDs from the library (they are not full length movies but just a set of episodes, from the TV series which is based on the original books).  It is also reality-like although no adults are depicted and Stella has a rich imagination so what she teaches her little brother Sam isn't usually accurate.  The kids and I both enjoy watching it together.

post #9 of 11
DS loves Caillou, Kipper (a talking dog though, so maybe not for you...) and Pocoyo. I actually like watching Pocoyo with him- it's really sweet and clever. We just watch YouTube episodes, not sure where else to find it. Also, Sid the science kid and yo gabba gabba.
post #10 of 11

I always recommend the Scholastic video collection. Recently Netflix added a few, but investing in the dvds was worth it for us. They are videos of children's books that are read with the original illustrations slightly animated, kind of like the story part of Reading Rainbow. There are a variety of video collections with different themes, some by author and some by topic, we have no where near the entire collection but really enjoy the ones we have http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_16?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=scholastic+video+collection&sprefix=scholastic+video%2Caps%2C364

post #11 of 11

I'm one of those parents who tries not to let my kids watch too much tv, and we don't have cable so I'm completely unaware of everything current. If my 3 years and 10 months old son is going to watch a movie, I want to watch it with him and not go crazy after seeing it a few times, so I basically only let him watch things I know I like. The ones that he's seen and enjoyed were:


How to Train Your Dragon - Big Scary Dragon at the end, but my son loved this movie for months, though he was physically incapable of watching it by himself since he has no concept of a timeline and was always worried the Big Scary Dragon would pop up when I wasn't there.


Despicable Me - Absolutely nothing scary and super cute. He didn't like the second one as much, but I did.


Wreck-It Ralph - Definitely some questionable language ("diaper baby", "moron", "hobo"), but I used it as a teaching experience for words we shouldn't say and he didn't have a problem. The ending is a little scary. This movie prompted the most imaginative play, since he was essentially Fix-It Felix 80% of the time for 2 months straight. He constantly wore a blue baseball cap and carried around a hammer.


The Lorax - Like Despicable Me, the bad guy is not at all threatening, so there's nothing scary about this movie. It also teaches a good lesson about not being greedy.


Cars - Another good, not at all scary movie, with a nice lesson about helping people and being a good friend. He also likes Planes, but not as much.


Since it's getting close to Christmas, we're also occasionally watching the original cartoon How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Frosty the Snowman.


In addition to these, we also request several dvd's from the library, like the Reading Rainbow series that I used to watch as a kid, and the current Little Pim dvds which teach foreign languages. I'm not really a big fan of him learning foreign languages through tv, but he saw this somewhere else and really likes them, so I get them for him once in awhile. He's also a big fan of the Magic School Bus series, which we also put on hold and get from the library occasionally.

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