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post #1 of 28
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i'm pretty picky about what i let my son watch. however, i work overnights 3 nights a week and on one of the days, he gets to have movie day because i have to get some sleep. i'm looking for some movies to add to our library, we only have the leapfrog ones so far and he's pretty sick of them by now

what are you and your kids favorite movies?
post #2 of 28
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Originally Posted by granolapunk View Post

what are you and your kids favorite movies?

My kids just scoured the library book sale for Magic School Bus videos - so I'd say those are favorites! They also love Cyberchase on PBS Kids, don't know if it's on video, though.
post #3 of 28
Liberty Kids and Carman Sandiego as well as the Peanuts “educational ones”, ummm what else, Really Wild Animals, Jack Hannah videos, School House Rock, The Magic School Bus…I can’t think of anything else right now.
post #4 of 28
We love Popular Mechanics for Kids DVDs. We have a French 6 DVD set on the human body called (translating) Once Upon a Time There Was... Life. It's got an English version on it so maybe it's available over there too? It's very early 80s looking but kids seem to love it!

Walking With Dinosaurs (BBC) if he likes dinosaurs.
post #5 of 28
Depending on how you define "educational," some kids really like filmed arts performances -- dance, or supposedly some children will enjoy something like "The Magic Flute" (not mine, but it's worth a try!).
post #6 of 28
Cyberchase is on video-check your library. My kids love this one too and the Liberty Kids.
Also check out the Reading Rainbow videos at your library-they are from the PBS series and they have a theme for each one and highlight books about the theme, my kids like these and are good for about ages 5 to10?
There are alot of non-fiction kids videos on about any topic if you check your library in that topic area (ie nature, history, etc)
post #7 of 28
Here's just a few we have in our library (over 300 films!):

David Attenborough's:

Life On Earth
Life Of Birds
Secret Life Of Plants
Blue Planet
Life Of Mammals
Trials Of Life
Living Planet
Jewel Of the Earth (all about amber)
Life In the Freezer
Life In the Undergrowth (all about insects)

NOVA:

Japan's Secret Garden (David Attenborough)
Garden Of Eden (on the Seychelle Islands)
The Unknown World (microscopic life)
Treasures Of the Great Barrier Reef
Miracle Of Life (in the womb)

IMAX:

The Great Barrier Reef
The Living Sea
Coral Reef Adventure
Galapagos
Blue Planet (different from the David Attenborough series above)
Origins Of Life

PBS Home Video:

Secrets Of the Ocean Realm

Winged Migration

Microcosmos

Insectia

BBC:

Walking With Dinosaurs
Walking With Cavemen
Walking With Prehistoric Beasts
Allosaurus
Chased By Dinosaurs
Prehistoric America

Discovery:

When Dinosaurs Roamed America
Dinosaur Planet

National Geographic:

Any of the Really Wild Animals videos (set of 10 available, any and all are terrific for kids AND adults!)
any National Geographic specials
post #8 of 28
MythBusters is verrrrrry popuar at our house, as is This Old House, Modern Marvels (we're selective about the topics with this one), a lot of the IMAX films (some of these are rather short, so they might not fulfill your "getting some sleep" goals, though!), Reading Rainbow, Cyberchase and Magic Schoolbus.
post #9 of 28
Let me add another vote for Magic School Bus. I've learned a lot from watching them with DS. We bought most of ours used from Amazon. Although theywere sold as used, most were still factorysealed. The pirces weren't bad at all. And we get the ones we don't own from the library.

Kathi
post #10 of 28
We also really like Magic School Bus videos. Zoboomafoo is another hit (we have a couple we bought and also one that I just recorded from PBS for a few mornings in a row). Cyberchase too is popular here, and my oldest (5 1/2) was getting into an episode of Liberty Kids he saw at my mom's.
post #11 of 28
Another vote for Microcosmos! What a cool film! Here's a good review.
post #12 of 28
subbing...
post #13 of 28
Bill Nye the Science Guy videos (a library here has 'em) are a bit hyper but older kids, at least, enjoy them. Maybe some little ones, too.

Zaboomafoo videos

Quiet, good-quality family films like The Secret of Roan (sp?) Innish (not educational, but like good literature), Black Beauty (recent one--has some dramatic moments). How old is your son?


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Originally Posted by granolapunk View Post
i'm pretty picky about what i let my son watch. however, i work overnights 3 nights a week and on one of the days, he gets to have movie day because i have to get some sleep. i'm looking for some movies to add to our library, we only have the leapfrog ones so far and he's pretty sick of them by now

what are you and your kids favorite movies?
post #14 of 28
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by HikeYosemite View Post
Bill Nye the Science Guy videos (a library here has 'em) are a bit hyper but older kids, at least, enjoy them. Maybe some little ones, too.

Zaboomafoo videos

Quiet, good-quality family films like The Secret of Roan (sp?) Innish (not educational, but like good literature), Black Beauty (recent one--has some dramatic moments). How old is your son?

he's 5.5.

Thank ALL of you for responding, i can't wait to go find some of these, i really appreciate it!
post #15 of 28
Great thread!

subbing
post #16 of 28
Well, we *love* Over The Hedge. You could link it to a respecting the earth/environment/rejecting suburban McMansions/ covenants studies. Also, recycling , waste, and disrespect for lives that are not human are other important ideas reflected in the movie.

Plus, bnus points if you discuss the line, "Humans are slowly loosing their ability to *walk*!" . It is particularly telling commentary.

That movie is really good. Good music, too.
post #17 of 28
the eyewitness videos are great
post #18 of 28
Another vote for magic school bus! We just scored a bunch of reading rainbow and ds 1 and I are really enjoying them! We also got the Cosmos box set and I'll admit that I though it would not interest the boys yet but they actually are enjoying it.
post #19 of 28
Another vote for BBC's Walking With Dinosaurs. I thought I was so done with dinosaurs but I couldn't pull myself away from the TV when we rented it. Neither could BF or DS. Just awesome.
post #20 of 28
Do you think a 5 1/2 year old would be interested in Walking with Dinosaurs? I have wanted to look for it at the video store but I don't know much about it. Oh, is it "scary" at all? (He is quite sensitive to "scariness". )
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