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So far we have a list of one: Mary Poppins.

I've just spent an hour of rare internet time reading through countless suggestions of Nemo (except bla bla) or Willie Wonka (except bla bla), etc. So if we could, to help keep this a productive list for those of us want to be HYPER-vigilant about exposing our kids to violence, but still want the pleasure of movie and pizza time, let's just leave the violent movies out of it! Things I won't show my child: death or injury of people or animals, fighting, bickering, dead mothers, animal violence, even if it's natural, scary villans, upsetting/distressing scenes or plots. Tell me something exists other than Mary Poppins!
post #2 of 129
The Sound of Music has always been a personal favorite (yes, I am aware that it takes place during WWII, but I can't recall any violent scenes). Really anything with Julie Andrews!
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we love Totoro and The Adventures of Mowgli (NOT the Jungle Book)
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Mary Poppins is wondeful..................UNLESS you watch a million times day!!
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Aristocats and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (it's the old version) are both okay with us.
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We have the Adventures of Winnie the Pooh from the late 70s? early 80s?, and DD's okay with it now, but I have to say, Rabbit is very mean and tries to get Tigger lost in the woods "to teach him a lesson." And the bees chase and sting Pooh... I don't know that I count it as gentle in concept...

We also have Clifford's Really Big Movie, which is pretty gentle.

The most gentle things I've seen are:
We like the They Might Be Giants "Here Come the ABCs" and have been thinking about the newer number one. It's basically kids music videos, no violence.

Anything Maisy or Miffy are the most gentle things I've seen. The "dilemmas/drama" are things like "I don't want to stop playing to go potty" or "Who's wearing this costume to the party?" Very little conflict of any kind in both of those. They're TV shows, but there are probably DVD compilations.
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Mary Poppins rocks!

If it weren't for the dead parents, I find Cinderella to be nicely without violence. The step sisters do rip her dress but that's the worst part.

I can't remember the name but there's a claymation movie or two called "something and Grommet" which I believe is totally violence free.

Otherwise there's always the shorter shows like Winnie the Pooh, Thomas the Tank Engine, Little Bear, and Spot but those might be less fun for the adults and less suitable for family movie night.
post #9 of 129
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Originally Posted by Bookworm View Post
So far we have a list of one: Mary Poppins.

I've just spent an hour of rare internet time reading through countless suggestions of Nemo (except bla bla) or Willie Wonka (except bla bla), etc. So if we could, to help keep this a productive list for those of us want to be HYPER-vigilant about exposing our kids to violence, but still want the pleasure of movie and pizza time, let's just leave the violent movies out of it! Things I won't show my child: death or injury of people or animals, fighting, bickering, dead mothers, animal violence, even if it's natural, scary villans, upsetting/distressing scenes or plots. Tell me something exists other than Mary Poppins!
MAry Poppins threatens to 'summon a policeman' when the Banks children ask too many questions and are havng trouble falling asleep. She also forces them to take their medicine...in a manipulative sort of way.
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The Sound of Music has always been a personal favorite (yes, I am aware that it takes place during WWII, but I can't recall any violent scenes). Really anything with Julie Andrews!
The boy who loves the Capt's oldest daughter pulls a gun on them in the graveyard and the father takes it away. He also spanks one of the little girls---she has to put her butt out.
post #11 of 129
In Mary Poppins doesn't the bank owner basically steal Michael's money and get very pushy with them. I remember that part being scary as a small child.

In Aristocats the butler tries to lose or kill the kittens so he can inhearit all the money.
post #12 of 129
Curious George has no violence we like that one.
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We love My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service, two movies made by the same director.

Totoro features a sick mom in a sanitarium-like place, but the movie doesn't dwell on it. Two girls live in a kind of magical forest house and a creature that looks like a giant marshmallow help them cope with missing their mom. Very sweet and gentle.

Kiki is about a young girl who has to prove herself (she's a witch in training) by adopting a town and finding her own special gift to give them and her own hidden talents. She pays for practicalities by flying around on her broom and delivering baked goods.
post #14 of 129
cant really remember if it fits the criteria but what about flipper?
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In Aristocats the butler tries to lose or kill the kittens so he can inhearit all the money.
He doesn't try to kill them -- the basket gets bumped off his scooter when he's driving them away from home. But he is shown absolutely to be a bumbling goob, and I think the notion of greed = a bad and stupid thing is a good lesson.

We love Aristocats. We do not love many Disney flicks, because of the violence, but Aristocats is okay in terms of not being violent, at least for us.
post #16 of 129
The 'run on the bank' scene in Mary Poppins scared the HELL out of me when I was a child.

EVERY movie is going to have a source of conflict. They call it 'plot'.

Rather than summarily banning EVERYTHING, why not simply make a case-by-case judgement based on the particular film and your particular child?
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EVERY movie is going to have a source of conflict. They call it 'plot'.
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post #18 of 129
Aren't there also animals hurt in Mary Poppins? I seem to remember jockeys whipping horses.
post #19 of 129
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EVERY movie is going to have a source of conflict. They call it 'plot'.

Rather than summarily banning EVERYTHING, why not simply make a case-by-case judgement based on the particular film and your particular child?
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Someone suggested the Clifford movie - my DD was in tears 10 minutes in because the neighbour said Clifford ate too much and Clifford thought he was a burden to the family, and he ran away. That was just too much for her. She doesn't like seeing anyone hurt, emotionally.

OTOH, she can sit through Wallace & Gromit Curse of the Wererabbit and find it just hilarious. There is a small amount of threatened violence and some cartoonish situations that would probably not be healthy IRL, but otherwise it's pretty tame although the wererabbit is "filmed" to be a bit scary at first (dark, scary music). Oh and the bad guy DOES try to shoot things all through the movie, so I guess if you are anti-hunting to the point of pretending it doesn't exist, that wouldn't float your boat. He only ever hits the stuffed bunny though. (Ooops, spoiler... ) Most physical harm in the movie is self-inflicted, so I don't know if that counts for anyone's criteria.
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And about the original Wallace and Gromits... A Close Shave is a little scary with the sheep rustling and evil robot dog. The Wrong Trousers has some theivery and deception. A Grand Day Out is the most innocuous. They just build a rocket and fly to the moon because they think it's made of cheese. They encounter a strange robot there, but I can't recall any questionable interactions between them.
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