Entertainment Weekly Compiles “The Essentials” for Children

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What would you say are the most important movies a child should watch? Entertainment Weekly recently undertook the important job of curating a list of the films a child should see before reaching the age of 13.
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Every so often, someone writes an article so relevant that it begs to be printed off and clipped to the fridge for further reference. Entertainment Weekly recently published an article like this — or, at least, it would be if printing wouldn’t remove so many features (such as trailers and clips).

Just as Turner Classic Movies’ “The Essentials” gives adults the basics in film appreciation, so Entertainment Weekly’s “55 Essential Movies” for children provides a film literacy background for the under-13 set (actually, it wouldn’t hurt adults to watch some of these films, too). In it you’ll find movies to watch over and over again – new movies, old movies, live action movies, and animated movies. You will find movies your parents loved when they were kids, and some your grandparents loved as well. And you’ll find some that they missed – just because they weren’t the right age when the movie was released. And, yes, “The Princess Bride” is on the list.

Here are their top 10, just so you can start somewhere:

  1.  The Muppet Movie (1979)
  2.  Toy Story (1995)
  3.  How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
  4.  Babe (1995)
  5.  Mary Poppins (1964)
  6.  Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  7.  The Little Mermaid (1989)
  8.  Finding Nemo (2003)
  9.  The Red Balloon (1956)
  10.  Pinocchio (1940)

There are 45 more, the rationale for including each film, and appetite-whetting trailers – so just go to the EW site and READ THE LIST ALREADY! Then get ready to introduce your children to some of the best movies ever produced!


It’s rated as the number one Essential “must-see” film for children by Entertainment Weekly. Is it in your film library?

If your video library is collected on discs, you’ll want to order “The Muppet Movie: The Nearly 35th Anniversary Edition” on DVD, Blu-Ray, or multi-format from Amazon.com. Special features on the multi-format edition include:


  • Blu-ray(TM) Feature Film + Bonus Digital Copy Of Feature Film (expiration date may apply);
  • Disney Intermission – Pause the movie and see what happens!;
  • Frog-E-Oke Sing-along – Sing, howl, and croak along with Kermit and the gang;
  • Jim Frawley’s extended camera test – The filmmakers take the Muppets for their first outdoor camera test;
  • Never-Before-Seen Footage: Doc Hopper’s Commercial;
  • Original Trailers; and
  • Classic bonus feature: Pepe the king prawn turns the spotlight on one of the world’s most famous frogs in “Pepe Profiles Present Kermit – A Frog’s Life.”

Available now on Amazon.com. Released: August 13, 2013– Candy

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If your video library is collected in digital form on a hard drive, you’ll want to buy the digital download of “The Muppet Movie” (1979) from Amazon Video (without special features). Or, if you prefer, you can stream it before you buy (terms apply). Sorry, this film is not eligible for free viewing with Amazon Prime. – Candy

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