Celebrating the holidays took on a whole new level of fun when we became parents. Halloween and Christmas are very much kid-friendly holidays. But what about the others? Thanksgiving is the perfect time to talk about all we are thankful for, Easter allows for egg hunts and celebrating of Jesus's resurrection. With the next holiday fast approaching - Valentine's Day - I wanted to share our favorite love themed movies. Since the holiday falls on a Sunday this year, what better way to end the weekend than with a Valentine's Day movie date with your littlest loves.
Lady and the Tramp
Lady is a well-bred cocker spaniel who falls for Tramp, a charming mutt from the opposite side of the tracks who shows her excitement and adventure. This timeless classic still delights families with its heartwarming love story and famous spaghetti scene more than 50 years after its release.
Gnomeo & Juliet
In this animated rendition of Shakespeare’s classic, Gnomeo and Juliet are garden gnomes from feuding clans. The star-crossed duo will charm parents and kids alike with their over the top
Beauty and the Beast
In the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture, a prince is cursed to be a hideous beast forever unless he finds true love before his 21st birthday. When he takes the unconventional Belle as a prisoner he begins to fall in love, but will she return his feelings before it is too late?
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown
This classic and much-loved Peanuts story centers on the romantic yearnings of Charlie Brown. As Valentine's Day approaches, Lucy tries to get Schroeder to give her a card, Sally chases after Linus and poor Charlies dreams of getting just a single valentine. This DVD also two short films, You're In Love Charlie Brown and It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown.
I personally think Frozen is one of Disney’s best and it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day because it’s not only a cautious tale (Anna and Prince Hans), but shows romantic love (Anna and Kristoff), platonic love (Olaf’s “worth melting for” with Elsa), and sisterly love.
Princess Fiona is cursed to be a beauty by day and an ogress by night. When she falls in love with the ogre Shrek the curse is broken, but Fiona is surprised to find that her true form is not what she had expected. Kids will learn the power of real beauty from this comic parody of classic fairy-tales.
The Little Mermaid
While all of the princess movies may speak perfectly on the subject of love, The Little Mermaid has it all with romance, friendship, risk, and a parent's selfless love.
Kids will love WALL·E, a curious robot who lives in a distant future when trash covers the globe and people have to live on a giant spaceship. When WALL·E falls for the sophisticated robot EVE, it will be up to the two of them to save the world and bring the human race back to Earth.
This animated musical tells the tale of Ted, a 12-year-old boy who sets out in search of a living tree to please his crush Audrey. When he meets the Once-ler, Ted learns why all the trees are gone and makes it his mission to plant the last remaining seed.
When sharing this list with James, I discovered he hasn't seen a bulk of these. You can bet I plan to remedy that. First up, my all-time favorite Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast. What's your favorite childhood love story?