Yesterday’s comments have proven so resourcefully terrific that real-life lurkers are telling me they’re using the list for reals, so THANK YOU for the suggestions. If you don’t mind me taxing your hive-cerebellum again, can we do the same thing for movies?
This is probably a more well-documented problem, best encapsulated in jp’s links (lists entitled “Non-Boring G-Rated Movies” and “You Can Look at the Screen Again, Honey”). My criterion is the same for these, so I’ll give you a few that she has loved:
• Kit Kittredge: An American Girl – Disregard the corporate tie-in, because this is a simple, engaging, fun drama set in the Depression about a plucky girl makin’ it work. Lots of “hoboes” and Stanley Tucci.
• Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue – the rare third installment of a franchise that is better than the first two, although all three are kind of awesome. Total Disney computer animation, but fun as hell, and this one has the added benefit of a father-daughter relationship that gets me every time.
• Nanny McPhee Returns – Emma Thompson, I hope you never stop making these.
• Babe – Probably her favorite movie. And perhaps the best line ever: “That’ll do, pig.”
• “Ponyo” and “Totoro” are the fever dreams we share.
• classics she has loved: “Mary Poppins”, “Singin’ in the Rain”, parts of “Meet Me in St. Louis”, “The Muppets Take Manhattan”
So I leave it to you, fair readers, are there more such movies at the nexus of “not terribly scary”, “non-violent”, “imagination-inspiring”, “age-appropriate” and “guaranteed not to make parents drool with fatigue”?
Tinker Bell is okay, but I’m partial to her pal Silvermist