All of the adults in my house have been feeling a little under the weather this week. The kids, meanwhile, seem to be feeling great. As a result, it’s pretty tough for anyone to keep up with them. Sitting at the dinner table last night, it was pretty obvious that nobody was going to be able to keep the kids entertained until bedtime. Therefore, it became movie time.
We have a rule in our house that the kids can only watch TV or movies if an adult is watching it with them. This was our sort of compromise that we created in order to manage how much TV they watch. It prevents us from just putting them in front of the TV and then doing other things. It also ensures that we are interacting with them on some level even when we’re just sitting on the couch.
The problem with this rule is that picking out a movie becomes tricky. It needs to be something that the kids will enjoy but keeps us entertained at the same time. Thankfully, there have been plenty of great cartoons recently that fill that role. Unfortunately, we’ve watched some of them too many times. My wife and I have seen Tangled, Bolt, and The Princess and the Frog so many times that we can act the parts out ourselves, complete with a soundtrack.
Therefore, I decided to take a trip back to my childhood and pick one of my favorite movies, Robin Hood. This is the animated Disney version where Robin Hood was a fox and Little John was a bear. It was one of my favorites when I was a kid, so I figured that we could give it a shot.
Once everybody got comfortable, it was obvious that it was going to be a hit. By the end of the movie, Little Dude was cuddling in the chair with my wife, and I was lying on the floor with Princess. It was a pretty good family moment, and it’s nice to see that some movies stand the test of time and transend generations.
If you remember the movie, there was no computer animation or flashy scenes. It was released in 1973, and it was just a really good story told in an enjoyable way. It’s the same reason that the original Star Wars movies were so much better than Episodes 1-3. The stories were great, and there weren’t any over-the-top special effects taking away from it.
How about you? What’s your favorite movie that has stood the test of time?