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Old 05-13-2010, 09:27 AM   #1
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Most gentle and "old school" classic Disney film?

So DS3 is basically screen free--he's allowed to watch a little bit of Little Bear when really miserably sick (1-2 weeks a year).

BUT DH is going to be gone this weekend and I was thinking to ease the stress from that (DS is a total Daddy's boy) we might have a very special movie night. Every movie I have seen previews for lately for kids is wayyyy too much for what I want. They're too fast, too loud, too flashy and the content is too mature (over his head mostly, even too "hip").

So please recommend the best classic Disney movie for a 3 year old that has never seen a movie. Slower, simpler, gentler (though a bad guy/witch is fine) and more for kids than trying to be witty or relevant for grown ups.

I thought about just asking for people's opinions of the most boring classic Disney movie!!!

Thanks!
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Old 05-13-2010, 10:01 AM   #2
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At three I would go with NEMO, Aristocats, Lady and the Tramp or Robin Hood. All are good but at 3 he would probably love Toy Story.

Not trying to be nosey here but is there a reason why you don't want him watching the "noisey" movies??
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Old 05-13-2010, 12:52 PM   #3
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I would say Peter Pan,Hercules or even Ratatouille
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Old 05-13-2010, 03:08 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies so far, might think about L & T, but NEMO and Ratatouille aren't really what I am going for. Something much older. We're very media-conservative (though politically and religiously liberal--go figure!!). Not asking anyone here to "get" us or agree--but I knew you guys would know your stuff about Disney movies.

Keep the ideas coming--keep 'em old school classics please! Off to IMDB.

Thanks again!!!
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Old 05-13-2010, 09:00 PM   #5
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Given what you're looking for, I would seriously recommend Disney's animated "Robin Hood." Old-fashioned, light-hearted fun, with animal characters and villains who are more silly than scary, plus some catchy songs by country singer/songwriter Roger Miller (who also narrates as Alan-a-Dale).

(As an aside, I really think Ratatouille - which I love - is one of the most 'mature' of the Pixar films, has some pretty adult themes and a rather complex story/characters.)
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Old 05-13-2010, 10:58 PM   #6
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The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh would be my choice. Very gentle, very calm, and no real "bad" guys.

ETA: Pooh is also the most like "Little Bear" in tone and theme. If your little one is used to Little Bear, Pooh should be comforting and familiar to him. The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh was always my little ones' first feature film.
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Old 05-14-2010, 12:49 AM   #7
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dumbo for sure, or peter pan
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Old 05-16-2010, 09:58 AM   #8
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Given what you're looking for, I would seriously recommend Disney's animated "Robin Hood." Old-fashioned, light-hearted fun, with animal characters and villains who are more silly than scary, plus some catchy songs by country singer/songwriter Roger Miller (who also narrates as Alan-a-Dale).

(As an aside, I really think Ratatouille - which I love - is one of the most 'mature' of the Pixar films, has some pretty adult themes and a rather complex story/characters.)
I agree about Ratatouille. DH and I watched it a year or two back while DS was sleeping--we watched it at Grandma and Grandpa with family on a holiday and nephew (4) stayed up to watch (he'd seen it before at 2 or 3) and the whole movie I was thinking "what in the heck does this have to do with kids??!!"


So I was wavering on the whole movie idea as usual until I woke up with a cold yesterday (and DH out of town!) Made it through yesterday but woke up this morning feeling terrible--with DH not expected back until 6 pm. I found Lady and the Tramp free online and we just watched it. Nice and simple, thanks for the recommendations! And I actually got to rest for 76 whole minutes!!
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Old 05-16-2010, 09:29 PM   #9
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I vote Robin Hood.
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Old 05-17-2010, 02:25 PM   #10
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I would agree that The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a good choice. Other suggestions:
Mary Poppins- it is a bit long for a 3yr old but you could split it over two days
Jungle Book
And my top pick -the 1963 version(original) of The Incredible Journey. I loved this movie as a child. It follows three animals- 2 dogs, one cat- who have been left with a caretaker while their owners are away for an extended period of time. The caretaker lives 200-300 miles away from the animals' home and the animals try to find their way back home. Most of the movie is film of the journey of three animals with a narrator overlay. Very gentle movie, but if your child loves animals I think he would like it very much.
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Old 05-17-2010, 06:05 PM   #11
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Here's the list I came up with:
Lady and the Tramp
Bambi
Fox & the Hound
Pinocchio
Dumbo
Peter Pan
Dumbo
Winnie the Pooh
Tinkerbell
A Goofy Movie
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Old 05-18-2010, 10:33 AM   #12
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My son absolutely loved watching Dumbo. It is only about an hour long - so not too long. One of my daughter's favorites was Brave Little Toaster.
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Old 05-19-2010, 01:59 PM   #13
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If you "do" Christmas, a very nice Christmastime DVD is "Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas." It's sweet and gentle. My young children enjoy that one very much. It has a sequel, I believe, but I haven't seen that so can't recommend it.
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The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh would be my choice. Very gentle, very calm, and no real "bad" guys.

ETA: Pooh is also the most like "Little Bear" in tone and theme.
I'd agree. In fact, when my son first started watching Little Bear, I was struck by how strongly the backgrounds used therein resemble those in the Winnie The Pooh films.
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Old 05-21-2010, 12:28 PM   #15
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I'd add Pooh's Heffalump Movie (DD7's first movie at the theater when she was two) and The Tigger Movie to the list. Both are very sweet with no bad guys.
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