I’ll let you in to a little secret: I make out that I’m watching family films for the girls, but in actual fact I’m totally watching them for myself!
There’s literally nothing I’d rather do than grab a bag of crisps and settle down for a good old cheesy flick. If it has princesses and evil queens and happy endings, that’s my nirvana, but I’ll pretty much watch anything that has a colourful cover, a catchy soundtrack and a G-Rating.
So you can imagine my utter joy when I was asked if I wanted to run a giveaway of the top 50 movies for kids. ‘Does Cinderella want to go to the ball?!’ I replied. I didn’t really say that (but now I kinda wish I had), but I did say yes, please!
The reason behind this fabulous promotion is the launch of the ‘Must See Movies Before You Grow Up’ campaign. Run by educational charity, INTO FILM, these movies have been carefully selected by industry experts and Into Film’s own programming team, and are suitable for children up to the age of 11.
You’ll find a delightful cross-section of the most magical and timeless family films, from timeless tales and animation classics, to modern day blockbusters (all of which are available to buy from retailers this summer).
So, which titles are up for grabs? *takes a deep breath…*
Classics: 101 Dalmatians (1961), Babe; The Gallant Pig (1995), Dumbo (1941), Mary Poppins (1964), Nanny McPhee (2005), Oliver! (1968), The Iron Giant (1999), The Jungle Book (1967), The Secret Garden (1993), Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971).
Thrills & Chills: A Little Princess (1995), Coraline (2009), Hotel Transylvania (2012), Jumanji (1995), Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), Star Wars; A New Hope (1977), The Gruffalo (2009), The Witches (1990), Wallace and Gromit; The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), Zootropolis (2016).
Adventure: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009), Night at the Museum (2006), Paddington (2014), Shaun The Sheep Movie (2015), The Adventures of TinTin (2011), The Never-Ending Story (1984), The Secret Life of Pets (2016), Toy Story (1995), Trolls (2016), Up (2009).
Kids Rule! Annie (1982), Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010), E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982), Free Willy (1993), Home (2015), Hook (1991), How To Train Your Dragon (2010), Matilda (1996), Swallows and Amazons (2016), The BFG (2016).
Heroes & Villains: Beauty and the Beast (1991), Fantastic Mr Fox (2009), Frozen (2013), Shrek (2001), Space Jam (1996), Spirited Away (2001), The LEGO Movie (2014), The Lion King (1994), The Lorax (2012), The Princess Bride (1987).
Yep. That’s right. One of you will win every single one of these brilliant family films. I’m so excited… and so jealous at the same time…
To enter grab your popcorn, and follow the Rafflecopter prompts below. Good luck!
The guide to the 50 films every child should see before they grow up has been created by film education charity Into Film, in partnership with the UK video industry to launch the ‘Must See Movies Before You Grow Up’ campaign, which will see all 50 films distributed by retailers this summer. To find out more, visit www.intofilm.org/msm