What They’re Watching: My Kids Pick Favorite New DVDs

Posted January 25th, 2013 by Sandie in DVD, Entertainment, Movies

My kids are ridiculously lucky when it comes to entertainment. It’s not that we’re one-percenters who can afford to hire popstars and professional athletes to do meet-and-greets at their birthday parties, but thanks to my job as a movie critic, I have an impressive DVD collection. But just because we get movies for free doesn’t mean my children love every movie. I’ve taught them better than that, and they know that some family movies are excellent while others belong, in a giveaway pile for their school fundraisers. I’ve asked my three young cineastes what their favorite DVDs du jour are, and here are their responses (mostly verbatim):

New kids movies on DVD
“Frankenweenie”:  “I like the movie, because it was kind of science-oriented in a really funny way. It was cool to see a movie about Dr. Frankenstein as a boy, and to find out that his first ‘monster’ was actually his dog. I really liked how each of the kids who find out about his creation end up making their own pet monsters too. They’re each really funny and scary at the same time. Also, Victoria [my 17-year-old cousin] explained why Tim Burton is a genius. I think so too.” –E, age 10 (he turns 11 next week, ack!)

“Madly Madagascar”: “It was funny, because King Julian makes the animals think a perfume that falls from the sky is a love a potion. Then all the animals, like Marty and Skipper, want to have it so they can fall in love. One of the funniest parts is when Alex puts a potion that King Julian made, but it wasn’t a potion — it was just stinky!” — D, age 8

“The Lorax”: “I like when the Lorax, the fish, the bear, and the bird play a card game. It was funny. Dr. Seuss makes you think about things. I like the Gruffalo trees.” –“Baby” J, age 4


I  received complimentary review copies of the DVDs, but but as a career-long entertainment writer, free movies never influence my (or my children’s opinions). Sandie blogs about Young Adult literature at Teen Lit Rocks and reviews movies and books at Common Sense Media.






2 Responses to “What They’re Watching: My Kids Pick Favorite New DVDs”

  1. Lisa

    The Lorax is totally awesome! I just love the music in that movie! It’s fun, has a terrific message and is funny.

    I have to check out Madly Madagascar. We love the Madagascar movies in our house!

    Frankenweenie scared my kids. They were probably too young, but my daughter is still looking for monsters under her bed – where she was never scared before. I felt bad – and now preview movies and read reviews before showing them (you live and learn, don’t you?). I think the content was much too mature for us. Plus, it’s scary. Hahaha!