Monday, November 24, 2014

10 Thanksgiving Movies For Kids Of All Ages

The Macy's Parade is over, the last football player has been knocked to the ground, dinner has been cooked and eaten, and your time with the relatives is, um, wearing thin.  

Thanksgiving movies can be enjoyed by everyone!

What do you do next??!  Why not watch a movie?  

Here are my top 10 picks for relatively kid-friendly Thanksgiving movies. And remember: before you spend money renting them, try borrowing them from your local library for FREE!

  1. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving – Nobody does the holidays better than the Peanuts gang! In case you haven't see this Emmy-award winning classic, Peppermint Patty invites herself and her friends over to Charlie Brown's for Thanksgiving. Can poor Chuck rise challenge? This film is full of warmth – I mean, how can you resist a dinner with popcorn on the menu? The DVD also includes "The Mayflower Voyagers" special, a Peanuts rendition of the Mayflower Voyage and the first Thanksgiving. 

    Find the REAL meaning of Thanksgiving in this movie.

  2. Mouse On The Mayflower – A charming story told by William, it's about a little mouse whose big idea saves the pilgrims during a perilous storm as they travel to the New World. This cartoon originally aired on television in 1968 and also traces the story of the struggles of those first settlers as they learn to plant crops during Spring and celebrate in Autumn with the first Thanksgiving. 

  3. It's A Wonderful Life – Before you start complaining that this is a classic Christmas movie, which it is, I would argue that the message of being grateful for the life you have as well as for family and friends is perfectly suited for Thanksgiving viewing as well. 

  4. Alvin And The Chipmunks: Alvin's Thanksgiving Celebration – This Thanksgiving-themed DVD contains four Alvin episodes including "A Chipmunk Celebration," "Food for Thought," "Cookie Chomper III," and "Dave's Getting Married.” This rodent knows the meaning of Turkey Day!

  5. Avalon – A PG rated film which was released 1990, it traces fictional Sam Krichinsky's family as they pursue the American dream. Much of the story takes place as the family gathers for Thanksgiving dinners and some of the themes explored include the effects of affluence, introduction of television, and attitudes towards the elderly. 

  6. Holiday Inn – Ok, so it's pretty thin on plot, but this 1942 musical which features Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby has amazing songs by Irving Berlin and is perfect for watching with older family members (who probably know the songs by heart). A toe-tapping good time!

  7. Grumpy Old Men – Another PG rated film, this wonderful comedy focuses on a lifelong feud between two neighbors which only gets worse when a new female neighbor moves across the street. Walter Matthau and Jack Lemon proved that you don't have to be young to be hysterically funny.

  8. Home For The Holidays – Rated PG-13, the story of poor Claudia Larson who, after suffering some really bad luck, has to face spending the holiday with her family will resonate with those of us who have, shall we say, less than Norman Rockwell-type tribes. 

  9. Garfield's Thanksgiving – Garfield's owner, Jon, needs to take the reluctant feline to the vet on the day before Thanksgiving. Will the good doctor force Garfield to follow a (gasp!) diet before his favorite day of gluttony? Like most of us facing dietary challenges, it could make for one cranky Turkey Day!

  10. Miracle On 34th Street – Remember the good old days when Christmas season began AFTER Thanksgiving? While this movie isn't a Thanksgiving movie per se, it is a seasonal favorite that includes a touch of the holiday as it features it tells the story of the trial of the Santa who appears in Macy's parade. If you haven't seen it yet, now is the time. 


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