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      CommentAuthorbabymole
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2008 edited
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    I just watched Disney's 'Alice...' this morning at 5.45am with my two and a half year old daughter. Its the first time I've seen it since my little sister was into about twelve years ago, and I was just blown away.

    My daughter loved it, liked the songs and stuff, but she seemed to dig it on a purely visual level, saying 'ooh' and 'aah' etc at certain sequences.

    I was just wondering if there was anything else, not Disney I could watch with her, that she could dig. I know this place isn't really the sort of plac epeople ask what they can watch with their kids, but I'm sure there are enough of you that watch stuff cooler than Disney. I'm obviously not interested in stuff thats going to weird her out (too much, 'Alice...' did my head in a little at 5.45am), but I'm sure she'll enjoy something thats cool to look at, in the same way I'll respond to it?
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      CommentAuthorDoc Ocassi
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2008 edited
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    Look east and get some of Studio Ghibli's Anime, your local library will probably have some.

    I would advise against 'Grave of the Fireflies' it is way too sad, and 'Princess Mononoke' is a little bloody. Definitely get 'Laputa', 'The Cat Returns.' and 'My Neighbor Totoro' I'm sure she will enjoy them.

    Totoro
    A Totoro
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    Kiki's Deilvery Service would seem perfect.
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      CommentAuthorstsparky
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2008
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    Twice Upon a Time ? Wish this were on DVD.

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    Jiri Trnka: the Walt Disney of Iron Curtain. The Trnka's Fairy Tale versions are the most beautiful pieces of Art. The puppet films of Jiri Trnka (yes, this animation uses puppet in sop motion to create the simple, almost silly, but always awesome universe). Below, some examples from Youtube:



    When I had time, I will post more indications (I hope some of these helps you and your daughter).
    • CommentAuthorjohnmuth
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2008
     (1525.6)
    My two and a half year old daughter - who just turned three - really enjoys the Winnie the Pooh movie. The original, old school one that my roommate's mom had on VHS from when my roommate was a kid. My daughter likes to make the Tigger noise, and say, "tut tut, it looks like rain." Much to my chagrin, she seems to also like Beauty and the Beast. And that's all from Disney, proper, that I let her watch...Oh, well, Tarzan too. She really likes Finding Nemo and Monster's Inc. I also bought a few movies that I enjoyed when I was a kid. Back when kids movies were good. :)

    Annie has been a big hit. Matilda is great. And she really likes Goonies. The first time we watched it, I had forgotten the cursing in it...Of course, it wasn't new language to me, when I was growing up. And now that my daughter has gotten good at saying everything that she hears, I don't know that we'll watch it anymore, at least for a while.

    Sesame Street is still pretty good. There are some great bits that I think I enjoy more than she does. I try to keep her away from the Elmo love that seems to grip every other child, and for the most part, she seems to like Bert and Ernie the best. Fine by me.

    Oh and Curious George.
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    @Doc Ocassi - I agree with "The Cat Returns" and "My Neighbor Totoro." I still love watching those movies!

    The Phantom Tollbooth was both my favorite book and movie when I was younger. I'm not sure a 2 year old would really grasp the movie, but you might enjoy it as well.
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    "Pulp Fiction".

    Okay, just kidding.
    • CommentAuthorSolario
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2008
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    For some reason all I can think of is slightly inappropriate stuff like Quang's Song in Terkel in Knibe (which I think got translated.)



    You don't really need to know the language to tell what's going on.
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    there's always the dark crystal and labyrynth, not cartoony but still fun and visually stimulatiing. i was going to suggest spirited away too but it's damn confusing, i barely understand it myself ;)
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      CommentAuthorBZedan
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2008
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    Old Fraggle Rock episodes. I loved watching it as a kid and it imprinted pretty heavy messages (like destruction is essential to creation) that I didn't realise until decades later.
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      CommentAuthorMegaGoosey
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2008
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    TOTORO

    My little sister loves it, and so do I.
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      CommentAuthorsynthsapien
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2008 edited
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    James and the Giant Peach? I quite enjoyed the animated version.
    Totoro is definately the best bet though.
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      CommentAuthorstsparky
    • CommentTimeMar 24th 2008
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    Animal Treasure Island. An anime film directed by Hiroshi Ikeda and written by Takeshi Iijima and Hiroshi Ikeda with story consultation by famous animator Hayao Miyazaki. This version replaced several of the human characters with animal counterparts.

    Saiyu-ki - Journey to the West

    Shonen Sarutobi Sasuke (The Adventures of Little Samurai) AKA "Magic Boy" may be worth tracking down.

    My Satomi the wonder tot watches PBS's Caillou and Totoro; As well as Jungle Book, Peter Pan and Monsters Inc.
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      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeMar 24th 2008
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    I'd recommend Mirrormask. It's probably a bit darker then the others people have mentioned, but it's an excellent movie with brilliant visuals.

    Close to You
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeMar 24th 2008
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    Spirited Away is brilliant. I still watch it from time to time and can't help but cry (in that good, "awwww! everyone wants to help her!" kind of way)
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      CommentAuthorsynthsapien
    • CommentTimeMar 24th 2008 edited
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    DarkKnightJRK - don't forget, the intended viewer is not yet 3. Mirrormask would probably switch between scaring and boring her.
    (And I'm a lapsed McKean junkie)
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    @stsparky

    Twice Upon a Time was awesome, or at least the unedited version was (though its not exactly children friendly). HBO mistakeningly broadcast the version with swearing in it a couple of times before it was yanked and the version on VHS was played in it's place. Somehow I lucked out and saw the unedited one twice and even managed to tape most of it the scond time, before my brother taped over the majority of it. I knew I should have buried him under the lincoln logs...
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      CommentAuthorbabymole
    • CommentTimeMar 24th 2008
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    @Doc Ocassi, just returned home from visiting my sister and read your post, when my wife said my sister had all of those suggestions on DVD.

    @Andrenavarro: I knid of accidentally watched 'Resident Evil: Apocalypse' when I thought she was napping, but was playing under the table for the whole of it, so she'd probably not be fazed.

    @collindeplancy: just put an order in to amazon for a couple of Trnka things, just on the strength of that clip, but more for me than my daughter. Nice one.

    @offtandiscord: both of those are amazing, can't believe I forgot them.

    @BZedan: She already loves Fraggle Rock (I bought the boxed set for her but secretly for me)

    Everyone else: Keep those suggestions coming as keeping her entertained is a full time thing! I'm going back onto amazon to order James and the Giant Peach...
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      CommentAuthorstsparky
    • CommentTimeMar 24th 2008 edited
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    Depending on personality she might find the ReBoot series fun - this link shows the ones available via Amazon.