Now, Huck doesn’t watch a whole lot of TV, primarily because we don’t have cable. (Though the two weeks we spent in Portland he got himself a healthy dose of Fox News. Luckily, I think he is still capable of rational thought. Badumching!)
But one thing we do take very seriously is our love of Disney movies, and we are currently in rigorous training for Huck’s first visit to Disneyland next year. I have one in the DVD player at all times. We generally watch a movie twenty-minute snippets. While I’m getting ready in the morning, on it goes. While we’re killing time before bedtime, on it goes. That sort of thing. It usually takes us a couple of days to actually finish a movie (unless I decide to leave it on while Huck is napping–hey, I like these movies, okay?). Let’s face it, at ten months old, Huck doesn’t have the attention span for a whole movie (nor would I feel good about letting him zone out to a whole movie just yet) (maybe when he’s older and more obnoxious) (kidding!).
And as much as I like to believe that the classics are gender neutral, whether the lead character is a princess or not, I will admit to choosing “boy” movies for Huck more often than not. But I’m particular. I want old fashioned. No violence. No obnoxious bathroom jokes. No loud computer “animation.”
So, what are the best movies for capturing the attention of a little dude like mine when you just need twenty minutes or so to finish up something (or get your mascara on) and you do NOT want to watch Cars or Nemo or The Incredibles again?
After the jump!
LADY AND THE TRAMP 1 of 8What little boy doesn't love a furry puppy? And what better role models can you get than Jock and Trusty?
MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE 2 of 8Not really a movie (unless you buy the DVD--sneaky!) but this one is hands down the best we've got. All Huck has to do is see Mickey walking down that path in the opening and he is grinning from ear to ear. Big, major big Clubhouse fans, we are.
THE MANY ADVENTURES OF WINNIE THE POOH 3 of 8The gold standard. We haven't seen the new Pooh yet, but all others have fallen far (FAR) short, in our estimation.
BAMBI 4 of 8Just find an excuse to leave the room when Bambi's mom gets it. Something about it really captures Huck's attention, and it's one of those movies you can have on in the background without getting a headache.
THE JUNGLE BOOK 5 of 8The adventures of Mowgli and Baloo are bound to be a favorite of your own mancub.
THE EMPEROR’S NEW GROOVE 6 of 8Okay, this one is NOT a classic. But it is my very, very favorite. As they say, "Squeaker squeak squeakum."
PETER PAN 7 of 8There really is nothing better in this whole world than Disney's animated version of Peter Pan.
THE ARISTOCATS 8 of 8We are big fans of Abraham Delacey Giusuppe Casey Thomas O'Malley the Alley Cat around these parts. And talk about some solid, jazzy blues, man!
Honorable Mentions: Robin Hood (with the foxes!), The Lion King, Aladdin, and The Rescuers.
Not Selected For Frightening And/Or Depressing Scenes: Pinnochio, and Dumbo. I mean, really.
Honorable Non Disney Mentions: The Fantastic Mr. Fox. Good one!
What about you? What are your favorite go-to cartoons for little boys?