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Charlie Brown discovers the true meaning of Christmas when he buys and transforms a forlorn little tree. Simple drawings, a gently meandering story, Charles Schultz's beloved characters, and a lively musical score make this a movie the entire family will want to watch every year.

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This delightful animated tale brings to life several chapters of A.A. Milne's The House at Pooh Corner. With simple stories about childlike mishaps, this classic is visually and narratively appealing; the characters have varied personalities that demonstrate the rich variety one finds in real life.

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Alice follows a white rabbit, fully dressed and muttering about being late, down a hole to Wonderland, whose inhabitants are often rude, unfriendly, and even hostile. Disney's classic animated interpretation of Lewis Carroll's tale is a great "starter" before more mature versions.

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It's the day before Christmas, and all the Grinch can think about is how much he hates the whole season -- so he hatches a plot to stop it from coming. But can the love that Christmas embodies save his shriveled heart? This 30-minute cartoon is sweet and soothing, and kids will howl in delight. 

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Cruella De Vil, one of the most memorable female villains in movie history, kidnaps 101 Dalmatians so she can make a fur coat. But Dalmatian adults Pongo and Perdita, with the help of their animal friends, undertake a daring rescue. The puppies are adorable, and the movie is exciting, funny, and fun.

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Common Sense Tips

Common Sense Tips

  • Ask kids if a character feels less real because it's a cartoon. Can they care about Nemo or Bambi?
  • Many animated films are based on books. Hone reading skills with a familiar, favorite story.