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In this musical based on an Ian Fleming novel, co-written by Roald Dahl, and scored by the Mary Poppins writers, Dick Van Dyke is a down-on-his-luck inventor who buys a used car for his kids -- but the dream machine flies, floats, and perhaps even thinks for itself. The stuff of fantasies. 

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In 1910, a British family seeks a new nanny for Jane and Michael. In flies magical Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews, in an Oscar-winning performance), not at all what Mr. Banks was looking for but precisely what the children ordered. Rare combo of fun with a simple, heartwarming story. Plus, the songs!

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Doris hires a Santa Claus for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, but when he shows up drunk, she quickly substitutes Kris Kringle -- and Doris' daughter Susan begins to believe he's real. A heartwarming story about the importance of childhood wonder, trust, and standing up for what you believe.

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In this silent film, Charlie Chaplin loses his job on an assembly line, and mayhem ensues. Kids will be entertained by sight gags and outrageous characters (Chaplin experiments with roller skates at a department store); grown-ups and teens will notice razor-sharp commentary about class differences.

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Kermit heads for Hollywood with a menagerie of equally ambitious Muppets including Fozzie Bear, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, and Miss Piggy. Jim Henson's debut Muppet film was a technological breakthrough -- but the beauty is that the characters' magic, innocence, and sweetness hold up.

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Common Sense Tips

Common Sense Tips

  • Plan a soundtrack sing-along with some classic favorites ("The hills are alive…!")
  • Hang a sheet in the backyard, rent a projector, and sit on beach chairs to celebrate a classic.