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Motherless Heroes: The Strange Case of the Best Animation Feature Oscar Nominees -- 2015

David Wallechinsky | Posted 04.21.2015 | Entertainment
David Wallechinsky

This year's five Oscar nominees for Best Animated Feature have something unusual in common: in none of them is the young protagonist raised by his or her birth mother.

An Open Letter To My Fellow White, Liberal Parents

Rachael Quinn Egan | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Rachael Quinn Egan

If you really want to join that golf club, and feel that it's OK because there is one rich black family there, please work harder. If you chose to send your children to a school which only has one rich black family, one Hispanic child with a scholarship, and three Asian kids, please work harder.

Why Movies Are Teaching My Kid More Than I Am

Meredith Hale | Posted 09.27.2014 | Parents
Meredith Hale

I suppose this cinema-driven loss of innocence has been going on for generations. My mom still recounts my tears upon seeing Bambi's mother get shot, or my grief over the strained friendship between Tod and Copper in The Fox and the Hound.

Whatever happened to G-Rated Movies for Kids?

Vincent Daly | Posted 09.09.2014 | Parents
Vincent Daly

How can parents collectively wield their economic power to sway movie studios and the toy industry alike to change their ways?

4 Childhood Movies With Animals That Teach Important Lessons

Uloop | Posted 07.23.2014 | College

Each animal-oriented movie I'll reflect on actually has impressive wisdom to impart to their viewers. Here are some of the more important lessons from some of my favorite childhood movies that have animals in them.

Why Everyone Should See The Lego Movie

Molly Sprayregen | Posted 05.13.2014 | Entertainment
Molly Sprayregen

By the time The Lego Movie ended, I not only wanted to see it again to examine any subtle nuances I missed, but I was also grappling with several central questions of human existence -- mainly, how I, one human being in this world of millions, can contribute something important.

40 Movies You Might Regret Showing Your Kids

Common Sense Media | Posted 02.09.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Watch with your kids, and be ready to pause the movie to talk about why a scene was sad, scary or strange. And don't forget that, with the right context, facing "blindside" moments as a family can be important in helping kids develop a solid foundation for coping with life's inevitable ups and downs.

Is Frozen the Family Movie of the Year? One Dad Says Yes

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 02.02.2014 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

For children with behavioral challenges or temperaments ill-suited to conformity and social ease, Elsa is a heroine that is truly relatable. She's not allegorical, but a human who screws up, wrestles with the results, and still finds her way to function in a world where she feels atypical.

Boys and Girls and Their Prince Charmings

Amelia | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

My son's romantic feelings toward a gay male character raise eyebrows. People worry about it being too adult and wonder what my son could possibly know about sex. But these are never things we worry about when little girls want to be Cinderella and profess their love for Prince Charming.

What Are the Top 5 Children's Movies of All Time?

Quora | Posted 09.17.2013 | Parents

Children are smart. They understand sarcasm. They are imaginative and don't need everything force fed to them with a pat on the back and baby talk, explaining every fine detail. It is VERY difficult to find a film made for children these days like the ones listed below.

ReThink Review: The Croods - Caveman or Superman?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.21.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

When is a cavemen not a cavemen? In the case of the new animated movie The Croods, it's when the family of "cavemen" in question looks cosmetically like Neanderthals but seem to have the powers of superheroes.

Movie Review - Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

Ambre Anderson | Posted 10.06.2012 | Black Voices
Ambre Anderson

I'd consider this movie moderately tolerable, a reward to a deserving child, or incentive to find something better to do.

SLIDESHOW: Pixar Loves Redheads -- And So Do We

Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents

"Brave" is Pixar's first movie to feature a female protagonist. (In her Parents' Guide to the film, Kristen Howerton writes that some may see it as "t...

Movies That Help Parents and Children Understand Grief and Loss

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 05.16.2012 | Parents
Jeanne Dennis

Movies are a wonderful way to begin a discussion. With children, especially little kids, it gives them an emotional vocabulary. How does this character feel -- happy, sad, confused. Here's a list of movies and five guided discussion topics.

Inspiration and Child-Like Innocence: Are We Allowed?

Denise Lumiere | Posted 12.07.2011 | Parents
Denise Lumiere

What if we really allowed ourselves to enjoy life, to laugh more -- and to see more inspirational movies? What if we took some time off, even if it is just two hours to enjoy a children's movie? What could be wrong with that?

Unhip Hop: Race Relations in a Children's Movie

John Shore | Posted 06.12.2011 | Entertainment
John Shore

The primary message of the movie Hop isn't that Easter is swell, or that talking bunnies are adorable (the main one in this movie, E.B. -- short for E...

The Secret of NIMH: It's Just Not Quite as Good As You Remembered

Alex Remington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Alex Remington

The Secret of NIMH, released in 1982, has an extremely assured visual design, with Disney-esque character designs for all the woodland creatures, cute good guys and scary-looking bad guys.

Fantastic Mr. Fox: This Roald Dahl Adaptation Gets It Somewhat Right

Alex Remington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Alex Remington

Fantastic Mr. Fox the film is about realizing that you can't run from who you are. But like Where the Wild Things Are, the movie has an uneven tone thanks to its adapters and intended audience