While most of these Kid Movies of the 1930s and 1940s are remade or digitally remastered, you may be surprised to find that they have become family favorites!
When my Generation looks back to the past, the Television Shows we think of are Howdy Doody and The Ed Sullivan Show – but most of us don’t consider that the movies for kids that are so popular today were based on these pioneers! Good clean, sweet fun!
We think of simple stories told in a sweet voice. We think of wood stoves and hanging clothes on the line.
What are fun ways to have a family movie night?
Having a family movie night is an enjoyable way to bond with loved ones. An important factor in having a successful movie night is deciding on a movie beforehand.
Researching which types of films the whole family might enjoy is highly recommended, as this allows discussion and the ability to come to an agreement.
Popcorn and other treats should also be considered prior to the start of the movie. Making sure that everyone is comfortable will help ensure a more pleasurable experience.
Finally, it is encouraged that every once in awhile questions are asked throughout the film such as who are the characters or what was that character’s motivation, as this invites conversation and helps draw each viewer’s attention back to the movie if they tend to stray.
All-in-all, planning ahead allows all members of the family to have fun and make the most out of their family movie night.
Why are older movies so popular with families and kids?
Older movies have long been popular with both families and children. This could be due to the fact that family-friendly films of yore often invoke strong feelings of nostalgia, and their stories are timeless.
Additionally, older films can be seen as a historical artifact, telling tales from a certain time period or showcasing the culture and values of the era it was released in.
Furthermore, many have argued that these classic films contain unique elements that modern-day media does not, providing entertainment for audiences who enjoy watching old-fashioned humor or suspenseful story-telling.
Ultimately, there is something about these pieces of cinematic art that makes them inherently attractive for families and children regardless of their age; untainted by corporate influence and other modern gimmicks, they provoke emotions from viewers on a pure, more genuine level that is unmatched by today’s movies.
What are some of the best movie snacks?
Movie snacks provide a great source of cinema-related nostalgia, with each classic treat evoking fond memories of past film experiences.
Popcorn remains the most classic choice for many viewers, either buttered and salted or sweetened with chocolate and candy.
Nachos are also an enduring favorite, particularly when topped with melty cheese, beans, and jalapeños.
Other options include candy bars such as M&M’s and Twix; ice cream; chewy licorice pieces; chips such as Doritos or Cheetos; and fruit snacks.
All of these varieties offer a delicious snack that provides a cost-effective way to enhance movie viewing experiences.
How often should you have a family movie night?
Family movie nights can be a great way to bond and share in experiences together. Generally speaking, how often the family enjoys them should be determined by the family’s needs.
Some families may need to carve out more quality time than others, while some may barely find enough hours in their day between work and activities.
However, if possible, having a family movie night on at least a bi-weekly basis can be an ideal situation – enough frequency to keep it fresh but not so often as to become overwhelming or too common of an event.
Setting aside even one evening per month focused solely on spending quality time with each other can provide the opportunity for laughter, connection, and shared memories for years to come.
Kid Movies of the 1930s and 1940s!
Simple… Let’s give our kids some of the magic that we never experienced and our parents never experienced, but that we have heard our Grandparents talk about for years and that were staples in our VHS Kid Movies Collections!
Kid Movies of the 1930s and 1940s
The 1930s and 1940s were a prolific period for many kid-oriented movies. A variety of delightful, colorful characters entertained children the world over.
1947 - Six year old Susan has doubts childhood's most enduring miracle Santa Clause. Her mother told her the "secret" about Santa a long time ago, so Susan doesn't expect to receive the most important gifts on her Christmas list. But after meeting a special departement stare Santa who's convinced he's the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all - something to believe in.
1947 - George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all – and it’s Christmas! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence. Clarence then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all of his good deeds over the years. Will Clarence be able to convince George to return to his family and forget suicide?
1945 - Donald receives birthday gifts that take him on adventures through South America and Mexico.
1942 - For the first time ever, the wonder, music and majesty of one of Walt Disney's greatest triumphs comes alive in glorious detail through the magic of Blu-ray high definition! Now Bambi, Walt Disney's beloved coming-of-age story, will thrill a new generation of fans with its breathtakingly beautiful animation, soaring music and characters who will touch your heart-Bambi, the wide-eyed fawn, his playful pal Thumper, the loveable skunk Flower and wise Friend Owl. Plus, all-new immersive game and special features that reveal the extraordinary creative process behind the making of this timeless classic take you deeper into Bambi's world than ever before.Walt Disney's Bambi is an experience you will never forget-now more brilliant than ever on Blu-ray.
1941 - With high-flying entertainment and messages about friendship, acceptance, courage, and believing in yourself, Walt Disney's DUMBO is "a timeless classic for children of all ages. Walt Disney at his finest" (Us Weekly). Meet Dumbo, Mrs. Jumbo's sweet little "Baby Mine" who charms all who see him . . . until it's discovered that he has huge floppy ears! With the support of his very best friend, Timothy the mouse, Dumbo soon learns that his spectacular ears make him unique and special, allowing him to soar to fame as the world's only flying elephant. You'll love all the daring adventure, colorful characters, award-winning music, and a circus tent full of fun bonus features! Go behind the scenes with DisneyPedia's "My First Circus," an all-new activity where you can learn about your favorite circus animals. This Big Top Edition also features Sing-Along Songs, a DVD Storybook, a new digital transfer, and much more.
1940 - Walt Disney's timeless masterpiece is an extravaganza of sight and sound, now brilliantly presented in high definition with an all-new digital restoration. With Blu-ray you can finally experience Fantasia the way Walt envisioned. Plus, an exploration of the new Disney Family Museum and dynamic bonus features allow generations of moviegoers to enjoy this musical masterpiece like never before. No family's Disney Blu-ray collection is complete without Fantasia so see the music come to life, hear the pictures burst into song and experience the excitement that is Fantasia over and over again through the magic of Blu-ray.
1940 - Celebrate the 70th anniversary of Walt Disney's Pinocchio. The legendary masterpiece that inspired millions to believe in their dreams has reawakened with an all new, state of the art digital restoration that shines brilliantly on 2-disc DVD. Now, for the first time ever, the richly detailed animation, unforgettable award winning music When You Wish Upon A Star and heartwarming adventure filled story comes to life like never before. Plus, all-new dazzling bonus features transport you into Pinocchio's fantastic world! Join Geppetto's beloved puppet with Jiminy Cricket as his guide on a thrilling quest that tests Pinocchio's bravery, loyalty and honesty, virtues he must learn to become a real boy. The one and only Pinocchio will live on forever in the heart of anyone who has wished upon a star.
1939 - When it was released during Hollywood's golden year of 1939, The Wizard of Oz didn't start out as the perennial classic it has since become. The film did respectable business, but it wasn't until its debut on television that this family favorite saw its popularity soar. And while Oz's TV broadcasts are now controlled by media mogul Ted Turner (who owns the rights), the advent of home video has made this lively musical a mainstay in the staple diet of great American films. Young Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland), her dog, Toto, and her three companions on the yellow brick road to Oz--the Tin Man (Jack Haley), the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr), and the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger)--have become pop-culture icons and central figures in the legacy of fantasy for children. As the Wicked Witch who covets Dorothy's enchanted ruby slippers, Margaret Hamilton has had the singular honor of scaring the wits out of children for more than six decades. The film's still as fresh, frightening, and funny as it was when first released. It may take some liberal detours from the original story by L. Frank Baum, but it's loyal to the Baum legacy while charting its own course as a spectacular film. Shot in glorious Technicolor, befitting its dynamic production design (Munchkinland alone is a psychedelic explosion of color and decor), The Wizard of Oz may not appeal to every taste as the years go by, but it's required viewing for kids of all ages. --Jeff Shannon
1938 - "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs "-Disney Genre: Animation Stars the voices of Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell and Lucille La Verne. Directed by David Hand. - Audio commentary with Walt Disney - "Making of" featurette - Production timeline and preliminary designs - Excerpts from camera tests, voice talent and live-action footage - Deleted scenes - Vintage animated and black and white shorts - Radio theater broadcasts and commercials - All-new rendition of "Some Day My Prince Will Come" by Barbra Streisand - Set Top Game "Dopey's Wild Mine Ride" - DVD-ROM enhancements - Original English mono track and all-new fully restored 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound ©2001 Disney Enterprise, Inc.
I hope you and your kids have fun learning about these Kid Movies of the 1930s and 1940s during your next few Family Movies Nights!