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Family Films

Films for kids have changed dramatically over the last 100 years, as seen in this family-friendly collection.

The early silhouette animations by Lotte Reiniger make the tales of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Thumbelina come alive, offering a traditional and delightful take on the fairy stories. Nostalgic adults and children alike will take to the films from the Children’s Film Foundation, from the hair-raising adventures of Sky Bike to the spookier gothic tales of Out of the Darkness (not suitable for very young children) and Haunters of the Deep.

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A Monster Calls
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A Monster Calls

2016108 minsDirector: J.A. Bayona

JA Bayona's visually inventive and deeply moving story about a boy who draws on his expansive imagination to come to terms with impending loss, adapted from Patrick Ness’ hugely popular book.

The Eagle Huntress
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The Eagle Huntress

Documentary201688 minsDirector: Otto Bell

Daisy Ridley narrates this inspiring documentary about a girl who causes a stir in her tribe in Mongolia by embracing the traditionally male role of Eagle Hunter.

The BFG
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The BFG

Fantasy2016117 mins

Steven Spielberg’s luminous Roald Dahl adaptation boasts an enchanting performance from Mark Rylance as the Big Friendly Giant who befriends a little girl (Ruby Barnhill).

Moomins on the Riviera
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Moomins on the Riviera

Animation & Artists Moving Image201477 minsDirector: Xavier Picard

The Moomins sample the delights of high society with a Riviera holiday, bringing mayhem with them.

Zarafa
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Zarafa

Animation & Artists Moving Image201179 minsDirector: Jean-Christophe Lie

A gorgeously composed French animation following a boy and a giraffe's epic journey from Africa to 19th-century Paris.

Song of the Sea
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Song of the Sea

Animation & Artists Moving Image201493 minsDirector: Tomm Moore

Tomm Moore’s Oscar-nominated animation follows the magical journey of Ben and his sister Saoirse, the last Seal-child.

Shaun the Sheep Movie
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Shaun the Sheep Movie

Animation & Artists Moving Image201485 mins

Aardman returns with another delightful animation for young and old, telling the story of Shaun’s adventures in the big city after Farmer is led astray.

Chicken Run
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Chicken Run

Animation & Artists Moving Image200084 minsDirector: Peter Lord

Mel Gibson’s Rocky the rooster helps the chickens escape from fascistic farmers in Aardman Animations first foray into feature films.

Paddington
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Paddington

Children's201495 minsDirector: Paul King

Unexpectedly beautiful and bewitching return for the marmalade-loving bear with a sense of adventure.

Flash Gordon
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Flash Gordon

Science Fiction1980112 minsDirector: Mike Hodges

Sam J. Jones stars as the quintessential comic strip hero, out to save the Earth from Ming the Merciless, in Mike Hodges’ visually ravishing sci-fi.

Back to the Future
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Back to the Future

Crime1985116 minsDirector: Robert Zemeckis

The beloved 1980s classic transports Marty McFly back to the 1950s, where he has to ensure his parents fall in love and get himself back to the future.

Back to the Future Part II
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Back to the Future Part II

Comedy1989108 minsDirector: Robert Zemeckis

Marty McFly and Doc return for the fast-paced sequel that flits between 2015, 1955 and an alternate 1985 where the dastardly Biff has become rich and powerful.

Back to the Future Part III
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Back to the Future Part III

Comedy1990118 minsDirector: Robert Zemeckis

In the series’ final entry, Marty travels back to 1885 to rescue Doc but becomes similarly stuck in the Western era when the DeLorean runs out of gas.

Short Circuit
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Short Circuit

Comedy198699 minsDirector: John Badham

Johnny Five is alive! The sci-fi comedy about a military robot that gets struck by lightning and gains a personality.

Flight of the Navigator
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Flight of the Navigator

Science Fiction198690 minsDirector: Randal Kleiser

1980s family sci-fi at its best, following a boy’s relationship with a talking spaceship that has filled his brain with intergalactic star charts.

*Batteries Not Included
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*Batteries Not Included

Fantasy1987106 minsDirector: Matthew Robbins

Doomed tenement residents are saved by the ‘Fix-Its’, small alien spacecraft that repair their battered apartments, in this much-loved family sci-fi.

Tarka the Otter
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Tarka the Otter

Drama197692 minsDirector: David Cobham

The classic family film, based on Henry Williamson’s beloved book, follows the titular animal’s wild adventures as narrated by Peter Ustinov.

The Belstone Fox
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The Belstone Fox

Drama1973103 minsDirector: James Hill

Based on David Rook’s 1970 novel, The Belstone Fox tells the heartwarming and funny story of Tag, a fox saved from the woods and raised by huntsman Asher.

The Amazing Mr. Blunden
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The Amazing Mr. Blunden

Fantasy197284 minsDirector: Lionel Jeffries

Entertaining family ghost movie directed by Lionel Jeffries, based on the novel The Ghosts by Antonia Barber.

Captain Stirrick
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Captain Stirrick

Children's198295 minsDirector: Colin Finbow

Pickpockets, mad puppets, and murder – all from the 1840 press accounts of a real case that lead to the gallows – conceived as a musical by the Children’s Film Unit.

Doombeach
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Doombeach

Thriller198976 minsDirector: Colin Finbow

A truant schoolboy sabotages the secretive power station he believes killed his friend. With Glenda Jackson.

Friend or Foe
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Friend or Foe

Children's198170 minsDirector: John Krish

Two evacuee boys from London sent to live on a farm face a tough decision when a German plane is shot down.

Runaway Railway
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Runaway Railway

Children's196555 minsDirector: Jan Darnley-Smith

A pre-Porridge Ronnie Barker plays a dim-witted train robber up to no good in this steam-era comedy adventure for kids

Supersonic Saucer
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Supersonic Saucer

Children's195651 mins

A baby from Venus saves the day with his superpowers in this charming sci-fi tale produced by the Children's Film Foundation.

Child's Play
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Child's Play

Comedy195268 mins

Splitting the atom is as easy as ABC in this family-friendly adventure.

Skid Kids
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Skid Kids

Children's195349 minsDirector: Don Chaffey

Young 'Swanky' Clarke, leader of the Burton Bullets Cycle Speedway Club, foils bicycle thieves on the streets of 1950s Bermondsey.

Mr. Drake's Duck
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Mr. Drake's Duck

Comedy195181 mins

The Drakes' dream of making an old Sussex farm successful comes to a halt after one of their ducks lays a radioactive egg

Tom's Ride
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Tom's Ride

Children's194411 minsDirector: Darrel Catling

Temptation on two wheels: should young Tom use the money he's found to buy himself a bike? Or should he do the right thing?

Animal Farm
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Animal Farm

Animation & Artists Moving Image195472 minsDirector: John Halas

Sixty years young, this British cartoon of George Orwell’s political ‘fairy story’ is still the most abiding adaptation of this powerful, cautionary tale for all ages.

Scrooge
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Scrooge

Fantasy195187 minsDirector: Brian Desmond Hurst

Alastair Sim’s best known performance, as Dickens’ notorious curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge.

Cinderella
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Cinderella

Animation & Artists Moving Image195511 minsDirector: Lotte Reiniger

A silent silhouette animation of the classic fairy tale.

Snow White and Rose Red
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Snow White and Rose Red

Animation & Artists Moving Image195311 minsDirector: Lotte Reiniger

A kindly bear, an evil dwarf and two sisters populate a magical animated fairy story.

Sleeping Beauty
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Sleeping Beauty

Animation & Artists Moving Image195410 minsDirector: Lotte Reiniger

The Brothers Grimm's story springs to life in intricate silhouette animation.

Hansel and Gretel
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Hansel and Gretel

Animation & Artists Moving Image195511 minsDirector: Lotte Reiniger

One of the scariest Brothers Grimm tales is interpreted in delicate silhouette animation.

Thumbelina
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Thumbelina

Animation & Artists Moving Image195510 minsDirector: Lotte Reiniger

An enchanting silhouette animation of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale.

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