Which movie was your geekling's first? It can be hard to decide when a little geek is old enough to watch a movie. Of course there is the factor of attention span. Most toddlers can't concentrate on a feature film, or even sit still for more than five minutes..
And even when they can, which movies are suitable for young kids? We decided to start with Disney, because they are children's movies, and most of them are animated. This would hopefully make them less scary then the 'real' deal.
My husband and I started to talk through them and found that Disney is far less innocent than you might remember.. Take the death of Bambi's mom, Snow White's step mom and the hunter, Ursula from The Little Mermaid, the death of Mufasa, and more..
So, you want to share the Disney magic, but not the Disney nightmares. What do you do? When our eldest was two years old we started with the Disney songs on YouTube. 'Let it go' anyone? This made the Disney characters familiar faces. The first movie I put on was Finding Nemo (technically Pixar), but this was too slow for her. I thought that animal characters would speak most to small children, but for her that was not the case. That ruled out Finding Nemo, Bambi and The Lion King. I also noticed that movies without songs couldn't entertain her for long.
I decided to start with a princess, since our daughter wants to be one. Frozen is overrated in my opinion, so I choose to put Tangled on. A few minutes in and she was hooked. It probably helps that this movie starts with an exciting prologue and Rapunzel as a baby and small child. After that you move quickly to the first song and the whole movie keeps up a nice pace. Let's not forget a chameleon and hilarious horse.. It was a hit. Our two year old wanted to see it every day and started to learn words to the songs already.
After this the classics followed: The little Mermaid, Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, The Rescuers Down Under, Mulan, Frozen and Viana are her favorites. They all have relatively simple stories, and songs to keep you interested. But watching WITH your Geekling is very important when they are this young. Talk to them about it. What do they see? Do they understand the story? Skip the parts that are too much for them. I also found that small kids can watch a movie multiple times, but decide after months that it is too exiting for them. Which is fine!
Tamara, Geek, mother of two Geeklings, editor.