Back in March I found a book being showcased on TCM.com called The Best Old Movies For Families by Ty Burr. The book provides suggestions for adults looking to introduce classic films to young movie watchers. I thought it was a great idea. I haven't had an opportunity to search the book out yet and possibly sit Ian, Emma, and Zoe down in front of some of the suggested films, but that's okay because this summer TCM is taking care of that for me.
Every Sunday night starting this June 3rd, TCM will be airing classic films perfect for kids. To help bridge the gap between the modern and the classic, TCM has tapped Sponge Bob Square Pants to host the weekly festival (actually it's Tom Kenny, the voice of Sponge Bob, but I love the marketing twist in there).
Funday Night starts out strong with grand-daddy of classic kid-friendly movies, The Wizard of Oz and doubles up with a modern fantasy classic by master animator Hayao Miyazaki, Spirited Away, for slightly older kids.
In the following weeks we get Bringing Up Baby (one of my personal favorite films), Sounder, and Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein - which I would love to see Ian's reaction to.
The films start at 7pm Central, so we should be able to squeeze them in before bedtime. I'm really looking forward to watching some of these films with the kids. I think it will be great fun, and it might cut down on how many times I have to hear, "your watching an old movie again" from the kids.