Family movie night? Don’t mind if we do!

Do you do family movie nights? We LOVE watching movies together, everything from Disney favourites to Superheros, Curious George to Catching Fire. Q and I go to the movies a lot too, but it seems that kid appropriate movies come in fits and spurts and a lot of times either there is nothing we’d like to see playing, we’ve already seen it 20 times, or we just don’t feel like going out. We like to have the fun of the theatre, but the comfort of the couch.

Part of our movie ritual is getting popcorn and snacks. My dude is old school and likes his popcorn plain. No butter, no toppings, nothing. I, on the other hand, prefer mine to have some flavour. I’m not a huge popcorn person (does anyone else seem to get all the pieces that stick in the back of your throat? No, just me then? Carry on), but it is nice to have something to much on while you watch. I prefer gummies or Swedish berries or fish, ha.

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To help is get everything ready for the perfect movie night, Netflix was kind enough to send us this movie night essentials kit. We are all set! Now, to decide on the movie…

As you all probably know, I am a HUGE Disney fan. I always have been and always will be. Thankfully Q feels the same about them as I do, so I know I will always have someone to watch the movies with. I don’t care who you are, you are never too old for a Disney movie. I make no apologies for that. To say that I excited that Netflix Canada had finally started to get the Disney movies is an understatement. I discovered a couple of years ago that they were on the US version while on holiday and have always been bummed that we didn’t have them too. Until now!

The Aristocats, Princess and the Frog, Lilo and Stitch and The Rescuers are just a few of the new movies available. I have collected Disney movies since I was a kid and we had a VCR (remember those?), and we now have a huge collection of the movies on DVD and Blu-Ray. That’s all fine and good when you are home, but I don’t bring them when we travel. Now we can watch our favourites anywhere we have our tablets, which is awesome.

Here are a few of our faves right now.

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Q loves the Aristocats, and has been known to sing the Arpeggio song at random times. We were talking about it recently, and he was describing the “bad guy” of the movie to me. “The driver guy, he didn’t like that the cats has so much money, so he tried to get rid of them and take the money for himself!” A very apt description, I think.

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The Princess and the Frog has amazing music. That New Orleans jazz gets me all pumped up every time I hear it. We’ve all kissed a few frogs in the search for love, although I have to say, my search never had adventures like these! It also shows us that people are not always quite as they seem, both good and bad.  Although Q as never found it to be particularly scary, I have heard others say their kids found it a bit too intense. Have you seen it? What are your thoughts?

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Lilo and Stitch is a new favourite. Q actually has a Stitch stuffie that sleeps with him. When I asked him about his favourite parts of the movie, he said that he thought it was really funny that they thought that Stitch was a dog, but that they adopted him into their family even though he wasn’t. He also mentioned a game of Ray gun hot potato that made him laugh so hard he could hardly describe it. Any movie that can make you belly laugh just taking about it is a good one in my books. Plus, it is set in Hawaii, what else do I need to say?

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The Rescuers is a personal favourite of mine. My mom tells me that we had the record of the movie, and that when I was little, I knew every single word in that movie by heart. Keep in mind, this was before VCR’s were in every house and you couldn’t see the movie whenever you wanted. I think back on it now and feel that this is a pretty big achievement, haha. Q hasn’t watched this one yet, because I really want to watch it with him the first time, and life has been so busy that we haven’t had much of a chance in the last few weeks to do it. I think this will be our next family movie night!

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There are so many other awesome movies right now too, especially of your kids are a bit older or “too cool” for Disney movies. Night at the Museum Secret of the Tomb is hilarious. We’ve seen it a few times and it is perfect for hanging out on the couch and watching together. So, so funny. The Muppets is great too. A bit different from the Muppets we grew up with, but Jason Segal and Amy Adams are great in it.

Now, enquiring minds want to know (ok, it’s me. My mind wants to know). Do your kids get up and dance to the songs at the end of the movie? Mine does, all the time, and it is awesome. The fun part of doing movie nights at home is that you can get up and dance whenever the music moves you, even if it is mid movie. People tend to frown upon dancing in the theatre unless it is right at the end, haha. If you’ve never tried it, I highly recommend it. Movies usually have a pretty good song at the end, and after a couple hours of sitting, it is the perfect time to shake any sillies out that may have built up during that time. This goes for adults too. I mean it. If you haven’t, try it and tell me what you think. I bet you will have fun and a few laughs too.

So there you have it. Our recipe for an awesome family movie night, complete with some suggestions that we think the whole family will love.

What is your favourite family movie night tradition? Is it a certain movie? A particular snack? I’d love to hear about what you and your family do!

I am a part of the Netflix StreamTeam, and get to share some of my favourites with you each month. I do receive some fun perks from Netflix for being part of the team, however, all opinions and thoughts are my own, and as always, I’m sharing because I truly think you will enjoy it.

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