Finding age-appropriate movies that engage and entertain children can be difficult, because families sometimes have children of varying ages and siblings’ interests and personalities aren’t always alike.
“Every kid is different,” said Bethany Hoglund, head of children’s services at the Bellingham Public Library.
“It depends on the sensitivity of the kid,” Hogund said in an October interview. “Even some G-rated movies have enough peril to disturb young kids.”
Hoglund said librarians don’t usually make recommendations about films, but they will describe the subject and let parents decide if the film is appropriate for their children.
“Once parents discover Ghibli, their kids go through and devour it,” Freske said in an October interview.
“It’s consistently good filmmaking,” he said. “It’s colorful. It often has no antagonist. ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ has no bad guy. A lot of parents really like that.”
Both Hoglund and Freske recommend the website CommonSenseMedia.org, which offers reviews and recommendations, along with articles that address parental concerns and current topics in film.
Freske also said that documentaries, especially ones about nature, are a good choice for most ages.
“(Documentaries) are always popular,” he said. “Anything with Richard Attenborough, like the ‘Blue Planet’ series.”
Top 5 kids’ movies
Film Is Truth staff’s top five family movie recommendations:
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“My Neighbor Totoro”
“The Princess Bride”