If you're planning to do a movie marathon with the family this coming long weekend, consider these titles that teach a thing or two about love, sacrifice, and family:
1. The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012) Cindy and Timothy Green have long imagined what their child would be like if they had one: loving, with a great sense of humor, and maybe even capable of scoring the winning goal at soccer. The next morning, they find the answer to their prayers waiting inside a box. Is Timothy, the boy with leaves sticking out of his ankles, the child they've always wanted or the child they needed? “Please don’t ask me about my leaves.” – Timothy Green
2. Meet the Robinsons (2007) Lewis is a brilliant inventor orphan boy dreaming of finding his family. One day he crosses paths with Wilbur Robinson, a boy from the future riding in a time machine! The two strike a deal and agree that, in exchange for Lewis's services, Wilbur will take him back in time to meet his mother on the day she left him at the orphanage. “Keep moving forward.” – Wilbur Robinson
3. Spirited Away (2001) Chihiro’s parents are transformed into pigs one day when they unknowingly gorge on food meant for the spirits in a magical world. It’s now her job to transform them back into humans, but how? This beautifully-made Oscar-winning animated film tackles family, courage and love even in the most unusual circumstances. Lin: What’s going on here? Kamaji: Something you wouldn’t recognize. It’s called love.
4. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) Alexander has always been the unlucky one in his family. He gets gum in his hair, his birthday gets cancelled and he almost sets the science lab on fire while his sister gets the lead role in a play, his brother is going to prom with the perfect girl, his dad gets a call for a job interview and his mom is up for a promotion. But one day, things get flipped over. Will his family be able to cope? “I think that you just gotta have the bad days so that you can just love the good days even more. Trust me, I would know.” – Alexander
5. The Impossible (2012) A family gets separated after the chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The movie is based on a true story that follows the family's struggle to find each other again. Henry: [to his young son] But you know, you know, the most scary bit for me? Thomas: When the water hit? Henry: No. After that, when I came up, I was on my own. That was the scariest part. And when I saw the two of you clinging to the tree, I didn't feel so scared anymore. I knew I wasn't on my own. You see?
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6. Mr. Peabody and Sherman (2014) Mr. Peabody is the most accomplished canine in the world and is a wonderful father to Sherman, a human boy. When Sherman gets into a fight at school and bites one of his classmates, suddenly people don’t think so anymore. It’s up to Mr. Peabody to prove to them that love comes in all shapes and sizes. Father and son go through time-travelling adventures to try and save the universe and their family. Judge: Mr. Peabody, you're a Nobel Prize-winning scientist, a world-renowned explorer, and you're an Olympic gold medalist in the long jump and the decathlon. You're sure you're capable of meeting all the challenges of raising a human boy? Mr. Peabody: Given all that I've accomplished, how hard could it possibly be?
7. The Croods (2013) The film follows a prehistoric family and their journey to survive their dangerous prehistoric world in search of a new home. A sequel, set to be shown in 2017, is in the works. Grug: I guess I was just busy keeping them all alive. Guy: It's okay. That's what dads do.
8. Wolf Children (2012) This is a story of two werewolf children as they try to find their selves in a world where no one else is like them and no one knows their real nature -- half wolf and half human beings. All the while, their human mother tries her best to raise them after their werewolf father dies in an accident. Ame: Why is the wolf always the bad guy?