It’s that time of year again: Valentine’s Day, when all the shop windows are decorated with heart-shaped red and pink paper cutouts celebrating everything love related. Celebrate hearts day with the people you treasure most with a family movie night themed around that mysterious and enchanting thing we call love. Don't forget the chocolate-coated popcorn!
1. Tangled (2010)
We’re all familiar with the story of Rapunzel, how her hair was grown long so as the evil witch who locked her up in a tower can climb up it to go see her. But, if you haven’t, you definitely must see Rapunzel as told by the Disney and Pixar team. She’s feisty and full of sunshine! In this story, she defies her mother, for the first time, and leaves the tower with bandit Flynn Rider. It’s fun, heartwarming and a classic princess movie filled with catchy tunes.
2. The Princess and the Frog (2009)
A classic tale given a fresh twist! A waitress takes a shot at kissing a talking frog—who insists he’s a prince—as he promises to fulfill her dreams of owning a restaurant when the kiss turns him back into a human. Unfortunately, that’s not what happens. He doesn’t turn back and she turns into a frog instead! Follow their journey as they try to find the solution to their sticky problem, and fall for each other in the process.
3. Enchanted (2007)
There’s a princess, a prince and, song and dance numbers—what more can you ask for in a fairytale love story? This isn’t your ordinary fairytale though. Princess Giselle, tricked by the evil queen, finds herself magically transported into chaotic current-day New York far from her animated, enchanted land of Andalasia where’s she set to marry a charming prince. Will she still find her happy ever after?
4. The Parent Trap (1998)
Two twins are separated at birth after their parents decide to split up. Unaware of each other’s existence, by amazing coincidence, they meet each other at a summer camp. They decide to switch places with each other to see what their other parent is like. What’s love got to do in this story? They also decide to get their parents back together again! After watching this movie, your kids will be pleading you to confess that they have a secret twin hidden somewhere.
5. Ponyo (2008)
Ponyo is a fish. But she's no ordinary fish; she's the daughter of the king of the ocean. One day, she wanders near the shore and meets a 5-year-old boy named Sosuke who befriends her and takes care of her. A connection is made between the two. There after, Ponyo becomes determined to turn into a human for Sosuke.
6. WALL-E (2008)
In the distant future, planet Earth is nothing but a wasteland, stripped of everything good. The humans have left the toxic planet to live in space and a waste-cleaning robot named WALL-E is left to clean up the mess. One day, he finds the key to save the planet and another robot named EVE, who WALL-E has inevitably fallen for, brings the key back to space to report it to the humans. And, of course, the lovable WALL-E follows. There’s little dialogue in this one but the kids are bound to love it!
7. Little Manhattan (2005)
Love is not just for grown-ups. 10-year-old Gabe is in love for the first time with a classmate, 11-year-old Rosemary. Watch as he stumbles and falls into the pitfalls of crushes and romance. This movie is a great introduction for preteens on the topic of romantic love. Plus, it’s an enormously fun movie.
8. My Girl (1991)
Love can be about friendships too. Vada and Thomas J. Sennett are friends. Mostly because they’re a bit quirky. The first has a mortician for a dad and the other is very close to being allergic to everything. One day, a makeup artist comes to town and she and her dad fall in love. This coming of age film is one for the big kids. Warning: it’s a tearjerker.