5. Matilda (1996)
Truly funny and different – this one would be worth watching purely for the scenes of Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman playing the world’s worst parents ever – complete with high Jersey accents.
6. Barbie: A Christmas Carol (2008)
I know as soon as you saw the word “Barbie” I lost all credibility with you. Listen, I hate Fairytopia as much as the next mommy, but this one really surprised me. It was quite compelling – even my husband, who views Barbie as basically a gateway drug to Bratz dolls and a life of stripper poles and eating disorders (whereas I consider Bratz dolls to be the gateway) sat and watched the whole thing with us. And seriously – the new Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey coming out this year? Looks FREAKY.
7. Lilo and Stitch (TV series, 2004 – 2006)
A spin-off from the original 2002 movie, the series is little on the loud side, as kids’ TV tends to be, since apparently American children all suffer hearing impairments, but, still, pretty fun. I like the main character Lilo – she’s relatable and enterprising. There’s a real sense of humor to the whole thing – you get the sense that the creators are having fun and not taking themselves too seriously. Plus there are cute little aliens and Hawaiian songs … what more could you want?