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19th Jun 2017

There are some glaring omissions from the list of ’50 films to see before you’re 11′

Paul Moore

How many of these childhood classics have you watched?

There’s something about a childhood classic that just resonates with film fans.

Maybe it has to do with the fact that whenever they think of their favourite childhood films, these titles are usually viewed them through nostalgia-tinted glasses. Truth be told, I watch my own favourite childhood film at least once every six months, Richard Donner’s cult-classic The Goonies.

What’s not to love about dialogue like “I got an idea. Why don’t we just put chocolate all over the floor and let Chunk eat his way through?”

Ah, the ’80s. A simpler time in film when you could traumatise a child by sticking him in the trunk of a car next to a dead body. You won’t see that in a Pixar film.

This scene will always be hilarious, the sheer look of terror on Chunk’s face!

Clip via – dominooo385

Anywho, the good people at the cultural education charity Into Film have compiled their list list of the 50 films that  every child should see before the age of 11.

Each film was measured against a series of metrics, from the impact of the movie on a child’s intellectual, educational and emotional development, through to suitability for family viewing plus overall entertainment and nostalgia factor.

The judging panel, led by Into Film’s education and programming teams who specialise in curating film content and developing teaching resources for schools across the UK, narrowed down the selection of films to a shortlist of 250 from a catalogue of over 3,000 family movies

The selection criteria also measured a film’s effect on a child’s emotional and rational understanding of social interaction, creative development and knowledge growth.

Here’s their list of films:

101 Dalmatians (1961)

A Little Princess (1995)

Annie (1982)

Babe (1995)

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Coraline (2009)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)

Dumbo (1941)

ET: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Fantastic Mr Fox (2009)

Free Willy (1993)

Frozen (2013)

Home (2015)

Hook (1991)

Hotel Transylvania (2012)

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

Jumanji (1995)

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Mary Poppins (1964)

Matilda (1996)

Nanny McPhee (2005)

Night at the Museum (2006)

Oliver! (1968)

Paddington (2014)

Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015)

Shrek (2001)

Space Jam (1996)

Spirited Away (2001)

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

Swallows and Amazons (2016)

The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

The BFG (2016)

The Gruffalo (2009)

The Iron Giant (1999)

The Jungle Book (1967)

The LEGO Movie (2014)

The Lion King (1994)

The Lorax (2012)

The Never-Ending Story (1984)

The Princess Bride (1987)

The Secret Garden (1993)

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

The Witches (1990)

Toy Story (1995)

Trolls (2016)

Up (2009)

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)

Zootropolis (2016)

Granted, there are some excellent titles on that list but what about the likes of Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, Home Alone, The Incredibles, The Karate Kid, Inside Out, Monsters Inc, Big, The Mighty Ducks, Elf or Harry Potter?

Truth be told, we’re seriously questioning any list that doesn’t include the Truffle Shuffle.