Metafilter dad Matt Haughey asked the hive to recommend some non-dark, non-scary movies suitable for a movie-loving 2-3yo kid like his daughter. So far, Curious George and My Neighbor Totoro are it:
I've tried all the pixar films and they all feature some fairly scary scenes. Monsters Inc has the scary spider guy in charge (she freaks out when she sees him), Finding Nemo is half scary shark scenes, and even Ratatouille has some scary scenes.Whenever animal films from Babe to Benji to Charlotte's Web to March of the Penguins get mentioned, it takes a few comments before someone chimes in to remind people that, hello, scary threats of death are central to every film.
I'm just trying to find movies with some sort of arc, probably animated, but without some character meeting a violent end or having a death-filled confrontation in it. I've been surprised how many things I think of as kids movies feature these.
As for what people were smoking when they suggested Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, I can only guess. That's one of the harshest, most emotionally manipulative pieces of agitprop ever committed to film.
If you ignore all the stuff you know--TV shows like Teletubbies, Backyardigans, Mister Rogers, Bob the Builder--there are precious few actual finds. The standout on the list seems to be old-fashioned musicals.
I don't know if the kid could--or would want to--watch all of Singin' In The Rain or Funny Face, but she watches the highlights on YouTube, no problem. She can sit through the entire Nutcracker, too. Starring Macauley Culkin. Scary indeed.
The thing is, movies people remember from their own childhood are by definition movies they saw when they were older. You almost certainly don't remember what you saw at age 2-3, especially if it's a movie you saw over and over again; what you remember is remembering it. At that age, it's really about being able to sit still, follow the story, be entertained, and not be freaked out or traumatized.
Which leaves the question still rather open, I think. Are TV shows the only movies a 3-yo could watch?
Can you name any non-violent movies for 2-3yo's? [metafilter]