Classic Films for the Classic Childhood: 101 Dalmations

LIFE LESSON: Be Resourceful. There’s always a way. 101 Dalmatians: This flick offers a perfect explanation for why dogs bark- at you, at other dogs, at cars. They are obviously crafting a rescue! This one will give your child the understanding about where fur coats come from, why women are sometimes called “crazy woman drivers”, and…

Classic Films for the Classic Childhood: Mary Poppins

Follow our blog with Bloglovin LIFE LESSON: Just a Spoonful of Sugar helps the medicine go down. Mary Poppins: An Icon in nanny abilities Mary Poppins succeeds in teaching parents how to listen to their children without compromising her practically perfect standards. What’s more is that children can learn that cleaning can be fun, spending time…

That Darn Cat

  If you haven’t watched the classic The Darn Cat (1965) lately, it’s about time you did that. It’s summery, fun and has lines that will make you miss the well written movies of old. In my search for all things beachy, I remembered that this flick had some lovely surfer references thanks to our clueless…

Teen Beach Movie & West Side Story

  Disney Channel brings us more old movie magic thanks to the success of Teen Beach Movie ( a mashup of Frankie & Annette , West Side Story, and Grease ) with Teen Beach Movie 2 and the Wet Side Story characters entering the real world this summer. Its a great time to intro the little ones in your life to…

Teen Beach Movie & Grease

As Teen Beach Move 2 gets ready to premiere on Disney Channel June 26th at 8pm, I can’t help feel a bit glowy ( yes , that’s a word glow-y). Mainly because Disney is bringing a critical set of Classic Hollywood Smart Kid Essentials to a whole new generation via these revivals. We saw this with…

Pirate Fridays on TCM

Pirate Fridays on TCM             What better way to kick off June and Summer than with pirates at sea. TCM hosts Pirate Fridays all through June. Before we fell in love with Captain Jack of Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Dread Pirate Roberts of The Princess Bride, Classic Hollywood did…

Pirate Fridays on TCM

                        What better way to kick off June and Summer than with pirates at sea. TCM hosts Pirate Fridays all through June. Before we fell in love with Captain Jack of Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Dread Pirate Roberts of The Princess Bride,…

Julie Andrews Best Actress 1964

Sidney Poitier Best Actor 1963 presenting Julie Andrews Best Actress 1964. Sometimes the Academy actually honors the stuff you like. Upon discovering that The Continental (from the film The Gay Divorcee) won for best music, I began to realize how “right” the Academy actually got the awards for those early films. Seeing Norma Shearer’s out-of-the-box…

The Original Mad Hatter

  November 9, 1886 ~ June 19, 1966         Ed Wynn The Mad-Hatter in Disney’s 1951 Alice in Wonderland, relatively crazy Toy Maker in Babes in Toyland, and the off the wall Uncle Albert in Mary Poppins, Ed Wynn earned his nickname The Perfect Fool. Known for his fun voice and whimsical mannerisms Ed was always sure…

Hello Gorgeous

April 24, 1942                     Barbra Streisand               Funny Girl, Hello Dolly Hello Gorgeous. Breaking all the barriers imposed by her heritage, Barbra Streisand has taken her place as an Icon.  From humble beginnings and sporting certain distinctive features, Barbra was able to lay claim as the quintessential underdog, surviving solely on talent. While Liz Taylor was made…

Hayley Mills

April 18, 1946                     Hayley Mills                        Parent Trap     A child of the 80’s, my first experience with Hayley Mills was when she had the misfortune of being cast in one of the horrid made-for-T.V. Parent Trap movies.  Luckily, I had a dutiful mother who also raised me on Disney, and it didn’t take long to…