‘Tis the season to give thanks, and that applies to everyone, no matter how young. This time of year is a great opportunity to teach your kids about being grateful for what they have and giving back whenever possible.
What better way to cement those important teachings than with an age-appropriate, Thanksgiving-themed movie? These are some of the best, so make sure you’ve got them in your DVD collection. Thanksgiving will be here before you know it.
A Peanuts TV special is a must-have for every holiday, and Thanksgiving is no exception to that rule. It has football, good food, and all our favorite youngsters trying to set up their own perfect Thanksgiving.
2. Free Birds
Owen Wilson voices a crafty turkey who goes on a time-traveling adventure to prevent himself and the rest of his flock from being gobbled up at Thanksgiving. What could be bad?
A lesser-known John Hughes gem in which Steve Martin and John Candy experience a series of wacky misadventures while desperately trying to get home for Thanksgiving.
A well-to-do woman in 1800s New York learns the meaning of family and forgiveness in this wholesome, inspirational tale.
A comedy-drama about a downtrodden single mother who goes home for the holidays in search of a little bit of comfort and cheer. It’s rated PG-13, so pop this movie in after the little little ones have gone to bed.
Though it may not instantly come to mind when you think about Thanksgiving classics, The Blind Side contains a poignant Thanksgiving scene and a touching theme of being thankful for what you have.
It’s the most classic of Christmas films, but it’s also one of the best Thanksgiving movies for kids. Remember, the movie starts at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade when a drunken Santa gets fired. Not only does this movie’s theme work for Thanksgiving, it’s also the perfect way to get the hype for Christmas really started.
A well-meaning blue-collar guy + his girlfriend’s piece-of-work son in one cross-country road trip = hilarity. Ed O’Neill tries to get himself and the kid home for the holidays in Chicago. But will he make it? It’s a funny, age-appropriate movie that everyone will get a kick out of.
Though this Disney classic doesn’t exactly tell the story of the pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving, it is a highly enjoyable movie that will at least let little kids learn a bit about Native Americans and how the newcomers from England first came to know them.
10. Grumpy Old Men
Feuding old neighbors bring their rivalry to all new extremes when they both have eyes on the attractive new neighbor and war for her affection. The spirit of Thanksgiving makes itself known when these two find out they have more to bond over than they originally thought.