Real Family Films (Kids Movies Not Just For Kids)

Summer Repertory Series
Wednesdays in July & August, 2006

Series IllustrationThis summer the Brattle Theatre is pleased to present a series of daytime and evening screenings of films for the whole family. With our “Real Family Films” we have created a series of classic and new films that appeal to a child-like sensibility while remaining artistic and interesting. This series creates an exciting opportunity to introduce children to old favorites like Annie, cult classics like The Goonies and innovative international works like My Neighbor Totoro.

Dates & Showtimes

Times in parenthesis are matinees ($7.50 for Adults); Kids under 12 & Seniors are always just $6!

Wed 7/19/06
MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO
at (1:30), (3:30), 5:30, 7:30, 9:30

Wed 7/26/06
Double Feature!
ANNIE
at (2:00), 7:00
PETER PAN
at (4:30), 9:30

Wed 8/2/06
THE GOONIES
at (2:15), (4:45), 7:15, 9:45

Wed 8/9/06
Double Feature!
THE MUPPET MOVIE
at (3:30), 7:30
THE DARK CRYSTAL
at (1:30), 5:30, 9:30

Wed 8/16/06
Double Feature!
THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH
at (3:30), 7:30
THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T
at (1:30), 5:30, 9:30

Wed 8/23/06
PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE
at (3:30), 5:30, 7:30, 9:30

Film Descriptions

MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO
(1988) dir Hayao Miyazaki w/the voices of Dakota Fanning, Timothy Daly, Elle Fanning, Pat Carroll [86 min]

One of Hayao Miyazaki's most enchanting films centers on a young girl and her sister who have moved to the country to be closer to their ailing mother in the hospital. It's not long before they encounter strange, furry, friendly creatures who inhabit the forest near their new home. These creatures, the totoros, are the embodiment of benign nature and lead the girls on magical journeys of discovery and wonder - sometimes involving a bus that is actually a giant cat! Truly a film for all ages to treasure! Presented in its English-language version so the whole family can enjoy.

Rated G

» If you like Miyazaki films be sure to check out our Miyazaki Weekend, happening August 4-7, 2006!

Related Links
Brattle Theatre Film Notes for MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO
Official Studio Ghibli Site (Japanese)
Wikipedia Entry for Studio Ghibli

ANNIE
(1982) dir John Huston w/Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters, Edward Herrmann [126 min]

The original Girl Power movie musical features the irrepressible Annie and her gang of singing orphans foiling the plans of the scheming Miss Hannigan and stealing the heart of the super-rich Daddy Warbucks. With appropriate scenery-chewing by Curry and Peters as Hannigan's dastardly cohorts, director John (Maltese Falcon) Huston injects just the right amount of edge while retaining all of ANNIE's Depression Era charm. CAUTION: These songs will be stuck in your head for weeks!

Rated PG

PETER PAN
(2003) dir P.J. Hogan w/Jeremy Sumpter, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Jason Isaacs, Harry Newell, Freddie Popplewell, Olivia Williams, Lynn Redgrave, Ludivine Sagnier [113 min]

I think it can be assumed that most of us know the story but, in a nutshell, one night, the Darling family children are visited by a magical, young stranger named Peter who whisks them away to Never Never Land where they can live out their boy-ish fantasies and stay young for always. But, complicating matters a little is Wendy the eldest Darling and a girl, who Peter wants both as a mother figure and as a puppy-love girlfriend, and the nefarious Captain Hook - Peter's pirate nemesis. This live-action adaptation ranks as one of the finest adaptations of J.M. Barrie's immortal tale.

Rated PG-13

THE GOONIES
(1985) dir Richard Donner w/Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton, Jonathan Ke Quan, Joe Pantaliano, John Matuszak, Anne Ramsay [114 min]

Surely inspired by Peter Pan, the holy trinity of 80s tween films (director Donner, and writers Steven Spielberg and Chris Columbus) crafted this suburban adventure story that leads a group of neighborhood kids on a hunt for pirate treasure while hotly pursued by the greedy (and misshapen) Fratelli family. A whole lot of fun period.

Rated PG

"There's not just a thrill a minute; there's a thrill, a laugh, a shock, and a special effect." - Roger Ebert

Related Links
Brattle Theatre Film Notes for THE GOONIES

THE MUPPET MOVIE
(1979) dir James Frawley w/Kermit, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, and the whole Muppet gang [95 min]

Bring the whole family and enjoy the onscreen origin of one of the greatest performance troupes ever created. Jim Henson's Muppets are beloved by millions and, in this charming musical fantasy, we follow in the footsteps of Kermit The Frog as he sets out from the swamp to pursue a career in, what else, showbiz! Hooking up early with funny-bear Fozzie, Kermit treks across the country to Hollywood gathering new and interesting friends along the way!

Rated G

Related Links
Brattle Theatre Film Notes for THE MUPPET MOVIE

THE DARK CRYSTAL
(1982) dir Jim Henson, Frank Oz w/Henson, Oz, Kathryn Mullen, David Goelz, Louise Gold [93 min]

Puppet pioneers Henson and Oz brought the form to a new level in this wildly ambitious 1982 release. This is the epic story of an elfin creature's quest to save his dying race, the Gelflings, from the evil, bird-like Skesis. One of the most unique family movies in filmdom.

Rated PG

THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH
(1970) dir Chuck Jones & Abe Levitow w/the voices of Butch Patrick, Mel Blanc, Shep Menken, June Foray, Les Tremayne [90 min]

Milo is bored. Bored, bored, bored. But one day, he comes home to find a mysterious box in his room - inside is a tollbooth! Since he hasn't got anything better to do (and apparently has an innate sense of adventure), Milo drives his toy car through the tollbooth... And comes out into a strange animated world where the problems that face us in everyday life - boredom, selfishness, indecision, witlessness, etc - are manifested as different characters and locations. A magical film and a terrific example of the varied talents of Bugs Bunny regulars Chuck Jones and Mel Blanc.

Rated G

THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T
(1953) dir Roy Rowland w/Tommy Rettig, Peter Lind Hayes, Mary Healy, Hans Conried [89 min]

The only Dr. Seuss film that was originally conceived for the screen, THE 5,000 FINGERS is a surreal journey into the mixed-up world of adults as seen through the eyes of a child. Young Bart Collins hates his piano teacher Dr. Terwilliker - and he has good reason to! Bart is the only one who knows of Dr. T's plot to force hundreds of children to practice piano 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! With his mother in the thrall of the madman, Bart must enlist the aid of the only adult who will listen to him, a plumber named Zabladowski, to save the children from a fate worse than death!

Suitable for all ages

PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE
(1985) dir Tim Burton w/Pee Wee Herman, Elizabeth Daily [90 min]

Come along on a wild and surreal road-trip as perpetual man-child Pee Wee searches for his stolen love... his customized, cherry red bicycle. Co-written by Saturday Night Live's late great Phil Hartman, PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE remains one of the most purely enjoyable movies of the 80s.

Rated PG

More Family Movies!

Be sure to check out our Miyazaki Weekend happening August 4-7, with screenings of HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE and SPIRITED AWAY!

©The Brattle Film Foundation. All rights reserved worldwide. The Brattle Film Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit, supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Best of Boston SUPPORT LOCALLY-OWNED BUSINESSES IN CAMBRIDGE Antiplex banner MCC Logo