- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the OLD version) - This movie is like a caricature of typical childhood problems (overeating, excessive TV watching, selfishness, etc.). I can just whine in my best Veruca Salt voice, “I want it NOOOOOWWWWW” and my kids get the hint… and typically also break out into song. :)
- Peter Pan (the Disney animated version) – This one may surprise you a little. There is one particular scene in this movie that I use a LOT to talk about not returning evil for evil. I tried to find a clip of this scene online, but couldn’t, so I will attempt to recount it for you here. In the scene, Wendy, Michael, and John have just met Peter Pan, who has an angry Tinkerbell in his cap. Little Michael peers into the cap and sees Tinkerbell and asks:
Michael: What’s the pixie doing?I have frequently told my girls to "be a Wendy” and not a “Tinkerbell” or have said (in my best British accent, of course), “I think she’s lovely.” They know exactly what I mean because I’ve used it on them so much.
Wendy: What did she say?
Peter: She says you’re a big ugly girl. (Laughs)
Wendy: (Briefly laughs and then realizes what he said and becomes more serious.) Oh. Well I think she’s lovely.
So what about you? I know there are lots of good movies with talking points out there. What are your favorites?