Film Class: Family-Oriented Adventure

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  1. The Goonies
    #1

    The Goonies (1985)

    42,619 views

    The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The screenplay was written by Chris Columbus from a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg. The film's premise features a band of pre-teens who live in the "Goon Docks" neighborhood of Astoria, Oregon attempting to save their homes from demolition, and in doing so, discover an old Spanish map that leads them on an adventure to unearth the long-lost fortune of One-Eyed Willy, a legendary 17th-century pirate. During the entire adventure, they are chased by a family of criminals, who also want the treasure for themselves.


  2. Matilda
    #2

    Matilda (1996)

    33,330 views

    Matilda is a 1996 American fantasy comedy film directed by Danny DeVito. The screenplay by Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord is based on Roald Dahl's novel of the same name. The film was released by TriStar Pictures on August 2, 1996 and stars Mara Wilson, DeVito (who also serves as the narrator), Rhea Perlman, Embeth Davidtz, and Pam Ferris.


  3. Finding Nemo
    #3

    Finding Nemo (2003)

    18,436 views

    Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, it tells the story of the overprotective clownfish named Marlin who, along with a regal tang named Dory, searches for his abducted son Nemo all the way to Sydney Harbour. Along the way, Marlin learns to take risks and let Nemo take care of himself.


  4. Scooby-Doo
    #4

    Scooby-Doo (2002)

    17,459 views

    Scooby-Doo (also known as Scooby-Doo: The Movie) is a 2002 American comedy horror mystery film. Based on the long-running Hanna-Barbera animated television series of the same name, the film was directed by Raja Gosnell, written by James Gunn and stars Freddie Prinze, Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Linda Cardellini, Matthew Lillard and Rowan Atkinson. It is the first installment in the Scooby-Doo live-action film series.


  5. Toy Story
    #5

    Toy Story (1995)

    12,296 views

    Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated buddy-comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter, Toy Story was the first feature-length computer-animated film and the first theatrical film produced by Pixar. Toy Story follows a group of anthropomorphic toys who pretend to be lifeless whenever humans are present, and focuses on the relationship between Woody, a pullstring cowboy doll (voiced by Tom Hanks), and Buzz Lightyear, an astronaut action figure (voiced by Tim Allen). The film was written by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow, and Joss Whedon, and featured music by Randy Newman. Its executive producers were Steve Jobs and Edwin Catmull.


  6. Pocahontas
    #6

    Pocahontas (1995)

    10,949 views

    Pocahontas is a 1995 American animated epic musical romantic-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 33rd film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, the film is part of the era known as the Disney Renaissance which lasted from 1989 to 1999.


  7. Horton Hears a Who!
    #7

    Horton Hears a Who! (2008)

    11,030 views

    Horton Hears a Who! is a 2008 American computer-animated adventure comedy film based on the Dr. Seuss' book of the same name. Produced by Blue Sky Studios, the film was directed by Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino, and written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. It features the voices of Jim Carrey and Steve Carell.


  8. A Bug's Life
    #8

    A Bug's Life (1998)

    10,992 views

    A Bug's Life (stylized as a bug's life) is a 1998 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter and co-directed by Andrew Stanton, the film involves a misfit ant, Flik, that is looking for "tough warriors" to save his colony from greedy grasshoppers, only to recruit a group of bugs that turn out to be an inept circus troupe. Randy Newman composed the music for the film, which stars the voices of Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Hayden Panettiere, Phyllis Diller, Richard Kind, David Hyde Pierce, Joe Ranft, Denis Leary, John Ratzenberger, Jonathan Harris, Madeline Kahn, Bonnie Hunt, Mike McShane and Brad Garrett.


  9. The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D
    #9

    The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D (2005)

    9,133 views

    The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D (also known simply as Sharkboy and Lavagirl) is a 2005 American science fantasy comedy adventure film produced by Troublemaker Studios and Elizabeth Avellan, written and directed by Robert Rodriguez with music by John Debney, Graeme Revell and Robert Rodriguez and released in the United States June 10, 2005 by Miramax, Columbia Pictures and Dimension Films. The film uses the same anaglyph 3-D technology used in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over. The film stars Taylor Lautner, Taylor Dooley, Cayden Boyd, David Arquette, Kristin Davis and George Lopez. Many of the concepts and much of the story were conceived by Rodriguez's children. The special effects were done by Hybride Technologies, CafeFX, The Orphanage, Post Logic, Hydraulx, Industrial Light & Magic, R!ot Pictures, Tippett Studio, Amalgamated Pixels, Intelligent Creatures and Troublemaker Digital. The film received negative reviews from critics and it earned $69.4 million on a $50 million budget.


  10. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
    #10

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

    11,873 views

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a 1968 British musical film loosely based on Ian Fleming's novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car. The film's script is by Roald Dahl and Ken Hughes and its songs by the Sherman Brothers. The song "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" was nominated for an Academy Award.


  11. Baby's Day Out
    #11

    Baby's Day Out (1994)

    9,491 views

    Baby's Day Out is a 1994 American family comedy adventure film, written by John Hughes, produced by Richard Vane and John Hughes, and directed by Patrick Read Johnson. The film stars twins Adam and Jacob Worton as Baby Bink with co-stars Joe Mantegna, Joe Pantoliano and Brian Haley as the film's three incompetent antagonists. The plot centers on a wealthy baby's kidnapping by three incompetent villains, his escape and adventure through a big city while being pursued by the three kidnappers. It was released on July 1, 1994.


  12. Baby Geniuses
    #12

    Baby Geniuses (1999)

    10,677 views

    Baby Geniuses is a 1999 American family-oriented comedy film directed by Bob Clark. It stars Kathleen Turner and Christopher Lloyd.


  13. The Jungle Book
    #13

    The Jungle Book (1967)

    8,434 views

    The Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated musical comedy film produced by Walt Disney Productions. Inspired by Rudyard Kipling's book of the same name, it is the 19th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, it was the last film to be produced by Walt Disney, who died during its production. The plot follows Mowgli, a feral child raised in the Indian jungle by wolves, as his friends Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear try to convince him into leaving the jungle before the evil tiger Shere Khan arrives.


  14. Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over
    #14

    Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003)

    8,300 views

    Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (also known as Spy Kids 3: Game Over) is a 2003 American science fantasy adventure comedy family film produced, written and directed by Robert Rodriguez, co-produced by Elizabeth Avellan, Dimension Films and Troublemaker Studios and the third installment in the Spy Kids series. It was released in the United States on July 25, 2003 by Miramax Films. The film stars Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, Ricardo Montalbán, Holland Taylor, Mike Judge, Cheech Marin, and Sylvester Stallone. The film earned $197 million on a $39 million budget. Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over was released on DVD on February 24, 2004 by Dimension Home Video and Blu-ray on August 2, 2011 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment.


  15. Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
    #15

    Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)

    6,861 views

    Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (also known as Scooby-Doo 2 or Scooby-Doo! Monsters Unleashed) is a 2004 comedy horror adventure film directed by Raja Gosnell, written by James Gunn and released by Warner Bros. Based on the 1969–71 animated television series, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, it is the second installment in the Scooby-Doo live-action film series, and a sequel to 2002's Scooby-Doo. The returning cast features Freddie Prinze Jr. as Fred, Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne, Linda Cardellini as Velma, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy, and Neil Fanning as the voice of titular protagonist Scooby-Doo. Series newcomers include Seth Green, Tim Blake Nelson, Peter Boyle, and Alicia Silverstone who appear in supporting roles. The film was released on March 26, 2004.


  16. Pollyanna
    #16

    Pollyanna (1960)

    7,754 views

    Pollyanna is a 1960 Walt Disney Productions feature film, starring child actress Hayley Mills, Jane Wyman, Karl Malden, and Richard Egan, in a story about a cheerful orphan changing the outlook of a small town. Based on the novel Pollyanna (1913) by Eleanor Porter, the film was written and directed by David Swift. The film marks Mills's first of six films for Disney, and it won the actress an Academy Juvenile Award.


  17. Eight Below
    #17

    Eight Below (2006)

    8,192 views

    Eight Below is a 2006 American adventure drama film based on Antarctica by Toshirô Ishidô, Koreyoshi Kurahara, Tatsuo Nogami and Susumu Saji. It was produced by Patrick Crowley and David Hoberman, directed by Frank Marshall with music by Mark Isham and written by David DiGilio. It stars Paul Walker, Bruce Greenwood, Moon Bloodgood, and Jason Biggs. It was released theatrically on February 17, 2006, by Walt Disney Pictures in the United States. The film is set in Antarctica, but was filmed in Svalbard, Norway, Greenland, and British Columbia, Canada. The film received positive reviews from critics and it earned $120.4 million on a $40 million budget.


  18. Chicken Run
    #18

    Chicken Run (2000)

    6,604 views

    Chicken Run is a 2000 stop-motion animated comedy film produced by the British studio Aardman Animations. As the studio's first feature-length film, it was directed by Peter Lord and Nick Park. It was co-financed by DreamWorks Pictures and Pathé, with the former distributing the film worldwide except for Europe, where it was handled by Pathé. The plot centers on a band of chickens who see a smooth-talking Rhode Island Red named Rocky as their only hope to escape from certain death when the owners of their farm decide to move from selling eggs to selling chicken pot pies. The film features the voices of Julia Sawalha, Mel Gibson, Timothy Spall, Phil Daniels, Tony Haygarth and Miranda Richardson. Chicken Run received positive reviews from critics, and grossed over $224 million, becoming the highest-grossing stop motion animated film ever.


  19. The Incredibles
    #19

    The Incredibles (2004)

    6,240 views

    The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated comedy superhero film written and directed by Brad Bird and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was the sixth film produced by Pixar. The film's title is the name of a family of superheroes who are forced to hide their powers and live a quiet suburban life. Mr. Incredible's desire to help people draws the entire family into a battle with a villain and his killer robot.


  20. Hum Aapke Hain Koun...!
    #20

    Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! (1994)

    7,203 views

    Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (HAHK; English: Who am I to You) is a 1994 Indian musical romantic-comedy film, written and directed by Sooraj R. Barjatya, and produced by Rajshri Productions. Starring Madhuri Dixit and Salman Khan, it celebrates Indian wedding traditions by relating to the story of a married couple and the relationship between their families; a story about sacrificing ones love for ones family. It is an adaptation of the studio's own film Nadiya Ke Paar (1982).


  21. Thunderbirds
    #21

    Thunderbirds (2004)

    5,458 views

    Thunderbirds is a 2004 science-fiction comedy action-adventure film based on the 1960s television series of the same name, directed by Jonathan Frakes. The film, written by William Osborne and Michael McCullers, was released on 24 July 2004 in the United Kingdom and 30 July 2004 in the United States, with later opening dates in other countries. Whereas the original TV series used a form of puppetry termed "Supermarionation", the film's characters are portrayed by live-action actors. Thunderbirds received mainly negative reviews, and was a box office bomb. The creator of the original series Gerry Anderson disliked the film calling it "the biggest load of crap I've seen in my entire life" However the film's soundtrack includes the song "Thunderbirds are Go" by pop rock band Busted, which peaked at number one in the UK charts and later won the 2004 UK Record of the Year award.


  22. Spy Kids
    #22

    Spy Kids (2001)

    5,335 views

    Spy Kids (stylized as SPY kids) is a 2001 American science fantasy family adventure comedy film written and directed by Robert Rodriguez, produced by Elizabeth Avellan and Robert Rodriguez with music by John Debney, Danny Elfman, Harry Gregson-Williams, Los Lobos and Robert Rodriguez and starring Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alan Cumming, Teri Hatcher, Cheech Marin, Danny Trejo, Robert Patrick, Tony Shalhoub, Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, and Mike Judge. It is the first installment in the Spy Kids film series. The film was released in the United States on March 30, 2001 by Miramax Films and on VHS and DVD on September 18, 2001 by Dimension Home Video. Upon release, Spy Kids grossed over $147 million worldwide.


  23. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
    #23

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

    5,169 views

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 American-Anglo musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. It is an adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl and tells the story of Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum, in his only film appearance) as he receives a Golden Ticket and visits Willy Wonka's chocolate factory with four other children from around the world.


  24. Toy Story 2
    #24

    Toy Story 2 (1999)

    4,951 views

    Toy Story 2 is a 1999 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter and co-directed by Lee Unkrich and Ash Brannon, it is the sequel to the 1995 film Toy Story.


  25. Swiss Family Robinson
    #25

    Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

    5,746 views

    Swiss Family Robinson is a 1960 American family film starring John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur, Janet Munro and Tommy Kirk in a tale of a shipwrecked family building an island home, loosely based on the 1812 novel Der Schweizerische Robinson (literally, The Swiss Robinson) by Johann David Wyss. The film was directed by Ken Annakin and shot in Tobago and Pinewood Studios outside London. It was the second feature film version of the story (the first film version was released by RKO in 1940) and was a commercial success.


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