While Disney is an entertainment company geared to young audiences, not all Disney movies are ideal for 2-year old kids. There are stories that are too complex or not yet that appealing to them. Some movies also have villains that are a little too scary and may result to nightmares for smaller children. The appropriate films are those with simple but pleasing stories, visually compelling images and captivating music.
“The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh”
“The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” celebrates the value of friendship as Pooh meets Tigger for the first time. According to the Parent Previews website, the many characters of the film's three-part story are very appealing to children. Faithfully adapted from A.A. Milne's books, there are no evil characters to scare toddlers and the setting mainly features a group of friends in the Hundred Acre Wood as they sing their way through their adventures. The colorful character designs and backgrounds of the movie are also kid-friendly.
“Mickey's Christmas Carol”
“Mickey's Christmas Carol” features child-friendly favorites like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck and many other famous Disney characters. According to the Tripod website, this feel-good film brings an ideal family entertainment to the home movie audience. While there is a villain and a few “evil” scenes in the story, they are not intimidating or going beyond what toddlers can comprehend.
“Cinderella” is one of the best-remembered Disney animated movies. Disney's take on the classic fairy tale has long been praised for its high-production values. This critically-acclaimed film has a Rotten Tomatoes critics rating of 93 percent and audience rating of 76 percent. It features musical numbers, charming human characters, and cute animals, all of which should appeal to toddlers even if they can't follow the story.
“Toy Story" was the first feature-length film animated entirely with computers. Part of its appeal was its use of common toy characters like Mr. Potato Head that a young child could recognize. They mingled with new toys that could all talk and act like humans. Aside from receiving positive attention from critics, film enthusiasts and regular moviegoers, it also reaped several awards for its solid story and technical achievements. It is one of the rare films that can engage just about any audience, from toddlers to their grandparents.
Rianne Hill Soriano is a freelance artist/writer/educator. Her diverse work experiences include projects in the Philippines, Korea and United States. For more than six years she has written about films, travel, food, fashion, culture and other topics on websites including Yahoo!, Yehey! and Herword. She also co-wrote a book about Asian cinema.