Five for Families: Cars movies for the family

Posted September 19, 2016

Here are five movies from various platforms that families may want to consider. Because not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.

Cars race down the track and through the air and even talk in these family-friendly films. Here are five films featuring cars for families to consider.

Amazon Video: 'Cars'

A speed-racing car named Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) stops in the small town of Radiator Springs and learns the true meaning of friendship in the Disney/Pixar animated film "Cars." Other voices include Paul Newman, Bonny Hunt and Larry the Cable Guy as the old tow truck Mater. The Dove Foundation awarded the film its "Family-Approved" seal for all ages, calling the animated film a "creative and at times delightful story with something for just about everyone in the family." The film won a Golden Globe for best animated film. The website notes that although the film is rated G, there is a scene where Lightning McQueen tries to beat a train at the railroad crossing. recommends the film for viewers ages 4 and older.

Amazon Video: 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'

An inventor converts a broken-down car into a flying vehicle that takes his family on magical adventures. Parent Previews said that although the film’s “silly antics” may not appeal to everyone, “the idea of setting off on an adventure … is a wonderful reminder of the power of storytelling.” While much of the film is lighthearted, some elements, including children being taken, may be too scary for young children. recommends the film for viewers ages 6 and older.

iTunes: 'Herbie: Fully Loaded'

The Volkswagen Bug returns with a new owner to become a NASCAR competitor. Plugged In notes that in an "effort to update and modernize Herbie, it would have been easy for filmmakers to make him so hip that he lost his quaint charm — and his manners. Thankfully, they didn’t." The film "maintains both the spirit and integrity of the original story, making this chapter in the Herbie narrative a welcome addition." recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.

iTunes: 'Speed Racer'

A young driver strives to be champion of the racer and along the way uncovers a cheating scandal. Common Sense Media calls the film a "fast-paced, visually kinetic car racing movie" that seems tailor-made for children raised on video games with a good message about families sticking together. The website does warn about fight scenes that may upset young children. recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.

Amazon Video: 'Turbo'

After a freak accident leaves a bored snail with super-speed, he sets out to compete in the Indianapolis 500. Parents Television Council says “Turbo” is a “family-friendly delight, which unlike many movies allegedly made for children today, contains no profanity or adult innuendo.” The website cites themes of “working hard and sticking to one’s dreams” among the film’s highlights. recommends the film for viewers ages 5 and older.



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