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Five for Families: Fairy tale films that feature a male protagonist

Posted July 23

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.

Recent fairy tale films such as "Cinderella," "Maleficent," "Frozen," and "Brave" feature strong female leads, but here are five fairy tale films that feature a male protagonists for families to consider.

iTunes: 'Aladdin'

In a classic rags-to-riches story, a young man named Aladdin is offered three wishes from a magical genie, voiced by Robin Williams, who won a Golden Globe for his vocal work. Aladdin's wish to be a prince in order to impress a princess proves fruitless as she rejects him as an arrogant suitor. Movieguide.org calls "Aladdin" a "sweet cinematic confection bursting with kinetic energy and firmly grounded in the message of the importance of personal honesty and integrity." The website also indicates that the movie "contains fairy-tale magic which is shown to be unsatisfying compared to true love and personal honesty." The film won two Oscars for best original song and score. Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 5 and older.

Netflix: 'The Princess Bride'

Common Sense Media calls the film a “quirky, funny fairy tale” and warns that it has “quite a bit of action-style violence,” including sword fights and a torture machine. “But the movie’s skewed humor and its storybook feel lessen some of the impact of the violent scenes,” the website says. It also notes “a bit of language,” one scene of drunkenness and "some kissing." Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.

Amazon Video: 'The Dark Crystal'

A young elflike creature is tasked with retrieving a missing piece of the magic crystal that gives power and restores balance to the universe. Common Sense Media calls Jim Henson's creation a "wonderful fantasy movie to get wrapped up in," with a note of caution for sensitive viewers who may be scared in some scenes but for "just the right kid just getting into fantasy books, this will rock their world." Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.

Amazon Video: 'The Black Cauldron'

Taran, a pig herder, must protect his piglet with special abilities from an evil king who wants to find an enchanted cauldron. Common Sense Media calls it the "spookiest animated feature in the Disney collection" and says it will appeal to those who enjoy ghost stories and war epics. The website referred to Taran as a compelling hero who is ready to sacrifice his life to save others. Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.

Amazon Video: 'The Pagemaster'

Rich, who is afraid of everything, is transformed into an animated character and must overcome obstacles from classic books in order to return to real life. The Dove Foundation award the film its "Family-Approved" seal for all ages, stating that the movie "could encourage youngsters to discover the magical world of books." The website also notes that Rich "learns to take chances and experiences self-confidence" through his many adventures, some of which may be scary for young children. Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 6 and older.

Email: crandall@deseretnews.com

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