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Five for Families: Movies inspired by books

Posted June 5

Alice in Disney's 1951 version of "Alice in Wonderland." (Deseret Photo)

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.

The recent release of "Alice Through the Looking Glass" continues the trend of movies based on books. Here are five films based on books for families to consider.

Amazon Video: 'Alice in Wonderland' (1951)

Audiences first went down the rabbit hole with Alice in Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel. Alice, a young British girl, enters a magical world with odd adventures and characters including the Cheshire Cat, The Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, Caterpillar and the White Rabbit. Common Sense Media writes that Disney’s classic 1951 animated film is a "lively and tuneful version" and a “colorful journey” that is a good “starter” to introduce the story. However, the website cautions that the film includes some mild violence and taunting. The Dove Foundation calls the film a "timeless masterpiece"with delightful songs "rendered with gusto and great graphics." Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.

Netflix: 'Holes'

A family's string of bad luck continues when their son is mistakenly convicted of theft and sent to dig holes for an unknown reason at a boys detention camp. ParentPreviews.com states that the characters portray an uplifting, “never-give-up attitude” amid their trials. The website also points out that the film contains some depictions of killings and lifeless bodies. Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.

iTunes: 'Horton Hears a Who'

Horton the elephant is the only animal that can hear the Whos of Whoville, a microscopic community that lives on a dust speck. Horton struggles to save his small friends from his fellow animal neighbors that don't believe the Whos exist. The Dove Foundation called the adaption of Dr. Seuss' classic story "a wonderful production that adapts the storybook perfectly." The website also notes that the animated film is a "colorful adventure that will have everyone laughing at times," and that the theme "a person's a person no matter how small" is prevalent throughout the movie. Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 4 and older.

Netflix: 'Charlotte's Web'

Based on E.B. White’s novel, a pig and a spider form an unlikely friendship. MovieGuide.org praised “Charlotte’s Web” for being “a humble, radiant miracle for children of all ages,” calling it a “lyrical, well-made, entertaining, jeopardy-filled movie that will bring tears to one’s eyes.” According to the website, the film is rated G and contains some “very, very mild” “action and slapstick violence.” Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 5 and older.

Amazon Video: 'Fantastic Mr. Fox'

Based on the Roald Dahl novel, a fox leaves his idyllic family life and slips back into his wild, animal instincts. His actions jeopardize his family, and he must save them and the local animal community from the farmer. Common Sense Media calls the relationships between the family "surprisingly touching and believable" and the film "charming, heartwarming." Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.

Email: crandall@deseretnews.com

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