Five for Families: Musicals to watch this summer

Posted June 11

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.

Singing caregivers, feisty orphans and dancing Hollywood stars create some award-winning musicals. Throw on some dancing shoes and sing along with these films that have catchy tunes. Here are five musical for families to consider.

iTunes: 'Mary Poppins'

Mr. and Mrs. Banks, a wealthy British couple, seek a new nanny for their two children. Mary Poppins flies in on her magical umbrella in response to the children's request, much to the dismay of Mr. Banks. The new nanny, played by Julie Andrews, takes the children on magical adventures and helps the family appreciate one another. Common Sense Media calls the musical "one of the all-time great family movies" with "melodic music, fancy dancing and cartoon segments" that will engage viewers of all ages. This film won five Oscars, including Best Actress for Andrews and Best Music for the song "Chim Chim Cher-ee." Dick Van Dyke co-stars as Bert. Ok.com recommends the film for viewers 4 and older.

Amazon Video: 'Annie' (1982)

A wealthy man takes in a feisty young orphan to improve his public image and attempts to help her find her family. Parent Previews says a "little girl hoping for a family" is the core of this film and that "rambunctious dance scenes" and "catchy tunes" set the film apart. The website states that some elements such as children in peril may frighten young children. Ok.com recommends the film for viewers 7 and older.

iTunes: 'The Sound of Music'

Based on the real-life story of the Von Trapp family, an Austrian woman who is studying to become a nun leaves her convent to become a governess to seven children. Common Sense Media says “this classic film is rich in character, music and story, as well as filled with positive messages.” The website warns that the final minutes of the film contain “a number of suspenseful scenes that may be frightening for some children.” Ok.com recommends the film for viewers 5 and older.

iTunes: 'Singin' in the Rain'

Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds star in the musical about the transition from silent pictures to "talkies." The Dove Foundation awarded "Singin' in the Rain" its "Family-Approved" seal for all ages, noting that the film is "considered by critics to be one of the best musicals of all time." The American Film Institute ranks the film among the top musicals of all time. Ok.com recommends the film for viewers 3 and older.

Amazon Video: 'Hairspray' (2007)

Set in the 1960s, dance-loving teen Tracy Turnblad lands a spot on "The Corny Collins Show" and seeks to bring racial integration to the Baltimore dance show. Common Sense Media calls the musical adaptation of the Broadway hit an "infectiously fun musical with a message." The website cautions that some of the song lyrics are a "tad sexually suggestive" and that there are "weight-based insults." Ok.com recommends the film for viewers 11 and older.

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